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May 27, 2012

Biz Quizzard 426

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

1. Which MNC has introduced a new campaign titled ‘Good to know' in a few Indian languages?

2. Which MNC will sell its entire 77.1% stake in its Indian arm to Toronto-based Fairbridge Capital?

3. India-born Suma Chakrabarti will be the new president of which European body?

4. Which company has appointed Cyrus Pallonji Mistry and Mallika Srinivasan as additional directors on the board with immediate effect?

5. PepsiCo India has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its six new baked variants of snack brand, Aliva?

6. Which company is the latest to join the Olympics bandwagon by signing on as principal sponsor of the Indian contingent for the Game?

7. Which business group has acquired the brand rights of bone china crockery brand Hitkari and will relaunch the once-popular brand in the mass-to-premium segment?

8. Mr Eugene Polley, 96, died in Illinois recently. He was the inventor of which popular utility device?

9. Who has become the world’s wealthiest woman, according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly?

10. Which is the world’s most valuable brand according to WPP company Millward Brown's annual BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands study?

11. Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits has signed an endorsement deal with which cricketer for the company’s latest brand, Cariba Rum?

12. Former Reckitt Benckiser India MD S Raghunandan has been appointed as the CEO and whole time director of which FMCG company?

13. Which company last week announced the launch of its first multi-brand retail venture AVE.NEU?

14. Which company has acquired 49 per cent stake in Qualcomm's broadband venture for $165 million?

15. Which business personality has topped the ET-Corporate Dossier ranking of India Inc’s Most Powerful CEOs for the fourth year running?

16. Jyothy Labs has roped in actor Madhavan to endorse which soap brand?

17. Arijit Ray has been appointed CEO of which advertising agency?

18. Which milestone has Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) crossed for its Etios series?

19. The Reserve Bank will shortly put in circulation new coins of Rs 5 denomination to commemorate 150th year of which constitutional body?

20. Which well known personality has teamed up with former United Telecoms vice-president and McKinsey alumnus Chandra Sekhar Reddy and technology entrepreneur Vishal Gupta to launch Sports365.in, an online sports retail company?

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May 20, 2012

Biz Quizzard 425

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

1. Which business personality will build malls for wholesalers called World Market, the first of which will open in Bangalore this year?

2. Which company has bought two medicated dental care brands Denturite Sealing and Denturite Cleaning Powder from Bharucha Brothers, a little-known medicated dental care company, to foray into the oral care segment in the country?

3. After tasting success in international markets like UK and Gulf, which fine dine restaurant chain, promoted by an Indian celebrity, is set to enter the Indian market?

4. Which company is all set to start its own fire brigade beginning with Gurgaon and Chennai, making it probably the first private company to dabble into such activities?

5. Scott Thompson has stepped down as the CEO of which MNC, after a controversy over a fake computer science college degree on his biography?

6. Which British town celebrated the 250th anniversary of a historic moment in the global food industry on May 13?

7. Ashok Leyland has signed on which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

8. Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar has been appointed the new chairman of which regulatory body?

9. Which MNC has launched its 'Thank you, Mom' campaign in India?

10. Which retail chain has introduced its first ever publishing initiative with the launch of a maternity magazine titled 'Mother's World'?

11. Which automobile brand has partnered with MTV India for India's first Social Road Trip?

12. Who has been named No 1 in the World's 20 Most Powerful Moms list, released by Forbes ahead of World Mother's Day?

13. Which company has acquired the Royal Lancer and Elkays whisky brands from the staples of the Mysore-based Yezdi group, the one-time manufacturers of the famed Yezdi motorbikes?

14. Which Indian logistics major has acquired a 53% stake in UAE-based Eurostar Express for an undisclosed amount?

15. Which MNC last week launched 'Dream Yuga', its first mass-market motorcycle for India and its cheapest motorbike worldwide?

16. Which company has acquired Bangalore-based Atyati Technologies, a provider of private cloud platform for the rural banking sector, for an undisclosed amount?

17. Which business personality has bought US analytics company Decision Resources Group (DRG) from private equity firm Providence for $635 m?

18. Which MNC has teamed up with its software partners to launch a customised language interface ‘Darpan' that helps simplify the use and access of personal computer?

19. Which company has collaborated with US-based leading maternity apparel retailer Destination Maternity Corporation to open exclusive outlets under ‘Destination Maternity' brand in India?

20. Which company last week launched its brand slogan 'Sach Kar Denge Sapne'?

21. Which brand last week unveiled its new logo and latest brand campaign and tagline – ‘Glow Divine’?

22. The Chauhan family-owned Parle Products is re-entering the premium glucose biscuits category through the launch of which brand?

23. Which Indian business group signed an agreement last week with Marriott International, the America-based global operator of a broad portfolio of hotels and lodging facilities, to manage the former’s first hotel in India?

24. Oriflame India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swedish Cosmetics major Oriflame, has named which celebrity as their brand ambassador for 2012?

25. Which MNC will introduce its first scooter in India, ‘Ray’, by Diwali?

26. Not sure if i already covered this earlier. Aventis Pharma last week said the Registrar of Companies had approved its change of name with effect from May 11. What is the new name?

