Tuesday, May 31, 2011

HTNI #42


Identify this person , who worked for L'Avveniere Del Lavoratare in Switzerland and was arrested by the Bernese Police because of his advocacy of a violent general strike,

The answer to the previous question

TRON -- stands for Trace On and was famous due to the release of TRON Legacy Movie. Ramki got this right.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

HTNI #41


This 4 letter command in the basic language is  used primarily for debugging line-numbered BASIC GOTO and GOSUB statements. In text-mode environments such as the TRS-80 or MS-DOS/IBM PC-DOS, it would print the current line number which was being executed, on-screen. It is the abbreviation that indicates that Debugging/ Tracing is switched on. What is the 4 letter command and why was it in news in 2010?

The answer to the previous question

Fred and Ginger was the original proposed name -- After Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Only Aditya got this.

Landmark Quiz Pune 2011 Prelims



Prelims of the Landmark quiz in Pune 2011 held earlier this year. Thanks to Dr. Navin Jayakumar for sharing the questions.

  1. 2011 will see the official return of an iconic British fictional character as the estate of the Scottish author and physician has approved novelist Anthony Horowitz, the author of stories about teenage spy Alex Rider to write a full-length novel featuring which legend who first appeared in 1887?
  2. If Explorer: Windows; ______:Apple
  3. Which well known dessert was known as “365” during the British Raj because it was served everyday of the year by Indian cooks in the dak bungalows and railway stations?
  4. Which rashi (or constellation) does the Sun move into when Hindus in different parts of India celebrate the harvest festival or Sankranti?
  5. “And the Black Lady goes to…” is a phrase associated with which awards ceremony?
  6. Said half in jest, the term the Marathas use in the even of a rout (as in “he met his Waterloo”) is “Iska to ______ ho gaya”. The term has its origins in the Marathas worst defeat in battle that took place 250 years ago. Fill in the blank.
  7. The G4 or BASIC countries, the rising economic giants of the 21st century, first committed to act jointly at the Copenhagen Summit in 2009, followed by technological and economic cooperation. Brazil, India and China are three of the four countries. Name the fourth.
  8. One of the catchiest dialogues of Bollywood 2010 was “Beta hoon, koi ___________ nahin” from Udaan. Fill in the blanks.
9.      Which city is the home of the world's largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built?
  1. What six-letter “biology” word is also used by the automobile industry to describe vehicles capable of using more than one fuel/power source?
  2. This express train service connects Rajasthan's Munabao town to Sindh's Khokrapar? The link was destroyed during the 1965 Indo-Pak War but was revived after 41 years in 2006. The train is thus the oldest and the newest train service between the two countries and is named after the region (common to both countries) through which much of the train passes. What is its name?
12.  The expression "robbing Peter to pay Paul" originates from a historical incident when money meant for a church dedicated to St. Peter was diverted to one dedicated to St. Paul. If the "Paul" in the phrase refers to St. Paul's Cathedral in London, which famous landmark does the "Peter" refer to?
  1. India became only the sixth country in the world to develop strategic undersea missiles when in January 2010 it launched the K-4 missile – a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) with an eventual range of 3,500 km. What does the letter “K” stand for?
  2. According to its manufacturer, this product was registered in 1789 making it the oldest continuously existing brand in the world. It was the first transparent product of its kind. A recent attempt to change its formulation was resisted by a Facebook campaign forcing a return of sorts to the classic original. What product is this?
  3. In women’s tennis history, only three doubles teams have held all the four Grand Slams at the same time. Gigi Fernandez – Natasha Zvereva held this honour between1992-93. Which pairs preceded and succeeded them?
16.  The name given to Anatolia (Asia Minor) by the Greeks suggests an architectural style and was also the origin of a form of traditional medicine practiced in South Asia that was believed to have been based on the teachings of the Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Name (a) the style of architecture (b) the form of medicine.
  1. Cretaceous-Tertiary 65m years ago; End of Triassic about 200m years ago; Permian-Triassic 250m years ago; Late Devonian about 360m years ago; Ordovician-Silurian about 440m years ago. What does this list refer to?
18.  Who are the only two surviving members of the original line-up of the Beatles?
  1. The element with the lowest melting point is helium (-2720C) while carbon has the highest (35000C). Which metal has the highest melting point (34100C; the secong element after carbon) a feature that is put to everyday use?
  2. Ramachandra Guha's new book features nineteen Indians who made an impact on the making of our nation (for good or bad) through their writings and speeches. There are two women in this list. (a) a Marathi feminist activist who protested patriarchy and caste in 19th century India and is known for her 1882 work, Stri Purush Tulana ("A Comparison Between Women and Men"), often considered the first modern Indian feminist text. (b) A Gandhian and freedom fighter whose vision resulted in the creation of numerous cultural institutions - National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and The Crafts Council of India, Name (a) and (b).
  3. This American company who pioneered arcade games wanted a Japanese-sounding name for itself. It therefore chose a term from the ancient board game Go that described a position where an opponent's stones are in danger of being captured, analogous to “check” in chess. What word is this?
22.  Britt Reid is a newspaper publisher by day. What is his identity at night?
23.  There were four separate sports festivals held in ancient Greece. The four Games were: Pythian Games - in honour of Apollo; Nemean Games - in honour of Zeus; Isthmian Games - in honour of Poseidon; and Olympic Games - the most important and prestigious of the Games. In whose honour were the Olympics held?
  1. In 1954 the famous French director Francois Truffaut coined a term to describe a complete director who both wrote and directed a film. What term is this?
  2. Who was the author of The History of the War of Independence (published in Marathi in 1909) which was the first to present a non-colonial account of the 1857 events that was described as the Sepoy Mutiny?
  3. Which popular website claims to have been founded by "Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa"?
  4. Which is the world’s oldest meteroic crater and the only one formed in basalt rock?
  5. There are three sets of letters on the standard typewriter and computer keyboards which are in alphabetical order, reading left to right. One set is O-P. Which are the two 3-letter sets ?
  6. This search engine is going to introduce a new image recognition application whereby it is possible to search for information based on pictures (eg a landmark or a product barcode) taken by any handheld device. The two words that make up its name sound almost the same. Name this application.
  7. Desalination plants work by forcing salty water through a fine membrane. Dense brine is left behind and fresh water gets through. What is this process called?
  8. VISUAL: The visual shows the bust of a warrior whose sacrifice led to the naming of the fort where this is found. Who is he and what was the original name of the fort?

