Weekly Business Quiz # 361

Q1. Which investment firm has acquired 51 % in Catholic Syrian Bank ?

Ans. Fairfax

Q2. Under what brand name will Hindustan Unilever launch FMCG products to take on the challenge of Patanjali ?

Ans. Ayush

Q3. What is the conflict of interest being pointed out in the case of Dr Nitin Nohria’s appointment as Tata Sons Director ?

Ans. Ratan Tata made a big donation to Harvard and Dr Nitin Nohria is the Dean of Harvard Business School

Global

Q4. Which airport will soon overtake Heathrow as the busiest airport in Europe ?

Ans. Istanbul, Turkey

Q5. The phrase “” always a bridesmaid, never the bride”originated from an advertisement in the 1920s. Name the brand.

listerine

Ans. Listerine mouthwash

Q6. Shoe dog by Phil Knight is a book on which company’s business history and strategy ?

Ans. Nike

  • Compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan

Wishing all the readers a very Happy New Year 2017.

 

 

 

Weekly Business Quiz # 360

India

Q 1. What is the name given to the digital payments literacy campaign of Govt of India ?

Ans. VISAKA ( Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan)

Q2, The Niti Aayog promoted lottery for digital payments is inspired by the success of lottery show called El Boletazo. Name the country

Ans. Mexico

Q3. Which foreign bank has revised its leave policy and now allows 6 months leave even to dads if they are the care givers ?

Ans. Deutsche Bank

Q4, How is the Indian airline Spicejet connected to the newly appointed US Commerce Secretary ?

Ans. Wilbur Ross, the newly appointed Commerce Secretary,  had acquired a 27 % stake in Spicejet which he sold later

Global

Q5. Which country the consumers will get free power for Christmas as wind energy generation will be high ?

Ans. Germany

Q6. Name the character shown in this old Coke advt. This name led to a big beverage brand in the 1960s.

sprite

Ans. Sprite

Q7. Name this brand that has used Santa Claus in its Christmas advertising since 1920s. The modern day image of Santa is created by this co.

Ans. Coca-Cola

Q8. Deepwater in association with which big co has installed offshore wind turbines off Rhode Island that are twice as tall as the statue of Liberty ?

Ans. General Electric ( GE)

Q9. Which country announced demonetization after India but has now withdrawn after chaos ?

Ans. Venezuela

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @g0_mohan

 

Guest Business Quiz # 3

Q1. The 2007 book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” by Stanford professor of psychology Carol Dweck has been on the stands for nine years. It got pushed to bestseller status on Amazon after a CEO acknowledged that the book gave him the “intuition” that led to making the “growth mindset” the philosophical core of the change he’s trying to create at his company. Which CEO? 

Ans. Satya Nadella

Q2. In 2009, Wall Street Journal called Dr.Devi Shetty (of Narayana Hrudayalaya fame) the ‘_____ _____ of Heart Surgery’? 

Ans. Henry Ford

Q3. Due to the key role of perfume (ittar) production, this city X in UP is known as “the perfume capital of India” and “X is to India what Y is to France”. Identify X and Y.

Ans. X- Kannauj, Y-Grasse

Q4. Which brand owned by Capital Foods runs India ke Hunger Ki Bajao, a fund raising drive which seeks donations for the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s mid-day meal programme, which serves 1.4 million children across schools in India?

Ans. Ching’s secret

Q5. This is the identity of which famous jewellery designer from India?

nirav

Ans. Nirav Mody

Q6. This founder of Svatantra Microfinance has a very famous family name. Who?

ananya

Ans. Ananya Birla , daughter of Kumaramangalam Birla

Q 7. It calls itself the first destination mall of India. What is it?

dlf

Ans. DLF

Q8. Which company in India gets its name from what is shown in the visual here?

inox

Ans. Inox Group from Industrial Oxygen

Global

Q9. With which character/movie franchise would you associate Toho Company?

toho

Ans. Godzilla

Q 10. Before being elected to the parliament, he spent time as a visiting professor at the University of Texas, Austin. His academic specialty is game theory, the study of strategic decision making. Identify this teacher of economic theory at the University of Athens?

Ans. Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister

Q 11. Which company produces these colour swatch books?

pantone

Ans. Pantone

Q 12. This is the identity of a Hollywood actor’s foundation – through collaborative partnerships, the foundation supports innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Which actor?

leo

Ans. Leonardo Dicaprio

Q 13. In 2014, Anbang Insurance Group, China purchased which iconic New York hotel from Blackstone for nearly US$2 billion?

Ans) Waldorf Astoria

Q 14. Founded in 1852 by Aristide Boucicaut, it was the first ever modern department store. What is it whose name literally means ‘the good market’ or ‘the good deal’?

Ans) Le Bon Marche.

Q 15. In 2012, Fairlife, LLC was formed when Select Milk Producers entered into a partnership with which famous company that now distributes the milk brand?

fairlife

Ans. Coca Cola

  • Guest post  by G.Sreekanth

Appeal to XIMB alumni and others

Dear reader,

Thank you for visiting this blog regularly to get quiz updates. Today, I am requesting you to spend a few minutes reading this post, the links to this post and sign a petition.

My alma mater, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar now part of the newly formed Xavier University Bhubaneswar is going through a crisis. My two respected Professors who taught me Finance, namely Prof Bani Kant Mishra and Prof DV Ramana during my PGDM programme between 1990 and 1992 have been terminated abruptly by the management of XUB.

