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Vol. XXVII No. 10, September 1-15, 2017

Quizzin’ with Ramanan

(Quizmaster V.V. Ramanan’s questions are from August 1st to 15th. Questions 11 to 20 relate to Chennai and Tamil Nadu.)
1. Recently, US scientists developed the world’s first plant-based Zika vaccine, that may be more effective, safer and cheaper, by extracting proteins from which plant which can be deadly in another context?
2. Name the nationwide campaign launched on August 12th (World Elephant Day) by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to protect the pachyderms.
3. Name the renowned songwriter-poet who is the new Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification, replacing the ‘controversial’ Pahlaj Nihalani.
4. ‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ (attainment through resolve) was the theme of the 75th anniversary of which movement observed on August 9th?
5. Who did M. Venkaiah Naidu beat to become India’s 13th Vice President?
6. Name the new exchange-traded fund (ETF) launched by the Union Finance Ministry to speed up the Government’s disinvestment programme.
7. On August 2nd, who retired from public appearances at the age of 96, after having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
8. Which club has got Neymar from FC Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee of Euro 222 million?
9. Name the hospital in Gorakhpur (UP) where more than 30 children died, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply to the wards, leading to nationwide shock and condemnation.
10. ‘Gabriel Chundan’ is the new champion of which race, the 65th edition of which was conducted in a southern State on August 12th?

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11. What is the reason for the prefix ‘Bodyguard’ before the deity Muneeswarar in the temple on Pallavan Salai?
12. Name the popular bakery, part of the Bhimannanpettai Corporation Community College on C. P. Ramaswamy Iyer Road, that helps school drop-outs by providing training in baking to make a living.
13. Whose statue is found at the entrance of the Ezhilagam building near the beach?
14. If the first was Kanta Kumari Bhatnagar in 1992, then who was the second?
15. Where is the Post Graduate Research Institute in Animal Sciences, formerly called Livestock Research Station, located?
16. Which specific four-lettered word meaning Church of Scotland is part of an imposing Madras edifice?
17. Which famous centre of learning in the metro has the motto Siddhirbhavathi karmaja (taken from the Bhagavad Gita)?
What did Goday Narayana Gajapathi Rao commission near the beach to show his ‘gratitude’ to Queen Victoria for elevating him from a ‘zamindar’ to a ‘raja’?
After the National Highways were renumbered in 2010, what is the current number for erstwhile NH4?
What came into being on May 12, 1978 thanks to 16 nature enthusiasts led by Vivek Kunte?

Answers to Quiz

1. Tobacco, 2. ‘Gaj Yatra’, 3. Prasoon Joshi, 4. Quit India Movement, 5. Gopalakrishna Gandhi, 6. Bharat 22, 7. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 8. Paris Saint-Germain, 9. Baba Raghav Das Medical College, 10. Nehru Trophy Boat Race on the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha.

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11. Pallavan Salai was formerly called Bodyguard Lines. Hence the prefix! 12. Winners Bakery, 13. Jagjivan Ram, 14. Indira Banerjee. The only two women Chief Justices of Madras High Court, 15. Kattupakkam, 16. Kirk, 17. IIT Madras, 18. The statue of Queen Victoria outside the University of Madras, which was unveiled on June 20, 1887, 19. 48, 20. Madras Naturalists’ Society.

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