Month: January 2018

Weekly Business Quiz # 406


Q1. Today is the 153rd birth anniversary of freedom fighter businessman Lala Lajpat Rai. He was the founder of Punjab National Bank is well known. Which insurance company (now defunct) did he found ?

Ans. Lakshmi Insurance

Q2. The first rail coach factory was flagged of by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1955. The last coach designed here was flagged off on 19th January 2018 by Chairman, railway Board Ashwani Lohani. Which coach factory are we talking about ?

Ans. Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, Chennai

Q3. Premier Automobiles launched Fiat 1100 in the 1960s. When the govt of the day in late 1970s demanded local production and name, Premier renamed this model after the legendary queen of Chittor. What was the name given to Fiat 1100 ?

Ans. Premier Padmini

Q4. Which smartphone company has overtaken Samsung to become the largest selling smartphone by volume in Q4 2017 in India ?

A. Oppo
b. Xiaomi
c. Vivo
d. Lenovo

Ans. Xiaomi

Q5. A Mukund Rajan led team backed by TPG Group is bidding for a Management buyout of the optical fibre assets of Tata Teleservices. What is a “Management buyout” ?

Ans. A management buyout (MBO) is a form of acquisition where a company’s existing managers acquire a large part or all of the company from either the parent company or from the private owners.

Q6. Identify this advertising veteran who passed away yesterday. RIP

Ranjan Kapur

Ans. Ranjan Kapur , Chairman WPP India and believed to be the man who built O & M


Q7. Which cryptocurrency exchange based out of Japan was hacked and has now decided to make good the loss to the investors from its own equity ?


Q8. Apple will be launching Homepod, smart speakers for the home. What is the price point at which it will be launched in US ?

Ans. 349 $

Q9. Reba McEntire will be the first woman to play this role which was always played by a man. Which role are we talking about ?

Ans. As Col Sanders in KFC’s promotions

Q10. Why is USA’s largest specialty mattress retailer ‘Mattress Firm” in the news ?

Ans. Accounting fraud with multiple closely located stores, possibly involved in money laundering

Q 11. What app did Google develop when it found out that many smartphones are getting frozen in India because of too many ‘Good morning’ messages ?

Ans. Files Go

Q 12. MFS investment management was launched in US in 1924. It launched a fund called MFS Massachussets Investor Fund which exists to this day and has given 9 % p.a since inception. What is special about this ?

Ans. World’s first mutual fund


  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter@go_mohan

Weekly Business Quiz # 405

Q 1. Which electronics brand is developed and produced at Mukherjee Innovation Centre ?

Ans. Sonodyne

Q 2. Which company owns and markets this heritage brand now ?


Ans. Jyothy laboratories

Q 3. For being involved in which scam has SEBI banned PwC to be auditors for any listed company for the next 2 years ?

Ans. Satyam computers Ltd

Q4. In India, govt has liberalised the FDI policy on retail with the hope that it will create jobs. In US, which sector has replaced retail as the no 1 employer in terms of number of employees ?

Ans. Healthcare

Q5. The Jeju-Seoul is the busiest domestic route in the world. Between which two cities in India is the 3rd busiest route in the world ?

Ans. Mumbai-Delhi

Q6. Which iconic liquor brand that became a cult brand largely without any advertising was created by Brig Kapil Mohan who passed away recently ?

Ans. Old Monk


Q 7. As the male grooming market explodes, L’oreal has launched a male grooming brand House 99 with products like beard oil, shaving kit, tattoo care. Which sports celebrity will be endorsing it ?

House 99

Ans. David Beckham

Q8. Which 2 senior execs have been promoted to the rank of Vice Chairman at Berkshire Hathway making them potential successors to Warren Buffett ?

Ans. Greg Abel and Ajit Jain

Q9. A compny announced recently “A photocentric cryptocurrency to empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management”. Name the coin and the company behind it.

Ans. Kodak

Q 10. Facebook had developed a virtual assistant to rival the likes of Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa. It is discontinuing it now. What was it called ?

Ans. M

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan

Guest Business Quiz- # 13

Here is another set of global business questions from our Guest Quiz Master – G. Sreekanth. Hope you will find them interesting.

Q 1. It wasn’t until late 1990 that a solo female entrepreneur featured on the cover of Forbes. Who featured on the cover in Oct 1990 with dollar signs shining on a pink costume and accompanied by the question, “America’s Smartest Businesswoman?” 

