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

Weekly Business Quiz # 358


Q 1. Who are the Indian business partners of Donald Trump seen in this picture ?


Ans. Atul Chordia, Sagar Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta – The three businessmen are building a Trump-branded apartment complex in western India, one of five luxury development projects underway in the country that have licensed the Trump name.

Q2. What unique service is being provided by the startup Bookmychotu particularly relevant for demonetisation ?

Ans. People /helpers who would stand in a queue at a bank.

Q3. In which state is Airtel piloting its payments bank, the first in the country ?

Ans. Rajasthan.

Q4. Identify this branding expert who is credited with the tagline “Sunday ho ya Monday, Roz khao Ande” He passed away recently. RIP.


Ans. Anand Halve aka Andy Halve

Q5. This Idea model is one of the most popular boy next door models in the industry. Identify him and name a few brands in whose TVCs he appears.


Ans. Vikrant Massey


Q6. Which is the first country in the world to issue digital currency based on ‘blockchain’ technology ?

ans. Tunisia


Weekly Business Quiz # 357


Q1. Point of Sale  terminals of which bank has been authorised to dispense cash up to Rs 2000 at petrol pumps of PSU oil companies ?

Ans. SBI

Q2, Which American car co will be reexporting back to US cars manufactured by their Indian subsidiary ?

Ans. Ford Ecosport

Q3, After voting out Cyrus Mistry as Chairman, who has taken over as Chairman of Tata Global Beverages ?

Ans. Harish Bhat

Q4. Why has there been a jump in 1000% of bookings in AC -I class as reported by Railways ?

Ans. Several people with unaccounted money are using railways to launder their money by booking first and cancelling later, incurring a small charge.

Q5. Why has suddenly the Karnataka state PSU Mysore paints and varnishes got a windfall business ?

Ans. Indelible ink is being used by banks to mark the people who exchange their currency notes, so that they do not exchange in more than one place


Q6. “Designed by ___ in California” is a coffee table book priced at 299 $ featuring products of a company. Name the company.


Ans. Apple

Q7.  What well known US structure was sold repeatedly by George Parker earning him the dubious distinction of the greatest con artist ?


Ans. Brooklyn Bridge

Q8. Investment in which industry was called a ‘death trap’ by Warren Buffett but has now gone ahead and invested in 3 cos from the industry ?

Ans. Aviation industry

  • Compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan



Weekly Business Quiz # 356


Q1. Which businessman in the news regarding Tata Mistry is one of the promoters of cab service UTOO ?


Ans. C.Sivasankaran

Q2. Nusserwanji Tata ( Jamsetji Tata’s father) and Dadabhai Tata ( JRD’s grandpa ) his bro in law made their capital in China trade. What’s it ?

Ans. Opium trade

Q3. One of the oldest regd company in India was sold by the Tatas to Shapoorji Pallonji amicably as they have first right of refusal. Name it

Ans. Forbes and Co.

Q4. From whom did Shapoorji Mistry, Cyrus Mistry’s grandfather acquire Tata Sons shares and why JRD Tata could not acquire it then ?

Ans. F.E.Dinshaw had Tata Sons shares. After his death his descendants sold their shares to Shapoorji Mistry. JRD Tata wanted to buy then, but he was not the Tata Sons Chairman Nawroji Saklatwala was and also he had no money because he had to repay his father’s debts.

Q5. The current Bombay Stock Exchange building is named after a Parsi stockbroker who served long as the Chairman of BSE. Name him.


Ans. Sir Phiroze Jeejeebhoy

Q6. Why does a ship figure prominently in the Wadia group logo ?


Ans. Wadias were the earliest shipbuilders in India in the 18th century.

Q7. Name this Parsi industrialist. Born 1823, he set up the first textile mills in Bombay. He married JRD Tata’s sister Sylla Tata,His grand daughter Ratanbai is Nusli Wadia’s grandmother. His donation created VJTI, the engg college.Knighted in 1887. Name him.

Ans. Dinshaw Manekji Petit

Q9. Identify this GoI official and his role in the Nov 8 demonetisation exercise.


Ans. Saurabh Garg, Secretary Investments and Currency

Q8. Like on Nov 8, 2016 , a similar move was done in January 1978 by GoI. Currencies of which denominations were demonetised then ?

Ans. Rs1000, Rs 5000, Rs 10000


Q9. What unique move has Toblerone done to reduce the weights of their bars and also fight cost increases ? 

Ans. Increased the gap between triangles

=Compiled by G.Mohan @go_mohan 



Weekly Business Quiz # 355


Q1. After Cyrus Mistry’s sacking from Tata Sons board, the insurance companies are expecting claims under D & O liability policy. Expand D & O

Ans. Directors and Officers

Q2. As per World Eco Forum latest list India has 7 Unicorns in the list. Name them.

Ans. Flipkart,Ola,Shopclues,One97 communications,Quickr,Zomato,Snapdeal

Q3. Which former AG of Maharashtra , a Parsi, is trying to mediate between Tata

Ans. Darius Khambata

Q4. In 1921 Sir Dorabji Tata created Associated Building co with 1 cr as capital. It bought land in Bruce St, Mumbai at Rs 1700 per sq yd.He appointed George Witter as architect who used Bombay Gothic style.The building opened in 1924. Name the building

Ans. Bombay House

Q5. Which Indian group has acquired BSA brand ?


Ans. Mahindra group company Classic Legends

Q6. They were the models when KS was launched 25 years ago. Name them.


Ans. Marc Robinson and Pooja Bedi

Q7. Ashok Leyland has launched electric bus. By what name will it be called ?


Ans. Circuit


Q8. What is being demonstrated at a Tesla launch event recently in Universal Studios, California ?


