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(ARCHIVE) VOL. XXII NO. 24, April 1-15, 2013
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. How did Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio make world headlines on March 13th?

2. On March 5th, whose record did M.S. Dhoni better to become the most successful Test captain in Indian cricket history?

3. Who is the new equivalent of Pranab Mukherjee in China?

4. Name the prestigious award, dubbed the 'Oscars of the sporting world', recently awarded to Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis for being chosen as World Sportsman, Sportswoman of the Year.

5. Hugo Chavez, a charismatic leader of a South American country, passed away on March 5th. Which country?

6. Name the simple and 'poorest' leader who was sworn in the Chief Minister of Tripura for a fourth successive term.

7. Scientists have accurately calculated the distance to our which nearest galaxy, saying it is 163,000 light years away. Name the galaxy.

8. Name the Indian Olympic medallist who got into trouble for alleged links with an international drug peddling network.

9. Name the Indian version of the US military's 'Tomahawk' cruise missile. DRDO tested it on March 12th.

10. The World Bank recently barred which Indian business conglomerate from doing any business with it for six months because of certain actions of one of its senior executives?

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11. In the Adhikara Nandi sevai at Kapaleeswarar Koil, if the Lord comes on the Nandi, on what does Karpagambal come?

12. Where near Chennai is the largest desalination plant for drinking water in the country?

13. In 1996, if Madras became Chennai, what did North Arcot Ambedkar become?

14. Only two structures of this kind have a 'transportation' feature. One is at Charleston Light at Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. Name the other on the Chennai seafront. What is the structure?

15. Where in Chennai can you visit 'He' who is popularly known as 'CA Anjaneyar' or 'Bank Anjaneyar'?

16. By what popular name is the ITPC (International Tech Park, Chennai) referred to?

17. What does now stand at the Travancore Pavilion in Nandanam?

18. Expand RSRM, as in the name of the Government RSRM Lying-In Hospital in Royapuram.

19. Which future king laid the commencement memorial stone for the commencement of the Madras Harbour works in December 1875?

20. What structure, synonymous with West Mambalam, came about thanks to the efforts of Vepathur Venkatarama Iyer, Srinivasa Rao and K. Subramania Iyer?

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1. He became the new Pope, Pope Francis; 2. Sourav Ganguly; 3. Xi Jinping; 4. Laureus Awards; 5. Venezuela; 6. Manik Sarkar; 7. Large Magellanic Cloud; 8. Vijender Singh; 9. Nirbhay; 10. Larsen and Toubro.

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11. On a Gandharvi; 12. Nemmeli; 13. Vellore; 14. Marina Lighthouse. It is one of the two that has an elevator; 15. In the TNCSARD Bank campus near Alwarpet circle; 16. Ascendas; 17. Golf Annexe of the Cosmopolitan Club; 18. Rajah Sir Savalai Ramaswamy Mudaliar; 19. King George V (then the Prince of Wales); 20. Ayodhya (Ashwamedha Maha) Mandapam.

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An innovative budget
Mistaking reconstruction for restoration
On the Bookshelves
That mosquito buzz
A hundred years of the Stanes
Katherine Mayo vs. Mother India
Heading the Academy for 30 years
The Stanley Spirit
Hero, Sati, Memorial and Naga stones

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