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Vol. XXV No. 10, September 1-15, 2015

Quizin with Ramanan

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

1. Which Asian country on August 15th changed its time zone to 8.5 hours ahead of GMT to mark its liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II?
2. Which Chennai-born Indian is the new CEO of online giant Google?
3. Narendra Modi’s new inititaitve to promote bank finance for start-ups (an entrepreneurial venture) announced recently is called…?
4. Which nation-wide scheme has been acknowledged as the world’s largest cash transfer programme (households) by the Guinness Book of World Records?
5. Which former Karnataka Chief Minister, and a Former Union Minister and a noted litterateur has been conferred with the prestigious Saraswathi Samman award?
6. In which famous city in Rajasthan was India’s biggest telescope, the Multi Application Solar Telescope (MAST), inaugurated recently?
7. Name the only two Indians in the top 20 of the first-ever list of 100 Richest People In Technology, released by Forbes recently.
8. Name the seven-pronged plan launched by the Union Finance Minister on August 14th to revamp functioning of public sector banks.
9. The 40th anniversary of the release of the biggest Hindi blockbuster was celebrated on August 15th. Name the flim.
10. What major shift did Twitter do on August 14th?

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11. Which Governor of Madras was responsible for converting the campus of the College of Fort St. George into the Department of Public Instruction in Egmore?
12. After whom is the multi-storeyed edifice, housing various government departments inside Fort St. George, named?
13. Name the non-Muslim who created the chronogram engraved in stone and fixed inside the western wall of the big mosque in Triplicane.
14. Which popular restaurant chain in Chennai was started in 1948 by a man from Mathura, Triloknath Gupta?
15. Name the son of one of the co-founders of The Hindu who went on to become a Union Minister.
16. ABP were three companies responsible for the growth of Madras’ commerce. If P was Parry, what were A and B?
17. With what historic first are child widows Ammakutty, Lakshmi and Parvathi credited with nearly a century back?
18. If the Cooum has its mouth near the Napier Bridge, where is its source?
19. Which educational institution started functioning on July 2, 1948 in premises leased from Hobart School, Royapettah?
20. There are four restaurants in Vivanta by Taj Connemara. If one is Distil, name the other three.

Answers to Quiz

1. North Korea; 2. Sundar Pichai; 3. ‘Start-up India, Stand up India’; 4. The Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh (PAHAL) scheme for LPG subsidy; 5. M. Veerappa Moily; 6. Udaipur; 7. Azim Premji and Shiv Nadar; 8. ‘Indradhansuh’; 9. Sholay; 10. It lifted the 140-character limit for users to send direct messages.

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11. Thomas Munro; 12. Namakkal Kavignar Maligai; 13. Rajah Makkan Lal Khirad; 14. Ratna Cafe; 15. T.T. Krishnamachariar, son of T.T. Rangachariar; 16. Arbuthnot and Binny, 17. They were the first three child widows to graduate from Queen Mary’s College; 18. Sattarai village; 19. Ethiraj College; 20. Raintree, The Verandah and Hip Asia

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