27. Which business personality has bought a 27.5% stake in Aroon Purie-controlled Living Media India, the publisher and owner of India Today magazine and Aaj Tak television channel?

28. Which city has been voted the Winner of Best City for MICE in Asia at the annual MICE Report awards 2012?

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May 13, 2012

Biz Quizzard 424

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

1. Which business group is the only Indian entity which has managed to find a place in the list of ten best companies for leadership in Asia, according to a study by management consultancy giant Hay Group?

2. Which MNC has been named as the world's most valuable information technology (IT) services brand by leading global brand valuation company Brand Finance?

3. Which company has launched a cloud-based digital marketing platform, BrandEdge, in partnership with Fabric, a WPP company?

4. Which MNC will now retail its luxury watch brands separately through The Time Factory chain of luxury stores?

5. Jubilant FoodWorks, the Indian distributor of Domino's Pizza, last week launched the first Indian store of which American brand?

6. Who has been signed on by Mankind Pharma as the brand ambassador for their Manforce condoms?

7. A modified Toyota Prius was recently given approval by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles for the nation's first autonomous vehicle licence. Which MNC has been given the licence?

8. Andrew Moss has stepped down as the CEO of which MNC, the latest UK CEO to leave amid investor anger over pay?

9. Which company has topped the Transnationality Ranking of Indian companies, according to a survey by the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, and Fundacao Dom Cabrall (Business School), Brazil?

10. The India-born chief executive of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi is ranked fourth by Fortune in the list of Fortune 500's "female powerbrokers". Who has topped the list?

11. Just a week after announcing the end of a six-year agreement with Tata Motors, Italian carmaker Fiat SpA opened its first Fiat-only showroom in India. Which city?

12. Which MNC has become the biggest American corporation in the Fortune magazine's list of top 500 US companies?

13. Which bank has opened a branch named ‘Yuva’ especially for the youth?

14. Which Indian company last week announced that it was acquiring three comparative shopping websites – PriceGrabber, Lower-MyBills.com and ClassesUSA.com - from US-based Experian for a consideration of $175 million (around Rs 930 crore)?

15. After the Big Mac index and the iPod index, here comes the Club Sandwich Index by Hotels.com. Which city has just been deemed the most expensive city in the world to order a club sandwich?

16. Which MNC has acquired a 76.2% stake in Bangalore-based fire solutions company FirePro Systems?

17. Which retailer is diversifying into accessories and creating a range of stylish pens under its own brand name targeted at women in the corporate world, and professionals such as doctors?

18. Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd (SMIPL) has made its first foray into the mass motorcycles segment with the launch of a 110-cc bike. What has it been branded as?

19. Which Indian company last week said it has entered into a tie-up with London-based spectacle designer Tom Davies?

20. The rogue trader is back. Which MNC bank last week said it suffered a trading loss of $2 billion from a failed hedging strategy by a London-based trader nicknamed the ‘London Whale’?

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May 6, 2012

Biz Quizzard 423

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 30 - May 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has ended Bagpiper whisky’s seven year stint as the largest selling Indian spirits brand?

2. Which business personality has retained the crown of Britain’s richest, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich list?

3. Which company has signed an equal joint venture with Luxembourg-based RTL Group SA, and is set to launch its first action entertainment channel, Thrill?

4. Who has assumed the office of chairman of Nasscom, the industry body of the country’s $100 billion Indian IT-BPO sector?

5. Which company will acquire a majority stake in 'Pantaloon' chain of fashion apparel and accessories stores?

6. Which celebrity is the new brand ambassador for Asia's largest stem cell banking network CordLife?

7. Which well known brand has rolled out its new global campaign with the tagline "Live for Now"?

8. Which company will acquire Australian analytics firm Promax Applications Group for A$35 million (Rs 192 crore)?

9. Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH), SK Srivastava, is the new chairman of which company?

10. Which well known personality would be conferred The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun title by Japan for his contribution in strengthening economic relations between Japan and India?

11. Which company will become the first airline in the world to make its own fuel?

12. Volkswagen India has roped in which actor as the brand ambassador for its Think Blue initiative?

13. Star India is launching its second Hindi movies channel after Star Gold. What has it been branded as?

14. Which business group signed an agreement to partner Malaysian business conglomerate Melewar Group to start English training solutions or ETL product 'Direct English' in India?

15. Yesteryear superstar Rajesh Khanna has appeared in his maiden TV commercial for which brand?

16. Which MNC has announced a deal with the estate of Michael Jackson to use the late pop star's image for its new global marketing push?

17. Ashish Dikshit has been named as the new CEO of which apparel maker?

18. Bajaj Auto Ltd’s (BAL) Pulsar brand has crossed which milestone?

19. Staying on with automobiles and milestones, which car brand in India has crossed the two lakh unit sales mark within three years of its launch?

20. Which MNC has bought the world’s largest slide sharing site SlideShare for about Rs 640 crore ($119 million) from Rashmi Sinha and her brother Amit Ranjan?

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