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Vol. XXV No. 24, April 1-15, 2016

Quizzin with Ramanan

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

1. Which Hindi actor, known for his patriotic films, has been conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2015?
2. In Forbes magazine’s 30th annual list of the world’s richest people, who is the richest Indian?
3. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has suspended which high-profile, glamorous sportswoman as a goodwill ambassador after she tested positive for a banned substance in January?
4. Htin Kyaw has become the first civilian president of which of India’s neighbours which has had 53 years of military rule?
5. Which team won the latest edition of the Santosh Trophy, the symbol of national supremacy in football?
6. Ray Tomlinson, a legend in the world of the Internet, passed away recently. What is his most important contribution to the digital world?
7. What are the International Finance Corporation’s bonds, launched recently to mobilise Rs. 30 crore from Japanese retail investors to promote private sector development in India, called?
8. The Setu Bharatam project has been launched for which purpose?
9. Which team won the third edition of the Pro Kabaddi League recently?
10. In a major boost for AI, which computer programme developed by Google DeepMind beat a human champion in the ancient Chinese game Go?


11. Which political organisation body’s daily is Viduthalai, established in the 1930s?
12. The first city to benefit from these conveniences, how many self-cleaning, smart e-toilets have been installed in Chennai recently?
13. Which European country will partner with India to develop Coimbatore as a ‘smart city’?
14. 22-year-old M. Swetha made news for becoming the State’s first engineering graduate from which community?
15. Name the widow of the king of Sivaganga, Muthuvaduganatha Periyaudaiyathevar, who is now being regarded as the first queen of Tamil origin to fight against the British in India.
16. K. Ayyappan established which brand, synonymous with an accompaniment to a South Indian meal, in the 1920s?
17. Which former Collector of Madras, an Englishman buried in Dindigul, founded the College of Fort St. George in 1812?
18. What do the initials in Periyar’s name stand for?
19. In the 1860s, what cargo did ships like Arabella and Young Mechanic carry from the USA to Madras?
20. On January 12, 1967, a shooting incident rocked Madras and the country. Who shot whom?

Answers to Quiz

1. Manoj Kumar; 2. Mukesh Ambani; 3. Maria Sharapova; 4. Myanmar; 5. Services; 6. Inventor of E-mail and who picked @ symbol for addresses; 7. Uridashi Masala Bonds (Japanese bonds); 8. To make all National highways free of railway crossings by 2019; 9. Patna Pirates; 10. AlphaGo.

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11. Dravidar Kazhagam; 12. 183; 13. Germany; 14. Narikuravars; 15. Rani Velu Nachiyar; 16. Ambika appalams; 17. Francis Whyte Ellis; 18. Erode Venkata; 19. Ice, on behalf of the Tudor Company; 20. M.R. Radha shot MGR.

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