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(ARCHIVE) VOL. XXII NO. 21, February 16-28, 2013
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. In an announcement that could affect India, China has approved three new hydropower dams on which mighty river?

2. Who retained their Australian Open singles crowns recently?

3. Who was the State Guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi?

4. Name the respected US-based independent think tank that has opened its India centre for public policy research, with the likes of Mukesh Ambani of Reliance and Kris Gopalakrishnan of Infosys supporting the initiative.

5. Which popular playback singer declined the Padma Bhushan citing she deserves the Bharat Ratna?

6. Name the Pakistani-American terrorist sentenced to 35 years in prison by an US court for his role in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.

7. Which State capital city became, on January 18th, the latest to host an ODI in India?

8. As part of the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the Moon, scientists with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed which iconic image to the spacecraft from Earth?

9. The Canadian company 'Research In Motion' has decided to rename itself after its most famous brand. What name?

10. Name the European queen who recently announced that she is abdicating in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander.

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11. Which dish, synonymous with British Madras, is said to have been 'invented' by Col. Kenney-Herbert at the Madras Club in the 19th Century?

12. What academic distinction with regard to education in Madras was Dr. Cadambi Minakshi the first to achieve in 1936?

13. Name the Dutch castle that was raised at Pulicat in 1610 and is now in ruins.

14. Name the legal luminary, the first Indian to become a Judge of a High Court, who has a bridge near Central Station named after him.

15. Which institution for treatment and rehabilitation was founded in 1928 by Dr. David Jacob Aaron Chowry-Muthu?

16. Which First Lady of Madras has had a nursing home and estate in Madras, an aerodrome in New Delhi, and an island in Kochi, named after her among many other things?

17. Which famous American author made this comment about the stately Madras High Court buildings: "…a telling structure, pleasant to see. It has a proper look, as if it belonged to the country"?

18. What is at present located at Gopal Bagh, Mount Road, the residence of the Maharajah of Bobbili who was Prime Minister of Madras?

19. In the yesteryear comedy hit Madras To Pondicherry, who played the roles of driver and conductor of the bus?

20. Name the resident of Chennai who is the oldest Test cricketer alive from South India.

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1. Brahmaputra; 2. Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, 3. The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Wangchuck; 4. The Brookings Institution; 5. S. Janaki; 6. David Headley; 7. Ranchi; 8. Mona Lisa; 9. BlackBerry; 10. Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.

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11. Mulligatawny soup; 12. She was the first woman to earn a doctorate from the University of Madras; 13. Castle Geldria; 14. T. Muthuswami Iyer; 15. Tambaram Sanatorium; 16. Marie Adelaide Freeman-Thomas, Marchioness of Willingdon; 17. Mark Twain; 18. The MAS and Sundaram Motors offices; 19. A. Karunanidhi and Nagesh; 20. C.D. Gopinath.

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In this Issue

A crawl to list heritage sites
Now, a glass-fronted building in the heart of heritage!
Tamil films – alive and kicking
First Indian doctor with foreign degree
From kanji thotti hospital to one of excellence
Oh, for those gardens!
'Pop' goes the soap bubbles

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