Weekly Business Quiz # 380


Q 1. This firm was born out of Arthur Andersen , when it got closed down after the Enron scam, & had become an challenger to the Big 4 in India. Now it has dissolve itself  & merged one part  with Deloitte and the other with KPMG. Name it.

Ans. BMR Advisors

Q2. Identify this businessman and his company which has made it to the Fortune Global 500 list 


Ans. Rajesh Mehta of Rajesh Exports

Q3. Following the lawyer notice from which group threatening a defamation suit has EPW editor Paronjoy Guhathakurta resigned ?

Ans. Adani

Q4. Which govt owned institution compiles the Housing Price Index popularly known as Residex ?

Ans. National Housing Bank ( NHB)

Q5. Identify the logo. It started operations recently


Ans. FINO Payments Bank


Q6. Which popular utility that was first introduced in 1985 by Microsoft in Windows is being withdrawn ?

Ans. MS Paint

Q7 Following Walmart at No 2 in the Fortune Global 500 list is State Grid. Which country does it belong to ?

Ans. China

Q8. Amazon has launched a shoppable feed of stories and images much like a social network for its Prime members in US. What is it called ?

Ans. Amazon Spark

Q9. In which country the income of all the citizens is known openly and this info is available online ?

Ans. Norway

Q 10. This is only the second occasion that Bank of England has issued a currency note with a woman’s photo on it. Who is the person honoured ? 


Ans. Jane Austen on her 200th birth anniversary

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Weekly Business Quiz # 379


Q 1. What is unique about the new TV channel Star Sports First being launched on July 21st ?


Ans. First private free-to-air sports channel

Q 2. Name the advertiser. This advt goes with the tagline ” Speed so high, everything will fly”


Ans. Hathway Internet

Q3. Under what brand name would Mahindra manufacture electric sports cars in their new US factory at Detroit ?

Ans. Pininfarina ( they own the design boutique in Italy of the same name )

Q 4. Who has acquired the textiles unit Gwalior Bhiwani Textiles from Grasim ?

Ans. Donear


Q 5. Google has launched a job site to search for jobs in USA. What is it called ?

Ans. Google for Jobs

Q6. The headquarters of the shipbuilding company Harland and Wolff in Belfast is being opened as a hotel. What infamous ship did they build ?

Ans. Titanic

Q7. Which company is the world’s biggest video game company, its most popular game is ‘Honour of kings’ ?

Ans. Tencent

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Weekly Business Quiz # 378


Q 1. Identify this person who has a big role to play in the success of GST

Navin Kumar

Ans. Navin Kumar , Chairman of GSTN

Q2. What expansion did the condom brand Durex use for GST ?

Ans. Great Sex Tonight

Q3. Which two leading cos in taper roller bearings are merging in India ?

Ans. Timken India and ABC Bearings Ltd

Q4. The fight between which start-up’s founder and management is going to become a series in Amazon Prime Video India ?

Ans. Rahul Yadav and Housing.com management

Q5. Identify this fictional character used in the Kurkure commercial


Ans. Pammi Aunty who is very popular in the social media

Q6. Which tech co Chairman, VC and CEO all apologised for a bad handling of an employee’s firing by an HR Executive ?

Ans. Tech Mahindra

Q7. With which pharma major would you associate Desh Bandhu Gupta ? He passed away recently. RIP

Ans. Lupin Ltd

Q8. RBI has made it mandatory to switch all magnetic swipe ATM cards to EMV chip cards by Dec 2018. Expand EMV.

Ans. Europay, Mastercard and Visa

Q9. What is the unique offering of Bengaluru startup Mypetrolpump ?

Ans. Door delivery of diesel and petrol

Q10. Who will be manufacturing F-16 fighter planes in India ?

Ans. Tata in JV with Lockheed Martin

Q11. Star Hyper is a chain of retail stores in India created as a JV between Tatas and which global retail chain ?

Ans. Tesco


Q12. Which global co is all set to surpass Apple in profits ?

