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VOL. XXII NO. 6, July 1-15, 2012
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. Which African nation’s ousted President was sentenced to life imprisonment on June 2nd for his complicity in the killing of demonstrators in the 2011 revolu­tion?

2. For what occasion was a flotilla of 1000 ships seen on the Thames on June 3rd, the largest on the river in 350 years?

3. On June 4th, which sports personality was sworn in a Member of the Rajya Sabha?

4. The last such instance of which astrono­mical event in the 21st Century was witnessed between June 5th and June 6th?

5. Name the celebrated author of such Science Fiction classics as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, who passed away recently.

6. Which country has become the second country after the UK in the world, to introduce binding targets on climate change?

7. What aviation feat was achieved by Solar Impulse on June 6th?

8. The size of which coveted century-old global award is being reduced by 20 per cent in order to avoid an undermining of its capital from a long-term perspective?

9. Whose record of six titles at Roland Garros did Rafael Nadal overtake by winning his seventh French Open title recently?

10. Oxford University researchers have dated to the first century AD the remains in Bulgaria of which influential Biblical character?

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11. Who is credited with compiling Tevaram which com­prised the first seven volumes of the 12-volume Tirumurai during the 12th Century?

12. Sujatha’s Kandalur Vasantha Kumaran Kathai deals with which incident in Chola history?

13. What sensational incident took place on General Collins Road in Vepery on November 8, 1944?

14. If Azim Jah Bahadur was the first in the 1850s, then who is the current one?

15. Which edifice in Chennai was originally built for Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Company?

16. Where in Chennai is the National Centre for Ultra-Fast Processes, meant for ‘the use of researchers in academic institu­tions for time resolved emission and absorption studies in the pico-second time scale’?

17. Name the holding company of Simpson & Company and nearly 40 other group companies?

18. Which initiative on the outskirts of Chennai has been described by National Geographic magazine as “...probably the only successful example of the sustainable use of a wild species in India”?

19. By dropping which rowdy’s name does Cho make his entry in the play Madras by Night?

20.Where can you watch a perfor­mance in the quaintly designed Koothambalam?

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1. Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak; 2. Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II; 3. Sachin Tendulkar; 4. Transit of Venus; 5. Ray Bradbury; 6. Mexico; 7. It became the first solar-powered plane to complete the world’s first inter­continental flight; 8. Nobel Prize; 9. Bjorn Borg; 10. John the Baptist.

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11. Nambi Andar Nambi; 12. The situations leading Raja Raja Chola to invade Kandalur, a sea port; 13. The murder of the ‘yellow journalist’ Lakshmikantham; 14. Mohammad Abdul Ali, the eighth Prince of Arcot; 15. VGP’s Victory House in Mount Road; 16. University of Madras campus in Taramani; 17. Amalgamations Group; 18. The Irula Snake Catchers Industrial Cooperative Society (ISCICS); 19. ‘Jambajaar Jaggu’; 20. Kalakshetra.

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In this issue

Still no solutions to woes caused by parking
How do we curb cell-phone use on the roads?
It's fascinating to catch up with local history
Looking back
When Madras went on the AIR
Driving Down Memory Lane
The actor in the shadows
There's urgent need to list heritage in 800 towns

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