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December 28, 2014

Biz Quizzard 561

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

1. Which MNC has joined hands with Reliance Industries and Vipul Sarees to produce ‘environment-friendly’ sarees?

2. Which MNC has acquired India’s financial advisory start-up firm BigDecisions.com for an undisclosed sum?

3. Which MNC bank has emerged as India's top deal maker by fees earned during 2014, according to Dealogic data?

4. Which brand is being advertised as the 'The Sexiest Phone in the World'?

5. Which news channel has unveiled its signature tune developed by Brand Musiq, reflecting the different moods of the common people?

6. Which laminates brand has launched its first TVC with the message ‘My Design, My Style’?

7. Which car portal has launched its television commercial, featuring two dogs named Rocky and Bosco?

8. Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced the sale of its Camay and Zest brands along with the transfer of a manufacturing facility in Mexico to which MNC for an undisclosed amount?

9. After a gap of two years, Walmart will open a new cash-and-carry store in India. Which city?

10. Big Bazaar, the retail chain from the Future Group, has opened an outlet in Rourkela in Odisha. Why is this special?

11. Nissan India is bringing out a utility vehicle on the same platform as the Datsun Go hatchback. What has it been branded as?

12. Full service carrier Vistara last week unveiled its tagline. What is it?

13. Which online marketplace last week announced the launch of “The Agri Store”, offering products like seeds, fertiliser and irrigation tools, among others, to farmers?

14. Which sovereign wealth fund will take controlling interest of the publicly listed Nirlon?

15. Which MNC has acquired Datalogix, a company that offers digital marketing data as a service?

16. Which company has come up with an e-zine titled Teddy Travelogues?

17. Which company has launched its latest campaign titled ‘Iss Mein Hai Kissi Ki Khushi’?

18. Which brand has unveiled its latest outdoor campaign ‘Sorry For What?’ to portray an unapologetic disregard for what is considered mainstream style and lifestyle?

19. Which television channel has launched a new campaign ‘Sleep Tight’?

20. FMCG firm Dabur has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its new health supplement product ‘Ratnaprash’?

21. S Bhattacharya has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of which public sector entity?

22. Which quartz and stainless steel kitchen sink-maker and trader has acquired a 74-per cent stake in UK-based kitchen sink distribution company Homestyle Products Ltd?

23. BCCI has roped in luxury multibrand store The Collective to provide the players with which denim brand?

24. Which insurance company plans to hire Trevor Bull, former chief executive of Zurich Insurance in Malaysia, as its new head?

25. Which pharmaceutical company has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Reliance Life Sciences for marketing three biosimilars in the Indian market?

26. Tommy Hilfiger has announced which sports star as the brand ambassador for its fall 2015 underwear and tailored collections?

27. Which ceramics brand has come out with a new TVC titled ‘Zindagi Ko Chamakne Do’?

28. Which company has acquired Habitrol brand, a nicotine replacement therapy transdermal patch, from Novartis Consumer Health Inc?

29. Which NYSE-listed corporate advisory firm has teamed up with the country's biggest auditing firm Desai Haribhakti, aiming to challenge the dominance of the Big Four?

30. Hyundai has crossed which annual sales milestone in India this year?

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December 21, 2014

Biz Quizzard 560

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

1. Which group wants its companies to sharpen their focus on the Indian consumer and work around 3 major themes - health and wellness, digital ecosystem and the aspirational values of consumers?

2. Dhunji Wadia has been elevated as the president of which advertising agency?

3. Which entity is India's largest company in terms of revenue, according to the Fortune 500 list of Indian companies for 2014?

4. Which business group, in partnership with a Spanish industrial company, has acquired UK’s iconic Old War Office building?

5. Which Hindi general entertainment channel has unveiled its new look, with a new logo and new proposition ‘Har Lamha Nayi Ummeed’?

6. Which company has announced a multi-film deal with writer, director and producer, Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films to make its foray into mainstream commercial Hindi films?

7. A private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd has acquired which pet supply retailer in the US for $8.7 billion?

8. Reliance Capital has agreed to sell the multiplex business of Reliance MediaWorks (RMW) to which company for Rs 700 crore?

9. Which Indian drug maker has received regulatory nod to launch its indigenously developed anti-malarial drug Synriam in seven African nations?

10. Which brand has launched a new television commercial celebrating the woman of today and featuring actress Nimrat Kaur?

11. Which auto parts maker would buy assets of Germany's Scherer & Trier group for about 36 million Euros ($44.8 million) through a subsidiary?

12. Which celebrity has launched her own celebrity role-playing game ‘The Price of Fame’?

13. Which group’s homoeopathic medicine company M Bhattacharya & Co has entered into an agreement with German firm Hevert for distribution & marketing of select formulations in India?

14. Siemens Limited has surpassed which key milestone in manufacturing and delivering International Efficiency class industrial motors?

15. Which media group has announced acquisition of Music Broadcast Pvt Ltd, which operates the popular Radio City FM stations?

16. Which company has agreed to buy Talisman Energy, Canada’s fifth largest independent oil producer, for $ 13 billion?

17. Which MNC bank has agreed to sell its Hong Kong-based consumer finance business to a consortium that includes Pepper Australia Pty Ltd and a Chinese group?

18. Which brand from Britannia is being advertised with the positioning 'All good things go to Heaven'?

19. Which television channel has launched its new campaign ‘Ab Khulkar Phailegi Deewangi’?

20. Which business personality has been named the new Trustee for London’s Natural History Museum?

21. Andhra Pradesh government has appointed which business personality as the chairman of the AP Skill Development Corporation?

22. Which MNC has agreed to acquire US-based medical device maker Volcano Corp for $ 1.2 billion including debt?

23. Which MNC has forged an agreement with Magic Bus India Foundation to focus on providing health and nutrition awareness to adolescents?

24. Which jewellery brand has unveiled its latest ad campaign titled ‘Wedding’?

25. Which MNC has appointed pop star Rihanna as its new creative director?

26. An arrest a warrant was issued against a person named Vinod Hingorani last week. Why did this make news?

27. Yu, a subsidiary of India’s second largest smartphone maker Micromax, last week unveiled its first 4G device. What has it been branded as?

28. George ville Television has joined hands with The Wachowskis and J Michael Straczynski for a gripping 10 episode miniseries Sense8. George ville Television is a subsidiary of which company?

29. Which infrastructure firm has signed a definitive agreement with Dubai-based Utico FZC to sell its Chennai desalination plant?

30. Mercedes-Benz has re-branded its existing pre-owned car (POC) business in India. What is the new brand?

31. Which portal has acquired Cibando, one of Italy’s largest restaurant search services?

32. Why was Nasdaq-listed global media measurement and research company Rentrak in news in India last week?

33. Which automobile company has rolled out Captain series tippers?

34. France-based Atos will buy the information technology outsourcing (ITO) business of which MNC for $1.05 billion?

35. Walt Disney has unveiled a new ‘fat’ superhero. What is he named?

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December 14, 2014

Biz Quizzard 559

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

1. For the first time in 100 years of its history, Tata Steel has been forced to do what for its Jamshedpur plant?

2. I liked this ad, for its positioning and execution. Which luggage brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘The New Face of Business’?

3. Which media CEO has received the ‘The Impact Person of the Decade – 2014’ industry award?

4. Which property portal has released a new campaign titled ‘We get you home’?

5. Harshavardhan Madhav Chitale has resigned as the MD and CEO of which IT company?

6. Which AOL-owned news website last week launched its India edition in partnership with The Times of India Group?

7. Godrej Consumer’s former managing director A Mahendran will shortly launch a new range of beverages and confectionery under his solo venture. What is the company called?

