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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 7, july 16-31, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period June 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) is to acquire one of the world’s largest BitTorrent trackers for $7.8 million. Which is the contro­versial one?

2. Which $65 billion Wall Street financier was sentenced to 150 years in prison for fraud recently?

3. Who was the man of the final in the recent ICC World T20?

4. For how much did Cristiano Ronaldo complete his world record move from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a six-year deal recently?

5. According to scientists, what musical instruments found in the Hohle Fels cavern in southwest Germany are the oldest of their type to be found to date?

6. The President of which country, with Europe’s biggest Muslim population, estimated at several millions, said recently that the burqa is “not welcome”?

7. How old was Michael Jackson when he died recently?

8. Which area of West Bengal was rocked by Maoist violence recently, prompting the Centre to step in with a firm hand?

9. In which eastern city did The Hindu launch its latest and 13th edition recently?

10. Shingara Singh, all of 113 years, who passed away on June 29th, was the last known survivor of which 1910s national tragedy?

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11. Which popular book company in Chennai was founded by V. Kuppuswamy Iyer in 1901?

12. Trials on the Genetically Modified (GM) mosquito, engineered by researchers to control dengue/chikungunya, are under way at a laboratory near Chennai. At which respected university?

13. Why is September 4, 1978 an important date in the chronicle of education in the State?

14. Who, apart from Dorothy Jinarajadasa and Margaret Cousins, was instrumental in founding ‘The Women’s Indian Association’ in Adyar in the early 1900s?

15. Which Tamil saint-poet was born in Marulnikkiyar?

16. Which letter was painted out to leave SR on the bas relief crest on the Egmore railway station?

17. What was the significant contribution of Carnavalli V. Kri­shna­­­­swamy, a Manchester-trained engineer of the Corporation of Madras, to the history of mass communication in India?

18. Which building was the home of the Governors of Madras from Thomas Saunders (1752) till Independence, when the Governor moved to Raj Bhavan?

19. Who was the eminent cricketer-father of Bhatt, Baliah, and C. Ramaswami, all players of repute in their own way?

20. Which Governor was not only responsible for razing the first ‘Black Town’ and developing the Esplanade in its place, but also monitoring the emergence of the new ‘Black Town’?

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Answers to Quiz

1. The Pirate Bay; 2. Bernard Madoff; 3. Shahid Afridi; 4.£80 million; 5. Flutes; 6. France; 7. 50 (fifty); 8. Lalgarh; 9. Kolkata; 10. Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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11. The Alliance Company; 12. University of Oxford; 13. Anna University was formed as a unitary type of university; 14. Annie Besant; 15. Appar; 16. Letter I (for India); 17. By founding the Madras Presidency Radio Club, he started the first broadcasting service in India in 1924; 18. A house in Chepauk that belonged to the Madeiros family that in time became known as Government House; 19. Buchi Babu; 20. George Pigot.

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