The entire details of the incident and the followup action by the alumni is described in detail in this article by Nageswar Patnaik titled “XIMB Directors draw flak for dismissing 2 Professors” The past students of these Professors are enraged at this action. This is well put in the above mentioned article, which is excerpted below :

” Current and past students of two professors said what they were really objecting to was the way they were simply sent a letter saying their services were terminated, access to their official email id and telephone were abruptly blocked, and one month notice given to vacate their quarters in the campus. “

These are two Professors who have dedicated their entire life to XIMB, Bhubaneswar and the state of Odisha. Professionally, both have a stellar record and everyone who has come in contact with them will vouch for their integrity and commitment. They have been great role models to the thousands of students who learnt from them. Personally, I gave gained immensely from them and I am deeply pained by the action meted out to them by the XIMB management.

The alumni of XIMB have come together through an initiative of Debabrat Mishra, a 1991 alumnus, to move a petition to the Chief Minister of Odisha titled “Make XIMB and XUB Board more credible”.

This is through change.org and it has already received over 1300 signatures. The target is to achieve 2000 signatures. I request you to sign this petition which can be accessed here.

Link to the Petition. 

Thanks for reading.

  • G.Mohan PGDM ’92, XIMB

Weekly Business Quiz # 359

India

Q 1. What service did Uber launch at Hyderabad during the visit of its founder Travis Kalanick recently ?

ubermoto

Ans. UberMoto a bike-taxi service

Q 2. Which Indian IT company sponsored max number of H-1 B visas to US last year ?

Ans. Infosys

Q 3. Below what limit has RBI said that there is no need for OTPs in credit card transactions ?

Ans. Rs 2000

Q4. Rekindle your love, I did’nt Nintendo break your heart, It was love at first swipe, PS I love you, Think out of the X Box are all ad copy for a ad campaign. Name the campaign.

Ans. Gadgets 360, a TV show on NDTV

Q5. How much fine will Reliance Jio for using Modi’s photo in their Advt ?

jio-l-1

Ans. Rs 500 only

Q6. Connect the Kannur based hardboard manufacturer Western India Plywood to the ongoing demonetisation programme ?

Ans. The returned Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes received by RBI are being recycled into hardboards

Global

Q7. The newly selected US Secretary of State by Trump is Rex Tillerson. He is the CEO of which Fortune 500 company ?

rex

Ans. Exxon Mobil

Q8. What was the first product launched by Toyota in the year 1946 ?

Ans. Sewing machine

Q9. Enovid was the first hormone based oral contraceptive pill introduced in the 1960s. Which company had launched it ?

Ans. G.D.Searle

Q 10. What feature in Windows operating Systems which existed since its launch is being finally retired by Microsoft in latest version of Windows 10 ?

Ans. MS-DOS prompt

 

Q 11. What system did James Kemper of Boeing develop in 1970s that is used even today ?

Ans. The vacuum toilet in airplanes

Q 12. With which company was Erich Bloch who led the development of System 360 mainframe computer in the 1960s associated with ? He died recently RIP.

Ans. IBM

Q 13. What recipe did Jim Delligatti create in 1967 that has remained a hot selling one even today ?

Ans. Big Mac of McDonald’s

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter handle @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 358

India

Q 1. Who are the Indian business partners of Donald Trump seen in this picture ?

trump

Ans. Atul Chordia, Sagar Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta – The three businessmen are building a Trump-branded apartment complex in western India, one of five luxury development projects underway in the country that have licensed the Trump name.

Q2. What unique service is being provided by the startup Bookmychotu particularly relevant for demonetisation ?

Ans. People /helpers who would stand in a queue at a bank.

Q3. In which state is Airtel piloting its payments bank, the first in the country ?

Ans. Rajasthan.

Q4. Identify this branding expert who is credited with the tagline “Sunday ho ya Monday, Roz khao Ande” He passed away recently. RIP.

andy

Ans. Anand Halve aka Andy Halve

Q5. This Idea model is one of the most popular boy next door models in the industry. Identify him and name a few brands in whose TVCs he appears.

idea

Ans. Vikrant Massey

Global

Q6. Which is the first country in the world to issue digital currency based on ‘blockchain’ technology ?

ans. Tunisia

 

Weekly Business Quiz # 357

India 

Q1. Point of Sale  terminals of which bank has been authorised to dispense cash up to Rs 2000 at petrol pumps of PSU oil companies ?

Ans. SBI

Q2, Which American car co will be reexporting back to US cars manufactured by their Indian subsidiary ?

Ans. Ford Ecosport

Q3, After voting out Cyrus Mistry as Chairman, who has taken over as Chairman of Tata Global Beverages ?

Ans. Harish Bhat

Q4. Why has there been a jump in 1000% of bookings in AC -I class as reported by Railways ?

Ans. Several people with unaccounted money are using railways to launder their money by booking first and cancelling later, incurring a small charge.

Q5. Why has suddenly the Karnataka state PSU Mysore paints and varnishes got a windfall business ?

Ans. Indelible ink is being used by banks to mark the people who exchange their currency notes, so that they do not exchange in more than one place

Global

Q6. “Designed by ___ in California” is a coffee table book priced at 299 $ featuring products of a company. Name the company.

apple-design

Ans. Apple

Q7.  What well known US structure was sold repeatedly by George Parker earning him the dubious distinction of the greatest con artist ?

brooklyn_bridge_postdlf

Ans. Brooklyn Bridge

Q8. Investment in which industry was called a ‘death trap’ by Warren Buffett but has now gone ahead and invested in 3 cos from the industry ?

Ans. Aviation industry

  • Compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan

 

 

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