Ans. Tesla solar roof tiles

Q9. With which product category would you associate the brands Brooks, Asics, Saucony ?

Ans. Marathon running shoes

Q10. What did Ukrainian Olexander Turin do to demonstrate his loyalty to Apple and what did he get in return ?

Ans. Olexander Turin changed his name to iPhone 7 and got a free iphone 7.

Q11. AT &T is acquiring Time Warner. This is almost a repeat of a merger that happened between a telecom co and a media co 16 years ago. Name it.

Ans. AOL and Time Warner

  • Compiled by G.Mohan 


Diwali Dhamaka – Guest Quiz # 2


Q 1. Topical Trivia. What was Cyrus Mistry’s ‘Vision 2025’ strategy for TATA group?

Ans. He wanted the group to be in the top 25 global groups by market capitalisation and reach out to 25 per cent of the global population.

Q2. Which co-founder and former CEO of a famous company has funded Itihaasa, a digital app that chronicles the growth and history of India’s IT industry?


Ans. Kris Gopalakrishnan, former Infosys CEO.

Q 3. In 1962, Lakshman Das Mittal began manufacturing wheat threshers with the help of local blacksmiths in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. The following year his family went bankrupt. He once applied for a Maruti Udyog dealership but was rejected. Which group known for manufacturing tractors and farm equipment did he start?

Ans. Sonalika

Q 4. When Eicher Motors decided to open its first Royal Enfield store in this US city, the choice was quite interesting and one could even say quite courageous. Which city?

Ans. Milwaukee – home of its iconic rival Harley Davidson.

Q 5. Designer Tarun Tahiliani called her the “last, lingering swan”. Wendell Rodricks calls her a style leader, not a style icon. “Her little black book directed the high society to many contacts. She made her style rules and the pack followed her. She was THE hostess of India. Only when she bought my saris, I felt I had truly arrived,” says Rodricks. Who is this lady who was Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s key partner for their AIDS campaign in India?

Ans. Parmeshwar Godrej

Q6. It took over the 100 year old Simpsons in 1941. The group soon brought under its shade some of the oldest companies in Southern India like Higginbotham’s, Associated Printers, Associated Publishers, Addison & Co., SRVS, George Oakes, T.Stanes, The United Nilgiri Tea Estates and Stanes Estates. Which group, given its history of consolidation and unification, has got quite an appropriate name?


Ans. Amalgamations Group

Q7. In 2014, of the 1,636 valid entries for logo and 5,168 for the tagline that were received, Anant Khasbardar of Kolhapur, Maharashtra won the logo design contest while Bhagyasri Sheth of Rajkot, Gujarat emerged successful in the contest for the tagline. The logo incorporates the two word title of the mission within parts of an object that is closely associated with a great person and which kind of suggests that the entire nation is united to achieve the great person’s vision. What logo/mission?

Ans. Swachch Bharat

Q8. Who started the Super Car Club in India?

Ans. Gautam Singhania

Q9. An Uber-like smartphone app has been launched in India, aimed at making it easier for farmers to hire tractors. Which company has launched the app called Trringo offering hourly rental for between 400 and 700 rupees?

Ans. Mahindra and Mahindra


Q 10. Which Nobel Prize winner in Economics and chairman of the board of the Jean-Jacques Laffont Foundation at the Toulouse School of Economics is well known for his seminal article titled The Fat-Cat Effect, the Puppy-Dog Ploy, and the Lean and Hungry Look which he co-authored along with Drew Fudenberg?

Ans. Jean Tirole (won the Nobel Prize in 2014)

Q 11. What brand associated with Bob Dylan once came up with this exclusive CD?


Ans. Victoria’s Secret; Bob Dylan appeared in a Victoria’s Secret commercial in 2004.

Q 12. Which pharma company’s name literally means ‘nature’ in Hebrew?

Ans. Teva (founded in 1901 and headquartered in Petah Tikva, Israel)

Q 13. In April 2012, Alatariel thought of an idea to create figurines (below) to show younger generations that women can hold science jobs like astronomer, paleontologist, and chemist. It gained the support of the Brave Girls Alliance, and 42,047 other people, all of whom signed a petition in an attempt to move the idea forward into a reality. In June 2014, a famous company then turned the idea into an actual product that kids can play with and be inspired by! Which company?


Ans) Lego

Q 14. Eli L. Broad is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded companies like KB Home and SunAmerica (which he later sold to AIG). What is his claim to fame on the Fortune 500 list of large US corporations?

Ans. Only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in two different industries – KB Home and SunAmerica.

Q 15. Which American fast food chain started by Steve Ells in 1993, trades on NYSE under the ticker symbol CMG and once had McDonald’s as its major investor in 1998?

Ans. Chipotle ( CMG- Chipotle Mexican Grill )

Q 16. With which venture capitalist is Stephen Hawking collaborating on Breakthrough Starshot, a project to develop the technology necessary to send a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, the star system 4.37 light years away from earth?

Ans. Yuri Milner

Q 17. Louella is a ‘modest fashion’ clothing line founded by Ibtihaj Muhammad and named after her grandmother. Apart from being a fashion designer in what way did Ibtihaj become famous in 2016?

Ans. First hijab wearing American Olympian. She represented US in fencing at Rio 2016.

Q 18. In international trade which mammal whose name means ‘something that rolls up’ is the most illegally trafficked animal in the world – the market for commercial trading exists because its scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine, while their meat is considered a delicacy?

Ans. Pangolin

Q 19. Which famous painter’s work titled The Sun is featured on the currency note?


Ans. Edvard Munch

Q 20. On what is the Apple Campus 2 HQ modeled?


Ans. The button in iPhone

  • Compiled by Guest Quiz master G.Sreekanth 


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