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'The jeans that built America' refers to which Brand of jeans? Lee 3. 'Imagination at Work' is the base line of which multinational Company? General Electric 4. What is the term used to the software that collects email addresses from the web and then send spam mails to those addresses? Crawler 5. In " Maruti ZEN" what does the 'ZEN' stands for? Zero Engine Noise 6. Which international organization got its name because, when it was first started, its members would meet in turn in each other's homes? Rotary Club 7. Which magazine carries the ad line 'If women are not climbing the corporate ladders it is because they are taking the elevators'? Femina 8. What was formed under the Banyan tree at Hormiman Circle? Bombay Stock Exchange 9.You all might be aware of B2B. What is P2P? Peer to Peer 10. He was born on March 3, 1839. He started his first trading Compnay at the of 29 with the capital of 21,000 Rs. Name the person and the Company. ( Clue: One of this group company has grabbed the head lines of financial dailies recently) Jamsetji Tata, Tata group

. Which brand has launched ‘made for india’ models of digital cameras with front and back LCD screens for better self pics ? Ans. Samsung 2. What connects Ashni, Roshni, Lakshmi, Tania to business ? Ans. Daughters of tycoons, now in business. Ashni Biyani, Roshni nadar, Lakshmi Venu and Tania Godrej Dubash 3. While working on an electric car 100 yrs ago who had said ‘electric is the future because you will pump all oil out of the ground’? Ans. Thomas Alva Edison 4. Name the world’s largest and oldest branded pencil co. It started in 1761. The 8th generation of the family is now running it Ans. Faber Castell 5. An Indian co Vashishta Wahan claimed to represent a German co to neg. Investment in AP and cheated AP govt. Name the German Co. Clue:- cleverly it shares the same 2 letters as the German co. Ans. Volkswagen 6. Name the cereal which is gaining popularity among indians. After Quaker, Saffola and Kellogg’s have launched it. Ans. Oats 7. On whose life story is the movie SOCIAL NETWORK based ? It’s tag line ‘to make 500 mill. friends you make a few enemies’. Ans. Mark Zuckerberg- the founder of Facebook 8. Name the century old dictionary which will bring out only the online version of its next edition i.e. no print edition. Ans. Oxford 9. Name the India born angel investor who is on the US FORBES rich list thanks to his early investments in Google . Ans. Ram Shriram 10. What is the new international standard for brand valuation ? Ans. ISO 10668 11. Name the charlatan scientist who came up with a herbal fuel that made news 15 yrs ago. He has come up with a new formula now. Ans. Ramar Pillai 12. A recent Newsweek cover story puts GE Motorola Petrobras Infosys on its cover. What connects these cos. ? Ans. Huge training centres as big as universities 13. Which Indian corp has tied up with Manchester United to start a soccer coaching prog in 240 schools in india ? Ans. Bharti

14. Stock market excesses are often explained by a Gordon Gekko quote ‘ Greed is good’. Name the movie from which it is taken. Ans. Wall Street.. Its sequel is running now. 1. Which PSU major will be taking over the sick PSU Bharat Heavy Plates and Vessels (BHPV) ? Ans. BHEL Q2. Which logistics co was founded by Jimmy Guzder? He died recently. Ans. AFL earlier Airfreight Limited Q3. Which German city hosts an annual beer festival every year ? It is celebrating its 200th one this year. Ans. Munich Q4. Which country is building the SKYLON sky plane which can take 24 passengers to space and land like a plane ? Ans. UK Q5. As per the draft mining bill 26 % stake in the mining projects will go to locals. What are the exceptions ? Ans. Oil and gas Q6. Which bank is testing an ‘Unhappy Service’ in AP ? It even plans to patent it. Ans. SBI. Q7. After facing employee backlash for its iRace policy which co has decided to put its HR policies ‘on probation’ before implementing? Ans. Infosys Q8. Which telecom provider has been given RBI clearance for a limited banking facility thru cell phones ? Ans. Bharti Airtel Q9. In a study conducted by CSE what adulterant has been found in most brands of indian and imported honey ? Ans. Antibiotics Q10. Which corporate production house is behind 14 national film awards announced recently producing Paa, Well done abba, Abhohoman ? Ans. Reliance Big Pictures Q11. We read about gold mines, diamond mines etc but why no silver mines ? Ans. Silver is usually by product while mining lead zinc or gold Q12. Name the popular anti wrinkles treatment which is the brand name of ALLERGAN, USA. Ans. Botox Q 13. Only 54 hospitals in India have NABH. What is NABH and who awards it ? Ans. National Accreditation Board of Hospitals . Quality Council of India

Expand TRENT. What % of net profits should cos spend mandatorily on CSR activities as per a prop. There are many suitors for PARAS pharma. LIVON. Which variety of mangoes are processed at the mango processing cluster of Chittoor/ Krishnagiri that is used in Maaza. KRACK. ITCHGUARD. Frooti ? Ans. When Tatas sold the Lakme business to HUL the company remained with them and they renamed it TRENT. Which MNC often credited for being the pioneer of outsourcing from Bangalore completed 25 years in India ? Ans. Ans. The Ambani brothers feud Q5. Mantri Q12. MP ? Ans.Q1. Name the chairman of HSBC who has quit the top job to become the UK minister for trade? Ans. Chairman of which real estate group has decided to use his signature as the logo of his group ? Ans. Who has authored the book “The March of Mobile Money: The Future of Lifestyle Management” predicting death of paper money ? Ans. Sam Pitroda Q6. Name the construction group which will build the tracks for the first Formula One race in india to be held at NOIDA in 2011? Ans. What brands make PARAS so hot ? Ans. Who is it based on ? Ans. D’Cold. Totapuri Q10. Name this hotshot director who acted in a TVC for FEVICOL where he plays the judge in a tug of war for elephants ? Ans. Rajkumar Hirani Q11. Which co owns and manages the famous diamond mines at Panna. Q4. According to a Canadian survey which social network is used mostly by narcissists and those with low self esteem ? Ans. RINGGUARD Q2. NMDC Ltd Q3. “Mahabharata of Polyester” is the sequel to Polyester Prince by Hamish Macdonald. Tata retail enterprise. EMAMI may get it. Texas instruments Q7. Stephen Green . 2 % Q8. Jaypee Q13. Facebook Q9. revision to companies act ? Ans. MOOV .

2010 by businessbaatein Q1. By taking 15% stake in a pvt airport nearby Q6. Ping Q7. Which two PSUs have come together to start a power equipment manufacturing facility in Mannavaram . What is the device that produces the ‘ticking’ sound in clocks and watches ? Ans. Central vigilance commission ( CVC) Q2. What is the name of the new social network for music started by Apple ? Ans. NTPC & BHEL Q3. How is Anil Ambani showing his devotion for Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala through an investment ? Ans. ? Ans. Bharti airtel Q8. ’____ are the Unilever of the entertainment industry.corruption strategy for a ‘Corruption free India’. What is the name of the budget hotel chain brand being built by Rahul Bhatia. Which indian telecom operator has decided to quit the bulk sms business completely ? Ans. often had in the month of Ramzan. IBIS. Ans. has received GI status recently? Ans. it will have 6000 rooms by ’15 Q5. the man behind IndiGo airlines ? Ans. Chittoor AP? Ans. Peter Bentley of london has developed an app for IPHONE which is a rage among doctors. Name the government agency which has prepared a National Anti. Ans.Peter Bentley of London has developed an app for iPhone which is a rage among doctors. Which Hyderabadi dish. T-series. . It is a downloadable image recognition application by Goggles which can be used from mobile phones/PCs to get info about landmarks etc by sending pictures. What does the application do ? Ans. They make the rules and others have to follow ‘ says an industry insider. a private foreign bank. manage to get a postage stamp issued in india on its 150th anniv.Q14. Hyderabadi Haleem Q3. What does the app do ? Ans. Fill the blank. Entrapment 1. How did STANCHART. What is Google Goggles ? Ans. Makes the iphone a stethoscope Q9. Using its heritage building Q4. Weekly Business Quiz # 42 September 2. Makes the phone a stethoscope Q2.

A new brand of truck has been launched that says ‘ OK is no longer OK’. The co is named after his dog. Clue. Ans. delays from his side is delaying the 787 project ? Ans. Jugaad Q5. Varilux lenses . Name this hottest social gaming co founded by Mark Pincus. Airtel 4. Who is the long standing engine supplier of Boeing. for patent violation ? Ans. Rolls Royce Q7. Name it. Name this co founder of microsoft who has sued cos like GOOGLE AMAZON APPLE etc. Paul Allen Q6. Which brand has won the rights for sponsoring the indian cricket team for the next three years in all the three formats ? Ans. For which brand has Roger Federer shot a TV commercial where he hits a bottle on a mans head with a tennis shot? Ans. Ans. Starting today what is the new name of State Bank of Indore ? Ans.Q4. Supractiv Q8. State Bank of India Q9. Puma Weekly Business Quiz #41 August 23. Zynga Q12. For which brand do two unusual celebrities endorse Shabana Azmi and K Srikkanth ? Ans. Carlton and United Breweries ? Ans. Victoria Bitter and Foster’s 3. a free ad for TATA trucks . Which two famous beer brands are owned by the Australian co. Brangelina Q11. ”Exhaled air’ of which celebrity couple was sold on ebay for $523 ? Ans. In Hindi this word means a shoddy temporary fix. Gillette 2. 2010 by businessbaatein 1. In trucks you will often find “OK TATA’ painted . Identify this word. In which TV ad you will see a clone of Yuvraj Singh huff and puff on a treadmill. Now it is being touted by gurus as the indian way of innovation. Mahindra Navistar Q10. taking a dig at REVITAL ? Ans.Farmville Ans. With which brand of sportswear has the world record holder sprinter Usain Bolt signed up making him the richest athlete ever ? Ans.

global impact 10.paperbacks 6. Amartya Sen ko gussa kyon aata hai ! Why is Amartya Sen angry with Facebook ? Ans. A co. 2010 by businessbaatein Q 1. Based on last quarter figures which country has overtaken japan to become the second largest economy? Ans. Connect Gazel. 916 stands for 22 carat gold 91. found that it was cheaper to put half page ads in classifieds than main paper. It will start trading in currency derivatives. Name it. Which co is india’s largest private sector employer ? Ans. Ans. TCS with 163. Ans. ebooks …. A premium said by the acquirer for not entering the same business for a fixed time 9. these car models have been since discontinued by mfrs. Q3. 3. 8. Ans. Uno Baleno …. What is the advice given by GOOGLE CEO to the youth to remove trail of their data in social media ? Ans.000 indian population. Identity theft.5. United Stock Exch. China 13. 11. Change your name on becoming an adult 7. News and more Weekly Business Quiz # 40 August 17. Padmini.ebooks 1. Escort. In power sector what is a regulatory asset ? Ans. Arrange the following in increasing order of their sales in US paperbacks. SU-KAM India Business Quiz Business. Cielo. Who is a shaktiman ? Ans. HUL is extending its distribution reach through ‘SHAKTIMAN’s. Hardcovers.6 % purity 12. Ans. Name the new stock exchange floated by PSU banks and private banks and BSE. This forced newspapers to change. Accumulated losses approved by regulator for tariff calculations Q2. A distributor of HUL goods who will use cycle to reach villages below 2000 population . Why are the jewellers in Kerala crazy about the number 916 ? Ans.hardcovers 2. What is a non-compete fee in acquisitions ? Ans.Quizzes.

Why is the Canadian co Research in Motion (RIM ) in the news in India? Ans. What is a chop shop ? Ans. Yesterday was Friday the 13th. outstandings have mounted Q13. Armani has sub-brands. ? Ans. He is associated with which co. A shop where stolen car is chopped & sold in parts Q17.Attend AGMs as audience and ask questions -Compiled by G. Mecca in Saudi Arabia Q14. Vinay Deolalikar an IIT alum claims to have solved a big maths problem ‘P is not equal to NP”. Rs 350 Q7. What does Ratan Tata propose to do post retirement (in lighter vein)? Ans. Ans.Name the first Indian auto co in Korea. to Greenwich meridien by building the world’s largest clock ? Ans. Their Blackberry services are not in line with Indian security stds Q11. Which business group had financed it ? Ans. Which luxury brand is credited with the creation of the ‘gaberdine’ fabric ? Ans. A US senator has called Infy and other indian cos as ‘chop shops’.Q4. What is the difference between Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani ? Ans. Giorgio is for 35-50 age group and Emporio for 25-35 Q6. Which city proposes to become an alt. Tata motors acquired Daewoo Heavy Comml Vehicles Q10. What was the price of a car in 1947 when india got independence ? Ans. Signature tune for which indian telecom service has become the world’s most popular mobile music download? Ans. HP labs Q12. Shapurji Pallonji group Q16. Triskaidekaphobia Q8. Airtel. Mahindra will soon take over the Korean auto co Ssangyong.Mohan • • Share this: . They are not the first. Heat wave due to forest fires Q15.12 crores was the costliest movie made 50 years ago. Mughai-e-azam at Rs. What calamity in Russia is likely to cause huge losses amounting to over 15 b $ ? Ans. Burberry Q5.What is the fear of number 13 called ? Ans. composed by AR Rahman Q9. Why are airport authorities not in good terms with the”King of good times” ? Ans.

One WSJ blogger Devin Banerjee has already asked this question and has asked the billionaires themselves. Pierre Omidyar. So a trip to India is well logical. give away a very small fraction of their earnings to charity. now intend to take this campaign global. Azim Premji and Sunil Mittal. quoted by the above mentioned post. In US.• • • • • • • • • • Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Will Indian Billionaires sign up for the Gates-Buffett pledge ? August 11. Apart from donating their own wealth. According to this post Spokespersons for the wealthy Indians contacted by India Real Time. According to a Bain study. It has 2 in the Top 10 namely. only 10 % of charity in India comes from individuals and companies in contrast to 75 % in the US. Indians and Indian rich in particular.6 billion. chairman of Sun Pharmaceuticals. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. the biggest donor is the government. founder of Innovaid. Shanghvi “would prefer not to talk on personal philanthropy. 2010 by businessbaatein Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are not only the two richest guys in the planet. even though I would love to see that. The question to ask is will any of the Indian billionaires sign up this pledge. and a spokeswoman for Dilip Shanghvi.” I will also be totally surprised if any billionaire signs up for the Gates-Buffett pledge. In India. John Doerr etc reports Wall Street Journal. They are slated to visit China in September and India in March 2011. India is home to 52 billionaires as per the latest Forbes list of March’10. Requests for comment from seven Indian billionaires weren’t returned. Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal. danced around the issue or declined to comment. “I don’t think they’re ever going to pledge half. who included Mukesh and Anil Ambani. said Mr. now they have started a campaign to enlist billionaires to pledge more than half of their wealth for philanthropy. whose net worth is estimated at $4. already they have received a good response with 40 signers which includes big names like Michael Bloomberg.” The same post quotes Emily Harrison. they are also the most generous. a Mumbai based consultancy for advising high net worth individuals on charity. Sandy Weill. . David Rockefeller.

bequeathing their wealth (shares in their companies) to their children is top on their agenda. Christianity. As Indian billionaires. perhaps Indian rich may not accumulate so much wealth for their children. Most Indians and Indian rich are Hindus. it leaves it to the individual. G D Birla. Unlike Islam. Thus the rich are under no moral or religious compulsion by way of their faith to give away to charity. Hinduism does not give any norm. • • • • Facebook Email Share this: . they also get control and management positions by virtue of the shares they get from their parents. you could well have a few rich loosen their purse strings a wee bit. the billionaires are spending money on themselves through conspicuous consumption through swanky bungalows. those days ) in 1909. The inheritors of the rich not only inherit the wealth. the rich were also involved in the freedom struggle. Judaism which prescribes a portion of the income to be given away to charity. This is almost in revolt to the years of repression due to MRTP or penal income tax and other socialistic policies. Corporate Social Responsibility is still seen largely as a public relations exercise or a business requirement. Azim Premji). they do some community work around the factories they build. except that their names do not appear in any Forbes list. The market economy has really come into its own only in the last two decades. the political leadership is hardly inspiring enough. the billionaires are still accumulating wealth. here is my take : • At this stage in India’s growth. They contributed their wealth to the freedom movement.g) but they would not give their wealth away for charity. • • • • If the Gates-Buffett pledge campaign makes philanthropy a status symbol among the rich. the Indian rich are quite isolated and obsessed with their individual pursuits of maximising their wealth. So. In the pre-independence days. Sir Ratan Tata had funded Gandhiji’s struggle in South Africa by contributing Rs125. personal planes. If there was an inheritance tax in India. Jamnalal Bajaj all were big contributors. Many of the political masters in India are themselves billionaires.g. many of whom make their wealth through ‘privatisation by stealth’ ( as remarked by Raghuram Rajan). Whereas charity and generosity are seen as a virtue in Hindusm. This is more out of a business compulsion rather than genuine philanthropy. fancy weddings etc.As to why they do not give in charity. To be fair to them. Business families may allow the companies to go to seed by having worthless inheritors ( Dalmias for e.000 ( a princely amount. Even among the billionaires who do not wish to flaunt their wealth ( for e. by faith. Some Indian business houses like the Birlas donate money to build temples and places of worship. Now.

To fund security in Mexican border Q4. Narayan Murthy’s son Rohan is getting married to TVS scion Lakshmi Srinivasan Q8.• • • • • • • • Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 39 August 10. In investment circles who is referred to as Mrs. DSE. IBSA and BASIC ? Ans. Cherry blossom is a shoe polish brand in india. How is Infosys & TVS group coming together by a marriage ? Ans. Innovation NO Ammonia for hair color Q5. Hyderabad Q2. speculating in currency. In china however cherry blossom from L Occitane is different. A small investor . who wears his patriotism on his sleeve has inserted an emotional appeal to save the CW games ? Ans. SIKKIM Q11.often a housewife. After LSE. Which two countries are common to BRIC. Which state in India has made sports betting legal since May ’10? Ans. Which business tycoon. Q9. Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. Which telecom provider is the first to do away with ‘postpaid’ and use the grammatically correct ‘postpay’ ? Ans. What ? Ans.TataDoCoMo Q7. Watanabe ? Ans. India and Brazil Q10. MSE which indian city will soon have a school of economics ? Ans.Subrata Roy Sahara Q6. Expand INOA. L’oreal has launched a huge campaign for INOA. A range of body cosmetics Q3. Why US senate proposes to inc substantially the H1 B & L1 fees that will hit the indian IT firms badly ? Ans. In investment circles who is referred to as Mrs. Watanabe ? .

Now it is ‘Dhantenan” ( obviously inspired by Kaminey). bow and express thanks ? Ans. Nirvana. Q12. 2010 by businessbaatein . ‘Dhamaka’. Manesar near Gurgaon Q18. -Compiled by G. Q15. Belgium Q16. ‘Dhamaal’ have been done to death. Korea too. Bipasha ? Ans. Which co has multiple brands of jewellery. On which FI is the book ‘DEVIL’S CASINO’ by Vicky Ward based on ? Ans. To which country do the chocolate brands Godiva. Gitanjali Q14. Neuhaus belong ? Ans. speculating in currency.Mohan • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 38 August 2. Name this iconic magazine that has been sold by Washington Post to audio tycoon Sidney Harman. Business etiquette. Ans. Japan . all of them endorsed by leading film stars like Kareena.Ans. Which car is being launched ? Ans. Where is the ministry of corp affairs setting up Indian institute of corporate affairs? Ans. Katrina. Maruti Alto k10 Q13. A small investor .often a housewife. Newsweek Q17. Lehman bros. In which country should you accept the business card with both hands.

Chicago Usa? Ans. to cut costs ? Ans. Which star of 2010 FIFA has appeared in his first TV ad for German super market chain REWE ? Ans. To which animation sitcom will Mohd Yunus of Grameen bank be lending his voice ? . Ans. trusts that are neither govt nor corporate. What ? Ans. JRD Tata started a tradition in Bombay House of serving something with tea. By what name was the commonwealth games known before ? Ans.TATA ANDHRA (operator circle) Q5. Expand TA. Alleging overcharging by hospitals what move is being planned by health insurance cos. Khari biscuits Q14. Ans. As per TRAI guideline all bulk SMSes need to be prefixed with two alphabets like TA/AD/VM etc. Who is the glue that connects GE. Paul the octopus Q2. Raghuram Rajan Q11. Q15. ebay’s Omidyar to an Indian finance co. What is referred to as the THIRD SECTOR ? Ans.As per Morgan stanley what are the newly emerging economies like Vietnam Bangladesh etc called ? Ans. Which Prof of Indian origin will take over as the dean of the prestigious Booth school of Business. WIPRO. NGOs.Who has launched EKTAA brand of cereals like rice offering popular regional varieties all over india? Ans. Despite a large DRDO and ordnance factories setup approx. Which brand has a new tag line ‘ JUST B’ ? Ans. Direct purchase of drugs and devices Q16.Q1. it is followed even to this day. British empire games Q6. Vinod Khosla . Frontier economies Q3. Future group Q12. Prof Sunil Kumar Q13. Name the indian economist who has said that ‘privatisation by stealth’ has created many billionaires in india ? Ans. 70% Q7. TPG and the new social medium Kineticglue ? Ans. what % of india defence equipment are imported ? Ans. Vivek Paul Q9. Bacardi Q8. SKS microfinance Q10. Non profit org like charities. Connect Narayana Murthy.

Sandwich makers in Subway are called sandwich artists. 5000 Q5. Simpsons Q17. Japan Q6.Compiled by G. What is Gompertz law given by mathematician Benjamin Gompertz in 1825? Ans. Which country proposes to levy a tax on obese people to cover the extra costs in healthcare. Facebook has recently imposed a limit on the no. Who or what is a mousewife ? . An actuarial law that says chance of dying doubles every nine and quarter years Q2.Mohan • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 37 July 27. of friends a user may have.Ans. Name the totally Indian browser launched recently that has Indian language transliteration capability. Title fluffing. in HR terms what is this practice ? Ans. Epic Q4. . Lavatory cleaners as sanitation consultants. Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. What is the limit ? Ans. Germany Q3. ? Ans. UNIQLO which derives its name from ‘unique clothing’ is the largest clothing brand of which country ? Ans.

Ans. Which iron-ore don has the gall to say this? Ans. ‘I am as pure as 24 carat gold’. Gali Janardhan Reddy Q8. A housewife who spends a lot of time on the Net Q7. 25% against 15% earlier Options Disable Get Free Shots . As per the new SEBI take over code the open offer trigger kicks-off at what % ? Ans.

Which co has launched a 3 door fridge with an ad film made on 3 D ? Ans. Which indian ultra rich businessman has been named in the UN MDG advocacy group that looks at poverty and other issues? Ans.3 million ideas generated in the LAYS contest which flavour given by Sagar has been voted by public as the best ? Ans. Mastana mango 2. Mukesh Ambani 3.India Business Quiz Business.Quizzes. 2010 by businessbaatein 1. Whirlpool . Out of 1. News and more Weekly Business Quiz # 36 July 20.

Richard Branson 11. What is the Kerala connection to the ‘Jabulani” balls ? Ans. Which co is credited with bringing out the noise cancelling headphones that uses adv micro circuitry to cancel ambient noise ? Ans. Rubber for bladders sourced from Kerala 13. Instead of stopping immigration.4. What has caused this change ? Ans. Which brand of cream is getting flak on Facebook . there’s always another one coming. What is the prize money recd by Spain and Netherlands for being winner and runner’s up in the FIFA Cup? Ans. Guinness book of world records 6. now Singapore is welcoming foreign workers.T. where users can make their photos fairer ? Ans. Enkay supplies bladders to Adidas.C Ltd and now ITC Ltd 10. Ans. ITC Limited had the co name changed thrice in ’70.” Ans. The Y 12.74 and 2010. then to I. Who said ” Business opportunities are like buses. Vaseline 8. What is the new name of YMCA ? Ans. Which book has the dubious record of being the most stolen book from public libraries? Ans. Spain. Who is the designer behind the Rupee symbol selected by Indian Govt ? Ans Udaya Kumar from IIT Mumbai 9.30 Mn $ & Netherlands 24 Mn $ • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » . Last Qtr GDP grew at 19 % 5. Bose corp 7. Imperial Tobacco Co to Indian Tobacco Co.

The market was not enthused as there was a dip in the profits and the guidance is nothing spectacular. It has become huge with a turnover of nearly Rs 25. Banking and Financial services remains the biggest vertical. K.Kamath. Like every quarter. Infosys Bank should command a lot of goodwill from customers as well as investors from Day One. Banking is in the blood of Kannadigas. Unlike.Should Infosys get into Banking ? July 16. This would bring down the investment cost significantly. is basically a Finance person and handles the HR function like an accountant. Given their conservatism/arrogance the second option looks unlikely. Here are a few reasons why Infosys could get into banking : • Infosys is a big brand and a solid reputation as a respectable and ethical company. Infosys declared its results for the Q1 2011 on the 13th of July. after being well past 70 years of age. The business model of the company remains largely unchanged in the last 15 years. it will be diffcult for the Infy stock to keep its P/E ratio at 25-30 that it commands today. Infy also has its own Core Banking Solution Fiancle which may be deployed in the new bank. Consulting and BPO businesses may provide them the breadth of services. These % have remain largely unchanged. Great professionals don’t retire. ADM accounts for about 40 % of all the services. Look no further than E. by getting a new banking licence. They could also be looking at acquisition opportunities for the old private banks which may come up for sale. It is usually the first company to declare its quarterly results. Infy would be having good knowledge of the Banking and Financial Services processes worldwide thanks to it being their major vertical. the man who transformed ICICI Bank is already on the board of Infy. He could be an asset for the Infosys Bank. accounting for 35% of all business. availability of experienced bankers to handle specialised positions should be easy. 2010 by businessbaatein Infosys Technologies (Infy) is the bluest of the bluechips in the Indian IT sector. Infy has not made any major acquisition in India or abroad. He could be given a special assignment to set up this new bank. Infy already has its first set of customers. about which RBI has said they would be releasing a few licences as per the new policy. Application Development and Maintenance. The BPO arm of Infosys can handle a part of the customer service. though Director HR. Enter the Banking Business. Infy being headquartered in Bangalore. It now appears that Infosys has become a prisoner of its own success. Karnataka is home to several banks and bankers. What was a growth stock is slowly becoming a dividend-yield stock.000 employees. With no major growth plans or big ideas. It has 113. The results and guidance given by Infy sets the mood for the earnings season. Just running this large enterprise and maintaining the profit margins in a volatile environment seems to be keeping the top team entirely occupied. other Indian IT companies.Sreedharan who took up the Delhi Metro assignment. Insurance.V. • • • • .000 crore and a workforce of 114. US (67 %) continues to be the major market.000. Mohandas Pai . Now here is a piece of unsolicited advice to the management of Infosys. but they remain small.

then here are a couple more. Instead of keeping them as FDs with State Bank and other PSU banks. (now 3i infotech) and First Source. like ICICI Bank had setup ICICI Infotech. An IT company like Infy setting up a bank. If banks can start IT and BPO companies. The promoters are occupying the top job by turns. I am waiting to open an account in Infy Bank. For such a strength. What is the full-form of the word ‘snafu’ which comes from the US Army in WW II ? Ans. The Infosys Bank could well be a place for them. Qatar airways and Etihad . Name the 3 fastest growing intl airlines from the Gulf. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. Infosys may have technology in its name. How about the promoters’ children ? They would be ready for jobs now. why the reverse cannot be done. also known as super connectors . Infosys could easily deploy its Foundation to get a lot of ‘aam aadmi’ to open accounts with the Infy Bank and thereby improve its CSR image further. it can command a huge premium and will be a sell-out. Emirates. banking is an appropriate business.000 crores. Ans. It is a huge and efficient bureaucracy where the bean counters rule. but it is hardly a technology company in a classical sense. But if its IPO does come out.• Infy has a huge cash balance of nearly 15. Financial inclusion is one of the stated goals of the UPA govt and PM. Situation normal: all fouled up ! (sanitised version) Q2. • • • If all the above reasons are not convincing. it could easily deploy a part of this for its Banking business. Infy Bank may not require a public issue. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments » Weekly Business Quiz # 35 July 13.

