LIC Trivadrum presents GK Quizzes

LIC of India, Thiruvananthapuram Division will conduct GK Quiz competitions for  students of colleges  and employees of Corporate / Institutions in connection with Insurance Week Celebrations.

PROGRAMME                                                       DATE:                       TIME

Quiz for Institutions / Corporate:              03/09/2011              2.30 P.M
Quiz for students of Colleges:                       05/09/2011            10.30 A.M

The quizzes would be held at the Conference Hall of LIC at its Divisional Office at Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram
Teams of two from the same institution / colleges can participate.
The winners would receive cash prizes and certificates.

Please contact Ajit Prabhakar +91.9447864196  for any additional information


Eid : History & its importance



– marks the end of the Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting

Eid & its History

Unas reported that when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity. The Prophet Muhammad  asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) told them: ‘Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.’

Eid & its significance

EID-AL-FITR is celebrated on the first day of Shaw’waal, at the completion of Ramadan.

Shaw’waal is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar. The Eid-al-Fitr is a very joyous day; it is a true Thanksgiving Day for the believing men and women. On this day Muslims show their real joy for the health, strength and the opportunities of life, which Allah has given to them to fulfill their obligation of fasting and other good deeds during the blessed month of Ramadan.

EID-AL-ADHA is celebrated on the tenth day of Zdilhijjah, the 12th and the last month of the Islamic calendar. It is also very joyous day; it is a feast of self-sacrifice, commitment and obedience to Allah. It commemorates the great act of obedience to Allah by the Prophet Ibrahim in showing his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael . Allah accepted his sacrifice and replaced Prophet Ismael with a lamb. Although Hajj has no relation with the Eid-al-Adha, but the five days long rituals of Hajj are also done during this month culminating on 9th of Zdilhijjah. Many rituals of Hajj are enactment of the struggle of the family Ibrahim specially his second wife Hajirah and her son Prophet Ismael .

Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated on 31st August in 2011 and celebrated on the same day as the Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi : History & Significance

Ganesh Chaturthi

–          Also known as Vinayaka Chaturthu is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. It is the birthday of Ganesha who is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune

Who is Ganesha?

The son of Shiva and Parvathi (Indian Gods) , Ganesha could be considered as the most endearing form of all Hindu deities. Though His worship forms the most important aspect of one’s daily puja, His birthday, Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated grandly with devotion and delight.

Significance of the name ‘Ganesha’

The term Ganesha stems from the root ‘Gana’ which means the hosts or troops of demigods especially referring to the retinue of Lord Shiva and the term ‘Isha’ means ‘ruler’ or ‘lord’. Hence the term Ganesha means “the Lord of the demigods”

Birth of Ganesha

There are a few legends attributed to the birth or rather the manifestation of Ganesha. However the most popular one is that He was formed by Parvati from the material of Her own body. She then commissioned Ganesha to guard while she had her bath. It is said that the steadfast Ganesha did not allow entry to Lord Shiva Himself and the enraged Lord sent His Ganas or demigods to vanquish Ganesha. Since the Ganas had to embrace defeat, as Ganesha was formed out of Mother Sakhti (Parvati who stands for power), Lord Shiva had to tackle Him directly and in the ensuing battle, severed the head of Ganesha which enraged the Mother.

Lord Shiva then ordered His Ganas to proceed westward and come with the head of anything that they happened to see first. It so happened that it was an elephant and its head was fitted to the body of Parvati’s manifested son.

Shiva then declared Ganesha as the leader of His retinue and henceforth be worshipped first in the beginning of all religious activities for fruitful results to ensue.

History of Ganesh Chaturthi

It is not known when and how Ganesh Chaturthi was first celebrated. But according to the historian Shri Rajwade, the earliest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations can be traced back to the times of the reigns of dynasties as Satavahana, Rashtrakut and Chalukya.

Historical records reveal that Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations were initiated in Maharashtra by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, the great Maratha ruler, to promote culture and nationalism. And it had continued ever since. There are also references in history to similar celebrations during Peshwa times. It is believed that Lord Ganapati was the family deity of the Peshwas. After the end of Peshwa rule, Ganesh Chaturthi remained a family affair in Maharashtra from the period of 1818 to 1892.

