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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 23, march 16-31, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period February 16th to 28th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. On February 19th, Element 112 was officially given a name and assigned a symbol. Name the scientist after whom it is named?

2. Japan was rocked by a tsunami generated by a powerful earthquake that struck a South American country on February 27th. Which country?

3. The plan for a museum dedicated to which Nobel Laureate in his Mumbai home was scrapped due to his uncertain legacy?

4. Mary MacKillop, after being approved by The Vatican for canonisation, is to be the first saint of which big island country?

5. Which Asian country has paid $10.5 million in compensation to the United Nations for U.N. buildings damaged during a civil war there?

6. Which African country is to be the global host of World Environment Day 2010 on June 5th?

7. Who was the last Indian Prime Minister to visit Saudi Arabia, before Manmohan Singh’s recent visit?

8. Recently, Detective Comics #27, which marked the first appearance of a superhero, was sold for $1,075,500, setting a record price for a comic book. Name the character.

9. Why was the ‘Cullinan Heritage’ in the news?

10. Achanta Sharath Kamal and Poulomi Ghatak became the national champions in which Olympic sport in Guwahati on February 16th?

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11. Of the five coastal districts where the European Union is sponsoring water conservation projects worth Rs. 6 crore, three are Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai. Name the other two.

12. Where in Coimbatore is the World Classical Tamil Conference to be held?

13. How did percussion maestro Pudukottai Dakshinamurthy Pillai contribute to the singer-actor MKT’s legend?

14. What has become of the lake Aratha Kuttai in Chennai?

15. What was the former name of Queen Mary’s College?

16. Of the 108 Divyadesams, which are the two in Triplicane and Pallavaram?

17. Which Nobel Laureate made this comment after watching Rukmini Devi Arundale perform at his residence: “...watching your inspired, superb performance I felt transported to King Vikramaditya’s court when Urvashi, the heavenly dancer, performed!”?

18. What do the initials U.V. stand for in ‘Tamil Thatha’ U.V. Swaminatha Iyer’s name?

19. Which writer uses the pseudonym ‘Ambai’?

20. Who created characters like detective Shankarlal, Kathirikai and Manickam?

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1. Nicolaus Copernicus (symbol: Cn); 2. Chile; 3. Rudyard Kipling; 4. Australia; 5. Israel, for the Gaza war; 6. Rwanda; 7. Indira Gandhi in 1982; 8. Batman; 9. The rare, uncut 507 carat diamond achieved a record sale price of $35.3 million in South Africa; 10. Table tennis.

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11. Thanjavur and Nagapattinam; 12. CODISSIA Trade Fair Complex; 13. He gave him the title ‘Bhagavathar’; 14. It is now the Nageshwara Rao Park; 15. Madras College for Women; 16. Sri Parthasarathy Temple (Triplicane) and Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple (Tiruneermalai); 17. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore; 18. Uttamadhanapuram Venkatasubbaiyer; 19. C.S. Lakshmi; 20. Tamilvanan.


In this issue

A landmark arising
What are we planning for the Buckingham Canal?
A waterway & an expressway in conflict
The Mylapore festival – that Sister Devamata witnessed 100 years ago
Historic Residences of Chennai - 38
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