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XLRI victory at Tata quiz
- Prithwish Datta & Abhishek Padhye qualify for zonal round in Calcutta later this month

XLRI students emerged winners at Jamshedpur regional round of Tata Crucible Campus Quiz, held at Michael John Auditorium on Wednesday.

The winning team, comprising Prithwish Datta and Abhishek Padhye, will now lock horns with victors from seven other regional rounds at the zonal finals in Calcutta later this month.

An NIT-Jamshedpur team comprising Palak Kumar and Akash Kumar was declared runner-up at the quiz.

While the winning team received a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, the runner-up walked home with Rs 50,000.

Sources among organisers said Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 from prizes won by winner and runner-up, respectively, would be contributed to charity.

Earlier, 77 teams from colleges across Jamshedpur vied for honours at the contest. After a preliminary written and subsequent wild card round, six teams were shortlisted.

The final round saw five sections— Global Attention, Visual Potential, Tata World, Think Tenfold and Rapid Intend. The quiz witnessed questions on topics that ranged from New York stock exchange to dominoes to Google’s Santa tracker. These apart, quizmaster Giri Balasubramanium also used visuals in which participants had to follow clippings to answer relevant questions.

The four zonal finals will be held at Mumbai (west), New Delhi (north), Calcutta (east) and Bengaluru (south).

The top two teams from each zone will battle it out at national finals at Mumbai in April. Next on the list will be the international round, where winners and runners-up from the India, will compete with their counterparts from Singapore and UK.

“Jamshedpur has always seen fiercely-contested quizzes since the Crucible contest started 10 years ago. Yet again, XLRI lived up to its tradition of never losing a Crucible quiz in the city,” quizmaster Giri Balasubramanium said at the end of the event.


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