Published on March 13, 2014
Question 1 When Indian forces drove away the Portuguese from this colony, it became in the eyes of international law, an independent country. The residents of the colony requested the Government of India for administrative help. Mr. K.G. Badlani, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) was sent as the administrator. In 1961, Mr. Badlani was, for one day, designated the Prime Minister of the ‘country’, so that, as Head of State, he could sign an agreement with the Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and formally merge the ‘country’ with the Republic of India. Identify this former Portuguese colony.
Answer 1 Dadra and Nagar Haveli Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory in western India. Nagar Haveli is wedged between Maharashtra and Gujarat, whereas Dadra is a enclave 1 km NW surrounded by Gujarat. The shared capital is Silvassa. The larger part spans a large, roughly c-shaped area 12–30 kilometres up- river from the city of Daman on the coast, at the centre of which, and thus outside the territory, is the Madhuban reservoir.
Question 2 A special occasion for the world's second largest commercial employer saw the release of this logo. Identify the organization
Answer 2 The logo was released to commemorate 150 years of Indian railways.
Question 3 Introduced into India by Babur and later formalized by Akbar, Mughal Ganjifa is a card game played with a deck of 96 cards comprising of 8 suits of 12 cards each. As the game became popular beyond the Mughal courts, the designs on the cards were made compatible with Hindu tradition. A second form of the game emerged with 10 suits of 12 cards each. While local variations abound across the country, Mughal Ganjifa and its Hindu sibling remain the two meta-variants. Which God was typically depicted in the 10 suits?
Answer 3 Vishnu Ganjifa cards are circular and traditionally hand- made by local artisans. The suits are composed of twelve subjects on coloured backgrounds, with pip cards running from 1 to 10, and two court cards, one of a minister or counselor, the other of a king. The precise style and arrangement of the decoration on any set is dependent on its artist. The designs of the cards of Dashavatara Ganjifa use motifs from the ten Avatars of Vishnu.
Question 4 In 1882, Mr. W L Lake a Canadian engineer saw elephants emerging out of dense forests with oil stains on their feet. So the story goes, that his shouts urging his men to drill the area for crude oil gave this Indian town its name. Which town?
Answer 4 Digboi Digboi is a town in the north-eastern part of the state of Assam. Crude oil was discovered here in late 19th century. ‘Dig boy, dig’, shouted the Canadian engineer, at his men as they watched elephants emerging out of the dense forest with oil stains on their feet.
Question 5 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?
Answer 5 Chandni Chowk Chandni Chowk originally meaning moonlit square or market, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi, now in central north Delhi, India. Built in 17th century by the great Mughal emperor of India Shah Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara, the market was once divided by canals (now closed) to reflect moonlight, and it remains one of India's largest wholesale markets.
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