  1. VISUAL: On what occasion was this photograph taken?

  1. VISUAL: Name this bridge.

  1. VISUAL: What “train” would you associate this T-Shirt and what are the missing words?

  1. TRACK 01: AUDIO: (Song: Non, Je Ne Regrette Edith Piaf) Name the two films (a) A 2007 biopic of the singer featuring actor  X (b) The song plays a key plot element in the 2010 film that also starred X.
  2. TRACK 02: AUDIO: (Song: Hold My Hand) Name whose full name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Puru Nacka Badara ____ Thiam
  3. TRACK 03: AUDIO (Song: When you wish upon a star): (a) In which film does this song feature (b) Which organisation uses this as its “audio” logo?
  4. TRACK 04: VIDEO: Name the film
  5. TRACK 05: VIDEO (iceberg formation from a glacier): This geological phenomenon has a zoological name. What is it called?
  6. TRACK 06: VIDEO (from Despicable Me): The head of this bank uncannily resembles a a character from a well known cartoon strip. Name the cartoon character.


  1. Sherlock Holmes
  2. Safari
  3. Tungsten
  4. Makara
  5. Filmfare Awards
  6. Panipat
  7. South Africa
  8. Fixed Deposit
  9. Geneva (LHC)
  10. Hybrid
  11. Thar Express
  12. Westminster Abbey (Collegiate Church of St. Peter)
  13. Kalam
  14. Pears Soap
  15. Martina Navratilova – Pam Shriver 1983-84 / Venus and Serena Williams 2009-10
  16. Ionian / Unani
  17. Mass extinction events. It is said that human activity (unlike geographical activity) is driving the impending sixth mass extinction event.
  18. Paul McCartney & Pete Best
  19. Caramel Custard
  20. Tarabai Shinde / Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay
  21. Atari
  22. Green Hornet
  23. Zeus
  24. Auteur
  25. Veer Savarkar
  26. Wikileaks
  27. Lonar Lake/Crater, Maharashtra
  28. F-G-H / J-K-L
  29. Google Goggles
  30. Reverse osmosis
  31. Tanaji Malusare/ Kondana Fort (later named Sinhagad – the Lion’s Fort – by Shivaji)
  32. Nobel Awards ceremony 2010. The empty chair represents Liu Xiabo the imprisoned Chinese dissident who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia.
  33. Lakshman Jhula - An iron suspension bridge in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand across the Ganges. It is said that Lakshman crossed the river on jute ropes between the place where this bridge is located.
  34. Indo-Pak Express / Start Tennis. India's Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi – their slogan “Stop War Start Tennis”.
  35. La Vie en Rose / Inception
  36. Akon
  37. Pinocchio / Walt Disney
  38. Natarang
  39. Calving
  40. Pointy haired Boss (from Dilbert)

Friday, May 20, 2011

HTNI #40


The Dancing House , is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic in 1992. However, what was the original name proposed for the building?

