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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XIX No. 9, august 16-31, 2009
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. What is the new name of the iconic Sears Tower in Chicago?

2. Which nation recently ­announced its plan to become the world’s first carbon neutral country by 2020?

3. India’s first nuclear submarine has been named ….?

4. What major astronomical event was spotted by an amateur astro­no­mer, Anthony Wesley, on July 19th?

5. Name the Nobel Prize winner from the subcontinent honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civi­lian honour.

6. The 40th anniversary of which pathbreaking human endeavour was celebrated on July 20-21?

7. Which eminent Indian cricketer was given an honorary fellow­ship by the University of Central Lan­cashire for his “unparalleled determination coupled with grit and ­talent”?

8. Alerto Contador of Spain ­regained which prestigious sporting
title recently?

9. Why was a Johannesburg house, informally called The Kraal, ­because of its distinct thatched roof and rondavel style, in the news ­recently?

10. How did an Afro-American, Henry Louis Gates Jr., make worldwide news recently?

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11. Why was Sambandhanur, near Tiruvannamalai, in the news ­recently?

12. Name the legendary Carnatic vocalist, one of the women-trinity of Carnatic music, who passed away recently.

13. What was the name of the shipping company floated by V.O. Chidambaram Pillai?

14. Which distinguished personality stayed at Castle Kernan, the home of Biligiri Iyengar in Chennai, for nine days from February 6, 1897?

15. Name the twin temples that were called the ‘Company’ or ‘Town Temple’?

16. Who was the model for the “Holy Man” in Somerset Mau­gham’s best-selling novel The Razor’s Edge?

17. What is common to Thambu Chetty Street, Linghi Chetty Street, Sunku Rama Chetty Street and Pachaiyappan Street, among others?

18. Ramanathapuram ‘Poochi’ Srinivasa Iyengar once got a gold medal for his prayer Satatamu Brovumayya addressed to Rama. Who does the prayer ask to protect?

19. Where can you see ‘Mermaid Pond’ in Chennai, a city that is losing its waterbodies?

20. Name one of the five Kavali brothers who achieved fame in the service of Col. Colin Mackenzie and who is credited with being the first to translate into English Sekkizhar’s Periya Puranam.

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Answers to Quiz

1. Willis Tower; 2. Tuvalu; 3. INS Arihant; 4. That a large body, either a comet or asteroid, has crashed into Jupiter, creating a hole the size of the Earth; 5. Dr. Muhammad Yunus; 6. Humans landing on the moon; 7. Sourav Ganguly; 8. The Tour de France cycling crown; 9. Put up for sale. It was the house where Mahatma Gandhi lived for three years from 1908; 10. His arrest by the police leading to accusations of racial discrimination. The ensuing tension made President Barack Obama step in.

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11. A huge megalithic burial site, said to date to 3rd Century B.C., has been unearthed there; 12. Damal Krishnaswamy Pattammal; 13. The Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company; 14. Swami Vivekananda; 15. The Chenna Kesava Perumal and Chenna Mallikeswara temples in Flower Bazar; 16. Ramana Maharishi; 17. All named after eminent dubashes; 18 King George V; 19. The YWCA’s campus on Poonamallee High Road; 20. Lakshmaiah.

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