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1. Lipton Sir Thomas Lipton ran Shamrock (I – V), his entry in the America’s Cup over 20 years. Argentina and Uruguay used to play an international match for the Copa Lipton donated by him
2. Brood Parasites are organisms who lay their eggs in nests or homes made by other species and use those resources for incubation and nurturing. They may in the process kill the host and the host’s offsprings. What term is used by ornithologists to describe the behaviour of the host which nurses the parasite’s eggs in order to avoid possible nest destruction by the parasite?
2. “Mafia Hypothesis” Research shows that those hosts who abandon or reject parasite’s offsprings often find their nests depradeted or destroyed and it’s own nestlings injured or killed.
3. This town in East Champaran district of Bihar just south of the Nepal border on the Patna-Kathmandu Road is known for its busy railway junction with connections to different parts of the state. However, in Indian history this place is immortalised for an event in 1815 which has an influence on many things today including British citizenship issues. What event?
3. The Treaty of Sagauli between the British East India Company and the Nepalese Kingdom Among other things, it led to the formation of the Gurkha Regiment in the British Indian Army which continues even today in the British Army and the Indian Army
4. The Borok peoples are part of the Tibetan-Burmese ethnic group. They may have migrated from upper reaches of the Yangtse or Hwang-ho in China. In early Sanskrit texts, they are referred to as “Kiratas” or “Cinas”. The royal family which rules them even today, at least figuratively, comes from the main tribe called _________,. One member of the royal family married MeenaDasgupta, daughter of Justice RaibahadurKamalNathDasgupta of Dhaka in 1938 and as a result gave up his inheritance and claim on the throne. Name the name?
5. Dr. William T. _____ was an American doctor who while being the personal physician of Mobuto SeseSeko of Zaire was also Chief Doctor of the Zaire Army when the Ebola virus broke out in 1976. His command of the situation ensured a successful curtailing of the epidemic. He left Zaire in 1977 and settled as a rural medic in Wyoming. Name his famous actress daughter whose role as a deranged lover shot her to fame?
6. Pison, land of the Havilah full of gold, bdellium and the onyx stone Gihon, Ethiopia Hiddekal, east of Assyria _________
6. Euphrates The four rivers coming out of the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:10- 2:14
7, This geographical area got its name when Julius Caesar Romanised the Gallic word for “neighbours”. This region was home to, among many others, tribes like the Scyri, the Alamanni, the Thuringians, etc. Over the years it was the main body of the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire before key events in the 19th century which shaped its current form. Even though the name exists for so many millennia, its use as a name of a nation happened only in the 20th century. Name the name.
8. Xylon Tetragon “squared timber”; lignislavigatis “smoothed wood”; cedar-beams; reed; cypress (most popular); pitched wood; The most rational suggestion is an extinct species. What are these?
8 Possible theories on “gopher wood” used to build Noah’s Ark. Rationalists argue since the Flood destroyed everything, it is likely that the tree used for the wood is also destroyed
9. A Somalian Muslim by birth and given asylum in Canada, his spoken word performance at the UNHRC in 1999 caught the eye of YoussouN’Dour who invited him to collaborate on Youssou’s next album. His own first album came out in 2005 called the Dusty Road Philosopher. Who?
10. Murakami describes a scene “Then came autumn, and the dormitory grounds were buried in _______ leaves”. The specific species abundant in Japan is _______ serrata, a medium sized deciduous tree cultivated for ornamental purposes and its rock hard wood which also gives its name (though not a Japanese origin name). It is also a symbol of many cities and prefectures. Name.
11. The first use of this word in Arabic referred to those who followed Mohammad in his flight from Mecca to Medina. Over the years, the term has been used to describe the Albanians in Kosovo, the Crimean Tartars in the Ottoman Empire and Muslims (including Rumi) who escaped the Mongols in Central Asia to Turkey and other non-Mongol Muslim areas. What is the word which has a much deeper political usage in south Asia?
12 In Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, he is often depicted as The Water Bearer, carrying a small urn or water phial. One of the most famous sculptures was on a rock face in Swat which was later destroyed by the Pakistani Taliban in 2007. L Ron Hubbard claimed to be him. Name.
13. A particular community in western India and parts of southern Pakistan who originally hail from Africa consider themselves as descendents of one BilalibnRabah. In Islamic heritage, who is or was Bilal?
