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  1. India mines/produces 60% of the world's (what mineral?), used in hi-tech industries for its properties of insulation, transparency, and machining tolerance? Mica (specifically mica sheet)
  2. Dempo, Churchill Brothers, and Salgaocar are famous successful Indian what? Football clubs (association football or soccer clubs)
  3. Chhau, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi, Sattriya, and Thang Ta are among India's official: Government ministries; Classical dances; Tea species; or National forests? Classical dances
  4. The hugely popular Hum Log was India's first what? TV Soap Opera (first broadcast 1984)
  5. The Indian endangered species Platanista gangetica gangetica is a: Cave bat; River dolphin; Tree spider; or Mountain tiger? River dolphin (the Ganges river dolphin)
  6. Based in Mumbai, abbreviated to RBI, what is India's central banking institution and guardian of the currency? Reserve Bank of India
  7. The oldest Sanskrit literature and Hindu scriptures are called what, meaning 'knowledge' in Sanskrit? Vedas
  8. Dainik Jagran is (at 2014) India's, and perhaps the world's, most popular: Fruit drink; Newspaper; Amusement park; or Toothpaste? Newspaper (a highly regarded Hindi daily broadsheet - the title means loosely 'daily vigil/watchman/signal' - please tell me if you can offer an improved translation)
  9. What system first emerged in India c.500BC, adopted globally over the next 2,500 years, based on three metals? Coinage (or less precisely, money - the three metals were and largely still are [if mainly now only the colour/color of coins] gold, silver and copper - their relative rarity automatically determined and maintained relative values)
  10. Name the Indian corporation joint-venture partner in India's Virgin Mobile and Starbucks businesses? Tata
  11. The state-owned corporation re-branded simply 'Indian' (2005-11) was a major operator in which sector: Telephony; Railway; Airline; or Energy? Airline (merged into Air India in 2011)
  12. The CCI, at Dinsha Wacha Road, near Churchgate in Mumbai, established in 1933, stands for what famous sporting institution? Cricket Club of India
  13. What is India's country internet TLD (top level domain)? .in
  14. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are the two what of India: Houses of Parliament; National anthems; Biggest lakes; or Tallest skyscrapers? Houses of Parliament (lower 'People Assembly' and upper 'State Assembly')
  15. The Indian city of Amritsar (also called Rāmdāspur and Ambarsar) is a main border crossing point to which other nation? Pakistan
  16. The first prime minister of India, regarded as architect of the modern Indian state, was Jawaharlal (Who?) Nehru
  17. India became independent (of British colonial rule) in: 1923; 1933; 1947; or 1952? 1947 (15 August)
  18. Sandeep Singh is a famously successful player and ex-national team captain in which sport, in which India traditionally excels? Hockey (more precisely Field Hockey)
  19. Waheguru is the common term for God in which Indian religion? Sikhism (or Vāhigurū in Punjabi, both words equating to 'wonderful teacher')
  20. Prasar Bharati (at 2014) is India's major: Railway network; Public service broadcaster; National holiday; or Trade union? Public service broadcaster
  21. The modern Indian Rupee comprises 100 what? Paisa (plural Paise)
  22. Aside from English what is the official language of India? Hindi
  23. What commercial organization governed India from 1612-1858 before it became a British colony? British East India Company
  24. What is India's international telephone dialling code? 91
  25. In which city is the Bollywood film industry based? Mumbai (or its previous name Bombay)
  26. The partition of India, creating an independent India and Pakistan, was called the (Who?) Plan, after the last Viceroy of India, later assassinated by the IRA in 1979? Mountbatten
  27. The Harmandir Sahib, the Sikh spiritual/cultural centre, is known popularly in western media as what? Golden Temple (in Amritsar)
  28. What historical Indian figure is fondly called Bapu? Mahatma Gandhi (Bapu is Gujarati for father or papa)
  29. Which four of the following world religions originated in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Christianity, Sikhism? Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism
  30. What are the new names for these older Indian city names: Bombay, Madras, Calcutta? Bombay to Mumbai, Madras to Chennai, Calcutta to Kolkata


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