Rules :1. 35 questions in the prelims2. 11-20 are starred questions(*) and will be used to resolve ties3. In case teams are tied after that then the tie would be resolved by sudden death from Qs 1 onwards4. Top 8 teams in the finals5. Please switch off your cell phones6. Please write all answers in CAPITAL LETTERS7. Fill out all the details in the answer sheets8. Quizmasters’ decision is final
1In India, it is primarily an artificial embankment,dyke or dam. In certain Chinese ports which haveor have had commercial links with England, it isthe name given to the water-front. Incidentallyone of these is in Hyderabad as well.What is the name given to such embankmentswhich comes from the Hindi word for “dam” ?
3In 1985, Rick Macintosh, the GM of MicrosoftCanada was summoned to the Canadian Departmentof Agriculture since they had quarantined the firstunits of Microsoft’s version of a product. Notknowing better, the Dept of Agriculture officialsthought that the product posed a health risk toCanada. Which Microsoft product was this?
Microsoft Mouse(they thought that Microsoft has importing live Mice instead of the first version of the Microsoft Mouse )
4While working alongside Shekhar Kapur on BanditQueen, he first heard stories about this person.Fascinated with the person, he finally made thismovie about a renegade which was released tocritical as well as commercial success in 2012.Which movie ?
5This position (pic next slide) is one of the toughestones in gymnastics. It is popularly known by twoterms. One is from Christian iconography (8 letterword), the other shares its name with a Prussianand German military decoration. Name either.
8The first of these was the Bombay SinhagadExpress in 1978. The second was the Flying Rani in1979. This innovation was a necessity toaccommodate the increasing number of passengerson these trains. An AC variant of this running fromAhmedabad to Mumbai will begin sometime soon.What innovation am I talking about?
11*This word has its origins from the days of sailshipswhen a carved wooden decoration would be placed atthe prow of a ship (pic next slide) which served as amarker of the ship’s identity. Though they appearedimpressive or even menacing, they did not serve anypractical purpose on the ship. Today they havedisappeared from ships, but the word lingers on.What word?
12*In the Indian Army, the ranks of Colonel andbelow are called “field ranks”, signifying that theofficer is active in the battlefield as part of hisduties. What is the corresponding name forofficers of rank Brigadier and above?(Hint: They take their name from something thatthey are entitled to display.)
13* Heads of state have an influential bureaucrat who helps them prepare for international summits. These bureaucrats do not have final decision making authority but their job is to clear the way for the leader at a major summit. What are such people called? The name is the same as that given to someone who performs a similar role in a completely different field.
18*This ( pic next slide) is actress Ojas Suniti Vijayperforming her play titled “Le Mashale” whichwas performed in many Indian cities includingHyderabad to great acclaim. Whose life is thisplay all about?
19*The salts of this element are radio opaque andshow on a radio graph. Patients are made toswallow these salts before radiographs are takento diagnose ailments of the digestive tract. Andthe radiographs look as follows. Which element?
20*Permanent Account Number or PAN is a sequenceof 10 digits consisting of alphabets and numberswhich is unique to every tax payer. What does the5th character of the PAN number represent for anindividual tax assessee ?
24It literally means “insatiable in giving”. Accordingto Tibetan sources it was part of a list of 5 whichincluded Vikramshila, Somapura, Odantapura andJaggadala. Amartya Sen is spearheading an effortto revive this.What are we talking about?
Enter/Return key(The handle on the keyboard was called a carriage return toforce the paper to go to the next line. The name of the“return” or “enter” key is derived from this handle in the oldtypewriters)
26The TV show Dharampatni was broadcast on Imagine TV.The show’s protagonist was Mohan who is sent abroad at ayoung age and returns after completing his studies. Whenhe returns, he is completely changed, especially in theaspects of in his behaviour and ideologies. Under pressurefrom his family, he marries Kastur, who has opposingideologies. She is a dutiful wife who loves him dearly andalways puts him first. Over time, love blossoms betweenthem.On whose married life is this TV show based?
29During the NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2012,Sir Richard Hadlee, during his talk on innovation,cited the example of the 1992 Cricket World Cupand how New Zealand introduced two remarkableinnovations to the game of cricket. If using MarkGreatbatch as a pinch hitter was one, which wasthe other?
Opening the bowling with a spinner(Dipak Patel)
30An app was recently doing the rounds on Facebookwhich asked users to assign a distinct name to everyfriend and share on Facebook, since every friendholds a unique place in our life. Users could choosefrom a pre-populated list of tags like diva, bindaas,etc. or coin their own unique friend types. Thesetags got published on the Facebook page.Which brand was this app promoting?
Airtel,as part of its “Har Friend Zaroori HotaHai” campaign
31His original pen name meant "lion" and was drawnfrom his given name. After he came across a badpoem by someone with the same pen name, he issaid to have changed it to a word meaning"dominant". Incidentally, his original pen name isthe same as the name of a leader in the MiddleEast who is currently in a lot of trouble.Whom are we talking about?