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Weekly Business Quiz # 401


Q 1. This Keralite from Ranchi, started life in client servicing of an ad agency, joined a music channel in Chennai before becoming an adfilm maker,”Mauka Mauka” series for Star Sports being a popular one. Now he has directed his first hit feature film “Tumhari Sulu”. Name him.

Ans. Suresh Triveni

Q 2. Name these 2 brothers who started work in their sister’s firm Ila Arun Publicity in Jaipur as schoolgoers. Now they are advertising legends having won the prestigious Lion of St Marks , a lifetime achievement trophy from Cannes Lions


Ans. Piyush and Prasoon Pandey

Q 3. Name this gaming techniology company which owns games like Chhota Bheem, Virat Cricket etc in which Rakesh Jhunjhunwala has invested recently

Ans. Nazara

Q 4. Air Deccan is set for a relaunch with a Mumbai Nashik flight this December. Do you know which was the first commercial flight it took in August 2004 when it was launched first ?

Ans. Bangalore to Delhi

Q 5. With the FRDI bill occupying the news, one new term ‘ Bail-in” is being used often. What is the difference between bail-out and bail-in ?

Ans. Bail-out is when government or some other outisder funds the losses, where in bail-in, the bank funds the losses from its own depositors money.

Q 6. Who owns the kitchen solutions brand SLEEK ?

Ans. Asian Paints

Q 7. Emami made a success of its brand acquisitions like Zandu and Kesh-King. However, it has failed with the acquisition of its sanitary napkin brand bought by it in 2014, till now. Name the brand.

Ans. She Comfort

Q8. What is the name given to the electric variant of Nano , that is under development ?

Ans. Neo

Q9. The Oberoi Group started with the founder M.S.Oberoi acquiring Clarke’s hotel in Shimla and Clarke’s in Delhi. Which was the first hotel built by M.S.Oberoi ?

Ans. The Oberoi New Delhi

Q 10. Which media major owns VOOT, the over-the-top (OTT) digital channel ?

Ans. Viacom

Q 11. Which international talk show debuted on Star Plus recently with the tag line ‘Nayi Soch’ ?

Ans. TED Talks

Q 12. Which Indian brand from Vini claims that fairness creams don’t work , so have different creams for different skin colors ?

Ans. Pretty 24

Q 13. Under what name has Titan launched a smartwatch with a help button, specially designed for women ?

Ans. Titan We

Q 14. Which brand is using the insight that voyeurism is increasing in India , so is urging couples to #shutthephoneup ?

Ans. Manforce condoms from Mankind Pharma

Q 15. Mirror Now is one of the fastest growing news channels in English under the leadership of its young editor Faye D’Souza. It is not a new channel. What was its earlier name ?

Ans. Magicbricks Now



Q 16. Pinanfarina , the design co that designs Ferrari and Maserati also designs Xten furniture. Approximately what is the price of these designer chairs ? 


Ans. US $ 1.5 Mn each approx

Q 17. Which company is most likely to takeover the 21st Century Fox division of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire ?

Ans. Disney

Q 18. Which tech major is developing a proper cricket ground in its US campus for its South Asian employees ?

Ans. Microsoft

Q 19. Which country is now lifting a 35 year ban on cinema theatres ?

Ans. Saudi Arabia

Q 20. Apple has acquired Shazam for 400 Mn $. What is the service offered by Shazam ?

Ans. Music recognition service

Q 21. In which respectable exchange has Bitcoin futures started getting traded from Dec 10th 2017, giving it a certain legitimacy ?

Ans. Chicago Board Options Exchange ( CBOE)

Q 22. Which company has the largest fleet of shoe-box size satellites, about 200, orbiting the earth that take a million pictures of every corner of the earth every day ?

Ans. Planetlabs

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter Handle Indiabusinessquiz @go_mohan 



Weekly Business Quiz # 400


Q 1. Shashi Kapoor had a film production company called Filmvalas. His son Kunal Kapoor is a leading producer and director of advertising films. What is his advertising film production company called ?