8. Which MNC has agreed to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc for $ 8.4 billion in cash to add products to help fight the growing threat of drug resistant bacteria?

9. Infibeam has teamed up with which realty company to launch a new initiative that would help people book homes online by paying a token fee?

10. Reliance Industries has decided to hive off which business into a joint venture with China's Shandong Ruyi Science and Technology Group?

11. Which pharma company has launched the first biosimilar version of anti-inflammatory medicine adalimumab, the world’s top-selling drug, at a fifth of its U.S. price?

12. Which Indian bank has launched the first homegrown economic index?

13. Which two companies have joined hands to launch a first-of-its-kind airline co-branded corporate card for owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their employees?

14. Which automobile MNC has chosen its production head Harald Krueger to take over as chief executive officer next year?

15. Honda Motor has hit which milestone in cumulative global motorcycle production?

16. Which premium Ayurvedic skin care brand has launched its latest campaign, ‘The Power of Purity’?

17. Which company has signed an agreement to acquire 100% shareholding in Ideal Energy Projects (IEPL), which owns a 540 megawatt coal-based thermal power project in Nagpur district?

18. HyunChil Hong will be the new managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC?

19. Which PE firm is buying the payroll processing business of Aon Hewitt for $60 million?

20. Which e-tailer has launched a digital campaign called #DressToPlay, to promote its in-house apparel brand Dressberry?

21. Who has been appointed chairman of financial inclusion start-up Vaya Finserv Private Limited?

22. Tamil actor Arya has been roped in as brand ambassador for which beverage brand?

23. Which online marketplace has acquired online gifting solution provider Wishpicker.com for an undisclosed amount?

24. Which media group has announced the setting up of a multi-faculty university in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh?

25. Which healthcare major has joined hands with the University of New South Wales, Australia, to offer its first medical e-learning course on infectious disease management in the country?

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December 7, 2014

Biz Quizzard 558

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

1. According to a report last week, which city is home to the largest number of organized beauty salons in the country?

2. French flavours and fragrances producer V.Mane Fils has bought a majority stake in which Mumbai-based food and beverage ingredients supplier?

3. Which company has received a certificate from Guinness World Records for conducting an event with the most people receiving a facial simultaneously?

4. Which brand recently released an interactive video ‘Keep Trippin'?

5. Cyanogen, the company that develops CyanogenMod, the popular, custom aftermarket version of Android, has announced an exclusive partnership in India with which phone brand?

6. Which media personality has launched Quintillion Media, a pure play digital media company?

7. Which web service / brand has launched an Indian school curriculum focused education channel called Edu India?

8. ITC last month launched which new brand in the mid-premium cookies segment under the Sunfeast umbrella branding?

9. Which banking group has appointed former Credit Suisse Group AG executive Sanjeev Bajaj as chief executive officer (CEO) for India?

10. India has become the largest international market outside the US for which restaurant and delivery chain?

11. High-end American luggage brand Hartmann last week opened its first store in the country. Which city?

12. Sukaran Singh has been appointed managing director and CEO of which Tata group company?

13. Which family office has invested Rs 70 crore in Bengaluru-based property developer Total Environment in its first bet in real estate?

14. Groom India Salon & Spa will be launching a new brand that will take on the largely unorganised neighbourhood salons. Name the brand?

15. Naturals hair and beauty salon chain has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador?

16. Which brand launched a new campaign 'Make love without fear' on the occasion World AIDS Day?

17. Which MNC has acquired Canadian IT security firm PasswordBox?

18. Which airport has unveiled the world’s tallest structure in chocolate?

19. Which automobile brand has launched a new campaign ‘Power when you need it’?

20. Which Indian company has roped in Tiger Woods as its global brand ambassador in a four-year deal?

21. Which MNC is claiming to be the first mobile brand to venture into a multi-brand loyalty programme, through a partnership with Payback, the multi-brand loyalty programme?

22. Harley-Davidson India has announced a strategic brand alliance with which hospitality group to offer a host of benefits to the Harley Owners Group (HOG) members in India?

23. Which 2-year-old startup is aiming to be the first Indian company to design and manufacture satellites as it gears up for a commercial launch within the next two years?

24. Which company is diversifying into a range of heat-and-eat dishes under a new brand Oyalo?

25. Which company has acquired Networkplay Media, the digital media unit of German firm Gruner + Jahr for `Rs 92 crore?

26. Which MNC has agreed to buy Friends Life Group (FLG) for about £ 5.6 billion ($8.8 billion) in stock?

27. Real estate company Unnati Fortune Group has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

28. Not sure if I have already covered this before. Global payment services company Western Union has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

29. Which handset brand from China has inked a strategic marketing and communication partnership with Viacom18, as part of its plans to enter the Indian market later this month?

30. Which Indian business personality has qualified to race at the Finali Mondiali, the world’s biggest event for Ferrari’s luxury car owners, and which will be held in Abu Dhabi from December 4-6?

31. Which company has launched a TVC to communicate the brand’s ideology ‘Tarakki Zindagibhar’?

32. Which MNC has named Patricia Barbizet as its first woman chief executive officer?

33. The online arm of which company has acquired Ishita Technologies and its three brands - Bookadda.com, Acadzone.com and Koolskool.com - in an all cash deal?

34. Google has launched a new application for the small and medium businesses (SMBs). What is it called?

35. Rishi Sunak was recently declared the Conservative party candidate for the Richmond, North Yorkshire seat for the UK general elections in May next year. How is he related to business in India?

36. Which MNC has acquired Acompli, the innovative mobile email apps provider for iOS and Android, which will give seamless email experience on mobile devices?

37. Amazon has just launched a line of premium products in USA that are only available to Prime subscription members. What has it been branded as?

38. The developer of which popular online and mobile game has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Mumbai-based Dream Theatre to sell its products here?

39. Disney India’s licensing arm has tied-up with which designer house to sell sarees, tunics and scarves?

40. Which online marketplace has launched the country’s first online Rehab and Support store to mark the International day for people with disability (on December 3)?

41. Which brand has launched a digital campaign urging people to #ChangeTheAir by renewing the PUC certificates of their smoke-spewing vehicles?

42. Which job portal has launched a new campaign, featuring a new mascot, a mouse called Mr. M, to promote the brand?

43. Which company has taken the top slot in the Indian air conditioner (AC) market for the month of September 2014, according to latest data from market research firm GfK Nielsen Retail Audit?

44. XOLO, the premium smart devices brand from Lava International, last week announced the launch of its new Omega smartphone variants. Why did this launch make news?

45. Which Indian bank as decided to sell its profit-making Russian subsidiary to Sovcombank?

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November 30, 2014

Biz Quizzard 557

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is reportedly planning to introduce a new compact multi-utility vehicle, code-named YJC, being conceived especially for India?

2. Which Odisha-based company has acquired Sambalpur-based Westernland Dairy for about Rs 10 crore?

3. Which beverage brand is claiming to have generated the world’s longest tweet ever?

4. Which brand has launched a new campaign titled '700se7kadam', urging people to work towards creating better toilet facilities for women across the country?

5. Which brand has announced its collaboration with renowned celebrity jewellery designer Farah Khan Ali, for an exclusive diamond jewellery collection line?

6. Which online marketplace is being advertised with the tagline 'Kaam Yahin Banta Hain'?

7. Which beverage brand has launched an outdoor campaign with the tagline 'My Chai, My Time'?

8. Which company has inked a deal with Electus Digital, the digital creative and distribution arm of Electus, for the latter’s websites to be monetized in India?