13. BilalibnRabah al-Hashibi was an Ethiopian slave of Mohammad and was the first meuzzin in Islam when Mohammad asked him to call out to people for prayers. All Habshee / Siddhi / Sheedi slaves of India, Pakistan and Middle East consider themselves as descendents of Bilal
14. Shabari, a character from the Ramayan and Eklavya from the Mahabarata are believed to be from this scheduled tribe. One of the many industrial planned townships of India which sprung up in the sixties is possibly named after this tribe. The princely state of Mewar had a special corps made up of members of this tribe. Name the tribe.
15. Atul Auto based in Saurashtra was started by JagjivanbhaiKarsanbhai Chandra and makes three-wheeler goods carrier vehicles under the brand name AtulShakti. However, the whole enterprise started with a vehicle that the promoter made with spare parts of different things including an Enfield Bullet motorcycle. A true jugaad vehicle, over 30,000 such vehicles still move around Saurashtra. Name?
16. There are 33 of them. They form a major source of knowledge about this person and his story as it contains his own beliefs and achievements, his interpretation of the Dharma, his social and animal welfare program and his moral principles of living. Historians believe they are evidence of his attempt to proselytize his adopted religion and establish the supremacy of his empire. What are we talking about?
19. The ____ ____ ____, Mumbai, India, is a registered non-profit public charitable trust. It was established in February 1991. It promotes Islamic Da’wah - the proper presentation, understanding and appreciation of Islam, as well as removing misconceptions about Islam - amongst less aware Muslims and non-Muslims. What is the TV channel called?
19. Peace TV (The Islamic Research Foundation) run by Dr ZakirNaik
20. From the Corsican and French word for small mountains covered with weeds, it was used to describe guerrilla fighters who base their operations in the hills or mountains. In modern usage, the French Resistance during WW2 and the Spanish Resistance to Franco were called the ______. Fill in the blanks
21. Harvir Singh, scientist at Directorate of Oilseeds Research Hyderabad says: “I started withdrawing money from my provident fund. Sometimes it was Rs 30,000 and other times it was nearly Rs 1 lakh. It happened more than five times when I had to shell out money from my PF savings … “Till 2003, she was getting Rs 600 per month from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). It was raised to Rs 2,500 in June, 2003. You can understand how I could have managed,” Who?
22. In Europe alder and oak are the favoured ones. In North America, the range is diverse and includes hickory, pecan, mesquite and even fruit-tree wood like apple and cherry. In some places peat may be used. In New Zealand, they use sawdust from the Manuka tree. Icelanders often use dried sheep dung. What are they all being used for?
24. What is the Sufi word (origins may be Persian or Sanskrit) for the dance that devotees do which after some time becomes a trance like movement? We are not talking of the whirling dervishes here.
25. A geologist, he discovered a number of large deposits of coal and iron ore in Canada. While extracting liquid fuel from coal, he defined a process and thereby invented ________ or coal oil. His company became leaders in street lighting and was later absorbed into Standard Oil. His refining process gave birth to the petroleum industry. Name and the product he invented.
31. When FDR allied himself with Britain and France in WW2 while himself keeping the United States out of the action (till Pearl Harbour), he promised military supplies. Complimenting Detroit on converting its automobile facilities for use in production of military equipment, what phrase did he coin in one of his speeches?
33. Which publication, 11 issues in a year, 250,000 + circulation (English edition) currently has Editor in chief Adi Ignatius who was appointed after the previous editor had to quit amid rebukes for an affair with Jack Welch?
Buggy Whip – use in marketing jargon emerged from the paper
Railroads – the paper starts with the decline of railroads
Marketing Myopia: from the classic paper written by Levitt in 1960 and published in HBR.
35. So called because it is coarse-grained, this type of rock is igneous and forms part of the continental crust. It is the material from which curling stones are made. And an interesting boost to this particular stone has come from acid rain – with acid rain in developed countries, this stone is preferred to marble because of its higher durability. Name the stone.
36. This town was virtually destroyed in 1979 when the Machchu Dam burst and flooded the entire area killing over 10,000 people. Two undergraduate Social Science students for Harvard University did a study on the hows, whats and whys of it in 2006. In the 30 years since then, over 400 manufacturing plants in the area contribute to 8% of world’s demand (and 70% of India’s) for what?