Ans. Adfilmvalas

Q2. As per RBI statistics, which state has the largest no of factories in India 
A. Gujarat
B. Maharashtra 
C. Tamil Nadu
D. Karnataka

Ans. C. Tamil Nadu

Q3. When Pallonji Mistry walked across his office to an electrical shop to repair his electric iron nearly 90 years ago in Mumbai , he met his partner in electrical business. Today they are India’s leading contractors for solar energy projects. Name this co run by 2 Parsi families

Ans. Sterling and Wilson

Q 4. Google has introduced a unique India specific feature that guides users through ‘shortcuts’ . What is it called ?

Ans. Two-wheeler routes

Q 5. Identify this man in the news

Salil parekh

Ans. Salil S. Parekh, the newly appointed CEO of Infosys

Q6. Mukesh Ambani said in an interview that he never carried money since childhood and he has no credit cards. How does he pay then ?

Ans. Somebody around him paid his bills

Q 7. Connect the film Tiger City , a biopic directed by Sundaram Tagore , to the world of management

Ans. The film is on Louis Kahn , the architech, who designed the IIM Ahmedabad

Q8. What business strategy is Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn employing to counter the competition faced by his films with those of industry bigwigs like KJo , YRF etc ?

Ans. Buying up single-screen theatres in small towns and converting them into multiplexes , so that he can release his films there

Q 9. Complete the sequence …JRD Tata,…Raghu Raj…Russi Mody…Arvind Jadhav, Rohit Nandan, Ashwani Lohani, Rajiv Bansal ____

Ans. Pradeep Singh Kharola, the newly appointed CMD of Air India

Q 10. Who will head the 15th Finance Commission ?

Ans. Mr N.K.Singh, former Finance Secretary

Q 10. This is first ever ad featuring Salman Khan. He was a model before he became a film star. Name the brand. 


Ans. Limca

Q 11. Which Tata Co has become 3rd in market capitalization beating Tata Steel due to its recent run up in share prices ?

Ans. Titan


Q 12. Who owns Meredith that will be acquiring Time Inc ?

Ans. The Koch brothers

Q 13. What service is being offered by Jana, a Boston based start up,  in India,  in which even Facebook failed ?

Ans. Free unrestricted internet access

Q 14. What is common to Ethereum, Dash, Ripple, Iota ?

Ans. Different Cryptocurrencies that are competitors to Bitcoins

Q 15. In international trade, what is HS code and who gives it ?

Ans. Harmonised commodity description and coding system, also known as Harmonised System , World Customs Organisation, Brussels

Q 16. 25 years ago, on December 3, 1992, the English software engineer Neil Papworth used his computer to send a message to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. The message simply read “Merry Christmas” . Why is this significant ?

Ans. This was the first text message or Short messaging service ( SMS)

Q 17. In which newly emerging product category are Sony, Oculus and HTC #1, #2 and #3 respectively ?

Ans. Virtual reality headset


This is the 400th weekly business quiz. Thanks to all the readers, quizzers and guest quiz masters. Many thanks to all the news publishers and reporters who feed us the daily news, that makes the weekly business quiz possible.

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter Indiabusinessquiz@go_mohan

Guest Business Quiz # 11

In continuation with our anniversary series, we have a Guest Quiz Master – Naveen Kumar this time putting together a set of interesting questions for you.

Q 1) Which beverage first recorded in British records in 17th century had the ingredients –

  • Alcohol
  •  Sugar
  •  Lemon
  •  Water and
  • Tea or Spices

A famous magazine shares its name with this beverage?

Ans. Punch

Q 2.  Zambelli is an US based company set up by an Italian immigrant Antonia Zambelli. Its slogan is ‘The First Family of _________”. Their products are used at Mount Rushmore, New Year’s Eve at Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip, for Liberty Weekend, celebrating the Statue of Liberty centennial, etc. In which products does Zambelli deal with?

Ans. Fireworks

Q 3.  To whom is this Amul Ad playing tribute to?


Ans. JRD Tata

Q 4. What is this list all about?

