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November 28, 2010

Biz Quizzard 348

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

1. Which company has acquired Bangalore-based Lifeblob.com, a social photo service firm?

2. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the baseline ‘The Right of Way’?

3. Fam, an Iranian firm, has come up with an Islamic doll on the lines of Barbie. What has it been branded as?

4. This is a unique propositioning. Which automobile brand was last week advertised in the print medium positioned as the perfect gift this wedding season?

5. Which little-known housing firm has signed on Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador and started an advertising campaign?

6. Which Indian company has acquired US-based infrastructure management company PSI Holding, which operates under the brand Akibia, in an all-cash deal of $66 million?

7. Hyderabad-based infrastructure company Maytas Infra is being renamed. What will it be known as?

8. Which company has acquired the UK operations of South Africa-based Barnard Jacobs Mellet for an estimated $40-50 million?

9. RBI Governor D Subbarao last week launched a book ‘Global Crisis, Recession and Uneven Recovery’. Who is the author?

10. Which MNC last week appointed Dinesh Jain as the CEO of its alliance partner Hover Automotive India?

11. Which company has bought GlaxoSmithKline’s oral penicillin facility and products in the US for an undisclosed amount?

12. What milestone has Mphasis crossed for its year-ended October period?

13. Which company has agreed to acquire Canada’s CIC Energy for Canadian $422 million (about Rs 1,860 crore)?

14. Which company has bought a 74% stake in Hyderabad-based HBL Elta Avionics for an undisclosed amount?

15. Which MNC will acquire a 90% stake in Brooklyn-based Wireless Generation, a privately-held education technology company for about $360 million?

16. Information technology major Intex Technologies last week launched a mobile handset in the market. What unique feature does it boast of?

17. Which company plans to open standalone ‘farm fresh’ stores selling only fruits and vegetables in neighborhood locations?

18. What milestone has BMW recently crossed in it’s assemble line in Chennai?

19. Which company last week launched an exclusive collection named “Eternal Mumbai” on the eve of the second anniversary of 26/11?

20. John Chacko has been appointed the new group chief, president and managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC from December 1?

21. Which Hollywood actor will feature in the ads for Russia’s Trust Bank?

22. Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has joined hands with which well known personality to start a new venture to create e-content for entertainment and education?

23. In what is the biggest leveraged buyout this year, which food company has agreed to be sold to a group of private equity firms led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) for $5.3 billion?

24. HDFC Standard Life has changed its name. What is the new name?

25. Which company last week announced the launch of 'Little Wings', a new frequent flyer programme especially created for young flyers between the ages of 3 through 12 years?

26. Which company last week launched India's 1st washing machine with an 'in-built brush'?

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November 21, 2010

Biz Quizzard 347

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

1. Which company will participate in MotoGP next season, marking India’s debut in the world’s premier motorcycle championship?

2. Which international actress is teaming up with Italian designer Alberta Ferreti to create a new organic clothing range?

3. Gillette has launched its first product designed especially to suit the needs of the Indian consumer. What has it been branded as?

4. Which newspaper brand is being advertised with the baseline ‘Know More. No Less.'?

5. Which company is the sole Indian firm to get a perfect score in a list of Asia’s best companies in terms of corporate social responsibility?

6. Which company has bought US-based Namaste Laboratories and its three subsidiaries for $100 million (Rs 446 crore) in an all-cash deal?

7. Which company is re-entering the off-road compact SUV segment in India with ‘Thar’?

8. The nation has honored which business personality by releasing a postage stamp on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary (an ad was released last week by the business group)?

9. Which MNC last week said it would buy mining supplier Bucyrus International for $7.6 billion?

10. Which business personality last week took over as the chairman of low-cost air carrier SpiceJet?

11. Which MNC last week launched its much-awaited premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) Yeti in India?

12. Which MNC last week, in a joint venture with Nestle, launched ready-to-drink iced tea brand NESTEA in India?

13. Which company last week merged with the investment banking arm of Enam Securities in an all-stock deal worth Rs 2,067 crores?

