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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 4, june 1-15, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Which film recently became the first animated film to open the prestigious Cannes Film Festival?

2. The new President of South Africa is….?

3. To which UN body was the United States elected to a seat for the first time, recently?

4. Carol Ann Duffy has become the first woman to hold which ‘literary’ post in the U.K., which has seen the likes of Wordsworth and Tenny­son?

5. The Torment of Saint Anthony, recently acquired by the Kim­bell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, is now considered as the first painting (circa 1487) by which legendary painter?

6. The local councillors of which island nation are chalking out plans to deal with mynah birds from India?

7. How did Carteret Islands, near Papua New Guinea, make news recently? The news could be a cause of concern for the future of the planet.

8. According to a book by two German art historians (Hans Kaufmann & Rita Wildegans), Vincent van Gogh’s ear was cut off by…?

9. Which musician has followed Joe Satriani in accusing ColdPlay that the hit Viva La Vida borrows from one of his songs?

10. Which city in Belgium will soon become the first in the world to go vegetarian once a week?

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11. What distinction does Dr. Oscar C. Nigli have in the present Tamil Nadu Legislature?

12. Which famous newspaper had its genesis in appoint­ment of T. Muthuswami Iyer as a judge of the Madras High Court?

13. What institution was set up in Chennai in 1923 by Mrs. Waller to help women who were in adverse circumstances?

14. The only woman from the State elected to the Lok Sabha in the recent elections is from Kanniya­kumari. Name her.

15. Where in ‘greater’ Chennai would you go to worship at the Thirusoolanathar Tirupura­sun­dari temple?

16. What in Chennai was once called Sagar and then Odeon?

17. Which corporate house sponsors the cricket clubs Jolly Rovers and Alwarpet CC in the First ­Division Chennai cricket league?

18. What do the initials MAM stand for in M.A.M. Rama­swamy?

19. Which club in Chennai moved into its permanent home after buying Fairlawns from
Dr. P. Subbaroyan, the Zamindar of Kumaramangalam, for Rs 75,000?

20. Which famous government corporation in the State has a fossil fuel belonging to the Miocene age (25 million years) in its name?

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1. Pixar’s ‘UP’; 2. Joseph Zuma; 3. UN Human Rights Council; 4. Poet Laureate; 5. Michelangelo; 6. Australia; 7. The world’s first evacuation as a result of global warming began there; 8. Paul Gauguin; 9. Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens); 10. Ghent.

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11. He is the only nominated member; 12. The Hindu; 13. Guild of Service; 14. The DMK’s Helen Davidson; 15. Tirusoolam, 16. Melody theatre; 17. Chem­plast-Sanmar; 18. Muthiah Annamalai Muthiah; 19. Presidency Club; 20. Neyveli Lignite Corporation.

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