Ans. Madonna

Q 2. The first case of this phenomenon was reported in 1969 in the shipping department of Japan’s largest newspaper company. In 1987, as public concern increased, the Japanese Ministry of Labour began to publish statistics on this. This phenomenon is also common in South Korea, where it is referred as gwarosa and in China, where it is called guolaosi. What concerning phenomenon, that also led to some life insurance companies putting one-year exemption clauses in their contracts?

Ans. Karoshi or death from overwork

Q3. The first legal casino opened in this city in 1978 and in 1983 it was projected to earn more from gambling than Las Vegas. Which city, that is associated with a very popular board game and has also been home to Miss America pageant since 1921? 

Ans. Atlantic City, which inspired the American version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names.

Q4. It is said that a Northwest Airlines 747 pilot named Robert Plath reinvented air travel when he came up with the idea of Rollaboard. What was Rollaboard, a brand also seen in the 2009 movie Up in the Air, starring George Clooney? 

Ans. Rollaboard was one of the earliest version of ‘suitcase with wheels.’

Q5. Which media tycoon known for his passion for boats, balloons and motorcycles, owned more Faberge eggs than even the Soviet government and at one point in time had a collection of Faberge pieces that ranked ‘second only to Queen Elizabeth’?

Ans. Malcolm Forbes

Q6. The Motley Fool is a financial-services company that provides financial advice for investors through various stock, investing, and personal finance services. The US based company was founded in 1993 by brothers David and Tom Gardner; and Erik Rydholm. The name of the company is taken from which comedy believed to have been written in 1599 and first published in 1623?

Ans) Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Q7. Which European city’s central business district is referred to as Mainhattan?

Ans. Frankfurt – the word is a portmanteau of Main, the river on which Frankfurt lies, and Manhattan, a reference to the inner-city area’s visually impressive high rises and skyscrapers.

Q8. A popular legend attributes the tax-free status of this territory to the heroic acts of the inhabitants during a maritime tragedy in 1794, often referred to as “Wreck of the Ten Sails”.  King George III rewarded the island with a promise never to introduce taxes as compensation for their generosity, as one of the ships carried a member of the King’s own family. Which offshore financial haven?

Ans. Cayman Islands

Q9. Who ran this ad in 1988 explaining the purchase of New York’s Plaza Hotel?


Ans. Donald Trump

Q 10. Breakthrough Starshot is a $100 million research and engineering program aiming to demonstrate proof of concept for a new technology, enabling ultra-light unmanned space flight at 20% of the speed of light; and to lay the foundations for a flyby mission to Alpha Centauri within a generation. Who, along with the Russian billionaireYuri Milner and Mark Zuckerberg, is on the board of this research program?

Ans. Stephen Hawking

Q 11. To which three great Americans did the rapper-businessman Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs dedicate his perfume, ‘I Am King’?


Ans. Muhammad Ali,Martin Luther King, and Barack Obama

Q12. Everything was on track in the early days of this now famous company, until the Arab oil embargo hit in 1973. Suddenly the company costs increased and there was a cash crunch. The founder knew how to play blackjack from his days during the Vietnam war. His $27,000 winnings at the casino lifted the confidence and later helped the company save itself. Who is this ‘great gambler’ whose ‘world changed overnight’?

Ans. Fred Smith, FedEx founder. Infact, FedEx uses the tagline ‘The World Overnight’, which has been used as a subtle clue in the question!

Q13. He is often called America’s Money Manager but critiques himself by saying that he always makes mistakes by selling away stocks too early. In 1989, he got a call from Warren Buffet who wanted to use a line “Selling your winners and holding your losers is like cutting the flowers and watering the weeds” in his year-end report for Berkshire Hathaway. Who is this famous money manager and from which well-known book authored by him is the line from?

Ans. Peter Lynch. The line that Warren Buffet borrowed is from Lynch’s famous book ‘One Up on Wall Street’.

Q 14. In the 1980s, Ross Perot, founder of EDS and Perot Systems, sold EDS to General Motors and got into the business of backing the next generation of entrepreneurs. In 1986 he did something that helped someone who too had ‘big ideas’. What did Perot do?

Ans. Ross Perot seed funded Steve Jobs with $20 million with which the latter started NeXT Computer.

Q 15. Who is this fashion icon and entrepreneur, now well-known for inventing the ‘wrap dress’?


Ans. Diane von Furstenberg

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz Master G.Sreekanth – G.Sreekanth is a National level Business Quiz Champion. He works and lives in Singapore


Weekly Business Quiz # 404


Q 1. Kia Motors is yet another foreign maker entering the Indian market. It will enter with a compact SUV and a compact sedan. Where is Kia setting up its plant in India ?

Ans. Anantpur, AP

Q2. Which Bollywood filmmaker has a YouTube channel and is soon launching an app with original films and TV series called “VB on the web” ?

