Q1. Identify these advertising pros and with which landmark campaign are they associated with ?
Ans. Jayant Rane, Rahul Da’cunha & Manish Jhaveri from Da’Cunha associates who handle the Amul butter campaign
Q 2. Which three parties have acquired a 98℅ stake in Essar Oil making it India’s largest FDI deal ?
Ans. Rosneft, Trafigura and UCP
Q3. In which IT system did ICICI bank and Emirates NBD collaborate to do India’s first ‘blockchain’ trade finance deal ?
Ans. EdgeVerve’s ‘Finacle” ( subsidiary of Infosys)
Q4. What impact will the Kigali accord in Rwanda have for India’s air conditioning industry and consumers ?
Ans. As the accord will phase out HFCs ( Hydrofluorocarbons) , the cost of the ACs will go up.
Q5. The friendship of M.F.Husain with Parmeshwar led to creation of what for the Godrej group?
Ans. Besides Cinema Ghar, an artist’s museum for art and cinema. It has been mentioned that Husain also contributed to the Godrej logo.
Q6. Identify the lady in this picture and the brand she owns being promoted by Virat Kohli.
Ans. Anjana Reddy of Wrogn
Q7. Samsung ‘s Lee Jae Yong’s decision to stop Galaxy Note 7 is seen as as big a step as what his father did for demonstrating Samsung’s commitment to quality ? What did his father do ?
Ans. His father burned a pile of 150,000 defective Samsung phones 21 years ago
Q8. About which motorcycle brand is the story of partnership between William and the three bros Arthur, Walter and William now premiering on TV?
Ans. Harley and the Davidsons
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Q 1. Why does Mrs.Arundhati Bhattacharya of SBI call herself Chairman and not Chairperson ?
Ans. When Arundhati Bhattacharya got her visiting card with Chairperson printed on it. The legal department alerted her that there is no provision of Chairperson in the SBI, ACT. Hence she is called Chairman.
Q 2. Why are Indian airlines seeking ban of sale of alcohol in Indian airports ?
Ans. Drunk passengers are misbehaving and harrassing crew
Q3. Which company has acquired the cement units of JP Group in Bhilai and Nigrie ?
Ans. Orient Cement of CK Birla Group
Q4. Under what brand name has Nestle India launched various flavours of cold coffee in Tetra packs ?
Q5. Identify the model.
Ans. Pierce Brosnan
Q6. Which is India’s largest privately held pharma firm, now in the news for a large overseas acquisition ?
Ans. Intas pharmaceuticals
Q7. What is the nature of the scam in which 3 call centres from Mira Road, Mumbai were involved ?
Ans. They would call up the US citizens pretending to be IRS officials and threaten them about tax demands and later settle for smaller amounts
Q8. What traditional Indian beauty pack will be used to restore the Taj Mahal ?
Ans. Mud pack with Multani mitti
Q9. Why is the Rameshwari photocopy case a significant milestone for the publishing industry ?
Ans. the court has ruled that photocopying text books is not illegal as per the copyright laws…
Q 10. Under what name is Salman Khan launching a chain of single screen theatres in Maharashtra soon ?
Ans. Salman talkies
Q 11. For their work in which area have Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics this year ?
Ans. For their work on improving the design of contracts, the deals that bind together employers and their workers , or companies and their customers.
Q 12. Apple is facing lawsuits from consumers of iPhone. 6 for ‘Touch disease’. What is the disease ?
Ans. diminishing sensitivity and spotty functionality of the touchscreen on their iPhone 6 device as it gets older.
Q 13. What brand of a mouth freshener has been used in the controversial old video of Donald Trump ?
Ans. Tic tac
Q 14. Which Indian-American has been appointed President and CEO of Harvard Management Co that oversees 36 Bn $ funds ?
Ans. N P Narvekar
Q 15. The Pound Sterling crashed big yesterday and it was attributed to a ‘fat finger’ . What is a fat finger error ?
Ans. A fat-finger error is a slang term for a typing mistake. It is usually a small typo, such as an extra zero, that has out-sized consequences.
Q 16. As per Visa which is their biggest enemy ? Hint : It is not MasterCard
q 17. What is the essential difference in the strategy adopted by Google for the newly launched Pixel as opposed to the Nexus range earlier ?
Ans. Newly launched Pixel is fully designed and manufactured by Google instead of using a third party for assistance, just like Apple. Its the first ever handset made completely by the company
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Q 1. Which company is promoting sex education using idadi on YouTube ?
Ans. Piramal healthcare
Q2. Entrepreneurship program conducted by which e-learning provider has been approved by “Startup Inida”as the official programme ?
Q3. Which loss making company will be the first PSU to be privatised by the Modi govt ?
Ans. Bharat Pumps and Compressors Ltd
Q4. Registration for CAT-2016 in comparison to CAT-2015 has shown a
A. Marginal increase B) No change
C) Marginal decline D) Steep decline
Ans. A.Marginal increase
Q5. Which company makes e-Raaja, an indigenously developed e-rickshaw ?
