Posted by: quizard | July 5, 2007

Quizard •.¸¸.•*´¨`*• BIZ • v3.0

1. The idea came about when the chairman of ABCTC was on a visit to South Africa in the mid- nineties. He was fascinated by the growth of cyber café parlors which served coffee and snacks and had become popular youngster hangouts. He was so impressed that it led to the creation of the first outlet in November 1996 on Bangalore’s Brigade Road. That was arguably also India’s first cyber café. What was the result of the idea and who is the gentleman? ::: This was the beginning of Café Coffee Day; the man in the story is V.G Siddhartha, the chairman of Amalgamated Bean Coffee Trading Company (ABCTC). V.G Siddhartha is also the son in law of S.M. Krishna, governor of Maharashtra. Siddhartha also owns financial security firm Way2Wealth.

2. Graduated from IIM in 1971. He is the publisher of ‘India Abroad’, a weekly newspaper in New York. He won the DataQuest Pathbreaker of the Year award in 2000. He co-founded Rediffusion in 1972. ::::Ajit Balakrishnan, who with Arun Nanda, co-founded Rediffusion in 1972. He is also the founder and owner of Rediff.com

3. An apt question in this time of a Sensex boom. A Raipur boy, was rusticated from school. He started as an employee of New India Assurance Company which he later quit. He propounded the ‘Replacement Value Assets Theory’. Whom are we talking about? :::Harshad Mehta, who was nicknamed “Big Bull”

4. Named after the first mate in Herman Melville’s book, Moby Dick, this company was founded in 1971 in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. From its humble beginnings, the chain now owns coffee houses in North America, Europe, West Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Rim.

       The chains success is credited to Howard Schultz who first joined the company in the early 1980s. He turned the company from a local roaster and retailer of whole bean and ground coffee to an international chain that served liquid beverages. The chain through its company-owned and franchisee outlets-9671 at last count- now employees 90,000 people. Identify brand/company. ::::StarBucks. If reports are to be believed, they will be entering the Indian market by late 2006-2007

6. In 1955, which institution was incorporated at the initiative of the World Bank, Government of India and representatives of Indian industry with the objective of creating a development financial institution for providing medium and long-term project financing to Indian businesses? ::::The Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Limited (ICICI)

7. This cosmetic brand major in India derives its name from the French version of Lakshmi. Simone Tata took over as the company chairperson in 1982 and established it as a brand in the overseas market. In 1989, the company divested its cosmetics business and changed its name to Trent Limited, and went on to establish the Westside chain of stores. Which brand is being discussed here? ::::Lakme

Posted by: quizard | July 5, 2007

Quizard •.¸¸.•*´¨`*• BIZ • v2.0

1. An engineer from MS University, he moved from the Silicon Valley to Bangalore in 1989 and founded a company focused on the telecom vertical and products. He co-founded the company with Suresh Dholakia, his colleague at VLSI Technologies and Badri Agarwala from Valid Logic. Identify the gentleman and the company he founded. (Tough!!! I’ll give you a nasty clue: He stays in 12th Main, Indiranagar, Bangalore ::: Rajiv Mody who started Sasken.

2. What is being described here?

  • A piston fires.
  • The next piston fires at 315 degrees.
  • There is a 405-degree gap.
  • A piston fires.
  • The next piston fires at 315 degrees.
  • There is a 405-degree gap.

And the cycle continues.  ::: The Harley Davidson “Potato” sound

3. Where in India (specific location) is the TJ Brand of Confectioneries (including Potato Chips/Wafers) manufactured? ::: Tihar Jail

4. Westside and Star India Bazaar are the retailing initiative of this Tata subsidiary. It was recently in the news as it acquired 76% stake in Landmark. Noel Tata heads this Tata Division. Just name this Tata retail group. ::: Trent

5. C.K Ranganathan started this company with Rs 15000 and believes in quality products in small quantities at a low price. This Chennai based company is giving sleepless nights to FMCG majors. The company targeted the’ bottom of the pyramid’ with the sachet revolution and mass marketing in rural areas. Its most popular brands are Nyle and Chik. Just name the company. ::: CavinKare

6. Captain K.J Samuel and his close friend were both Sainik school students, their friendship dates back to their National Defence Academy Days in 1967. They got commissioned into the regiment of artillery in 1971, just before the Bangladesh war. Samuel flew choppers till 1992 when he quit the army. It was later that Captain Samuel and his close friend pooled in all their savings to start a new venture. Name the close friend and their venture, which has changed the skies. ::: Captain G.R Gopinath and the venture was Deccan Aviation. Deccan Aviation took off in 1997 with one chopper. It was started as a helicopter charter service and aerial spraying service.

Posted by: quizard | February 15, 2007

Quizard •.¸¸.•*´¨`*• BIZ • v1.0

1.Who is the author of a book named Ale and Arty? —Kiran Majumdar Shaw

2. In 2002, Bank of America got benefits to the tune of $2 million. It was because of what?

3.This was first introduced in Pureto Rico in 1947 and thereafter by Ireland in 1960. Its first of its kind came up in Asia at Kandla(Gujarat) in 1965 ; later also at Shenzen in China and Pudong near Shanghai. The one in Jebel Ali in UAE came up much later in 1980s.What are we talking about? (Hint:These are grabbing lots of space in media and India)  —Free Trade Zone / Special Economic Zone (SEZ)

4. It was established in 1968. Mr. Fakir Chand Kohli, an accomplished Power Engineer, was brought in as its first General Manager , from the erstwhile Tata Electric Companies (and now The Tata Power Company Limited), where he was a Deputy General Manager. Its first software export project was undertaken in 1974 when it converted the Hospital Information System from Burroughs Medium Systems COBOL to Burroughs Small Systems COBOL. This project was carried out entirely in its Mumbai workstation on the ICL 1903 Computer. A team of more than 12 people delivered this project to their first US based customer, and thus the Indian Software Export Industry was born. Which corporate giant are we talking about? (Hint: This company has created a record of sorts recently) —TATA Consultancy Services (TCS)

5. Its roots date back to two telegraph companies, Eastern Telegraph Co. (ETC) (founded 1872) and Indian RadioTelegraph Co. (IRT)(1927). The two merged in 1932 to form Indian Radio and Cable Communications Co. (IRCC). Later IRCC was renamed as _____. It was incorporated on April 1, 1986 as a wholly owned government entity under the Indian Companies Act, 1956. Its traded on BSE as 500483. Which company are we talking about? —Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (VSNL)

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