9. Which company has purchased Avantha Group's Korba West Power (KWPCL) for Rs 4,200 crore?

10. Which company has topped the first-ever Chestnut Global Partners Employee Health and Wellness Rankings of companies in India?

11. Which business school is rolling out a course on Aerospace and Aviation Management, in partnership with Toulouse Business School (TBS), France?

12. Which real estate portal has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership to sell apartments of affordable housing company Tata Value Homes on its website?

13. Aditya Birla Group's fabric brand Grasim has announced a tie-up with which e-commerce firm to enhance its online retail presence?

14. Which two pizza chains are merging to form India’s third largest pizza chain?

15. Which hair care brand launched its latest campaign titled 'BandBajaBridesmaid' where it is targeting the bride's friend, sister or cousin instead of the brides?

16. Which housing finance company has roped in Shah Rukh Khan as its brand ambassador?

17. Which hospital chain has announced the acquisition of Kolkata-based Westbank Hospital for Rs 150 crore?

18. Which UK-based company is picking up a substantial equity stake in Delhi- based Ozone Networks, one of India’s leading public Wi-Fi operators?

19. Which agri-biotech major has picked up a 60% stake in Zimbabwe-based Quton Seed Company for an undisclosed sum?

20. Which company has become the first bank to get the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) permission to set up a wholly-owned non-life insurance company?

21. Which MNC will launch its ‘Fairlife’ milk brand nationally in US?

22. Which company has recently launched the first-ever couture lingerie collection entitled The Boudior in India?

23. Which MNC has launched its first brand campaign in India, based on the idea “Good Things Happen when we get together”?

24. Which country has edged past the US to become the largest market for social messaging app Viber?

25. Swiss watchmaker De Witt will soon put on sale a limited series of some 500 watches. What will these watches contain?

26. Which brand has unveiled a seven-minute-long video titled ‘No. 1 Yaari Hain’, which captures the true value of friendship?

27. Which Seoul-based marketing solutions company has announced that it has signed a deal to acquire a significant initial investment in iris, the global creative innovation network?

28. Which cement brand has launched a campaign to promote its brand philosophy ‘Ek Perfect Shuruaat’?

29. Which automobile MNC has launched its corporate brand film ‘Life is Brilliant’?

30. Britannia has launched two TVCs titled ‘Confessions’ and ‘Announcer’ to promote which brand?

31. Japanese automobile major Honda has roped in which celebrity for a branded content campaign for its compact sedan Amaze?

32. Hidesign, the homegrown leather brand known for high-end handmade handbags, will foray into which new segment starting February next year?

33. Harriet Green has resigned as the chief executive of which travel firm?

34. Turkish firm Yildiz Holding has bought which UK-based biscuit maker in a $3.2 billion deal that would make it the world's third-biggest biscuit maker behind Oreo-maker Mondelez and Kellogg?

35. Which cement company has launched a new TV campaign "Banao Pyaar se"?

36. Which portal has launched its first multimedia campaign 'Bas Bajna Chahiye Gaana'?

37. Which property portal has unveiled its new TV commercial “Sab Dekh Lijiye, Phir Ghar Lijiye”?

38. Jaguar Land Rover in China has vowed to take action against which Chinese car brand for producing a sport-utility vehicle that bears an uncanny resemblance to its Range Rover Evoque?

39. Which fashion brand has rolled out a new global campaign in partnership with the United Nations Women, depicting a woman being "stoned" with flowers”?

40. The birth anniversary of which legendary personality was celebrated as National Milk Day on November 26?

41. Which television channel was last week ordered to go off air for 6 days by Delhi High court for airing objectionable content?

42. Which MNC has launched a 'smart spoon' that prevents food from spilling?

43. Pune-based Kutwal Foods has filed a civil suit against Bisleri in the Pune District and Sessions Court for infringement of which trademark?

44. Which company has launched its ‘Made By’ global campaign, highlighting the winemaking heritage of the brand?

45. Aston Martin-loving spy James Bond has swapped his beloved luxury car for which brand in the new 007 movie?

46. Nihon Nohyaku, a Japanese fine chemicals maker, has acquired around 74% stake in which Hyderabad-based agrochemical and pesticides manufacturer?

47. Which company has topped the 'India's Best Companies for CSR' list, compiled by ET Corporate Dossier along with Futurescape and IIM Udaipur?

48. Which online marketplace in India has joined hands with the Conde Nast Group to launch Fashion Files, an exclusive lifestyle content page on its platform?

49. Which company has acquired US-based SERJ Solutions to grow in the healthcare market in the US?

50. The book 'Salt of the Earth’, authored by Philip Chacko and Christabelle Noronha, was launched last week. It is about which company?

51. Which company has built the world's second tallest power transmission towers, in West Bengal?

52. Which steel company has become the country's largest pellet manufacturer with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum (mtpa)?

53. Italian luxury furniture giant Chateau d' Ax has teamed up with local furniture firm Vanto to set up its first India flagship store in which city?

54. Which Indian company has acquired a 50 per cent stake in a Swedish tobacco company Winnington AB?

55. Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R has crossed which milestone sales mark?

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November 23, 2014

Biz Quizzard 556

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Chitrangada Singh features in the latest television commercial of which brand, with the positioning ‘Love your new look’?

2. Shalabh Seth will be the new managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC from January 1, 2015?

3. Which real estate portal has launched a rental agreement product that helps people create and customise a property agreement online?

4. Chennai-based Exotic Global Trades Pvt. Ltd has launched its telecom products - mobile phones and tablet personal computers – under which brand?

5. Which financial portal in India has completed 15 years of existence recently?

6. Which company from India has been ranked third in 2014 Global Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders survey?

7. Which company has launched Peekaboo, a kids channel on digital media with HD animation content?

8. What unique distinction has the reality show MasterChef India achieved?

9. Which food delivery service has acquired TastyKhana, its biggest competitor in India?

10. Which MNC has agreed to pay about $66 billion for Allergan, the maker of Botox, in a deal that creates a new top 10 drugmaker?

11. Which MNC will buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger?

12. Which insurance company has tied up with ‘Room to Read’ to set up libraries across schools in India?

13. Which social network is testing a version aimed at professionals?

14. Which brand has launched its new ad in the US - the first one of a series promoting its new Hyperwarm line – with the positioning 'Choose Your Winter'?

15. Which celebrity has been roped in as the first ever ‘Caprese Girl’ (TVC currently on air)?

16. Which brand has launched its latest campaign ‘unfakeit’?

17. Which advertising personality has turned into an entrepreneur with the launch of Indiasarihouse.com, an e-commerce venture selling exquisite Indian saris and fabrics?

18. Which business personalities last week launched Axilor Ventures, a business incubator and platform for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship?

19. Toyota Motor Corp will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month. What has it been branded as?

20. Which MNC last week unveiled N1, a 7.9 inch tablet running Android Lollipop OS?

21. Which liquid detergent brand has launched its ‘Raahat Ek Abhiyaan' campaign urging people to donate their spare woolens?

22. Which alcohol brand has launched a campaign titled 'Be One in a 100' to promote its gaming portal?

23. Which business group has launched ‘FreeG’ service, claimed to be India’s first non web-based mobile browsing experience?

24. Why were Boeing, Ford Motor, Chevron, Citigroup, Verizon Communications, JPMorgan Chase & Co and General Motors named in a study by two Washington think tanks last week?

