Sharpshooters 2007 Prelims

Sharpshooters 2007

SIES, Navi Mumbai

27th January 2007

QM: Guru Rao

Mansukhbhai Mahadevbhai Kothari was sitting outside a small shop, tired after a hard day of cycling and hawking his home made goods. He noticed that some customers at the shop were getting impatient with the time taken to get their favourite item. This brand was thus born in 1973. Which brand?

A: Pan Parag


This brand was invented by Alexander Liepa of Montgomery, Ohio for the US Army. It was introduced across the USA in 1973. It is especially known for its packaging (invented by Fred Baur). In 2006, it released a unique product wherein the brand had food-coloring printed on them with either trivia questions or jokes in red or blue ink. Which brand?

A: Pringles

This company is owned by John and Robert Kirby and Graham Burke. The company takes its name from a shopping strip called “Croydon ___” in Melbourne. Which company?

A: Village Roadshow Pictures. The shopping strip was called Croydon Village.

This personality is launching incense sticks that have been christened ‘Karyasiddhi Grah Dhoop’. The ‘spiritually powered’ incense sticks are recommended for prosperity through planetary appeasement. Whom are we talking about?

A: Ekta Kapoor


This company was granted licenses to offer fixed line, cellular and ILD licenses in Mauritius in 2004. With the launch of nationwide mobile services called Mokoze, it has completed a full portfolio of telecoms services in Mauritius, including local and international fixed line voice telephony. Name the company.


“Meet Or Delete” a social networking site is operated by HP along with which other media major?


With which company would you associate – Trumpasaurus, swoop, cruiter, skeeter, nettie, thwacker, Al-ert, Technopillar ?


On August 15th 2006, Harley Davidson had its NYSE ticker symbol changed. What did it change to?


Jonty Rhodes joined this company after his retirement from international cricket. He is currently the head of sponsorship there. Which company?

A: Standard Bank

Sky Television plc a four-channel television service (Sky Channel, Eurosport, Sky Movies and Sky News.) launched by Rupert Murdoch’s News International on February 5, 1989 is credited with the commercial launch of what?



The Wall Street Journal has coined a term which means public confession as a form of therapy. What’s the term called?

A: Oprahfication

IF LIBOR is London Inter Bank Offer Rate what is SHIBOR ?

A: Shanghai Inter Bank Offer Rate

“Nano City” on the outskirts of Chandigarh is an initiative by HSIIDC and which eminent business icon?

A: Sabeer Bhatia

Headed by Naguib Sawiris, it operates under various brand names such as Djezzy, IraQna & Sheba in Algeria, Iraq & Bangaldesh markets repsectively. The company’s participation in India is considered to be a threat to national security by defence Mr Pranab Mukherjee due to its involvement in the Pakistan. Name it.

A: Orascom


The Financial Times turned 100 years old on 4th Jan 1993. How did it celebrate this occasion?

A: It was printed on white paper to celebrate 100 years “in the pink”.


This personality is a civic activist, especially with respect to municipal administration in Bangalore. An art collector, this person has also authored ‘Ale and Arty,’ a coffee table book about brewing beer illustrated by paintings of some of India’s renowned artists. Famous brewing families and beer firms are the subject of the book. Who?

A: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Which company suspended its sponsorship of the show ‘Big Brother’ as it thought Channel 4 had not taken sufficient action in response to the alleged racism in the show?

A: Carphone Warehouse


A: I’m Loving it.

This publication was founded by Master Sunder Singh Lyallpuri, founder-father of the Akali Movement. The opening ceremony was performed by Mahatma Gandhi on September 15, 1924. It has been edited at times by people like Devdas Gandhi (the son of Mahatma Gandhi) and Khushwant Singh. Other sister publications are Nandan (Monthly children’s magazine) and Kadambani (Monthly literary magazine). What?

A: Hindustan Times.