Ans. Samsung

Q13. Which auto major has made an announcement that from 2019 they will only make electric or hybrid cars ?

Ans. Volvo

Q14. Which car brand has announced through a hoarding that their upcoming electric car is a ‘ Musk – have’ an obvious reference to Tesla ?

Ans. Audi

Apologies for the long gap in posting a quiz.

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Weekly Business Quiz # 377


Q 1. Identify this retail pioneer in India. He set up Foodworld, MusicWorld, Health and Glow as CEO Spencer. He passed away this year. RIP


Ans. P.K.Mohapatra

Q 2. In which city has Ola tied up with Mahindra to launch a pilot project of an electric vehicle network ?

Ans. Nagpur

Q 3. Indian Railways has launched a premium train service , Tejas Express. Between which 2 cities  the first one will ply ?

Ans. Mumbai to Goa

Q 4. Which Indian film has become the biggest grosser in China among non-Hollywood films ?

Ans. Dangal


Q 5. Which well known Internet brands have now become part of this Company ?


Ans. Yahoo and AOL, besides several others

Q 6. What common business term emerged from the Italian banchiere, the foreign exchange dealers of 14th century Italy ?

Ans. Bank

Q7. After the legendary Jack, it was Jeff for 16 years. Now it will be John from August 1. Which large global company will see this change ?

Ans. General Electric, Jack Welch, Jeff Immelt and now John Flannery

Q8. Forced withdrawal of all electric vehicles by which auto major in 2003 forced Elon Musk to think of Tesla ?

Ans. General Motors

Q 9. Which football club has been rated as the most valuable one by Forbes ?

A. Real Madrid B. Manchester United C. Barcelona D. Manchester City

Ans. B. Manchester United

Q 10. Management Guru Jack Trout passed away recently. Name the landmark book he wrote with Al Ries.

Ans. Positioning : The Battle for Your Mind

Q 11. Which IT major who had promoted remote working for its employees have now asked employees to start reporting at offices ?

Ans. IBM

Apologies for the long break.

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Guest Business Quiz # 6


Q 1. A UAE based billionaire is funding the movie, Randamoozham, set to be the costliest movie ever produced. Name the billionaire

Ans. BR Shetty

Q 2. What is the name of the lifestyle and sports brand of Rhiti Sports, where cricketer MS Dhoni has a stake?

Ans. Seven: A brand by MS Dhoni

Q3. The famous cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, along with the Government of Karnataka, have come up with a low cost insurance for poor farmers of the state. What’s name of the insurance scheme

Ans. Yeshasvini

Q4. He was once a part of the group known as ‘Paypal Mafia’, a group of ex PayPal alumni who have gone ahead and started successful companies. After Pay Pal, he went on to start the peer-to-peer microfinance organization kiva.org. He was named as Fortune magazine’s 40 under 40. Who is he?

Ans. Premal Shah

Q5. At the peak of his career there, he left ICICI Bank to head its ‘Foundation for Inclusive Growth’. He is currently a board member of the Reserve Bank of India. Recently he was appointed the head of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India office. Who is he?


Ans. Nachiket Mor


Q6. Steve Jobs visited Kainchi Dham in India searching for meaning and peace, before he started Apple. Many years later, he advised another start-up founder to go and visit the place. Who was that CEO?

Ans. Mark Zuckerberg

 Q7. He was an American inventor best known for his works on AC currents. He was also a contemporary of Thomas Edison. Currently one of the most famous automobile companies in US bears his name. Who was he?


Ans. Nikolas Tesla. Tesla Motors is named after him.

Q 8. Sheryl Sandberg recently wrote a book, Option B, where she talks about dealing with life after the death of her husband Dave Goldberg. Which company was Dave the CEO of, when he died?