25. IBM last week launched a new email application for businesses. What has it been branded as?

26. Which sports property is being promoted on television with the campaign ‘De Dana Dan’?

27. Which online marketplace for businesses has roped in actor Irrfan Khan as the face of its upcoming brand campaign?

28. Which company has launched Aerosoles footwear brand in India?

29. In a global first, Uber Technologies last week launched its low cost service exclusively for the Indian market. What has it been branded as?

30. Which business group has got all approvals from the civil aviation ministry to sell Australia-made Gipps airplanes in India?

31. Which company and US firm Cherokee Global Brands are jointly developing a new fashion brand for India?

32. Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have made an investment in which offline games startup?

33. Which 3 Indian cities feature in the top-100 list of highest quality service in hotels, in terms of giving the best value for money, as per a study by leading global hotel search website trivago?

34. Which globally known developer of solar farms has said that it would acquire First Wind, a leading developer and operator of wind farms in the US?

35. Which MNC has overtaken oil giant Exxon Mobil to become the world's second most valuable company after iPhone maker Apple Inc, according to Tech Times?

36. Home d├ęcor and designer furniture brand Casa Paradox, owned by Raseel Gujral Ansal and Navin Ansal, has launched a select retail concept. What is it called?

37. Which airline has launched a new ad 'The Welcome of Home' targeted at second-generation Indian expatriates?

38. Which is the most expensive retail destination across the country this year, according to a global report by Cushman & Wakefield?

39. Which MNC has struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States?

40. Mars Chocolate India has signed up which celebrity as the face of its new campaign?

41. Which deodorant brand released a light-hearted online video titled ‘Show Men Some Love’ on the occasion of the first International Men’s Day celebration in India?

42. Vivek Sood will be the new CEO of which telecom company in India from December 1?

43. Which company has bought US-based network services provider Lightbridge Communications Corp (LCC) for an enterprise value of $240 million?

44. Britannia Industries is selling which new brand exclusively on Amazon.in for the first few weeks?

45. Which bank will acquire control of Bengaluru-based ING Vysya Bank in an all-stock deal?

46. Which movie exhibition chain last week launched India’s first 4DX technology-enabled screen at Thane?

47. Which ride-sharing marketplace, backed by German startup incubator Rocket Internet, is entering India?

48. Which online fashion brand has signed on actress Kriti Sanon as its brand ambassador?

49. Which is the only Indian city to appear in the list of 15 best cities worldwide to live and work in, according to a survey by INSEAD?

50. Which business group has acquired the century-old Nilgiris grocery chain for about Rs 300 crore in an all-cash deal?

51. Jim Parsons, who portrays the genius nerd Sheldon Cooper on the hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory, is the star of a new campaign by which MNC?

52. Which company has signed a deal with Exelixi Management Ltd to roll out Kids WB stores across the country over the next five years?

53. Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has received an export order worth $300,000 from which MNC for supply of 8.5m S Band Antenna and 4.2m C Band Antenna?

54. Which e-commerce firm has acquired Gurgaon-based furniture and home decor marketplace BuynBrag?

55. Which luxury jewellery company has re-entered India and opened its first boutique store at New Delhi’s DLF Emporio?

56. Bengaluru-based Kottaram Agro Foods last week launched Ragi breakfast cereals and instant dosa and idli mixes under which brand name in Chennai?

57. Which well known fashion designer has opened his new museum - Past, Present, Future Museum - in the Marais district of Paris?

58. Which international restaurant chain is rolling out the biggest brand overhaul in its 56-year history, complete with artisanal flavors, new advertisements and a new logo?

59. Which Indian company last week announced that it will collaborate with Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to create a comprehensive executive education programme?

60. Which dairy brand is being advertised (TVC currently on air) with the positioning ‘Tea's Perfect Partner’?

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November 16, 2014

Biz Quizzard 555

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group will launch which two marquee brands in India in 2015?

2. Madhuri Dixit is promoting (TVC currently on air) which edible oil brand with the positioning ‘Fit Hai Toh Future Hai’?

3. Which company has acquired a majority stake in Cricbuzz, a leading cricket news and information destination on the web and mobile?

4. Which ad agency has tied up with the United Nations Population Fund India to launch a corporate social responsibility advisory and services division?

5. Internationally popular supermodel Ujjwala Raut has been roped in as the brand ambassador of which kitchen appliances brand?

6. Which airport has become the first in the country to be declared as IATA e-freight compliant with the operationalisation and implementation of the e-freight process?

7. Which two state-owned entities in the aviation sector are proposed to be listed soon by the government?

8. Which payment technology and services solutions firm has appointed Swarup Choudhury as its managing director for India?

9. Which bank has launched a new campaign, featuring Farhan Akhtar, to communicate its latest innovative proposition ‘Video Branch’?

10. Which pharma MNC has unveiled its new brand identity with the brand line – “Life. To the Fullest”?

11. Microsoft last week launched its newest Lumia phone, dropping the Nokia name. What has it been branded as?

12. Which mid-market British hotel chain has identified India as one of its top three strategic markets outside the UK for development and growth of the brand?

13. Five senior executives of Ranbaxy Laboratories' US arm, who quit last month, have set up their own venture there. What has it been branded as?

14. Which MNC will pay about $640 million for automated advertising service BrightRoll, beefing up its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers?

15. Mercedes-Benz will revive which high-end luxury limousine brand this month?

16. Which MNC will soon launch a mobile app to help small and medium-size business get online, as part of its “Digitising India” mission?

17. Which company has announced the acquisition of Hyderabad-based online taxi booking service provider 'Cabonclick.com' for an undisclosed amount?

18. Which Pune-based real estate brand has launched a television campaign featuring Farhan Akhtar?

19. An inter-college cricket tournament by which media company has bagged the Guinness World Records for being the world’s largest cricketing tournament?

20. Supreme Court last week put an end to a 59-year old practice in Bollywood that puts restrictions on women from pursuing which profession in the film industry?

21. Facebook’s Messenger app has crossed which milestone in terms of monthly users?

22. Vdopia has announced the Asia-Pacific launch of programmatic buying and selling platform exclusively for mobile video advertising. What has it been branded as?

23. Which bilingual compact daily has been re-launched in a new avatar with the campaign ‘Bedhadak, Behichak, Zimmedaar, Asardaar’?

24. Which brand has launched a campaign titled ‘It’s Our Turn’ to promote its new ‘one touch internet’ offering?

25. Which company will acquire Odecee, a provider of digital solutions to enterprises in Australia and New Zealand region?

26. Which company is set to acquire US-based nutritional supplements maker Natrol Inc for a consideration of $132.5 million?

27. 3F Industries, formerly Foods, Fats & Fertilisers Ltd, has launched its branded refined sunflower oil. Name the brand?

28. Which digital media and consumer internet incubator has acquired online food delivery venture Meals on Wheels?

29. Maharaja Whiteline, a Delhi-based small appliances maker founded in 1976, is being renamed. What will it be called?

30. Which well known personality has launched a social media application SloPho?

31. Dubai-based retailer Lifestyle International has entered into a deal with which online marketplace to sell goods from its value fashion format Max Retail online exclusively on the latter's portal?

32. Aditya Vij is stepping down as the CEO of which healthcare company?

33. Rahul Sharma, co-founder of homegrown mobile handset maker Micromax, has incorporated a company to launch a new phone brand. What has the company been named as?

34. Which brand has entered the Guinness World Records, registering the longest journey by car in a single country?

35. Which brand has launched ‘Celebrating the Joy of Reading’, its first ever campaign in India?

36. Which 3 India-born CEOs have been named among 50 global corporate heads by Fortune Magazine in its annual ‘Businessperson of the Year’ compilation?

