Month: December 2016

Weekly Business Quiz # 360


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


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.


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 Which country announced demonetization after India but has now withdrawn after chaos ?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


Ans. Nirav Mody

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


Ans. Ananya Birla , daughter of Kumaramangalam Birla

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


Ans. DLF

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


Ans. Inox Group from Industrial Oxygen


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


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?


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?


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?


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 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


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


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 ?


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


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


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