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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 19, january 16-31, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period December 16th to 31st, 2009. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Which film recently became the fastest film to reach $1billion in box office receipts?

2. A sign ‘Arbeit macht frei’ at the entrance of a Polish place synonymous with the horrors of the Nazi era was stolen recently. Name the place.

3. On December 16th, the Supreme Court of Pakistan cancelled an NRO, particularly affecting President Zardari and thereby throwing the country into a political crisis. Expand NRO.

4. NASA recently released the first ever photograph of liquid outside of Earth. It showed sunlight reflecting on a lake on a moon. Which moon?

5. Which very famous football club, by the winning the Club World Cup, set a new record by winning all six possible competitions in one year?

6. Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2009 is...?

7. How did 25-year-old Susanna Maiolo make the headlines at the Vatican on December 24th?

8. Which country has formally submitted its application to join the EU? The move ends years of isolation.

9. What astronomical rarity occurred on December 31st, the first time on that date since 1990?

10. The British actor most famous for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek has been knighted in the latest Royal Honours list. Name him.

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11. Name the co-founder of the Home Rule Movement who was popularly known as the ‘Grand Old Man of South India’.

12. In Chennai, name the street popularly called ‘Vakil Aathu Sandhu’.

13. Which school came up because Church Park-Presentation Convent and Rosary Matriculation School decided that they would not admit boy students into their schools?

14. The Madras chapter of which respected institution was started in 1958 at B.G. Paul & Co. on Francis Joseph Street?

15. Where in Chennai can you browse at the K.R. Sundaram Iyer Memorial Library?

16. Name the last Vidushi(s) to be bestowed the ‘Sangita Kalanidhi’ honour?

17. Aavin markets four types of milk with fat content ranging from 1.5% to 6%. Two are Pasteurised Toned and Standardised. Name the other two.

18. Whose statue can be spotted at the junction of Commissioner Office Road, Rukmani Lakshmipathy Salai, Harris Road, and Pantheon Road in Egmore?

19. Where can you find ‘Chennai Sivanadiyar Thiru Kootam’?

20. If the winner of TNCA’s I Division takes home the Raja of Palayampatti Shield, what does the II Division champion get?

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1. Avatar; 2. Auschwitz concentration camp; 3. National Reconciliation Ordinance, which granted amnesty to politicians, political workers and bureaucrats facing many charges between January 1, 1986 and October 12, 1999; 4. Titan, Saturn’s moon; 5. FC Barcelona; 6. Barack Obama; 7. She jumped and knocked down the Pope; 8. Serbia; 9. The calendar year ended with a ‘blue moon’; 10. Patrick Stewart.

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11. Sir Subbier Subramania Iyer; 12. Desigar Swami Street; 13. Vidya Mandir; 14. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; 15. The Music Academy; 16. Vidushis Sikkil Smt. Kunjumani & Neela (Sikkil Sisters); 17. Full cream and Double toned; 18. C.P. Adithanar; 19. Off Mint Street; 20. C.P. Johnstone Shield.


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