37. Yahoo last week announced a partnership with which online marketplace to host a gateway to the latter’s portal directly on the Yahoo India homepage?

38. Which ecommerce company from India has finally withdrawn its $75-million public issue on the NYSE, seven months after filing it?

39. Which beverage brand has reportedly roped in Akhil Akkineni, actor and son of Telugu superstar Nagarjuna, as it brand ambassador?

40. Which MNC has agreed to buy the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble?

41. Ratan Tata has made a personal investment in which online furniture company?

42. Which business personality from India has been inducted on the board of Interpol Foundation to contribute to two new global initiatives?

43. In a first-of-its kind partnership with FINO PayTech, which company is all set to launch assisted ecommerce centres in semi-urban, rural and low income residential areas across the country?

44. Which Indian company last week announced that Aditya Agarwal, VP-Engineering at Dropbox, will join its board as an independent director?

45. Which brand has launched its campaign `Don't crack under pressure' in India?

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November 9, 2014

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mobile messenger service WhatsApp’s active user base in India has crossed which milestone?

2. Which is the best whiskey in the world, according to the 2015 edition of Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible?

3. Which MNC is the world’s most sought after employer, according to a report by professional networking site LinkedIn?

4. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) have banned moviegoers in USA from using which technology in theatres?

5. The Spanish government has passed a new copyright law which imposes fees for online content aggregators in an effort to protect its print media industry. What is it popularly called?

6. Which MNC has announced the India Client Council to serve its agency partners better?

7. The Dubai World Hospitality Championship recently received the Guinness World Records certificate for an advertisement. What is the record for?

8. Who are the only two celebrities in India with more than $100-million valuation, according to the celebrity brand valuation study done by US consultancy firm American Appraisal?

9. Which MNC has agreed to swap its Bushmills Irish whiskey label for full ownership of the high-end Don Julio tequila?

10. Which automobile company last week introduced the world's cheapest automatic car?

11. Which digital media and entertainment company has joined hands with Hong Kong-based Sony Corporation to bring in the 4K cinema technology to India?

12. A venture founded by Raghava KK, an Indian artist in New York, to build a new kind of social network has attracted $2 million in angel funding even before its launch. What is it called?

13. Which company has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash?

14. Which well known technology website has expanded into the print medium with a quarterly magazine in the US?

15. IndiGo has announced a tie-up with a nongovernmental organisation, Mensa, India, to commemorate which occasion?

16. Which international news channel has launched a global campaign, inviting the public to ‘Hear the Human Story’?

17. Which MNC is dropping its sponsorship of FIFA, becoming the first backer to abandon soccer's governing body after charges of corruption linked to voting on World Cup hosts?

18. Which Bengaluru-based company has bought the biotech business of KCP Biotech, a unit of diversified conglomerate KCP, located at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, for around Rs 5 crore?

19. Which company has acquired an 84% stake in NeST Software, the engineering and embedded services business of Kochi-based NeST Group for slightly more than Rs 500 crore?

20. Who is the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of $115 million, according to Forbes magazine?

21. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning Chase Life?

22. Which MNC has said that the world’s first dengue vaccine is likely by 2015?

23. Which company is set to acquire Perfect Relations, one of India's oldest independent PR firms started by Dilip Cherian and Bobby Kewalramani two decades ago?

24. Shubham Banerjee, a 13year-old eighth grader based out of San Jose in California, has got funding from which MNC to develop a low-cost printer for the blind?

25. Charity organisations and other not-for-profits will soon get an exclusive domain extension to register their web identity. Which domain?

26. Which US-based company has acquired Indian manufacturing firm Raman FibreScience to establish a footprint in India?

27. Emami Ltd has signed on which celebrity for endorsing a moisturising lotion from its BoroPlus portfolio?

28. Which advertising agency has launched a new project, Mama Labs, which will focus on the Indian mother as a consumer?

29. Which 2 Indian firms feature among the top 30 positions in the latest report Transparency in Corporate Reporting by Transparency International?

30. Which MNC has overtaken ITC to become India’s second-largest consumer-facing products company by revenues?

31. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to buy Vanta Bioscience, a contract research organisation headquartered in the US, for an undisclosed amount?

32. Sushma Rajagopalan has been promoted as the chief executive officer of which IT company?

33. Which MNC has been named world's best company in terms of leadership, as per a Hay Group study?

34. Which MNC last week announced that it completed the acquisition of the ORSL ready-to-drink electrolyte brand from Jagdale Industries, a Bangalore-based company?

35. Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group-backed Quixey is acquiring which Bangalore-based mobile application startup?

36. Mr Qimat Rai Gupta passed away last week. He was the chairman of which company?

37. Arun Jain will step down as Managing Director of which IT company?

38. Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ has reportedly broken all-time pre-order subscriptions records. Which company is the publisher?

39. Which MNC has developed street lights equipped with sockets to charge electric cars and will run a pilot project in Munich next year that uses existing local authority lighting networks?

40. Which business personality has sought the government’s permission to import an E-type Jaguar of 1971 vintage into India?

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November 2, 2014

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 27 - November 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is buying food logistics startup Brattle Foods in a cash, stock and debt deal?

2. Which MNC is transferring its Sanyo television unit in the US, which supplies sets to Walmart Stores, to Funai Electric of Japan in return for annual royalty payments?

3. Which MNC has put in motion plans to manufacture a premium sports utility vehicle in India under a project codenamed M6 or 556?

4. Which MNC is setting up its first cloud data centre in India at Navi Mumbai to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country?

5. India remains the world’s fourth largest steel producer in the first nine months of the current year, according to World Steel Association (WSA) data. Which country is the largest?

6. Which company has unveiled a brand campaign ‘Zindagi ka Sound Track’?

7. Which company will buy 49 percent of Texas-based Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC, which has expertise in manufacturing vaccines used against Ebola and other public-health threats?

8. Which international celebrity is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch the First Steps collection, a line of baby toys, as well as a Web series for moms?

9. Which general insurance brand has launched a campaign that revolves around a character named ‘Choice Chinnappa’?

10. Which MNC has launched a two-minute video titled ‘The Silent Couple’ on account of Breast Cancer Awareness Week?

11. New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider, has acquired a 70% stake in which India-headquartered company for about $175 million?

12. Hyundai Motor India will stop producing which model from the last week of November?

13. Which company has acquired personal finance platform, moneysights?

14. Which travel firm has acquired Canada's Brainhunter Systems for an undisclosed sum?

15. Which company has bagged the Rs 2,989-crore order to build the Statue of Unity project at Sadhu-Bet Island in Gujarat?

16. Microsoft Devices last week launched a new entry level dual-sim mobile phone in the country. What has it been branded as?

17. Which MNC has made its way into wearables, unveiling the new `Smartband SWB100', which will allow users to track daily exercise, sleep and heart rate?

18. Which MNC has bought a luxury duplex apartment overlooking the Arabian Sea in south Mumbai's Mahalaxmi locality for around Rs 60 crore?

19. Chennai-based ReGen Powertech has come up with a made-for-India wind turbine with a capacity of 2.8 MW. What is its claim to fame?

20. Which MNC has topped Nestle and ITC to become India’s third-largest consumer products maker after nearly doubling its sales in the country in the last three years?

21. Which portal has launched a commercial, a rap song called Jaana hai bhaiyya - Jhumri Talaiyya, featuring actor Shreyas Talpade, to promote its mobile app?

22. Which MNC is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores its broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse?

23. Which apparel brand has come out with its first TVC to present the AutoFit Series – a range of shirts and trousers for men and women?

24. Abhijit Avasthi has put in his papers as the national creative director of which advertising agency?

25. ViZ Security, a Bangalore startup that has developed a cloud-based ethical hacking product, has been acquired by which NASA-backed company?

26. Which company has acquired Information Systems Resource Centre (ISRC), the Pune-based software export unit of Otis Elevator Co?

27. Which brand from the stable of global leader in consumer health and hygiene, RB (formerly called Reckitt Benckiser), has launched a new campaign “Ab Montu Bolega”?

28. Which country has remained the most bullish consumer market, according to the survey by global information and insights company Nielsen?

29. Which celebrity is New York City’s Global Welcome Ambassador for 2014–2015?

30. Which company has launched a campaign to promote its new offering – oven-baked Subwich?

31. Which well known university is currently in the process of firming up the licensing agreements in India for its merchandise?

32. Which MNC has become the first corporate customer for Pepper, the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank?

33. Which company has become the highest ranked Indian energy firm on this year's Platts Global 250 Ranking?

34. Which country is home to the largest section of high-earning expatriates in the world, according to the seventh Expat Explorer survey commissioned by HSBC Expat?

35. Which is the only Indian company to find a place in the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global list of top 50 most innovative firms this year?

36. Which company is changing its name to Northern India Sugar?

37. Chinese handset maker OPPO has launched OPPO R5 in India. What is its claim to fame?

38. Which brand has launched a new ad titled ‘Dump Them, Move On’?

39. Which paint brand has unveiled ‘copper orange’ as the colour of 2015?

40. Which railway station has become the first station in the country to have WiFi facility for providing high speed internet to passengers?

41. Microsoft has forayed into the wearable technology with a device that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime. What has it been branded as?

42. Which company has become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market?

43. Alejandro Bernabe is the new CEO of which hospitality major?

44. Which four companies have made it to the Economic Times’ India's Best Boards list this year?

45. Which film production company turned 36 years old last week?

46. Which chain is all set to offer a new version of its signature Whopper sandwich when it launches in India next month?

47. Which entertainment destination has launched a new campaign with the tagline ‘Kahaaniyan Banti Hain’?

48. Which insurance company has appointed Naveen Tahilyani as its chief executive and managing director from January 2015?

49. Which company will acquire a majority stake in Chennai-based Asirvad Micro-finance Private Ltd. (AMPL), a firm in which Lok Capital has a 24 per cent stake?

50. Which Indian entertainment company has ventured into the mobile handset market in association with Shachii Gizmo Ltd?

51. Which company has signed a joint venture with the 55-year-old Italian Ferrari Logistics to offer logistic services to diamonds, gems, jewellery and luxury business houses in India?

52. Which company has donated $2 million to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in the US to help visiting scientists and scholars advance their research?

53. The official YouTube channel of Yash Raj Films (YRF), a leading film production company, has crossed which milestone in terms of number of views?

54. Which business group has formed a joint venture with Dunnhumby, a data analysis company owned by British retailer Tesco, to develop and sell customer insights to clients in India?

55. Which entity has topped the list of world's premiere 300 cooperatives, according to the World Cooperative Monitor's latest report for 2014?

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October 26, 2014

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 20 - 25. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has closed India's largest office space leasing deal by signing up for a 3 million sq ft custom built campus in Bangalore with local builder Embassy group?

2. Who is the sole Indian-origin top executive in a list of 100 best-performing CEOs in the world, compiled by the prestigious magazine Harvard Business Review (HBR)?

3. Jabong has announced its foray into luxury fashion jewellry with an exclusive partnership with which MNC?

4. Which Indian CEO has been awarded honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by Canada's Carleton University for her work in financial sector?

5. India’s GDP is set to cross which milestone this year, according to IMF's latest world economic outlook?

6. Which Taiwanese display maker will introduce smartphones and tablets in India, possibly before launching them in the global markets?

7. Which MNC has launched a digital video #GharWaliDiwali?

8. Staying with online commercials and Diwali, which brand has launched its ad #MyDiwaliBreak featuring an astronaut celebrating the festival in space?

9. Which online marketplace major has partnered with Fashion Design Council of India to foray into premium designer-wear segment?

10. Which Surat-based diamond firm has gifted its employees 491 Fiat Punto cars, 200 two-bedroom houses and jewellery ahead of the festival of lights?

11. Shenzhen Sang Fei Consumer Communications has introduced its first feature phone for senior Indians, called Xenium X2566, under which brand?

12. Christophe de Margerie, 63, was killed in a tragic Moscow plane collision last week. He was the CEO of which MNC?

13. Which Chennai-based FMCG major will make its foray into retail this year?

14. Which confectionary brand has launched its latest TVC around the theme ‘Jelly Ki Duniya, Mast Duniya’?

15. Brand Equity has unveiled the list of India's Top 100 Most Trusted Brands for this year. Which brand has topped the list?

16. Which MNC is set to nationally launch its fifth brand in the country - Schoko Bons Crispy - a wafer chocolate innovated by its India team?

17. Which company has appointed Mayank Ashar as MD and CEO?

18. Which company has signed an agreement to form a health insurance joint venture in India with MMI Holdings (MMI) of South Africa?

19. Which airline will introduce La Premiere - an exclusive and personalised first class service during the coming winter schedule on its Bangalore route?

20. Which automobile company last week inaugurated its first China factory in Changshu city, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Shanghai?

21. Three diamond barons from Surat, along with a real estate developer, have joined hands to launch the state’s first full-fledged air taxi service. What has it been branded as?

22. Which Oriya daily is celebrating its 30th anniversary?

23. Beatles icon Ringo Starr has become the new face of which footwear brand?

24. Which brand has launched its new campaign ‘Boond Boond Mein Sachchai’?

25. Airtel digital TV has announced its partnership with which MNC to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV)?

26. Which MNC is making a big bet on augmented reality, leading a $542 million investment in a shadowy startup called Magic Leap, based in Florida?

27. Microsoft is set to drop the iconic Nokia name from its smartphones in India by the end of this year. Which brand will replace Nokia?

28. Which Indian city has been named among the top 10 cities to visit this year by Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015?

29. Which company is pulling back its four collectible dolls based on the characters of AMC's hit series ''Breaking Bad''?

30. Google Inc last week launched a new email service that will better organize emails and display information in a more user-friendly way. What has it been dubbed as?

31. According to a survey by online food ordering platform Foodpanda.in, which city ranks first when it comes to gorging on traditional sweets?

32. Dave Thomas is the new India MD for which MNC?

33. Which portal has unveiled its new logo, a picture of a fork-stabbed heart?

34. Which senior executive at Google has been made in-charge of the Internet company's products?

35. Which celebrity, along with siblings, has started a production house called Kratos Entertainment?

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October 19, 2014

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 13 - 18. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Future Group has signed a deal with which MNC to jointly sell goods over the Internet?

2. Which Indian company has formally launched an internal constitution to define processes and policies for the first time in its 38-year-old history?

3. Which Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company has acquired Connovate Technologies, the maker of multifunctional piece Gecko, for an undisclosed amount?

4. Which online payment solution provider has acquired mobile-based payment application startup Eashmart?

5. Which company has launched its commercial vehicle service business, Super AutoMart, an outlet to carry out high-tech auto component service and repair?

6. Prataap Snacks, makers of Yellow Diamond Rings, has signed a licensing deal with Viacom18 Consumer Products to use which characters?

