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Born on 16 November,1942 in Orissa, he is widely
considered as the Father of Indian telecom. He is the
current chairman of India's National Knowledge
Commission. He is also the Chairman of World-Tel Limited,
an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) initiative.
He holds many key technology patents, has been involved
in several startups, and lectures extensively around the
world on management, governance and the implications of
communications and information technology. He also
heads National Information Highway Authority- a
Government of India initiative to synergize its various e-
Identify this cricketer and the record he holds
• Mick Lewis of Australia. He holds the record
for most expensive bowler in ODI history with
figures of 10-0-113-0 in his 10 overs against
When Napoleon's forces invaded Portugal in 1807,
the king of Portugal, John VI, fled to this city, and on
his arrival (1808) in that city ,it became the capital
of the Portuguese Empire and served as a capital
until 1822. What city are we talking about?
This tournament started one summer day in August
at Boston's Longwood Cricket Club in 1900. It was
conceived by the members of the Harvard
University team who wanted to challenge the
British team. The tournament format was conceived
by Dwight F Davis who was a part of the university
team. The first match was held between United
States and Great Britain. The US team beat the
Britain team. The following year the two countries
did not compete but the US won the next match in
1902. By 1905 the tournament expanded to include
Belgium, Austria, France, Australia and New
Zealand. What tournament are we talking about?
This place is Asia’s largest wholesale market. Built
by a king for his favorite daughter in 1650 AD so
that she could shop all she wanted to, this market
place derives its name from the canals filled with
water that sparkled like silver in the moonlight.
What place in contemporary Asia is this?
The idea originated through an American
businessman named William Willett who wanted it
primarily because he wanted to play golf in the
evenings. It was briefly instituted during World War
I as a way to conserve energy supplies but such was
the antagonism to the idea that it was dumped and
not revived till 1966. Now it is standard in much of
Europe as well. What are we talking about?
There is this famous scientist W who perhaps is
better known to the world for laying the
foundations of X. A famous playright Y once said -
“I can forgive W for having invented Z, but only a
fiend in human form could have invented X”.
Incidentally scientist W, was quite multi-talented.
He also authored a play,a tragedy in four acts based
on the life of Beatrice Cenci.
• W: Alfred Nobel
• X: Nobel prize
• Z: George Bernard Shaw
This is the Tranqebar or Tharangambadi fort situated
in the Nagapattinam district T.N. What is its
• It was the only Danish settlement in India
• The victory of the US ice hockey team over the
Soviets dubbed as ‘Miracle on Ice’
The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by
Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of
war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for
improved communications to support the large
Japanese army in Burma. An estimated 13000 PoWs
and 80000to 100,000 civiliansdied in the course of
the project, chiefly forced labour brought from
malaya and Dutch East indies, conscripted in Siam
What is this famous section of Burman railways?
With his wife Vilma at his wedding in 1959, who
is this lesser known sibling?
• Raul Castro, younger brother of Fidel castro
• In 1970, under company president Charles Peter
McColough, this company opened a research facility
developed many modern computing technologies
such as the mouse and the graphical user interface
(GUI). From these inventions, they created in 1973,
a small minicomputer similar to a modern personal
computer. This machine can be considered the first
true personal computer, given its versatile
combination of a cathode-ray-type screen, mouse-
type pointing device, and a QWERTY-type
alphanumeric keyboard. But it was never
commercially sold, as they could not see the sales
potential of it and was sold to Apple in 1979. Which
company is this?
• Jonathan Paul Ive, Senior Vice President of
Industrial Design at Apple Inc
The name of this product was selected because it
was an onomatopoeic. The word usually represents
the sound of arrival or conclusion such as the sound
an elevator makes. The company it was short, easy
to spell and it would remind people of the sound
made during the moment of discovery or decision
making. What are we talking about?
In the FIFA Confederation Cup 2009, Player X who
played for Team A could also have played for Team
B which was in the same group. A beat B in the
group stages in which X was instrumental but B
reached the knock out stages of the tournament
whereas A failed to qualify.
Identify A,B and X.
The world's highest cricket ground in
Chail, Himachal Pradesh.
Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this
cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea
It marked the completion of TRIAD(to be capable
of nuclear assault from land, sea and air) for India
helping it altogether justify its doctrine of no first
use of nuclear weponry. Its name means ‘Slayer of
Enemies’. What am I talking about?
Identify this personality and her unique
Graça Machel--She is the only person in the world to
have been married to the Presidents of two different
nations and thus being the First Lady of two different
Nations. She is third wife of former South African
President Nelson Mandela and the former widow of
the late Mozambican President Samora Machel.
X is located in the Western Ghats, on the banks of the Baji Pasalkar
Reservoir behind the Varasgaon Dam (Varasgaon Dam & Reservoir)
near mumbai and pune. The city is coming up on eight large hillocks
that surround the elongated Varasgaon Dam Reservoir. The project
covers approximately 25,000 acres (100 km2) of land. X is located
within 80 minutes from pune (approximately 50 km) and 3 hours
from mumbai(approx 180 km). There are five access routes to X, one
of which is enhanced and developed.