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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 22, march 1-15, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period February 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Who made this remark and on what occasion on February 1st: “This is insane. God is great again”?

2. Name the two films that have each earned nine nominations for this year’s Oscars?

3. How did the Georgian sportsman Nodar Kumaritashvili make news on February 12th?

4. February 14th saw the beginning of the Chinese Year of the….?

5. How did the language Bo make news recently?

6. Name the famous automaker company which was recalling at least 4 million cars worldwide because of technical reasons.

7. Name the new feature introduced in Google’s Gmail to share updates, photos and videos.

8. For the first time, a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star was unveiled at night. Name the recipient, a member of one of the greatest musical bands of all time.

9. Walter Frederick Morrison, who invented one of the most used playthings globally, which he called Pluto Platter, died recently. What is his invention called now?

10. According to a recent study, which famous African ruler, whose tomb was discovered in 1922, died from malaria?

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11. In the world of cinema, what is the claim to fame of Tower House in Miller’s Road in Chennai?

12. In the sensational battle for the custodianship of a young Jiddu Krishnamurthi in the early 20th Century, who fought against his father G. Narayaniah?

13. Who was the author of Nata ka Medai Ninaivugal, an autobiographical look at the history of the Suguna Vilasa Sabha?

14. What had its genesis in the Dravida Patashala founded in Triplicane in 1852?

15. Name the individual responsible for collaborating with Enfield in the 1950s to start Royal Enfield and bring out India’s first four-stroke, 350 cc motorbike, the iconic Bullet.

16. In Chennai, if one was a member of Asoka, Lord Srinivasa Gopala, Justitia or Carnatic among others, he would be a….?

17. About which educational institution in the city did Gandhiji write: “.... being a Gujarati Hindu myself I feel proud to know that this institution was started by a Gujarati gentleman. Wish the institutions will crop up all over India ,and be the means of preserving a Aryan Religion in its purity”?

18. The Dakshinamurthy shrine at Aalankudi represents which of the ‘Navagrahas’?

19. According to lore, why did King Rajaraja Chola not give death sentence to those responsible for the death of Crown Prince Aditha Karikalan, only evicting them from all their properties, confiscating the properties and withdrawing all their powers?

20. Which political party has its Headquarters at Thailapuram in Tindi vanam?

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1. A.R. Rahman, after winning two Grammy Awards; 2. Avatar and Hurt Locker; 3. A luger, he was killed during training just hours ahead of the beginning of the Winter Olympics at Van couver; 4. Tiger; 5. One of the ten Great Andamanese languages, it became extinct when its last speaker, Boa Sr, died recently; 6. Toyota; 7. Buzz; 8. Ringo Starr; 9. Frisbee; 10. King Tutankhamun.

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11. R. Nataraja Mudaliar shot the first film in South India, Draupadi Vastrabharanam; 12. Annie Besant, the leader of the Theosophical Society; 13. Pammal Sambanda Mudaliar; 14. Hindu Higher Secondary School; 15. Sundaram Iyer; 16. Freemason. These are some of the lodges in the city; 17. Hindu Theological High School on Mint Street; 18. Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter); 19. Because they belonged to the Brahmin community; 20. Pattali Makkal Katchi.


In this issue

One small step towards preserving heritage
Can’t we leave natural heritage alone?
Mall-grazing in Chennai
A legend in his lifetime
Monotonous post-match presentations
Historic Residences of Chennai - 37
Other stories

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