7. Which brand has launched a new television commercial with the positioning ‘lamho ka tohfa apnon ke liye’?

8. Which Chinese handset maker is set to officially enter India this December through an ecommerce partner?

9. Which company has entered into an agreement to buy 100% of Imira Entertainment, Spain's leading production and distribution company specialised in youth programming?

10. India has banned import of which category of cosmetics?

11. National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) has entered into a MoU with which MNC to jointly conduct courses and online examinations on digital literacy?

12. Which MNC has roped in Palash Sen, lead singer of the band Euphoria, to compose an anthem with active participation of its employees who will sing it live?

13. Which company has acquired UK-based mobile messaging firm TextLocal?

14. Which Italian heating and air-conditioning products company has entered the Indian market with electric water heaters?

15. Which celebrity has signed on as the brand ambassador for fashion e-tailer Yepme, in what will be his maiden association with an online commerce player?

16. Which leading global energy company has launched a global corporate advertising campaign ‘Committed to Better Energy’?

17. Roward Atkinson, the lovable Mr. Bean, is playing a failed Kung Fu warrior in the new campaign for which brand?

18. Tangalooma Island Resort near Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, which is a popular destination in India, has appointed which former Aussie test cricketer as its brand ambassador for India?

19. Which MNC last week said it would exit consumer banking in 11 markets?

20. Which airline has signed an agreement with Airbus for 250 A320neos - the plane maker's single biggest order for such aircraft?

21. Which South Korean beauty brand has got the nod to start single brand retail operations in India?

22. Which travel portal has launched its first ever television campaign, featuring 3 ads - ‘Pet friendly hotels', ‘Landed the right place at the wrong time’ and ‘Made a discovery?’?

23. Who has been conferred the Best Central Bank Governor award for 2014 by Euromoney magazine?

24. Sandeep Mathur has resigned as the managing director of the Indian operations of which IT major?

25. Which company will start manufacturing the Optare range of electric buses in India sometime next year?

26. Which travel portal has launched a new campaign 'Ehsan mat lo, discount lo' to promote its hotel booking business?

27. Google Inc has unveiled its new version of Android software. What has it been dubbed as?

28. Which taxi-on-call services has re-branded itself with a new logo and tagline 'Driven. For You'?

29. Which structure has clinched its newest Guinness World Records title for being the highest man-made vantage point on earth?

30. Who has been appointed as India's new chief economic advisor?

31. Which well known brand’s mascot will appear as a character in the new series about the adventures of `Chhota Bheem' and his gang on Pogo channel?

32. Which company has acquired majority stake in footwear firm Elisir Lifestyle for an undisclosed sum?

33. The founder and managing director of which restaurant chain has launched an e-commerce venture, called dreamcanteen, to deliver gourmet food and ingredients in Delhi-NCR?

34. Flipkart has tied up with Dubai-based Jumbo Electronics to launch its smartphone, YotaPhone, in India. What is its claim to fame?

35. Tata Consultancy Services has approved the merger of which subsidiary with itself, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals?

36. Which company has agreed to acquire Civolution's NexTracker (audience measurement) and SyncNow (second screen audio watermarking) businesses?

37. Lindsay Pattison is the new global chief executive officer of which media agency?

38. Hilton Worldwide has launched a new hotel brand that will offer simple, guest-directed service and local choices. Name the brand?

39. Which company has created the most complicated wristwatch in history for $2.5 million?

40. Discovery Kids has launched its biggest India series for the year. Name it?

41. Which news channel is repositioning itself with a new look and tagline ‘Hausla Hai’?

42. Which denim brand for women has launched a new campaign ‘Butt Out’?

43. Sudhakar Balakrishnan has quit as managing director and chief executive of which staffing company after heading it for seven years?

44. Bharti Airtel has launched a calling application in a bid to tap the estimated $1 billion international calling card market into India. What has it been branded as?

45. Instant messaging application LINE has crossed which user milestone in India?

46. Which Italian superbike brand has entered into a technical partnership with Pune-based DSK Motowheels for India foray?

47. Which MNC is marketing West Bengal’s Jungpana tea to global consumers under the recently created global marketing brand Special.T?

48. Vikram Gulati has quit as the CEO and managing director of which IT company?

49. British villains Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston star in the television commercial (currently on air in India) for which well known automobile brand?

50. Which apparel brand is celebrating “125 years of denim craftsmanship”?

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October 12, 2014

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 06 - 11. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Indian unit of Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolates and Oreo biscuits, has crossed which revenue milestone last fiscal?

2. Which company has agreed to buy CareFusion Corp. in a $12.2 billion deal designed to provide a full range of medical products to hospitals?

3. Which hospitality major has agreed to sell the landmark Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan to China's Anbang Insurance Group for $1.95 billion?

4. Which company has appointed Rahul Keshav Patwardhan as CEO designate, who will take charge on April 1 next year?

5. Which city has emerged as the most desired place in the world to work, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group that surveyed more than 200,000 people from 188 countries?

6. Which MNC is splitting itself into two companies, one focused on its personal computer and printing business and another on technology services, such as data storage, servers and software?

7. Which MNC has roped in Arun Malhotra, the former head of international sales at Mahindra & Mahindra, as managing director of its India entity?

8. Which sports personality has become the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC, one of the eight franchises of Indian Super League (ISL)?

9. DJB Infrastructures and Developers India is developing a hotel in Amritsar. What is its claim to fame?

10. Which company has entered into a binding bid to acquire 51% stake in Peugeot Motorcycles for Rs 216 crore?

11. Which jewellery company has unveiled a campaign titled ‘Naye Zamaane Ke Heere’?

12. Which jewellery major has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Chota Ho Ya Bada, Is Diwali Ko Sone Se Sajae’ to introduce its new ‘Festive Gold Collection’?

13. Fiat has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘live alive’ for which soon-to-be-launched brand?

14. Which IT major has acquired digital marketing company Cadient Group, which serves a broad spectrum of life sciences companies, for an estimated $30 million?

15. Kitchen appliances firm Kenstar has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

16. Which company, in association with Javed Akhtar, has launched what it claims to be the country's first-ever poetic literature-based interactive service?

17. Which smartphone brand has launched the second leg of its festive brand campaign ‘Hello India’?

18. Which MNC has elevated its India MD Zubair Ahmed as head of Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa operations of its proposed consumer-health joint venture with Novartis?

19. Which business group has announced its foray into the housing finance sector through its new venture - New Habitat Housing Finance and Development Ltd (NHHFDL)?

20. Which lubricants company has announced a partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra under which it will manufacture and supply ‘Mahindra Genuine Oil’?

21. Which visual browser last week entered India, aiming to make a mark in the burgeoning augmented reality market?

22. Which US varsity has named its first business school after Sunil Puri, an Indian American real estate tycoon in the Midwest?

23. Which advertising group, in association with Teach for India and Social Quotient, has initiated a community engagement program called ‘Green Batti’?

24. Which e-seller of fashion jewellery and accessories for men, women and kids, has launched two TVCs – #windowshopping and #ridofromeos, both around the theme #AlwaysBeautiful?

25. Which brand is back with a new campaign, 'Pressure is Good', featuring cricketer Virat Kohli?

26. Which German architectural and furniture hardware provider has entered the kitchen appliances category in India with the `Nagold' range?

27. Which MNC has forayed into the imaging business with the unveiling of its small handheld camera - RE - in New York?

28. Who has topped Forbes' list of the world's most valuable athlete brands?

29. Which e-commerce site is kicking off a global campaign that aims to brands itself as a place to 'shop the world'?

30. Which brand has emerged as the world's most valuable brand, according to the Interbrand Best Global Brands annual report?

