Month: March 2011

Weekly Business Quiz # 72

Q 1. Maxximo Gio Genio are pick up trucks from which stable ?

Ans. Mahindra

Q2. WIPRO new CEO has signed what clause where in he will receive 12 months pay additionally if he is fired like his predecessors?

Ans.  Severance pay

Q3. As one indian american mgmt consultant resigns from boards another Shumeet Banerji joins HP board. He is CEO of which firm ?

Ans. Booz & Co

Q4. What has led Gartner to revise the growth rate of PC sales downwards from 16% to 10.5 % in 2011 ?

Ans. Success of iPad and other tablet computers

Q5. When there was no electricity, net or computers , how was the Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun newspaper brought out after earthquake ?

Ans.  Hand written

Q6. In which chain of fine dining restaurants in india can guests ask for reading glasses or shawls if they need ?

Ans. Mainland China

Q7. What is unique about a new passion pill for men named LEVITRA from BAYER ?

Ans.  These melt in the mouth

Q8. Name the business leader who has donated 1540cr eq to his entire personal share in the company to his foundation. Hats off.

Ans  GM RAO of GMR

Q9. Who said ‘It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out better associates and you’ll drift in that direction,’?

Ans.  Warren Buffett

Q10. Which popular service started its life as BACKRUB ?

Ans.  GOOGLE search engine

Q11. Why as a policy Warren Buffett never paid dividends or bought back shares of his co Berkshire ?

Ans. He believes the co manages shareholders money better

Q 12. IIT KGP, HBS, IBM, McKinsey and now President of Berkshire Hathaway. Potential successor of Warren Buffett. Name him.

Ans. Ajit Jain

Q 13. In 1960 Liz Taylor was paid the highest amount ever paid to any actor for playing Cleopatra. How much ? Liz RIP.

Ans. 1 million $

Q14. Situations advertising is a 200 cr agency with accounts like Jyothy labs, everest masala, Yardley etc. Which restaurateur owns it ?

Ans. Anjan Chatterjee of Mainland China and Oh ! Calcutta fame

Q15.Which product has a cricket inspired slogan ” When the match ends, your game begins ” ?

Ans. Axe Googly

Q16. In which popular TV reality show the host Donald Trump in US and Lord Alan Sugar on BBC uses the phrase ” You’re fired ” ?

Ans. The Apprentice

Q17.  Where will be the first indigenous 500MW fast breeder reactor set up in india ?


Q18.  Which airline has announced fare cuts of 15 % in major domestic routes triggering a price war ?

Ans. Air india

Q19.  Name the indian billionaire IPLteam owner who has bought tickets worth 5 cr for self and guests for world cup finals

Ans. Mukesh Ambani

Q20. Yet another Buffett nugget If i were not doing what i am doing,I would probably be a  ______ ? Fill in the blank.

Ans.  journalist

Q21. What technology helps a customer executive  in a YES BANK branch to know the details of the customer on PC as he walks in without keying any no. or swiping a card?

Ans.  RFID in the debit card

Q22. What asset class is Buffett talking ‘i dont like it. All the 7Trillion$ worth can be kept in a room of 67 cu.ft. Returns come from price rise only ‘?

Ans. Gold

Q23.  Which indian singer composer has started an online music academy in US ?

Ans. Shankar Mahadevan

– Compiled by G.Mohan twitter handle @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 71

A week after the Japanese earthquake, you will find a few questions related to the quake. Although this quiz is based on  trivia, it has no intention to trivialize the strength of mother nature nor the suffering and fortitude of the Japanese people. This edition of the quiz is a prayer for Japan.

Q1.  ICANN the agency that manages the domain names on internet has introduced a new suffix .xxx . What does the suffix indicate?

Ans Adult or porn site

Q2.  Which international logistics co was started by two teenagers Jim Casey and Claude Ryan with two bicycles and one phone in 1907 at Seattle ?

Ans.  UPS

Q3.  In which business are Wardrobe, Pressto Jyothy Fabricare. White tiger a few of the organised sector players?

Ans. Laundry services

Q4.   On the radiation scale the FUKUSHIMA nuclear reactor radiations have been saved as 5. How much was Chernobyl ?

Ans. Seven

Q5. Tonight the moon will appear 30% larger as it is at its perigee and its a full moon day. This has come after 18yrs. Name this phenomenon

Ans. Supermoon

Q6. A book studying  a tribe of lower caste muslim jihadi women operating out of Kashmir and targetting RSS would be my ___ says publisher RUKUN ADVANI. Name the bestseller which will fill the blanks. ?

