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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 5, june 16-30, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Who is the new Indian Premier League champion?

2. Which Asian country tested a nuclear device on May 25th leading to concern and censure by many countries?

3. On what occasion did tennis couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf take to the Wimbledon courts again on May 17th?

4. Why was the robotic submarine Nereus in the news recently?

5. Undulus asperatus was added to the weather lexicon recently. What is it?

6. Which party emerged as the single largest ally of the Con­gress in the recent Lok Sabha elections?

7. Name the computational knowledge engine launched on May 18th that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data.

8. Who was recently sworn in as republican Nepal’s second Prime Minister?

9. Name the sect whose associate head, Sant Rama Nand, was killed in a ‘planned attack’ in Vienna, leading to tension and clashes in Jalandhar and other places in Punjab-Haryana.

10. What significant incident took place in Sri Lanka on May 18th?

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11. What is the present name of the beautiful Mount Road ­building once known as Cuddon Building?

12. Which newspaper was founded in 1931-32 by Varadara­julu Naidu, an Ayurvedic doctor described as the ‘Tilak of South India’?

13. If one of the two initial corridors under the proposed phase-1 of the Chennai Metro Rail Project runs from Chennai Central to St. Thomas Mount, where does the other run?

14. Where would you see a stone of remembrance which has the words “Their Name Liveth For Evermore” (from the ‘Book of Ecclesiastics’) written on it?

15. Which city did Ptolemy call the “Mediterranean Emporium of the South” circa 140 A.D.?

16. What do the initials G.U. stand for in the Rev. G.U. Pope, the Christian missionary, who made a significant contribution to Tamil?

17. Which poetic work was written by the poet Uruthiran­kannanaar in praise of the Chola king Karikalan?

18. What was presented by Lord Willingdon, the Governor of Madras, to the Madras Legislative Council as a personal gift on March 6, 1922?

19. What was founded by Dr. T.S. Soundram and Dr. G. Ramachandran?

20. Where would you find a temple dedicated to Thamizh Thai? (It was opened in April 1983.)

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1. Deccan Chargers; 2. North Korea; 3. As part of the inauguration of the new retractable roof over Centre Court, Wimbledon; 4. It became only the second unmanned and the third craft to explore Challenger Deep, the deepest abyss on earth at 10,902m; 5. It’s a rare, newly recognised cloud formation; 6. Trinamool Congress; 7. Wolfram Alpha; 8. Madhav Kumar Nepal; 9. Dera Sachkhand; 10. LTTE supremo Prabakaran was killed, ­according to the Sri Lankan Army.

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11. Gove Building; 12. Indian Express; 13. Washermanpet to Airport; 14. War Cemetery at Nandambakkam; 15. Madurai; 16. George Uglow; 17. Pattinappalai; 18. The chair of the Speaker of the Madras Legislative Council (it is now in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly); 19. Gandhigram; 20. Karaikudi.

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