In 1893, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Lokmanya Tilak transformed the annual domestic festival into a large, well-organized public event

Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations

For 10 days, from Bhadrapad Shudh Chaturthi to the Ananta Chaturdashi, Ganesha is worshipped. On the 11th day, the statue is taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing, singing, and fanfare to be immersed in a river or the sea symbolizing a ritual see-off of the Lord in his journey towards his abode in Kailash while taking away with him the misfortunes of his devotees, this is the ritual known as Ganesh Visarjan

When is Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated?

The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 or 12 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi.

In 2011, Ganesh Chaturthi falls on the same day as Eid and is being celebrated on 1st September

Tata Crucible Questions – Ranchi Corporate 2011

Tata Crucible Questions 2011- Ranchi Corporate

SS Panda sir from SAIL, Rourkela plant updates from Ranchi about the wonderful Tata Crucible Edition held there recently.

With a good participation, the onstage finals was exciting as the final line up had all the major steel giants represented!!

2 teams from Bokaro Steel and Rourkela Steel were joined by teams from Berickson and SAIL Ranchi.

After a high voltage start, the teams from Rourkela and SAIL made it look like a three way match but a smart and diligent Rourkela Steel represented by SS Panda and Sampad Mishra took home the Ranchi laurels!

Panda ji, thank you very much for sharing the questions with and we wish you the very very best for the National Finals!!

Have you been following the Crucible? We’ve covered the questions from all the previous editions and you can catch them too.

We traversed Kochi with the Kochi prelimsand Kochi Finals questions and then move to Coimbatore where Chennai Silks won. And then followed BSP win the Nagpur Edition quite comfortably. And for the updated list of results, reviews and questions just click on this link : Tata Crucible 2011 Corporate Results

But for now,

Tata Crucible Questions from Ranchi Corporate 2011

1. It was set up in 1906 by the great Indian patriot, Bal Gangadhar Tilak along with eminent businessman Munmohandas Ramji. The launch of the store set standards for the swadeshi movement through an elegant, classy retail outlet. Retail outlets ,still in business today. Ans: Bombay Stores

2. The term was coined in 2000 by Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J. Hopper, and John Langford (all of Carnegie Mellon University). It is an acronym to tell Computers and Humans Apart”. Carnegie Mellon University attempted to trademark the term, but the trademark application was abandoned on 21 April 2008..Ans:Captcha

3.Established by VSS Mani a CA, gaining popularity now-a

4. Logo of Online retail Co.

5. Origin –History,French Chemist ,Auerole.Ans:L’oreal

6 .Hero Honda logo,Tata Group logo,same ad agency, Identify. Ans:Wolf Ollins

7. Which RCB player endorses Fast Track &Herbalife brands. Ans:Virat Kohli

8. Photo of new Infosys CEO. Ans:Shibulal

9. Book The Goal, Published 1984.Popular theory ,important for engineers, with a Mouse

character. Theory of ___.Ans:Theory of Constraints

10. Identify this Brand of long lasting battey owned by P &G. Ans:Duracell

11. Maple Tree in logo.Which Airline. Ans:Air Canada

12. Photo of Oliver Toscani, made controversial ads for which clothing Company. Ans:United Colors of Benetton

13. The acquisition of another company using a significant amount of borrowed money (bonds or loans) to meet the cost of acquisition. Often, the assets of the company being acquired are used as collateral for the loans in addition to the assets of the acquiring company..Ans: Leveraged Buy Out

14. Combo of German word for Water & Greek for Oil(elaion),used in winter season. Ans:Vaseline

15. Photo of Francis D’Souza.CEO of which IT company. Ans:Cognizant

16.Logo of a Pakistan TV Channel. Identify. Ans:Geo TV

17. Very Successful manufacturers of Swords,locks,knives in past. Now Razor blades. Which co.? Ans:Wilkinson

18. Which company supplied ballot boxes for Ist General elections. Ans:Godrej

19. In 2010 Time Magazine published a list of persons who abused power while in office. President Nixon was no.1.Who was no.2.Ans:A.RAJA

20. Photo of Gitanjali Kirloskar

And for the entire list of Questions from the finals of the Tata Crucible Ranchi Edition

Definitely good questions for a Ranchi edition but we are sure that a good dig into the previous years’ Crucible quizzes would have given you a good Headstart!!