Who was rated No 1 ? Ans. As per a Deloitte study. Henry Ford said ” You can have any color as long as it is black” is well known. Which 2 ? Ans. What is the major function of software utlilities like Freedom. named after him. Maradona and Zidane appear together in an ad for a designer brand. Black paint dries faster.Q3. Think. VW Vento . What new model of VW was launched with the gimmick of a car climbing a tall building vertically ? Ans. Azim Premji Q11. in 1981 ? Ans. Goldman Sachs Q8. It failed. Who is credited with coining the term . Isolator etc. only 2 out of the big 5 football leagues in Europe make profit. on studies and research in education and development ? Ans. Why black ? Ans. German Bundesliga and Eng premier league Q6. In a recent survey in US for the most unpopular corporates. Louis Vuitton Q10.Compiled by G. Segway scooters Q9. ‘emerging markets’.Mohan • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: . a positive term for developing world. ? Ans. Blocks internet & other distractions to conc on work Q5. Which tycoon is setting up a university in Karnataka. Name it Ans. Pele. What device ? Ans. hence more output Q7. BP was 2 and Toyota 3. Antoine van Agtmael Q4. Dean Kamen invented a device about which Steve jobs said ‘ as big a deal as the PC’.

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in several circles the roll-out of GSM got delayed by 2 years. They bid an astounding sum of Rs 12.Mohan Reliance. Mahindra Satyam Q 13. Gurgaon Q 14.HFCL nexus out in the open June 13. . Connect physicist Stephen Hawking to Blackberry … Ans. as this blogger has also noted. Under UN’s Clean development mechanism . Tata . On the day. Readers may remember that HFCL had bid irrationally in 1995 acquiring 9 licences for mobile telephony ( 2G). Ans. Even then it was rumoured that HFCL was actually a front for the Ambanis. Which Indian co techies will be manning the ‘command and control’ centre of FIFA cup 2010 ? Ans. marvel. unknown player in the telecom business. Many well known telecom players like Vodafone. Infotel is a small Internet Service provider (ISP) run by Anant Nahata. They did not have the financial muscle to roll out the same and eventually telecom minister Sukh Ram bailed them out. The INFY SEZ coming up in HYD will be having a unique shape likely to make it an arch. Nintendo Wii -Compiled by G. saying unreasonable prices.800 crore. 848 crore. cos. Which gaming console used MEMS accelerometer technology for the first time that helps play a video game with the whole body ? Ans. What shape? Ans. Reliance got some category C circles like North East. earn certified emission reductions ( CERs). Where is the first private metro service likely to start in India by 2013 ? Ans. promoter of the infamous Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited ( HFCL). Vineet Nayar of HCL tech Q9. Carbon credit Q 15. son of Mahendra Nahata. Inverted pyramid Q12. was the sole winner of a pan-India licence for BWA spectrum. West Bengal. 000 crore in revenues. Indian govt not only lost over Rs 20. Idea and Reliance Communications backed out. Stephen Hawking will be joining Perimeter Institute promoted by Blackberry founder Q 10. How is NIKE saying ‘yes to plastic’ during this world cup soccer ? Ans.Q 8. Orissa etc for peanuts. the results were announced Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries announced that they are acquiring 95 % of Infotel for Rs 4. Readers may recall that HFCL had bid the highest as licence fees and Reliance Telecom had bid the lowest. Who is the author of the book ‘Employees first customers second’ published by Harvard press ? Clue: CEO of an indian tech co. a relatively. Jerseys for stars like Ronaldo made of used plastic bottles Q 11. When HFCL did not pay up the licence fees . What is the popular term for CER ? Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Infotel.

it is clear that HFCL was just a proxy for Reliance. the focus being data. Once Reliance has rolled out their infrastructure for broadband. said in a prepared statement.” This ISP business did not make any waves and can be dubbed a failure. creating a controversy. As the Ambani brothers ironed out their differences and worked out their non-compete clauses. As of now Internet telephony within India is not allowed. “We see this as the next wave of value creation opportunity in the wireless broadband space. Now the apprehension is using BWA. Reliance had an ISP service which was marketed under the name “Only Smart. politicians want to make policies that benefit the ‘aam aadmi’ . in the name of low cost of telephony for ‘aam aadmi’ to open up Internet telephony. HFCL ( proxy for Reliance ?) got away without honouring their licensing contracts and sabotaging India’s cellphone industry. . ISP is a business. the Nahatas have got their Rs 4800 crore ( ?) and 5 % equity in Infotel. as long as they or their party is adequately compensated in private. educational and healthcare institutions. In public. “We believe this will pole-vault India’s economy into the digital world at an accelerated pace while creating next generation tools that will enhance productivity and create world-class consumer experiences. Remember. All the so-called superiority of CDMA over GSM has been dumped.” the company said. and Indian consumers. social organizations. Reliance Infocomm was only entering ‘voice’. with R-Com clearly going for GSM in 2G and 3G. Reliance Infocom when it was launched. On earlier occasions. used to mention how ‘data’ business would be much bigger than ‘voice’. papa had said that domestic call should be cheaper than the price of a post card. just as an additional service. For doing the task. Once again Mukesh Ambani is back in his visionary role and is talking eloquently about the prospects of broadband. ( roll-out costs are extra) apparently Reliance is entering what is essentially an Internet Service provider ( ISP) business using wireless technology. This service was discontinued when Reliance Telecom changed hands from Mukesh to Anil’s. Reliance would make a backdoor entry into cellphone services yet again by getting cheaper spectrum. “[The] initiative will usher in a wireless broadband revolution in both the urban and the rural areas by providing end-to-end data solutions for business enterprises. it is apprehended they will cleverly manipulate the regulators and policy makers in Delhi. Readers would remember how using the ‘wireless in local loop’ licence Reliance entered mobile telephony through back-door . This controversy led to several changes in regulations and Reliance is now well entrenched as the No 2 player in 2G.” says Mukesh Ambani. which was an unfair competition to the existing players.” Most analysts are apprehending that Reliance and Mukesh will once again get a back door entry into the mobile telephony space using the BWA spectrum. not unfamiliar to Reliance and Mukesh Ambani-Manoj Modi duo ( Most of the Reliance Infocom top-team continues to be with Mukesh) . By paying Rs 12. Infotel the front for Mukesh Ambani was bidding for BWA. the promise of Reliance. who is the world’s fourth richest man.Now by acquiring Infotel and announcing it openly on the day the BWA auction results were announced. read ‘mobile phone services’ business .” “RIL sees the broadband opportunity as an opportunity to be in the forefront in providing world-class 4G network and services. 848 crore for spectrum and additional Rs 4800 crore for Infotel. Through back-door Reliance entered cellphone services industry. Mukesh Ambani during his visionary speeches. suggesting the scale of its ambitions.

Name the company which markets generic drug Sidenafil Citrate under the brand name KAMAGRA. Weekly Business Quiz # 30 June 8. All in a day’s work. Sanand in Gujarat .the inventor of steamboat. Mumbai by Vodafone. what is one more scam. Which pharma co has launched a low-cost vaccine for H1N1 virus in India at Rs 350 each ? Ans. Brassiere Q 12. Based on a survey finding that 70% of viewers do not know what to watch on TV what new channel has been launched ? Ans. Blackberry and medical eqpt co Maestros ? Ans. thanks to the upcoming FIFA cup? Ans. Beer goggles Q2 .IBM Q 9. Politicians and businessmen create scams. So. What is this effect called ? Ans.Which is the largest TV shopping network globally ? Ans. QVC of US Q 3.The history of telecom industry in India is marked by a series of scams. Jalandhar Q 8. What’s on India Q 10. Agricultural bank of china Q 4.Scientists have proved that members of opp sex look sexier after booze. What did she invent in 1910? Ans. In which indian city are workers working harder to meet the high demand for footballs. Ans. media and bloggers cry hoarse about them. Where has the new TATA Nano plant come up and has become operational today ? Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. was an inventor herself. Which co will be soon launching the world’s largest IPO of 30 b US $ ? Ans. Mary Phelps Jacob descendant of Robert Fulton . Ajanta Pharma Q 7. Foxconn Q 11. Which global co runs Corporate Services Corps where leadership devpt is combined with community initiatives? Ans. What service has been launched for Drs of Nanavati Hospital. Which Chinese electronics mfr has decided to increase wages of its employees by 20 % to control suicides ? Ans. ECG on mobile Q 5.Cadila Q 6.

Enfield classic 500 Q17. name the tech co which comes out tops globally. Who ? Ans. In terms of revenue per employee. On demand. Ans. Google is # 3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Q6. Because you’re worth it. Market Caps in 2010 A 152 bn $. Thru car stereo with bluetooth Q14. Name it Ans. that complies with Sharia. Who are A and B ? Ans. SaaS. Q3. How are drivers of premium cars speaking on their cellphones without being caught for traffic violation? Ans. B 150 bn $. Apple and Microsoft Q8Tony Blair is joining the PE firm Khosla ventures. Another former british PM is part of another PE firm Carlyle group. The Sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia has a very Indian sounding name. Ans. Britannia Q15. Name the US satellite based global positioning system which has a monopoly on GPS. say A and B. Launched in Nov ’09 this bike has a tag of Rs 1. What is an Islamic financial certificate called. Apps-on-taps. Cloud computing Q4. John Major . Islamic law. The same old wine now has a new bottle. What? Ans. The Body shop Q2. What ? Ans. It is fighting with Fortis over Parkway takeover. ASP. B 382 bn $. Siyaram’s MSD range of suitings stands for Monday to Sunday dressing. All GARNIER ads end with ‘Take care’. Another brand from this stable L’OREAL end their ads with ? Ans. Market caps in 2000 A 11 bn $.25 lakh.Name it. Amazon is # 4 . 2010 by businessbaatein Q1 With which global cosmetic brand would you associate the campaign ‘natural is good’? Ans. Which co has launched ‘TigerZor’ and ‘Actimind’ brands of flavored milk recently ? Ans. similar to a bond in Western finance. Story of 2 Tech Cos.Q13. Ans. Khazanah Q18. Apple is # 2. It is such a hit that it now has a 6 month waiting. Navstar Q7. all more or less refer to the same concept. Craigslist Q5. It stands for one more thing.? Weekly Business Quiz # 29 June 1.

Indian depository receipt. Thanks to the Europe crisis. Reva Electric. Q12. What is the cap ? Ans. Ans. The now not so popular Industrialist MP Navin Jindal came to limelight winning a landmark case agnst GOI. Longines. DC in short. Which Indian car company is owned 50% by Chinese co. Mukesh Ambani has capped his salary to a rather small amount. has the tag line ‘simply priceless’? Ans. Which airline. Ans. Better value. Stanchart bank. Bindeshwari pathak Q16.Q9. FEDEX to a sporting event. inside and outside Q11. Air india express Q15. Ans. Name him. SAIC ? Ans. Connect BNP Paribas. Dilip Chhabria. All are Mahindra acquisitions Q 20. . in the news for a crash. Allwyn Nissan. General Motors india is a 50:50 JV between GM and SAIC Q18. Ans. (Poor guy. Punjab tractors. Rs 15 cr only Q10. Reva electric car was designed by an ace Indian auto designer. IBM.19. What is an IDR ? Who is the first issuer of IDR? Ans. Euro has depreciated. Name the man behind “Sulabh shauchalaya” who developed the two-pit toilet. What was the case? Ans. Maruti Swift D’zire Q13. ………Complete the series Ans. It is fighting with Fortis over Parkway takeover. Khazanah Q. Name it. To set an example. Right to hoist flags in private buildings. The Sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia has a very Indian sounding name.an innovation now exported to over 50 countries. French open Q17. Which best selling sedan is irreverently called the Swift with a backside ? Ans. Why are more Indians heading towards Europe this summer for a vacation ? Ans. Kinetic engg. how will he live). Q14.

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Air india express Q16. Indian depository receipt. As Abbott acquires Piramal it will get a brand of cough syrup that sells more for its intoxicating effect. Ambassador car Q12.What is crowdsourcing ? Who coined it ? . A chocolate vending machine Q10. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 27 May 18. world economic order after recovery. Which airline.Ans. In global economics what is ‘the new normal’ ? Who coined it? Ans. Stanchart bank. What is an IDR ? Who is the first issuer of IDR? Ans. The post 2008 crisis. Q13.Name the man behind “Sulabh shauchalaya” who developed the two-pit toilet. Name it. PIMCO. has the tag line ‘simply priceless’? Ans. How do we know ‘Morris Oxford series III of 1957′ better in India ? Ans. Q14. in the news.an innovation now exported to 50 countries. Bindeshwari pathak Q15. Parle. Ans. Phensedyl Q11. Which Indian biscuit mfr was penalised as it had produced a small quantity of sugar used in their biscuits ? Ans. Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1.

Ans.Sourcing not from a person or firm but openly from public or crowd by instituting rewards. Jeff Howe of Wired. Innocentive is one platform Q2. Passengers may have died in New Delhi station stampede, but which luggage will ‘ Survive Mumbai. Survive the world’? Ans. American Tourister Q3. Suketu Mehta labelled Mumbai as ‘Maximum city.’ A new book on Delhi has labelled it ‘___ city’ ? Ans. Trickster city Q4. In the book by the same name which country is called the ‘Start-up nation’? Ans. Israel Q5. Mahindra has an export model offroader SUV which will have an India launch soon. Name it. Clue:- Great Indian desert Ans. Mahindra THAR Q6. What Sonata is to Titan in watches, this brand is to Tanishq in jewellery. Name this value brand. Ans. GoldPlus Q7. With which fashion brand would you associate the tag line ‘Be stupid’ ? Ans. Diesel Q8. After colour range, durability, washability lead free as USP now Nerolac is promoting a new USP in paints. What is it? Ans. No smell Q9. What innovative means has Bill Clinton adopted to pay off Hillary’s debts? Ans. A 5 $ lottery ticket. Winner will spend a Day with Bill Q10. Name the Indian retailer whose private labels are Feasters, Jaan, Kitchen’s promise and Enriche. Ans. MORE. The Aditya Birla Grp venture Q11. Connect QANTAS, GULF AIR, SINGTEL and PETRONAS Title sponsors of F1 Grandprix at Australia, Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia respectively Q12. Which Indian sportsman has been signed by Tag Heuer as their brand ambassador ? Ans. Karun Chandhok Q13. Notion ink a Hyd based start up is making waves in gadget circles for ADAM. What is Adam ? Ans. Tablet computer Q14.Stanchart had a 30% stake in a PSU bank before its nationalisation. Name it. Ans. Allahabad Bank Q15. For its logo RBI chose East India cos’ Double Mohur a sketch of lion and palm tree but made one major change. What? Ans. Replaced lion by tiger

Q16. Which database co has been acquired by SAP for US 5.8 bn $? Ans. Sybase Q17. Ale, lager, bitter, stouts, pilsner are some of the 180 ways of doing what ? Ans. Brewing beer Q18. Which media group has acquired the MID-DAY newspapers business from Ansaris ? Ans. Jagran prakashan
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Q1. In ‘Economist’ lingo what is ‘Beijing consensus’ ? Ans. Chinese model of economic development Q2. Name the animal rights activist who now wants to replace leather shoes with canvas shoes in school uniforms. Ans.Maneka Gandhi, who else ! Q3. LCD TVs are in. VCRs are out. Mobile phones in. Typewriters out. Mineral water is in Barley is out. Even GOI has recognised. How? Ans. New WPI Q4. JTT a Japanese manufacturer has brought out the world’s smallest digital camera. Name it. Clue-photo or image in Bengali. Ans. CHOBI Q5. Name the tea company co-founded by Dwarkanath Tagore in 1839 and was India’s 1st joint stock co. It exists even today. Ans. The Assam company

Q6. As Tories take charge in UK, an Indian CEO/columnist has Published a book titled ‘ Notes from an Indian conservative’. Name him. Ans. Jerry Rao Q7. A well known Indian coffee house chain is also the world’s third largest coffee vending machine manufacturer. Name it. Ans. Cafe coffee day Q8. Why is Desai Bros. Ltd promoting Mother’s day ? Ans. MOTHER’S RECIPE pickles and papads q9. There are 3 major rating agencies in the US. Often called Big 3. S & P and Moody’s are two, name the third. Ans. Fitch Q10. What is special about a pillow branded ‘Sound asleep’ targetted at school students ? Ans. It has small speakers that replay lessons while asleep Q11. What will be the new name of TATA TEA ltd. ? Ans. Tata global beverages ltd. Q12. ICICI Bank logo of a stylish ‘i’ inside two elliptical brown circles is called ? Ans. I-man Q13. What was the amount given by J N Tata in 1909 to set up Indian institute of science? Clue it is eqvt. to 7000 cr today. Ans. Rs 60 lakhs Q14. What upcoming Hindu festival on May 16th has a lot of significance for the bullion market ? Ans. Akshaya Tritiya Q15. Why are electric cars being fitted with ” Star Wars” noise ? Ans. Electric cars being silent cause accidents. So some noise to alert the pedestrians. “Star Wars” noise is just a popular option. Q16. Nitin Nohria the newly appointed dean of HBS is son of Mr K.KNohria. Nohria Sr. was the chairman of an Indian Engg co. Which one ? Ans. Crompton Greaves Q17. Name the largest Caribbean airline, often called jokingly as “luggage in another town” for its goofups. Ans. LIAT airline Q18. The oil-spill from BP’s oil rig is slated to be bigger than the one from Exxon’s tanker. Name the infamous tanker. Ans. Exxon Valdez Q19. As Anand plays his title defence with Topalov , logo of which company he wears on his sleeve. ? Ans. NIIT

It is the selection in the packaged foods section and the fruits section that really depresses me. 2010 by businessbaatein Whenever I visit one of the upmarket grocery stores in Hyderabad like Spar. India has a great cuisine and Indian companies provide a fairly good selection of products in most product categories. Tomato puree and sauces from Spain. If some consumers indeed are habituated to some of these international brands during their stay/ visits abroad and now can afford it. local oranges. which are sold at rates far cheaper than the Indian brands. Where is Hoechst today. grapes from US. But competing with them are unknown brands from Malaysia. sweet tamarinds. that depresses me. .Q20. Thailand. but many other local fruits like chiku. I believe that there is no reason and need for these goods. Washington apples and Fuji apples have all but replaced the familiar Simla apples. pasta from Italy. They are good and nothing to complain about. papayas etc have virtually gone out of the shelves of these premium grocers. The packaged foods section is full of products sourced from all over the world. Kiwi fruits. jamuns. ? Ans. the packaged foods and fruits. sweet lime. Cheese and chocolates from Switzerland. Hoechst a well-known co. It is not the ambience or the service.G. Californian oranges. noodles from Taiwan. or Q-Mart I feel a little depressed. Many of these are well-known brands and are priced at multiples of Indian brands. It is part of Sanofi-Aventis . to travel half the globe to reach the dining table of Indian households. pears of different colours and sizes from all over the globe adorn the racks. till the ’80s got acquired. The story at the fruits section is similar. Biscuits from Scotland. I still see no reason why they should be bought. juice and drinks from various places and what have you. On pharma mergers. Local mangoes still get their traditional space.Mohan • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Buy local food and fruits : they are safer May 4.

The parent company or the brand may be an international brand which may abide by all the local laws like US-FDA. then you have the additional factor of food miles to support your decision.you are doing your bit to the country’s economy. in your own interest. . Do not get taken in by their attractive packaging and low prices. I am not sure in a country like India. Thanks to all the readers and visitors to this site. but the importer is often a small-time trader/ importer from Dubai/Mumbai who does not have much of a reputation to protect. where the law is lax and enforcement is poor. buy local packaged foods and local fruits. including the impact on global warming. No big deal. Food miles is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. Yet. whether the importers really abide by the Food Safety and Standards Act/ FPO guidelines. Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food. they are safer. by buying food products manufactured in India. the consumers can never be sure under what conditions these items were transported across the different legs of the chain. This concept is being called as Food miles. 2010 by businessbaatein This is 25th week in a row. magazines and media people who create content which is the source of all the questions. even by an MNC. If you believe in environmentalism. Hope to continue… Many thanks to all the newspapers.If you are a proud Indian. My appeal is straightforward. then a lot of energy is spent on transporting the food. The green activists have been urging consumers to buy organic: buy local. They often compromise on the cold chain and the handling required to keep the food fresh and safe. there is a feeling of accomplishment. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 25 May 4. Unknown brands of food products from Malaysia/Thailand are riskier. The logic is if the food is travelling a long distance to reach the table.These packed food items even if they are well within the expiry date. I have posted a business quiz.

Who authored the book ‘NO LOGO’ which was an attack on brands. London. Name the IIM A alum from Bihar aka ‘ Business Baazigar’ who rocked recently at the Obama summit. Which model from Bajaj is giving a scare to Hero Honda in the 100cc bike market ? Ans. _____ better value fitness limited concluded its IPO successfully. no all cap tweets. On pharma mergers. Ans. 3. Discover Q7. Hoechst a well known pharma co till ’80s got acquired. Ans. Irfan Alam . Etiquette on Twitter for example. Name it. Name them. Palm the co known for its PDAs and smart phones like PRE and Treo has been acquired. Ans. Q9. Mahindra United Q11. Recently a gym co with a gem of a name. Portugal Italy Greece Spain. Paris & NY Q5. Followed by Dubai.5″ Floppy disk Q3. In the context of global economy . Here are the questions for the week. What is Twetiquette ? Ans. Where is HOECHST today? Ans. Talwalkars Q 12. Which Mumbai based corporate sponsored club has decided to get out of competitive soccer to focus on soccer at school level ? Ans. please post in the comments and it will be duly acknowledged. spellings. which countries are being called PIGS. It will stop it next year.who has created Samman Foundation which has created a unique business aound rickshaws of Patna. Who has acquired Palm? Ans. Naomi Klein Q6. grammar. As per a recent report by C B Richard Ellis which city is the No 1 retail hot spot for international retailers ? Ans. Fill in the blank. Ans. Q4.If you wish to contribute questions on business trivia. Q1. Sony is the sole manufacturer of this once popular data storage media. There are tweeple who watch and warn Q10. It is part of Sanofi Aventis Q2. Rahul Singh Q8. Hewlett Packard .their influence and how their owners control the world ? Ans. Which Indian born paramedic from Toronto of the NGO Globalmedic features in the Time 100 list for his relief work in Haiti earthquake ? Ans.

What is aeroponics ? Ans. Options Disable . Which Union Minister’s family is associated with the IMT group of B-schools present in Ghaziabad. Growing plants in air without any need for soil. Nagpur and soon in Hyd? Ans. Wishing the participants all the best. Kamal Nath The ET.Brand Equity Quiz begins today.Q13. Vertical multi storeyed farms are possible using this Q14.

News and more ICL and IPL : More similarities than differences April 28.Quizzes. however much Lalit Modi may deny was inspired by the ICL format. It did not have the blessings of BCCI.Get Free Shots India Business Quiz Business. Started in 2007. BCCI even punished . it saw the potential of T20 cricket among different teams as an entertaining format ideal for TV. Indian Premier League (IPL). ICL was considered an unofficial league for the simple reason that it was a private league promoted by Subhash Chandra. 2010 by businessbaatein In the IPL hoopla most have forgotten that the now discontinued Indian Cricket League (ICL) was the first T20 cricket tournament in India.

Though it is now coming out that IPL was as much a private league as the ICL Lalit Modi’s real calibre was in getting it an official status and manipulating back-doors to ban ICL players. IPL was termed as a BCCI . ICL was conducted to create content for Zee Sports. IPL has more similarities to ICL than just the T20 cricket format. But recent exposes on IPL gives us a completely different spin to IPL. There are enough cricketers waiting to be discovered. which was owned by Subhash Chandra. If the Indians love T20 cricket. IPL brought in Sunil Gavaskar. KXP. IPL was promoted by BCCI (Sharad Pawar ?) and run by Lalit Modi. Their arm-twisting International and state boards should stop. In both cases it was ‘cash for credibility” deal. Manipulators succeed where entrepreneurs fail. The rivalry between teams was an artificial creation only for public consumption. May the best league win. ICL co-opted Kapil Dev as the Chairman to give it a credible cricketing face. Kapil Dev was a paid Chairman and it was disclosed. plenty of out-of-work stars who will come to cheer for some sweat equity and millions of cricket crazy Indians. the owners of the teams were all part of a caucus . Atleast in the case of ICL. hyprocrisy is a way of life. IPL succeeded and ICL failed. Pataudi and Shastri in the governing council for the credibility. IPL appeared to be totally above board and had the sanction of the BCCI. In India. On the face of it. This gave it the moral authority. If Lalit Modi is really the magician he is made out to be. he can revive ICL ( very unlikely because of the bad blood ) or start a new league with his papa’s wealth. ICL contracted various Indian and foreign players and divided them randomly into city teams. So IPL came to be recognised as the official cricket league. in which Sharad Pawar’s son-in-law B R Sule is alleged to have a significant stake.people like Kapil Dev and players associated with ICL and ganged up with other cricket boards to disallow the players included in ICL in their national teams. IPL auctioned franchises to various corporates/ owners and then each team bought players in auctions. government backing and the credibility which ICL lacked. Now it is becoming clearer that although public face of the teams were different. All teams were owned by Subhash Chandra initially. RR ?). • • Share this: . give them choice. sponsored league. In addition with the kind of budgets and the scale that IPL could muster . • • The only major difference between ICL and IPL was that ICL was a private league upfront. • • ICL was promoted by Subhash Chandra and run by Himanshu Mody.either direct BCCI office bearers ( CSK) or benami by Lalit Modi ( KKR. tens of TV channels hungry for content. IPL was conducted to create content for SET MAX. therefore government. The monopoly of BCCI ( often called Badmaash Company of Cricket in India) to conduct cricket leagues ought to go. enough zoozoo advertisers. implying that the Govt backs it.

Which one ? Ans.? Ans. Name this new Mahesh Manjrekar film based on the 1982 Bombay textile mills strike led by the notorious Datta Samant. In this season of scams it is time to remember ‘Deep throat’ who blew the lid of one of the biggest scandals in US. Which crisis has been described by IATA chief as a crisis ‘bigger than 9/11′ for the aviation business? Ans. Volcanic ash in the Iceland sky Q8. Watergate Q7. a fast growing CRO. It is not Pune punters or Pune pirates or Pune pansies or even Pune pundits. Managing agency Q6. D S Brar .float cos & manage them. Warriors Q3. Hindu Gods & goddesses. Ans. In 1920s-30s big indl groups in india e. Name him. Ans. What were they called ? Ans. Baby Krishna on Woodwards and Vishnu on sunlight Q5. MUDRA and BBDO india are ad agencies which are part of the second largest ad group in the world. What pics were common in posters and calendars for indian products? Ans. Which one ? Ans. The Pune IPL team will be called Sahara Pune…. Omnicom Q2. City of gold Q4. Before film stars and cricketers came to ads. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1.• • • • • • • • • • Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz #24 April 27.g Bird & co used to raise capital. This former Ranbaxy chief has a 50:50 JV with GVK group called GVK bio.

