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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 6, july 1-15, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Mercy James from Malawi made news because of her adoption by a celebrity. Name the celebrity.

2. The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, on his recent visit to Italy, wore on his uniform the pic­ture of a leader who led the resistance against the Italians. Hint: This charismati character was made famous on screen by Antony Quinn. Name the leader.

3. It was reported in the Sunday Times (London) that the International Tennis Foundation is considering pulling up players for grunting. Who did it consider the noisiest?

4. Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is planning another film on Mumbai, adapting an Indian’s work. Whose?

5. With which two companies did Dow Jones & Company replace Citigroup and General Motors in its Industrial Average on June 8th?

6. UNESCO recently announced the world’s first ‘City of Film’. Which city got the honour?

7. When calling the current outbreak of H1N1 virus (swine flu) a “pandemic”, how many years has it been since WHO last declared a flu a “pandemic”?

8. Which Asian Nobel Laureate was made an honorary citizen of Paris on June 7th?

9. Name the NBA coach who won a record-breaking tenth championship by leading the L.A. Lakers to victory.

10. Which superstar of yesteryears won the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA)’s Lifetime Achievement award in Macau recently?

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11. It was decided in Madras to honour Queen Victoria with two buildings to be named after her to mark the Golden Jubilee of her accession to the throne. Name them.

12. Which road near Egmore was once called Pagoda Street?

13. Which area in Madras was developed against his wishes on land belonging to a dismissed East India Company ‘dubash’, Sunku Rama?

14. In 1955, Rev. David Chellappa became the first…?

15. In which area of Chennai will you find a Kali Bari temple echoing the Dakshineshwar Temple near Kolkata?

16. Parthasarathy Ramarayan­ingar was the Prime Minister of the Madras Presidency between 1921 and 1928. What was his ‘regal’ title?

17. Who called Kanchipuram ‘the best among the cities’ (Nagareshu Kanchi)?

18. How is shorthand writing referred to in Tamil?

19. Who are the three women MPs from the State now in the Rajya Sabha?

20. Which still-existing catering institution was founded in 1891 by G. Varadharajulu Chetty on Broadway?

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Answers to Quiz

1. Madonna; 2. Omar Mukhtar; 3. Maria Sharapova; 4. Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City; 5. Travelers Companies and Cisco Systems; 6. Bradford; 7. 40 years after the 1968 Hong Kong flu; 8. The Dalai Lama; 9. Phil Jackson; 10. Rajesh Khanna.

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11. Victoria Public Hall and the other, now the National Art ­Gallery, for the Victoria Technical Institute; 12. Harris Road; 13. Chintadripet; 14. Indian Bishop of Madras; 15. West Mambalam; 16. Rajah of Paanagal; 17. Kalidasa; 18. Suruk­kezhuttu; 19. Kanimozhi; Jayanthi Natarajan and Vasanthi Stanley; 20. Harrison’s.

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