Connect 3

December 2, 2009

CONNECT AND FIND THE THEME…..

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Business Quiz – Week 3

December 2, 2009
  1. Name the cookie brand that General Mills pulled out of the market as of this Monday in order to continue focus on Pillsbury and nature Valley. The cookies were famous for its Birthday in a Box Concept.
  2. Peugeot- Citroen is planning to re enter into India by tieing up with Caparo India and launch its series of cars. It has been 11 years since the company left India. Last time they made a JV with X a automaker in India. Name the company with whom Peugeot had a JV and launched the 309 series in India and failed to sell upto expectations
  3. Nook an E book reader which was launched recently is already sold out of stocks due to excessive demand. Name the famous company which owns Nook which was launched to compete with Kindle.
  4. Famous Industrialist BK Modi led mobile handset retail chain X will be soon up for sale. It was started 4 years ago with an investment of 200 crores and now its making app 1.5  crore loss every month. Name the famous retail chain which has presence across India
  5. A famous magazine in US headed by Scott Flanders has outsourced operations(except editorials) of its magazine to American Media INC which publishes STAR and MENS HEALTH as the company’s revenue has reduced considerably this year. Industry experts say that the 5 year deal will help revive its legacy and revenues. NAme the famous magazine
  6. President Mohd. Nasheed and his cabinet ministers of Maldives on October 17 did a unique thing in order to make the world notice the plight of their country which will submerge in water due to greenhouse emissions by 2100. They thrusted the fact that during the Copenhagen summit world leaders must vow to reduce emissions. What did they do?
  7. What is the American equivalent to France’s Viadeo, Germany’s Xing, China’s Tiang. Bill Gates also has an account in the American equivalent. What is it?
  8. Mr Lachlan M sold his stake in his fathers company for 27.6 million dollars. His private investment company Ilyria bought 50%stake Daily Mail & General Trust radio operations in Australia. Name the famous company his dad owns(Dad’s name also)
  9. Name the famous Hyderabad based Pharma company chaired by Mr Ramprasad which has an alliance with Pfizer .This alliance plans to boost the sales of prescription drugs of Pfizer which are losing now to Generic Drugs.
  10. Mcleod Russell India Ltd a tea producer acquired 75% stake in Olyane Holdings LLC a US firm which has 60 stake in many Rwandan tea estates. Mcleod wants to produce tea from Africa to reduce costs. Other tea producers like BK Birlas Jai Shree Tea and Industries Ltd and Kannan Devan Tea also are planning to go to Africa to cut costs. Name the famous Indian family which owns Mcleod Russell.
  11. Angela Ahrendtis is the CEO of a British brand which recently launched a social networking site called artofthetrench.com in order to capture the young customers and revive the tradition of its brand. Name the british company which was founded in the year 1856 which she heads.
  12. Name the famous automobile giant which planned to sell its Swedish brand SAAB automobiles to Koenigsegg Group but later the deal got cancelled as the people from Koenigsegg thought it was a risky investment
  13. Recently X sold shares in Infosys worth Rs 430 crores or 92$million to raise a venture capital fund(named Catamaran) in order to help young and deserving entrepreneurs. Name this famous person.
  14. Wockhardt Ltd recently made a out of court settlement with its Singapore based lender X bank ending their fight over repayment of 44 crore working capital loan taken in 2007 from X. Name X.
  15. Jubilant Foodworks has the sole franchisee right of which fast food outlet in India. It was previously called with the name of its franchisee. (Jubilant now is planning to bring various international food brands to India)
  16. Microsoft recently launched a project called Codeplex. This has been launched in order to reduce the criticism that Microsoft has been facing since the days of Netscape. What is this newsmaking project about?

Connect 2 Answer

November 27, 2009

CONNECT IS INDIRA GANDHI

A movie is being made on Indira Gandhi {‘MOTHER: THE INDIRA GANDHI STORY’..)

Madhuri dixit is set to play Indira Gandhi, Tommy Lee Jones and Tom Hanks are part of the cast and the 4th picture is of Indira Gandhi’s husband Feroze Gandhi!