Ans. He was the CEO of Survey Monkey

 Q 9. Uber has been in the news recently because of a lawsuit alleging it stole self-driving technology from a Google spin-off company. Name the company

Ans. Waymo

 Q 10. ChemChina is in talks to buy a buy a big Swiss conglomerate. If it goes through, it would be the largest Chinese takeover of a foreign company. Which is the company getting acquired

Ans. Syngenta

This is a Guest post by Prabhala Raghuvir. Twitter handle @pnraghuvir. He will play the Quiz Master occasionally. 

Guest Business Quiz # 5


Q1. Rabindra Nath Tagore once advertised for an Indian soap brand. Which one?


Ans. Godrej Soap ( at that time the Godrej Soaps had only one brand – Godrej)

Q2. ‘Bringing the Rainbow’, is the title of the autobiography of the patriarch of the one of the most prominent business houses in India. Name the person.

Ans.. R. K. Somany of the Somany Group (HSIL)

Q3. The parent multi-platform Dutch company is one of the top media content companies in the world. Its Indian subsidiary hit the jackpot with the reality TV show which is in its 10th season now. Which is this company?

Ans. Endemol is the company. Big Boss is the reality TV franchise.


Q4. “On one of my trips to the Audi factory in Ingolstadt, I saw the line ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ on a fading piece of publicity. I thought, why not use this line? And importantly, let’s keep it in German. Mad as that sounds, I reasoned it would really stand out.” Wrote one of the most highly feted creative directors who co-founded three iconic British ad agencies, one after another. Who is he?


Ans. John Hegarty who had the distinction of being a founding member of  Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA and BBH.

Q5. Name the former creative director at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent who startled the film world by his critically acclaimed maiden directorial venture in 2009 which was nominated for the top award in the Venice International Film Festival.

Ans.. Tom Ford. A Single Man starring Colin Firth (who won a number of Best actor prizes for his lead role) is the film which made him an overnight star director.

Q6. Warren Buffett is known as the ‘Oracle of Omaha’. Which legendary investor is known as the ‘Oracle of Boston’?

Ans.   Seth Klarman, the chief executive and portfolio manager of the Baupost Group.

Q7. Members of this hedge fund’s board of directors included Myron S. Scholes and Robert C. Merton, who shared the 1997 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. It grew over $100 billion in assets in less than three years. But in 1998, swiftly, it lost $4.4 billion of its $4.7 billion in capital and eventually went bust.  Which hedge fund we are talking about?

Ans. LTCM (Long Term Capital Management). The entire story is recounted in Roger Lowenstein’s book, When Genius Failedwith details on the specific strategies and financial theories employed by LTCM.

Q8. Until the Citigroup pulled down its shutters, Old Lane, LP used to be a private equity firm specializing in fund of fund investments. With its head quarter in New York City, it also managed hedge funds for its clients. What was its Indian connection?

Ans.. India-born Vikram Pandit was the founder of Old lane which he sold off to Citigroup when he became its CEO.

This is a Guest Post by Prof Rajib Sarkar. He will play the quiz master occasionally. 

Weekly Business Quiz # 376


Q 1. A real life elderly couple VP and Shanta Dhananjayan, who are classical dancers,  are playing a couple on a series of TV commercials having fun during their second honeymoon. Name the brand.


As. Vodafone 4G

Q2. How did Anand Mahindra, the Mahindra group head, respond when a person tweeted him a picture of an auto modified into a Scorpio ?


Ans. He gave a Mahindra 4 wheeler CV in exchange for the auto. The auto was to be kept in the Mahindra museum

Q3. Bajaj once the undisputed leader in India’s two wheelers market is now No. 3 in terms of volumes. Who are No 1 and No 2 ?

Ans. 1. Hero Motocorp 2. Honda

Q4. Which is the first state government in India to adopt January to December fiscal year ?

Ans. Madhya Pradesh

Q5. Wipro has changed its logo after 19 years. What does the new logo convey ?


Ans. Wipro connects the dots for their clients


Q6. When and where is the Met Gala event held every year ?

Ans. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York on the First Monday of May

Q7. Which is the world’s largest selling electric car ? Clue : – Tesla is No 2

Ans. Nissan Leaf

  • compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan