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May 28, 2007

Biz Quizzard 165

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 21-26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The AV Birla group has appointed its first woman business head. Ms Martha Finn Brooks has been appointed president and chief operating officer of which group company?

2. According to a report last week, which corporate group has joined hands with art outfit Chisel to set up Kolkata's and eastern region's first art auction house?

3. Which Indian company last week agreed to buy Israeli generic maker Taro Pharmaceutical Industries?

4. Which well known MNC last week announced the appointment of Tejpreet Singh Chopra as the president & CEO of its Indian operations?

5. Fishing in troubled waters. Which television channel/network last week announced its plans to launch a new channel 'Kalaignar TV', reportedly with the patronage of DMK leadership?

6. The new logo - a red coloured flying swan - of which company was unveiled last week?

7. The Global Broadcast News (GBN), which operates the CNN IBN news channel and is part of the TV18 group, last week inked a 50:50 joint venture with which media MNC for an entertainment channel?

8. Which company has launched a new corporate campaign on television (single TVC, currently on air) with the baseline 'The world is not enough'?

9. Which two wheeler brand is being advertised (TVC currently on air) with the baseline 'Got it?'?

10. Which cement brand is Amitabh Bachchan endorsing on television (currently on air)?

11. Not exactly a business question, but I thought it could be counted as one. Which country last week became the first to open a 'virtual embassy' in Second Life, the online virtual world?

12. Which MNC last week acquired Glaceau, also known as Energy Brands, for $4.1 billion in cash?

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May 22, 2007

Biz Quizzard 164

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 14-19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mr Vijay Mansukhani has recently taken over as the managing director of which consumer durable company in India?

2. Mumbai-based Anchor group last week acquired which toothpaste brand from John Oak Remedies?

3. Private equity firm Cerberus last week bought which well known automobile group for $7.4 billion?

4. Media giant Reuters last week agreed to be taken over by which MNC to create one of the world's largest financial news providers?

5. Another great Indian victory. Vijay Mallya last week became the first Indian to enter the exclusive Scotch club by acquiring 100% of which Scotch giant?

6. Which software MNC has recently acquired Agile Software Corp in a $495-million deal?

7. Which MNC last week announced that it would release its 'Halo 3' video game on September 25?

8. Another acquisition by a private equity firm. Which firm last week agreed to buy eye-care company Bausch & Lomb Inc for about $3.67 billion?

9. The Aditya Birla group last week unveiled its retail store brand. Name the brand?

10. Which MNC last week announced that it was taking over aQuantive, a global digital marketing company for $6 billion?

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May 16, 2007

Biz Quizzard 163

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC last week announced the launch of its new global corporate identity advertising campaign with the theme 'Let's Get it Done' in print and online media around the world?

2. Mr Partho Ray Burman has, according to a report last week, forayed into the food & hospitality space by setting up a chain of restaurants under the brand name 'Nola' in Kolkata. Mr Burman is also associated with another well known retail chain for a different product category. Name the brand?

3. According to a news snippet last week, which country has become the world's largest manufacturing base of building ceramics and sanitary ware after 20 years of fast growth?

4. Microsoft's email service Hotmail has been revamped and renamed. What will it be now known as?

5. Amara Raja Batteries Ltd last week launched a new retail format. What has it been branded as?

6. Maruti Udyog last week launched its premium sedan in the A3 segment. What has it been branded as?

7. Air India, which already has an in-flight magazine 'Namaskaar', last week released its second in-flight magazine primarily for the business and executive class passengers. What has it been branded as?

8. Outlook Group last week launched a new lifestyle magazine. What has it been branded as?

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May 7, 2007

Biz Quizzard 162

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 30 - May 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which automobile company last week signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the paid-up capital of Detroit-based Defiance Testing and Engineering Services (DTE) for $17 million?

2. It started as K Hattari in Tokyo in 1881 and it is a Japanese word meaning "exquisite", "minute", or "success". According to a news report last week, which MNC is all set to enter India and is scouting for a minority partner for retail venture?

3. In what is billed as the largest overseas takeover deals in the auto component sector by a southern corporate group, which company has acquired Intermet Europe, from US-based Intermet International for Rs 532 crore?

4. Which Indian steel company last week announced the acquisition of UK-based Argent Independent Steel Limited?

5. Music trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy can be seen in the television commercial (currently on air) for which tea brand?

6. The board of UTI Bank last week recommended a name change. What is the proposed name?

7. Which MNC, according to a news report last week, will roll out Chaudfontaine, a local water brand it owns in Belgium, in the UK and the rest of the Europe by the end of this year?

8. Which company has roped in actor Kangana Renaut (of Gangster fame) to endorse women's chappals?

9. Which Indian business personality will join the board of Standard Chartered Plc as an independent director effective August 1?

10. Which Indian company last week acquired the $150-million Negma Laboratories, the fourth largest pharmaceutical company in France, in an all-cash deal worth $265 million?

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