Ans. OK toys
Q6. Which cosmetics brand markets itself as Luxurious Ayurveda ?
Ans. Forest Essentials
Q7. What has the govt banned at all national monuments from today I.e October 2 ?
Q8. How do we better know Ganga Bhishen Agarwal of Bikaner ?
Ans. Haldiram of Haldiram Bhujiawala fame
Q9. Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software. Though the name did not come from the acronym, the founders made one backronym. Expand SLACK.
Ans. Searchable log of communication and knowledge
Q10. What ride by SpaceX in 2024 is being promoted by Elon Musk as ” Are you prepared to die ” ?
Ans. Manned mission to Mars
Q11. Which company was the first co in the world to mass produce wrist watches specifically for men ?
Q 12. What is the current name for ” The Waterbury Clock Company ” ?
Q 13. Pension Fund Global is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. To which country does it belong ?
Q 14. _____ is just like crude. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used. It has to be changed into gas, plastic, chemicals, etc., to create a valuable entity that drives profitable activity; so must _____ be broken down, analyzed for it to have value.” ____ is the new oil. Fill in the blank.
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Q 1. Who are the 3 members appointed by the govt in the Monetary Policy Committee ?
Ans. Chetan Ghate, Pami Dua, and Ravindra H. Dholakia
Q 2. Under what brand name is Arvind launching a chain of footwear retail stores ?
Q3. Blackstone with its partner Embassy will be filing prospectus fr india’s first REIT. Expand REIT
Ans. Real Estate Investment Trust
Q4. What cause would Nestle promote through its taglines for Maggi, Kitkat and Nescafe during this festive season in India ?
Q5. What does the term adding a ‘codicil’ to a will denote ?
Ans. Altering the will by adding a new supplement
Q6. Which Indian retail tycoon says it has attempted e-commerce 4 times and failed , recently it has closed one ?
Ans. Kishore Biyani
Q7. Neel Sutra, Boutique Living, house of Milk are luxury brands in which product category ?
Q8. Which Indian commercial bank will introduce a Humanoid receptionist its Mumbai branch ?
Ans. HDFC Bank
Q9. The recent ad campaign for which brand are these 7 avatars of Amitabh Bachchan shown ?
Ans. Tata Sky
Q 10. In which city’s airport have these banners created a stir between Air India and IndiGo ?
Ans. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport
Q11. Connect the brands Westin, Le Meridien,.Sheraton, Starwood, Ritz-Carlton
Ans. All are Marriott brands
Q12. Which drink is named after the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer , who passed away recently ?
Ans. Iced tea mixed with lemonade
Q13. In the UN heath indicators ranking which country is No 1 ? BTW, US is No 28
Q 14. Which segment of books is the fastest growing in US as per association of American publishers a. paperbacks b. e-books c. Audio book d. Hard cover
Ans. c. Audio book
.Q 15. Cola companies instead of using the work ‘junk food” want to put a tag called HFSS . expand HFSS
Ans. High on Fatm Salt or Sugar
Q 16. Denza an electric car from Daimler in China is an example of “inconspicuous consumption” . What is inconspicuous consumption ?
Ans. Consumption which is not for status and more a means to private pleasure.
Q 17. Identify the logo
Ans. Chan Zuckerberg initiative
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Q 1. Which will be the first denomination of Indian currency to carry the new RBI Governor Patel’s signature ?
Ans. Rs 20
Q 2. “Lambi race no ghodo chhe, leader chhe, PM banse – he’s a thoroughbred for the long run, a true leader, he will be prime minister”. Who said this about Narendra Modi to his family members when Modi attended a dinner at their residence ?
Ans. Dhirubhai Ambani
Q3. Raheja Revanta in Gurgaon is being promoted as the tower built by the builders of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Who are the builders ?
Q4. Who will be acquiring the controlling interest in payment channel Citrus ?
Ans. Pay U
Q5. Rank the following music streaming services in US in terms of number of subscribers from high to low Pandora, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal
Ans. Spotify, Apple Music , Pandora, Tidal with Spotify being the highest
Q6. In what business is 7th Generation in , that has been acquired by Unilever recently ?
Ans. Eco-friendly detergents
Q7. With the Brangelina divorce announced, ownership of which winery where the two got married in 2014 has come under question ?
Ans. Chateau Miraval
Q8. Name this company that was started by John Francis Queeny in St Louis , Missouri, USA in 1901 to manufacture food additives like saccharin , vanilla. It was named after the maiden surname of the Founder’s wife. This name may cease to exist after this company”s mega merger with a German MNC. The new owners may not keep the name because this company has been involved in many controversies.
Q9. Identify the airline and the country it belongs to.
Ans. Eva Air from Taiwan
Q 10. Identify this billionaire Guru who has businesses ranging from a resort in Fiji, Adweek mag, 3D printing, asteroid mining etc
Ans. Tony Robbins
Q 11. As per a recent list, which is the No 1 in the list of companies in Asia as per market capitalisation A. Samsung B. Toyota C. Alibaba D. TCS
Ans. C. Alibaba Holdings
Q 12. Which four supermarket chains are called the ” Big Four” of the U.K. Retail industry ?
