Do you enjoy quizzing?
If you like to watch Kaun Banega Crorepati and play along with the contestant seated in the ‘hot seat’, then here is something just for you.
Here is a list of 10 questions that were asked of contestants to earn them a sum of Rs 50 lakh. Let’s see how many you manage to get right.
1. Which institution developed and maintains the National Digital Library of India?
A) Indian Institute of Sciences
B) IIT Kharagpur
D) A P J Abdul Kalam Technological University
The National Digital Library of India is a virtual repository of learning resources which is not only just a repository with a browsing facility but also provides a host of services containing textbooks, articles, videos, audiobooks, lectures, simulations, fiction and all other kinds of learning media for the learner’s community. A project under the Ministry of Education, Government of India, through its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), the NDLI provides free of cost access to many books. It is developed, operated and maintained by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
2. Which city, that initially won the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, was later stripped of the rights to do so?
A) Edmonton, Canada
B) Durban, South Africa
C) Hambantota, Sri Lanka
D) Christchurch, NZ
On 13 March 2017, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of the right to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games. This decision was taken after a trail of missed deadlines and financial problems were unearthed. The daunting burdens faced by the host cities were a major factor in this decision.
3. Which of these pairs of Indian presidents have presented the Bharat Ratna to each other?
A) S Radhakrishnan and VV Giri
B) VV Giri and Zakir Hussain
C) Zakir Hussain and Pratibha Patil
D) Rajendra Prasad and S Radhakrishnan
It was India’s first President, Rajendra Prasad who established the Bharat Ratna award on 2 January 1954. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the recipient of the Bharat Ratna in the year 1954. Subsequently, in 1962, Rajendra Prasad was the recipient of the award which was given for his commitment to serving the people of India. He was presented this award by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was serving as India’s President.
4. Who was the first Indian director of the Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bengaluru, envisioned by Jamadeshji Nausherwan ji Tata?
A) Dorabji Tata
B) Sir C V Raman
C) Homi Jahangir Bhabha
D) Satish Dhawan
In 1933, Nobel laureate Sir CV Raman, became the first Indian director of IISC. The institute introduced two more departments – biochemistry and physics. Later, in collaboration with Hindustan Aircraft Limited, the institute repaired British and American warplanes during WWII. The institute’s first director was an English Chemist named Morris Travers. With only two academic departments — electrical technology and general and applied chemistry, and 24 students, the institute carried out studies of immediate importance to the country.
5. Which Soviet leader mediated the Tashkent declaration of peace signed by India and Pakistan in 1966?
A) Nikolai Tikhonov
B) Aleksey Kosygin
C) Nikita Khrushchev
D) Dmitri Ustinov
The Tashkent Declaration was a peace agreement signed between India and Pakistan to resolve the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965 (5 August 1965 – 23 September 1965). It was signed at Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan which in turn was a part of one of the republics that comprised the USSR. India’s then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan, signed the accord. It was Premier Aleksey Kosygin who represented the Soviets and mediated this signing.
6. In which language did Raja Ram Mohan Roy write his book whose title translates in English as ‘Gift to Monotheists’?
While in Murshidabad, in 1804 Raja Ram Mohan Roy wrote Tuhfat-ul-Muwahhidin (A Gift to Monotheists) in Persian with an introduction in Arabic. Bengali had not yet become the language of intellectual discourse. Raja Ram Mohan Roy is called the father of the modern Indian Renaissance due to the remarkable changes he instituted in 18th and 19th century India.
7. Which is the biggest glacier in the world that is located in Antarctica?
The world’s largest glacier is the Lambert glacier in Antarctica, according to the United States Geological Survey. The glacier is more than 60 miles (96 km) wide at its widest point, about 270 miles (435 l) long, and has been measured to be 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) deep at its centre. Often described as a continent of superlatives, Antarctica is not only the world’s southernmost continent. It is also the world’s highest, driest, windiest, coldest, and iciest continent.
8. Which legendary Urdu port is fondly referred to as ‘Khuda-e-Sukhan’ or ‘God of Poetry’?
A) Faiz Ahmed Faiz
B) Mirza Ghalib
C) Mir Taqi Mir
D) Bashir Badr
Mir Taqi Meer, the great 18th-century poet is also known and acknowledged by centuries of poets after him, as Khuda-e-Sukhan – the God of poetry. His complete work, Kulliyat, consists of six diwans, containing 1916 ghazals and 13,585 couplets comprising all kinds of poetic forms: ghazal, masnavi, qasida, rubai, mustezaad, satire, etc.
9. What was the real name of Begum Hazrat Mahal who led the revolt in Lucknow in 1857?
A) Bibi Mubarika
C) Sikandar Jahan
D) Muhammadi Khanum
Begum Hazrat Mahal was one of the few women who challenged the British during the revolt of 1857. Her maiden name was Muhammadi Khanum. She was born at Faizabad, Awadh. Begum Hazrat Mahal, or ‘Begum of Awadh’, was one of India’s first female freedom fighters. She finally found asylum in Nepal where she died in 1879.
10. Which was the first newspaper to be published in India?
A) Bombay Samachar
B) Hicky’s Bengal Gazette
C) Madras Courier
D) The Bombay Herald
On 29 January 1780, India’s and Asia’s first printed newspaper ‘Hicky’s Bengal Gazette’ started its publication in then Calcutta. It was a weekly English newspaper started by an Irishman named James Augustus Hicky. Hicky’s Bengal Gazette was also known as the Original Calcutta General Advertiser.
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(Edited by Yoshita Rao)