Ans. Vikram Bhatt

Q3. Govt issued guidelines for Electoral Bonds today. Where and in what denominations will these bonds be issued 

Ans. SBI is the designated bank to issue electoral bonds of denominations Rs 1000, Rs 10,000, Rs 100,000 , Rs 10,00,000 and Rs 1 crore each with a tenure of 15days


Q4. Alibaba has been able to achieve a record 9.3 Bn $ of sales on Siingles Day in China. It attributes its growth this year to “FashionAI”. How does FashionAI help the shoppers ?

Ans. Presenting to the shopper the designs and fabrics suitable to the shopper using machine learning pricnciples

Q5. Which country has a policy to encourage book writing by buying 1000 books for any book and 1500 copies for children’s books to be distributed in the libraries ?

Ans. Norway

Q6. In December 2017, Marriott launched a campaign where they showed to the passers by on River Thames images of Eiffel Tower and Rome’s Colosseum on the night sky as a part of its ‘Travel Brilliantly’ campaign. What is this new technology called ?


Ans. ECHO by Lightvert

Q7. In 1909, which was the the agency that did first ever credit rating , it was an issue of municipal bonds ?

A. Standard and Poors
B. Moody’s
C. Fitch
D. Duff and Phelps

Ans. B . Moody’s

Q8. ____ guaranteed the quality of his merchandise in print, He allowed his customers to return purchases for a cash refund and offered the first restaurant to be located inside a department store. ______ also invented the price tag. Name this pioneering retailer

Ans. John Wanamaker

Q9. Which was the world’s first electronic stockmarket ? Until this came up in 1971 , open outcry method was used to know the bid and ask prices of stocks.


  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter @go_mohan

Guest Business Quiz – # 12

In our Guest business quiz series, we have a quiz post from a young quiz master -Prabhanjan Sharma.


Q 1. Which Indian financial services co has diversified itself to education sector by establishing schools in Bengaluru, Pune and Gurgaon with the moto of Educate, Excel, Empower? The school carries  the name of the company. 

Ans) HDFC.. the schools are called “The HDFC Schools”

Q 2.  Shripal Morakhia is an Indian Businessman, Film Director and a film Producer. He owns a sports entertainment venture which is co-operated by Star India. This venture is there in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Ludhiana and Bengaluru. Name this sports venture?

Ans. Smaaash

Q3.  Azhar Iqubal, Beepit Purkaystha and Anunay Arunav are the founders of this application which summarizes the information in very few words. Identify  this famous company or app founded by them?

Ans. Inshorts Media labs Pvt Ltd Or Inshorts

Q4.  Pinstove is an food delivery app founded by Baiju Mohammed, Bhagavan Das and Harry Croydon. What is the uniqueness of this app which stands away from other food delivery services.

Ans) The food is cooked by HomeChefs (Housewives)

Q5.  Tina Tharwani, Manoj mittra, Rriddhi Talwalkar,Pragathi Malhotra and Saurabh Malhotra are the part of this company which was in news very recently for major event held in Italy. Identify the event and the company?

Ans. Shaadi Squad ( Wedding Planners of Virat and Anushka’s Marriage)

Q6. In 1999 this brand was banned in America because there it used child labour.There was huge protests against this brand. Investigations found that it was very popular in America but they didn’t contain warning labels. Name this famous Indian brand which is popular in rural India?

Ans) Ganesh  Beedi


Q7. This sea food restaurants was founded in the year 1996 in Monterey California. The company is based in Houston,Texas and has been a divison of Landry’s restaurants since 2010. This restaurant was inspired from a movie of Tom Hanks which was released in 1994. Which famous sea food restaurant are we talking about and from which movie did it take inspiration?

Ans. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company , Forest Gump

Q8. The founder of this company raised $1 million dollars by selling hats worth $20 each. He sold out the entire line of 50000 plain black baseball caps showing the firm’s logo in over a month. Who is this founder who raised funds by selling caps and name the company?

Ans. Elon Musk , The Boring Company

Q9.  Who is the voice behind the tagline of McDonalds ” I’m Loving It”?

Ans. Justin Timberlake
Q 10. This company is partially owned by the Chinese government and their computers are suspected to come preloaded with secret backdoor access. So MI6,CIA and other spy agencies have banned their use. Which computer brand are we talking about?

Ans. Lenovo Computers

  • Compiled by Prabhanjan Sharma , a final year degree student of Seshadripuram Degree College, Bengaluru. He is a passionate quiz enthusiast and one of the pioneers behind the college quiz fest “Foghlaim”.