   United Airlines – Landing

   Delta Airlines – Calm

   Turkish Airlines – TK 1933

   Singapore Airlines – Stefan Floridian Waters

Ans. Signature Fragrances

Q 5. Which famous business community from India gets its name from the Sanskrit word “Shreshti” meaning “wealth”? They are considered to be among the pioneers of organised banking in the country and credited with introducing the concept of double entry bookkeeping?

Ans. Chetty / Chettiar / Shetty

Q 6. This is Exocet Typeface. Which beverage brands’ logo can you identify with this typeface?


Ans. Tazo

Q 7.  Dwarkanath Ghose set up his company ‘Dwarkin and Son Pvt Ltd’ in 1875 at Lower Chitpur Road in Kolkata. It mainly dealt in piano tuning and repairing of musical instruments. In 1884, he invented the Indian version of this instrument, which was hand-held, as Indian musicians performed sitting on the floor or on a stage, behind the instrument or holding it in their hands. Which instrument did he invent that was endorsed by Rabindranath Tagore?

Ans. Harmonium

Q 8. Which brand i.e. first of its kind in this world is believed to got its name from a 1876 book’s character, who according to the writer, was the daughter of Muzaffar Shah, the king of Firdaus (Heaven)?

Ans. Rooh Afza

Q 9.  This is a term used by employment recruiters to describe a job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications that perfectly fits a job’s multifaceted requirements. The implication is that over-specification of the requirements makes a perfect candidate as hard to find as a _____ _______. Which term or Fill In The Blanks ?

Ans. Purple squirrel

Q 10. They are called ‘The Original Five’. Which new profession started with these people in early 1980s?


Ans. Video Jockey “VJ’s” – They were first MTV VJ’s

Compiled by Naveen Kumar – Tata Crucible Champion 2017.

Weekly Business Quiz # 399


Q 1. In what product category has Timex launched Timex Blink in India recently ? 


Ans. Wearable Fitness tracker

Q2. Identify the advertiser. The tagline that goes with the “TV commercial is “Jhatka mana hai”. 

Ans. Bajaj Platina

Q3. He is the highest paid director in India under the age of 40. He was paid over Rs 10 crores last year. Name him and his company


Ans. Sudarshan Venu, TVS Motors

Q4. What connects Parry’s confectionery with Havmor icecreams ?

Ans. Lotte Confectionery has acquired both these companies

Q5. SBI has launched an app called YONO. What does YONO stand for ?

Ans. You Only Need One ( YONO)

Q6. Identify this media person who was the Group CEO of NDTV and had a baritone voice that used to say ” This is NDTV and you are watching NDTV 24/7.” he passed away recently. RIP


Ans. KVL Narayan Rao

Q7. Which staffing co has acquired a controlling stake in the Tata Group BPO co Tata Business Support Services ?

Ans. Quess Corp

Q8. Which Indian airport recently made a world record of 969 flights in a 24 hour period from a single runway, i.e one flight every 89 seconds ?

Ans. Mumbai’s CSIA

Q9. Under which brand name is Marico launching soups segment this winter ?

Ans. Saffola

Q 10. What is the different technology used by RAW Pressery, a start-up,  that has entered the premium end of fruit juices market ?

Ans. Cold-press technology

Q 11. What start-up has Senior IAS officer Pravesh Sharma started 4 years before his retirement ?


Q 12. Nandan and Rohini Nilekani are the latest to sign the Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates where billionaires Pledge 50 % or more of their wealth to philanthropy. Who are the other Indians who have signed this pledge ? 

Ans. Azim Premji, PNC Menon, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw



Q 13. After Amazon acquired Whole Foods, Alibaba has made a similar move in China by acquiring a stake in an offline retailer . Name it

Ans. Sun Art

Q 14. Identify this Indian American


Ans. Ajit Pai

Q 15. In keeping with the growing trend of male grooming among the selfie generation, which brand has used the first male model , Gary Thompson, for a mass market colour cosmetics campaign ?


Ans. L”oreal

Q 16. Jazeera Airways is a new international airline with flights to India. To which country it belongs to ?

Ans. Kuwait

Q 17. After 25 years , a new auto plant has been set up in to Motown of Detroit , USA. Which co has set up this plant ?

