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VOL. XXII NO. 3, MAY 16-31, 2012
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period April 16th to 30th. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. Which ambitious construction recently became the tallest building in New York City, overtaking the Empire State Building?

2. UNESCO marked the first-ever 'International Day' for which popular genre of music on April 30th?

3. Name the two eminent women nominated to the Rajya Sabha along with Sachin Tendulkar.

4. On which river did a ferry capsize recently leading to more than 100 deaths?

5. Which iconic vessel is to be rebuilt by Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, for operations from 2016?

6. What ambitious plan was announced recently by Planetary Resources, a company that has among its investors Oscar-winning film-maker James Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page?

7. Which SAARC country's Prime Minister was found guilty of contempt by his country's Supreme Court but given only a token sentence of imprisonment lasting less than a minute?

8. What is India's latest long-range intercontinental ballistic missile successfully launched from Wheeler Island recently?

9. On April 27th, one of the most respected sporting team managers, Pep Guardiola, announced that he would step down after his team, the defending champion, exited from his continent's prestigious club competition. Name the club.

10. In which Indian city was a 'Right to Pee' campaign, demanding better public toilet facilities for women, launched by NGOs?

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11. What is the name of the temple referred to as 'Allingal's Pagoda' in the East India Company's records?

12. Which hotel, now gone, was built by the M.S. Ramaswami Chettiar family in the 1950s near Foreshore Estate?

13. In the context of music awards, what distinction did T.V. Subba Rao, T.S. Sabhesha Iyer and M.S. Ramaswamy Iyer have?

14. Which 'rich' street in Chennai houses the Madras Progressive Union School, Hindu Theological School (1889) and the Thondaimandalam Thruva Vellalar School?

15. Which educational institution came up in the 1940s at the place once called Palm Grove on Royapettah High Road?

16. How is the freedom fighter Theerthagiri Sarkkarai Mandraadiyaar, or Theerthagiri Gounder, better known?

17. Which city was the home of the famous Modern Theatres, started by T.R. Sundaram in 1937?

18. What is the name of Balakumaran's sequel to Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan?

19. Which is the only district in the State to have more than ten taluks? It has eleven.

20. How many zeroes are there in the Tamil number 'thollun'?

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1. One World Trade Center coming up on the site of the destroyed WTC; 2. Jazz; 3. Actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Agha; 4. Brahmaputra; 5. Titanic; 6. Mining asteroids for precious metals; 7. Pakistan's Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani; 8. Agni-V; 9. Barcelona; 10. Mumbai.

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11. Ekambareswaraswami Temple on Mint Street; 12. The Oceanic; 13. They were the first winners of the Sangita Kalanidhi titles (in 1929); 14. Mint Street; 15. Kesari High School; 16. Dheeran Chinnamalai; 17. Salem; 18. Udayar; 19. Tirunelveli; 20. Nine zeroes (1,00,00,00,000 or 100 crore).

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In this issue

Heritage legislation at last
What should be done to space beneath flyovers?
Endangered historic site
Tiger, Tiger, burning bright (in Madras)
Birdwatching Notes
A post-box out of the past
The historical legacy of an engineering marvel
English Theatre returns
DRAVID – He fought the good battle every time

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