Q- Factor ‘08
Part of Q-Quest ‘08
Date: 01 March 2008
QM: Avinash Mudaliar
* Due to shortage of Gasoline during war time in India, he is well known for having designed an auto part which could run on charcoal. Who?
Ans: TVS Iyengar
* What was first established in Japan in 1962 by and Kaoru Ishikawa? The movement in Japan was coordinated by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers (JUSE).
Ans: Quality Circles
* What did Roger Boesche, professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, call, “a book of political realism, a book analysing how the political world does work and not very often stating how it ought to work, a book that frequently discloses to a king what calculating and sometimes brutal measures he must carry out to preserve the state and the common good.”?
* The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) earned a particular distinction in December 2005 which was then the only one of its kind to that distinction in the country. What distinction?
Ans: An ISO 9001:2000 certification
* Rs.11.4 crore has been provided in the current budget towards a particular Scheme which is the largest school programme of its kind in the world. What are we talking about?
Ans: Akshaya Patra or the Mid Day Meal Scheme
* He came to India in the 1780’s and started his partnership firm in 1819 with John William Dare. He set up the first Sugar Factory in 1842 at Bandipalayam. The company he set up is also the first private sector company to start in house R&D. Who was he and which company did he start?
Ans: Thomas Parry and EID Parry
* In the Toyota Way, “Heijunka”(levelling out the load) is done by two ways, a.) Avoiding overburdening people and b.) Avoiding unevenness. What are these two known as?
Ans: Muri and Mura
* In 1981, he became the 26th United States Secretary of Commerce from 1981. He took the lead in resolving difficulties in technology transfers with China and India. In recognition of his services, after his death in 1987, the government named something after which it started in order to raise awareness about the importance of quality and performance excellence as a competitive edge. Who was he?
Ans: Howard Malcolm Baldrige after whom Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for product quality has been named
* According to IRS 2006, it is the highest read English publication in India. In one of its recent ads, it claims that in-spite of not carrying any stories, it still has 1, 39, 32,000 readers. Which publication?
Ans: Yellow Pages
* It was pioneered by Walter A. Shewhart in the early 1920s. While Dr. Shewhart drew from pure mathematical statistical theories, he understood that data from physical processes seldom produces a “normal distribution curve”. He concluded that while every process displays variation, some processes display controlled variation that is natural to the process, while others display uncontrolled variation that is not present in the process causal system at all times. What concept?
Ans: Statistical Process Control (SPC), an effective method of monitoring a process through the use of control charts.