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<ul><li>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-activities. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Identify this cricketer and the record he holds </li></ul>
<ul><li>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 South Africa </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
<ul><li>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 - </li></ul><ul><li>“ I can forgive W for having invented Z, but only a fiend in human form could have invented X”. </li></ul><ul><li>Incidentally scientist W, was quite multi-talented. He also authored a play,a tragedy in four acts based on the life of Beatrice Cenci. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify W,X,Y,Z </li></ul>
<ul><li>W: Alfred Nobel </li></ul><ul><li>X: Nobel prize </li></ul><ul><li>Y:Dynamite </li></ul><ul><li>Z: George Bernard Shaw </li></ul>
This is the Tranqebar or Tharangambadi fort situated in the Nagapattinam district T.N. What is its significance?
<ul><li>It was the only Danish settlement in India </li></ul>
<ul><li>The victory of the US ice hockey team over the Soviets dubbed as ‘Miracle on Ice’ </li></ul>
<ul><li>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 and Burma. </li></ul><ul><li>What is this famous section of Burman railways? </li></ul>
With his wife Vilma at his wedding in 1959, who is this lesser known sibling?
<ul><li>Raul Castro, younger brother of Fidel castro </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Jonathan Paul Ive , Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc </li></ul>
<ul><li>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? </li></ul>
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 level .
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 distinction.
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 km 2 ) 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.