Thursday, October 05, 2006

Quiz # 26

Welcome to the 26th Edition of punchliners. After a thumping response to the silver jubilee editition, Punchliners is back with a quiz on etymology of cities and countries. Each of the below questions corresponds to a city or a country. So just crack them.

Punchliners Quiz # 26

1. The Square Mile

2. Land of Silver

3. Punjab + Afghan + Kashmir + Sindh + Baloochistan = ????

4. Land of the thunder dragon

5. Land of million Elephants

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Answers to Quiz # 25, Silver Jubilee Edition


1. Accenture

2. Himalaya Healthcare

3. Idea Cellular

4. Food World


1. Accenture originated as the consulting division of Arthur Anderson. Its origin goes back to 1953, when GE asked Arthur Andersen to undertake a feasibility study about payroll processing and manufacturing automation using computers. In 1989, that division split from Arthur Andersen and began using the name Andersen Consulting. On January 1, 2001, Andersen Consulting adopted its current name, "Accenture". The word "Accenture" is derived from "Accent on the future". Although a marketing consultancy was tasked with finding a new name for the company, the name "Accenture" was chosen by an employee from the Oslo office, as a result of an internal competition. Arthur Anderson was one of the member of Big 5 once upon a time until ENRON happened. The fiasco of ENRON was one of major turnarounds in the business of the accounting firms and this event actually led to the separation of Consulting business from the accounting business. Also Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 also came into force because of this financial breakdown. The greater-than sign over the 't' shows that the company is looking to the future. The mark is also an accent mark in music.Tiger Woods is the brand ambassador of the company. The campaign uses the phrase "Go On. Be a Tiger." as its advertisment baseline. Tagline for the company is High Performance. Delivered.

2. The story of Himalaya Healthcare starts close to 75 years back when Mr. M Manal founder of the company saw restless elephants being fed with a root to pacify them. This root got scientifically evaluated and turned out to be first hypertensive drug of the world by name Serpina.

3. Idea Cellular's antecedents date back to 1995, When the Aditya Birla Group and AT&T and the Tata Group set up cellular networks.In the year 2000, the historic path-breaking merger of Tata Cellular with Birla AT&T Communications and the subsequent acquisition of RPG Cellular - (Madhya Pradesh circle) in the year 2001 - helped take the company to aim even further and led to the formation of Birla Tata AT&T Limited . In year 2001, company won fourth cellular license for Delhi metro circle and in year 2002 company introduced common brand " !dea" and changed the name to IDEA Cellular Limited

4. SANYO, which means "three oceans" - specifically, the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans - and symbolizes the company's global perspective, has a history rich in creating and delivering technology-based products to every corner of the globe. The SANYO Group of companies is truly an international organization, comprising 83 manufacturing companies, 37 sales companies, and 38 other companies. SANYO's first three products were the bicycle generator lamp, the plastic cabinet radio, and the whirlpool action washing machine. Sanyo started in the year 1947 with the name of Sanyo Electric Works.

A whopping 79 entries were received for this quiz and the uniqueness in the quiz is also appreciated immensely. Thanks for the appreciation.
For the first time ever, a quiz in the Punchliners series has got more than 50 responses.
25 entries were there with all correct answers.

Hearty Congratulations to Mr. SHANTANU GANGAL for winning this edition of Punchliners.