Thursday, September 3, 2009

Weekly Quiz

Q Originally a talisman against evil, this symbol was used in the courts of Vikramaditya and Akbar. Now it is also used to classify specific Public Sector Undertakings. What?

Q His nickname which he initially disliked came about in the 60s when he was in his youth and he was given the job of collecting his band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst the band members. Consequently the rest of the band jokingly referred to him as "___
____". Name him.

Q The word for island or peninsula in Arabic is used to refer to many things, including the Arabian peninsula, a settlement in Sharjah and a major Arabic television network and channel based in Qatar. Which national capital also gets its name from the same root?

Q In March 2008, he became the third man (after Richard Gere and George Clooney) and the first sportsman to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine. His appearance in a King Kong pose created controversy about stereotyping blacks as gorillas. Who?

Q Raja Maharaj Singh was the first post-independence Governor of Bombay. He has also played one first-class cricket match, captaining Bombay Governor's XI against a touring Commonwealth XI, in which he was dismissed by Jim Laker for the score of 4 runs. What first class record does he thus hold?

Q The bricks used to build this building were brought from Burma. The building had seven wings, with a central tower. The wings forked out of the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle wheel. A large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm in any eventuality. What nickname did this building have, which evoked the deep seas and a sense of exile?

Q Which company was created by the 1996 merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz Laboratories, both Swiss pharmaceutical companies with long histories, and is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland?

Q . When the West German stand at the Delhi Industrial Exhibition of 1959 folded up, parts of their equipment were offered to the Govt. of India. Using this equipment, what was started on Sep 15, 1959 within a 25km radius of New Delhi?

Q The place of his birth was an important garrison town for the East India Company forces. Located on the Grand Trunk Road, it is now a well connected industrial center. His dad represented United Provinces in Ranji Trophy. He played most of his cricket in a town about 55 miles east-southeast of London, famous as a pilgrimage destination for Christians. Last year he was one of the recipients of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz. And he allegedly is the only man to have witnessed both Brian Lara's innings of 501 not out vs. Durham and Hanif Mohammed's 499 in
Karachi . Identify ?

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