The recent arrest of Dr Ketan Desai . Udai Pareek Q10. so that the Code of ethics for doctors is not violated. the President of Medical Council of India. by CBI for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore. The cancer of corruption and greed that has eroded most of the institutions in the society has touched the medical profession too. they play God. A significant portion of this expenses is spent on gifts for the doctors. Often called the ‘father of Indian HRD’. Townhall Q11. In the pharmaceutical trade. Doctors make great sacrifices to save lives. . A Doctor exists to serve his patients etc etc. Yet. On the operating table. this academician has over 60 books to his credit in HR/OB. They dedicate their lives to serving society. 2002. All these beliefs gave the Doctor profession a great deal of respect in the society. Which All india project will be conducted over 11 months by 25 lac team members and costing Rs 2209 cr ? Ans.Q9. it appears this respect is eroding and eroding rather rapidly.He passed away Who? Ans. These gifts are so devised . an amount of 35 % of the MRP of the drug is set aside for marketing expenses. 2010 by businessbaatein From childhood we hear medicine is a noble profession. just proves this. What is the new social media platform by Microsoft targetted at politicians called ? Ans. Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations. Dr. Census 2011 • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Why are Doctors losing respect in the society ? April 25. the foremost professional body of Doctors. Informal chats with professionals in the pharmaceutical marketing throws up anecdotes galore of the greed and malpractices of highly successful doctors. MCI has amended the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct.

In the bargain losing respect a little. who often insist on calls every week only from the CEO. Under the veneer of computerised efficiency and courteous patient care. pharma companies have accepted it as an occupational hazard or a cost of doing business and therefore do not complain. so as to make a fast buck. if not a hospital. he is likely to be greeted by several Medical reps (MR) asking the patient. they will confess that they also started . Other heads like diagnostics. the competing MRs go and complain to the Doctor about how he has been partial to one company. because this represent only cases where the pharma companies have complained to the MCI. Yet. (No wonder the Singh brothers. hospitals. MCI guildelines etc have tried to keep the cost of drugs in check.) It is no surprise that increasing number of doctors are unable to resist the temptation to cheat the patients a little or be greedy with the pharma companies. Insulin being a life-long treatment and usually patients do not change the brand. not his well-being. The malpractices in pricing and dispensation of medical devices like stents or heart valves are many. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Based on the brand of insulin prescribed the respective co’s MR puts a tally mark against the Dr’s name. after selling Ranbaxy have decided to focus on healthcare. In an incident which appeared bizarre to me. in healthcare . but what the doctor had prescribed. One pharma company CEO made a comment that he is quite happy bidding for Government tenders than dealing with doctors. In the meanwhile. he did not have to put up with the tantrums of many specialist doctors. The high rates of tests are not only to recover the investment the promoter has made in the equipment but also for the expenditure to cultivate a network of doctors who refer their patients to the centre.000 doctors have violated professional ethics. Diabetes being a rather common disorder among Indians. Private sector hospitals particularly the tertiary care centres often under a corporate structure are a law unto themselves. Then they bandy their gifts and inform the doctor where the Doctor’s score stands with respect to their company’s scheme. travel facility.” Yet. As the patient comes out of the chamber. hospitality. On many occasions an expensive MRI or a CAT scan was done but the doctor did not even spend a minute reading the report.“The amendment prohibits the doctors from accepting gifts. most senior citizens are recommended to undergo blood and urine tests for sugar. overbilling and cheating the unsuspecting patient is rampant. one pharma marketing manager was narrating how physicians deal with senior citizens. Malvinder and Shivinder. Bribes in government tenders at 20 % are lower than the expenditure on gifts to doctors. Multimillionaire doctors like Dr Naresh Trehan have become role models for many doctors. These are all in unorganised sector and there are virtually no price controls and guidelines for these. even quitting the financial services company Religare. The diagnostic centre in connivance with the doctors give wrong reports indicating diabetes. cash or monetary grants or any other favours from any pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry for self or family members. the cost of car can be recovered in the long run. medicines account for only 15 % of the total expenditure. Doctor’s fees etc account for the rest. In honest chats with doctor friends. On reaching a target of say 50 the doctor is eligible for a car. Upto 50 % kickbacks to the referring doctors by the diagnostic centre is the norm in most metros. the Health Minister has admitted in reply to a parliament question that nearly 2. In addition. Most ambitious doctors today dream of owning and operating a nursing home atleast. The physician then puts the patient on insulin. Most patients would have their own story to narrate about how many tests they or their family member had to undergo before the doctor pronounced his diagnosis. Govt has through various means like Drug price control order. In most cases.

. Ans. Like Getty Images.with the idealism of doing service to the society. Imagesbazaar. more money. His family business totters but he is on top Q5. it is just money. A waterproof coating on 5 sides Q3. Name it. an Indian co has created a collection of Indian images for use in ads. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. He passed away recently. money. their ideals and ethics is limited only to family and friends. Which All india project will be conducted over 11 months by 25 lac team members and costing Rs 2209 cr ? Ans. Census 2011 Q2. For all others. Director in a cigarette major.com Q4. • • • • • • • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments » Weekly Business Quiz # 23 April 20. Brochures web sites etc. but they could not stand up to the pressures of consumerism. Name it. Name this India born strategy guru who is credited with ‘core competence’ and ‘Bottom of Pyramid ‘. Godfrey Philips. What simple innovation did HUL carry out in its detergent bars to save BOP customers cost and water ? Ans. Now. Ans. Between ’87 & ’91 Lalit Modi was Exe.

First porn book for the blind. According to Tharoor camp what is Lalit Modi’s KXP connection ? Ans. Ans. You know KKR the IPL team. In PE circles what is KKR ? Ans. Q6. Sangeetha…. Gaurav. is Modi’s son-in-law. He is the new Chairman of the KOCHI IPL team. one of the owners of KXP. what is ‘PURA’ ? Ans. Ans. Why should bank customers be grateful to Indore based Mahesh Natani & Ajit Jain? Ans. First online publication to receive a Pulitzer prize for journalism Q15. 17 nude pics of women & men that can be ‘felt’ Q14. Kohlberg Kravis & Robert Q12. Big C. In the land of scams even scamsters (?) names repeat Q10. It is the volcano in Iceland which is spewing ash forcing airlines to cancel flights leading to huge losses to the industry Q7. Their PIL forced RBI to issue the new Savings Bank interest rule based on daily balance rather than monthly balance. Solapur Premier league Q8. Name this Stephen-IIMA alum who will take over as the global Mastercard CEO. What is unique about TACTILE MINDS a Canadian publication ? Ans. Connect Hotspot. First proposed by Abdul Kalam . The Kochi IPL team owner Shailendra Gaikwad’s team won the SPL. What is Harshad Mehta doing in the Kochi IPL team ? Ans.Ans. All are chains of multi brand cellphone retail outlets in south india Q9. Why has EYJAFJALLAJOKULL been in the news ? Ans. the brother of Mohit Burman. Clue: his brother was HUL chairman. GOI has taken it up Q11. C K Prahalad. Q13. What is SPL? Ans. Q 16. What unique distinction did PROPUBLICA receive recently? Ans. Providing urban infrastructure in rural areas. Ajay Banga • • • • • • • • • • Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: . Univercell.

was JV partner of Pepsi when they entered India ? Ans. Bureau of energy efficiency Q7. Over several IPL venues one can see a balloon like thing floating with MRF written in bold letters. Popular FMCG brands like Bournvita put TV infomercials thru Buchanan group at a big discount. Rothschild along with Dotecon Q9. Vysya bank now ING Vysya Q 2.• • Digg Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 22 April 13. What is it called? Ans. What does SKS stand for ? Ans. Who awards these ? Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. Voltas Q8. Jet airways Q4. Swayam Krushi Sangam. Pernod Ricard. Ans. Pepsi has announced an alliance with Tata Tea for beverages. It started life as a non-profit . Ans. Before selling its majority stake to a foreign bank with which bank were the GMR group associated ? Ans. Name it. Clue – Red fort got a french twist. SKS microfinance will be the first MFI to go for an IPO. Who have they dislodged? Ans. Shahrukh Khan is onboard this airline as a director. Blimp Q6. PC had invested in the scam tainted FAIRGROWTH Q 11. L’quila Q3. In the ’90s Chidambaram had resigned & was accepted by the PM PV Narasimha Rao. United Spirits claims to have become the no. 2 spirits co. Which agency is conducting the 3G auctions on behalf of the govt of India ? Ans. Why did he resign then? Ans. Name the airline. in the world. Oberoi group has launched a bottled water brand. 5 star being the most power saving. This summer most AC mfrs are highlighting their star ratings. Under what name they advertise ? Ans. Which Tata co. Brand power Q10. Diageo is no 1 Q5.

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One month of cricket has already been played and yet the semi-final line-up is not clear. A look at the points table tells us that 3 teams are bunched at 12 points and 3 teams at 10 points at this stage in the league when most teams have played 11 matches each and 2 teams have played 12 matches each. Thus making the league very interesting. There are 11 more league matches between 12th April today and the semi-finals on 21st April. 2010 by businessbaatein IPL 3 is now at a very interesting crossroads. who have virtually no chance of making it to the semi-finals. rest of the six teams have a good chance of making it to the semis. There are several matches where both the teams have a must-win requirement for example CSK vs KKR on the 13th of April. only one team Mumbai Indians (MI) has qualified for the semi-finals. Each of these matches features. News and more IPL 3 Quarter Finals-by accident or design ? April 12. After the matches on the 11th of April. Thus making the last few league matches. But for Kings XI Punjab. atleast one team who has a must-win requirement to make the semi-finals.Quizzes. a virtual knockout stage.India Business Quiz Business. .

if the Q/Fs are by accident or design. fatigue has set in among the TV viewers. The question to ask is whether they have come about by accident or by design ? Whereas. suddenly starting becoming the giant-killer beating KKR even when they scored 200 and further beat up MI and DD which were at the top of the table. The league matches in the last 10 days have thrown up very surprising results. The commercial angle to the need for Q/Fs is pretty clear. wickets. cheergirls has somewhat worn out already in the third year. one should treat IPL as no different from WWE.These matches are virtual quarter finals. 2 in a row. who is a brilliant marketer/organiser but also a consummate gambler. making it all the more diffcult for filling up the stadia. Dharamsala are hosting IPL matches for the first time. suddenly started losing to much lesser teams that too . dropped catches etc to drive home the point that the script for the IPL 3 is not being written on the ground in which it is played. the wrestling competitions on TV. has been very severe. Mumbai Indians which was cruising along beautifully. One can never be sure. Let’s not forget IPL is in the hands of Lalit Modi. Many new centres like Nagpur. in IPL 3 this has come about. The summer heat this year. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 21 April 6. Well into the 4th week of the league. A large number of cricket enthusiasts point out to freak dismissals through run-outs. Much that I would like to attribute the results of the matches held in the last few weeks to ‘the glorious uncertainties of cricket’. If it does come out that it is by design. run-outs. KXP which did nothing right in the first half of the league. one cannot ignore the huge commercial motive. Although there are no official Q/F as per the league format. 2010 by businessbaatein . one would like to believe that these Q/Fs have come about by accident. The novelty of T20 namely sixes. even though they have no home teams playing. there are quite a few indicators which point to the other side. News is coming out that the audience for IPL in theaters across India is very low.

’How many friends does one person need?’ according to Robin Dunbar’s book which has this title. Where will you find the worlds Mauryaprast. Ans. Solaria. Unani. Prohibition in Gujarat. Ayurved. Sweating in the Bhopal heat what did the Union Minister Jairam Ramesh refer to as ‘barbaric colonial relics’ ? Ans. All traditional medicines. Which former US president as a board member of American Express stunned the board when he asked the diff between ‘equity’ and ‘revenue’ ? Ans. On being offered a drink in London and your reply was KUCCH NAHI. are pushing gum brands as oral care even through dentists Q6. Why savings bank a/c holders will earn more interest from 1 apr 2010. digital music photos . Which Hyderabad based group has been sponsoring #Sania Mirza since her junior tennis days ? Ans.gojiyo. These cos. A will to bequeath digital assets like private emails . videos etc Q3. Q13. Ministry of health GOI has a dept of AYUSH. Whisky. Who owns the skin care brand Neutrogena ? Ans. Why are HUL and Colgate watching the moves of WRIGLEY ‘S and PERFETTI in the marketplace ? Ans.Q1. What is a ‘digital will’ ? Ans. Before selling its majority stake to a foreign bank with which bank were the GMR group associated ? Ans. Re-janm online ? Ans. Q 14. Maruti 800 and Ford Ikon have stopped sales from today in 13 indian cities. In www. Why ? Ans. What will the host bring? Ans. Q8. . About 150. Noom. Yoga and Naturopathy. Siddha and Homeopathy. Q9. Expand AYUSH. Q 11. New method based on daily balances as against lowest monthly balances earlier. BS-IV pollution norms. though the int rate is same ? Ans.KUCCH NAI is a whisky launched by an NRI. Ans. Gerald Ford Q5. The convocation dress Q 10. Vysya bank now ING Vysya Q2. Why does the bar in the Mum-Delhi luxury train Maharaja express have a ‘dry day’ board on 2 days out of its 7 day journey? Ans.com a social network site by GODREJ Q4. Johnson and Johnson Q7. Beyond that there is memory overload. These models are only BS-III compliant. #GVK Q 12.

Name this NGO which channelizes unutilized material in urban households to poor rural households. Q5. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. Bhut Jolokia has entered Guinness Records for having over 1 mn Scoville units of a property. Restaurants are allowed to keep it on the table. Under which brand has COCA COLA co launched its Nimbupani in India this summer ? Ans. Ninety % of US CEOs are taller than the average American. It launched its services in Chennai recently. Heightism . Q3. Videocon. Starting with 67 clothes a few years ago.CSK -India cements . What ingredient ? Ans. GOONJ Q4. ACC Q2. Ans. Ans. KXP______? Ans. Minutemaid Q 6. Name the only Indian player who is present in mobile phone handsets as well as mobile services. What ? .Q 15. a bill is being moved which prohibits the use of an important ingredient for health reasons in any preparation by a restaurant. What is this bias called ? Ans.Mohan • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz #20 March 30.G.Ultratech. RR. Connect Cement brands and IPL teams…. Salt. In New York. it does 50Tonnes every month with 300 volunteers.

Ans. It is the world’s spiciest chilli. Scoville is the unit for spiciness Q7. Name this brand which is supposed to ‘magnify the indomitable spirit of the new Indian woman ? Ans. ‘ i-pill the emergency contra pill. Piramal bought it from Cipla recently. Q8. Why are US small cities vying for GOOGLE’S attention ? Ans. Google has promised to build a ultra high speed network at no charge in one or more US cities Q9. Name the character of the eccentric chocolate maker from the Roald Dahl children classic ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ . Ans. Willie Wonka. A popular flavour at Creamstone in Hyderabad. - G.Mohan
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New IPL franchises tell where are India’s growing markets
March 23, 2010 by businessbaatein

The Indian Premier League (IPL) recently awarded franchises for two new centres, Pune and Kochi from 2011 onwards. The Pune franchise has gone to the Subrata Roy led Sahara Group. The Kochi franchise has gone to a little known group which goes by the name Rendezvous Sports. The amounts paid by the 2 team owners are staggering and is 25% higher than the amounts paid by the 8 teams paid in the first auction. It is interesting to see the cities chosen for the second round of auctions, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Kochi. Bidding the same amounts for Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Pune, the Sahara team chose Pune. Pune is the second city in Maharashtra to have an IPL franchise. It is very close to Mumbai, which already has an IPL team. Mumbai being a commercially important city, it can as well have a second franchise. Already Mumbai is hosting IPL matches in two stadia, Brabourne and

D.Y.Patil. Pune is like the second franchise for Mumbai, much like Manchester City and Manchester United in EPL. Subrata Roy has mentioned that the Aamby Valley being close to Pune has made them chose Pune over the other cities. IPL may appear to be cricket. But it is much more than that. It is the convergence of Advertising, Bollywood and Corporate Power (ABC) . (In a highly critical piece on the Indian TV and media, P.Sainath wrote an editorial in The Hindu carrying the same title ‘Advertising, Bollywood, Corporate Power’ ). The cities which have the biggest markets are likely to attract most advertising. Bollywood glamour is essential to attract the non-cricketing enthusiasts like women and children to watching IPL matches, forgoing their soaps and cartoons. Corporate Power is essential to bring in the big money. Corporate groups are attracted to IPL possibly because the access it gives to fame, glamour and even access to politicians. Cricket is just incidental. Kochi and therefore Kerala getting an IPL franchise is quite a surprise. Kerala is never known for its cricketing skills. Sreesanth is perhaps the only test level player Kerala has given to the Indian team. Kochi is the fourth team from the South to have an IPL franchisee. It is not surprising that big states like UP and Bihar have no IPL franchise. UP is a Ranji finalist and has several players who make it to the T20 India team like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh to name a few. Sahara group head quarters is also at Lucknow and Subrata Roy is a virtual maharaja in the Sahara City. Yet, there is no IPL franchise, because it is low on ABC score. The entire East India has just one team from Kolkata. The eight states of North East is totally unrepresented through any IPL franchise. Many years ago, Jairam Ramesh had said, when he was not a minister, that if one takes the map of India and keeping Varanasi in UP as a reference point draw a line one will find a huge contrast between the entire region to the West of Varanasi to that of its East. The East lags behind and the gap is getting bigger every year. The economic progress and the market growth made by Western and Southern India is reflected even in the choice of IPL centres.
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Weekly Business Quiz #19
March 23, 2010 by businessbaatein

Q1.Why are the private label tooth paste launched by Future group called SACH ? Ans. It is co-created with SACHIN TENDULKAR Q2. How did the drink PEPSI get its name ? Ans. It originally contained PEPSIN, which aids digestion. Q3. Name this innovative cricketing gear designed by Marcus Codrington Fernandez, a former creative director of O & M. Introduced in the IPL by Matthew Hayden. Ans. Mongoose bat Q4. Amazing Australia, Truly Asia Malaysia, Incredible India. Which country has the tagline ‘Where it all begins’? Ans. Egypt Q5. Which is believed to be the oldest mall in India ? Ans. Spencer Plaza in Chennai which opened in 1863 Q6. Name the life insurance venture floated by Bank of Baroda, Andhra bank.and Legal & General. Ans.Indiafirst Q7. Connect Keo Karpin, Dr B C Roy ( former West bengal CM), Pfizer and Ranbaxy with a co. Ans. DEY’S Medical. Brand, owner, principal and agent in 1950s respectively Q8. What innovation did William R Warner do in 1856 ? Ans. Warner & co after many mergers is now part of Pfizer. Sugar coating process for tablets Q9. In US in Feb’10, traffic in which site exceeded that on GOOGLE for the first time ? Ans. Facebook Q10. ‘A larger revolution than even in the telecom sector awaits us.’ says Kapil Sibal. What revolution is he talking about ? Ans. Foreign universities in India Q11. Analjit Slngh’s group is called the MAX group. Why ? Ans. First letter of his parents’ names Mohan, Avtar and X for others. Q12. In global pharma industry what are blockbuster and mega blockbuster drugs? Ans. Drugs that have annual sales of over 1 bn $ and 10 bn $ respectively Q13. On the 25th anniversary of BSP a garland estimated to be worth 2 to 5 Crore Rs. was put on Mayawati. What was it made of ? Ans. 1000 rupee notes

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FORTUNER is from TOYOTA. FIGO. FORTUNER. FUSION. It would be to invent the thing that halves the cost of ___ ? Ans. By placing bets on the box office perf of soon to be released movies Q10. CO2 (Carbon dioxide) • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz #17 . A network of students of 300 engineering colleges across India. What service is provided by techpedia. Which one ? Ans. Microsoft Q6.Name the author. Ans.. A book on IPL titled GAMECHANGERS has been published by HARPER COLLINS. Retail Q7. Ans. Sales revenue per sq feet is a metric used to measure productivity in which industry? Ans. money is transferred to issuer only to the extent of and after allotment Q9.South Korean President Lee Myung Bak headed a chaebol before he became President. Bill gates said ‘ If only I had only one wish for the next 50 years. The controversial blogger of IPL-2 Q8.How can movie goers make money on the Cantors futures exchange ? Ans. Hyundai Q 12. Rest are FORD models Q 13. Application supported by bid amount. Pick the odd one out….Ans.FIESTA. FOCUS.com ? Ans. Fakeiplplayer. Industry can post problems here Q11. In IPO jargon what is ASBA? Ans.

Orient Paper.What unusual career choice has she made ? Ans. Q3. In executive compensation jargon what is a ‘clawback’ ? Ans. Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. Which brand has admitted that its ‘naturals’ variant of detergent contains no ‘natural’ ingredients. ‘Why should boys have all the fun’ is the tag line for which two wheeler brand? Ans. In the well-known charity CRY what does CRY stand for ? Hint : it has changed from the original. Ans. Q4.Name this dessert whose recipe was taken by Marco Polo from China to Italy in 1295. Q2. What do they call such a process ? Ans. A bonus that can be taken back later bcoz of poor performance Q5. Tide from P & G Q 12. He is unemployed now and lives on dole. She is the sarpanch of her village Soda in Raj. who loves his mooch. Child RIGHTS and you Q6. Ans. topics. Priya Paul is the Chairperson of which group of hotels ? Ans. Name this hotel chain. As per the latest football money league which is the richest club in the world? (Clue. Chhavi Rajawat is a LSR grad and an MBA from Pune. At Nokia. Ans. How has recession affected the Spiderman ? Ans. he has created another moustache ad for Rajasthan Royals. like Hind Motors. Real Madrid • • • Facebook Share this: . Park Hotels of the Apeejay Surrendra Group Q9. Hilton Q7. 4th largest in the world by rooms owned by PE firm Blackstone.? Ans. Piyush Pandey of O&M Q 11. Q 13. Ice-cream. G P Birla Q8. the top management have sessions with select juniors learning on spl.March 9. Reverse mentoring Q 10. Name this adman. Hero Honda Pleasure. Hyd industries ? He passed away recently. After creating a TVC around a moustache for FEVICOL. His alter ego Peter Parker has been fired. Which scion of the Birla family ran cos. Ans.not MAN-U) Ans.

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If IC is Air india. A Hybrid of courier and fax service which delivered mail in 2 days. FEDEX had a failed service called ZAPMAIL in the ’80s. Q 10. Morarji Desai Q6. 6E-Indigo then BZ is ? Ans. The Teesside plant of CORUS in UK is being mothballed.” is a quote credited to which former indian PM? Ans. Tirupati Laddu has a GI tag now. Fax machines became very common and it failed Q9. IT.Under what historical name will Sanjiv Mehta open his co’s flagship store in Conduit St.9W -Jet airways. Geographical indicators. What is made from the curds of soybean milk and is often called the ‘Cheese of Asia’ ? Ans. What is being done? Ans.Kingfisher.Ans. When cos find false comfort when others are pursuing similar strategies. Which comic book character’s image or ref is present in every episode of Seinfield ? Ans. Q 12.Blue Dart Aviation • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz#14 February 17. 2010 by businessbaatein Q1. What was it? Ans. Superman Q11. Tied up with DD’s CHITRAHAAR Q5. “All good things were for export. What is GI ? Ans. Tofu. Spurious mfrs of laddus from other places cannot claim them to be from Tirupati Q7.In strategy what is a ‘lemming syndrome’ ? Ans. Shutdown indefinitely. Q8. In the heart of London? .

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What unique service does commuteeasy.Arcelor Mittal Q 18. Oprah read backwards Q 10.? Ans. HDFC BANK Q 14. ‘Large inheritances can kill heirs’ says this Russian billionaire who gave away 2. He had a public spat with petroleum minister.This visionary former Chairman of ONGC took it global and acquired MRPL. Which indian bank has introduced a floating rate deposit where interest rates can change every quarter ? Ans.What is a sovereign debt crisis ? Ans.What unconventional way to combat corruption has been used by an Indian NGO 5thpillar ? Ans.1 bn $ like Gates and Buffet.Q4. Which group? Ans. Late Subir Raha Q17. Falaknuma palace was the residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad. It is being restored and converted into a luxury hotel. Vladimir Potanin Q 13. Arsenal vs Man-U on 31st JAN 2010 Q 15. Shashi and Ravi Ruia Q 16.com provide to the residents of Bengaluru ? Ans. Who or what has the Wired magazine nominated for Nobel Peace prize this year ? Ans. Oprah Winfrey.Which legendary economist once said ‘ When facts change. Which global steel major has acquired over 34 % stake in UTTAM GALVA ? Ans. Greece is now on the verge of one Q8. I change ‘ ? Ans. When the govt of a country is on the verge of default on its debt.Who publishes a magazine titled HARPO ? Ans. John Maynard Keynes Q6. Ans. Name him. Essar began as a partnership between the brothers S and R. The Worldwide web Q 11. Carpooling Q 12. Extreme anger caused by product packaging that is difficult to open or manipulate:) Q5. A zero rupee currency note printed and distributed to people so that when a govt official asks a bribe he is presented this note which has no value Q 9. What is ‘Wrap rage’? Ans. Name them. Who was the chief villain of this scam ? . Ans. Ran Niwas Mirdha Cong leader who died recently headed the JPC to probe the 1992 stock scam. ‘Let’s begin’ is the new corp tagline of ESSAR group. Taj Q7. Which EPL match had the first live 3D broadcast on Skysports ? Ans.

A small colourful watch worn on the finger like a ring.Ambulance and doctors using a red cross symbol would be fined 30000rs.This Indian CEO has stopped consuming the category of products his company sells. What is it? Ans.’Ring watch’ is a fashion accessory among the youth.Ans.Which is the largest read Indian daily as per IRS.If Hindi film industry is Bollywood. 2010 by businessbaatein 1. Why? .DEVESHWAR has quit smoking 4.Announced a recall of over 5 m cars.Tollywood. hence a safety issue? Ans. ITC CEO Y. What part of the cars have a quality.Neither deny nor confirm.Kollywood. What is it? Ans. 223% Thanks to Kolkata new taxi rules 6.Typical among govts.Ambassador.analog or digital 5. celebrities and investment bankers before a deal is an NDNC response.SANDALWOOD 8.HARSHAD MEHTA • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz #12 February 2. 13 times in a row ? Ans. tamil. Dainik Jagran 2. what is the Kannada one called ? Ans.Gas pedal gets stuck 7.Toyota has stopped production in US. Ans. 3.Which car showed the fastest growth in sales during Q3-09 in india ? Think diff. telugu and bengali.C . Name him and the product category Ans.

Ans.It will soon be for exclusive use of Indian red cross society 9.iMac, iPod, iPhone….and now Apple has launched iPad. What is it? Ans.Tablet computer. 10.What distribution innovation is the Hindi flick STRIKER credited for? Ans.First indian movie to have an overseas release on YOUTUBE 11.Give one word for a city developed around a major airport. Ans.Aerotropolis 12. Producer of landmark films like Pulp fiction, English patient….MIRAMAX has been closed down by its parent co.Who ? Ans. DISNEY 13.With which Telugu language TV channel and Newspaper would you associate Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late YSR the former CM of AP? Ans.Sakshi 14.N Srinivasan of india cements donated Rs. 9 cr to Tirupati temple to buy a machine. What can this machine produce? Ans.5 lakh LADDUS a day 15.IMAX theatres use an oversized screen and use spl projectors making it an experience. In which country was the first system installed? Ans. Ontario Place in Toronto.Canada 16.Who is credited with the quote ..”I have always said mega mergers is for megalomaniacs”? Ans.David Ogilvy 17.What is the reason behind no. of mobile subscribers in India being 20% more than no. of people with mobile phones ? Ans. Dual SIM phones 18.In 88-89,when HLL mgmt had a lock out in Sewree, the labour brought out a detergent brand just for survival. Name it. Ans.Lockout 19.This ex-serviceman tasted success first in lace business. Man behind LEELA group of hotels. Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010.? Ans. CAPT C.P .KRISHNAN NAIR -Compiled by G.Mohan
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Weekly Business Quiz #11
January 26, 2010 by businessbaatein

1.Which freedom fighter led Tata labour assoc. From 1928 for 9 years and worked towards Indianising TISCO? Ans. NETAJI SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE 2.Lastminuteinventory.com is an Indian B2B exchange for what product.? Ans. Unsold media space or time. Promoted by Dentsu 3. 3 IDIOTS, 2 WHEELS, 1 SMASHING HIT. This is the slogan of a scooter. Name the brand. Ans. Mahindra Flyte. It figured in the movie 3 idiots 4. Air Deccan was the pioneer and Indigo is leader now in LCC .Even before Indigo was launched the 2 clashed.Why? Ans. INTERGLOBE Technologies, the promoter of Indigo, handled Deccan reservation system 5. What does Bt in Bt brinjal or Bt cotton stand for? Ans. Bio technology 6. IIMA has decided to use ‘cohorts’ process for placement this year. What is it? Ans. Every weekend firms offering similar roles and opportunities 7. Celebrity endorsers for mobile services..Airtel-SHAHRUKH, IDEA-ABHISHEK, RelianceHrithik, Etisalat- ? Ans. Aamir Khan 8. The story of Maruti 800 is being written as a book ‘The Maruti story’ by one of the men behind its success. Name the author. Ans. RC Bhargava 9. Which mgmt guru once said ‘In all of recorded history there has been not one economist who had to worry about where his next mealwould come from’ ? Ans. Peter Drucker 10. Of which International brand are Jubilant Foodworks, the india franchisees for ? In the news for an IPO. Ans. Domino’s pizza

11. Which company owns these brands …Philadelphia.,Maxwell house, Oreo, Toblerone and now Cadbury ? Ans. Kraft foods 12. Created by an Architect ,Alfred Butts in 1948 as LEXICO. In 1950 it was renamed as Crisscrossword. From 1956 onwards this board game is known as …… Ans. Scrabble - Compiled by G.Mohan
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TN heads the delisted Deemed Universities list
January 23, 2010 by businessbaatein

In a bold move, the Centre moved the Supreme Court to withdraw ‘deemed’ university status to 44 universites in the country. A look at the list clearly indicates that Tamil Nadu has the dubious distinction of leading this pack, having 16 in the list. Deccan Herald has also pointed this out in an article ” Almost a third of the deemed universities (DUs) that are to be derecognised by the Centre are from Tamil Nadu.” A look at the complete list of Deemed universities all over the country in the UGC web-site also brings out the fact that TN also has the largest number of deemed universities. Out of a total of 130 “Deemed” universities, 29 universities are from TN. Whereas, the share of TN in ‘deemed’ universities is 22%, its share in the ‘doomed’ universities is disproportionately large at 35 %. The neighbouring state of Karnataka is not much better. Karnataka which has the third-largest number of deemed universities at 15, comes second in the list of ‘doomed’ universities having six in the list. Maharashtra comes out better than TN and Karnataka. Maharashtra has 21 (16%) deemed universities , out of which only 3 (6%) are in the ‘doomed’ list.

relatives or people from their own respective caste/community. there are fixers who sell management quota seats at hefty premiums.”a professor at a women’s autonomous college here said. Interestingly.Deccan Herald has pointed out some of the reasons for the rot in TN universities. In this backdrop. It is quite likely that many of the well-known ‘deemed universities’ who are also big advertisers like SRM and VIT University are in the watchlist because they also have some of the lacunas pointed out by the committee. Despite the ban on capitation fees and the DMK government fixing the fee structure for private engineering and medical colleges. Several of the DUs facing derecognition are either owned or indirectly promoted by wellconnected political personalities “What matters is your political clout and hospitality-levels when UGC officials visit these campuses. UGC needs to be scrapped and a new regulator needs to be put in place. has kept another 44 deemed universities in the watch-list. before opening doors for private and foreign universities in higher education. It is pertinent to point out here that the Tandon committee. the DMK and the AIADMK. Mr Sibal’s task is cut-out. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments » . * Undesirable management structure where families rather than professional academics controlled the functioning * Several institutions had violated the principles and guidelines prescribing excellence in teaching and research and were engaged in introduction of thoughtless programmes * Little evidence of noticeable efforts in case of emerging areas of knowledge * Little evidence of commitment towards research * Institutions increased their intake capacity disproportionately * Undergraduate and post-graduate courses were fragmented with concocted nomenclatures * Higher fee structure than prescribed UGC as a regulator of higher education has failed miserably. most of the private engineering colleges set up then were by well-to-do MPs from mainstream political parties including the Congress. The administration in the DUs are packed with promoters. privatisation of higher education in TN began in a small way in the early 1980s.

Capt. Born in 1910. Samsonite. 2010 by businessbaatein 1. ACCENTURE ads have a new model with copy ‘who says you cant be big and nimble?’ Who or what ? Ans. Name her. Smart chips. After dropping Tiger Woods. How did the brand TITAN come ? Ans. 12. Emmies and now Remmies. Interesting coincidence.Aliva. Diff countries different businesses. An elephant. Metcalfe’s law 10. Basu’s son Chandan and Murali’s family are in this. Baked and not fried. Recruitment ads in the ASCENT. Ans. Repo is the rate at which banks borrow from RBI and reverse repo RBI from banks . 2. Marc Benioff a former Oracle exec has created the first billion dollar business based on cloud computing. What is common? Ans. Salesforce. What is it ? Ans. What are Remmies awarded for ? Ans.Neerja Bhanot 6. Ans. Gopinath of Air Deccan 8. Hence healthier 9.Brands of chips launched recently. No elephant wil be caught in a sex scandal:-) 5.Titan JV promoted by Tata Ind (TI) and Tamil Nadu (TAN) govt 3.What business connects Late Jyoti Basu and Lankan spinner Muralidharan ? Ans. Initials and surname. Name it.R S SHARMA 4. As a Pan-Am air hostess in 1986 she fought the hijackers and died.Grammies.This beauty modelled for Charmis cream.All are celebrating their centenary this year 11.how are they different from other chips? Ans.com 7. Which first gen entrepreneur’s autobiography is titled ‘ SIMPLY FLY’ ? Ans.Weekly Business Quiz #10 January 19. Hippo. ? Ans. TOI.”Marxist TITAN Basu is dead”. As per which law is the value of a network proportional to the square of the number of users ? Ans. Hitachi.What is the diff between REPO AND Reverse repo rates. Audi. Current CMDs of two leading PSUs ONGC and NTPC have the same name. Biscuit mfg.

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Financial chronicleInternational Herald Tribune. LAB 126 is the subsidiary of a well known dot com. TATA ACE 5. Mint-WSJ . From JAN ‘ 1 2010 Hindustan times+? Ans. New year resolution often are about weight reduction.simple one to end the year. a rage in US.” Ans. Lloyd C. Business Standard-Financial times. Marilyn Monroe 3.This 4 wheel mini truck has created a new category in which it now has a 90% share. From 4th of January . Ans. Washington Post 8. Name it. expand VLCC. Launched in Chennai 5 years ago. On decades. Name the company and the gadget. Ans. Why ? Ans. VANDANA LUTHRA CURLS AND CURVES 7. It designs and markets a gadget . and fifty cents for your soul. CEO of Goldman Sachs .• • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 8 January 5. What was the decade that went by ? Ans. Who claimed his company was doing “God’s work” ? Ans. To compete with Singapore where trading on india’s NIFTY was taking away volumes 2. On newspaper tie ups. After seventies. NSE and BSE will start trading from 9 AM. 2010 by businessbaatein 1. Ans. Who said “Hollywood’s a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss. eighties. Noughties HAPPY NEW DECADE 6. nineties. KINDLE ebook reader 4.Blankfein. Amazon.

Interestingly. Three friends watching the same movie on a particular weekend is a coincidence. Which company valued at $ 1 billion states “We spend more than we make .” Ans. who said ” I am sorry. Rs 600 per ticket (it was a recliner seat). What do economists mean by ZIRP ? Ans. What is Watson ? 13. I know that does’nt help you. Hyderabad. What is oselatmivir phosphate better known as ? Ans.Madoff. I paid Rs 100 per ticket and my friend in Mumbai paid. Twitter • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » 3 Idiots in 3 cities January 4. Tamiflu ( the drug for swine Flu) 12. Name the IBM computer designed to compete against a human in the quiz show JEOPARDY ? Ans. I watched with my family. The friend in Bhilai paid Rs 25 for a ticket. but does not deserve a post. Zero Interest Rate Policy 11. One friend watched the movie with his family in a single screen theatre in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh). only . He was convicted for 150 years imprisonment. The point to note is the ticket prices paid for the same movie in the three places.” Ans. 2010 by businessbaatein The Aamir Khan starrer “3 idiots” has had a bumper opening and is all set to become a blockbuster hit. in the Cinemax multiplex at Banjara Hills. Same movie. same day. Another friend watched with his family in a Multiplex -Big Cinemas in Mulund. in 3 different cities.9. Bernhard L. 10. 2nd week for the movie. on the same day 3 friends watched the movie “3 idiots” during the New Year weekend. After losing millions of investor’s ( incl many celebrities) money. hold your breath.

Making a pan-urban India success.difference was the location. the range of ticket price from Rs 25 to Rs 600 as was mentioned in the initial post remains unchallenged. • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz #7 . This is India for you. RC informed that she saw the movie in a single-screen theatre in Bhubaneswar.In response to the above post several friends called me up or sent me offline emails informing the rates at which they bought the tickets for “3 Idiots”. the paying capacity and the play of market forces over the last decade or so. P. hence. Development economists and commentators talk about “India” and “Bharat” as if the divide was only between the globalising “India” in the cities and the largely agrarian rural India as “Bharat”. which cannot be customised for local markets and pricing the tickets at the highest which the market can bear and making the movie successful across allover urban India is ’3 idiots’ real achievement. the information about ticket prices in other cities straddles the full range.GD informed that Pune Multiplex ticket price was Rs 250 in the New Year weekend. reluctantly sitting in the rear stall. there was no ‘black’ component. for any marketer or moviemaker.S :. is a huge challenge. which included a black component of Rs 25. The cost structure. Whereas. New Mumbai and paid Rs 220 per ticket. “3 Idiots” seems to be all set to achieve that feat. The price difference between Mumbai and New Mumbai at Rs 600 and Rs 220 respectively further proves that even Mumbai is not to be treated as one market. Creating a product like a movie. paying Rs 50 per ticket. As the above example of the differential pricing for cinema tickets illustrates even within ”India” there are so many economic classes. would be fallacious. VS saw it in Durg in a single-screen theatre and paid Rs 50 per ticket. SV informed that he watched in the INOX multiplex in Kolkata and paid Rs 400 for the ticket. All the tickets were bought from the counter. that treating even urban India as one. reconfirming the fact that there are several segments within urban India. RK saw “3 idiots’ in Satyam Multiplex -Chenna and paid Rs 120 per ticket. SG watched in Big Cinemas Vashi. has created such huge economic differences even between cities.

When brands take a ‘do good path’ to appeal to consumers 6. 10. KARBONN. In which German team will German racer Michael Schumacher make a comeback in Formula One next year? Ans. Connect LAVA.December 30. low-cost. JWT 2. Ans.Who is the Co-CEO of Motorola worldwide ?Clue – He is of Indian origin. What innovative payment scheme did the denim brand LEVI’S introduce in india ? Ans. MERCEDES 9. Yuva 15. Ans.HORLICKS 8. Mature materialism. who passed away on 28/12/09. Fill in the blank. GEELY 11. Ans.FOODLES the healthy noodles has been launched by the makers of ……. Mamata Banerjee is introducing a new class of trains AC. 2009 by businessbaatein 1. Ans. The trademark _________________ should not be used while describing MSG – Monosodium Glutamate. says the caution notice. . Ans.Premier automobiles 7.. WORLDSPACE 13. Which three PSUs have been upgraded to the status of MAHARATNAs ? Ans. Probiotic – yogurt is the most popular food of this kind. This satellite radio service made famous in the movie LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI will go off air soon after bankruptcy.Name it. SANJAY JHA 5. ED of RIL. ONGC. MAXX. R Ravi Mohan.LEMON… Ans. had set up a stock exchange which was India’s answer to NASDAQ. Name the Chinese carmaker who is acquiring VOLVO from FORD ? Ans. All are brand names of indian mobile phones 14. Sunil Gupta’s book ‘Living on the Adge in Jhande Walan Thompson’ is a thinly disguised story set in which real ad agency? Ans. What is the term used to describe food which produces healthy bacteria in the stomach ? Ans. After Duranto.What is ‘ MATURIALISM’ ? Ans. Which old indian auto major is trying to make a comeback with a Mini SUV called RIO? Ans. SAIL & NTPC 12. EMI – paying the bill in three EMIs 3. Name these trains . OTCEI 4. sitting only for the youth.

In India he is introduced as Narayana Murthy’s Brother-In-Law. In US. Ans. MP and Maharashtra ? Ans. I am proud of selling it. What? Ans. Betty crocker cake mix and Haagen dazs ice cream.Connect Pillsbury atta. Ans. Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande . He used a unique financial structure to raise money.Name this serial entrepreneur. Joint Stock company and listed it on BSE with an authorised capital Rs 25 lakh 5. Gesture recognition 17. JERRY RAO 3.Ans.’Who said it ? Ans. 2009 by businessbaatein 1. As India delays its 3G launch yet again. Murthy as his. Himanshu Rai founded Bombay Talkies in 1934. AJI-No-Moto 16. 4G has been launched in Sweden andNorway. ‘More than founding MPHASIS.Which company is behind rural hyper markets called CHOUPAL SAAGARs launched in UP. Ans.What new technology is used by MICROSOFT SURFACE ?A variant of this technology is credited to Pranav Mistry of MIT. By which company ? Ans. All are brands of GENERAL MIlls 2. ITC 4. TELIA SONERA • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 6 December 22.

also founded a business group. TUPPERWARE 7. The MP from Vijayawada L Rajagopal. Ans. who is on a hunger strike for united ANDHRA. Ans. 1947. LANCO group . Kellogg’s 11. Name it. Mass. General Motors CHEVROLET 8. Which international brand stopped using Michael Phelps after he was found smoking cannabis? Ans. an entrepreneur created storage containers from leftover plastic from DOW chemical.6. USA. It sold well in-home parties. BEN BERNANKE 9. This model was from which company ? Ans. This japanese conglomerate that ‘ inspires the Next ‘ celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010.Who? Ans.’ said TIME person of the year citation. HITACHI 10. Name it. ’The recession was the story of the year. IMPALA was an extremely popular car. Ans. Without him it would have been lot worse. In the 1960s.

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Panasonic & Sanyo 8. What is UN Population fund’s prescription for combating global warming? Ans. In India GODREJ and SARA Lee JV sells Ambi Pur 7. has decided to vacate it completely. Name this Bangalore HQ co which is the world’s largest producer of roses and world’s largest holder of greenhouse assets Ans. Karuturi Global 6. Bloomberg Businessweek. 9. What is the new name of the Businessweek magazine ? Ans. Free condoms! • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 4 December 8. AMBI PUR. Ans. The co founded by Konosuke Matsushita has acquired controlling stake in the co founded by his brother in law. Name the Indian auto brand which was identified with its category for decades. GODREJ and SARA LEE by a brand. 2009 by businessbaatein 1. Who was the first issuer of Traveller’s cheque in the year 1891 ? Ans. Bajaj scooters. Ans. Connect P & G. Name the cos Ans. McGraw Hill sold the magazine to Bloomberg this October 10. P and G has acq this brand from SARA Lee. What does JSW in JSW Steel and JSW Energy stand for? . American Express 5.4.

On Oct 2 2009. ? Ans. Yet aims to be a game changer like the SWATCH. What was she referring to. THE CAR in German 3. It is SWACH (means pure in Hindi). All VW ads end with the slogan. 2. Look closely. Tata’s low cost water purifier to be retailed below Rs 1000. Madison : advertising… Wall street: stock market….T. “das auto. Who owns the ill fated Bhopal plant of UNION CARBIDE now ? Ans. In Parliament when Sushma Swaraj commented CAT KO MOUSE KHA GAYA. BRITISH AIRWAYS 6.” What does it mean ? Ans. DOW CHEMICAL CO 9. You know who is a Chairman. CHASE MANHATTAN 7. A chair kept in the mall for the man to sit while his shopaholic wife/partner is busy 8. It is not SWATCH. After O P JINDAL divided his empire among his sons. What about MAN CHAIR ? Ans. Volkswagen has just launched VW Beetle in India. Eric Schmidt of Google • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: . Which Tech CEO after commenting about Twitter as ” a poor man’s email system” has started Twittering ? Ans. Tell in which bank was he working in London when his uncle the Late H. What is it ? Ans. Name the airline. Jindal South West. The online CAT fiasco for the IIM entrance 10. an airline put up an offer of US-IND-US return ticket at 40 $ on its web site. As Deepak Parekh retires as the CEO of HDFC in Dec 2009. Ans . Later withdrew it as a mistake and also dishonoured the offer. Venture capital industry 5. 4.Parekh called him to join HDFC? Ans .Ans. 2200 customers awailed it. Sand Hill Road : what ? Ans. It is not a watch.this is Sajjan Jindal’s.

Pagalguy. A summary is presented below: • • • • • • Screens going blank in between the test Reboots and ’svchost. 2009 by businessbaatein The first online Common Admission test (CAT) for IIMs this year.• Tags: Business. This was a US 40 Million $ ( Approx Rs 180 crore) contract. a subsidiary of Prometric Inc. The 20 set of questions which have to be given to the examinees over the 10 days should have been different. Career Launcher are claiming that some questions are borrowed from their database. there are problems on all sides. So what are the problems. but for the over 2. has been a major source of embarrassment for the IIMs. that this issue has been raised in the parliament. While moderated channels like PaGaLGuY are leaving no stoned unturned in respecting the non-disclosure clause. IIM-A as the convenor. Sushma Swaraj. but questions are repeating very often. on its part.exe’ errors Noise and commotion caused in the lab due to the above People in some labs getting extra time to solve questions while the above problems were being rectified Some features of the testing software (review button. it obviously puts test-takers on each subsequent day at an advantage in the competition. The IIMs appointed Prof Satish Deodhar. engaged 200 + private engineering colleges with over 100 computers each. have serious issues. across the country to conduct the exams. As it appears. The award of this contract is itself being challenged through a Public Interest Litigation. NIIT. This gives the advantage to students who have appeared later. Prometric Inc is a subsidiary of ETS (Educational Testing Services). Prometric has not developed a fool- . display of questions) not working as intended on some computers Questions being leaked in various private channels.com a popular MBA aspirants’ community site. the BJP leader made a witty remark “CAT Ko Mouse Kha Gaya. Inconsistent quality of invigilation • So who is to be blamed for this fiasco. The IIMs who have the responsibility of providing the questions for the test. has compiled this list of complaints based on their users’ mails. Prometric in-turn outsourced the infrastructure and invigilation services to NIIT in a Rs 50-55 crore contract. decided to go online this year because the number of aspirants are increasing year-on-year. Some questions are the same as earlier CAT exams. quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Should the CAT-online 2009 be scrapped ? December 5. Let us look at the parties involved.5 lakh CAT aspirants it has been a source of anxiety. the coaching institutes like TIME. which conducts the GMAT exam worldwide. So much so. IIMs who have been conducting the admission tests in the paper-pencil mode. The award for online CAT for the next 5 years was given to Prometric India Pvt Ltd. Professor. Worse. several other unmoderated social networks such as Orkut have communities dedicated to question sharing.” It may be a source of amusement for the politicians. Given that there are reports of questions being repeated.

as if all the anguish over the past few days is not enough. IIMs had conducted CAT twice in 2003 after it was detected that there was a paper leak. with lot more preparation and dry-runs the online CAT can be attempted again. The students who have already paid Rs 1400 for the test. The online CAT 2009 should be scrapped Agree Disagree VoteView Results Share ThisPolldaddy. with the extension of the test by one day and then hope to have a far stricter GD and personal interview to weed out the unworthy and select the best. Next year. NIIT has deployed invigilators who are untrained and often rude.com View This Poll online surveys • • • • • • • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg . So what are the options before the IIMs. The quality of PCs in many engineering colleges leave much to be desired. It can somehow muddle through the online CAT this year. there are bugs and viruses galore. The harder option would be to scrap the online test and conduct a paper-pencil test like earlier years and restore the sanctity and the aura of CAT. This blogger believes that if the IIMs have to keep their pre-eminent position in the field of higher education.proof software to run the tests. it should scrap the online CAT this year and go for a paper-pencil test. should be spared of any more financial burden. The second option is being demanded by several IIM Directors as this Telegraph story reports.

Friedrich Nietzche Q 5. Unitech and Telenor Q 7. In Mumbai. IIM Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments » Weekly Business Quiz # 3 December 1. TAJ MAHAL HOTEL Q 9. Which philosopher once said ‘ madness is rare in individuals. UTI Mutual Fund • • • • • • • • • • • • Digg Press This StumbleUpon Facebook Email Print Share Share this: . Iridium is the 77th element in the periodic table. 2009 by businessbaatein Q 1. BUNGE INDIA Q 6. Q 4. which was built first TAJ MAHAL HOTEL or GATEWAY of INDIA? Ans. Q 10. Buick and Nike Ans. Tiger Woods endorses all these brands.Tags: CAT. Which will be the first mutual fund to be traded on the newly launched NSE mutual fund trading platform ? Ans. NAKHEEL Q 8.Name the real estate arm of Dubai World which is the reason behind Dubai’s sovereign default scare. Which company acquired the DALDA brand from Hind Lever in 2004 ? Ans. On behalf of IIMs which agency is conducting the CAT online exams this year? Ans. PROMETRIC Q 2.’? Ans. Ans. Connect Accenture. but in groups…it is the rule. Which are the two companies behind the mobile service brand UNINOR ? Ans. Why was the satellite phone IRIDIUM named so ? Ans . The original design had 77 satellites.

But if lanterns do well and consumers ask for rechargeable lanterns. Kodak is a pale shadow of the blue-chip it used to be. Consumers like lanterns. 2009 by businessbaatein The cover story on BusinessWorld magazine dated 28th of November is titled “Deepak Khaitan and his Magic Lamp”. Eveready has sold 2 Million pieces of these lanterns. they defeat the very purpose for which he set up his lanterns business — to prop up D-size battery sales. If Khaitan does introduce them. Should you introduce a new technology or product which will cannibalise and annihilate your own old product which generates bulk of the revenue and profits ? Eveready’s problem is not very different from Kodak’s. Kodak saw its business as chemicals and paper which goes into photography. because that would mean killing their main business. But the industry. Each lantern uses up 6 D size batteries worth Rs 90. because it did not wholeheartedly embrace the digital technology. Q 1.” says Sansar Lights’ Elahi.000 a month if I could produce them. Executive Vice-Chairman and MD of Eveready “I can sell 500. If it means entering into rechargeable or solar lanterns or discontinuing D-size batteries.” The LED lantern was a product launched by Eveready to provide a fillip to their falling battery sales. described by Clayton Christensen in his book by the same name. as much as Eveready. If he does not — and a rival introduces a better value proposition —Eveready’s nascent lanterns business could be smothered. it should be prepared to do so. is still double-guessing whether the rechargeable lantern market will ever be as strong as single-life battery lanterns. This govt owned network has 170 Million account holders and 154.000 branches in India. Since April 2009. Lantern distributors echo Elahi’s voice. but they do not like the battery-powered lanterns. Eveready got into lanterns to push their batteries. Already the lanterns acount for 19% of Eveready revenues. .” says Khaitan. It did not embrace digital photography. Bihar.The lanterns are priced between Rs 150 and Rs 450. According to Deepak Khaitan. why would I encourage selling solar? It will cut down my battery consumption. Name it. “ But what about solar lanterns? “As a company. My suggestion to Eveready would be to go the whole hog and make a bigger business out of this accidental success in lanterns. as the same article says. West Bengal and Assam. that’s a classic innovator’ dilemma. the revenues and profits could be much higher. the very reason it entered the lantern business would be defeated. as the volumes pick-up. The story describes the early success which Eveready is having with the LED lanterns.Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | 2 Comments » Eveready faces the Innovator’s Dilemma November 30. “Consumers want rechargeable lanterns. These battery powered lamps are being pushed as a substitute to kerosene lamps in power deficient states such as UP. Now.

Who is it? Ans . It is the new rage among rich. What is the unique distinction of the firm HANDOO AND HANDOO? Ans. Q 9. In Manhattan where will you find CHAI LATTE on the menu? Ans.Limited Liability Partnership firm Q 10. International Mobile equipment identity. This self proclaimed management guru is helping MBA students DISCOVER THE DIAMOND IN YOU. Social currency to measure online reputation like google hits. Ans . CHROME. Personal genome sequence Q 7. Brad Pitt Q 3. Ans . Arindam Chaudhuri of IIPM • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg • • • • • • Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | 1 Comment » . Name this internet phone co acquired by EBAY and now sold for 2 bn$. Starbucks Q 8. By dialling *#06# Q 5. Which Hollywood superstar owns Plan B Entertainment ? Ans.Ans.a 15 digit unique number for each handset. India’s first LLP . BLOGGER and YOUTUBE ? Ans . All are GOOGLE brands Q4 . This info comes in USB drive costs 70000 dollars and 8 weeks . What is common to ANDROID. What is a WHUFFIE ? Ans .SKYPE Q 6. What? Ans.What is IMEI of a GSM phone? How to check it. INDIA POST Q 2.

in fact. The weakness of US $ is considered to be one of the most important factors leading to the rise in gold prices. reports BusinessLine. Several bullion analysts like Jim Rogers and Jim Sinclair have predicted that gold price would continue to boom. a gain of 28%. For every 100 $ increase in price of gold.7 tonnes as per wikipedia. The increase in wealth due to the rise in price of gold is a whopping 14 % of India’s GDP.139/ounce (a 38 per cent gain) over the same period.000 tonnes of gold have been mined till date. Inspite of being poor. If the gold prices continue to rise next year. whatever damage the economic slowdown may have done to consumer demand.000 tonnes. Gold prices are expected to go up further in 2010. Indian government’s gold reserves ranks 10th among all countries at 757. Jim Sinclair has been arguing that the next stop for the yellow metal price is $1650 per ounce. as is being predicted. which rose from $827/ounce to $1. The rise in the gold prices.520 at the start of the year to Rs 17. India’s GDP is of the order of US $ 1 trillion. have made the value of private holdings go up from 400 billion US $ to 540 billion US $ an increase of 140 billion US $ in the last one year. views of the various analysts differ as this report mentions.The Wealth Effect of Gold makes Indians feel richer November 23.300 currently. it may have a negative effect. 2009 by businessbaatein Among many contradictions that India is famous for. one is its appetite for gold. As is the case with all asset classes. However. Some reports suggesting the gold prices will touch US $ 1. Indians have always had an almost irrational love for the yellow metal. then this wealth effect will continue. if Indians continue their obsession for gold even at high prices. a total of 158. India is one of the largest importers of gold in the world. American citizens’ holdings is a mere 4000 tonnes. has been more than made up by the wealth effect due to gold prices. value of India’s gold holdings goes up by 48 Billion US $. But not every bullion analyst is bullish on gold. While Jim Rogers says gold price will zoom to $2000. This obsession seems to be now having a beneficial impact as gold prices touch new highs. not kept up with global trends. So.400 per oz shortly. the hottest commodity traded in the world. The prices of gold in India have increased from Rs 13. . Out of this Indians’ private holdings is considered to be the highest at 15. Not dissimilar to the effect of crude oil price increases on Russian and Middle-East economies. then instead of the wealth effect being favourable for the consumer markets. Price gains in India have. Legendary investing guru Marc Faber says gold price is rising without any fundamental factors and thus the price of the yellow metal will plunge to $900-$800 levels. mainly because of the rupee strengthening by about 8 per cent against the dollar for the year. As per World Gold Council. Domestic prices have merely followed global gold prices.

To which country does IBERIA belong? Ans.HP Q6. Which brand was first woven into a computer game (advergame) ? Ans. This is one of India ‘s largest tour operator. Name it. Ans . Citibank and HLL Q4. Which indian IT major has instituted an award for excellence in science. Which company is acquiring the telecom equipment company 3 COM ? Ans . Infosys . Mcdonalds in 1973 as a part of a DEC game moonlander.COX And KINGS Q2.India Gold Imports statistics • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg • • • • • • Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Weekly Business Quiz # 1 November 17. Q3. In the news for IPO. 2009 by businessbaatein Q 1 Incorporated as Eastern carrying company in 1939. modelled on Nobel prize? Ans. In Chetan Bhagat’s new book “2 states” after IIM-A which companies do KRISH and ANANYA join ? Ans. BA and IBERIA to merge. Spain Q5.

their businesses seem to need their attention ever more. Ans. Mikhail Kalashnikov. Name him and his creation. Under which brand name have SISTEMA SHYAM launched their mobile service? Ans. 2009 by businessbaatein Even as the Ambani brothers are busy fighting their legal battle over the gas. A haute couture rental thru mail order Q 10. who is considered savvier of the two. Financial chronicle reports that : RELIANCE Retail is yet to see profit in any of its formats.32 crore). The other formats such as Reliance Hypermart (negative reserves of Rs 54.77 crore. AK-47 Q8. Whose byline is committed to improving the state of the worid? Ans. Reliance Fresh had run up the highest negative reserves of Rs 276. which now operates under 15 formats. What is the service of RENT the RUNWAY? Ans. Mukesh Ambani had launched the retail business in 2006. MTS Q9.37 crore) and Reliance Vantage Retail (-Rs 21. . Name the new venture fund launched by the Murthys of Infosys? Ans.Q7. This 90 year old is the chief designer of IZHMASH arms factory. The elder brother Mukesh. Catamaran • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon Digg • • • • • • Tags: quiz Posted in Trivia Bank | Leave a Comment » Reliance retail dream sours November 16. now has a failure in the form of the Reliance retail venture. Q 11. World Economic Forum. The company has reported total losses in excess of Rs 450 crore in 2008-09 alone. Data obtained from RIL shows that till March 2009. Retail Concepts & Services (-Rs 38.23 crore) have also run up negative reserves.

Indian consumer is very price conscious. In consumer markets. • • One should not write-off Reliance Retail because of its early failures. convenience store and mini hypermart formats. spanning the supermarket. Reliance Digital Retail (-Rs 15. which encompasses partnerships with firms such as Marks and Spencer. My take on why Reliance Retail has not succeeded is : • • • Reliance may be the largest company in the country and its name has tremendous equity in the financial markets. smacked of arrogance or ignorance or both. which was expected to bring about a paradigm shift to his oil and petrochemicals commodity venture.1 crore). yet India has a high cost-structure.47 crore). Reliance Gems and Jewels (-Rs 5. Retail business. Organised retail in India. is a difficult game where achieving top-line targets through use of offers and promotions is relatively easy. • • • • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print Share Press This StumbleUpon • • • • . The rising losses in the retail business are learnt to have led to the billionaire Ambani downsizing the ambition for this business.73 crore) and Reliance Home Store (-Rs 4. Investing a lot of money and hiring top notch professionals from various competitors at fat salaries is no subsitute for a sound strategy. making profits is very difficult. Reliance Footprint (-Rs 10. now counts five million customers as members of its business-wide loyalty programme. by cultivating politicians and officials. Reliance Retail now runs as many as 900 stores across 14 states in India. Yet.Reliance Dairy Foods (with negative reserves of Rs 7. The business.63 crore). Reliance Trends (-Rs 3. backed by clever manipulation of government policies to its advantage.49 crore).54 crore) are among the other formats that have reported accumulated losses. it must be quite humbling to the top-brass of Reliance that the humble Indian consumer is far tougher to tame and understand than the Indian politician or official. Reliance brand has limited salience. leaving no margins for the retailer. Merchandise sold in Reliance retail outlets were undifferentiated from the stuff sold in other stores. Just expecting that consumers would flock to the Reliance shop because it was from Reliance. Reliance have succeeded in businesses where it could use its financial muscle to build scale and efficiencies. needs none of these strengths. Office Depot and Hamleys. in addition to specialised units which sell everything from eyewear to jewellery.

they have been issuing ATM-cum-debit cards to all its existing and new account holders. credit card interest rates still remain high at 3042 % p.531 crore. 2008 worldwide purchase volume by card type Visa credit – 31.• • Digg Tags: Reliance Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment » Plastic money : Debit or Credit November 16.9 percent Diners credit 0. Quoting the latest RBI monthly bulletin. surely the customers have been conscious.330 crore as shoppers have decided against using their cards amid the ongoing economic slowdown.a.0 percent Amex credit – 10.” said an economist with a leading bank on condition of anonymity.4 percent (Source: Nilson Report. 1: 2 as this table from www. today three rupees is spent through credit card. credit card transactions in the country have slumped 12 per cent in the first six months of this fiscal to Rs 29. May 2009) • • • • One of the largest credit card issuer ICICI Bank has been tightening its personal unsecured credit business.3 percent JCB credit – 0. The sharp growth of 38% in debit card use alongwith a decline in credit card use by 12 % could be due to some of the following reasons : • In India.creditcards. In an economic recession. during the recession times. The worldwide trend is much more balanced. signalling an uptick in consumer sentiment. .0 percent MC debit – 6. On the other hand. the news item informs that Debit card payments increased 38 per cent in the first half of the current fiscal to Rs 11.com indicates.6 percent MC credit – 22.780 crore. the Reserve Bank of India said. according to the RBI’s latest monthly bulletin. State Bank of India even as they have been widening their ATM network . 2009 by businessbaatein The Telegraph has carried a news item titled Rebound seen in debit card use. Debit cards came in late. debit card payments stood at Rs 8. For every rupee spent on debit card. They have stopped issue of new credit cards and have brought down credit limits.7 percent Visa debit – 28. The Indian consumer who had taken some tentative steps towards the consumerist culture of the west in the boom times. plastic money is still equated with credit cards. retracted to his shell . “The rise in debit card payment is because of a spurt in consumer activities. Even in a declining interest rate scenario. During the first six months of the last fiscal.

Rod Canion. Identify this famous personality related to software industry. hence safe to carry. Name this cool personality? Answer 3. Quiz 101 1. Answer 5. Jim Harris and Bill Murto. Their first product idea was sketched on a paper place mate in a pie shop in Houston. Identify the man in the middle. These four Indians invented an unique device in the computing field. The cards market will continue to grow rapidly in India. three senior managers left Texas Instruments started their own company by investing $1. Name the personality who connects all these corporate identities? . A pioneer of automobile industry. with debit cards growing faster than the credit cards.• Indian middle class is beginning to realise the value of debit card as plastic money.000 each in February 1982. Identify this world famous advertisement? Answer 2. What is that device and who are they? Answer 4. Answer 6. Which company we are talking about? Answer 7. After the bankruptcy in 1936 he tried his luck in bowling alley in 1940. Here he is at a scoring table with customers.

Suddenly an idea flashed on his mind and suggested a proposal to engage a special train for the temperance supporters and he approached Midland Railway Company. Name the person who created a successful worldwide organisation? Answer 10. Identify this women? Answer 9.Answer 8. This 32-year old printer walked from his home in Market Harborough to the nearby town of Leicester to attend a temperance meeting on 9 June 1841. Powerful and fortunate woman in the world of business? .

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but preliminary information gathered indicates. Many colleges offer both MCA and MBA programmes. This is of course apart from seats in the management quota. only 8543 candidates have been called for counseling.021 seats in 1089 institutions. .Chandrasekharan is an MCA from REC Trichy (now. Deccan Chronicle reports that: As many as 367 of the 660 MCA colleges have applied for “closure” due to poor response from students in the current academic year 2010-11. Information technology and Computer Science as a career is losing its sheen. thanks to the recession of 2008-09. Many students prefer MBA over MCA because it is one-year less and more importantly the placement of MBA is not dependent on the fortunes of one industry. namely the IT industry. There are nearly 240 colleges offering MCA courses in TN. Electrical Engineering has closed earlier than Computer Science at IIT-Bombay. While a total of 34.Tech in Electronics/Computer Science /IT by most IT services companies for the purposes of recruitment. This is showing up even in choice of disciplines in IIT. Secondly. Why this situation has arisen? It could be a mix of several factors. N. MCAs compete directly for placement with B. reports TOI. In AP.00 marks out of 100 is being called for counseling. it appears that there are question marks for its survival.” The MCA admissions for the year 2010 are nearing completion. “there are 75.Tech graduates. As per a recent Careers360 article on MCA. the first time that an MCA has risen to the top job in a leading software company. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu account for nearly 60 percent of total number of MCA seats in the country. it is treated at par with B. the entrance test is common. does not show up for counseling.000.104 have been filled.451 seats were on offer in the convener quota during ICET counseling. The news from Andhra Pradesh which has the largest number of MCA seats in the country is depressing. NIT Trichy). Assuming that a small percentage of candidates called for counseling. Thirdly. a vacancy of 50 % of seats in Tamil Nadu MCA colleges can be expected. Just when it appeared that the MCA course was getting its due recognition. The MD and CEO of Tata Consultancy Services.• • • Home About Us Death Pangs for the MCA Course? 29 09 2010 It is perhaps. Firstly. For the first time. As per the counseling schedule put up by a web-site. The total number of seats for MCA would be in the region of 15. The vacancy data from Tamil Nadu is not readily available. Even a candidate scoring 3. Given the huge number of seats created in the engineering disciplines. that the picture is not very different either. inspite of MCA being a specialised post-graduate course. focussing on computer applications. MCA programme competes with the MBA programme. only 13.

this problem was not visible. The new campus will house up to 10. The shakeout was imminent and augurs well for the sector. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Career Share this: Facebook Email Print . Until 2008. Good software programmers can get recruited right after their BCA.000 professionals when fully completed and will offer TCS’ learning curriculum to those who join the company from colleges. It is clear from the industry response that even the top institutes in India. Fifthly. Kerala. MCA is competing with its own under-graduate version the Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) course. Cognizant and Infosys hire science graduates. not unlike the NIIT/ APTECH. . Now many universities are offering the BCA course. As for the MCA aspirants. the IT industry is creating its own campuses.Fourthly. there is surplus capacity in private engineering colleges and MCA colleges. Lastly. Both engineering colleges as well as MBA colleges started offering MCA courses. it should be understood that the MCA course is a specialized course. It not only offers a job but an opportunity to get an MS in Software Engineering from BITS Pilani through their WASE programme. the ballooning of seats in MCA was a highly opportunistic response from the private educational institutions. It should be taken up only by those who enjoy software programming and should be only at the good institutes. for many science graduates. IT companies are offering jobs just after graduation. TCS is building a huge training campus in Kerala. when the IT industry was hiring in thousands.G. When NASSCOM and the IT industry kept lamenting about the manpower shortage facing the IT industry. It prepares the students for a career in building and maintaining software applications. TCS. Or else. many responded by adding an MCA programme. it could be well their turn to close down in future. This is because of the huge gap in quality. without waiting three years for an MCA. whether MCA or engineering do not prepare the students well for a career in the IT industry. They added seats with little thought about faculty or course or infrastructure. The IT companies continue to hire MCAs but only from the top institutes. This will bring a lot of pressure on the colleges which have managed to fill-in their seats to improve quality. Whereas. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced that the company is setting up a new learning and development campus in Thiruvananthanpuram (Trivandrum). Wipro has gone a step further.

lettered names belonging to companies which have nothing to do with the power sector viz. BG Raghupathy etc). I could see the logo KVK written stylishly. Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. both in and out of media . these letters are best avoided. I was having a chat over phone with a friend. just before an IPO. . Tata Power. The pattern of their names pattern will soon become evident to you . He mentioned a hot stock . Hyderabad and I saw a new office complex. GSK.What Powers a Name? 14 09 2010 The other day. KSK and JSW. Please take care that the initials so chosen do not clash with an existing company.KVK Energy and Infrastructure. In every language and every city. SKS. MGR etc.three letters. Others to be avoided are NTR. I confirmed later it indeed was a power company . There are fads in naming companies much like names of kids or Hindi cinema titles. followed by word -’Power’ or ‘Energy’ . Easiest is to choose the initials of your name. who have a fan following even to this day. I Hate Luv Storys. Besides KVK and BGR mentioned above. Since these were successes others followed. Also avoid some popular three letter initials. If you want to avoid some stone throwing on your steel and glass building. Torrent Power. GVK. SRK is best avoided. Unconnected events and unconnected information. Yet. I had my own a-ha moment . fans of SRK. it would be another power company. Also. In the case of power companies. there are many three. HCL. the other biggies that follow this pattern are – GMR. To make naming simpler for the new power companies . I was driving through one of the arterial roads of Jubilee Hills. In Hindi cinema. CESC etc. If it is not your money alone. long English titles are currently in vogue. (GMR.life heroes/ leaders. We are Family etc. choose three of your favourite Gods’ initials. have made it sure that SRK stands for Shah Rukh Khan. These represent larger-than. GV Krishna Reddy. HMT etc. Adani Power. ITC. YSR. My instinct told me. If you are a God-fearing businessman who attributes all your wealth to Gods. Choose three letters from your name. Recall the power companies that you know. My eyes fell on the board being erected. BGR Energy. BGR. DCM. I think this naming trend comes out of part fashion. If you are a doting parent you could choose first letters of your kids’ names. I can’t help offering my two-bits. It is true that there are many power companies which do no fall into this pattern like Reliance Power. part superstition and plain creative lethargy. this morning. GVK. a Chennai based power equipment supplier. the trend might have started with the success of the first Independent Power Producers (IPPs) from the south GMR and GVK. KVK are all initials of the promoter like Grandhi Mallikarjun Rao. My daughter has two classmates named Ankita and three named Aditya. you have partners then you could choose the initials of the partners ( KSK gets its name from the partners). Yesterday.

Money and Mafia or LLL . RRB Energy. the owner of MDH. Licence and Luck ( your core competencies to be in the power business ). These companies have their CEOs or owners appearing in their advertisements and company communications rather prominently. Khaitan Fans. Country Club. politics. MDH Masala. to be a guest and a promise to be treated like a guest in his own house. Yet. Until a three-lettered power company has a failed IPO or worse goes bankrupt. you will know who the owner of the airline is. GPR – Great Power Rip-off – tell it the way it is.If all these does not help here are some 3 letter initials which are up for grabs. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Cheeky Cheeky Bang Bang Share this: Facebook Email Print Narcissism Unlimited: Promoters as Brand Ambassadors 11 09 2010 What connects the following? Kingfisher Airlines. Their businesses are all very diverse.Land. IWM. Dr Sarkar’s. He can be seen blessing the guests in a wedding. GPR. One cannot miss the old man. MMM. If you board a Kingfisher flight. not using prefixes like Reliance and do a GPR. IDK – I Don’t Know ( anything about the power business) MMM – Minister. in the ads. you will be invited by Vijay Mallya. The inflight magazine Hi Blitz is full of pictures of Mallya attending various parties with celebrities from cinema. this trend may continue.G. After one flight. Mantri Developers. the promoter. I am always amused at MDH TVCs. What could possibly be common between a spice marketer and a real estate company or between an airline and a fan manufacturer? Yet they share something. . IDK. sitting in a reclining chair having a cup of coffee or even atop an elephant like a maharajah with the voiceover announcing ‘Masalon ke Shahenshah’. sports etc. LLL. TV commercials of masalas are not expected to be either entertaining or informative. If you are wondering what these letters stand for. here are their expanded forms: IWM – I Want ( your) Money – shows focus of the company. .

Recently. excellence and energy. When a CEO or an owner appears so prominently in the promotions and communications one cannot but feel amused.G. the new logo is a seal of the trust that the customers and partners have reposed in the brand. The strong color of the logo connotes the spirit of enterprise. from Hyderabad is a big advertiser. not so much for their products. a real-estate developer Mantri Developers has gone a step further. If you spot a rotund. Mantri Developers. Years ago. In the most compelling way possible.bas naam his kaafi hai”. the ego trip was when the Chairman gave a personal guarantee for each fan sold by the company. the logo guarantees that Mantri will always stand by and honor their commitment and promises. sometimes even at the cost of the businesses and brands they promote. a mid-size vacations company. Each and every warranty certificate was signed by the Chairman personally. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Cheeky Cheeky Bang Bang Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz Miscellany 6 6 09 2010 Q1: Peter Bentley of London has developed an app for iPhone which is a rage among doctors. If you cannot recognize Rajeev Reddy watch a Country Club ad on TV. but as a vehicle for its owner Rajeev Reddy.Country Club. Khaitan fans had a slogan “Khaitan. It does not help that these CEOs must be surrounded by sycophants posing as advisors and consultants. Elegantly crafted with fluid lines. What does the application do? Ans: It makes the phone a stethoscope . by putting family name as a brand. A press release says: The Mantri Developers’ new logo is inspired by the signature of Mr. Their desire for self-promotion is so high. neck-less wonder (not unlike a typical Telugu matinee idol) sporting an oversized goggles and a printed Hawaiian shirt in a thumbs-up posture. Sushil Mantri Founder and & Managing Director. who would be encouraging these megalomaniacs to appear in the ads and having a good laugh on the side. press or even a hoarding. Even if one thought that this was an attempt at trying to emulate a Ford or Honda or closer home a Tata or Godrej. The Chairman Sushil Mantri has made his signature as the logo for his company. Perhaps. . you’re looking at Rajeev Reddy.

Ans: Jugaad Q5: Name this co founder of Microsoft who has sued companies like Google. Amazon. Chittoor AP? Ans: NTPC and BHEL Q3 : ‘____ are the Unilever of the entertainment industry. Q4: In Hindi this word means a shoddy temporary fix. Ans:T-series. The co is named after his dog. delays from his side is delaying the 787 project? Ans: Rolls Royce Q7: In which TV ad you will see a clone of Yuvraj Singh huff and puff on a treadmill.Q2: Which two PSUs have come together to start a power equipment manufacturing facility in Mannavaram . Ans: Mahindra Navistar Q10: ‘Exhaled Air’ of which celebrity couple was sold on ebay for $523 ? Ans: Brangelina Q11: Name this hottest social gaming co founded by Mark Pincus. taking a dig at REVITAL? Ans: Supractiv Q8: Starting today what is the new name of State Bank of Indore? Ans: State Bank of India Q9 : In trucks you will often find “OK TATA’ painted . for patent violation? Ans: Paul Allen Q6: Who is the long standing engine supplier of Boeing. Identify this word. Clue. Name it. Now it is being touted by gurus as the Indian way of innovation.G. a free ad for TATA trucks.Farmville Ans: Zynga Q12: With which brand of sportswear has the world record holder sprinter Usain Bolt signed up making him the richest athlete ever? Ans: Puma . Fill the blank. Apple etc. They make the rules and others have to follow’ says an industry insider. A new brand of truck has been launched that says ‘OK is no longer OK’. Mohan • • • • • • Print Share this: Facebook Email .

already they have received a good response with 40 signers which includes big names like Michael Bloomberg. give away a very small fraction of their earnings to charity. Pierre Omidyar. Here is my take : • At this stage in India’s growth. In India. Requests for comment from seven Indian billionaires weren’t returned.Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Will Indian Billionaires Sign-up for the GatesBuffett Pledge? 11 08 2010 Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are not only the two richest guys in the planet. fancy weddings etc. a Mumbai based consultancy for advising high net worth individuals on charity. As to why they do not give in charity. It has two names in the Top Ten viz. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. They are slated to visit China in September and India in March 2011. According to this post : Spokespersons for the wealthy Indians contacted by India Real Time. So. Azim Premji and Sunil Mittal. the billionaires are spending money on themselves through conspicuous consumption through swanky bungalows. whose net worth is estimated at $4. quoted by the above mentioned post. In US. David Rockefeller. the biggest donor is the government. said Mr. personal planes. The question to ask is will any of the Indian billionaires sign up this pledge. India is home to 52 billionaires as per the latest Forbes list of March’10. only 10 % of charity in India comes from individuals and companies in contrast to 75 % in the US. . founder of Innovaid. Shanghvi “would prefer not to talk on personal philanthropy. they are also the most generous. According to a Bain study. even though I would love to see that. The market economy has really come into its own only in the last two decades. Indians and Indian rich in particular. One WSJ blogger Devin Banerjee has already asked this question and has asked the billionaires themselves. Hence their trip to India is a logical idea. This is almost in revolt to the years of repression due to MRTP or penal income tax and other socialistic policies.6 billion. the billionaires are still accumulating wealth. Mukesh Ambani and Lakshmi Mittal. now intend to take this campaign global. Apart from donating their own wealth.” I will also be totally surprised if any billionaire signs up for the Gates-Buffett pledge. Sandy Weill.” The same post quotes Emily Harrison. and a spokeswoman for Dilip Shanghvi. “I don’t think they’re ever going to pledge half. who included Mukesh and Anil Ambani. John Doerr etc reports Wall Street Journal. chairman of Sun Pharmaceuticals. now they have started a campaign to enlist billionaires to pledge more than half of their wealth for philanthropy. danced around the issue or declined to comment.

G. Most Indians and Indian rich are Hindus. except that their names do not appear in any Forbes list. In the pre-independence days. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Here and Now Share this: Facebook Email Print . they do some community work around the factories they build. Judaism which prescribes a portion of the income to be given away to charity. Christianity. those days ) in 1909. Whereas charity and generosity are seen as a virtue in Hindusm. the Indian rich are islands unto themselves. you could well have a few rich loosen their purse strings a wee bit. Corporate Social Responsibility is still seen largely as a public relations exercise or a business requirement. Jamnalal Bajaj all were big contributors.• Even among the billionaires who do not wish to flaunt their wealth ( for e. Business families may allow the companies to go to seed by having worthless inheritors ( e. Sir Ratan Tata had funded Gandhiji’s struggle in South Africa by contributing Rs125. it leaves it to the individual.g.000 ( a princely amount. G D Birla. As Indian billionaires. by faith.. They contributed their wealth to the freedom movement.g. Many of the political masters in India are themselves billionaires. Azim Premji). bequeathing their wealth (shares in their companies) to their children is top on their agenda. Now. If there was an inheritance tax in India. To be fair to them. the rich were also involved in the freedom struggle. Thus the rich are under no moral or religious compulsion by way of their faith to give away to charity. The inheritors of the rich not only inherit the wealth. Unlike Islam. • • • If the Gates-Buffett pledge campaign makes philanthropy a status symbol among the rich. the political leadership is hardly inspiring enough. they also get control and management positions by virtue of the shares they get from their parents. Hinduism does not give any norm. Some Indian business houses like the Birlas donate money to build temples and places of worship. many of whom make their wealth through ‘privatization by stealth’ (as remarked by Raghuram Rajan). . This is more out of a business compulsion rather than genuine philanthropy. perhaps Indian rich may not accumulate so much wealth for their children. the Dalmias ) but they would not give their wealth away for charity.

Consulting and BPO businesses may provide them the breadth of services. What was a growth stock is slowly becoming a dividend-yield stock. It now appears that Infosys has become a prisoner of its own success.Kamath. It is usually the first company to declare its quarterly results. RBI has said they would be releasing a few licenses as per the new policy. Banking is in the blood of Kannadigas. Infy being headquartered in Bangalore. Just running this large enterprise and maintaining the profit margins in a volatile environment seems to be keeping the top team entirely occupied.V. Great professionals don’t retire. Mohandas Pai . Look no further than E. The business model of the company remains largely unchanged in the last 15 years.000 crore and a workforce of 114. It has 113.000 employees. Infy would be having good knowledge of the Banking and Financial Services processes worldwide thanks to it being their major vertical. by getting a banking license. Here are a few reasons why Infosys could get into banking: • Infosys is a big brand and a solid reputation as a respectable and ethical company. availability of experienced bankers to handle specialised positions should be easy. Infy has not made any major acquisition in India or abroad. Now here is a piece of unsolicited advice to the management of Infosys – enter the banking business. Karnataka is home to several banks and bankers.000. The market was not enthused as there was a dip in the profits and the guidance is nothing spectacular. after being well past 70 years of age. Given their conservatism/arrogance the second option looks unlikely. They could also be looking at acquisition opportunities for the old private banks which may come up for sale. Infosys Bank should command a lot of goodwill from customers as well as investors from Day One. This would bring down the investment cost significantly. is basically a Finance person and handles the HR function like an accountant. • • • • . but they remain small. Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) remains the biggest vertical. Infosys declared its results for the Q1 2011 on the 13th of July. He could be given a special assignment to set up this new bank. Infy also has its own Core Banking Solution Fiancle which may be deployed in the new bank. With no major growth plans or big ideas. Unlike. accounting for 35% of all business. Banking. It has become huge with a turnover of nearly Rs 25. US (67 %) continues to be the major market.Why isn’t Infosys Getting into Banking? 16 07 2010 Infosys Technologies (Infy) is the bluest of the bluechips in the Indian IT sector.Sreedharan who took up the Delhi Metro assignment. the man who transformed ICICI Bank is already on the board of Infy. Like every quarter. He could be an asset for the Infosys Bank. Infy already has its first set of customers. The BPO arm of Infosys can handle a part of the customer service. K. though Director HR. Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) accounts for about 40 % of all the services. it will be difficult for the Infy stock to keep its P/E ratio at 25-30 that it commands today. other Indian IT companies. The results and guidance given by Infy sets the mood for the earnings season.

