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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
January 2019

How much do you know about current events in India and the U.S.? Try this short quiz!

1. Actress Priyanka Chopra used fireworks to celebrate her wedding to singer Nick Jonas in Jodhpur, just weeks after urging her fans to skip firecrackers during Diwali to reduce pollution.

2. President Trump tweeted that the marriage of Chopra and Jonas “marks the beginning of a great new relationship between India and the United States.”

3. Raj Shah, White House deputy press secretary, was reprimanded by a government watchdog agency for posting a partisan political message on a Twitter account he uses for government business.

4. A news report revealed that Donald Trump Jr.’s trip to India last February to promote his family’s luxury condominium projects cost U.S. taxpayers nearly $100,000.

5. Disney Junior ordered an animated series called Mira, Royal Detective, inspired by the cultures and customs of India.



(1, 3, 4, and 5 really happened.)



Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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