36. Morvi in Gujarat famous for ceramic tiles and sanitary ware
37. This is a unique representation of a lion crushing an elephant which in turn is crushing man. The theory is that this is a mythical beast with the head of a lion and the body of an elephant. Lion signifies power, elephant wealth and man justice. It seems to be an example of satire. Name the lion-elephant character and where will you find this as a doorkeeper sculpture?
38. Originally a pioneer in snowmobiles in Canada, with acquisition of various companies, it has become a leading player in rail and aerospace. Air India has a few of its Regional planes while Delhi Metro has picked up some of its trains. Name.
39. Back to Persian. Literally meaning a marriage, it’s common usage is metaphorical – the union of the seeker and the sought – in the form of death anniversary celebrations of Sufi saints. What is this word?
40. Comparing his degrees in philosophy and medicine, he says “the meticulous precision of philosophy is an entirely different kind of precision to science, because science is all kind of thrown together. Science is basically, ‘well, we reckon, because of this finding, this finding and this finding, that CD4 cells probably do this in the immune system.’ To the extent that you get ‘well, we reckon’ in philosophy, it’s a bit more highly specified.” Name his blog in The Guardian whose central theme is derived from this insight. (later republished as a best selling book)
41. In 1971, while planting 2,500 trees in Persepolis, he said “O Cyrus, sleep calm and peaceful for I am here” . The Azadi Tower was built to commemorate the occasion in the capital. What was the occasion?
41. Muhammad Shah Pahlavi wanted to raise the emotions of his subject and celebrated 2,500 years Iranian kingship – Cyrus the Great c 550 BC was / is considered the first King of Iran (and used the name “Iran” for the first time).
42. What is Brassica OleraceaCapitata? See the next slide for a visual
43. X had risen up the ranks in the Bengal Lancers and had active service in the Middle East and Italy during WW2. Circa 1946, there was a lieutenant Y under his command who impressed X enough to reverse an earlier recommendation for rejecting a commission in the regular army. In 1982, they met again after so many years and X said it was ironic and troubling that Y had “gained notoriety as a ruthless ruler & military dictator and I was a peacekeeper” Identify X and Y
44. This Italian town on the Adriatic was the seat of the Lombards since many years. One of the earliest Etruscan settlements on the Italian peninsula, it is most famous for its position c. 402 – 476. In 476, Odocaer overcame Romulus Augustus to became Italia Rex (King of Italy) thus effectively ending the Western Roman Empire. Name the town and why it was the centre of all attention.
44. Ravenna Rome had been sacked by the Vandals and the Western Roman Empire moved to first Milan and then Ravenna in 402 as it was on the east and close to Constantinople
45. During the Girod’Italia, he tested positive for amphetamines and subsequently disqualified and expelled from the race. The TDF started in one month and for 18 days, he could not compete anywhere. The ban was reversed after the IFPC ruled that the tests were not conclusive. He went on to win all the jerseys – The Time Trial, The King of the Mountains and The Overall Champion – all on debut. Who was this Cannibal?
46. Science now. Named for the Greek word for rainbow (in reference to the bright coloured salts), this metal makes up 10% of the platinum alloy (to prevent corrosion) used to demonstrate the standard kilogram of SI measurement in the institute in Paris. A thin layer is found worldwide and is believed to be evidence of an asteroid impact 65 million years ago which may have wiped out the dinosaurs. What is its atomic number?
47. Moving east. In 923 AD, Emperor Chuai and his wife Jingu sailed on an expedition to invade Korea. The invasion was successful but Chuai fell. The empress, pregnant, returned back and founded Hakozaki, a Shinto shrine where she placed her placenta (after giving birth to the future Emperor Oujin) and enshrined her husband as the God of War, Commerce, Travel and Safe childbirth, Hachimann. This Hachimann shrine in Hakozaki is one of three shrines dedicated to the prayer of national security of Japan. Why?
47. Hakozaki was destroyed in the first Mongol invasion in 1274. Rebuilt next year with the Emperor’s prayer “May the Enemy Prostrate Themselves in Defeat”. Then the divine wind happened
48. 1948-1962 was the golden generation of Indian football. At the 1948 Olympics games, the Indian football team led by SyedRahim reached the quarterfinals. In 1950, the first world cup after the war, as the best team in Asia, FIFA invited India to participate. India turned down as AIFF felt Indians would not be allowed to play barefoot. Indians continued to play barefoot till 1952, having won the gold medal at the inaugural Asian Games in 1951. What made the AIFF finally decree that Indians must start wearing boots?.
