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Special Madras Week Issue | VOL. XXII NO. 9, August 16-31, 2012
Quizzin' with Ram'nan

(Current Affairs questions are from the period July 16th to 31st. Questions 11 to 20 pertain to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)

1. On July 22nd, Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win which prestigious event in its 99-year history?

2. Larissa Latynina's 48-year-old mark was erased on July 31st. What record and by whom?

3. What symbol has Twitter introduced for users to click on stock symbols and see related tweets as a way?

4. Who carried the Indian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games?

5. On July 18th, which Asian was officially announced the Supreme Leader of his country, a post that he has occupied de facto since his father's death?

6. Name the first American female astronaut, and third overall, who died recently of pancreatic cancer.

7. What is 'Me The Musical' launched on Facebook all about?

8. Which Asian nation has won exclusive rights to exploit a deep-sea mine in the Indian Ocean that could produce more than $300 million worth of minerals a year?

9. Name the latest iteration of Apple's OS X launched on July 25th.

10. Name the author of Narcopolis that has been put on the Booker Prize long-list.

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11. Name the Director of the Krishnagiri-based NGO Integrated Village Development Programme who has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award this year.

12. Who wrote Thembavani (The Unfading Garland), an extraordinary epic poem that is 3615 stanzas long?

13. Name the temple in the metropolis where Ramalinga Swamigal sang of "charitable Chennai".

14. Ramalayam, which stands at the corner of Besant Avenue and Sardar Patel Road, is the palace of which South Indian royal family?

15. The Kuppam School, set up by Sister Subbalakshmi, is now called...?

16. Which Taluk in Chennai Collectorate has the most number of villages (15)?

17. Which famous institution stands on the old site of the Monegar Choultry established in 1782?

18. Which town in Theni District did Pandit Nehru call 'South Kashmir' because of the weather and natural beauty?

19. With respect to Geographic Indications, which places are for jamakkalam and sungudi?

20. Who collected the Tiruvaymoli, one of the Divya Prabandhams?

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1. Tour de France; 2. Winning most Olympic medals. Michael Phelps won his 19th medal on that day; 3. The $ symbol; 4. Wrestler Sushil Kumar; 5. Kim Jong-un of North Korea; 6. Sally Ride; 7. Launched by Intel, it creates a personalised animated movie which takes FB users on an entertaining journey, via song and dance, through world events; 8. South Korea; 9. Mountain Lion; 10. Jeet Thayil.

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11. Kulandei Francis; 12. Viramamunivar; 13. Kandar Kottam; 14. The Travancore family; 15. Lady Willingdon High School; 16. Mambalam-Guindy; 17. Stanley Medical College; 18. Bodinayakanur; 19. Bhavani and Madurai; 20. Nammalwar.

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