Readers may recall that HFCL had bid the highest as licence fees and Reliance . saying unreasonable prices. • • • If all the above reasons are not convincing. On the day. Idea and Reliance Communications backed out. Infosys could easily deploy its Foundation to get some aam aadmi to open accounts with the Infy Bank and thereby improve its CSR image further. I am waiting to open an account in Infy Bank. Even then it was rumoured that HFCL was actually a front for the Ambanis. Financial inclusion is one of the stated goals of the UPA govt and PM. They did not have the financial muscle to roll out the same and eventually telecom minister Sukh Ram bailed them out. it could easily deploy a part of this for its Banking business. But if its IPO does come out. was the sole winner of a pan-India licence for BWA spectrum. Infotel is a small Internet Service provider (ISP) run by Anant Nahata. It is a huge and efficient bureaucracy where the bean counters rule. The Infosys Bank could well be a place for them. it can command a huge premium and will be a sell-out. How about the promoters’ children ? They would be ready for jobs now.000 crores. unknown player in the telecom business. Tata . Many well known telecom players like Vodafone. son of Mahendra Nahata. Readers may remember that HFCL had bid irrationally in 1995 acquiring 9 licences for mobile telephony ( 2G).800 crore. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 3 Comments » Categories : Conundrums Share this: Facebook Email Print Reliance and Infotel: One More Telecom Scam? 19 06 2010 Infotel.G. banking is an appropriate business. then here is one more.• Infy has a huge cash balance of nearly 15. The promoters are occupying the top job by turns. . If such a competency is identified with the organization’s core. the results were announced Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Industries announced that they are acquiring 95 % of Infotel for Rs 4. promoter of the infamous Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited ( HFCL). Infosys may have technology in its name. They bid an astounding sum of Rs 12. Infy Bank may not require a public issue. Instead of keeping them as FDs with State Bank and other PSU banks. 848 crore. but it is hardly a technology company in a classical sense. a relatively.

the Nahatas have got their Rs 4800 crore ( ?) and 5 % equity in Infotel. Indian govt not only lost over Rs 20. . This controversy led to several changes in regulations and Reliance is now well entrenched as the No 2 player in 2G. Orissa etc for peanuts. papa had said that domestic call should be cheaper than the price of a post card. and Indian consumers.” This ISP business did not make any waves and can be dubbed a failure. used to mention how ‘data’ business would be much bigger than ‘voice’.Telecom had bid the lowest. Reliance had an ISP service which was marketed under the name “Only Smart. Mukesh Ambani during his visionary speeches. For doing the task. politicians want to make policies that benefit the ‘aam aadmi’ . As the Ambani brothers ironed out their differences and worked out their non-compete clauses. it is apprehended they will cleverly manipulate the regulators and policy makers in Delhi. In public. said in a prepared statement. This service was discontinued when Reliance Telecom changed hands from Mukesh to Anil’s. the promise of Reliance. Once again Mukesh Ambani is back in his visionary role and is talking eloquently about the prospects of broadband. “We believe this will pole-vault India’s economy into the digital world at an accelerated pace while creating next generation tools that will enhance productivity and create world-class consumer experiences. just as an additional service. Through back-door Reliance entered cellphone services industry.” the company said.” says Mukesh Ambani. 848 crore for spectrum and additional Rs 4800 crore for Infotel. ( roll-out costs are extra) apparently Reliance is entering what is essentially an Internet Service provider ( ISP) business using wireless technology. in several circles the roll-out of GSM got delayed by 2 years. 000 crore in revenues. All the socalled superiority of CDMA over GSM has been dumped. West Bengal. Readers would remember how using the ‘wireless in local loop’ licence Reliance entered mobile telephony through back-door . On earlier occasions. with R-Com clearly going for GSM in 2G and 3G. “[The] initiative will usher in a wireless broadband revolution in both the urban and the rural areas by providing end-to-end data solutions for business enterprises. As of now Internet telephony within India is not allowed. HFCL ( proxy for Reliance ?) got away without honouring their licensing contracts and sabotaging India’s cellphone industry. creating a controversy. suggesting the scale of its ambitions. social organizations. which was an unfair competition to the existing players. Once Reliance has rolled out their infrastructure for broadband. read ‘mobile phone services’ business . Reliance got some category C circles like North East. Remember. who is the world’s fourth richest man. By paying Rs 12. Reliance Infocom when it was launched. not unfamiliar to Reliance and Mukesh Ambani-Manoj Modi duo ( Most of the Reliance Infocom top-team continues to be with Mukesh) .” “RIL sees the broadband opportunity as an opportunity to be in the forefront in providing world-class 4G network and services.” Most analysts are apprehending that Reliance and Mukesh will once again get a back door entry into the mobile telephony space using the BWA spectrum. educational and healthcare institutions. Reliance Infocomm was only entering ‘voice’. the focus being data. it is clear that HFCL was just a proxy for Reliance. “We see this as the next wave of value creation opportunity in the wireless broadband space. Now by acquiring Infotel and announcing it openly on the day the BWA auction results were announced. Infotel the front for Mukesh Ambani was bidding for BWA. in the name of low cost of telephony for ‘aam aadmi’ to open up Internet telephony. When HFCL did not pay up the licence fees . as long as they or their party is adequately compensated in private. ISP is a business.

what is one more scam. Who said ‘ 3G is basmati rice. . . Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Here and Now Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz Miscellany 5 25 05 2010 Q1. Ans. this is not going to be their first JV. selling even before borrowing them is naked short sell. mjunction Q3.If materialized. Sriram Srinivasan and Rajeev Karwal ? Ans. Gunendar Kapoor. What’s common to Raghu Pillai. Massive multiplayer online role playing games Q8. Prevent heart attacks Q2. How can Indo-Pak trade in agriculture benefit the ‘Aam’ Aadmi ? Ans. SAIL and Tata Steel are in discussion for a JV steel plant . and 2G is PDS rice.’? And why? Ans. Warcraft and Second life are the most popular MMORPGs. All in a day’s work. media and bloggers cry hoarse about them. High profile executives of Reliance Retail who have all quit Q6. What is the stated benefit of a single polypill containing aspirin.What are MMORPGs ? Ans. Times Bank have all merged into a bank. Name it. Name it. Centurion Bank. Politicians and businessmen create scams. Mangoes (Aam) for six months due to diff seasons on both sides. Q4. Bank of Punjab. He sold 2G spectrum for a song in 2008 Q5. Selling shares by borrowing is short selling. A Raja alias Spectrum Raja. They already have a 50:50 JV in ecommerce.G. So. statins and 2 blood pressure-lowering medicines? Ans. The history of telecom industry in India is marked by a series of scams. Reliance would make a backdoor entry into cellphone services yet again by getting cheaper spectrum. Q7. Germany has banned naked short selling? What is it? Ans.Now the apprehension is using BWA.

Standard Chartered Bank. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Tags: Quiz Categories : Trivia Bank Share this: Facebook Email Print Buy Local Food : They’re Safer 8 05 2010 Whenever I visit one of the up market grocery stores in Hyderabad like Spar. Which Indian biscuit manufacturer was penalized as it had produced a small quantity of sugar used in their biscuits ? Ans. Ans.an innovation now exported to 50 countries. has the tag line ‘Simply Priceless’? Ans. Name it. in the news. Parle. Air India Express Q16. Ans. They are good and . world economic order after recovery. HDFC bank Q9. What is an IDR? Who is the first issuer of IDR? Ans. or Q-Mart I feel a little depressed. The post 2008 crisis. Bindeshwari Pathak Q15. It is not the ambience or the service that depresses me. Which airline. How do we know ‘Morris Oxford series III of 1957′ better in India ? Ans. . Indian Depository Receipt. Ambassador car Q12. Phensedyl Q11. As Abbott acquires Piramal it will get a brand of cough syrup that sells more for its intoxicating effect. PIMCO. In global economics what is ‘the new normal’ ? Who coined it? Ans.Name the man behind “Sulabh Shauchalaya” who developed the two-pit toilet.Ans. What inspired India born Scotsman Shepherd Barron to invent the ATM ? Ans. Q13.G. A chocolate vending machine Q10. Q14.

Tomato puree and sauces from Spain. Do not get taken in by their attractive packaging and low prices. Unknown brands of food products from Malaysia/Thailand are riskier. by buying food products manufactured in India. juice and drinks from various places and what have you. jamuns. The green activists have been urging consumers to buy organic: buy local. Local mangoes still get their traditional space.nothing to complain about. to travel half the globe to reach the dining table of Indian households. Cheese and chocolates from Switzerland. This concept is being called as Food miles. but many other local fruits like chiku. where the law is lax and enforcement is poor. Foodmiles is a term which refers to the distance food is transported from the time of its production until it reaches the consumer. sweet tamarinds. whether the importers really abide by the Food Safety and Standards Act/ FPO guidelines. in your own interest. The story at the fruits section is similar. The packaged foods section is full of products sourced from all over the world. Californian oranges. local oranges. pears of different colors and sizes from all over the globe adorn the racks. you are doing your bit to the country’s economy. Thailand. Mohan • • • • • Print Share this: Facebook Email . even by an MNC. . If you are a proud Indian. have virtually gone out of the shelves of these premium grocers. the packaged foods and fruits. then a lot of energy is spent on transporting the food. They often compromise on the cold chain and the handling required to keep the food fresh and safe. then you have the additional factor of food miles to support your decision. including the impact on global warming. the consumers can never be sure under what conditions these items were transported across the different legs of the chain. But competing with them are unknown brands from Malaysia. they are safer. These packed food items even if they are well within the expiry date. If you believe in environmentalism. Biscuits from Scotland. which are sold at rates far cheaper than the Indian brands. papayas etc.G. pasta from Italy. noodles from Taiwan. Many of these are well-known brands and are priced at multiples of Indian brands. I believe that there is no reason and need for these goods. The parent company or the brand may be an international brand which may abide by all the local laws like US-FDA. Washington apples and Fuji apples have all but replaced the familiar Simla apples. India has a great cuisine and Indian companies provide a fairly good selection of products in most product categories. The logic is if the food is traveling a long distance to reach the table. It is the selection in the packaged foods section and the fruits section that really depresses me. If some consumers indeed are habituated to some of these international brands during their stay/ visits abroad and now can afford it. My appeal is straightforward. buy local packaged foods and local fruits. but the importer is often a small-time trader/ importer from Dubai/Mumbai who does not have much of a reputation to protect. Food miles are one factor used when assessing the environmental impact of food. I am not sure in a country like India. sweet lime. grapes from US. Kiwi fruits. I still see no reason why they should be bought.

he is likely to be greeted by several Medical reps (MR) asking the patient. MCI has amended the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct. but what the doctor had prescribed. cash or monetary grants or any other favors from any pharmaceutical and allied health sector industry for self or family members. 2002. These gifts are so devised. A doctor exists to serve her patients blah blah blah. by CBI for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore. The physician then puts the patient on insulin. the Health Minister has admitted in reply to a parliament question that nearly 2. an amount of 35 % of the MRP of the drug is set aside for marketing expenses. so that the Code of ethics for doctors is not violated. They dedicate their lives in serving the humanity. In the meanwhile. In the pharmaceutical trade. because this represents only cases where the pharmaceutical companies have complained to the MCI. In an incident which appeared bizarre to me. Doctors make great sacrifices to save lives. “The amendment prohibits the doctors from accepting gifts. Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations. one pharmaceutical marketing manager was narrating how physicians deal with senior citizens. On reaching a target of say 50 the doctor is eligible for a car.• Comments : Leave a Comment » Tags: Food Categories : Here and Now The Moral Decline of the Medical Profession 27 04 2010 Since my childhood I have been hearing that medicine is a noble profession. most senior citizens are recommended to undergo blood and urine tests for sugar. On the operating table. As the patient comes out of the chamber. travel facility. Diabetes being a rather common disorder among Indians. The recent arrest of Dr Ketan Desai. the cost of car can be recovered in the long run. hospitality. Yet. The cancer of corruption and greed that has eroded most of the institutions in the society has touched the medical profession too.” Yet. it seems this respect is eroding and eroding rather rapidly. A significant part of these expenses is spent on gifts for the doctors. Insulin being a life-long treatment and usually patients do not change the brand. the competing MRs go and complain to the . the foremost professional body of Doctors. In most cases. All these beliefs lent doctors a great deal of respect in the society. pharmaceutical companies have accepted it as an occupational hazard or a cost of doing business and therefore do not complain. Based on the brand of insulin prescribed the respective co’s MR puts a tally mark against the Dr’s name. they play God. Informal chats with professionals in the pharmaceutical marketing throws up anecdotes galore of the greed and malpractices of highly successful doctors.000 doctors have violated professional ethics. just proves this. The diagnostic centre in connivance with the doctors produce wrong reports indicating diabetes. not his well-being. This is just the tip of the iceberg. the President of Medical Council of India.

Most patients would have their own story to narrate about how many tests they or their family member had to undergo before the doctor pronounced his diagnosis. they will confess that they also started with great idealism. their ideals and ethics are limited only to family and friends. money. These are all in unorganized sector and there are virtually no price controls and guidelines for these. so as to make a fast buck. Then they bandy their gifts and inform the doctor where the Doctor’s score stands with respect to their company’s scheme. In honest chats with doctor friends. who often insist on calls every week only from the CEO. over billing and cheating the unsuspecting patient is rampant. One pharmaceutical company CEO made a comment that he is quite happy bidding for government tenders than dealing with doctors. Multimillionaire doctors like Dr Naresh Trehan have become role models for many doctors. but they could not stand up to the pressures of consumerism. For all others. medicines account for only 15 % of the total expenditure. Most ambitious doctors today dream of owning and operating at least a nursing home . On many occasions an expensive MRI or a CAT scan was done but the doctor did not even spend a minute reading the report. and more money. Up to 50 % kickbacks to the referring doctors by the diagnostic centre is the norm in most metros. Doctor’s fees etc account for the rest. The malpractices in pricing and dispensation of medical devices like stents or heart valves are many. It is no surprise that increasing number of doctors are unable to resist the temptation to cheat their patients a little or be greedy with the pharmaceutical companies. they are losing their respect in the society. if not a hospital. Yet. hospitals. Private sector hospitals particularly the tertiary care centers often under a corporate structure are a law unto themselves. Government has through various means like Drug price control order. Now. . In the bargain. Under the veneer of computerized efficiency and courteous patient care. In addition. MCI guideline etc have tried to keep the cost of drugs in check. he did not have to put up with the tantrums of many specialist doctors. in healthcare. Other heads like diagnostics. it is just money. The high rates of tests are not only to recover the investment the promoter has made in the equipment but also for the expenditure to cultivate a network of doctors who refer their patients to the centre. Bribes in government tenders at 20 % are lower than the expenditure on gifts to doctors.Doctor about how he has been partial to one company.

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at least one team who has a must-win requirement to make the semi-finals. The novelty of T20 namely sixes. There are several matches where both the teams have a must-win requirement for example CSK vs KKR on the 13th of April. dropped catches etc to drive home the point that the script for the IPL 3 is not being written on the ground in which it is played. only one team Mumbai Indians (MI) has qualified for the semi-finals. one would like to believe that these Q/Fs have come about by happenstance. Thus making the last few league matches. The league matches in the last ten days have thrown up very surprising results. The commercial angle to the need for Q/Fs is pretty clear. One month of cricket has already been played and yet the semi-final line-up is not clear. who have virtually no chance of making it to the semi-finals. Mumbai Indians which was cruising along beautifully.The Second Take Revisiting the Bizland • • • Home About Us Are IPL 3 Matches Getting Fixed? 12 04 2010 IPL 3 is now at a very interesting crossroads. a virtual knockout stage. cheer girls has somewhat worn out already in the third year. KXP which did nothing right in the first half of the league. wickets. But for Kings XI Punjab. two in a row. run-outs. suddenly starting becoming the giant-killer beating KKR even when they scored 200 and further beat up MI and DD which were at the top of the table. Although there are no official Q/F as per the league format. Each of these matches features. After the matches on the 11th of April. A look at the points table tells us that three teams are bunched at 12 points and 3 teams at 10 points at this stage in the league when most teams have played 11 matches each and 2 teams have played 12 matches each. in IPL 3 this has come about. fatigue has set in among the TV viewers. rest of the six teams have a good chance of making it to the semis. News is coming out that the . there are quite a few indicators which suggest otherwise. A large number of cricket enthusiasts point out to freak dismissals through run-outs. The question to ask is whether they have come about by happenstance or by design ? Whereas. ensuring sky high TRPs. suddenly started losing to much lesser teams that too . Well into the 4th week of the league. These matches are virtual quarter finals. There are 11 more league matches between 12th April today and the semi-finals on 21st April.

Ahmedabad. .Y. Pune is the second city in Maharashtra to have an IPL franchise. If indeed that is true. Pune. Pune is like the second franchise for Mumbai. Much that I would like to attribute the results of the matches held in the last few weeks to ‘the glorious uncertainties of cricket’.G. Nagpur and Kochi. The Pune franchise has gone to the Subrata Roy led Sahara Group. one cannot ignore the huge commercial motive. Many new centers like Nagpur.Patil. Pune and Kochi from 2011 onwards. The summer heat this year. . has been very severe. The Kochi franchise has gone to a little known group which goes by the name Rendezvous Sports. Mumbai being a commercially important city. Bidding the same amounts for Ahmedabad. which already has an IPL team. much like Manchester City and Manchester United in EPL. It is very close to Mumbai. Let’s not forget IPL is in the hands of Lalit Modi. Dharamsala are hosting IPL matches for the first time. the Sahara team chose Pune. it can as well have a second franchise. The amounts paid by the 2 team owners are staggering and is 25% higher than the amount paid by the all the eight teams put together in the first auction. One can never be sure whether this emergence of virtual Q/F s is by design. even though they have no home teams playing. Nagpur and Pune. making it all the more diffcult for filling up stadia. one should treat IPL as no different from WWF.audience for IPL in theaters across India is very low. who is a brilliant marketer/organiser but also a consummate gambler. Brabourne and D. the wrestling competition manufactured for TV audiences. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 2 Comments » Categories : Media and Entertainment Share this: Facebook Email Print The IPL Guide to the Indian Markets 25 03 2010 The Indian Premier League (IPL) recently awarded franchises for two new centres. It is interesting to see the cities chosen for the second round of auctions. Already Mumbai is hosting IPL matches in two stadia. Subrata Roy has mentioned that the Amby Valley being close to Pune has made them chose Pune over the other cities.

G. Kerala is never known for its cricketing skills.IPL may appear to be cricket. forgoing their soaps and cartoons. Corporate Power is essential to bring in the big money. .1. Monsanto . The Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is being accused of being an agent of which MNC by the green activists? Ans. RP Singh to name a few. It is the convergence of Advertising. Cricket is just incidental. Jairam Ramesh had said. Praveen Kumar. glamour and even access to politicians. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 2 Comments » Categories : The Entertainment Business Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz Miscellany 4 15 02 2010 Q. Bollywood and Corporate Power (ABC). Sahara group head quarters is also at Lucknow and Subrata Roy is a virtual maharaja in the Sahara City. Bollywood glamour is essential to attract the non-cricketing enthusiasts like women and children to watching IPL matches. Yet. But it is much more than that. Many years ago. Kochi is the fourth team from the South to have an IPL franchisee. there is no IPL franchise. UP is a Ranji finalist and has several players who make it to the T20 India team like Suresh Raina. because it is low on ABC score. The eight states of North East is totally unrepresented through any IPL franchise. The East lags behind and the gap is getting bigger every year. The economic progress and the market growth made by Western and Southern India is reflected even in the choice of IPL centers. when he was not a minister. It is not surprising that big states like UP and Bihar have no IPL franchise. The entire East India has just one team from Kolkata. Sreesanth is perhaps the only test level player Kerala has given to the Indian team. The cities which have the biggest markets are likely to attract most advertising. Corporate groups are attracted to IPL possibly because the access it gives to fame. Kochi and therefore Kerala getting an IPL franchise is quite a surprise. that if one takes the map of India and keeping Varanasi in UP as a reference point draw a line one will find a huge contrast between the entire region to the West of Varanasi to that of its East.

com provide to the residents of Bengaluru ? Ans. Ans.What does the phrase ‘The Great Firewall of China’ refer to? Ans. Gatorade. Name him. Which indian bank has introduced a floating rate deposit where interest rates can change every quarter ? Ans. It is being restored and converted into a luxury hotel.What unconventional way to combat corruption has been used by an Indian NGO 5thpillar ? Ans. Arsenal vs Man-U on 31st JAN 2010 Q 15. ‘Large inheritances can kill heirs’ says this Russian billionaire who gave away 2. He had a public spat with petroleum minister? . Name them. Q4. Oprah Winfrey. Oprah read backwards Q 10. Taj Q7. When the govt of a country is on the verge of default on its debt. ‘Let’s begin’ is the new corp tagline of ESSAR group. A zero rupee currency note printed and distributed to people so that when a govt official asks a bribe he is presented this note which has no value Q 9. John Maynard Keynes Q6. I change’? Ans. Vladimir Potanin Q 13.Who publishes a magazine titled HARPO ? Ans. Ans.1 bn $ like Gates and Buffet. Chinese censoring of the Internet Q3. Extreme anger caused by product packaging that is difficult to open or manipulate:) Q5. Which EPL match had the first live 3D broadcast on Skysports ? Ans.What is a sovereign debt crisis ? Ans. Greece is now on the verge of one Q8. Which group? Ans. Falaknuma palace was the residence of the Nizam of Hyderabad. Carpooling Q 12. Essar began as a partnership between the brothers S and R. Shashi and Ravi Ruia Q 16. What unique service does commuteeasy.Name this Pepsico brand which was acquired from Quaker Oats and is sold as ‘World’s No 1 sports drink’. What is ‘Wrap rage’? Ans. Who or what has the Wired magazine nominated for Nobel Peace prize this year ? Ans. HDFC BANK Q 14. Ans.This visionary former Chairman of ONGC took it global and acquired MRPL.Q2.Which legendary economist once said ‘When facts change. The Worldwide web Q 11.

Ran Niwas Mirdha Cong leader who died recently headed the JPC to probe the 1992 stock scam. Q 3. BA and IBERIA are to merge. In Chetan Bhagat’s new book 2 States. after graduating from IIM-A . Spain Q 5. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz Miscellany 3 27 01 2010 Q1.HP Q 6. Infosys Q 7. Which global steel major has acquired over 34 % stake in UTTAM GALVA ? Ans. Name it. Was in the news for IPO. Who was the chief villain of this scam ? Ans.Ans. Arcelor Mittal Q 18. Ans .which companies do KRISH and ANANYA join ? Ans. McDonald’s in 1973 as a part of a DEC game – Moonlander.India’s largest tour operator. This 90-year-old is the chief designer of IZHMASH arms factory. . Which indian IT major has instituted an award for excellence in science.COX & KINGS Q2. Which company is acquiring the telecom equipment company 3 COM ? Ans . To which country does IBERIA belong? Ans. Name him and his creation. Subir Raha Q17. Which brand was first woven into a computer game (advergame) ? Ans. Citibank and HLL Q 4. Harshad Mehta .G. modelled on Nobel prize? Ans.

Whose byline is “Committed to improving the state of the world”? Ans. Under which brand name have SISTEMA SHYAM launched their mobile service? Ans.G. . Same movie.e. The point to note is the ticket prices paid for the same movie in the three places. One friend watched the movie with his family in a single screen theatre in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh). I watched with my family. Catamaran . I paid Rs 100 per ticket and my friend in Mumbai paid. World Economic Forum. in three different cities. same day. Three friends watching the same movie on a particular weekend is a coincidence. six more friends chipped in with inputs on the pricing of 3 Idiots in their respective cities/towns. the second week for the movie. only difference was the location. but does not deserve a post. Interestingly. on the same day three friends of mine watched the movie during the New Year weekend i. hold your breath. Rs 600 per ticket (it was a recliner seat). All the tickets were bought from the counter. in the Cinemax multiplex at Banjara Hills. What is the service of RENT the RUNWAY? Ans. Another friend watched with his family in a Multiplex -Big Cinemas in Mulund. The friend in Bhilai paid Rs 25 for a ticket. MTS Q 9. Hyderabad. Name the new venture fund launched by the Murthys of Infosys? Ans. Mikhail Kalashnikov. Q 11. Yield Management and 3 Idiots 6 01 2010 The Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots has had a bumper opening and is now a blockbuster hit. hence. there was no ‘black’ component.Ans. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Share this: Facebook Email Print Differential Pricing. Subsequently. A haute couture rental through mail order Q 10. AK-47 Q 8 .

Navi Mumbai and paid Rs 220 per ticket. The distribution and exhibition links of the film industry’s value chain have to grapple with complexities of high order. Which two well-known companies have been removed from the Dow Jones Industrial average in 2009? . Which fund-house specializes in exchange-traded funds in India? Ans : Benchmark mutual fund Q3. paying Rs 50 per ticket. Q 2. . the range of ticket price from Rs 25 to Rs 600 establish that there are several segments within urban India. Creating a product like a movie. Whereas. which included a black component of Rs 25. If you are tracking the CAC 40. What are “NINJA” loans in mortgage loans market? Ans : No Income. IPO is Initial Public Offer.SV informed that he watched in the INOX multiplex in Kolkata and paid Rs 400 for the ticket. RK saw “3 idiots’ in Satyam Multiplex -Chennai and paid Rs 120 per ticket. Q5.G.GD informed that Pune Multiplex ticket price was Rs. RC informed that she saw the movie in a single-screen theatre in Bhubaneswar. credit is due not only to the content and promotion aspects of the film. No Jobs or Assets. which country’s market would you be following? Ans : Paris Bourse. 250 in the New Year weekend. In the case of 3 Idiots. SG watched in Big Cinemas Vashi. VS saw it in Durg in a single-screen theatre and paid Rs 50 per ticket.clearly. France. which cannot be customized for local markets and yet getting the differential pricing aligned with multiple levels of price elasticity existing within urban India calls for sophisticated skills in yield management. what is FPO? Ans: Follow-on public offer. Q4. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 3 Comments » Categories : The Entertainment Business Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz Miscellany 2 29 12 2009 Q 1. reluctantly sitting in the rear stall.

Q10.50 to $ 0. He brought down the cost of RFID tags from $ 2. Inspired by Noel Stevenson’s novel Snow Crash. this is a virtual world on the net. This exchange has been recently given permission to set-up an all India stock exchange. where he worked on EVMs . He worked as an engineer with Bharat Electronics Limited. Ans : Second Life Q9. Udaan Q2. India’s first woman DGP inspired a TV serial where the lead role was played by her sister. Ans : Peter Bernstein Q7.G. Ans : Kavita Choudhary. Name her. Ans : Financial Technologies. The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession. Name the author of the book.05. The sister is known to millions of Indians as Lalitaji of Surf. Kanchan Choudhury. Name it. David Whitbread. RFID tags are fast replacing bar-codes. In this virtual world. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Share this: Facebook Email Print Quiz on Vintage Indian Ads 16 12 2009 Q1. Technology Q8. Which company owns the Multi-commodity exchange MCX. Ans : Electronic Voting Machines. What innovation did Prof Sanjay Sharma of MIT do to bring about a revolution in supplychain management? Ans.Ans : Citibank and General Motors Q6. With which innovation is the famous Tamil writer and novelist Sujatha Rangarajan associated with ? He also wrote the script and dialogue for movies like Sivaji and Dasvatharam. model coordinator and production stylist played the role of which popular ad character for over 14 years? . residents interact with each other through avatars and even create and trade in virtual property.

