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January 27, 2008

Biz Quizzard 200

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

1. Which automobile brand is being advertised in the print medium with the baseline ‘Live Up’?

2. According to a report last week, Mumbai-based Rs 250-crore denim manufacturer Kewal Kiran Clothing (KKCL), promoter of the ‘Killer’ brand of jeans, will soon have which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

3. Which Indian company has acquired Chicago-based management consulting firm, Bridge Strategy Group for $35 million in an all-cash deal?

4. Which company, in perhaps the first instance in India, has fined its CEO for a technical violation of insider trading rules?

5. Which company will, according to a report last week, acquire the South African hair brand Kinky?

6. Which jewellery company has launched a prĂȘt line ‘Jodhaa Akbar collection’ inspired by their creations for the upcoming movie?

7. Which Swiss pharmaceuticals company last week said it would acquire US-based medical diagnostic product maker Ventana Medical systems for $3.4 billion?

8. Which cricketer has been signed on by FritoLay India as its brand ambassador?

9. Which business personality has been elected to the position of chairman of the board of the US India Business Council (USIBC)?

10. Which business personality last week acquired the Mumbai franchisee in BCCI’s Indian Premier League (IPL) for $111.9 million over a 10-year period?

11. Which insurance company is taking up a brand re-positioning exercise and has changed its slogan to ‘peace of mind. guaranteed’?

12. Nick Leeson can take a bow. Which bank last week said it had uncovered a $7.14 billion fraud – one of history’s biggest – by a single futures trader who orchestrated a series of bogus transactions?

13. Tata Tea has marked its entry into retail operations by establishing its first retail outlet ‘Chai Unchai’ last week. Name the location? (I want the specific location, not just the city/state)

14. Actor Katrina Kaif can be seen in the television commercial (currently on air) for which hair color brand with the baseline ‘simply shine’?

15. John Donahoe will take over as the new CEO of which well known MNC on March 31?

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January 20, 2008

Biz Quizzard 199

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

1. According to a report last week, which IT MNC has teamed up with cartoonist Mario Miranda to create an advertising campaign unique to the company?

2. Which airline last week announced that it would run the world’s first commercial jet powered by Biofuel?

3. Which MNC last week introduced ‘Air Wick’, its air fresheners in the domestic market?

4. Which automobile company, according to a report last week, is planning to move into the luxury family car market with the launch of ‘Kizashi’ in 2010?

5. Which software MNC last week agreed to buy rival BEA Systems for $8.5 million in cash?

6. Which well known personality last week launched SabseBolo.com, a free conferencing facility?

7. Which Indian company last week unfolded its plans to enter organized retailing with a new brand – EVOK?

8. According to a report last week, which Indian company has acquired 250 cinema houses in the US over the past one year?

9. Advertising agency Lowe India has lost the Rs 150-crore LG Electronics creative account. Which agency has bagged the account?

10. Which well known MNC last week announced its foray into the Rs 500 crore weight management market in India with the introduction of its international product ‘Special K’?

11. Yamaha Motor India last week inaugurated its lifestyle store in New Delhi. What has it been branded as?

12. Apple last week launched its new laptop MacBook Air. What is its claim to fame?

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January 13, 2008

Biz Quizzard 198

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

1. According to a report last week, which well-known MNC is kicking off a major global revamp with the unveiling of a new logo and corporate identity, the most significant change in its brand identity in the last 40 years?

2. Which business group has bought ‘Nakshatra’, the premium brand of jewellery promoted by Diamond Trading Company (DTC), for approximately Rs 100 crores?

3. Which Indian company has rebranded itself with a new logo and colour, as part of a strategy to position itself as a technology company providing IT services and not just an internet and e-commerce firm?

4. Which MNC last week said it agreed to buy Soundbuzz, a pan-Asian over-the-air online music provider?

5. Which leading economist has been appointed as an advisor by French president Nicolas Sarkozy?

6. Which automobile brand is being advertised across media with the baseline ‘Because you’re special’?

7. Tata Motors last week unveiled its one lakh car. What has it been branded as?

8. Consumer electronics major Bajaj Electricals last week launched its LED range of environment-friendly lighting. What has it been branded as?

9. According to a report last week, Bill Schultz has been chosen as the new CEO of the Indian operations of which well known MNC?

10. Which famous political personality is set to join Wall Street bank JP Morgan as an advisor?

11. Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co has announced that it is changing its name. What will it be known as?

12. Which banking MNC last week said it had agreed to buy Countrywide Financial for $4 billion in stock?

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January 6, 2008

Biz Quizzard 197

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 31 - January 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has launched a campaign across media with the baseline ‘Power on. India on.’?

2. The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group is entering the IT consulting and services space. What has the company been named?

3. Which company/brand is advertising its ready-to-wear brand ‘msd’ (after MS Dhoni) on television?

4. Which company, according to a report last week, has started branded toilets, called Fleurs, at select, high-selling outlets on high-density tourist routes?

5. Which advertising agency has bagged the creative account of the Rs 1-lakh car from Tata Motors?

6. Which business group, according to a report last week, has unveiled plans to ‘electrify football in the country’?

7. Which railway project has become the first in the world to earn carbon credits?

8. Mr Charles Simonyi and which well-known business personality have donated $30 million to a project to build a telescope in Chile?

9. Mr Mark Hurd was named as the ‘Businessperson of the Year’ by the BusinessWeek magazine. He is the CEO of which MNC?

10. Which pharma company is advertising itself in the print medium with the baseline ‘BRIONGING SCIENCE TO LIFE’?

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