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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 24, april 1-15, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. A group of 41 palaeontologists recently reaffirmed the cause of dinosaur extinction. What was their verdict?

2. What huge milestone did the microblogging service Twitter reach on March 4th?

3. Name the godman who was targeted after sting operation footage showed him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress.

4. Who was recently named the most influential person in Indian sports in the annual Sports Illustrated (SI) Power List.

5. Name the film which won six Oscars, including Best Picture, and what distinction did its director achieve?

6. Name the two former Pakistan captains banned from its national cricket team after the recent catastrophic tour of Australia.

7. Name the India-born Peer who is to give up his “non-domicile” status which exempted him from paying British taxes on his overseas businesses.

8. Which team regained the men’s hockey World Cup, after a gap of two dozen years, in New Delhi recently?

9. According to the latest annual ranking by Forbes, who is the richest individual in the world and the richest Indian (at No. 4)?

10. Who won the coveted Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award at Abu Dhabi recently?

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11. At which busy road junction in Chennai did a statue of General Neill of Mutiny fame once stand?

12. Which famous brand name associated with Chennai comes from the surname of a librarian of the Wesleyan Book Depository?

13. Who developed the navigable waterway to connect Ennore and Madras which was later renamed Clive Canal before becoming part of the Buckingham Canal?

14. Name the viceroy who inaugurated the Ripon Building in 1913.

15. Name the two Damarla brothers responsible for getting for the British the site for building of Fort St. George.

16. Which institution, which started functioning from May 15, 1871, was constructed on a 66½-acre site in Locock's Garden?

17. Name the Surgeon and Physician-General of Madras after whom a bridge and a road are named in Chennai.

18. Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey created the statue of which Governor of Madras, who died of cholera in Gooty, in the city?

19. The first English language newspaper in Madras Presidency, established and owned by Indians and founded in 1844 by Gazulu Lakshminarasu Chetty, was called…?

20. According to the recent Chennai Corporation budget, there were proposals to rename all Corporation schools as…?

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1. A giant asteroid, that crashed into Yucatán, Mexico, killed the dinosaurs over 65 million years ago; 2. The ten billionth tweet; 3. Swami Nithyananda; 4. Sachin Tendulkar; 5. The Hurt Locker. Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to be awarded Best Director; 6. Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf; 7. Lord Swraj Paul; 8. Australia; 9. Carlos Slim ($53.5 billion) and Mukesh Ambani ($29 billion); 10. Usain Bolt and Serena Williams.

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11. The Mount Road, Binny Road and Club House Road junction near Spencer’s; 12. Higginbothams; 13. Basil Cochrane; 14. Lord Hardinge; 15. Venkatappa and Aiyappa; 16. Madras Lunatic Asylum; 17. Dr. James Anderson; 18. Sir Thomas Munro; 19. Crescent; 20. Chennai School.


In this issue

This budget causes concern to some
Is this the only way to remember Tamil scholars?
All atwitter at Chennai Corporation
The majesty of Chepauk
Historic Residences of Chennai - 39
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