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

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

1. A conservationist at Madras Crocodile Bank blamed the death of a rare Cuban crocodile on stress caused by loud music from the nearby Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa.

2. The three factories of Indian Railways produced 6,037 coaches during the past fiscal year, breaking the previous year’s “Make in India” record by 35 percent.

3. In India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams for Class 12, only one student in the entire country took the exam for theatre studies, an optional vocational subject.

4. To encourage more students to enroll in theatre studies, CBSE announced that it will change the name of the subject to “movie theatre studies” for the 2019-20 academic year.

5. Actress Alia Bhatt gave Rs. 50 lakhs each to her driver and assistant so they could buy houses for themselves.



(1, 2, 3, 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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