Ans. Mahindra and Mahindra

Q 18. Which Munich Germany HQed company would become the world’s largest industrial gases co with the acquisition of Praxair ?

Ans. Linde

Q 19. What is this device and what is it’s function ?

Sub phone


Ans. Substitute phone , which will help satisfy the urge to swipe and scroll

Q 20. Why are airlines in US doing away with LCD screens based in-flight entertainment system in their planes ?

Ans. Passengers come with their own screens, so airlines do not want to provide screens, instead stream movies and TV shows via wi-fi to the devices

Q21. In which online store where you would find products like Nike Toilet paper, Reebok dishwashing liquid , Adidas tooth brush ?

Ans. Hypermarkt

-Compiled by G.Mohan Indiabusinessquiz@go_mohan

Guest Business Quiz # 10

During the anniversary month, we bring yet another set of questions put by a Guest Quiz Master- Aniruddha Dutta.

Q1. If older sisters Pam and Molly and brother Kenny lost out, who ‘won the honor’ because of an easy to remember name and being redheaded and having freckles and buckteeth? What are we describing?

Ans: Melinda Thomas (Wendy). Wendy’s being named after Melinda

2. He was the chairman of his country’s national airline and then went on to launch the most successful private airline Airblue. Who is this, who currently holds an important position in his country?

Ans: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (Pakistan Prime Minister)

3. The Baker Street robbery was a real life burglary of the safe deposit boxes at the Baker Street, London branch of Lloyds Bank,on the night of 11 September 1971. What cheeky message did the robbers leave on the wall?

Ans: “Let’s see how Sherlock Holmes solves this one”

4. One of the hardest hit after the demonetization move are the WLA operators. As of October 2016, there were 14,427 WLAs. Of the eight players in this market, TCPSL and BTIPL accounted for 90 per cent of the total WLAs. Many of them shut down as a result of the shortage of cash. Catering mainly to semi-urban and rural areas, what were these WLAs?

Ans: White Label ATMs

5. In the late 1920s, the brand was sold as a route to thinness for women. One typical ad said – ‘Reach for a ___________ instead of a sweet.’ Sales increased by more than 300% during the first year of the ad campaign making the brand a leading one nationwide in US. Which brand?

Ans: Lucky Strike

6. ‘Trump’ was a glossy magazine of satire and humor, mostly in the forms of comics features and short stories. It was edited by Harvey Kurtzman and published by X, with only two issues produced in 1957. Sales were reportedly good for ‘Trump’, especially for a new title with a 50-cent cover price, then considered high. Id X.

Ans: Hugh Hefner

7. The ‘hot-hand fallacy’ is a belief that a person who experiences success with a random event has a greater probability of further success in additional attempts. Who did Selena Gomez take help from to explain this phenomenon while talking about synthetic CDOs (Collateralized Debt Obligations) in a movie?

Ans: Richard Thaler in the movie “The Big Short”

8. Where were over a million people in India witness to advertisements from world’s biggest private property developer and owner of worlds largest cinema chain operator. Identify this entity as well

Ans: In football stadiums hosting the U-17 FIFA World Cup. Entity: The Wanda group

9. As per his own admission, some people close to him proposed his name for the BCCI President’s post in 1982. But he decided against it as he had never played cricket and did not know much about the sport. He mentioned – “Though I read some literature on cricket and have watched games, I have never held a cricket bat.” He then proposed the name of his friend NKP Salve and the suggestion was accepted. Who?

Ans: Pranab Mukherjee

10. “Our accountant came up and said ‘We got this amount of money. Do you want to give it to the government or do something with it?’ So we decided to play businessmen for a bit because we’ve got to run our own affairs now. So we’ve got this thing called ‘Apple’ which is going to be records, films, and electronics – which all tie up”. Whose words?

Ans: John Lennon of Beatles

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz Master – Aniruddha Dutta. Aniruddha Dutta has been a three time National Champion of the Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz and was a Runner-up of the quiz in 2017. He also manages a Quiz Group on Facebook called Questions 2 Chew. He currently lives and works in Mumbai.

Weekly Business Quiz # 398


Q 1. Govt of India thru Niti Aayog is developing a version of blockchain to reduce frauds, increase transparency and improve ease of doing business. What is this version called ?