Picture One: Tommy Lee Jones

Picture 2: Madhri with heer husband

Picture 3:Feroze Gandhi h/o Indira Gandhi

Picture 4: Tom Hanks

 

 

Answers – Business Quiz 2

November 26, 2009
  1. South Asia’s largest ever IPO for about 8.4 billion dollars will be issued tomoro by a Malaysian Mobile phone operator X in order to raise money to increase the presence of its product in India from the existing 18 circles to 23 circles (total number of circles/ areas in India are 23) Name X—- MAXIS COMMUNICATIONS(Aircel)
  2. Standard and Poor’s Chief Economist for the Asia Pacific region Mr X has been appointed as the RBI’s deputy governor recently. This is the 1st time RBI has picked a guy from the industry outside the bureaucratic circles and government economists Name X ( may be one of u can become RBI governor despite being in the industry:) – Subir Gokarna
  3. Galleon group LLC founded by Raja Rajarathinam recently charged for insider trading, has sold its stake of 527 million shares at Rs 485 each in which company? – Edelweiss Capital
  4. Name the famous production company owned by a well known actor which has tied up with Anil Ambani’s Reliance BIG entertainment to produce the Hollywood Sci-Fi movie – Dark Void.  Plan B Entertainment of Brad Pitt
  5. Name the company which displayed its superluxury sedan “Ghost”in New Delhi  which is priced at 2.5 crores and will hit the Indian market shortly. They are planning to sell 60-75 units in 2010— Rolls Royce who else
  6. Name the Indian company which recently bought over the Spain based Hispano Carrocerra, a bus and coach manufacturing company. Tata Motors
  7. Goldman Sachs is launching a 500 million $ fund for small business assistance program that includes an advisory panel comprising of one of the richest men on earth.Who is this famous guy on their panel. Warren Buffet
  8. European Union Leaders have picked Belgian Prime Minister Herman Von Rompuy as the EU’s first president recently in their attempt to give their one nation appeal to the European Union. Name the famous Brit who initially campaigned for this post but later stopped as they wanted a unanimous decision.Tony Blair
  9. Nissan has announced its partnership with 3 Indian auto makers. The first two are Mahindra and Mahindra and Bajaj auto wat is the third company. Ashok Leyland
  10. CEO John Fredrick of a Norwegian company has announced that this Christmas his company will launch its service in India. The company is the largest Nordic Phone company – name it — Telenor Indian name is Uninor
  11. On 10th November X a game was released, on the first day of its launch 4.7 million units were sold creating history for the first day game sales beating GTA IV record sales of 3.7 million units last year on its first day. This game has raked 550$million in sales till the 22nd the game also is an controversy as an episode includes the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack  kind of episode. Name the game Call of Duty Modern warfare 2
  12. Homex India a Indore based Phenyl cleaner manufacturer tied up X retail chain in 2008 this has helped the company increase its sale by 50% in 2009. Name the retail chain with app 175 stores across the nation that they have partnered with? Vishal Retail
  13. Nissan is planning to increase its attention on electric cars. Name the electric car model that they are launching for which two days back CEO Carlos Ghosn was giving a briefing at a show. One variant is planned to use as a light commercial vehicle designed especially for companies like Fed Ex– Leaf
  14. Name the company which is planning to buy Revolution Money(its like paypal) in order to compete with paypal in the online payment Industry American Express
  15. A famous retailer launched “Project Impact” last year where it vowed that the company will try to bring down the number of SKU’s and redesign the overly cluttered stores. The company has come down in revenues this year and experts say that Project Impact is one of the reason behind this fall. Name the retailer. Many say that this project good for the company in future– WalMart
  16. Company X headed by Ursula Burns, who is one of the most powerful women in the world according to Forbes is bought ACS the worlds largest diversified BPO shortly. Company X’s market capitalisation was at 7.8 Billion dollars but this acquisition will make it a company with 22 billion market cap, creating 17 billion dollars recurring revenue. Name X– Xerox