Ans. Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons
Q 13. To which country and business does this brand belong ?
Ans. Retail chain from Germany
Q 14. Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto is the largest ever all cash deal. What is the value of this deal ?
Ans. 66 Billion $
Q 15. In which neighbouring country is Serge Pun and associates the leading business group ?
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Please find below a set of questions contributed by our guest quiz master G.Sreekanth. G.Sreekanth is a champion business quizzer who has won several business quizzes including Tata Crucible and ET Brand Equity Quiz many times. He has taken a break from competitive quizzing and will play the quizmaster. He will be contributing occasionally. IBQ is delighted to receive his contributions.
Q 1. Uranium used to produce the United States’ first atom bombs from 1942 to 1948 was processed by which German gas company, the largest in the world by revenue and which was started in 1879 by a professor named Carl Von _____?
Q 2. ______ in the financial domain occurs as both a noun and a verb. As a financial term, it is best known in the context of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program. The program involved a large-scale bond-buying program that aimed to support struggling economic conditions. What term, which refers to the gradual winding down of central bank activities, used to improve the conditions for economic growth?
Though the two gentlemen are shown here shaking hands and smiling, the one on the left had held George Soros (right) responsible for the 1997 economic crash of East Asian Markets. Who is he, whom Soros had once referred to as a ‘menace to his own country’?
Ans. Mahathir Mohamad, former PM of Malaysia
Q4. It is a form of exclamation and is often used in writing to introduce an extraordinary deed, story or transformation. What word, which is also the name of a music identification app/company created in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang, and Dhiraj Mukherjee?
Ans. Shazam. The app uses a smartphone or computer’s built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of audio being played and compares it against a central database for a match. If it finds a match, it sends information such as the artist, song title, and album back to the user.
Q5. This famous Swiss designer is Chief Creative Officer of the wearable technology company Jawbone. He was the chief industrial designer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC’s) XO laptop. He is perhaps the most decorated industrial designer of the past 15 years, and his clients (past and present) include Apple, Google, GE, Samsung, Herman Miller, and Prada. Who?
Ans. Yves Behar.
Q6. The name is derived from two Greek words meaning ‘physician’ and ‘nutrition’. It is also called the ‘physic nut’. What plant, which in 2007, was mentioned by Goldman Sachs as one of the best candidates for future biodiesel production?
Q7. The famous founder had this philosophy that big ideas come from big black pencils and hence created The Black Pencil Academy, a comprehensive training program to provide emerging talent with the necessary skills and experience to succeed in today’s communications industry. Who/what company?
Ans. Leo Burnett
Q8. The one that happened few years ago isn’t the first time. Such situation had occurred in 1826, 1843, 1860, 1894 and 1932. The first recorded instance occurred in the fourth century B.C., when the Temple of Delos took an 80% loss on the principal it lent. What phenomenon?
Ans. Greece’s sovereign debt crisis – 13 Greek city states borrowed funds from the Temple of Delos. Most of the borrowers never made good on the loans and the temple took an 80% loss on its principal.
Shown here is a cartouche design. In Egyptian hieroglyphs, a cartouche is an oval with a horizontal line at one end, indicating that the text enclosed is a royal name. Which famous logo is held within a “cartouche” which was influenced by the style of Belgian architecture in Leuven?
Shown here is a promotional campaign for Empire Life Insurance Company of Canada. The characters used in the advertisement featured in another public service campaign that became hugely popular and went viral in 2012. As of December 2015, the campaign’s video received over 117 million views on YouTube. What campaign that was devised by advertising agency McCann Melbourne?
Ans. Melbourne Metro’s Dumb Ways to Die. Here is the link to the video –
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Q 1. Whose logo was launched with a lot of fanfare with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and music by Shankar Ehsan Loy ?
Q 2. Which fast food chain in India would be serving only a vegetarian menu during the Navratri festival in half of its outlets in India, mostly in North and West India ?
Q3. Identify the promoter who has built a unique dairy which does not aggregate milk but has an entirely mechanised dairy farm with over 1300 Holstein cows in Nashik and sells milk at a premium price in Mumbai and Nashik through is own supply chain
Ans. Shrirang Sarda
Q4. Name the co whose CEO is seen here having a meeting with PM Modi
Ans. Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
Q5. Under what brand name has Adidas launched the footwear for parathletes ?
Q6. Apple has launched Airpods recently. Samsung has also launched a cordfree earphone. What is it called ?
Ans. Samsung Gear IconX
Q7. Which watch brand is credited with innovations like the first waterproof case, the first self-winding watch, the first watch with a date ?
Q8. Apple has recently secured a patent for this item which it uses in its Apple stores. What is the item ?
Ans. Apple plant pot
Q9. How is Microsoft promoting usage of its not so successful browser Microsoft Edge ?
Ans. Under Microsoft rewards program the users who use MS Edge will get various coupons and awards based on the use of browser
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