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Namaste India

a Quiz all about India
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Laila Lamamar

on 10 June 2011

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A number of Indian cities and territories have been renamed over the years, mostly in an effort to erase the supposed 'colonial hangover' After contributing a new word to the English language, which Indian city decided to officially change its name on 1 November 2006? A Shimla
B Bangalore
C Trivandrum
D Hyderabad Namaste India The Indian constitution recognizes, for now, 18 official Indian languages. But, almost each of these 18 languages, include different dialects or variations of that language. Besides these 18 languages, there are other languages which are recognized by the central government, but not as official languages. Which language is used as the primary official language
of the Republic of India ? A Tamil
B Punjab
C Hindi
D Bengali C Hindi B Bangalore Bangalore was renamed Bengaluru which has been the city's name in the local dialect for years. On December 11, 2005, the Government of Karnataka accepted the proposal of U. R. Anathamurthy, a Jnanpith Award winner (the highest literary award in India) regarding the name change. On 1 November 2006 ten different cities in the state of Karnataka were renamed.
To be 'Bangalored' is a recently coined term to refer to a job layoff due to outsourcing. It is well known that Mumbai was known as Bombay before being renamed in December 1995. What was the name given to Bombay by the Portuguese before it passed into the hands of the British? A Mapusa
B Bicholim
C Bardez
D Bom Bahia D Bom Bahia Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand de Almeida, reached Bombay in 1508. The group of islands was named Bom Bahai which meant 'good harbour'. Later the British anglicized the name to Bombay. Bombay has always been known as 'Bambai' in Hindi and 'Mumbai' in Marathi and Gujarati. Rajasthan is the land of the maharajahs and palaces. It is also the largest state of India. It houses the oldest mountain range in India, the Aravallis. Atop these hills is located the only hill station of the state. What is the name of this hill station? A Mount Abu
B Mount Everest
C Mount Ali
D Tiger Hill A Mount Abu We come to Chhattisgarh. What does the name of this state mean, provided that the meaning of 'chhattis' is thirty-six? A Thirty-six Lives
B Thirty-six Gods
C Thirty-six Kings
D Thirty-six Forts D Thirty-six Forts Chhattisgarh takes its name from 36 princely states that constitute this region (chhattis means "36", and garh means "fort"). They are : 1- Ratanpur, 2- Vijaypur, 3- Kharound, 4- Maro, 5- Kautgarh, 6- Nawagarh, 7- Sondhi, 8- Aukhar, 9- Padarbhatta, 10- Semriya, 11- Champa, 12- Lafa, 13- Chhuri, 14- Kenda, 15- Matin, 16- Aparora, 17- Pendra, 18- Kurkuti-kandri, 19- Raipur, 20- Patan, 21- Simaga, 22- Singarpur, 23- Lavan, 24- Omera, 25- Durg, 26- Saradha, 27- Sirasa, 28- Menhadi, 29- Khallari, 30- Sirpur, 31- Figeswar, 32- Rajim, 33- Singhangarh, 34- Suvarmar, 35- Tenganagarh and 36- Akaltara.[1] Rejuvenated and energized, we arrive in Andhra Pradesh. There we see the state bird of Andhra. It is brightly colored with shades of blue and turquoise. Scientifically, it is called Coracias benghalensis. What is its common name? A Great bustard
B Indian roller
C Indian Flamingo
D Scarlet ibis At last, after thousands of miles of tireless traveling, we stand at the tip of peninsular India in Tamil Nadu. The vast ocean stretches on endlessly before us. What is the southernmost point of the Indian peninsula known as? A Indira Point
B Kanyakumari
C Thiruvananthapuram
D Gangaikonda Cholapuram B Kanyakumari What is the Indian national calendar which is the official civil calendar in use in India A Gregorian Calendar
B Kioal Calendar
C Jutyu Calendar
D Saka Era Calendar D Saka Era Calendar Saka Era started 78 AD
Current date is 1933 In 2007 the first female President was sworn in as the 12th president of India. Is her name…. A K.R.Narayanan
B Atal Behari Vajpayee
C Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
D Pratibha Devisingh Patil D Pratibha Devisingh Patil The 'Taj Mahal' was built by how approximately many workers? A 40,000
B 30,000
C 10,000
D 20,000 D 20,000 B Indian roller B Kanyakumari D Pratibha Devisingh Patil D 20,000 D Saka Era Calendar Saka Era calendar started in 78 AD
It is now 1933 What does the wheel on India's flag symbolise? A Wheel of Truth
B Wheel of Fortune
C Wheel of Law
D Wheel of Peace C Wheel of Law The monument of love - Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world is located in a city in the northern part of India. What is this city? A Bhopal
B Lucknow
C Agra
D Varanasi C Agra Moving to the East of India, we enter one of the popular hill stations of India, famous for its tea plantations. Can you name this town? A Darjeeling
B Kulu-Manali
C Ooty
D Kodaikanal A Darjeeling Which one of these is India's largest city (in terms of population)?

A Hyderabad
B Chennai
C Mumbai
D Delhi C Mumbai The population of Mumbai is approximately 18,000,000 In the Western part, is the financial capital of India Mumbai. Which of these monuments will you see in Mumbai?

A India Gate
B Fort St George
C Writers Building
D Gateway of India D Gateway of India The Gateway of India is a prominent landmark in Mumbai and was built in 1911 to mark the arrival of King George and Queen Mary of Britain. India Gate is a monument in Delhi, Writers Building and Fort St George are the Secretariat buildings in Kolkata and Chennai respectively. Which is the earliest known civilization of India?

A Ganga Valley Civilization
B Brahmaputra Valley Civilization
C Mahanadi valley Civilization
D Indus Valley Civilization D Indus Valley Civilization

The earliest known civilization in India, the starting point of its history, dates back to about 3000 BC. When it was discovered in the 1920s, it was thought that it had been confined to the valley of River Indus, hence the name given to it was the "Indus Valley Civilization". This civilization was a highly developed urban one and two of its towns, Mohenjodaro and Harappa, represent the high watermark of the settlements. Subsequent archaeological excavations established that this civilization were not restricted to the Indus Valley but spread to a wide area in Northwestern and Western India. Thus this civilization is now better known as the Harappan Civilization After independence, Indian leaders decided to divide Indian states on the basis of the language spoken there, for their development and progress. Which was the first state to be created on this basis?

A Arunachal Pradesh
B Karnataka
C Haryana
D Andhra Pradesh D Andhra Pradesh In the 1850s, the indigenous populations of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands came into direct contact with Europeans for the first time. Which of the following ethnic groups became extinct before India achieved its independence in 1947?

A Shompen
B Jangil
C Jarawa
D Sentinelese B Jangil
Newly introduced diseases were probably the major reason for the death of the Jangil people. In the 1920s, an expedition attempted to find signs that the Jangil people were still alive, but it was unsuccessful. As of 2007, the Shompen people of the Nicobar Islands had a population of about 400 and the Jarawa people of the Andaman Islands had a population of about 300. The Sentinelese people of the Andaman Islands are a very isolated group and their population may be as low as 40 or as high as 500. You will see a clip of two Indian instruments. Which instrument is accompanying the sitar?

A tabla
B Sarod
C Sarangi
D Tanpura
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