Connect 2

November 25, 2009

connect the pictures – FIND THE THEME

Business Quiz Week 2

November 25, 2009
  1. South Asia’s largest ever IPO for about 8.4 billion dollars will be issued tomoro by a Malaysian Mobile phone operator X in order to raise money to increase the presence of its product in India from the existing 18 circles to 23 circles (total number of circles/ areas in India are 23) Name X
  2. Standard and Poor’s Chief Economist for the Asia Pacific region Mr X has been appointed as the RBI’s deputy governor recently. This is the 1st time RBI has picked a guy from the industry outside the bureaucratic circles and government economists Name X ( may be one of u can become RBI governor despite being in the industry:)
  3. Galleon group LLC founded by Raja Rajarathinam recently charged for insider trading, has sold its stake of 527 million shares at Rs 485 each in which company?
  4. Name the famous production company owned by a well known actor which has tied up with Anil Ambani’s Reliance BIG entertainment to produce the Hollywood Sci-Fi movie – Dark Void.
  5. Name the company which displayed its superluxury sedan “Ghost”in New Delhi  which is priced at 2.5 crores and will hit the Indian market shortly. They are planning to sell 60-75 units in 2010
  6. Name the Indian company which recently bought over the Spain based Hispano Carrocerra, a bus and coach manufacturing company.
  7. Goldman Sachs is launching a 500 million $ fund for small business assistance program that includes an advisory panel comprising of one of the richest men on earth.Who is this famous guy on their panel.
  8. European Union Leaders have picked Belgian Prime Minister Herman Von Rompuy as the EU’s first president recently in their attempt to give their one nation appeal to the European Union. Name the famous Brit who initially campaigned for this post but later stopped as they wanted a unanimous decision.
  9. Nissan has announced its partnership with 3 Indian auto makers. The first two are Mahindra and Mahindra and Bajaj auto wat is the third company.
  10. CEO John Fredrick of a Norwegian company has announced that this Christmas his company will launch its service in India. The company is the largest Nordic Phone company – name it
  11. On 10th November X a game was released, on the first day of its launch 4.7 million units were sold creating history for the first day game sales beating GTA IV record sales of 3.7 million units last year on its first day. This game has raked 550$million in sales till the 22nd the game also is an controversy as an episode includes the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack  kind of episode. Name the game
  12. Homex India a Indore based Phenyl cleaner manufacturer tied up X retail chain in 2008 this has helped the company increase its sale by 50% in 2009. Name the retail chain with app 175 stores across the nation that they have partnered with?
  13. Nissan is planning to increase its attention on electric cars. Name the electric car model that they are launching for which two days back CEO Carlos Ghosn was giving a briefing at a show. One variant is planned to use as a light commercial vehicle designed especially for companies like Fed Ex
  14. Name the company which is planning to buy Revolution Money(its like paypal) in order to compete with paypal in the online payment Industry
  15. A famous retailer launched “Project Impact” last year where it vowed that the company will try to bring down the number of SKU’s and redesign the overly cluttered stores. The company has come down in revenues this year and experts say that Project Impact is one of the reason behind this fall. Name the retailer. Many say that this project good for the company in future
  16. Company X headed by Ursula Burns, who is one of the most powerful women in the world according to Forbes is planning to buy ACS the worlds largest diversified BPO shortly. Company X’s market capitalisation is now at 7.8 Billion dollars but this acquisition will make it a company with 22 billion market cap, creating 17 billion dollars recurring revenue. Name X

Connect 1 Answer

November 18, 2009

Answer is = Windows 7 .. More than 50 lakh pirated copies of Windows 2007 were sld in the Naza Market in Hazratganj, Lucknow til date from oct 22(the date it was released)..

