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VOL. XXII NO. 7, July 16-31, 2012
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

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

1. On June 16th, which Laureate personally accepted a Nobel Prize, 21 years after being awarded the prize in absentia?

2. Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who passed away recently, was the Crown Prince of which Asian entity?

3. Daredevil Nik Wallenda of the US recently became the first person to walk across which natural wonder on a high wire?

4. On June 30th, who was sworn in President of Egypt, the first elected president to succeed Hosni Mubarak who was ousted in last year's revolution?

5. An 11-year-old world record in which gruelling athletics event was bettered by Ashton Eaton recently?

6. Which site in India was recently added to UNESCO's natural World Heritage Sites list?

7. What Guinness world record was set by the music band 'The Flaming Lips' between June 27th and 28th?

8. In the world of computing, what high did Blue Gene/Q achieve recently?

9. Which Asian premier stepped down recently after his nation's apex court disqualified him after he was pronounced guilty in a contempt case?

10. Which team was crowned the NBA champion recently?

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11. What do the initials T.M. stand for in the name of Dr. T.M. Nair Road, one of T. Nagar's main roads?

12. Which education institution was started as the Dravida Patasala for Tamil boys and the Hindu Andhra Balura Patasala for Telugu boys?

13. Name the first full-length Tamil talkie film, made in 1932.

14. Where in Chennai was the first petrol bunk set up in early 1930s?

15. Maharajah Surya Rao, after whom a road is named in Chennai, was the ruler of which place?

16. In which temple in Tiruchi does Shiva sport the Sun instead of the Moon and is also called Javantinathar?

17. Iyya Mudali Street in Chintadripet is famed for what product?

18. The 108-year-old Proprietors' Club is now better known as...?

19. In the early 19th Century, PBA was the abbreviation for the three biggest names of Madras business. Identify them.

20. What was the former name of Sriramulu Naidu Park in Chennai?

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1. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi; 2. Saudi Arabia; 3. Niagara Falls; 4. Mohamed Morsi; 5. Decathlon; 6. The Western Ghats; 7. Most number of live shows in different cities in 24 hours; 8. It became the world's fastest supercomputer; 9. Pakistan's Yousaf Raza Gillani; 10. Miami Heat.

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11. Tarawad Madhavan; 12. Hindu Higher Secondary School; 13. Galavarishi or Kalava; 14. Near the Mount Road roundtana close to the Annadurai statue; 15. Pithapuram; 16. The Matrubhuteshwarar temple of the Rockfort shrine; 17. Garlands made of sandal, tinsel or lace used in social and religious functions; 18. Mylapore Club; 19. Parry, Binny and Arbuthnot; 20. Loane's Park named after Samuel Joshua Loane who was responsible for constructing the Moore Market.

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In this issue

First in bus accidents – a dubious status for Chennai
Whither VP Hall's restoration?
Nostalgia – Memories of Madras
Looking back – Goldingham and the Madras Observatory
Cricket in India stands for hope & opportunity
A music academy for the future
Ismena Warren – documenting Madras in water-colours and sketches
Better use of city spaces
Garden gloom

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