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VOL. XXII NO. 2, MAY 1-15, 2012
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. The 100th anniversary of which celebrated maritime disaster was observed on April 14th-15th?

2. Among much media attention, a Pakistani scientist, incarcerated in Ajmer, was granted bail by the Supreme Court of India recently. His name?

3. On April 12th, two powerful earthquakes struck the coast of Sumatra, creatines tremors in India too. Of which Asian nation is Sumatra a part?

4. Who was re-elected as General Secretary of the CPI (M) for a third consecutive term at the party's congress in Kozhikode recently?

5. The 30th anniversary of which war between a European country and a South American nation was observed recently?

6. Which celebrated writer's first adult novel will be called The Casual Vacancy?

7. Another book question. British writer William Boyd has been asked to write a new novel which will feature which iconic hero who battles the world's evil forces?

8. At which U.S. airport was Shah Rukh Khan recently detained by authorities, leading to a diplomatic issue?

9. Which famous tech company affirmed its status as the world's most valuable company after breaching the $600 billion mark in market valuation?

10. Instagram, the popular photo sharing application, has been snapped up by which popular online giant for $1 billion?

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11. What is the anglicised name of the fort town called Sadurangapattinam?

12. In which town, synonymous with a famous literary work, can you pass through road-arches named after Ilango Adigal, Kovalan and Manimekalai, among others?

13. How many kuzhis are there in the traditional version of 'Pallanguzhi'?

14. Which famed jewellers had their showroom at Shankar's Building (or Diamond House) on the Esplanade in Chennai before Hotel Saravana Bhavan occupied the premises in the 1990s?

15. Who wrote the Poompavai Pathigam?

16. On what vahana do Kapaleeswarar and Karapagambal ride after their wedding on the tenth day of the annual festival in Panguni?

17. Name the famed builder who tended to the ailing Srinivasa Ramanujan on his return to Madras in 1919.

18. What is the claim to fame of Nathamuni and Govindu after whom streets are named in T'Nagar in Chennai?

19. Which Chennai theatre was the first to get a wide screen – way back in the 1960s?

20. Paul Benfield, a 18th Century EIC engineer, is credited with first showcasing Indo-Saracenic architecture to the world with which building in Chennai?

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1. Sinking of the Titanic; 2. Dr. Khalil Chisty, 3. Indonesia; 4. Prakash Karat; 5. Falklands War; 6. J.K. Rowling; 7. James Bond; 8. WhitePlains; 9. Apple; 10. Facebook.

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11. Sadras; 12. Poompuhar; 13. Fourteen, 14. Surajmal's; 15. Sambandar, 16. Ravana vahana; 17. Thatikonda Namberumal Chetty; 18. They were workers who were killed when laying drain pipes in the area; 19. Pilot; 20. Chepauk Palace.

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In this issue

Government offers hope again for Heritage Act
The least pedestrian-friendly Indian city: Chennai
When will we get all this power?
An exchange of letters
Perambur Railway Hospital - A remarkable journey to excellence
An Old Boy's advice
METERPODU – A work in progress
The economist as a Shakespearean scholar
A Chola temple near Tambaram

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