Picture 1 denotes piracy, Picture 2 was of IIm Lucknow and Picture 3 was of Mr gates… The connect was WINDOWS 7 PIRACY

Answers Quiz 1

November 18, 2009
  1. Micheal X won the New York mayor election for the third time in a row recently. He has a world famous company X(his last name and the company name are the same) This rich businessman who is the eighth richest man in the US spent 90 million $ from his pockets to win the election. Michael is the founder and 88% owner of the famous company X. What company is it? — Bloomberg
  2. Name the famous travel and hospitality chain which is going to issue its IPO on November 18 2009. This company has presence in India since 1758 when they acted as agents for British soldiers. — Cox and Kings
  3. Name the famous celebrity who released his autobiography “OPEN” on November 9th 2009 which has controversial topics in it. The book is believed to become a best seller by many book lovers. He calls himself the “Last of the 1980 Mohicans” in this book.- Andre agassi
  4. On 13th November 2009 Company X, makers of personal care products  has obtained a stay from the Kolkata court over the new ad campaign of HUL’s Vaseline which says “No Ordinary Boro”  as X found that their product was being targeted. Name X– EMami is the company and the product is Boroplus
  5. PVR cinemas MD Mr. Ajai Bijli on Nov 14 confirmed that they are gonna buy DT Cinemas business of the X group. Name X which is a famous group- DLF
  6. Name the famous Indian Infrastructure company which won a 790 cr deal in a road building contract – Pune to Sholapur NH. This is the single largest order for this company this year.– Maytas Infra / The governing IL & FS got this 1st order for Maytas.
  7. Name the famous MNC headed by Mark Hurd which is planning to acquire 3COM a networking gear makers, in order to compete with CISCO in the Networking gear market…. HP
  8. The govt is planning to award a few PSU’s Maharatna status in a few months time. Our govt has this policy of giving Navaratna status to 18 companies and Miniratna status to 50 odd companies. Maharatna is considered a higher privilege. By providing such status what will the PSU’s get- I mean wat privilege?? Higher autonomy in taking investment decision. A co with Navratna status can take investment decisions upto 1000 crs without govt approval. Its higher for Maharatna status(i don know how much)
  9. Name the famous Indian company which recently acquired some of Yardley’s Business Brands (Yardley is a premium personal care brand of the UK based Lournamead Group). This company in the past has aquired specific personal care brands from Hindustan Unilever, Unza Holdings Pvt LTD etc. Wipro
  10. Name the famous PE firm headed by Raja Kumar which has started a separate investment entity named Ascent Capital Advisors. Many see this move as a prescursor of Raja’s present company to exit from the PE industry. UTI Investments
  11. Who is the 19 year old American Crooner who made the Billboard record for the LONGEST CHARTING ALBUM of the century this week. Her new album remained No1 for the 157thweek on the Bill board top 200 charts list and has beat the Canadian Rock band Nickleback. Name the youngster who many believe is the next big brand in the entertainment industry. Taylor Swift
  12. Grupo Mexico gained control over Asarco an ailing US company after a Texas court order. Name the famous Indian company which was trying hard to gain control over Asarco. Sterlite Industries of Vedanta
  13. AdverGames are a popular way of engaging customers nowadays. Cadbury India’s Perk has developed an advergame called “Perk Poppers” which has been already played by 1.3 million people. Name the company which created this advergame for Cadbury. {FYI- the other famous advergames are Chintamani game of ICICI prudential LIFE insurance, Web Charades game of Logitech etc are famous}– Zapak.com
  14. Name the company that Ultratech Cement is merging with to create the 10th largest Cement firm in the world. Samrudhi Cements
  15. German bank – West LB will be selling 85$billion in assets from the balance sheet in a move that effectively creates Germany’s first “bad bank.” What is a bad bank? What happens when a govt identifies a bad bank?{ Many countries in Europe like ireland Germany have the BAD BANK ACT)—- If u announce yurself as a bad bank it is accepting the fact yu have a lot of toxic assets, the govt will providing investments by buying yur toxic assets. Read more on the net 🙂
  16. Matthew Tannin and Ralph R. Cioffi, both former managers of hedge funds at Bear Stearns Company, who were arrested June 19, 2008 were aquitted this week due to lack of evidence (This was deemed as the First Trial due to the Financial Crisis and has gained massive media attention in US). They were facing criminal charges and were suspected of misleading investors about the risks involved in the subprime market. In order to save Bear Stearns from bankruptcy after this trial a rescue buy out was carried out by a famous company. Name it! JP Morgan Chase

