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August 28, 2011

Biz Quizzard 387

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

1. Which MNC has tied up with Future Group to co-develop and co-brand a line of bakery products that will be sold exclusively at Big Bazaar stores?

2. Which company has a new logo - that of a tiger paw with a human imprint inside, along with a new tagline - ‘Unleash your potential’?

3. Which company has stepped into the ready-to-eat meal segment with ‘Yummeals’?

4. Which MNC last week said it had agreed to buy Chilean appliance company CTI and a subsidiary as it seeks to further boost its presence in emerging markets?

5. Which company last week launched 'Cigar Republic', its first premium cigar retail store, in New Delhi?

6. Which Hindi publication has roped in Raghu and Rajiv of Roadies fame as brand ambassadors for its youth-centric daily Yuva?

7. Which leading internet communications firm has said it will acquire GroupMe, a provider of mobile group messaging applications, for an undisclosed amount?

8. The engineering and construction arm of which very well known MNC group has made a foray into Indian construction sector and is developing Mumbai-based property developer Oberoi Realty’s premium project in Worli, Mumbai?

9. Which pharma company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Universal Medicare’s marketing and distribution business in India?

10. Tim Cook is the new CEO of which MNC?

11. M Bhagavantha Rao is the new managing director of which public sector bank?

12. Which US-based off-road vehicle-maker last week forayed into the Indian market with its all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and off-road Jeeps?

13. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped the latest Forbes list of the world's most powerful women. Which business personality is ranked 4th?

14. Which international celebrity will travel to India to launch her eponymous brand at Shoppers Stop next month?

15. Which well known Indian business personality has put out a contest to the twitterati following him to guess the launch date of the W201, the code name of his company’s new product?

16. A new apparel brand ‘46664’ was launched in Johannesburg last week. What is the significance of the number 46664?

17. Vikram Gulati, who headed Nasdaq-listed Intelligroup, has joined as the CEO of which IT services company?

18. Ved Prakash Arya, 42, died in a freak accident in Mumbai last week. He was the founder managing director of which private equity firm?

19. Which MNC has named Lenovo Group COO Rory Read as its new CEO?

20. Which MNC last week announced the launch of “The World’s first 3D smartphone” in India?

21. Which MNC has launched ‘Future Is Me’, a campaign that will target youth?

22. Which Indian company has taken the title sponsorship of Amsterdam Marathon for five years?

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August 21, 2011

Biz Quizzard 386

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

1. Which MNC is buying cell phone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash in what is by far the company's biggest acquisition to date?

2. Which consumer durables company has got the singer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy as brand ambassadors for its Lifestyle Entertainment range of products?

3. Which company has launched a ‘Home Club’ initiative on a pilot basis and has begun door-to-door direct selling through housewives and housing societies to boost sales of its private brands such as Sudz detergent, Amara soaps and Healthy Life food items?

4. Which Indian company has acquired Spain-based Proyecta Sistemas de Informacion, an IT firm with over $10 million in annual revenue, specialising in travel and financial services?

5. Which MNC has launched Movieplex, a video destination allowing users to enjoy licensed full-length movies for free through Internet on demand?

6. Which hospitality group last week formally announced the sale of one of its marquee properties in Kovalam to Saudi Arabia-based B Ravi Pillai for a consideration of Rs 500 crore?

7. Which paint brand's logo now features a white human figure holding a colour flourish beside the existing logo in a dark blue background?

8. Which company last week overtook Reliance Industries to become the country’s largest company by market capitalisation?

9. Which company last week entered the tablet market by introducing its feature-rich Magiq, loaded with high-end features and priced at Rs.9,999?

10. According to a study by First Naukri.com, which two companies top the list of preferred employers by students pursuing engineering and various other graduate programmes?

11. Which hospitality MNC last week introduced its Double-Tree brand in India?

12. Which company has joined hands with the Formula One (F1) Group Companies to become title sponsor of the race in India, which is scheduled on October 30?

13. Which MNC, according to reports, is considering a dramatic turn away from the struggling PC business by spinning it off into a separate company and is buying British software maker Autonomy Corp for $11.7 billion, focusing on faster-growing technology sectors?

