Q1. Manufactured by Quaker Oats company , now a division of PepsiCo , Y, underwent a massive rebranding in 2009 resulting in new names and formulations. They are as shown below :- Y Rain is now known as ‘No Excuses’ Y AM is now known as ‘Shine On’ Y X-factor is now known as ‘Be tough’ Y Fierce is now known as ‘Bring it’ Y Tiger is now known as ‘Focus’ – and is still endorsed by Tiger (Woods) himself ! ;) Identify the brand Y .
Q2. A Scythed chariot was a modified war chariot with a blade mounted on both ends of the axle. The blades extended horizontally to a meter on the sides. The invention of the scythed chariot is credited to X . But there is a dispute over this. Some argue that it was introduced by the Persians to fight against the Greek infantry while others’ argue that it was invented by Cyrus the great. Who is X?
Ajathashatru, The King of Magadha . It is believed that he used it against Licchavis in 475 BC
Q3. X was founded in 2000 by New York University students Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert , and was acquired by Google in 2005. X was a location based social networking software provider for mobile devices. Users text their location to the service, which then notifies them of crushes, friends, friends’ friends and interesting venues nearby. In 2007, Crowley and Rainert left Google out of frustrating experiences . Crowley then joined hands with Naveen Seldurai to create a similar service called ‘Foursquare’. In February 2009, Google shut down X and was replaced by ‘Google latitude’. Name the short lived service X.
Q4. The song's reign at number one in the United Kingdom and Ireland occurred as the regions were hit by extreme rainfall and flooding, which led The Sun to suggest the two events were related, with the media referring to it as the “________ Curse". The UK-based publication adjudged the single brought bad luck to their country, and mentioned the date of the single's video shot which was Friday the 13th, adding further coincidence of the curse. Coincidentally, the precise day the song was dethroned in the chart, the weather seemed to improve . A similar situation occurred in New Zealand, where the song hit number one in the early winter of 2007 as the country was experiencing some of the worst storms in its history. When the song was toppled from #1, the situation in whole of New Zealand pacified. Strange. Which is the song?
Q5. On January 15, 1990, when _____ ______ was with New York Knicks, with 0.1 of a second remaining in a game against the Chicago Bulls at Madison Square garden, he unbelievably got off a wild three-point shot before the buzzer and made the basket. The shot counted and the Knicks won. The NBA then established a rule that states that "0.3 seconds needs to be on the clock in order for a player to get a shot off whether they make it or not“ called the _____ _____ rule after him . Who?
Q8. Before the Cheras established themselves as a major force in Kerala, it was ruled by the Ay dynasty sometime between 7th to 11th century AD with _______ as the capital. The Ay kingdom extended between Nagercoil and Thiruvalla . During the second Sangham age (circa 850–1400 AD),the region was the scene of many battles between the Kulashekaras and the Cholas and ______ , the capital, was sacked by the Cholas. When the kings of the Ay dynasty shifted their capital to _______ , they built a fort which is now considered to be the oldest fort in Kerala dating to the eighth or ninth century. ‘ The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea', a work of the first century AD also mentions of ______ , with the name being Balita then . Fill the blank.
Vizhinjam , the location for the proposed port
Q9. In 1968,NBC-TV invited _______ to host her own special in the U.S., and in doing so she inadvertently made television history. While singing a song with guest Harry Belfonte, she touched his arm, to the dismay of a representative from the Chrysler Corp., the show's sponsor, who feared that the brief moment would offend Southern viewers at a time when racial conflict was still a major issue in the U.S. When he insisted that they substitute a different take, with Clark and Belafonte standing well away from one another, Clark and her husband Wolff, the producer of the show, refused, destroyed all other takes of the song, and delivered the finished program to NBC with the touch intact. The program aired on April 8, 1968, with high ratings and critical acclaim, and it marked the first time a man and woman of different races exchanged physical contact on American television . Who is she?
Q10. This is an extremely priced semi precious stone primarily mined in the Kolcha river valley area in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan for over 6,000 years . The trade of this stone is so ancient that the stone can be found at Pre-dynastic Egyptian sites , at Mehrgarh and places as far from Afghan as Mauritania. It was used in amulets , ornaments such as Scarabs in Ancient Egypt. The Babylonians and Assyrians used it as seals while Cleopatra used it’s powder for eye shadows. Identify this stone which is most noted for its intense blue color.