Tuesday, February 26, 2008


  1. What is the connection between the following companies: Bumi Resources (Oil-Gas-Coal, Indonesia), Tetley Tea (Tea, Britain), NatSteel (Steel), Teleglobe International Holdings (Telecommunications, Canada), Ritz Carlton Boston (Hospitality, USA), Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company (CV, Korea)?
  2. One of the most famous cricket grounds in the world, this ground is commonly referred to as the ‘Gabba’. It gets its name from Woolloongabba, a suburb of the city in which this ground is situated. The city also happens to be the capital of the state of Queensland. The official name of the ground or the name of the city will fetch you full points.

    Solve for X and Y

    X= ________________
    Y= ________________

  4. He is the descendent of the Ku Klux Klan founder and had an IQ of 75. In his illustrious life he taught Elvis Presley his famous hip gyrations, got selected to the All American Football team of 1963, met Presidents John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in the Vietnam War, made a fortune in the shrimp business, co-invested in a start-up company called Apple Computers (which he called a ‘fruit company’) and inspired John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’. Who is this versatile ‘genius’?

  5. Although the first prototype of this technology was made in the late 1960s by Robert Huber of Switzerland, the first mass produced version (developed by the Denso Corporation, Japan) came with the Hino Rising Ranger truck in 1995. Fiat did further work on this technology to bring it into cars and later, the design was acquired by Robert Bosch GmbH. In 1997 they extended its use for passenger cars. The first passenger car that used this technology was the 1997 model Alfa Romeo 156. What technology?

  6. The flag shown in the picture is the only non-quadrilateral national flag in the world. To which country does this belong?

  7. What was started by the Indian Railways to commemorate the birth centenary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in 1988/89?

  8. This company was the first joint-stock company in the world (shareholders owned stocks) and was formed in 1600. Elihu Yale, who founded the Yale university made his fortune by investing in this company. The Boston Tea Party (a precursor to the American War of Independence) involved products of this company. The company had a system of administration that is still followed by corporations – it was led by one Governor and 24 directors who made up the Court of Directors. At the height of its power, 20% of the entire population of the world was influenced by its trading. This company ceased to exist after 1858. Which is this company?

  9. Identify the person.

  10. X was a FIFA referee who, among other achievements, officiated in the world cup qualifier between El Salvador and the Netherlands in 1988. But his illustrious career was cut short because of FIFA's age limit of 45 years for referees. But this allowed him to pursue another career where he earned his nickname "Slow Death". Name X.


Mathew said...

Answers without wiki-ing. I would have to kill myself if I get the Gabba wrong!

1) Bought by Tata Sons
2) MCG?
3) Sarabhai and Shaad Ali
4) Forrest Gump
5) Cruise Control?
6) Nepal
7) Shatabdi trains
8) Lipton
9) Won't spoil it!
10) Steve Bucknor

philip said...

You got 7/10 right.
And you got Gabba wrong ;)

Anonymous said...

8)East India Company
9)Edmund Hillary

2)Cricket ground? Do they grow crickets in queensland?

philip said...

anonymous: no, they don't grow crickets in queensland. but all the crickets who emigrate there need some grazing grounds. ;)

philip said...

tarun chhabra (through email) got 10/10. great stuff dude.

philip said...

OK. So here are the full answers (must be fairly obvious by now)

1. Foreign companies acquired by Tata Sons
2. Brisbane
3. Sarabhai and Shaad Ali
4. Forrest Gump
5. Common Rail Diesel Technology (CRDi/CRDe/Dicor...)
6. Nepal
7. Shatabdi trains
8. The British East India Company
9. Edmund Hillary
10. Steve Bucknor