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Vol. XXXI No. 11, September 16-30, 2021

Quizzin’ with Ram’nan

Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s first 10 questions are on current affairs and the next 10 are India’s highest military decoration, the Param Vir Chakra and Ashoka Chakra.

1. Which Central American nation recently became the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender?

2. Which Asian nation recently issued a ban on children and teenagers playing online video games on school nights and only one hour between Friday and Sunday?

3. Name the two Indian athletes who won two medals each at the recent Paralympics?

4. What new international record did the record-breaking Cristiano Ronaldo set recently in the WC qualifier against Ireland?

5. Which centre of learning has topped the overall top spot in the National Institutional Rankings Framework for the third year running?

6. With which European nation has Tamil Nadu State planned to create an energy island in the Gulf of Mannar as the State looks to expand its footprint in the green energy sector?

7. Whose birthday has the Tamil Nadu government decided to celebrate as ‘Social Justice Day’?

8. According to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which fuel has been eradicated from the globe with Algeria, the last country to use it, exhausting its stocks in July 2021?

9. The world’s highest motorable road between Leh and which ­famous water body in Ladakh was inaugurated recently?

10. Which global Dutch fintech services provider is to acquire the leading Indian digital payments provider BillDesk for $4.7 billion in one of the largest deals in the Indian fintech sector?

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11. What is the basic difference ­between the Param Vir Chakra (PVC) and Ashoka Chakra (AC)?

12. Of the 21 persons honoured with the PVC so far, what is so special about Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon?

13. Which mythical weapon is part of the PVC medal design?

14. Who was given the AC in 1984 for being the only Indian citizen to achieve a feat so far?

15. Name the brave purser-cum-model who became the first woman to be conferred the AC and was played by Sonam Kapoor in a biopic.

16. What connects the first PVC recipient Somnath Sharma and the designer of the medal Savitri Khanolkar?

17. Name the PVC winner on whom the recent hit Shershaah is based?

18. Which is the only award that ranks higher in precedence than both the PVC and AC?

19. If the AC has a dark-green ribbon with a central saffron stripe, what is the colour of a PVC ribbon?

20. What connects Bana Singh, Yogendra Singh Yadav, and Sanjay Kumar?

Answers to Quiz

1. El Salvador, 2. China, 3. Shooters Avani Lekhara and Singhraj ­Adhana, 4. Most number of career international goals with, 5. IIT Madras, 6. Denmark, 7. ‘Periyar’ E.V. Ramasamy, 8. Leaded petrol, that had a toxic effect, 9. Pangong Lake, 10. PayU.

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11. PVC is awarded for most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy, while the AC is the peacetime equivalent of the PVC, 12. He is the only Indian Air Force officer to get the medal, 13. Indra’s Vajra, 14. Rakesh Sharma, only Indian citizen to go to space, 15. Neerja Bhanot, 16. Savitri was the mother-in-law of Somnath’s brother, 17. Vikram Batra, 18. Bharat Ratna, 19. Purple, 20. They are the only three living recipients of the PVC.

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