14. Which automobile company has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador?

15. Which international food chain last week said it will begin phasing out use of its mascot in its latest advertising campaign?

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August 14, 2011

Biz Quizzard 385

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

1. London Olympics organizers' decision to name which company as a sponsor of the 2012 stadium in London, has sparked outrage?

2. Which well known brand has put to rest its most powerful brand element and mascot—the animated frog and changed its tagline to 'Maccharon Pe Vaar, Surakshit Aapka Parivaar.'?

3. Which company last week announced it would buy a 51 per cent stake in Western Cluster Ltd (WCL), a Liberian iron ore mining company, in an all-cash deal of $90 million (Rs 400 crore)?

4. Jude Fernandes has quit as the CEO of which Indian advertising agency?

5. Goa-based designer Wendell Rodricks is behind which confectionary brand’s new stylized look?

6. Which celebrity has has purchased 10,00,000 shares in Birla Pacific Medspa, a Yash Birla Group healthcare store chain?

7. Deven Sharma was in news last week the world over. Why?

8. Which company last week unveiled its new logo and tagline ‘Hum Main Hain ___’?

9. During the volatile stock market action last week, which MNC briefly edged past oil major Exxon Mobil to become the most valuable company in the United States and the world?

10. Which celebrity has been signed on as brand ambassador for Wrigley's Doublemint chewing gum?

11. Which company will pick up a 65 per cent stake in Vietnam’s Hoan My Medical Corporation (HMC) for Rs 289 crore ($64 million)?

12. Rohit Nandan has been named the new managing director of which airline in India?

13. Which is the most searched car brand on Google.co.in between January 2010 and May 2011?

14. Which MNC has lost its suit in India against Thai group Ashique Chemicals for infringement of its registered trademarks?

15. Which company has agreed to buy 5.5% stake in Vodafone Essar, one of India’s largest telecom companies, for $640 million?

16. In response to England cricketer Michael Vaughan’s tweet about VVS Laxman, which MNC has launched a campaign in print and on Facebook for its brand?

17. Research In Motion (RIM) last week launched its latest BlackBerry smartphone in India. What has it been branded as?

18. Which FMCG major has appointed popular South Indian actress Trisha as its new brand ambassador for its popular selling fairness cream?

19. Which mobile phone maker HTC Corporation said that it has bought 51 per cent stake in Beats Electronics for USD 309 million?

20. "This is not advertising. This is life @ ____ _____." Which company is running this campaign (TVC currently on air)?

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August 7, 2011

Biz Quizzard 384

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

1. Which MNC, facing a growing threat of intellectual-property lawsuits, has acquired more than 1,000 patents from IBM?

2. Which IT services provider has acquired the US-based insurance solution provider Wyde Corp?

3. Which business personality has joined the International Advisory Council of Singapore?

4. Which pharma major has agreed to sell its nutrition business to French food multinational Danone for about $356 million (Rs 1,576 crore)?

5. Which company has overtaken its closest rival Wipro in terms of revenues to become the third largest IT services player in India?

6. Which Hong Kong tycoon has agreed to buy British utility Northumbrian Water Group for £2.4 billion ($3.9 billion) in the biggest takeover this year of a British-listed company?

7. Which company has entered the carbonated fruit-based drinks market with its ‘Burrst Fizz’ brand?

8. Which MNC last week unveiled Sunny, its premium mid-size sedan offering for India?

9. Which MNC will spend Rs 2,000 crore to take complete control of the Mumbai-based UTV Software Communications?

10. Which MNC last week announced the launch of its 'Fat Boy Special' model in India?

11. Which BPO company has announced the acquisition of Canada-based On-Line Support, a customer relationship management company, for C$74.85 million (Rs 345.8 crore)?

12. Facebook’s director of marketing, Ms Randi, has announced her resignation from the social network site and is planning to start her own company. What is her other relationship with the company?

13. Which MNC has bought the daily deal aggregator ‘The Dealmap’, expanding further into a potentially lucrative daily deals market now dominated by the likes of Groupon and LivingSocial?

14. Which celebrity has signed a deal with Universal Music and Desi Hits!, a fusion entertainment platform, to record and release her first music album?

15. Which actress has been signed on as the face of Lakmé ABSOLUTE, a new makeup range to be unveiled at LFW?

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