Ans. Davinci code

Q7. Which is the first state in india to announce an unemployment dole of 1200 pm to those who passed Class 12 ?

Ans. GOA

Q8. Australian MANTRA RESOURCES’ shares tanked in Toronto SE because Russian ARMZ called off uranium deal. Why did the Russians call off the deal ?

Ans. Japan earthquake. After the quake nuclear power business has become uncertain.

Q9. Goldman Sachs is acquiring an indian AMC which is a pioneer and the biggest in the ETF business. Name it.


Q10. Name the singing star who raised $250K in 48 hrs from Twitter followers by selling a band saying WE PRAY FOR JAPAN at 5$ each.


Q11. For the first time the phrase ‘skyscraper’ was used for a tall building in Chicago in the late 19th century. How many storeys ?

Ans.  Ten

Q12. Where in the Konkan coast a mega nuclear power plant planned is now in news as it is in seismic zone 3?

Ans. Jaitapur

Q13. Chairman and CEO of which global tech major is matching every donation of 10$ made for Japan thru twitter upto a max of100,000 $?

Ans.  Eric Schmidt

Q 14. NIKKEI and TOPIX are indices related to which country’s stock market ?


Q 15. In which telecom service provider do the Reddys of Apollo hospitals have a 26 % stake ? 

Ans. Aircel

– Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter handle @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz – 70 Part II

Q16. Which well known Bollywood director has made the BHARAT BANDH TVCs for IPL ?

Ans. Raju Hirani

Q17. In the Japanese earth quake which co’s refinery in Ichihara caught fire ?

Ans. COSMO Refinery

Q18. Satoshi Tajiri died in the recent quake in Japan. He created a character which is very popular and it revived Nintendo. Name it.


Q 19. Which indian mobile operator has adopted a contrarian strategy by choosing CDMA over GSM and pushing data rather than voice ?

Ans. MTS

Q 20. What do you call opportunists who search for ways of making money during a disaster ?

Ans.  Vultures

Q 21. Which indian group has a short and cryptic RISE as its new corp slogan ?

Ans. Mahindra

Q22. The first Maruti 800 was gifted to Lord Balaji of Tirupati. Who paid for it ? Hint : Not the co.

Ans. The employees and vendors contributed.

Q 23. The IIM K director is promoting himself unabashedly, a la IIPM, through ads for his MDP. Name him.

Ans. Prof Debashis Chatterji

– Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter handle @go_mohan

Admission notification for PGDHM at ASCI, Hyderabad

Dear visitor,

Please find below the information regarding the Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management at Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.  I am directly associated with this programme, hence I am using this blog to reach out to you – G.Mohan

ASCI-PGDHM Programme

The ASCI Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital management (ASCI-PGDHM) is an AICTE-approved two-year full-time residential programme. The programme has an approved capacity of 30 students per batch.

The Programme is conducted over 4 semesters, comprising 3 semesters of classroom teaching, practicals and field work, and one semester on internship at healthcare institutions.

Placements: Participants who have completed the Programme have found placements in leading hospitals in the country and abroad. Institutions having ASCI alumni include Apollo Hospitals, Max Super-specialty, Wockhardt, Infosys, Fortis Healthcare, , Manipal Hospital, Bombay Hospital, ICICI Lombard, Medicity, Aravind Eye Hospital, Hosmac, Medica Synergie, Suburban Diagnostics, Fernandez Hospital, Care Hospital, KIMS, Asclapius, Sterling Hospital, Seven Hills, Medanta and others. 

Location: The programme is housed at the Center for Healthcare Management, ASCI at its College Park Campus at Banjara Hills in Hyderabad.

Eligibility and Admission Process for PGDHM Batch VI (2011-13)

 Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks at the aggregate and a valid AIMA MAT(Management Aptitude Test) Score of 550 or higher. Candidates with Medical and Life Sciences background are encouraged to apply. MAT scores of September 2010, December, 2010, February, 2011, and May, 2011 will be considered for admission.

 Fee: Rs.5.9 Lacs inclusive of Academics, Boarding, Lodging and Recreations

Admission Process: Application form (available from February 14, 2011) can be downloaded from ASCI website, completed and submitted with a crossed demand draft (DD) of Rs. 1000/- in favour of “Administrative Staff College of India” payable at Hyderabad, to the address given below. Forms can also be obtained at our office on payment through DD. Last date for accepting applications is May 31, 2011.

