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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 8, august 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.)

Rapmycin, a drug identified in the soil of Easter Island, can help fight the ageing process according to researchers. Why is the drug so named?

2. Bundanoon in Australia has become the world's first place to ban what?

3. The largest commercial telecommunication satellite ever built was launched on July 1st. What is it called?

4. In which place did a bloody ethnic conflict between the Hans – the largest ethnic group in China – and the Uyghurs take place recently, leading to concerns around the world?

5. Whose record of 14 Grand Slam singles titles did Roger Federer overhaul while winning his sixth Wimbledon title?

6. In a blunder of huge proportion, Josh Muszynski was charged $ 23,148,855,308,184,500 ($23 quadrillion) for buying which common product?

7. Which pharma giant has claimed to produce the first doses of an H1N1 swine flu vaccine?

8. Which High Court in India, in a big win for gays, ruled that homo­sexual relations between consenting adults is not a criminal act?

9. Element No. 112, discovered 13 years ago and officially added to the periodic table just weeks ago, is named after…?

10. Where was the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement held recently?

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11. Name the hillock near Madurai where you can see natural caves that are called Pandavar Padukkai and which were once used by Jains. A rock-cut Shiva temple, ‘Edaichi­mandapam’ is also here.

12. With what distinctive memorial is Lt. Col. Sam Dalrymple of the Madras Artillery remembered in Chennai?

13. Which building in Kilpauk was once called Sladen’s Gardens?

14. What is the special distinction of the flower kaanthazh?

15. The first Indian-owned English language newspaper in Madras was…?

16. S.W. Ellis, who was the Collector of Madras during 1810-1819, was responsible for establishing which house of learning?

17. Which church in Chennai has six bells, believed to be the largest number in any church in Tamil Nadu?

18. Name the doctor from Chennai who, along with Dr. A.D. Gardner, first described the serological classification of ‘Vibrio Cholera’, the mainstay for documenting and describing cholera epidemics?

19. Which residential colony in Chennai came up on property belonging to the brothers Sir B. Ramarao, B. Narasingarao and B. Shivarao?

20. Which school was founded by John Anderson at St. Andrew’s Kirk in 1835 with 56 students?


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Answers to Quiz

1. From the island’s Polynesian name, Rapa Nui; 2. Bottled water;
3. TerreStar-1; 4. Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwestern China; 5. Pete Sampras; 6. A cigarette;
7. Novartis, at a plant in Marburg, Germany; 8. Delhi High Court;
9. Nicolas Copernicus; 10. Sharm-El-Sheikh in Egypt.

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11. Kalinjamalai in Arittapatti; 12. A cupola with an urn-like sculpture near Kathipara junction; 13. Kalki Gardens; 14. It’s the State flower;
15. The Spectator; 16. The College of Fort St. George, in what is now  the DPI campus; 17. Armenian Church of St. Mary's; 18. K.V. Venkatraman; 19. Kasturba Nagar; 20. Madras Christian College HSS.

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