He was born in 1962 in a hamlet called Umreth in western India. In 1977 he worked with Shyam Benegal as a spot boy. He was a CA by 1984. Apart from a brief flirtation with journalism and a long-time affair with writing, he also participated in politics. His favorite slogan, “roti, kapada, makan, bijli and bandwidth” epitomized the needs of the emerging 21st century Indian. Who?

A: Dewang Mehta

Launched on Feb 16, 2006, it is India’s first white label credit card. It does not carry on its face the brand of the issuer, as against a co-branded credit card which bears the logos of both the alliance partners. Name the card.

A: Tata Credit Card.

The original name was Mahindra’s ____ General Purpose Epoxy Compound. What brand?

A: M-Seal


I-Ven Realty Ltd, a joint venture company formed by Oberoi Constructions and ICICI Venture Funds has recently bought a plot in Worli (Mumbai)for Rs108 crore from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and plans to develop the same into India’s tallest residential building of 65 storeys with each floor having its personal swimming pool and gymnasium. What is so unique about this project?

A: Sale By Invitation


Toptable is the largest online restaurant booker in Europe. It provides bookings for Time Out, British Airways, The Times Online and Visit London. It is an online platform for restaurant owners to advertise their venues. Diners can read and compare information about restaurants before their table booking online. It was founded by entrepreneur Karen Hanton in 2000 along with another famous name. Who?

A: Sir Alex Ferguson


In November 2006, U.S. District Judge James Robertson ordered the Treasury Department to change U.S. banknotes. What was the reason cited for this change?

A: He suggested this change to make it easier for blind and visually impaired people to determine their denominations.





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  • Kiran  On March 16, 2009 at 9:23 PM


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  • sunny  On February 7, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    The comilation was awsome.kindly give an update on the upcomming business buizzes as well.Thanks!
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  • rohitnair  On February 25, 2007 at 9:23 PM

    hope u enjoyed it, chirag!

    keep reading


  • Chirag Mehta  On February 23, 2007 at 7:20 PM

    Really goody info for newbies to quizzing

  • rohitnair  On February 21, 2007 at 2:04 PM

    Hi Samrat,

    The pleasure is mine!! 🙂

    That my voice is being heard (read) thanks to something


  • Samrat  On February 21, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Good work Rohit.
    You are one of the very few who actually give an account of the various quizzes happening all over, and keep people like us updated.

  • rohitnair  On February 19, 2007 at 9:39 PM

    thanks rakesh…

  • rakesh  On February 19, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    great job

  • rohitnair  On February 16, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks a lot Sachin…

  • rohitnair  On February 16, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks Harshit..

  • Sachin  On February 15, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    Rohit your blog is a one stop shop for all the news in the Indian Biz Quizzing circuit. Keep up the good work pal 🙂

  • harshith ajila  On February 15, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    gr8 wrk done dude…

  • rohitnair  On February 14, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    Each one has his likings…

    Thanks for ur kind words sir…


  • Brijesh  On February 14, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Hi..I consider myself a classical quizzer..Not too interested in Bizquizzing…
    That’s why I don’t attempt too often.
    But still ur blog I follow regularly..

    I am Brijesh Nair..working with the army..

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  • rohitnair  On February 13, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Hey Naveen,

    Pleasure’s mine!!! Hope all’s well in Tokyo??

  • rohitnair  On February 13, 2007 at 3:13 PM

    Hey PSR,

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  • rohitnair  On February 13, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Hey Sunil,

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  • rohitnair  On February 13, 2007 at 3:12 PM

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  • flaashgordon  On February 13, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    thnxx pal..missing out on the action ther..Atleast get to read the qns from ur blog

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  • PSR  On February 13, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Have been a long-time-reader of your blog. Awesome work dood!!

  • Dhiraj  On February 13, 2007 at 7:24 AM


    Wonderful information.. thanks for that
    All the best for the future quizzes and hope you keep posting the questions here.

  • sunil  On February 9, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    thank you

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