Q2. Indians are the second biggest group of foreign students in US after Chinese. US students also come to study in India. Approx how many US students are studying in India ?

Ans. 4500 students approx

Q3. Brand Factory is introducing a charge on the consumer for the first time in India’s retail industry during the November shopping festival. What is the charge ?

Ans. Entry fee to participate in the shopping festival, which will later get adjusted with the purchases,

Q4. Which is the first and the only IIM to reserve seats in their Fellow Programme in Management ?

Ans. IIM- Bangalore

Q5. Which is the most expensive retail location in India ? It is the 24th most expensive in the world as per a Cushman and Wakefield report .

Ans. Khan Market, New Delhi

Q6. India’s first basmati billionaires are promoters of KRBL ( named after Khushi Ram & Bihari Lal ) , Anil Mittal and family. Name the brand of basmati of KRBL.

Ans. India Gate basmati

Q7. With which Indian co is the 116 year old motorcycle brand Norton entering the Indian market ?

Ans. Kinetic

Q8. Star TV’s first music channel was MTV. When they wanted to increase the Indian content, MTV disagreed. So they launched a music channel in 1990s that had a patchy success record. After 20 odd years it is closing down. Name it.

Ans. Channel V

Q9. Under which brand name is Coca Cola India test marketing frozen desserts in India ?

Ans. Minute Maid

Q10. Identify this iconic scooter brand that was assembled in India till 1990s by Automobile Products India. It’s Italian mfr Innocenti wants to reenter India soon


Ans. Lambretta

Q11. Who are the two newly inducted directors in the board of Tata Sons ?

Ans. Bhaskar Bhat and Saurabh Agarwal

Q 12. Name this IIM-A alum who started his career in Modi Xerox India and worked his way up in GE India and later GE US to become Head of HR globally

Ans. Raghu Krishnamoorthy

Q 13. The Nationalist by Minhaz Merchant is a biography of which business leader ?

Ans. AM Naik

Q 14. Identify the model in this Advt.


Ans. Zeenat Aman

Q 15. IndianOil has launched its electric charging station in collaboration with Ola. In which city has the first charging station come up ?

Ans. Nagpur


Q 16. What was unusual about a Japanese train Tsukuba Express apologizing to its passengers, saying they were sorry for creating “tremendous nuisance” ?

Ans.  The train left a station 20 seconds early

Q 17. Tesla has unveiled an electric truck recently , which will be on road in 2019. What is it called ?

Ans. Tesla Semi

Q 18. Which company was created by Alberto Perez from Colombia, when one day instead of putting aerobics cassette put some Latino music and danced with his students ?

Ans. Zumba

Q 19. Name this digital media blog that was started by Pete Cashmore in 2005 that has now been sold at a bargain price of 50 MN $ to trade publisher Ziff Davis.

Ans. Mashable

Q 19. _______ were invented in 1996 by J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin, profs at Northwestern University. US patent filing describes _________ as “an apparatus and method for direct physical interaction between a person and a general purpose manipulator controlled by a computer.” Fill in the blanks. Same word.

Ans. Cobots, from collaborative robots

Q 20. In UK, Sainsbury’s and other retailers have started putting a fin made of aluminium and plastic in the chiller section that keeps the cold air inside and also reduces energy consumption. From which design have they borrowed thus idea ?

Ans. Formula One car design

Q 21. What is the online classifieds service test marketed by Facebook in India called ? It will compete with OLX and Quikr

Ans. Marketplace

Q 22. This network existed before the WWW in USA. It had forums where members used to chat on various topics, particularly tech. It got acquired by AOL in 1998. AOL itself is now part of Verizon via Yahoo. These chat forums will finally close down in Dec 2017. Name it

Ans. CompuServe

Q 23. Japan is known for its fancy ‘shower toilets’. Two brands control nearly 90 % of this market. Name them.

Ans. Toto and Lixil

Q 24. With Moore’s law in its last legs, a new law is being talked about called Schoelkopf’s law. In which area of computing is this law applicable ?

