|Flags of the members of the Commonwealth of Nations (Pic: Ravindra Dharmatilake for The Nation)|
Sri Lanka held the 23rd CHOGM meeting in November 2013. Therefore, The Nation thought to kick off its new quiz with some questions about the meeting and about the Commonwealth of Nations. So, here goes:
1. What does the acronym CHOGM stand for?
2. The first CHOGM was held in 1971 in Singapore. The Singaporean Prime Minister who hosted the meeting in 1971 celebrated his 90th birthday on September 23, 2013. He was the iconic Prime Minister of Singapore from its independence in 1965 to 1990. His son is the current Prime Minister of Singapore. Who is this famous statesman?
3. Usually, former British colonies join the Commonwealth of Nations. However, in 1995, a country which had no history of British colonial occupation joined the organization. This African country was a Portuguese colony until it won independence in 1975. Two large African rivers, Zambezi and Limpopo meet the Atlantic Ocean within the territory of this country. Associated with the slave trade, this country is thought to be the origin of the Kaffir people in Sri Lanka. What is this country?
4. The last time the CHOGM was held in an Asian country was 30 years ago in 1983. It was held at Fort Aguada, a Portuguese fort. Which Indian city hosted the CHOGM in 1983?
5. The 2015 CHOGM was planned to be held in a small African island nation. (However, since its Prime Minister boycotted the event in Sri Lanka, the honor of hosting the 2015 CHOGM was awarded to Malta). With a population of nearly 1.3 million, this is one of the smallest countries in Africa. A large number of its people are of Indian decent. Several Sri Lankans who rebelled against the British rule during the Wellasse Rebellion were exiled to this island. One famous landmark in this country related to Sri Lanka is the grave of Ahalepola Adikaram who died there after being exiled. What is this country?
Answers to the quiz will be given with the Quiz 02...