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(ARCHIVE) Vol. XX No. 4, june 1-15, 2010
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Name the new Chief Justice of India.

2. Name the painter of ‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’ which, after selling at $106 million recently, became the most expensive work of art sold by auction.

3. In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court declared the use of what tests by investigative agencies unconstitutional?

4. Who, at 43, became the youngest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in nearly 200 years?

5. Which London landmark was recently sold for more than £1.5 billion to the Qatari royal family’s Qatar Holding?

6. Name the four nations to have been given internationalised domain name country code top-level domains recently.

7. In a big blow to international wildlife, a major fire destroyed the world’s largest collection of preserved snakes and nearly half a million arachnid specimens, including many novel and yet-unclassified species, at the Butantan Institute. In which country is the Institute?

8. Which globally famous writing instruments company has said it would not use Mahatma Gandhi’s picture for commercial purposes?

9. Which Indian Nobel Laureate’s birth sesquicentennial was celebrated on May 9th?

10. In a move to bolster its public health standards, which State government signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Bill Gates’ Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

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11. This ‘public recreation’ was first set up in 1855 in the Museum grounds in Chennai and then shifted to People’s Park in 1863 before moving to beyond Tambaram before the end of the 20th Century. What and where is it now?

12. Name the recently released film that is based on the life on Ranganathan Street in T’ Nagar.

13. Whose portrait can you spot opposite the counters and on a pillar close to them on the ground floor in the Connemara Library?

14. Name the eminent doctor from Madurai who has been named one of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine.

15. Which educational institution would you find in the area once known as Vembakkam Gardens?

16. What is special about T. Ramachandiran, representing Thalli constituency, in the present Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly?

17. Ibrahim Peer Mohammad and Co., dealers in crockery and glass, is now known as…?

18. If Govindoss Chatoorbhujadoss was responsible for the statue of King George V in Flower Bazar, which member of the Lodd family gifted the Edward VII statue that stood opposite The Hindu till recently?

19. During whose reign did Seikkizhar write the Periya Puranam?

20. Whom did Subramania Bharati consider the ‘Trinity of Tamil poets’?

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1. Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia; 2. Pablo Picasso; 3. Narco tests, brain mapping tests and lie detector tests; 4. David Cameron; 5. The world famous department store Harrods; 6. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Russia; 7. Brazil; 8. Mont Blanc; 9. Rabindranath Tagore; 10. Bihar.

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11. The zoo, now in Vandalur; 12. Angadi Theru; 13. S.R. Ranganathan; 14. Perumalsamy Namperumalsamy of Aravind Eye Care Hospitals fame; 15. Vidya Mandir; 16. He is the only Independent member (as per the official website); 17. Poppat Jamal and Sons; 18. Krishnadas Balamukundas; 19. Kulottunga Chola II (1133-1150 A.D.); 20. Kamban; Thiruvalluvar and Ilango Adigal.


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Road widening is NOT the answer for City’s traffic
River basins, not stretches, should be looked at
Travails of city bus travel
Adyar Poonga gets ready for the public
Historic Residences of Chennai - 43
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