Ans. Quantum computing

Q 25. In which product/ service is ROKU a formidable competitor to Apple, Google and Amazon ?

Ans. Streaming device

Q 26. Radhika Jones, who had held important positions in Time magazine and New York Times will take over as the Editor in Chief of which magazine ?


Ans. Vanity Fair

  • Compiled by G.Mohan Twitter Indiabusinessquiz@ go_mohan

Guest Business Quiz # 9 – Beer special

In our Anniversary series, we present to you a set of questions on beer, coming from our Guest Quiz Master – Ravi Handa.

Q 1. The Sumerian written language and the associated clay tablets are among the earliest human writings. One of these Sumerian documents was translated and it turned to be a poem with the English title, ‘A hymn to Ninkasi’. Ninkasi was a Sumerian Goddess who, according to legend, was borne of sparkling fresh water to satisfy the heart. What does the poem ‘A hymn to Ninkasi’ talk about? 

Answer: It is a recipe for brewing beer.

Q 2. While the favorite drink for Mr Bond, Mr. James Bond, remains to be a Vodka Martini; a lager was featured for the first time with Mr. Bond in the movie Skyfall. Which company paid an estimated 45 Million USD for this deal

Answer: Heineken

Q3. The logo of the recently launched but quickly getting popular brand Bira features a monkey with the number 91 on it. What does the 91 stand for?


Answer: +91 is the ISD code of India

Q4. Lion Beer is often claimed to be the first beer in India and in Asia because it came into existence in the mid 19th century. Till the early 80s, Lion along with Golden Eagle (another beer brand from the same company) used to be the most popular beer in India. While still available, they have insignificant market share in the beer market whereas their company is extremely popular in another category with a brand that has a cult like following. Which company is being talked about?

Answer: Mohan Meakins (Old Monk Rum)

Q5. The history of this beer company can be traced back to a Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium which was established in 1366. It gets a part of its name from the Star of Bethlehem as it was launched on Christmas in the year 1926 as a Christmas beer. Even today, its logo features a star, a horn, and 1366 reminding us of its roots. Which beer is being talked about?

Answer: Stella Artois

Q6. Under Babylonian rule, the production of beer increased dramatically. The form of payment used to be cash or an equivalent weight in corn. Some tavern keepers started giving less beer for cash because it couldn’t be measured properly against a proper weight. So, a law was made that those tavern keepers who poured ‘short measures’ of beer to cheat their customers; they would be drowned. Which document from approximately 1750 BC had this law as Law Number 108?

Answer: Code of Hammurabi

Q7. August Busch Jr surprised August Busch Sr by gifting him a hitch (a wagon driven by a team of horses) instead of a car to celebrate the repeal of liquor prohibition on April 7, 1933. The red, white and gold beer wagon then proceeded to deliver the first post prohibition beer in the city of St Louis. The Clydesdale breed of horses that were used for the first time that day have since become an important part of which brand’s identity?

Answer: Budweiser

Q8. In 1976, Sharon Burns and Tom Porter founded and organized 32 teams in three leagues in southern England. Burns and Porter then travelled the country for the next few years, presenting these to breweries as a marketing strategy. What activity did they start which continues to this day and often has pints of beer as awards?


Answer: Pub Quizzing to bring customers on slow days

Q9. The Storehouse next to the St James Gate Brewery is a popular tourist attraction in Dublin which tells the history of beer with the help of various interactive exhibitions. The Storehouse covers seven floors surrounding a glass atrium shaped in the form of a pint. At the base of the atrium is the 9000 year lease that the founder Arthur signed for St James Gate brewery and at the top is a Gravity bar where visitors can have a free pint of beer overlooking the city of Dublin. Which brand that was established in 1759 and has a harp for a logo runs this museum?

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Answer: Guinness (World’s largest selling stout beer)

Q 10. Carlsberg’s tagline “Probably the best lager in the world” was created in 1973 to target the UK market. Who was the first person to give the slogan a voice in a TV commercial? He was a legendary actor and director who was nominated for three Oscars in 1942 and won an honorary Oscar in 1971.

Answer: Orson Welles (1942 nominations were for Citizen Kane)