Ans : Ishita Arun. daughter of Ila Arun Q10. appeared in which vintage bulb ad? Ans : ECE bulbs Q9. Digjam had Shekhar Kapur. Tiger Pataudi was the Gwalior Suitings man. Ankita Jhaveri currently based in LA made her mark as a star in Telugu film industry. Jeevan and Hanu. Cricketer Farokh Engineer and Kishore Kumar have both endorsed which brand now owned by Sara Lee? Ans : Brylcreem Q11. . much before she entered the film industry? Ans : She is the ‘I love you Rasna’ girl. How did she become darling of millions of people in India. The little girl grew up to be an actress and anchor. the kid and the monkey were two cartoon characters that educated kids on which company in the 80s? Ans : LIC Q8. This ad for Vicks where Jayant Kriplani appeared along with a little girl made Jayant famous. Sunil Gavaskar appeared for Dinesh Suitings. His most famous creation was for an ad. Name her. Ved Pal composed the much recalled ‘Washing Powder Nirma’ Q7. Kanwarjit Paintal known for playing Shikhandi in Mahabharat TV serial. Ved Pal Sharma composed music for films such as Souten ki Beti.Reproduced from Deccan Chronicle • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Share this: Facebook Email Print . Vicks ki goli lo. khich khich door karo. What is her connection to Indian advertising? Ans : Karen Hishey nee Lunel was the original Liril girl Q5. Ans : Nirma. Which brand did Vivian Richards and Ravi Shastri endorse? Ans : Vimal Q6. Karen Hishey teaches school children in New Zealand. Identify.Ans: Onida Devil Q3. Film stars Ayesha Takia and Shahid Kapoor together appeared in which ad as kids? Ans: Complan Q4.

on its part. the BJP leader made a witty remark “CAT Ko Mouse Kha Gaya. The award of this contract is itself being challenged through a Public Interest Litigation. Sushma Swaraj. there are problems on all sides. Career Launcher are claiming that some questions are borrowed from their database. Some questions are the same as earlier CAT exams. Inconsistent quality of invigilation • So who is to be blamed for this fiasco. which conducts the GMAT exam worldwide. Given that there are reports of questions being repeated. Let us look at the parties involved. The quality of PCs in many engineering colleges leave much to be desired. This gives the advantage to students who have appeared later. there are bugs and viruses galore. So much so. Pagalguy . . A summary is presented below: • • • • • • Screens going blank in between the test Reboots and ’svchost. As it appears. Prometric Inc is a subsidiary of ETS (Educational Testing Services). NIIT. it obviously puts test-takers on each subsequent day at an advantage in the competition.Should Online CAT 2009 be Scrapped? 7 12 2009 The first online Common Admission test (CAT) for IIMs this year. engaged 200 + private engineering colleges with over 100 computers each.exe’ errors Noise and commotion caused in the lab due to the above People in some labs getting extra time to solve questions while the above problems were being rectified Some features of the testing software (review button. the coaching institutes like TIME.” It may be a source of amusement for the politicians. several other un-moderated social networks such as Orkut have communities dedicated to question sharing. The IIMs who have the responsibility of providing the questions for the test. The 20 set of questions which have to be given to the examinees over the 10 days should have been different. Professor. have serious issues. display of questions) not working as intended on some computers Questions being leaked in various private channels. The IIMs appointed Prof Satish Deodhar. IIMs who have been conducting the admission tests in the paper-pencil mode. that this issue has been raised in the parliament. So what are the problems. Worse. The award for online CAT for the next 5 years was given to Prometric India Pvt Ltd.5 lakh CAT aspirants it has been a source of anxiety. Prometric has not developed a foolproof software to run the tests. has been a major source of embarrassment for the IIMs. IIM-A as the convenor. a subsidiary of Prometric Inc. across the country to conduct the exams. but questions are repeating very often. but for the over 2. NIIT has deployed invigilators who are untrained and often rude. While moderated channels like PaGaLGuY are leaving no stoned unturned in respecting the non-disclosure clause. Prometric in-turn outsourced the infrastructure and invigilation services to NIIT in a Rs 50-55 crore contract. decided to go online this year because the number of aspirants are increasing year-on-year.com a popular MBA aspirants’ community site. has compiled this list of complaints based on their users’ mails. This was a US 40 Million $ ( Approx Rs 180 crore) contract.

in fact. with lot more preparation and dry-runs the online CAT can be attempted again. The harder option would be to scrap the online test and conduct a paper-pencil test like earlier years and restore the sanctity and the aura of CAT. not . Indians have always had an almost irrational love for the yellow metal.So what are the options before the IIMs.300 currently. Next year. The second option is being demanded by several IIM Directors as The Telegraph reports. India is one of the largest importers of gold in the world.000 tonnes of gold have been mined till date. who have already paid Rs 1400 for the test.000 tonnes.139/ounce (a 38 per cent gain) over the same period.G. In spite of being poor. This obsession seems to be now having a beneficial impact as gold prices touch new highs. IIMs had conducted CAT twice in 2003 after it was detected that there was a paper leak. reports Business Line. This blogger believes that if the IIMs have to keep their pre-eminent position in the field of higher education. Domestic prices have merely followed global gold prices. It can somehow muddle through the online CAT this year. one is its appetite for gold. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 2 Comments » Categories : The Business of Management Education Share this: Facebook Email Print The Wealth Effect of Gold 25 11 2009 Among many contradictions that India is famous for. Indian government’s gold reserves ranks 10th among all countries at 757. As per World Gold Council. should be spared of any more financial burden. Price gains in India have.520 at the start of the year to Rs 17. it should scrap the online CAT this year and go for a paper-pencil test.7 tonnes. The prices of gold in India have increased from Rs 13. with the extension of the test by one day and then hope to have a far stricter GD and personal interview to weed out the unworthy and select the best. The students. as if all the anguish over the past few days is not enough. Out of this Indians’ private holdings is considered to be the highest at 15. which rose from $827/ounce to $1. a gain of 28%. . a total of 158. American citizens’ holdings is a mere 4000 tonnes.

The rise in the gold prices. The weakness of US $ is considered to be one of the most important factors leading to the rise in gold prices. Legendary investing guru Marc Faber says gold price is rising without any fundamental factors and thus the price of the yellow metal will plunge to $900-$800 levels.kept up with global trends. As is the case with all asset classes. it may have a negative effect. Some reports suggesting the gold prices will touch US $ 1. mainly because of the rupee strengthening by about 8 per cent against the dollar for the year.G. Mohan • • • • • • Print Share this: Facebook Email . Several bullion analysts like Jim Rogers and Jim Sinclair have predicted that gold price would continue to boom. However. views of the various analysts differ as this report mentions. as is being predicted. But not every bullion analyst is bullish on gold. then this wealth effect will continue. While Jim Rogers says gold price will zoom to $2000. the hottest commodity traded in the world. then instead of the wealth effect being favorable for the consumer markets. If the gold prices continue to rise next year. So. . The increase in wealth due to the rise in price of gold is a whopping 14 % of India’s GDP. value of India’s gold holdings goes up by 48 Billion US $.400 per oz shortly. has been more than made up by the wealth effect due to gold prices. whatever damage the economic slowdown may have done to consumer demand. India’s GDP is of the order of US $ 1 trillion. Jim Sinclair has been arguing that the next stop for the yellow metal price is $1650 per ounce. if Indians continue their obsession for gold even at high prices. have made the value of private holdings go up from 400 billion US $ to 540 billion US $ an increase of 140 billion US $ in the last one year. Not dissimilar to the effect of crude oil price increases on Russian and Middle-East economies. For every 100 $ increase in price of gold. Gold prices are expected to go up further in 2010.

In a telling comment about his drive. market leadership really worth giving up your life for? When should you say enough is enough? Inconvenient questions with no easy answers.Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Money Matters Sapped by Success: Ranjan Das’ Sad Demise 24 10 2009 Ranjan Das. What is the meaning of all the success. The drive that he had for his work. he made SAP India the largest software company in India. So much so he forgot that he was after all a human being. An interesting video interview of his after the Chennai Marathon is published in a blog where. beating Microsoft.” Unfortunately. I have never met him and I have not even followed his career closely to be qualified to write an obituary. USA and an MBA from Harvard. May Ranjan Das’ soul rest in peace. Yet. along with another colleague. By most professional yardsticks. who are punishing themselves or pressured by their organizations to grueling routines and obscene levels of stress. without it breaking down? Is the pursuit of market share. Later. Mr. he brought to his running too. his death has set me thinking and perhaps. . A BS in Engineering from MIT. He is survived by his wife and two kids. He was 42 years old. He even ran the Chennai Marathon recently. beyond the normal. he has promised to return with his SAP team next year. Techentrepreneur in Silicon Valley. he remarks “My initial goal was to complete the race and then it was completing it in 70 minutes. From news reports. I do not know him personally. SAP America and then in 2007 taking charge as MD of SAP India. I shifted the goal to 60 minutes and I achieved it too. He had a great career with stints in Oracle. many other professionals in the IT industry are also doing the same. it was a fantastic career and he was a young achiever. Das’ untimely death will surely raise an alarm and force them to reflect. if the price is your life? How far and how long can you stretch your body. There are several professionals like him in the IT sector. Das is not much of an exception. MD of SAP India died the day before yesterday due to a heart stroke at his Mumbai residence. when I saw I had set myself a good pace. it will not be. As the Dataquest obit says. Mr. it appears that he was a fitness freak. Das. Yet. Most professionals would envy him for his achievements. hailed from Assam and had excellent educational credentials. Did he have to die so young? I guess he was very ambitious and he drove himself too hard towards success.

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voice services being just one of the many features. In cities it is a common sight to see security guards and waiting drivers. playing music on their cell phone to battle their boredom. The cell phones of today are multipurpose devices. Nokia.The Second Take Revisiting the Bizland • • • Home About Us Novel Modes of Music Merchandizing 23 10 2009 Here is a short quiz. . Which is the largest selling brand of FM Radio in India? Which is the largest selling brand of music players in the country? The answers for both the question are the same. The market leader in cell phone becomes the leader in other segments too.

Chandrasekaran. Ramadorai joined as a trainee engineer worked his way to the highest position in the company.Seeing the opportunity of selling legally copyrighted music to these new customers of music TSeries has launched music in Micro SD cards and USB pen-drives with the Bollywood movie Blue. so if the pricing is right. (Chandra). Will the semi-literate cell phone user use his cell phone for education? How about an English speaking course on these cards ? Can audio books on self-improvement and management subjects be published on USB drives for the laptop users ? What the CD-ROMs could not do can the Micro SD cards and USB drives do ? • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : The Entertainment Business G. the market can become significant. Nearly 400 Million Indians have a cell phone.Ramadorai (Ram) has relinquished the charge of Managing Director of TCS Ltd and has handed over charge to N. Besides. customers are unlikely to pay Rs 525 for pen drives many times. Music loaded in pen drives also has a good prospect. because of their high price they did not make much of a mark. The Micro SD cards and USB drives do offer other opportunities for entrepreneurs. Business Standard described Ram’s tenure in TCS as follows: “ Ramadorai has bid farewell to Tata Consultancy Services after being with the organisation for 37 years. Nokia already has set up an online music store with a huge library of over 30. increasingly the set-top boxes provided by DTH operators have a USB port. Ramadorai would continue his association with the company as the non-executive vice- .00. The only hitch here is that given the easy availability of freely downloadable music on the Internet. The Micro SD card is priced at Rs 475 and the USB pen drive 2GB is priced at Rs 525. Micro SD cards played on cell phones has a great future in India.000 songs. The Apple iPods and other MP3 players had already taken the market in the western countries. Mohan Share this: Facebook Email Print TCS Under Ramadorai: A Case of Providential Success? 11 10 2009 S. the desktop and laptop computers. In India. Several models of Nokia come with preloaded songs.

the company has grown to be one of the world’s largest global software and services companies. The business model of hiring engineers and programmers from across India and posting them on projects abroad and earning profits by wage arbitrage was well established. When he took over. but will acquire it over time. Mr Kohli had made a terse comment that ” Ramadorai had no vision for TCS. The recent acquisition of Citi BPO or the organizational restructuring of 2008 were seen as Chandra’s initiatives rather than Ram’s. visibility of TCS and Ramadorai improved considerably. Yet. Ramadorai and TCS always looked pale in front of the well-oiled PR machinery of Infosys. The merger of Tata Infotech with TCS also appeared to be a Bombay House decision to strengthen an ailing company. In spite of his frequent appearances in media as MD of TCS or as an elder spokesperson of the IT industry. TCS earned just $100 million and had 6000 employees. it is extremely difficult to articulate Ram’s management style or attributing any breakthrough step taken by the company or the IT industry to him. It appears that the CMC acquisition which happened as a part of the disinvestment programme of the Govt of India. Ramdorai inherited the TCS mantle from FC Kohli who had already identified and clearly laid down the building blocks for TCS business in software and IT services. Even the decision to leverage Y2K was not really a conscious decision by Ram/TCS but being with the flow.” Being the CEO of a large company for 13 years and taking it from 100 Million $ sales to 6 Billion dollars is no mean achievement. Year 2000 presented a great opportunity to scale up this model and create software factories. Ramadorai took over as CEO in 1996 and has been instrumental in building TCS to its present day stature. The entire Indian IT industry was gearing up for it and having had a head start in this business TCS and Infosys made the most of it. It has to be said that after TCS ceased to be a division of Tata Sons and became a public limited company and was declaring results Quarter after quarter. .” The strategy and business model of TCS from the FC Kohli era was scaled up by Ramadorai and his team to levels no one ever thought was possible. Under his leadership. Chandra. In the last five years after the IPO. Even the decisions of not launching an IPO at the height of the dot-com boom of ’99-2000 and finally launching an IPO in 2004 was more a decision of the owners rather than the CEO’s. His favorite quote is: No dream is ever too small. Servicing foreign clients from providing offshore centres in India also began in the late’80s. Ramadorai’s statements or quotes had minimal substance and little impact.chairman. There is no clear evidence or information that some of the acquisitions made by TCS were actually driven by any grand vision of Ramadorai. it was becoming increasingly visible that the day-to-day operations and much of the strategic decisions were being made by the top team particularly the current CEO. even though Ramadorai was the CEO. In a Business India article which came after Ramadorai took over as the CEO from FC Kohli. was a decision thrust on TCS by Bombay House. no dream is ever too big. Even his favorites would not credit him of having any charisma. The key presence in leading markets like US and Europe was already in place.

Was he a great people person. . but that did not make him a great technologist. was he a great marketing or consummate deal maker. the last day of Navaratri i. yet he leaves the top job at TCS as an extremely successful manager. He started his life as a hardware engineer. On this day. machines. does it make him a great technologist in the Bill Gates mould? Hardly.000 employees? Most probably not. In the North and Eastern India. He did not make any grand statements of vision or put his personal prestige behind any major decision. As Ramadorai moves up as the VC.e. vehicles. Ramadorai remained an enigma. Having grown the sales revenue over 60 times in 13 years . the . Ramadorai may not have been anywhere close to the textbook profile of a great corporate leader. He had an engineering qualification. He appeared distinctly uncomfortable in the company of his employees. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 4 Comments » Categories : Periscope Share this: Facebook Email Print Why Working with Hands is Looked Down Upon in India? 7 10 2009 It is now the festival season in India. He had the wisdom to know he had a good thing going in TCS and did not upset the applecart. Vishwakarma Puja and Ayudha Puja are ceremonies to worship the Gods who look after the weapons. He was neither liked nor disliked. he did not show any flair in salesmanship or innovative deal making. majority of whom were less than half his age. yet appearing very aloof. He may appear like a bystander. the Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra day is celebrated as Ayudha Puja. tools and implements used in factories and homes. Perhaps not. The Hindus have a festival for everything. In the Southern states. Having been the CEO of India’s No 1 IT company. But. Vishwakarma Puja was celebrated on September 17th. Sometimes he went along with the decisions and initiatives taken by his bosses in Bombay House and sometimes by his team. Although he would never shy away from meeting clients across the world.G. the hardware he used to maintain. Yet. because most employees did not know what he stood for. Being at the helm of affairs of such a large company. He floated on the top of TCS unruffled as if he had a Teflon coating around him.Ramadorai had a very minimalist style of management. he did not do anything silly. but he was very much on the ball in terms of facts and figures. having managed a company with more than 140. have long become obsolete. hoping that the elephant called TCS continues to trundle along on Ram’s luck.

The workmen after the Puja distribute sweets and enjoy the break. learn the concept but leave the experiments.” The post-1991 India swears by consumerism. Inventors of the 19th and 20th Century like Edison. yet. most likely the artisan you call is likely to be a Muslim. even minor work which requires the use of these tools is outsourced. smithy.machines and tools are all cleaned up. A tilak of sandalwood paste and vermillion is put on each of them. which devalues the crafts and the vocational skills required to create and repair things. There is something about the Hindu culture or the Indian education system. plumbing etc which use these is declining. But they are more an exception. painted and then a garland is put on them. playing with tools and creating new things. But I have not seen a single mall in any city which has D. making their own music systems by buying components and putting them together. In the engineering colleges. the respect and regard for the various crafts like carpentry. Edwin Land or Elihu Thomson had not only good scientific concepts. there are very few students who spend a lot of time there creating models or prototypes. but very few innovative products. they would work with their hands to produce models and prototypes which led to so many great inventions. or generally spending time to hone their craft. Whereas. there is little or no sign that more Indians are learning crafts or working with their hands. the consuming class would not do anything with their own two hands. The grass root innovators have the craft but they lack theoretical grounding. perhaps. making their products uncompetitive. fancy cars. . rarely you see a single Indian product being discussed. fair and foul and acquire them. Students are encouraged to study science subjects like physics and chemistry. More often than not. They want to acquire plush houses. Among many reasons very few inventions come out of India could be the fact that the scientists are poor in the craft of inventions. On this day. including qualified engineers. as they are being worshipped. All these things involve crafts of different kinds. Yuppies. the tradition of worshipping these tools and implements continue. even the good ones. the best of the products are not made in India. They would much rather earn money by means. I have seen a few of my classmates. Every Indian city now has large number of malls. which have good laboratories and workshops. India may have a very large pool of scientific and technical manpower.Y (Do it yourself) stores which I have seen in the small towns of US and UK. One can argue that people in US and UK have to do a lot of work on their own. than the rule. In urban Indian homes. Yet. designer furniture. In the scores of TV programmes on gadgets. very often they lack the basic skills needed for using them. In a city like Hyderabad. but a miniscule number of them who potter around their homes/ garages. Indians or Hindus were not always this way. not only consider it infra-dig to dirty their hands and do this work. Mahatma Gandhi used to weave his own cloth and used to stitch in his Singer sewing machine which he once remarked as ” one of the few useful things ever invented.I. Labor has become expensive in India too. latest gadgets. Practical and Laboratory work is often treated as a necessary evil to get through the school final. from home painting to fabricating their home furniture because labor is expensive. but they would much rather concentrate on the theory. Hindus prefer to theorize and manage. Indian scientists work on concepts and publish papers. tools are not used.

Kapil Sibal should consider reforms that would bring about the balance in teaching of science and technology where the craft gets its due. In addition. The cost of delivering a letter from one-point to another in India is the same. Large enough to convey the message. As the government subsidizes the postage on the Inland Letter. every rupee saved helps. Government through India Post subsidizes the Inland Letter postage. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 2 Comments » Categories : Conundrums Share this: Facebook Email Print The Abuse of the Inland Letter 29 09 2009 The blue inland letter evokes warm feelings. now evoke feelings of disgust. The Blue Inland letter instead of evoking warm feelings. Dividend information. The Blue Inland Letter should get back to its original use for personal mails only.The Union Minster of HRD.00 postage for an envelope. Those who lived in hostels would know personal letters from family and friends would usually come in those inland letters. Mohan • • Share this: Facebook . Private.G. With companies in cost-cutting mode. the postal department came up with a separate category of postcards called competition post-cards. the government should check this abuse and come up with a separate category of Inland Letter for Business use in a different color. whether it is an Inland letter or an envelope. IPO allotment information. Premium notices from Insurance companies. Notices for AGM to shareholders etc which earlier used to come in envelopes are now being sent in Inland Letter cards. The very same virtues of the Inland Letter seen by middle-class Indian families have been discovered by the corporate India now.50 as against Rs 5.G. What started off last year as a one-off case has become the norm this year. When Television competitions were abusing the low cost of post-cards. Inland letter postage is Rs 2. . reserved for junk mail. . which was priced much higher than the ordinary post card. Economical. there are savings on stationery.

Fewer people are aware of newly floated cement and steel companies which are yet to be operational. Many angel investors back greenhorn entrepreneurs. Share valuations have an element of subjectivity. If these investments have been made by public limited companies.• • • • Email Print Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Antimatter Share Premium: An Ingenious Political Graft 23 09 2009 One ingenious method for raising money that has come to light in Andhra Pradesh is using share premium account.These investors were large real estate. The media. which only a person in power can give. Now. at par. Mohan Share this: Facebook Email Print . The considerations could be anything like concessional land. There is nothing intrinsically unethical about issuing shares at a premium. then it is the minority shareholder who loses. It is just incidental that the entrepreneur here had a very powerful father. government contracts. tax concessions etc. steel and cement companies issued shares to the promoters. construction and other AP based firms. if the returns do not come through. The media ventures are already operational and hence visible. namely the family. invested large amounts of money and gave such valuations to shell companies or yet-to-be executed projects with the hope or explicit knowledge that the returns for the investment will come not from the projects per se but through other considerations. they will be written off as bad investments in their books. On the strength of these investments the media business was valued at Rs 3500 crore in 2008. based on instinct. These investors perhaps. It is well known that the late CM’s son has business interests in the media sector. Then the same companies sold at huge premiums often 100-500x times the share value to other investors. • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » G. as indeed many are.

If I look at Jet through the model propounded by Jim Collins in his latest book How the Mighty Fall. the utilization rates of Jet fell. go through five stages. Let us look at each of these stages in the case of Jet. which was neither full-serive nor a low-cost carrier. Panic and Haste: – Collins says that instead of being calm. it made a profit of Rs 452 crore on a turnover of Rs 6. It is the sole surviving private airline among the many which were launched in the 1990s.088 crore.By the admission of Jet Airways CEO Wolfgang Prock Schaeur in Business World. it tried to position Jetlite as a low-cost carrier . This is a fairly advanced stage after which redemption is rather difficult. Jet management behaved as if it was a temporary problem. It is a manifestation of the sickness that Jet Airways has got into. the silver bullet is a 600 Mn $ cost reduction programme. Now. reactive behaviour bordering on panic.900 staffers at one go and then with government • .Categories : Antimatter If Jim Collins Were to Analyze the Grounding of Jet Aiways … 10 09 2009 Thousands of passengers were left stranded in airports due to cancellation of 186 Jet airways flights last Tuesday. The price of crude started going up and touched its peak of 147 $ in July 2008. The flights got cancelled because 360 pilots reported sick The flash strike by the Jet pilots is just a symptom of the larger problem that Jet Airways is in.” Stage 3 – Denial of Risk and Peril: – From early 2007 onwards the operating environment of the aviation industry has been very negative. Yet it continued to make losses quarter-after-quarter.Hubris Born of Success. • A Series of Silver Bullets: – Jet tried a number of dramatic. In this book. Jet like other airlines expanded its fleet and network. big moves like launch of the international service. deliberate and disciplined. “We have expanded rather fast. Even though it was a full-service carrier. – Jet Airways was very successful and became the marketleader in Indian aviation till 2006-07. They launched their international flights. people exhibit hasty. It redefined customer service and was the toast of the business passengers. They renamed Sahara as Jet Lite. when Jet fired 1. Stage 2 – Undisciplined Pursuit of More: – From 2005-06 onwards when the domestic aviation market was growing fast. It also made reasonably good profits till 2005-06. Stage 1:. in 2008. the author Jim Collins based on a study of many large companies. A look at the ‘Markers for Stage 4″ for Jet is in order here. proposes that most companies who fail. The success bred arrogance. In 2005-06. then it is showing many signs of being in an advanced stage of failure. In the eagerness to grab market share it bought Sahara in 2007. Stage 4 – Grasping for Salvation: – Using the Collins model we can say with reasonable degree of confidence that Jet is currently in Stage 4. It also launched Jet Konnect as a new service. The competition in the sector was severe and thanks to the slowing down of the economy.

• • • • • • Comments : 2 Comments » Categories : Periscope G.. Xerox is one such case.Jet has been making losses since the last eight quarters. There have been very few instances in business history where companies have recovered and renewed themselves after reaching Stage 4. I attended the e-India 2009 conference at Hyderabad. One quick round of the exhibition and one cannot but see the large number of companies and start-ups in the digital learning space. It may well be a record time for launch of any new brand. PS: Readers are advised to redeem their JP Miles at the earliest. Most of these companies are focused in . Passengers are totally confused whether Jet is a full-service carrier. It has a huge debt burden of 3 Billion $. Chairman. BusinessWorld reports that based on some insights. As a part of the event. They want to form a pilots union to negotiate their case. • Confusion and Cynicism: – The flash strike by the pilots stems out of the cynicism and absence of trust in the management. – This is the last stage of failure. Clear demonstration of haste and panic. Mohan Share this: Facebook Email Print The Education Sector: Private Enterprises in Profitable Niches 6 09 2009 Last week. low-cost carrier or something in-between. Jet Konnect was conceived in a four-hour brainstorming session. It has not been able to raise any equity since its IPO in 2005. there was an exhibition. Jet made a spectacle of himself when he took the back. which the management is responding by sacking the pilots leading the union. • Stage 5 – Capitulation to Irrelevance or Death. Will Jet Airways be able to pull itself out of the mess? Will Jet xerox Xerox ? The odds are clearly stacked against Jet. They may be worthless before you know.pressure Naresh Goyal. Their drop in service standards has led many long-standing Jet Privilege (JP) customers to shift allegiance to other airlines. says BW. Chronic Restructuring and Erosion of Financial Strength .

where for-profit enterprises could be setup. This will remove the hypocrisy surrounding the education business and allow good promoters to enter education without using questionable structures like not-for-profit trusts or societies to setup schools and colleges. seen in the ’90s. The biggest investment came from Matrix Partners India. In the past few months. The rush to enter this space is not unlike the boom computer education. has triggered many startups in this space. Learningmate. Helix Investments acquired a 30 per cent stake in Mumbai-based Mahesh Tutorials for Rs 60 crore.” The entrepreneurs and investors are finding niches in the education sector which is outside of the regulatory framework. which prepares students for IIT entrance examinations. Edurite are some of the names I can recall seeing there. It is time the Minister of HRD. invested Rs 50 crore in Kota-based Career Point. The poor man’s Educomp. Education is big business in India. NIIT eGuru. luring entrepreneurs on the one hand and private equity (PE) funds on the other.G. but the government does not want to admit it. HCL Digischool. also had a big stall in the exhibition. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Business Below the Radar Share this: Facebook Email Print . So investment will come into the area which needs huge investments rather than just the profitable niches. BusinessWorld reports that the private equity investors are also very keen to fund education ventures. Delhibased Career Launcher received Rs 50 crore from Intel Capital. which pumped in Rs 100 crore for a 16 per cent stake in Delhi-based FIITJEE. “From a sleepy segment. at least four education companies have received equity funding from PE players adding up to about Rs 300 crore. which was the bastion of bureaucrats and an obstinate government unwilling to loosen its grip. topchalks.providing computer and internet aided learning support to secondary school and coaching for IIT and other entrances. Everonn Systems. opens up education to private sector for for-profit enterprises. another PE player. education seems to be transforming into a hot sector. It seems the success of Educomp whose share prices rule over Rs 4000. A key reason why PE funds have invested in the coaching segment is that coaching institutes remain outside the purview of the regulatory framework because they do not provide degrees or certificates. after the success of NIIT. Helix put in another Rs 50 crore in Mumbai-based e-learning solutions provider LearningMate Solutions. Franklin Templeton. .