The answer to the previous question

Chuck Yeager was the answer. The first person to break the sound barrier. Balaji and Murthy got it right.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

HTNI #39


His surname is the anglicized form of the Dutch/German/Scandinavian word for hunter. A US Airforce Test pilot and WWII veteran , he was assigned as the advisor to the Pakistan Air Force during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Who was this person?

Answer to Question #38

The album is titled Diamond Music as it served as the music for Debeers Commercials over the years. Only Sourabh Got it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Landmark Quiz Mumbai 2011 Prelims


The Questions from the Prelims of the Mumbai Landmark Quiz 2011. Thanks to Dr. Navin for sharing the questions.

1. In 1956 Potti Sriramulu the Telugu nationalist fasted to death, an event that led to the reorganisation of states on a linguistic basis. In 1960, members of Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti were fired upon when they gathered in Bombay for a demonstration. The  protests eventually led to the creation of the modern state of Maharashtra. What was the former name of the spot where  this demonstration took place?

2. On 29th September 2010 Ranjana Sonawane of Tembhli village in Maharashtra became the first person in India to receive what during the launch of an important all-India project?

3. Which planet's poisonous atmosphere has been described as the product of a “runaway greenhouse effect”?

4. The death of Princess Diana on 31st August 1997 led to a collective outpouring of grief around the world. Which global Indian's death that same week became a footnote to the fulsome obituaries written for Diana in the world's newpapers?

5. What substance forms when hydrogen burns in air?

6. This person felt  that lack of physical education in schools contributed to country's defeat in Franco-Prussian war. He was also was a fan of Tom Brown's Schooldays that stressed importance of physical strength. He visited Much Wenlock village in Shropshire in 1890 where Dr William Penny had put together a revival of  _______ in 1890 which led him to his inspiration. What?

7. Barbie Doll has had 124 careers since 1959, ranging from Stewardess to Paratrooper. What is her latest that hit the stores in Winter 2010 that has her sporting glasses?

8. Which mountain pass in the Aravalli range that connects the Rajsamand and Pali districts is associated with a distinctive yellowish colouration of its soil and was the site of a famous battle?

9. In 2006, the World Bank Institute  concluded that the village of Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra was transformed from a highly degraded village ecosystem in a semi-arid region of extreme poverty to one of the richest in the country. The Ralegan Siddhi example, now 25 years old, showed that it is possible to rebuild natural capital in partnership with the local economy. In 1992, who received a Padma Bhushan for his efforts in making Ralegan Siddhi a model village for the rest of India?

10. Which scientist’s birthday on 31st March was celebrated by this Google Doodle?

**11. When 87 year old Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan made his famous 'Amul baby' remark, attacking 40-year old Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, dairy brand Amul was not late in issuing this ad “They are both Amul babies”. Interestingly Rahul Gandhi had earlier featured in another Amul ad. What was the incident and what was the tag line that parodied a well loved 1958 Bollywood comedy?

**12. VISUAL: This millionaire bought the island called Moskito in the British Virgin islands group in 2007 for £10m and pledged to turn it into the world's most ecologically friendly resort. He has now triggered a coservation row by planning to relocate this animal half a world away from its natural habitat in Madagascar to the Caribbean. Name the millionaire and this animal.

**13. Whose tomb did Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose  visit after giving his famous "Delhi Chalo" call?

**14. The largest artery in the body is the aorta that arises directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body through various branches. Which organ gets the first supply of oxygenated blood?

**15. On July 9, 2011 the world's newest country will come into being (the 195th) ending Africa's longest running civil war. Names that were considered were Azania, Nile Republic, Kush Republic (referring to the ancient Biblical kingdom) and Juwama, after Juba, Wau and Malakal, the three major cities here. What was the final name chosen because of its “familiarity and convenience”?

**16. What remarkable achievement links these four athletes: Eddie Eagan (USA), Jacob Tullin Thams, (Norway), Christa Luding-Rothenburger (GDR), and Clara Hughes (Canada)?

**17.  Which “standing dialect” spoken mainly in rural surroundings of Delhi and adjacent UP and Uttarakhand is generally accepted as the main dialectical precursor of Standard Hindi and Urdu which are the official languages of India and Pakistan respectively?

**18. This famous woodblock print titled The Great Wave of Kanagawa (showing a tsunami) by 19th century Japanese artist Hokusai is the first of his Thirty Six Views of _______?

**19. According to the Puranas there are 49 different storm gods. They consider Hanuman as their leader. What name is given to Hanuman in his manifestation as the leader of the storm gods?

**20. The IIT-JEE 2011 was held for admission to all the 15 IITs and two special institutions that, according to the IIT-JEE website, “are the oldest institutions in India and are known for their immense contributions towards society at large and for science and technology in particular.” Name these two institutions.

21. Who are the only two umpires to be honoured by the Umpire of the Year award by the ICC since the awards were instituted in 2004?