14. Which well known company last week unveiled a new logo and signature tune?

15. Which international fashion house last week launched its high-end mobile phones in India with a price tag of up to Rs 4.25 lakh?

16. Which bank has kicked off its five-day, high-impact campaign on November 21 to mark its twenty-fifth anniversary?

17. Which brand is being positioned as 'The Friendship Bike'?

18. Which MNC is gearing up to get a piece of the fast growing legal process outsourcing market with the acquisition of Pangea3?

19. Who has topped the Financial Times ’ranking of the Top 50 Women in World Business for the second year running?

20. Which MNC automaker in India last week launched its new corporate identity to ensure uniform brand identity across the globe?

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November 14, 2010

Biz Quizzard 346

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

1. Pantaloons Femina Miss India – Earth 2010, Nicole Faria can be seen in the ‘Snap On’ campaign (TVC currently on air) for which MNC?

2. Which MNC last week released a print ad with the headline ‘The Most Powerful Seat in the Free World’ on the occasion of President Obama’s India visit?

3. Which company has been ranked the world’s top oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) firm by global energy research agency Platts?

4. According to a report last week, which business group will be rolling out a new corporate campaign ‘udna hai, aaj bhi’ this month?

5. Which MNC will buy US natural gas producer Atlas Energy for $3.2 billion?

6. Which MNC expects to pay 3.5 billion euro to acquire Europe’s largest independent auto dealer, Porsche Holding Salzburg?

7. According to a report last week, which bank has sought the approval of RBI to hive off its IT activities into an independent subsidiary?

8. Which company last week announced it would come out with the world’s first ‘jewellery car’?

9. Who has again been named the highest-grossing celebrity of last year in Forbes’ annual Hollywood rich list?

10. Which company last week acquired Hyderabad-based tech staffing company Magna Infotech for Rs 100 crore?

11. Which MNC has decided to acquire a 74% stake in India’s largest air caterer, Skygourmet, from the Indian Hospitality Corp (IHC) for about Rs 400 crore?

12. Which company last week announced that it has sold its Rath vanaspati brand to edible oil maker Cargill India?

13. Which Indian business personality would be presented the Dwight d Eisenhower global award for leadership in New York on November 17?

14. According to a recent report, which is the world’s biggest bank?

15. Which publishing group in India has unveiled a new logo and identity?

16. Reliance Broadcast Network’s (RBN’s) initiative in the digital space, BIG Digital, launched India’s first ever talk internet radio last week. What has it been branded as?

17. Which MNC Electronics and appliances-maker last week announced its entry into the Indian mobile handset market?

18. Which advertising agency’s chairman and chief executive officer, Tom Bernardin, and chief creative officer, Mark Tutssel, were in India last week to launch their book, HumanKind?

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November 7, 2010

Biz Quizzard 345

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

1. Which advertising agency has bagged the account of mobile services provider MTS?

2. What milestone has Maruti Suzuki crossed in October 2010?

3. Which tablet device is being advertised with the positioning ‘Start Tabbing’?

4. Which business group has entered into a joint venture agreement with Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group to set up a general insurance company in India?

5. Which MNC last week acquired Pennsylvania-based Boomi, a company that provides web-based or “cloud” computing services?

6. Which MNC last week announced it would acquire Indian logistics company AFL and its affiliate Unifreight India?

7. Which MNC last week announced it was buying e-commerce software company Art Technology Group for $1 billion in cash?

8. What distinction did Bhopal-based businessman Rajesh Jethpuria achieve last week?

9. According to a report last week, which home appliance MNC has signed on Sonam Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

10. Which consumer electronics brand has roped in Dia Mirza to promote eco-friendly celebrations?

11. Which MNC has become the first international car maker to sell two million vehicles in a year in China?

12. Which Indian company has roped in Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi to endorse its brand in Pakistan?

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