2. This company whose name might remind some
people of travelling by BMTC, was founded in 1856 as
a saddlery manufacturer in Australia. In 1908, it
started making cars, and got acquired by General
Motors in 1931.
With the rising Australian Dollar, however, the
company’s products have become uncompetitive of
late, and it announced in December 2013 that it
would cease production in 2017, leading to comments
that Australia would join Saudi Arabia as the only G20
countries without a car industry after that date.
3. In February 2014, Sudipta Sen was sentenced to
three years of Rigorous Imprisonment, because he
had failed to contribute to the provident fund of the
TV arm of his now defunct company.
Which company was Sudipta Sen the Chairman of?
4. While this official name of this Act passed by the
United States on March 23, 2010 is a three letter
acronym, most people refer to it by a nine-letter
moniker. Interestingly, the TLA is a substring of the
Example of substring: kARThik
Candy Crush Saga (X is saga in all names)
6. The success of this clothing company based in
La Coruna, Galicia is attributed to its fast and
super-flexible supply chain. This allows the company to
respond to trends quickly, and the inventory costs thus
saved more than make up for high labour costs (on
account of plants being in Europe).
Which company, which retails in India in
single-brand stores in partnership with Tata’s Trent?
When Facebook was private, investors used Zynga as a proxy to
track Facebook. Once Facebook announced its IPO, investors
started moving out, and Zynga’s stock tanked.
*10. In 2013, Shagun Gogia applied to join the board of
this company to represent the 12% shareholding
originally owned by her late father. Her application was
rejected, saying that “she was considerably short on
important criterion/expertise in any particular area
prescribed by RBI and did not have an adequate proven
record”. The matter is now in court.
11. This Chinese smartphone company has a name that
means “millet” or “little grain”.
The CEO, however, says that the first part of the name
also refers to the Buddhist concept that “A single grain
of rice of a Buddhist is as great as a mountain”, and the
second part refers to “mobile internet”.
The company is reputed to make Android phones that
look like iPhones, but are much cheaper.
The company launched in India in November 2013,
selling through platforms such as olx.in. Name it
12. Newcastle United striker Papiss Demba Cisse created
a fuss about wearing a shirt endorsing this brand,
because it is “anti-Islamic”.
Named after a casual British slang for money (and also
an aboriginal word), this company indulges in payday
lending, sometimes charging interest which annualizes
The Cisse situation was defused when pictures of him at
a casino surfaced, and he was forced to agree to wear
the shirt with this brand on it.
13. It can be said that X was among the first providers of
low-cost transport. Aaron Ogden had a monopoly to
operate ferries between New York and New Jersey. X
decided to challenge the monopoly by starting illegal
low-priced ferry services on this sector. Ogden took him
to court, and the US Supreme Court ruled that the New
York government had no right to grant monopolies on
inter-state transport, and so Ogden’s monopoly didn’t
Who was X?
*15. This quote has been doing the rounds of the
internet in the last couple of months. Fill up the blanks
Big data is like _______ ____: everyone talks about it,
nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks
everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are
17. This company started by X and his father Amarappa
Naidu, and named after the latter, first came into the
limelight in 2006 when it won the bid to construct and
operate the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project. By 2011,
it was India’s largest private sector power producer.
In 2013, however, the company filed for debt
restructuring. The main reason the company is in the
news is due to a certain act in parliament by its founder
X in February 2014. Name X and the company.
L Rajagopal, LANCO
Lagadapati Amarappa Naidu and Co
18. This square-shaped glass conference hall is
located in the headquarters of this Indian
dotcom company in Lower Parel, Mumbai. The
founder, Pranay Chulet is apparently a big fan of
a company/its founder and has designed the
conference room as a tribute to a company.
Name the Indian company and the company
it is paying tribute to.
19. Neither term was new to this country’s rhetoric,
since a man of steel had occasionally used them in
the past, as had his successors. But it was in a
speech of Dec 1984, four months before his
elevation to the top post, where X first identified
them – and a third term, "uskorenie" (acceleration)
– as key themes. Uskorenie, with its unfortunate
connotations of working faster, fell by the wayside,
but the other two terms gained in importance and
substance after 1986. Give the two terms.
*20. Clayton Bennett, along with Aubrey
McClendon of Chesapeake Energy Corporation,
Tom L. Ward of SandRidge Energy Corporation, and
G. Jeffrey Records Jr. of MidFirst Bank, concluded a
transaction in 2006, where he made a purchase
from Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks.
A controversial location (and therefore name)
change followed, which was finally resolved in
What was thus born, its name ensuring that it
joined a unique list of 4 among such entities?
Oklahoma City Thunder
Franchises whose names don’t end with S
21. Located in and bearing the name of this town
in Cuddalore district in Tamil Nadu, this Navaratna
company, also supplies a large quantity of sweet
water to Chennai from the artesian aquifers it
uses in its operations.
Name this company that now operates another
project in Barsingsar, Rajasthan.
22. Which three-word term with relation to
goal-setting, and popularised by Peter Drucker in
his 1954 book The Practice of Management,
shares a common abbreviation with a form of
acquisition where a company's existing managers
acquire a large part or all of the company from
either the parent company or from the private
Management by Objectives (MBO)
Also, Management Buyout
23. Which location in India mired in controversy
and billed as India’s first _____ _________ since
Independence, is stylistically planned after the
town of Portofino in Italy?
Proposed location in India
24. This is the Nike ___ VII predator. Nike has
designed the shoe skin print with multiple
predator patterns mixed together – the Leopard,
Great White Shark and Black Mamba.
Which famous sportsperson lends his name to
this shoe range?
27. Which company had a joint venture with
Godrej in India, which it has since broken off from,
and markets the Nutrine brand in India post an
acquisition in 2006, apart from brands like Jumpin’
28. Considered the worst building collapse disaster
in Bangalore, the September 1983 crash of the
seven-storeyed ______ Complex on Subedar
Chatram Road saw as many as 118 people dead,
while 67 others suffered injuries. Who was the
owner of the building complex, a familiar name
for Bangalore bibliophiles?
Exxon Mobil -> Standard Oil -> SO -> ESSO
31. This brand name has Dutch roots. The product
was imported by a Dutch company, Dada & Co. In
the early 1930’s, when this international company
wanted to start manufacturing this product In
India, Dada & Co, insisted that the branded
product should reflect their name. The
international company, in a bid to establish their
ownership of the brand managed to prevail and
introduced a letter into the name. Today owned by
Bunge Limited, name the brand.
33. The Kobe earthquake, occurred on January 17,
1995, and caused approximately ten trillion yen
($100 billion) in damage, 2.5% of Japan's GDP at
Its tremors were felt as far away as England, and
caused the insolvency of an institution founded in
The Kobe earthquake impacted the Asian
financial markets—and with them, Nick Leeson's
speculative investments in the markets
34. Seen in the picture is the co-founder and first
Chairman of this Indian institution from 2001.
Name the business tycoon who succeeded him as
Chairman of the same institution in 2011, and the
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