Zee TV was the first Indian language channel on the satellite television. Zee TV network today has over 15 channels in many languages and as per Subhash Chandra. This technology had its inherent problems and could not compete with the cellular phone. . It has a 38 % market share in toothpaste packaging worldwide. When Subhash Chandra took the reins of the family business. Seemingly. Managing a diversified conglomerate is not such a unique distinction. Although Agrani. Dish TV has the highest market capitalization. Not content to sit on his laurels. India’s first amusement park. the first private business house to enter the DTH business. but that hardly does justice to his interests in variety of businesses. He confessed in the interview that the Maharashtra government of the day was very oppressive and bureaucratic. Once again. there was an income tax claim of Rs 150 crore on his company.Subhash Chandra: Serial Entrepreneur Extraordinaire 29 08 2009 It is hard to say what the real business of Subhash Chandra is. This went on to be a huge success. did he really make a huge fortune in that contract. packaging appears far removed from rice trading. never saw the light of the day. Even today it is among the top 3 GE channel along with Star Plus and Colors. He wanted to enter a business where there will be minimum hindrance between the entertainer and the entertained. after the Zee success. On being asked pointedly by the interviewer. He invested the capital created to enter the packaging business. this experiment led to his entering the Direct-to-home TV business. Today. Yet. The next venture of Subhash Chandra was Esselworld. Most people refer to him as a media mogul. He along with his brothers got into rice trading and exports. Although not very profitable. which had a big role in days to come. compelling him to look outside the amusement park business for growth. he admitted that in 1983. This made him look at the television business. Subhash Chandra wanted to enter the satellite communications business. He earned a fortune exporting rice to Russia. through Agrani. Chandra’s family was engaged in rice trading. through Dish TV. the family was in debt of Rs five lakhs. which form part of the Essel group. This was around the time when Motorola was launching the Iridium project. as a network they have the largest number of viewers and market-share in India. Subhash Chandra and ZEE did face a lot of difficulties in dealing with Rupert Murdoch and later even broke away from STAR. What sets apart Subhash Chandra from the rest is that he was the pioneer in most categories and he saw opportunities in new areas. Among all the listed companies of Essel Group. Born in a business family in Haryana. he got exposed to variety of packaging materials and caught his attention. Essel packaging was the first company in India to introduce laminated tubes for packaging toothpastes. this gave him an insight into the family entertainment business. Zee lost its pole position in the General entertainment space in Hindi to Star Plus. Essel packaging is a world leader in laminated tubes with factories in all the five continents. Mr Chandra informed that while storing rice in open yards. which was not visible to many established business houses. His company used to procure and supply rice to Food Corporation of India.

Nobody can refute that ICL was the first T20 league in India and credit must go to Subhash Chandra. rather than the high-maintenance media business which requires continuous management attention. fair and foul. Subhash Chandra could have become the Kerry Packer of India if ICL had become successful. Mohan • • • • • • Comments : 1 Comment » Categories : Why I Love . in its two editions. Share this: Facebook Email Print . that some of the best players it had contracted have left ICL. which they have not recovered to this day. DNA is doing better than others because of its low advertising tariffs. Indian Premier League (IPL) which has borrowed many ideas from ICL has been a monster hit. Subhash Chandra has his share of critics. When the bust happened. ICL has been decimated by BCCI. so much so.G. Now. Through means. Essel group also has a moderately successful newspaper in DNA.. He is also keen to enter businesses which are more annuities like. .Subhash Chandra also pioneered the online lottery in India. He is considered a very mean competitor. Subhash Chandra claims that during this recessionary times. He has had failed ventures too like Zee computer education and KIDZEE. He also has a poor record of professionalizing the management of his share market boom. Playwin had its brief period of success. Yet. many an investor incurred heavy losses in the stock. except for the blessings of BCCI. one after the other. One failure that may be causing Subhash Chandra a great deal of heartburn must be the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Chandra is itching to move on to something more exciting. later got mired in various legal troubles. Zee stock was among the favorites of the market. One idea his group is working on is in the area of creating a chain of wellness clinics across the country. It has been able to make a mark of its own in the crowded space.. ICL had most of the ingredients to become hugely successful. as many states banned lotteries. one cannot but admire this entrepreneur who has been spotting new opportunities and creating successful businesses. It got closely linked to Ketan Parekh.

Do we deserve such media? Should we not punish such publications for taking us to be a nation of suckers by taking our business elsewhere? • • • • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Antimatter G. My Name is Khan. My name is Khan. The Indian mass media is either gullible or they have been co-opted. it could be both. SRK and Karan Johar are using what could be brushed aside as a routine check to bring attention to the fact that SRK is being grilled because his name is Khan. Shahrukh Khan (SRK) has been humiliated by the US immigration authorities. apparently because his surname is Khan. SRK was subjected to two hours of checking at the Newark airport. Mohan Share this: Facebook Email Print Speaking Tree or Venality : A Disgrace Called The Times of India 24 08 2009 Excerpts from The Times of India’s last Saturday (22nd August) edition’s follows: Speaking Tree . This is free publicity for the upcoming movie – . Deccan Chronicle carries the headline ” SRK detained for being a Khan. The media is playing into the hands willingly or unwillingly into the hands of SRK and KJo who are both very adept at managing the media and journalists.SRK and the Pursuit of Cheap Publicity 24 08 2009 The mass media In India are crying hoarse that India’s national icon. A look at the headlines in two prominent newspapers on 16th August : The Times of India carries on the first page “Name’s Khan : SRK grilled at US airport”. directed by Karan Johar. Worse. A two hour detention of a largely out-of-work actor who has not had a single release in 2009.” One should not be surprised at all that these headlines are inspired by the upcoming movie of SRK. should not be national headline news any way.

Rama had none. he was devastated and broken. the throne? How could he nominate Bharata as his successor? But. Dhirubhai Ambani was undoubtedly a great entrepreneur. purpose or end in life. Sadly. Praan Jaahun Paru Bachanu Na Jaai . Could there be a higher example of trust? Lord Rama knew in his heart. By invoking the Ramayana. How could he send his beloved Rama to exile? How could he deny him. “Honour thy mother. I am deeply and painfully aware of how easy it is to lose touch with one’s values. In his desperation to win the ongoing battle for gas with . Cherish it. most selfless of relationships – the bond between a child and his mother. There is no higher duty.“When Kaikeyi approached Dashratha for the grant of her boons. ego or material riches – what has one gained and. not seek. When the news of his terrible fate was broken to him – by Kaikeyi. follow. a legacy might not be forever. Neglect it and it wilts.P. in our scriptures. equally. “Verily. Like a tender young sapling. He was hardly.Sita. say our epics. The father under reference is Dhirubhai Ambani. the righteous one. could Rama ever think of going back on it! His was to obey. the wronged one. he is made out to be. If father had given his word. to divinity itself. not doubt. Anil. mine’ – vitiate even the purest. and J. could he afford to break his word.” say the Vedas. as a billion Indians do. a realm so sacred. one might remember – he was the very picture of tranquillity. “the mother is God”. and it grows. more importantly. by his son. that trust is not about taking short-cuts. This takes us beyond trust to a realm yet higher. me. it is what you make of it. the paragon of virtues. not question. what has one really lost?” Guess who is the writer? The holyman dishing out this discourse is not a religious preacher is none other than our Forbes 500 Tycoon Anil Ambani. a devotion to her well-being. than an unconditional surrender to a mother’s love. our most precious inheritance. who was too distraught to talk. He is like Rama. How easy it is to let the obsession with self – ‘I. More than what you get. surrender. so exalted that it is likened. Look upon her as God. not Dashratha. a supreme respect for her will. Anil Ambani is clearly hinting that Dhirubhai is like Dasaratha. it demands constant care and concern. Raghukula Riti Sadaa Chali Aai. (Extending it his wife Tina . it is not about taking the easy way out. (Ayodhya Kanda).Chalasani. Trust is also my father’s proudest legacy to all of us. but do what is right rather than what is convenient. Looking back over the last few years. his Hanuman. not keep his promise? Dashratha knew the answer but he had his moment of doubt. ha!ha!ha!). How easy it is to let one’s samskaras turn into empty words without meaning or intent. Trust is all or it is nothing.” Can one worship God without total trust? Can one show her reverence without bowing one’s head in absolute humility? Can one break a word spoken solemnly in her presence? And if one does – in the mindless pursuit of power. “Matrudevo bhava!” proclaims the Taittriya Upanishad. Make a sacrifice if necessary.

1.a column which in the past had featured many genuine seekers of the metaphysical truth? Don’t tell me that the advertising revenue earned from ADAG companies has nothing to do with TOI provide some rented halo to Anil Ambani’s hypocrisy. An Indian company recently introduced a brand positioned as an emergency lemon refresher. Name it. Mahatma Gandhi called it one of the few useful things ever invented. Which brand claims that it is the world’s largest selling non-Scotch whisky? Ans : Bagpiper Q6. P.his brother Mukesh. it floats Q7. gives reminders.44 % pure. Name the brand and the company. handles 1. what will remain of the Speaking Tree brand after this despicable sellout! How low can TOI stoop!! . In which journal was Parkinson’s Law first published? Ans : The Economist . Pray.Who said: “I expect the personal computer to become the kind of thing that people carry with them.G.Name the company and the metric it created that measures research spending divided by gross margins for each new product line. What’s the phrase? Ans : Ivory soap is 99. he is assuming the role of Maryada Purushottam Rama. Ans : LMN by Parle Agro Q5.S. Smilemakers is a division of which company? Ans : Staples Q4. The co-founder of a consumer products company sent one of his products to a lab in New York for analysis and got back a report which said that the product had only . This prompted him to come up with what became a well-known catch phrase for this product.000 personal tasks?” Ans : Paul Allen. Ans : Hewlett Packard and Research Prodcutivity Q3. – This is not the first time! TOI had allowed Anil Ambani to use the hallowed space of Speaking Tree to score some points against Mukesh Ambani when the feud between the brothers became public five years ago. co-founder of Microsoft Q2 .56 per cent of miscellaneous particles. A companion that takes notes. why should a national paper like TOI lend him the sanctity by publishing the piece as a spiritual article under Speaking Tree . Mohan. Ans : The Singer Sewing Machine Q8. Even if wishes to assume such a position. This helps it to focus its resources on innovations that maximise profits. does accounting.

Ans : Satyam Constructions Q3. Rama Raju are in judicial custody. Ans : Ram Mynampati . The birth of this brand goes back to 1921 when a school teacher and local candy shop owner was inspired by a little boy’s inability to decide between ice cream and a candy bar. Name it. She is an an academician . Name the third brother who is currently absconding and is accused of being the mastermind behind the land deals. B. Ans : Eskimo Pie Q. Coopers and Lybrand had an Indian associate to which the partners Srinivas Talluri and Gopalakrishnan belonged.Q9. Ans : Byrraju Foundation Q7. B.Ramalinga Raju and Satyam were considered model corporate citizens due to their philanthropic and CSR work in the form of the 108 service (EMRI) and drinking water projects in different parts of AP. working in the USA and was a Director of Satyam from 1991. Dr Mangalam Srinivasan Q. As per the confession letter of Ramalinga Raju who was supposed to take over the charge of Satyam after his resignation.Ramalinga Raju and B. Name her. Ans . Name this audit firm.Suryanarayana Raju Q4. Ans : Lovelock and Lewes Q6.1. PwC the auditors of Satyam was formed by the merger of ‘Price Waterhouse’ and ‘Coopers and Lybrand’. This person was the interim CEO for less than 48 hours before the government appointed a new board. Name the foundation which carries out the philanthropic activities of Raju.2 What was the earlier name of Maytas Infrastructure ? It was a company started by Ramalinga Raju. After Satyam announced the decision to acquire Maytas and then backtracked who was the first independent director of Satyam to resign. Who was the first MNC client of Satyam Computers? Ans : John Deere (the tractors company) Q5. Ans : B.

In the boom days of Internet. later renamed as Sify Ltd. Ans : Cognizant Technolgies Q 1: By what name Chemical. Satyam was the first Indian IT Services company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. a lawsuit in which one or more parties file a complaint on behalf of themselves and all other people who are “similarly situated” (suffering from the same problem). Satyam has since divested their shares in this company. The case is going on in Texas courts. who happens to be a close relative of Ramalinga Raju. Often used when a large number of people have comparable claims. Name the company . Srini Raju. As per US law. Ans : UPAID Systems Q12. This was the first Indian Internet company to be listed on the NASDAQ. The first CEO of this JV was a Satyam nominee. Satyam had floated an Internet company called Satyam Infoway. Srini Raju gave up charge of this company in 1994 and left Satyam in 2000. This company is now a very big IT services company listed on NASDAQ and is all set to beat Satyam in revenues.action suit Q 13. Industrial and Pharmaceutical Laboratories is popularly known as? Hint: This company was founded in 1935. What does SFIO stand for? Ans : Serious Frauds Investigation Office Q10. What is its symbol ? Ans : SAY Q11. Name the new owner of Sify Ans : Vegesna Raju Q 14. Name this company. Satyam is fighting a long legal battle with a UK based products company related to intellectual property rights. where Raju and Ramu are holed up with other petty criminals how is Raju keeping himself busy ? Ans : Reading spiritual books on Buddha and playing chess. Satyam floated a Joint venture with Dun and Bradstreet in 1992. Satyam is facing several of such lawsuits filed by investors in the US. Ans: CIPLA Ltd .Q8. What is the correct term for such a suit ? Ans : Class. Q9. In the Chanchalguda jail. in Hyderabad. Ramalinga Raju and Srini Raju’s wives are sisters.

by Dr S. He founded this company in 1884. Q 6 : In 1983 this Act was passed in the USA to provide to provide incentives to develop treatments for rare diseases affecting fewer than 200. founded by Dr. Ans: Johns Hopkins . and Meridian Healthcare? Ans: All the companies are now part of Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. and used to travel to far-flung villages to treat people. This businessman made his money in selling corn. The curious Roentgen wished to see if cathode rays could escape “a glass tube covered in black cardboard. but that’s exactly what he did. All others are. This sum was the single largest donation for setting up educational institutions till that time. over 160 medicines were approved to treat rare diseases between 1995 and 2005.000 people nationwide.Burman Q 3: Physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen wasn’t out to revolutionize the medical field.K. Ans: Orphan Drug Act Q 7: With which famous hospital chain would you associate Dr V? The mission of the organisation in in the words of its founder was “To eradicate needless blindness”. on whose name several world-class healthcare institutions are surviving to this day. Name the Act. Thanks to the Act.Q 2: This company is named after its founder. He died without heirs on December 24. Ans: Aravind Eye Hospitals. 1873. BMS Laboratories. which was named after a shortened form of the way he was usually addressed. Betapharm. Ans: Dabur. Name the company. He left 7 million US Dollars mostly in Baltimore and Ohio railroad stock for philanthropy. Aviva is not an HMO. whiskey and later invested heavily in Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. 1795 in Maryland USA. Venkataswamy Q 8 : Born on May 19. American Remedies Limited.” What did Roentgen discover which led him to win a Nobel Prize? Ans: X-rays Q 4: What is common to Cheminor Drugs. Name this philanthropist. Q 5: Find the odd one out among the following Aetna Aviva Cigna Humana Ans: Aviva. who was an Ayurvedic doctor in Bengal.

home to several Bollywood blockbusters had a bomb attack. the founder of the eponymous Oberoi Group of Hotels. due to litigation. was manager of a hotel owned by a British family. he bought it from them. earlier known as Sea Rock Sheraton Q 4: Rai Bahadur M. Who was the collaborator? Ans: Sheraton Q 3: During 1993 in Mumbai. Oberoi. The hotel had remained closed since then. they had to take an American collaborator. The hotel is now under Claridges Hotels and is expected to be open to guests in 2010. Name the hotel. a well-known 5-star hotel in Bandra. Name the hotel and the city. When they were leaving India. at Nariman Point.. Which was built first. Mohan • • • Share this: Facebook Email Print • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Quiz on Star Hotels of India 9 12 2008 Q1: The picture postcard of Gateway of India in front of Taj Mahal Hotel is one of the most representative images of Mumbai. was built by the Oberois in the 1970s.G. this hotel is part of the Oberoi chain.S. was a victim of the recent attacks. the Gateway of India or the Taj Mahal hotel? Ans: Taj Mahal Hotel was built in 1903 and the Gateway of India in 1928 Q 2: Trident-Oberoi. Ans: Sea-Rock . As a part of the financing deal from American Exim Bank. Even now. change of ownership etc. Ans: The Clarkes Hotel in Simla .

Name the person. He pioneered the first private sector Degree Institute in Hotel ManagementWelcomGroup School of Hotel Administration. He was inducted into the board of ITC in 1984. the former MD of Oberoi Group of Hotels. Ans: Kolkata. ITC Chairman Q 9: Anil Madhok. She has promoted a chain of Indian restaurants. Name this chain. the holding company? Ans: Hyatt Regency in Delhi. I even took my own toilet paper. “ he said. He hated the Rambagh Palace so much that he decided to build his own hotel in Jaipur. From 1962. called Bombay Brasserie which has branches in many foreign cities starting with London.A stand for? . the owner of Taj Group of Hotels. taking charge of the Welcomgroup. This hotel and resort. the hotelier-turned-politician built the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in New Delhi. Ans: Sarovar Group of Hotels and Resorts Q 10: Bikki Oberoi was in Jaipur looking for a haveli to buy for himself and had to stay at the Rambagh Palace. Citibank started as City Bank of New York.A. Ans: Camelia Punjabi Q 8: This corporate honcho cut his teeth in the hotel industry by managing Hotel Maurya Sheraton in New Delhi. N. “I took my own servant I took my own cook. Now he is the Chairman of a leading Indian company. The full name of Citibank in India is Citibank. After his death. itt was known as First National City Bank. Now this chain claims to be the fourth largest chain of hotels in India with 36 properties. Kolkata and Mumbai Q 7: She was a long-serving director of Indian Hotels. This has expanded by acquiring several ITDC hotels. Name the chain. Ans : The Lalit Q 6: Of which brand of hotels is Asian Hotels. Q 2. Citibank had one of its earliest International branches in an Indian city. What does N. It is affiliated with Carlson Hospitality.. the hotel chain has renamed itself. Name him. considered one of the top luxury brands from India. Ans : Rajvilas Q1. has gone on to become a luxury hotel. Manipal. Name the city and by what name was it known earlier.Q 5: Late Lalit Suri. struck out on his own to start a chain of mid-market hotels in 1994. promoted by the Jatias and Sarafs. It has been operating in India since 1902. Ans: Yogi Deveshwar.

Ans : National Association Q 3. Started by Frank McNamara, Ralph Schneider and Casey Tailor , it was the first independent credit card company in the world. In 1950, the first of these cards were given out to 200 associates of McNamara, mostly salespeople who often needed to dine with clients.Citibank was the exclusive franchisee of this well-known brand from 1981 to April 2008. In April 2008, Citibank sold this business to Discover.Name the brand. Ans : Diners Club Q 4. Citibank was found guilty by the Joint Parliamentary Committee for being one of the perpetrators in the 1991-92 stockmarket scam in India, popularly known as the Harshad Mehta scandal. Approximately, how much fine was Citibank asked to pay for this offence? Ans : Rs 5.05 billion Q 5. In 1998, Citibank merged with Travellers’ Group to form CitiGroup. From Travellers’ group, Citibank got its CEO, who remained the top boss of Citi from 2003 to 2006. He has been called “King of Capital”, by his biographer. Name this Citibank CEO. Ans : Sanford I.Weill or Sandy Weill Q 6. Connect Citibank India to HP . Ans : Jaitirth Rao, alias Jerry Rao. Mr. Rao is credited with building the Citibank’s retail business in India. After leaving Citi he started Mphasis, an IT Services company. Mphasis merged with BFL to form Mphasis BFL. Mphasis BFL got acquired by EDS. EDS in turn has now been acquired by HP. Q7. Connect Citibank to Oracle in India Ans: CITIL. Citibank set-up an IT company called Citibank Information Technology India Ltd (CITIL). CITIL was renamed as I-Flex and it went public. I-Flex was acquired by Oracle and recently renamed as Oracle Financial Software Ltd. Q 8. Citibank in India was always seen as the banker of the elite. In 1997-98 , it launched a new service targeted at the middle class with a low mimimum balance of Rs 1000 in Bangalore. This had other add-on services like utility bill payments, automatic creation of fixed deposits etc. This was considered a major innovation and Citibank took this product to many other countries. Name this service. Ans: Suvidha. Q 9. Name an Indian private sector bank which has a strong Citibank connection. Media has often speculated that should the RBI regulations slacken this bank would be taken over by Citibank.

Ans : HDFC Bank. Citibank has about 11 % stake in HDFC Ltd. HDFC in turn is the promoter of HDFC Bank and has 26% stake in HDFC Bank Ltd. Aditya Puri, the CEO of HDFC Bank is an Ex-Citibanker. Q 10. In the 1950’s and 60’s, Citibank had a member of the Rockefeller family at the top. But now the ownership of Citi is highly fragmented. Who is the largest individual shareholder of Citigroup ? Ans: Prince Al-waleed bin Talal, belonging to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. He owns less than 5 % in Citi and has promised to increase his stake. - G. Mohan •
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Quiz on Bond Brands
16 11 2008

Whenever there is a James Bond film released, there is a lot of media hype around it. James Bond films are also used extensively by companies to push their brands. The just released film, Quantum of Solace has already broken all previous records for endorsements by getting endorsements of over 50 million pounds. Q1. Which James Bond film before Quantum of Solace had the highest value of endorsements? Clue: It is not the previous Daniel Craig film Casino Royale. Ans: Die Another Day Q2. According to a survey conducted by Brand Republic, a respected Advertising publication, what is the brand most associated with James Bond? Clue: It is Bond’s car Ans: Aston Martin Q3. What car does the Bond girl Olga Kurylenko drive in Quantum of Solace? Ans: Ford Ka (they are launching a new variant through this film)

Q4. Ian Fleming in his novels has mentioned James Bond wearing a Rolex watch. Sean Connery used to wear Rolex Submariner in Dr. No and Goldfinger. From Goldeneye onwards, Pierce Brosnan as the Bond, started wearing a different brand of watch. Name the brand and the model too? Ans: Omega Seamaster Professional Diver Q5. The close partnership between _________ Vodka and Bond began in Dr. No when the villain hands Sean Connery a “Martini, shaken not stirred” made with _______ Vodka. This monumental moment in film literally changed the way martini drinkers made their cocktails, shifting from the traditional gin to a vodka-based drink and popularizing the vodka martini the world over. Name the vodka brand. Ans: Smirnoff Q6. Which brand of laptop and cell phone would you find James Bond using in Quantum of Solace? Ans: Sony Vaio laptops and Sony Ericsson cell phones. Sony has launched a limited edition Titanium Silver C902 Cyber-Shot Phone through Quantum of Solace. Q7. Which watch brand has released a range of 22 watches, each of which is centered on a different 007 villain? Ans: Swatch. Q1. Citibank had one of its earliest International branches in an Indian city. It has been operating in India since 1902. Name the city and by what name was it known earlier.. Ans: Kolkata. Citibank started as City Bank of New York. From 1962, itt was known as First National City Bank. Q 2. The full name of Citibank in India is Citibank. N.A. What does N.A stand for? Ans : National Association Q 3. Started by Frank McNamara, Ralph Schneider and Casey Tailor , it was the first independent credit card company in the world. In 1950, the first of these cards were given out to 200 associates of McNamara, mostly salespeople who often needed to dine with clients.Citibank was the exclusive franchisee of this well-known brand from 1981 to April 2008. In April 2008, Citibank sold this business to Discover.Name the brand. Ans : Diners Club Q 4. Citibank was found guilty by the Joint Parliamentary Committee for being one of the perpetrators in the 1991-92 stockmarket scam in India, popularly known as the Harshad Mehta scandal. Approximately, how much fine was Citibank asked to pay for this offence?

This had other add-on services like utility bill payments. Citibank got its CEO. CITIL was renamed as I-Flex and it went public.G. Mphasis merged with BFL to form Mphasis BFL. Citibank merged with Travellers’ Group to form CitiGroup. Citibank set-up an IT company called Citibank Information Technology India Ltd (CITIL). Ans : Sanford I. Who is the largest individual shareholder of Citigroup ? Ans: Prince Al-waleed bin Talal. Q 9. Mohan • • Share this: Facebook . He owns less than 5 % in Citi and has promised to increase his stake. Q 10.Ans : Rs 5. Rao is credited with building the Citibank’s retail business in India. Name this service. I-Flex was acquired by Oracle and recently renamed as Oracle Financial Software Ltd. . In the 1950’s and 60’s. Aditya Puri. who remained the top boss of Citi from 2003 to 2006. Ans : HDFC Bank. From Travellers’ group. by his biographer. belonging to the Royal family of Saudi Arabia. He has been called “King of Capital”. Citibank in India was always seen as the banker of the elite. In 1998. Mr. Connect Citibank to Oracle in India Ans: CITIL. Name this Citibank CEO.Weill or Sandy Weill Q 6. HDFC in turn is the promoter of HDFC Bank and has 26% stake in HDFC Bank Ltd. Citibank has about 11 % stake in HDFC Ltd. Citibank had a member of the Rockefeller family at the top. an IT Services company. After leaving Citi he started Mphasis. automatic creation of fixed deposits etc. This was considered a major innovation and Citibank took this product to many other countries. it launched a new service targeted at the middle class with a low mimimum balance of Rs 1000 in Bangalore. EDS in turn has now been acquired by HP. Ans : Jaitirth Rao. In 1997-98 . alias Jerry Rao. Media has often speculated that should the RBI regulations slacken this bank would be taken over by Citibank. Mphasis BFL got acquired by EDS. the CEO of HDFC Bank is an Ex-Citibanker.05 billion Q 5. But now the ownership of Citi is highly fragmented. Ans: Suvidha. Q 8. Connect Citibank India to HP . Q7. Name an Indian private sector bank which has a strong Citibank connection.

The close partnership between _________ Vodka and Bond began in Dr. James Bond films are also used extensively by companies to push their brands. The just released film. shaken not stirred” made with _______ Vodka. Q1. Ian Fleming in his novels has mentioned James Bond wearing a Rolex watch. Sean Connery used to wear Rolex Submariner in Dr. a respected Advertising publication. Pierce Brosnan as the Bond. What car does the Bond girl Olga Kurylenko drive in Quantum of Solace? Ans: Ford Ka (they are launching a new variant through this film) Q4. Name the vodka brand. Quantum of Solace has already broken all previous records for endorsements by getting endorsements of over 50 million pounds. Ans: Die Another Day Q2. Name the brand and the model too? Ans: Omega Seamaster Professional Diver Q5. Ans: Smirnoff . there is a lot of media hype around it. According to a survey conducted by Brand Republic. Which James Bond film before Quantum of Solace had the highest value of endorsements? Clue: It is not the previous Daniel Craig film Casino Royale. what is the brand most associated with James Bond? Clue: It is Bond’s car Ans: Aston Martin Q3. started wearing a different brand of watch. shifting from the traditional gin to a vodka-based drink and popularizing the vodka martini the world over. No when the villain hands Sean Connery a “Martini. This monumental moment in film literally changed the way martini drinkers made their cocktails.• Email Print • • • Comments : Leave a Comment » Categories : Trivia Bank Quiz on Bond Brands 16 11 2008 Whenever there is a James Bond film released. From Goldeneye onwards. No and Goldfinger.

Q7. Which watch brand has released a range of 22 watches. Which brand of laptop and cell phone would you find James Bond using in Quantum of Solace? Ans: Sony Vaio laptops and Sony Ericsson cell phones. each of which is centered on a different 007 villain? Ans: Swatch. . Sony has launched a limited edition Titanium Silver C902 Cyber-Shot Phone through Quantum of Solace.Q6.

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