This killer disease is believed to have evolved around 10,000 B.C. Pharaoh Ramses V of Egypt, Guru Har Krishan, Peter II of Russia and King Louis XV of France are all believed to have succumbed to this virus. US Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin contracted it but survived. During the 20th century an estimated 500 million people are believed to have succumbed to this deadly disease. Just 45 years ago, in 1967, an estimated 15 million people contracted the disease. Following extended vaccination campaigns through the 20th century, on this day in 1979, WHO certified the eradication of Variola or the smallpox virus, making it the first and only infectious disease in humans to be forced into extinction. Last year, rinderpest, an infectious viral disease that attacks cattle, became the second disease in history to be completely wiped out.
1. Which country did Google’s Transparency Report record as the one accounting for the highest number of government requests to remove content in 2011?
Arunava Das, Calcutta
2. On the language panel of a contemporary Indian currency note, which language comes second?
Shoumik Bannerjee, Guwahati
3. The National Waterway I extends from Allahabad to which city in West Bengal?
Mitali Roy, Calcutta
4. How do we better know the Wazir-e-Azam in Akbar’s court, whose real name was Maheshdas Bhat?
Akbar Ali, Calcutta
5. Which National Park in West Bengal was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987?
Sutapa Dey, Calcutta
6. What are commemorative, definitive and revenue types of?
Diptarka Ghosh, Ranchi
7. Who was the first woman whose statue was erected in independent India in 1977?
Pratim Choudhury, Calcutta
8. On whose advice did the Tamralipta Jatiya Sarkar wind up its activities in August, 1944?
Nandini Saha, Calcutta
9. Which craft is also referred to as the ‘thrift craft’ because it was usually done on layers of old cotton, dhotis and saris?
Suchismita Gupta, Assam
KNOW & GROW WITH DEREK
The Latin name for the disease Variola borrows from medieval Latin. Literally meaning ‘pustule, pock’, it is derived from the Latin varius meaning ‘diverse’.
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What was established in West Bengal as the Eastern Higher Technical Institute in 1950?
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