48. In the cold Helsinki football ground, they lost 1-10 to Yugoslavia.
49. Arabic for “good looking boy” Lightning storm in New York City, 2002 Next day the world record was broken “Rise to the occasion” 63 legal sub-10 seconds races; 29 times sub 9.90; one of three in the sub 9.80 category.
50. Used in Octopussy where Vijay Armritraj takes Roger Moore around town, what makes you say that this car was made before 1933?
50. The red monogram of RR was discontinued after 1933.
51. During the great expansion of the Roman empire post the Christian era, a number of non-Roman tribes in Germania, Hispania, Dalmatia, etc became vassals and were given rights to govern their respective territories in return for tribute and contribution to the Roman cause (meaning soldiers). They held their individual nations and identities but in matters of law and defence followed the Roman way. What was the Latin word for these “provinces”?
52. The TaktsangSengeSamdup is a cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for 3 months sometime in the 8th Century. His presence introduced Buddhism in the region and this cave today is a cultural icon of the area. In travel blogs, the visual landscape is considered an icon along with MacchuPichu, Grand Canyon, etc. What is this?
53. It is mentioned in the Bible, Exodus 16:31 where Manna is round like a _________ seed. Half a litre of dried seeds were recovered from Tutankhamen’s tomb suggesting serious cultivation by the ancient Egyptians as it does not grow wild. Its name may derive from Ariadne, daughter of Mycenaean king Minos. The leaves are sometimes called Chinese parsley. What?
54. Vikram Doctor writes: ________ produced the stretch 600 Pullman, a six-door behemoth with a 6.3-litre V8 engine. For Africa's new top dogs, it was love at first sight. The _______ were born.” Name the tribe
54. The Wabenzi or the People of the Mercedes Benz
55. If you put these leaves in hot water and serve in a canister made of calabash gourd with a silver straw called bombilla in Spanish, what drink are you having?
56. Yasser Arafat before any public appearance spent some time on his wardrobe specifically on a specific item of wear and the way it had to be worn. It became a trademark for his appearance and had many of his associates following suit. What?
56. He would fold and pleat his head scarf such that it fell over his shoulder in the shape of Palestine.
57. During the transfer ceremony of Hong Kong from United Kingdom to China in 1997, God Save The Queen was played just before midnight. It ended 2.5 minutes before midnight and on the stroke of midnight, the Chinese anthem took over. What was the need for a gap of 2.5 minutes?
57. To wait for the echoes from Victoria Peak to end.
58. Part of the Marianas Islands, it was ceded to USA from Spain in 1898. After WWI, Japan was given the mandate over the Marianas except for this island which stayed with the Americans. Japan annexed it on December 10th 1941, the first US territory to be captured by Japan. It stayed captured till the summer of 1944. Name.
59. When Gunnar Nielsen, goal keeper, substituted for Shay Given in the Manchester City goal against Arsenal on 25th April 2010, he became the first person from his nation to play in the Premier League. Which nation?
60. New Zealand PM Helen Clark who has been doing a lot of apologies to various people apologised to this nation for two separate incidents – the docking of SS Taluneinspite of quarantine which led to decimation of the local population by influenza in 1918. Second was in 1929 when NZ cops opened fire on a peaceful march killing 10. Name the nation
60. Samoa – Independent State of Samoa (different from American Samoa) It was a German colony taken over by NZ after WWI.
61. I saw this flag at the studio of Sports Ka Superstar and had no idea whose flag it was till doing research for this quiz. The only clue I can give you is that Omari Banks is from this place. Name
62. An exhaustive of club of three – 5 points for connect, 5 points for ids
62 Jose Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac Rita Moreno, West Side Story Benicio del Toro, Traffic Three Peurto Ricans to win Academy awards for acting
63. On Oct 21, 1971, UN General Assembly resolution 2758 officially transferred a founding seat from X to Y. X remains in the UN Charter and Y is deemed the successor, much like Russia is the successor to the Soviet Union. Give X and Y.
63. Rep of China and PRC. Rep of China (followers of Chiang Kai Shek) is now based in Taiwan
64. In the 1999 World Cup in England, which of the Home Nations did not host any match?
65. According to Portuguese historians, the name of this Caribbean island comes from the word for cure. It was found that sailors suffering from scurvy would be cured once they ate the local fruit containing vitamin C. It was called the Island of Healing. For most laymen, this word is more well known in a bar rather than on a map. What