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Vol. XXVI No. 16, December 1-15, 2016

Quizzin with Ramnan

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

1. The Union Government’s award-based scheme to encourage consumers for transition to digital payments is called…?

2. Who is the only Indian in the Top 10 of Forbes’ ‘World’s Most Powerful People’?

3. On December 13th, who was sworn in as the nineth UN Secretary-General?

4. Who won the coveted Ballon d’Or recently?

5. President Pranab Mukherjee recently launched the ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ Campaign that aims to mobilise 100 million youth and children for 100 million underprivileged children across the world. Who is behind the initiative?

6. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently banned the use of which commonly used material for wrapping and packing of food items?

7. Name the legenary astronaut, the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving member of the famed Mercury 7 mission, who passed away recently.

8. Which is the most powerful language in the world according to the 2016 World Power Language Index published by World Economic Forum (WEF)?

9. Which Bharat Ratna-awar-dee’s birth anniversary will henceforth be also observed as ‘Water Day’?

10. UNESCO has formally inscribed which traditional Indian practice in its representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity?

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11. Of the 12 Major Ports in India, three are in Tamil Nadu. One is Chennai/Madras. Name the other two.

12. How did a red rose prove to be dangerous to Chennai in December?

13. Whose memoirs was titled Athirshtam Thantha Anuba-vangal (Experiences Given by Fortune)?

14. What was the given name of J. Jayalalithaa who passed away recently?

15. What promise made by Andal to Kallazhagar did Sri Ramanu-jacharya fulfil?

16. How many gopuram-s does the Madurai Meenakshi temple have and which is considered the oldest?

17. The two species of which aquatic bird are called ‘Poo narai’ and ‘Siriya poo narai’ in Tamil?

18. After which doyen of Carna-tic music is the road formerly called Palace Road now named?

19. What is now located in the Mysore royalty’s Chamundesh-wari Gardens in San Thomé?

20. Which popular restaurant chain is named after an artiste who showed kindness to its founder Muthukrishna Reddy when he was a child?

Answers to Quiz

1. Lucky Grahak Yojana; 2. Narendra Modi @ No. 9; 3. Antonio -Gute-rres of Portugal; 4. Ronaldo; 5. Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi; 6. Newspaper; 7. John Glenn; 8. English; 9. B.R. Ambedkar; 10. Yoga.

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11. Ennore and Tuticorin; 12. Vardah, the cyclone that hit the metro on December 12th, means ‘red rose’; 13. Cho Ramaswamy; 14.  Komalavalli; 15. 100 pots of butter (vennai) and sweet rice (akkaravadasil); 16. There are 14 gopuram-s with the East Gopuram being the first to be built; 17. Flamingo; 18. Papanasam Sivan; 19.  Russian Consulate General; 20. Vasantha Bhavan (named after N.C. Vasanthakokilam).

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