 All applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be called for Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI), and will be notified of the dates within two working days of receipt of completed applications. 

 GDs/PIs will be held between June 8-11, 2011 in New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The list of selected candidates will be put up on the ASCI website by mid-June 2011.

 Classes will commence in the first week of July 2011.

Director, Centre for Healthcare Management


Administrative Staff College of India

College Park Campus,

Road No. 3, Banjara Hills,


Phone: 040 – 6672 – 0700/11/13,
Fax: 040 – 6672 0725

Weekly Business Quiz # 70

Q 1. In mutual funds analysis what is SHARPE ratio ?

Ans. Return to risk ratio. Addl return for one more unit of risk

Q2. Who has acquired the italian jewellery brand BULGARI ?


Q3. In stock market lingo what type of a security is a DVR ?

Ans. A share with a differential voting rights

Q4 Why is Warren Buffett planning to spend an entire day at TaeguTec India in Bommasandra near Bengaluru ?

Ans. Berkshire Hathaway’s only investment In india

Q5. What is the meaning of the phrase ‘boilerplate” ?

Ans. Standard legal text/ fine print added to many contracts

Q6. In internet and media what is a ‘ Freemium’ model ?

Ans.  Basic service is free. Premium service is paid.

Q7. ‘Every man has his price’ is often credited to Dhirubhai.  Which philosopher first said it ?

Ans. Frederick Nietzsche

Q8. Name the movie and the studio to start video rental through Facebook .

Ans. Batman-The Dark Knight , Warner Bros

Q9. Name this pioneer of housing finance in india whose centenary is being celebrated this year. 


Q10. Which restaurant chain recently overtook McDonalds to have the largest number of outlets in the world ?

Ans. Subway

Q 11. Name the first and the only app store on the android platform focussed on Adults. Iphone says no to adult apps.

Ans. Mikandi

Q 12. Name the London based brand identity firm hired by Hero Honda to create new logo etc.this firm had worked on the Tata logo.

Ans. Wolff Olins

Q 13. Which iconic luxury car is being distributed in India by Shreyans group ? The first dealership is coming up in Delhi.

Ans. Ferrari

Q 14. Which celebrity ‘s co has been imposed a penalty of Rs 7.5 lakh for not submitting returns for last 4 years by the CLB ?

Ans.  ShahRukh Khan’s Red chillies entertainment

Q 15. Which co has launched a limited IPL edition where IPL logo is displayed on the rear and the seats ?

Ans. Volkswagen W Vento

Part II of this quiz follows soon.

– Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter handle @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 69 – Part II

Q11. What is an offline festival of Twitter users in a city called ?

Ans.  Twestival

Q12. Which co manufactures the SNAPDRAGON processor used in cellphones and tablets ?

Ans. Qualcomm

Q13. In venture capital speak what is PIPE ?

Ans. Private investment in public equity

Q14. The director of which prestigious institution has quit after admitting to links with Libya and awarding a Ph.D to Gaddafi Jr.?

Ans.  London School of Economics

Q15. As per a study of top 100 cos in india what % of board members are women a. < 5 , b. 5- 10 c. 11- 15 d. > 15

Ans. B

Q16.What is the SMS limit per SIM imposed by TRAI coming into force from march 21 ? Youth is unhappy with this limit.

Ans.  100 sms per day

Q17. Which Bschool has the dubious distinction of 4 of its board members being caught in scams. The latest being its Chairman Rajat Gupta.

Ans. ISB Hyderabad

Q18. What new app will make the Apple iPAD 2 a musical orchestra?

Ans.  Garageband

Q19. In an Apple-sque manner Nobel winner Mohd Yunus has been ousted from the bank he founded. Name the bank.

Ans.  Grameen Bank

Q20 . What phrase was first used by women activist and writer Nora Frenkiel in 1984 reg professional advancement of women ?

Ans. Glass ceiling

Q21. Scientists are predicting that by 2045 humans with the aid of supra human machines will banish death forever. Name the concept.

Ans. Singularity

Q22. In 1950’s what started as a lab project  Project Muscle to make a sheet glass stronger than steel is now GORILLA glass, used in most smart phones. Name the co.


Q 23. Till the ’50s______ _______ accounted for 20% of IBM’s sales and over 30% of bottom line. Fill in the blanks.

Ans. Punched cards

 – Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter Handle @go_mohan