this week's quiz . Anwers will be posted in one week.

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Q. X, also known as the ‘Anti-Fascist Protective Rampart’, was built in an effort to stop the drain of labour and economic output associated with the daily migration of huge numbers of professionals and skilled workers from either side. It was over 155 km long and work started on a second parallel one upto 91 meters and there was a no man’s land created between the two. This became known as the ‘death strip’, which was paved with raked gravel, making it easy to spot footprints left by escapees. It was booby-trapped with trip-wires and offered a clear field of fire to the watching guards. Name X.
A. X – The Berlin Wall


1. Why was it in the news recently?

2. This company has decided to pull out its brand of San Frisco jeans from the market. Which company?

3. Identify the gentleman. (Refer: pic1)

4. Connect:
a) Belgium and Netherlands
b) Austria and Switzerland
c) Poland and Ukraine


5. Easy one: Identify the lady sitting next to Ash. (Refer: pic2)

6. Jaya Pradha, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor — who endorsed this product on silver screen since 1980, did not have the chance to grace the Dabur Amla bottles, which went with a picture of an unidentifiable young woman. But all that has changed as the brand ambassador X will now be reaching out to the 35 million strong customers of Dabur Amla hair oil with her picture on the bottles. Name X.

a. He is an award winning English architect famous for his initiativeson low-cost housing.b. He came to India in 1945 and has lived and worked in India since then.c. He was given the Indian citizenship in 1989 and lived inThiruvanathapuram, Kerala.d. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 1990 and the UNO Habitat Award and Roll of Honour in 1992.
Who is he? (Refer: pic3)

8. This US based company has acquired 51% stake in Godrej Beverages and Foods Ltd. Which company?

9. This company has topped the list of world's most eco-friendly electronic firms, compiled by Greenpeace. Name the company.

10. This company has launched a DVD player with a USB port and a multi-card reader on the faceplate, which further expands its playback capabilities. This enables the user to connect USB drives as well as SD/MMC/MC storage cards directly to the player and play music tracks stored in them. Name the company.

Bonus Question (2 points)

Q. The shape of this product is modelled after a hyperbolic paraboloid. This design characteristic is beneficial as it helps keep the product from breaking during distribution by eliminating lines of stress along which a small crack may easily propagate. Further, it keeps a stack of the product tightly interlocked or nested during distribution. The name of the product came from a street in Cincinnati. The people that picked the name chose it simply for its sound and appeal. Name the product.

QC posted on 02/27/2007

Q. This Japanese company was established in 1933 as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory. The original purpose was to research the development of quality X. In 1934, they released their first X called Kwanon, named after the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. The company name was changed to Y in the following year to reflect a more modern image and the current corporation was founded in 1937. Name X and Y.
Ans. X – camera(s); Y – Canon


1. X is Apollo’s brand of low cost, secondary care hospitals. Name X.
a. First Med

2. Who has recently launched a political party named Nagarik Shakti?
a. Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus

3. X invented the wireless Y for a Z. His Y used sound to communicate with a Z instead of using light. It used aluminium rods struck by buttons on the device to produce high-frequency tones that would be interpreted to control functions by the Z. In the 1960s, X modified his invention to use ultrasonic signals. X, Y, Z? (Hint: We use it everyday! And no, it’s not a mouse.)
a. X – Robert Adler, Y – remote control, Z – television(s)

4. Identify the gentleman. (Refer: pic1)
a. David J. O’Reilly, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Chevron

5. The Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to set up an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) named after X in Shillong. Name X.
a. Rajiv Gandhi

6. This company recently conducted a painting and cartoon competition based on an imaginary character named ‘Chulbuli’, representing the quintessential Indian girl. The competition revolved around mother-daughter relationships and was aimed at inculcating good habits in children. Which company?
a. HLL

7. Y has become the first living ex-Prime Minister to be honoured with a statue in the House of Commons in Britain. During the unveiling of the statue, Y said, ‘I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won’t rust and this time I hope, the head will stay on’. Name Y.
a. Margaret Thatcher

8. A new Belgian carrier, Brussels Airlines, has been forced to change its logo (Pic attached). What was the reason for doing so?
a. There were 13 dots which make the ‘b’ of the logo. Passengers thought that it would bring bad luck. It has now altered the design to accommodate an additional dot.

9. Identify the gentleman. (Refer: pic2)
a. Arun Sarin, CEO of Vodafone.

10. Which famous Indian singer was hired by Microsoft to sing the ‘Wow is Now’ song for the launch of Windows Vista?
a. Sunidhi Chauhan

Bonus Question (2 points)
A. The early ones were heavy and bulky products composed of fluff pulp with a rayon topsheet and a polyethylene backsheet.
B. In 1984, the product changed to an hourglass shape. The first thin ones were made with absorbent gelling material, elastic leg gathers, tabs that could be refastened and a softer liner was released. This made the average weight of a typical medium sized one decrease by about 50%.
C. X paid $50,000 to be featured in the film ‘Three Men and a Baby’.
D. A mascot called ‘Pampa’, an elephant, was introduced in several markets in East Asia.
Name X.
Ans. Pampers

QC posted on 02/19/2007

Q. In 1888, John Boyd _______’s small son was prescribed cycling as a cure for his heavy cold. He hit on the idea of making the boy’s tricycle more comfortable by fitting it with something. Fill in the blank and name the invention.
Ans. Dunlop and he invented the pneumatic tyre.


1. __________ recently acquired MTR Foods Ltd. Fill in the blank. (Hint: refer pic1)

2. ___________, Exclusion, Stella. Complete.
a.‘Water’. ‘Exclusion’ and ‘Stella’ are the next movies by Deepa Mehta.

3.Identify the gentleman. (refer: pic2)
a.Sidney Sheldon, who passed away recently.

4.Who is the new brand ambassador for Mayur Suitings?
a.Salman Khan

5.Titan is to launch its Aviator collection of watches. Who has designed them?
a.Neil Foley

6.‘Hi’ to ‘How are you?’. What does it refer to?
a.Vodafone’s acquisition of Hutch-Essar. ‘Hi’ was Hutch’s successful ad campaign slogan. ‘How are you?’ is Vodafone’s slogan apart from their ‘Make the most of now’. In spite of this acquisition, Cheeka (the pug) will continue to be used in the ads. J

7.Who owns the restaurant brands – Khazana, Grain of Salt and The Yellow Chilli?
a.Sanjay Kapoor

8.This company has recently named one of its icecream flavours ‘Stephen Colbert’s American Dream’, in honour of the comedian. The icecream maker is known for naming its flavours after people such as Jerry Garcia, Wavy Gravy and the band Phish. Name the company.
a.Ben & Jerry

9.Under what brand name has Tata launched a national durable retain chain with Woolworth?

a. X was born in 1937 in Mumbai and graduated from the Cornell University with a degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering.
b.He turned down a job offer from IBM and continued with the family business. In 1975, he completed the Advanced Management Program from the Harvard Business School.
c.He is a member of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank of India and of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry.
d.He is a member of the international advisory boards of the Mitsubishi Corporation, the American International Group, JP Morgan Chase and Booz-Allen Hamilton Inc.
e.He was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan on 26th January 2000, on the occasion of the 50th Republic Day of India.
Identify X. (Hint: Refer pic3)
a.Ratan Tata. The hint: This is the logo of Corus Steel.

Bonus Question (2 points)

Q. Sigma 6, The Megga Deaths, The Screaming Abdabs, The Architectural Abdabs, The Abdabs, Tea Set, ________. Fill in the blanks.
a. The Pink Floyd. The band was known by all these names before it finally got the name as we know it today.