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December 28, 2008

Biz Quizzard 248

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Why were Ramazan Baydan and Model 271 in news recently?

2. India’s largest café chain Coffee Day has started retailing coffee, coffee making equipment and accessories at its new format. What has it been branded as?

3. Nilgiris orthodox tea has received GI (Geographical Indication) registration, giving a distinct identity to the tea which is often described as the Darjeeling tea of the south. What is special about this particular GI registration in the Indian context?

4. Why was a yacht named Tian in news recently?

5. What was special about the earnings forecast given out by Toyota Motor Corp last week?

6. Which company last week announced that it is buying the IT arm of Citigroup India for around $127 million?

7. Levi Strauss India is rolling out a new concept – standalone stores in malls and high street locations, which will offer a very high concentration of jeans wear, with a certain segment devoted to relevant tops. What has it been branded as?

8. Who is the richest person in the world of fiction, according to The Forbes Fictional 15 – an annual compilation of the world’s richest fictional characters by the US business magazine?

9. Which MNC last week said that it had acquired whole of the Swiss-based Cotravel for an undisclosed sum?

10. According to a news snippet last week, which celebrity has bought a $2,00,000 customized pink Bentley Continental GT for Christmas?

11. Ravi Jain, the former co-promoter of Millenium Alcobev, is, according to a report last week, gearing up to launch his own brand of wine in India. Name it?

12. Which actor has been appointed brand ambassador for travel gear brand VIP for a two year period (TVC currently on air)?

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December 21, 2008

Biz Quizzard 247

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which well known brand in India turned 25 on December 14?

2. Not exactly a business question. Which country has become the first in the world to allow voting by mobile phone?

3. The latest Brand Equity Ad Agency Reckoner was released last week. Which agency has once again retained the top slot in the creative agencies list?

4. Satyam Computer Services last week generated a huge controversy by announcing its decision to acquire 2 companies. Name the two?

5. For the first time, an Indian brand will be displayed on Ferrari in Formula 1. Which one?

6. Which insurance MNC has won a trademark case against Mankind Pharma preventing the company from selling one of its diabetic drugs?

7. Which MNC has tied up with composer AR Rahman to launch a first of its kind music album, which includes the tracks ‘Kural’, ‘Mylapore Blues’ & ‘Mosquito’?

8. Which MNC has won the national award for empowering persons with disability as Employer of the year, 2008?

9. Who is the Business Standard Banker of the Year?

10. Who is the new CEO of ICICI Bank?

11. Which city has become India’s first to have 100% telecom penetration?

12. Yukimine Tsuji has been appointed the new CEO and managing director for the Indian operations of which automobile MNC?

13. According to a report last week, Big Street, a subsidiary of Reliance Big Entertainment, has unveiled what it calls “India's first AC bus shelter” in which city?

14. Which advertising agency in India has been chosen as the Global Agency of the Year – top among its network’s 94 offices in 86 countries?

15. General Motors India will roll out its used-car retail initiative on January 15 next year. What will it be branded as?

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December 14, 2008

Biz Quizzard 246

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which jewellery brand is being advertised in the print medium with the baseline ‘diamonds unlimited’?

2. WPP, the world’s largest advertising conglomerate, has decided to launch its own production house in India. What will it be branded as?

3. Which hospital chain has launched a print campaign with the baseline ‘Towards saving lives’?

4. Which MNC last week announced that it has developed the world’s first handset modem chip for 4G phones?

5. Which bank has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘THE BANKER TO EVERY INDIAN’?

6. Which SUV brand is being advertised with the baseline ‘CHOOSE YOUR TURF’?

7. Bharti Retail last week announced its entry into the mid-format compact hypermarket segment with the launch of the first ‘Easyday market TM’ store in which city?

8. UK-based services firm Serco Group has acquired a 60% stake in which Indian BPO firm for about 97.7 crores?

9. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) last week unveiled its next generation 3G technology-based telecom services in New Delhi. What has it been branded as?

10. The union government last week incorporated a joint venture company, National Power Exchange Ltd, with which Indian private sector company to set up an energy exchange?

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December 7, 2008

Biz Quizzard 245

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which celebrity has been appointed brand ambassador by Linc Pen?

2. Which MNC last week said it would buy cosmetic-product and breast-implant maker Mentor for $1.07 million?

3. Which bank in India has been adjudged the best bank of the year 2008 by London-based ‘The Banker’ magazine of the Financial times group?

4. CK Birla-controlled Hindustan Motors last week launched a mini truck, its first new launch in 28 years, in partnership with Shandong Shifeng, a China-based automotive and agri-equipment company. What has it been branded as?

5. Which US-based company, also present in India, has launched an online campaign for its Nutrilite brand featuring soccer star Ronaldinho?

6. Which two centres/cities in India have been identified by consumer goods major Unilever among its strategic global centres as part of restructuring plan to consolidate its research and development (R&D) activities?

7. According to a report last week, Sapparo Breweries recently launched a new kind of beer called space beer. Why is it so called?

8. In one of the biggest cross-border deals in the education space, which company in India has acquired the entire shareholding of American University of Antigua (AUA) from New York-based Greater Caribbean Learning Resources?

9. Mr Anil Shrikhande has been appointed as the president of the Indian operations of which MNC?

10. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘Enjoy your challenges’?

11. Which celebrity has been named as the Richest Star Under 30 in a list compiled by Forbes magazine?

12. Which bank has applied to RBI to buy a 10% stake in MMTC-Indiabulls promoted commodity exchange, which is expected to be operational by March 2009?

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