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VOL. XXII NO. 4, June 1-15, 2012
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. The largest-ever sale of a professional sports franchise was finalised on May 1st for $ 2.1 billion. Name the sporting club.

2. Name the Edvard Munch's painting that fetched a record $120 million at a recent auction.

3. Name the new French President.

4. Who scored the winning goal that secured Manchester City the English Premier League title ahead of Manchester United on goal difference?

5. Name the child actress, who starred in the award-winning Paa with Amitabh Bachchan, killed in the recent plane crash in Nepal.

6. The Supreme Court recently halted a plan by the Indian Government to re-introduce which graceful predator after experts said the idea was 'totally misconceived'?

7. Which tech major recently got a licence to drive self-driven cars in a U.S. state?

8. According to a recent announcement by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, what is the cap on the duration of advertisements per hour on Indian television?

9. On May 13th, the Diamond Jubilee of which solemn event in India's democracy was observed?

10. In which Scottish city was a centre dedicated to the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore launched on the occasion of the Nobel Laureate's 151st birth anniversary?

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11. Which edifice in Egmore sits on the place which once had a bungalow called Haslemere?

12. After which freedom fighter is the Wall Tax Road renamed?

13. In 18th Century, to what use was put the soil got from flattening Hoghill, an elevated piece of land near Chennai Central?

14. Which political party had its genesis at Robinson Park in September 1949?

15. Which influential leader from the State was described by the UNESCO (in a citation) as 'the prophet of the new age and the Socrates of South East Asia', among other things?

16. Which famous eatery in Chennai, synonymous with a type of idli preparation, is owned by one Rajendra Gupta?

17. Of the five places, the first was Volgograd in 1966 and the fifth and the latest San Antonio in Texas in 2007. What am I talking about?

18. After whom is the Bangaru Ammal Koil Street in Mylapore named??

19. Which postal jurisdiction in Chennai has a palindromic pin code?

20. As per the currency issued by the Madras Presidency until 1815, how many Fanams made up one Rupee?

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1. The American baseball club Los Angeles Dodgers; 2. 'Scream'; 3. Francois Hollande; 4. Sergio Agüero; 5. Taruni Sachdev; 6. African cheetah; 7. Google; 8. 12 minutes; 9. The first sitting of the Parliament; 10. Edinburgh.

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11. The Tamil Nadu Archives; 12. V.O. Chidambaram Pillai; 13. To fill up the drain that became Popham's Braodway; 14. The DMK; 15. Periyar; 16. Ratna Café; 17. Sister cities of Chennai (Madras); 18. The wife of Buchi Babu (of cricket fame); 19. Greams Road (600006); 20. 12 Fanams.

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In this issue

A good act, but could be better!
Integrating the City's transport
It's time to manage transport in the City
Elephants over the centuries
Vivekananda's Chicago visit
The day the Don had us nearly run out
Our cars, 1962-2011
Sounds you do not hear

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