The Mint quiz

The Mint quiz
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First Published: Sat, Jun 16 2007. 12 31 AM IST
Updated: Sat, Jun 16 2007. 12 31 AM IST
Questions
Foreign companies in India
1. This company was named after its Italian founder, who sold the company’s operations to Ramesh Chauhan. This brand faced a daunting task of marketing itself, because there were no defining qualities of the product that could be marketed. It was promoted with the punchline ‘____ is veri veri extraordinari’. Which company?
2. The company was founded in 1894 in Zlín, in present-day Czech Republic, by Tomáš ____, whose family had been cobblers for generations. It was named after the founder’s surname, and came into India subsequently. Which company?
3. Which two-wheeler brand gets its name from the Italian word for ‘wasp’, because its earlier models resembled one?
Indian Finance Ministers
1.This finance minister, also an industrialist, introduced a slew of new personal taxes on top of the existing 87.5% income tax in the budget of 1957-58. Due to this, he got the nickname ‘tax, tax and kill’. Who?
2. This former finance minister also held the posts of director of RBI (1976-80), director of IDBI (1976-80), governor of RBI (1982-85), deputy chairman of Planning Commission (1985-87), and is currently a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam. Who?
3.He was once in the midst of a controversy because he represented the bankrupt American energy giant Enron as a senior lawyer in India. Who is this politician and minister?
Indian IT personalities
1. When this Indian technology entrepreneur was travelling from Paris to Mysore, he was arrested on the Sofia Express for allegedly criticizing Bulgaria’s communist government. Who is this generally outspoken executive?
This person’s father was offered the position of finance minister of Pakistan in 1947, but he turned it down and stayed back in India since most of his businesses were located here. Identify him.
2. He floated his first company, Excelan, in 1982, which was a manufacturer of smart ethernet cards. He donated $3 million to his alma mater to set up a school named after him. Who?
Answers
Foreign companies in India
1. Bisleri was named after its Italian founder, who sold the company’s operations to Parle’s Ramesh Chauhan.
2. Bata was founded in 1894 in Zlín, in present-day Czech Republic, by Tomáš Bat’a.
3. Two-wheeler brand Vespa gets its name from the Italian word for ‘wasp’.
Indian finance ministers
1. T.T. Krishnamachari got the nickname ‘tax, tax and kill’ for introducing a slew of new personal taxes on top of the existing 87.5% income tax in the budget of 1957-58.
2. Manmohan Singh.
3. P. Chidambaram represented Enron as a senior lawyer in India.
Indian IT personalities
1. N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys was arrested on the Sofia Express for allegedly criticizing Bulgaria’s communist government.
2. Azim Premji’s father was offered the position of finance minister of Pakistan in 1947.
3. Kanwal Rekhi. The Kanwal Rekhi School of IT is in IIT Bombay.
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