Jun 30, 2016


In June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte took over as the President of the Phillipines, after a contoversial tenure as Mayor of Davao City. Duterte was known for his tough tactics against criminals, which allegedly included the use of vigilante groups. He picked up the nickname of 'The Punisher' for this.

Another nickname, derived from a cult film character in a series of the same name has also been used for Duterte. What nickname?

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Jun 29, 2016


Three of the four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize worked on the same project: to bring an orange-fleshed version of a vegetable to parts of Africa. Rich in Vitamin A, this vegetable variant has helped improve nutritional levels on the continent. Which vegetable?

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Jun 28, 2016


The annual Tour de France cycling race has always had a terrible time with cheats of all kinds. The 2016 edition will feature the use of random tests using thermal imaging and magnetic resonance imaging to nab participants who have done what?

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Jun 27, 2016


In 2016, which religious community received minority status in the state of Maharashtra, which means, among others, they can be counted separately in surveys?

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Jun 26, 2016


"Moana" is the name of a 2016 Disney animated film, which tells the tale of a young girl in the South Pacific. The film ran into some trouble with the Polynesian community who weren't happy with the way the character of Maui, a legendary Polynesian figure, was portrayed (they felt the depiction was as a stereotypical obese person).

'Maui' is voiced by an entertainer who is himself partly of Polynesian descent. Who?

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Jun 25, 2016


In June 2016, India made a strong bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group organisation which aims to regulate nuclear exports. The NSG was set up specifically in response to which event involving a country, about four decades before 2016?

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Jun 24, 2016


In June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union in what was a surprise decision. This was dubbed 'BREXIT'. A few days before this decision, another exit in India was dubbed 'RREXIT'. What did this refer to?

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Jun 23, 2016


This Broadway production sweeped up 11 wins out of its 16 Tony award nominations in June 2016, prompting comment that it was perhaps the greatest Broadway musical of all time. Which production, based on an American historical figure?

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Jun 22, 2016


This European country has seen a tourist boom in the mid-2010s. Among the popular targets for souvenirs are the unusual road-signs in the country, several of which have been stolen, allegedly by tourists. To deal with this, authorities announced in mid-2016 that they have made the signs heavier and are bolting them differently to prevent such thefts.

Which country?

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Jun 21, 2016


To celebrate which sporting achievement in June 2016 did Nike run a campaign called "#AlwaysBelieve"?

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Jun 20, 2016


He studied literature, biology, and history before he eventually became a neurosurgeon. He died in 2015 and his posthumously published 2016 memoir became a best-seller. If the book is 'When Breath Becomes Air', who is this author?

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Jun 19, 2016


In June 2016, a team of scientists announced that the mosaic-tailed rodent ('Bramble Cay melomys') was the first mammal to go extinct because of which reason?

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Jun 18, 2016


Which famous video game was rebooted in 2016 and is set in Mars, in a "Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) research facility"?

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Jun 17, 2016


In June 2016, a plaque marking the inscription of Indenture Immigration Records on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register was unveiled at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site. In which country did these events happen?

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Jun 16, 2016


Legendary Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich passed away in 2016 at the age of 104. The 2nd Indian winner of the Mr. Universe contest, what was a popular nickname for him on account of his strongman feats and because he was short, an inch less than 5 feet?

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Jun 15, 2016


The Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world's longest and deepest tunnel, was officially inaugurated in June 2016 with a railway trip with the likes of the German and Austrian chancellors, the Italian PM, and the French President. In which country is this located?

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Jun 14, 2016


After a vote that saw a type of Stork and a type of Turtle lose, which Indian city picked the Gangetic River Dolphin as its "City Animal"? (This is the first time an Indian city has made such a choice.)

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Jun 13, 2016


If the 2016 quest is for a Regal Blue Tang, what was the original 2003 quest for?

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Jun 12, 2016


Who was nominated twice for a Grammy Award in the category of 'Spoken Word Album' (1963) and 'Best Recording for Children' (for the album 'The Adventures of ___ and His Gang vs. Tooth Decay', 1976)?

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Jun 11, 2016


In May 1916, this secret agreement carved up areas in Western Asia held by the Ottoman Empire among European Allied powers. The agreement has been held responsible for many of the geo-political problems in the region and has been the subject of many an article by historians marking its centenary in 2016.

Officially called the Asia Minor Agreement, it is usually referred to by the names of the two diplomats who created it. What's this eponymous name?

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Jun 10, 2016


Guest question by Dipanjan Pal

In 2001, after winning his third title, he did 'something' on the court with a piece of equipment (also falling backwards) to show his love for the tournament.

In June 2016, another player, finally winning the tournament after losing 3 previous finals, famously imitated this former player after seeking permission from him before the final.

Who are the players and what are we talking about?

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Jun 9, 2016


In 1766, this country passed a constitutional law against 'censorship'. To mark 250 years of that landmark law in 2016, the country's tourist association made public a telephone number. Call the number (note: it'll be an international call!) and you'll get connected to a random citizen of the country. You can chat about anything you wish.

Which country?

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Jun 8, 2016

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This photo shows the artist called JR who has made something 'vanish' in June 2016. Where is he and what has he 'hey-presto'-d here?

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Jun 7, 2016


The 2nd edition of the ConIFA World Football Cup was held in June 2016. The hosts Abkhazia won the tournament, which saw 12 teams take part. Northern Cyprus finished 3rd.

What is unusual about the teams that played in this tournament? The name of the team that came 2nd has the same spelling of a North Indian University. Which team?

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Jun 6, 2016


In a 2012 episode of the iconic TV series 'Top Gear', this guest recorded the fastest Celebrity Lap Time in a Kia Cee'd car, beating fellow comic actor Rowan Atkinson's time by a second. Which 'friendly' guest star, and why was he in the news for related reasons in 2016?

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Jun 5, 2016


Tsukiji in Tokyo, Japan is home to the world's biggest fish market. In 2016, authorities announced the market will move to a new locality and more tourist-friendly facility as part of preparations for the 2020 Olympics.

Perhaps the most famous daily event in the market is the auction of a saltwater fish. Which fish?

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Jun 4, 2016


The United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday in 2016. Disney created a book called "____ and the Royal Birthday" in which this fictional character travels to Buckingham Palace with his friends, also bumping into the Queen and even Prince George.

Incidentally, the character also turned 90 in 2016. Which character?

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Jun 3, 2016


In May 2016, a school of Sharks plays a colony of Penguins for a large 'drinking object' which is courtesy of the 16th Earl of Derby.


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Jun 2, 2016


What four-letter word, coined by botanist Wilhelm Johannsen, completes this book's title?

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Jun 1, 2016


This Indian First-class cricketer made a 7-ball duck on his debut against Jammu & Kashmir in a Ranji Trophy match in the 2000-01 season. (That would be the only FC match he played.) Which Member of Parliament from the Hamirpur constituency are we talking about?

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