So, don’t forget to go through the archives and Be Prepared for the next quiz! 

If you are participating in any other cities, we’re sure these questions will give you a heads up on the preparation required.

For those who want to have a look at the previous years’ questions, follow the links below

The format of Tata Crucible Questions has been simple throughout – a mixture of current affairs dry questions, visuals, heads of companies, trivia from old sites/blogs/quiz groups.

A thorough read through previous editions’ Tata Crucible Questions will definitely give participants a good direction to prepare for their city finals.

And if you are not looking just for Tata Crucible questions but a good guide to Prepare for Tata Crucible and other business quizzes, you must read the 20,000+ downloads famous –A Definitive guide to prepare for Tata Crucible

You can attempt Tata Crucible Questions from the Student Edition 2011 on a brand new customized platform. Dont just read, PARTICIPATE!

 TATA CRUCIBLE QUESTIONS from the previous years

Cycle Heritage Quiz 2011

Cycle Heritage Quiz 2011

NR Group, the manufacturers of Cycle Pure Agarbathies, are pleased to introduce Cycle Heritage Quiz, across all leading schools in Kolkata. Cycle Heritage School Quiz (CHQ) has been designed to encourage young talents to garner more knowledge on Indian traditions, values, history and mythology.
The makers of Cycle Brand believes that through this quiz, young minds will be encouraged to learn about India’s rich traditions and take pride in our heritage.

Cycle Heritage Quiz 2011 Details

For Details call+91 9933388844
Audience can walk in to the venue directly.
Date:     Sunday, September3, 2011 
Time:     9:30 am
Venue:   Gyan Manch Auditorium, 11 Pretoria Street, Kolkata-71

Cycle Heritage Quiz 2011

Oasis Quiz : All India Written Lonewolf Edition

The English Language Activities Society (ELAS) is the official quizzing society of BITS Pilani. They will be conducting the Oasis Quiz – Lonewolf Edition this September.
It will be a 90 minute 120 question written lonewolf quiz, held simultaneously across various venues across the country.The quiz is open for all. The college winner in each venue will be invited to Pilani during Oasis, the annual cultural festival of BITS-Pilani to participate in a mega showdown. The winner here will be crowned champion and, needless to say, will win lots of money and pride and honour.
The quiz will be held on September 4 2011.
The quiz is being held in Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kharagpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pilani and Pune.
More details and venue details in each city will be announced shortly.
Keep checking for details.
Srisha Haridas
Voice: 07891400727, 09611630709

The Leagues Challenge : Business Quiz

Have you always felt that prizes at Quizzes are too low ?

Bored of going multi city levels to win a decent prize?

Presidency College , Bangalore has decided to change that perception of Business Quizzes! The top 3 from the Quiz will participate in a Grand Finale in MALAYSIA!!

Thats right! The prizes are beyond the free trip that the top 3 get! So what are you waiting for?

Pick that phone and register right away!! The Leagues Challenge is a Business Quiz open to B.Com, B.B.M and B.M.S (Undergrad Business) students from across the country.

The preliminary rounds will be held on 26th and 27th August in Bangalore with a Grand Final on 11th September in Malaysia. The young and dynamic Rohit Nair from QuizWorks will host all the rounds!! For more details, have a look at the poster below

Important Details:

Date of Prelim: 26th August 2011

Date of Bangalore Final : 27th August 2011

Date of International Final : 11th September 2011 in Malaysia

Open to: Individual participants : Students from B.Com , B.B.M , B.M.S or any undergrad business student.

Quizmaster: Rohit Nair from QuizWorks 

Contact: Rashmi Rao – 08095340024