Connnect and Find the Theme – Quiz 1

November 17, 2009

CONNECT THE ABOVE PICTURES

November – Quiz 1

November 17, 2009
  1. Micheal X won the New York mayor election for the third time in a row recently. He has a world famous company X(his last name and the company name are the same) This rich businessman who is the eighth richest man in the US spent 90 million $ from his pockets to win the election. Michael is the founder and 88% owner of the famous company X. What company is it?
  2. Name the famous travel and hospitality chain which is going to issue its IPO on November 18 2009. This company has presence in India since 1758 when they acted as agents for British soldiers.
  3. Name the famous celebrity who released his autobiography “OPEN” on November 9th 2009 which has controversial topics in it. The book is believed to become a best seller by many book lovers. He calls himself the “Last of the 1980 Mohicans” in this book.
  4. On 13th November 2009 Company X, makers of personal care products  has obtained a stay from the Kolkata court over the new ad campaign of HUL’s Vaseline which says “No Ordinary Boro”  as X found that their product was being targeted. Name X
  5. PVR cinemas MD Mr. Ajai Bijli on Nov 14 confirmed that they are gonna buy DT Cinemas business of the X group. Name X which is a famous group
  6. Name the famous Indian Infrastructure company which won a 790 cr deal in a road building contract – Pune to Sholapur NH. This is the single largest order for this company this year.
  7. Name the famous MNC headed by Mark Hurd which is planning to acquire 3COM a networking gear makers, in order to compete with CISCO in the Networking gear market….
  8. The govt is planning to award a few PSU’s Maharatna status in a few months time. Our govt has this policy of giving Navaratna status to 18 companies and Miniratna status to 50 odd companies. Maharatna is considered a higher privilege. By providing such status what will the PSU’s get- I mean wat privilege??
  9. Name the famous Indian company which recently acquired some of Yardley’s Business Brands (Yardley is a premium personal care brand of the UK based Lournamead Group). This company in the past has aquired specific personal care brands from Hindustan Unilever, Unza Holdings Pvt LTD etc.
  10. Name the famous PE firm headed by Raja Kumar which has started a separate investment entity named Ascent Capital Advisors. Many see this move as a prescursor of Raja’s present company to exit from the PE industry.
  11. Who is the 19 year old American Crooner who made the Billboard record for the LONGEST CHARTING ALBUM of the century this week. Her new album remained No1 for the 157th week on the Bill board top 200 charts list and has beat the Canadian Rock band Nickleback. Name the youngster who many believe is the next big brand in the entertainment industry.
  12. Grupo Mexico gained control over Asarco an ailing US company after a Texas court order. Name the famous Indian company which was trying hard to gain control over Asarco.
  13. AdverGames are a popular way of engaging customers nowadays. Cadbury India’s Perk has developed an advergame called “Perk Poppers” which has been already played by 1.3 million people. Name the company which created this advergame for Cadbury. {FYI- the other famous advergames are Chintamani game of ICICI prudential LIFE insurance, Web Charades game of Logitech etc are famous}
  14. Name the company that Ultratech Cement is merging with to create the 10th largest Cement firm in the world.
  15. German bank – West LB will be selling 85$billion in assets from the balance sheet in a move that effectively creates Germany’s first “bad bank.” What is a bad bank? What happens when a govt identifies a bad bank?{ Many countries in Europe like ireland Germany have the BAD BANK ACT)
  16. Matthew Tannin and Ralph R. Cioffi, both former managers of hedge funds at Bear Stearns Company, who were arrested June 19, 2008 were aquitted this week due to lack of evidence (This was deemed as the First Trial due to the Financial Crisis and has gained massive media attention in US). They were facing criminal charges and were suspected of misleading investors about the risks involved in the subprime market. In order to save Bear Stearns from bankruptcy after this trial a rescue buy out was carried out by a famous company. Name it!