Month: September 2016

Weekly Business Quiz # 351


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 ?

Ans. Stride

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 ?

Ans. Education

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 ?

Ans. Furnishings

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

Ans. Iceland

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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Weekly Business Quiz # 350


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 ?

Ans. Arabtec

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.

Ans. Monsanto

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 ?

Ans. Myanmar

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Guest Business Quiz # 1

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 _____?

Ans. Linde

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?

Ans. Tapering/taper

Q 3. maha


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?yves


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?

Ans. Jatropha

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?

Ans. stella

Q 10.empire


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

  • Compiled by G. Sreekanth 


Weekly Business Quiz # 349


Q 1. Whose logo was launched with a lot of fanfare with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi and music by Shankar Ehsan Loy ?


Ans. Snapdeal

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 ?

Ans. Dominos

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 ?

Ans. Odds

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 ?

Ans. Rolex

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


  • Compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 348


Q 1. Which are the two industrialists appointed by Tata sons as non-executive directors ?

Ans. Ajay Piramal and Venu Srinivasan

Q2. What is common to Reader’s Digest, Lakme, Nerolac and  Forbes ?

Ans. They all were companies owned by Tatas and since sold.

Q3. Identify this business executive who is slated to succeed AM Naik at L & T 


Ans. S.N.Subrahmanyam

Q4. What is the name of the microfinance firm floated by Ratan Tata, Nandan Nilakani and Vijay Kelkar ?

Ans. Avanti Finance

Q5. Which HAL designed helicopters will replace the Cheetah and Chetaks in the Indian armed forces ?

Ans. Light Utility helicopter ( LUH)

Q6. Where can you ‘Feel the jail” by staying in a prison for one night by paying a fee of Rs 500 only ?

Ans. Sangareddy District Central Jail,Medak District,Telangana…known as Telangana Jail Museum

q7. Many Indian automakers are planning to launch hybrid and electric cars because of a govt policy called FAME. Expand FAME

Ans. Faster adoption and manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles

Q8. Which soap brand has used the recent successes by Indian women athletes to make a statement that Indian women are “ready for awesome “?


Ans. Godrej Cinthol

Q9. What is the punishment proposed by govt for celebrities who endorse brands that have misleading advertisements ?

Ans. No imprisonment but higher monetary penalties

Q 10. Which 4 PSUs are joint venture partners in Energy Efficiency Services Ltd  that has disrupted the LED bulbs market and plans to do the same in fans and ACs ?

Ans. NTPC, PowerGrid, REC and PFC



Q11. In Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the 21st century” Bill Gates is compared to an inheritor Lilian Bettencourt. She is heiress to which group ?

Ans. French group LÓreal

Q12. “Before Blanche Caffiere passed away, I had an opportunity to thank her for the important role  she played in my life” How did she influence Bill Gates ?

Ans. Blance Caffiere was the librarian who generated interest in books for Bill Gates

Q13. How would the teacher Imogene Teddy Hill bribe Steve Jobs when he was a 4th grade student ?

Ans. Imogene as the teacher of Steve Jobs used to make him learn by giving small bribes like lollipops

Q14. Name the company behind Daydream and what product or service will it be


Ans. Google’s Virtual Reality platform

Q15. Identify these Management Gurus who were named as No 3 in the Thinkers50 global list of 2015 and also which idea are they well known for ?

Blue Ocean strategy

Ans. W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne.. Blue Ocean strategy

Q16. Identify this management guru who has written several books on business, work and human beahviour. His latest book is “To sell is human : the surprising truth about moving others”


Ans. Daniel H. Pink

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