22. In 1852, while stationed in Dehradun, Radhanath Sikdar, an Indian mathematician from Bengal, was the first to identify what geographical superlative using trigonometric calculations based on James Nicolson's measurements of 1849?

23. Which country became a member of SAARC on 13 November 2005?

24. To which deity was Indira Gandhi famously compared to after her victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war?

26. This indigenous term of Scandinavian origin refers to an official, usually appointed by the government, who is charged with representing the interests of the public by investigating and addressing complaints reported by individual citizens. What word is this and what is its Indian equivalent?

27. A scale assessing what uses these following categories: Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very Very Slightly Included, Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included, and Included?

28. Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn purchased this bear from a hunter for $20 and named it after his hometown in Manitoba, and because of World War One, left it in the care of the London Zoo. What was the name of this bear?

29. It is India’s largest city without a Hindu population majority but ironically it is named for a Hindu deity and the name literally means a place of wealth and abundance. Which city?

30. Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām (also known as the Grand Mosque) is the largest mosque in the world. Apart from its size what else is its claim to fame?

31. Billings Artworks Ltd., with the help of Semco Industries, created a custom alloy of zinc and aluminium which they named Gramium. For what speicific purpose was this alloy developed? It continues to be used for the same.

32. The most popular and modern version of tying/arranging this object is called the nivi style and was made popular by the works of Raja Ravi Verma. What object is this?

33.  VISUAL: This is native art of which country and what animal does it depict?

34. VISUAL: Who is this?

35. VIDEO: (Scene from Saat Khoon Maaf) Name the actor whom Priyanka Chopra is talking to?

36. VIDEO: (viral hit about Twitter) This is a parody of which movie?

37. VIDEO: This scene is from the movie version of which non-fiction bestseller?

38. VIDEO: (Tata Capital TVC): The song featured in this commercial is from which film?

39. VIDEO: (The first Bollywood musical that premiered in September 2010): Name the show.

40. AUDIO: (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way – The Bollywood Remix): This remix was created by which duo?


1. Flora Fountain (that was renamed Hutatma Chowk)
2. Unique ID or Aadhar
3. Venus
4. Mother Teresa (died 5th September 1997)
5. Water
6. Coubertin was inspired by Penny's revival of the Olympic Games.
7. Computer engineer
8. Haldighati.
9. Anna Hazare
10. Robert Bunsen
**11. Rahul Gandhi's ride on a Mumbai suburban train / Chalti ka naam Gandhi
**12. Richard Branson / Ring-tail Lemur
**13. Bahadur Shah Zafar in Rangoon
**14. The heart (coronary arteries)
**15. Southern Sudan
**16. Only athletes to have won medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics
**17.  Khariboli
**18. Mt Fuji. The work or art is The Great Wave of Kanagawa (a tsunami)
**19. Maruti (leader of the Maruts)
**20. Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IT-BHU) Varanasi and Indian School of Mines (ISM) Dhanbad
21. Simon Taufel and Aleem Dar
22. Mt Everest being the world's tallest peak
23. Afghanistan
24. Durga
25. Mercury. After its launch in 2004 and 3 flybys, the last in Sept 2009, the Messenger spaceprobe entered Mercury’s orbit on 18th March 2011.
26. Ombudsman / Lokpal
27. Diamond clarity (Gemology Institute of America). This appears in Amitabh and Jaya TVC for Tanishq
28. Winnipeg. Christopher Milne had named his teddy after Winnipeg, after this bear which he and his father AA Milne often saw at London Zoo. AA Milne named his character Winnie the Pooh after this bear.
29. Srinagar
30. The Kaaba is located inside it.
31. To make the Grammy award
32. The sari
33. Australia / Platypus
34. Siddhartha Mukherjee (Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer)
35. Ruskin Bond (Scene from Saat Khoon Maaf)
36. Social Network (This viral hit about Twitter is called The Twit Network)
37. Freakonomics
38. Masoom
39. Zangoora, The Gypsy Prince (the first Bollywood musical that premiered in September 2010)
40. Salim and Sulaiman (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way – The Bollywood Remix)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Finals of the Ad Club Bangalore Quiz

Questions and Answers from the Ad Club Bangalore Quiz Finals conducted by Team Nexus ( Venky and Vivek). The Finals had a special Travel and Leisure round as the quiz was sponsored by TLC.

Prelims of the Ad Club Bangalore Quiz

These are the questions from the prelims of the quiz that Team Nexus ( Venky and Vivek) as part of the AD CLUB Bangalore Quiz. Thanks to Venky for sharing these questions.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

HTNI #38

This is a cover of a classical piece named Palladio from an Album by Karl Jenkins Named Diamond Music. Why was the album named Diamond Music and where would one have heard the original version?

Answer to Previous Question

Mahendra, Kaushik and Aravind got it right.