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June 25, 2007

Biz Quizzard 169

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 18-23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. In what is the first time ever a male superstar will endorse a fairness cream, which celebrity has been signed on by Emami group to endorse its Fair & Handsome brand?

2. What new initiative did Pepsi undertake in India last week, a first for the soft drink giant anywhere in the world?

3. Tata Motors last week launched a passenger version of its goods carrier Ace. What has it been branded as?

4. HDFC and Barclays Bank last week agreed to sell their entire shareholding in which BPO company to SKR BPO Services?

5. According to a report last week, which advertising agency has bagged Bharti Retail's ad account estimated at Rs 50 crore?

6. Which famous personality last week took over as the CEO of the MNC he co-founded?

7. Which MNC last week bought a 49% stake in ASTAR Air Cargo, Florida-based airline?

8. Wadhawan Retail Holding last week took over Delhi's convenience supermarket Sabka Bazaar and lifestyle outlet The Home Store from entrepreneur Mohammad Abdullah along with taking control of Mumbai's Maratha Stores, a chain of co-operative outlets. Which retail brand does the company own in Mumbai?

9. According to a report last week, with 700 people on its rolls, which Indian company is laying claim to the tag of Finland's largest non-Finnish employer?

10. Popular south Indian actress Trisha Krishnan has been signed up as the brand ambassador for which two wheeler brand (the TVC is already on air for about 2 weeks now)?

11. Hoping to deepen its appeal to hard-core sports fans, which MNC is buying Rivals.com, a website that provides extensive coverage of college athletics?

12. Hutch last week launched a new light variant of Blackberr6y. What has it been sub-branded as?

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June 18, 2007

Biz Quizzard 168

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 11-16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has acquired Cricinfo, the world's largest cricket website, from the Wisden Group for an undisclosed sum?

2. Which MNC last week announced that it will sponsor Indian Golf Union's National Amateur Tour for the next three years?

3. Mr Firdose Vandrevala last week resigned as the corporate vice president and chairman of Indian operations of which MNC?

4. According to a report last week, which beer giant has chosen its East European beer brand Okocim Palone for its India debut?

5. The Apollo Hospitals Group last week announced the launch of Asia's first health city. In which city is the Apollo Health City located?

6. Which MNC is planning to launch its inner wear and lingerie brand - Undercolors - in India by September this year?

7. Which company has announced that it has entered into a tie-up with Apple Computer to sell the entire range of Apple Products in India?

8. Which MNC has launched "Ice Cucumber", a new soda based on the crisp green gourd, in Japan?

9. Which automobile brand is being advertised across media with the baseline' full of life!'?

10. A proud moment. Which co-operative last week became the first ever in India to enter the billion-dollar club?

11. Actress Priyanka Chopra can be seen in the television commercial (currently on air) for which two wheeler brand?

12. Which actress recently unveiled her own clothing collection, "Bitten", in New York?

13. Which detergent brand last week entered the Limca Book of Records by creating the country's largest clothesline in Hyderabad?

14. Which PC manufacturer last week launched its 'Green Ware' eco friendly range of products?

15. According to a news report last week, US-based Advertising Age has ranked Ms Rohini Miglani at the 5th position among the world's 25 top women executives in its Women to Watch survey. Ms Miglani is the associate director (Asia) of which MNC?

16. Which celebrity last week launched her 'dVb' collection of denim pants, skirts and shorts in New York? (hint: the name is in the brand)

17. According to a print ad released last week, the world's largest Pepe Jeans Store has opened in India. Which city?

18. According to a news snippet last week, which stock exchange has acquired a 5% stake in the Singapore Exchange Limited as part of its efforts to forge links with overseas bourses?

19. Fashion TV opened its first fitness and beauty outlet in Bangalore recently. What has it been branded as?

20. The new look of which portal is being advertised in the print medium with the baseline 'LIFE'S BETTER IN HERE'?

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June 11, 2007

Biz Quizzard 167

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 04-09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. New Delhi-based film exhibition & distribution company, PVR has changed its tagline 'Movies First'. What is the new tagline?

2. In what looks like a succession plan, according to news reports last week, Mr Rishad would be joining the financial services vertical of which company as a business manager?

3. Which MNC last week unveiled a new brand identity with the theme 'Transforming Tomorrow'? The first print ad was also released in India last week.

4. Which MNC last week agreed to be acquired by Silver Lake Partners and TPG for $8.2 billion in the largest leveraged buyout of a computer-networking company?

5. Which MNC last week agreed to sell its Australian jams and jellies division to HJ Heinz, as part of a plan to raise $498 million from disposals of smaller assets?

6. Network 18, the holding company of TV18 and Global Broadcast News, last week announced the launch of a new events division. What has it been named?

7. ITC's Lifestyle Retailing division has launched its range of apparel for women. What has it been branded as?

8. Which premium international brand has tied up with Mumbai-based home textiles company, Creative Portico India, to market its home textiles and furnishings range in India?

9. Which MNC last week agreed to acquire 80% stake in Ukrainian juice company Sandora LLC?

10. Which infrastructure group has launched a corporate campaign in the television and print media with the baseline 'NO DREAM TOO BIG'?

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June 4, 2007

Biz Quizzard 166

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 28 - June 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The 2007 edition of the Brand Equity Survey of India's Most Trusted Brands was released last week. Which brand has retained the top slot for the fourth time in a row?

2. Hero Honda Motors last week launched a new model of its largest selling brand Splendor. What has it been sub-branded as?

3. Associated British Foods, the 6-bn pounds international food, ingredients and retail group, last week announced the acquisition of which iconic UK curry brand for an undisclosed sum?

4. Which company last week picked up a 26% stake in Air Deccan (Deccan Aviations) for Rs 550 crore?

5. According to a news snippet last week, which business personality's under-construction residence in Mumbai is named after the mythical island Antilia?

6. Evolve Ventures, an international retail arm of the Chennai-based Rs 200 crore GKK-Taurus Group, is foraying into the Indian market with the launch of its premium accessories label. What is it branded as?

7. Which company last week announced plans to acquire 45% stake in Mount Everest Mineral Water (MEMW), which owns the Himalayan mineral water brand?

8. Which retail brand has revealed its promotional tie-up, titled 'Rock with Rolls', with Rolls Royce, a car renowned the world over?

9. Radio Today last week launched a talk-based, women-focused radio stationin Delhi. What has it been brand as?

10. Trinity Health Tech, a health and fitness equipment supplier, has appointed which celebrity as brand ambassador for VibroGym, a premier fitness product in India?

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