Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bournvita contest? Now comes Horlicks quiz

Yahoo! India News   Thu, Mar 18, 2004

Top Stories                                                 Thursday March 18, 8:30 AM

Bournvita contest? Now comes Horlicks quiz

By Sudeshna Sarkar, Indo-Asian News Service 

Kathmandu, Mar 18 (IANS) If Indian schools can have a Bournvita quiz, why can't neighbouring Nepal have a Horlicks contest?
The first Interschool Horlicks Mathematics Quiz will kick off April 11, with the finals scheduled for May 29 after five rounds to be held in the five development regions of the country.
While the sponsors are the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, which owns the nutritional product Horlicks, the organisers are a private school in Kavre district.
The Kathmandu University High School, which last year organised a maths quiz in the district attended by about 50 schools, was inspired by the response it got from students to think of launching it on a national level.
Say Govinda Rizal and Suman Bandhu Koirala, who represent the school's Mathematics Council: "Mathematics is taught in schools as a compulsory subject but the teaching lacks motivation.
"One of our objectives is to give learning maths a practical base and make it full of fun and challenges."
The district-level quiz had no major sponsor. The schools paid a registration fee of Rs.200 and Kathmandu University High School chipped in to host lunch for the participants, the teachers accompanying them and others.
However, this time, realising a national-level programme that would also require travelling to different regions, would need more funds, the organisers started looking for corporate sponsors.
"We approached potential sponsors and Rathin Senyal, Horlicks country director, and Gajendra Bajracharya of the same organisation invited us for a discussion," says Rizal.
According to the negotiations, while the Mathematics Council would conduct the quiz, Horlicks will provide financial support in lieu of having the quiz christened the Horlicks quiz.
Organisers would also have to include the Horlicks logo in all correspondence, use Horlicks products during the programmes and display Horlicks banners at all venues.
The company has re-launched its flagship brand Pleasurable Nourishment Horlicks in the local market in four flavours: regular, chocolate, vanilla and honey buzz in order to boost sales that slowed down in 2001. In 2002, sales declined by nine percent in Nepal.

Monday, November 2, 2015


1. What is the botanical name of Asian rice?

2. Which of the following region is not suitable for rice cultivation?

 a) Antarctica

b) Madagascar

c) Himalayas

d) Tropical rainforest

3. In which of these countries rice is the staple food?

a) Canada

b) China

c) Italy

4. How much of people's daily energy needs are met by rice in the developing world?

a) 27%

b) 10%

c) 50%

d) 100%

5. How much water is needed to grow a kilogram of rice?

a) 10 litres

b) 2000 litres

c) 10,000 litres

6. How long does a rice plant take to mature (on average)?
a) 3 to 6 hours

b) 3 to 6 weeks

c) 3 to 6 months

d) 3 to 6 years

7. How much rice does an average person in Myanmar eat each day?

a) Half gram

b) Half-kilogram

c) Half quintal

d) Half tonne

8. Which country exported the highest quantity of rice in 2015?

a) Thailand

b) Vietnam

c) USA

d) Philippines

9. How many varieties of rice are known?

a) 2300

b) 20000

c) 140000


11. In which country was rice first domesticated?

12. Which is the primary region of the origin of rice?

a) Indo china

b) WestAfrica

c) Mediterrnean

13. African Rice (Oryza glaberrima) originated in Inland delta of Upper Niger river. Which African country is located there today?

14. Which is the wild ancestor of the African rice (Oryza glaberrima)?

15. AfricaRice Center developed a high yielding rice by crossing Asian Oryza glaberrima and Oryza sativa aand the the hybrid is named as New Rice for Africa. What is this “New Rice for Africa” popularly known as?

16. Which of the following is not true about the NERICA rice?

a) Produce up to 400 grains per head

b) Contains 2 % more protein than its parental lines

c) Easy to harvest

d) Tolerant to submergence

17. Who was recognized with 2004 World Food Prize for his leadership in developing NERICA?

18. What is the ancient rice (Oryza brevilugata) called these days?

19. Who was the first Portuguese chronicler to mention rice growing in the Upper Guinea Coast in 1446?

20. What is the position of rice in worldwide production?


1. Why is rice cold?