31. Japanese scientists Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano and American Shuji Nakamura won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics for which invention?

32. On the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which brand has launched a video named ‘BraCam’?

33. How many Indians have been named by Fortune in its list of the 40 most powerful, influential and important people in business under the age of 40?

34. Which hotel from the Taj Group released a special private label red wine with wine maker Fratelli & a special exclusive label champagne with Drappier to mark its 25th anniversary on October 10?

35. Which online giant may soon open its first physical store, at a prime site in Midtown Manhattan?

36. Which brand is being touted as 'The World's Best Selfie Phone'?

37. Which company has launched India’s first ebook selling and lending portal in vernacular languages?

38. Art Peck will be the new chairman and CEO of which MNC retailer from February 1, 2015?

39. A new global Tamil news channel is all set to be launched later this month. What has it been branded as?

40. Lisa Su has become the first woman CEO of which MNC?

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October 5, 2014

Biz Quizzard 549

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Sample question (Q 19, Biz Quizzard 492) : Titan Industries has unveiled its new name - Titan Company Ltd. – and a new logo. What is the logo called? Answer: Titan Star  

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 29 - October 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has appointed Mayank Pareek, Maruti Suzuki's chief operating officer, as its head of passenger cars business?

2. Which online marketplace has entered into an air cargo alliance with Patel Integrated Logistics as part of ensuring next-day delivery to more customers across the country?

3. Tata Sky has roped in which celebrity to endorse it in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana?

4. Which media company’s consumer product division has inked a deal with DQ Entertainment to launch Jungle Book merchandise in India?

5. Which Bangalore-based drug maker has decided to acquire Shasun Pharmaceuticals in an all-stock deal?

6. Which singer has been announced as the first global brand ambassador for beauty brand N.Y.C. New York Color?

7. Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners will buy which business software maker for $4.3 billion?

8. Flipkart has entered into the jewellery segment through a tie-up with which jewellery retailer?

9. Kavinder Singh has been appointed as chief executive officer and managing director of which leisure hospitality company?

10. Google India last week signed a MoU with which state to launch a slew of initiatives, the first such venture to be taken up by Google India with any state government in the country?

11. Which MNC has agreed to buy US-based Ambit Biosciences for $410 million to bolster its pipeline of cancer treatments?

12. Which portal has acquired Ibibo Group-owned Gaadi.com, in the first big consolidation move in a fragmented online auto classifieds market?

13. Alia Bhatt has joined hands with which portal to launch her line of apparel?

14. Which brand has launched a new television commercial titled ‘India in Prayer’, which captures the real meaning of prayer in our daily lives?

15. Japanese electronics firm Casio has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its electronic musical instruments division?

16. The winners of the ET Awards for Corporate Excellence for 2014 were announced last week. Which is the Company of the Year?

17. Which city has the world's largest number of billionaires, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014?

18. Which hospitality major will relocate its global office from the US to India for a month in March 2015?

19. Who has topped the list of 400 richest people in the US, by Forbes?

20. Microsoft last week unveiled a new version of its operating system to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8. What has it been branded as?

21. Which MNC has acquired the car lease division of Carzonrent India, the company that also runs Easy Cabs, for around Rs 200 crore?

22. Apollo Hospitals has announced a collaboration with which pharma MNC to expand its diabetes care format, Apollo Sugar Clinics?

23. Which MNC has agreed to pay $1.75 billion in cash to buy privately-held Alios BioPharma Inc, which is developing a drug for a respiratory viral infection?

24. Which media company is spending about USD 950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc in a deal that aims to speed up its digital expansion?

25. Venture capital investment in India has already breached which milestone mark this year?

26. US-based branding and licensing company Authentic Brands Group has signed up a franchisee agreement with which company to open Juicy Couture stores in India starting next year?

27. Which MNC has partnered with IT training solutions firm NIIT for its ‘Women in Tech’ initiative in India?

28. Auto components manufacturer Minda Industries is partnering which MNC to make automotive batteries in India?

29. Which CEO will own the Bengaluru team in Vijay Amritraj's Champions Tennis League?

30. Coke Zero, Coca-Cola's zero sugar beverage, has sold how many cans on Amazon.in in the first 13 days after launch?

31. Mobile marketplace and mobile and DTH recharge platform Paytm has signed a Rs 200-250 crore cross-marketing deal with which noodle brand?

32. Which Bangalore-based publishing services company has acquired US-based content creation company Electronic Publishing Services (EPS)?

33. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and which MNC are teaming up on a $ 10 million project to better understand social networks and figure out new ways to benefit from them?

34. PepsiCo Inc for the first time is introducing a product exclusively through Amazon.com Inc. Which brand?

35. The Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with a group of companies to build a wind power project near Gujarat. What is special about this project?

36. Which automobile MNC will open an IT development centre in Pune next month?

37. Which automobile MNC has announced the appointment of Guillaume Sicard as president of its Indian operations?

38. British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser last week extended its Dettol brand into which new product category as part of RBs Banega Swachh India campaign?

39. Masaba Gupta is quitting as the creative head for homegrown fashion house Genesis Colors after a 2 year stint. Which well known label does the company own?

40. Which state last week started the country’s first olive refinery?

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September 28, 2014

Biz Quizzard 548

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Sample question (Q 19, Biz Quizzard 492) : Titan Industries has unveiled its new name - Titan Company Ltd. – and a new logo. What is the logo called? Answer: Titan Star 

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

1. Who has been ranked second in the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women "shaping the new world order" in the Asia-Pacific region?

2. Which MNC has bought Bangalore-based tech startup Bookpad for around Rs 50 crore?

3. Four Indian cities feature among the Asian Top 10 list of luxurious but affordable destinations, according to a global survey by online hotel search site Trivago. Name them?

4. Microsoft's game console Xbox One went on sale in India last week. What became be a worldwide first, along with online-only sales, for the sales here?

5. Which MNC launched its technology-packed supercar, Huracan LP 610-4 in India last week?

6. Which automobile brand has flagged-off its 'Longest Drive through Amazing India' drive to celebrate its success in the Indian market?

7. Which brand has launched its latest campaign with the positioning ‘Phone pe badhaiyan chodo, milkey tyohar manao’?

8. Which MNC has launched two commercials ‘Surprise Gift’ and ‘Parasailing’ as part of its campaign to promote confidence in online shopping?

9. Britannia has launched a television commercial, featuring Salman Khan with the tagline ‘Makhkhan maar ke’, for which newly-launched brand?

10. The number of female employees at Tata Consultancy Services has crossed which landmark milestone?

11. Which MNC has said it would buy US oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group for $7.6 billion?

12. Which pharma giant has agreed to acquire US-based Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business?

13. Which Taiwan-headquartered company is set to re-enter India’s burgeoning market for smartphones?

14. Adlabs has roped in which actor as the face of its latest adventure zone, Aquamagica?

15. Which university in India is the alma mater of 12 billionaires, more than any other school outside USA, according to a report from Singapore-based research firm Wealth-X and Swiss bank UBS?

16. This is both surprising and interesting. Which well known brand has reportedly roped in Akhil Akkineni, son of Telugu actor Nagarjuna, as its brand ambassador?

17. Who is Asia’s richest man, according to the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

18. Which company has acquired the adhesive business of Blue Coat for Rs 263.57 crore?

19. Which company has acquired a majority stake in Dubai-based shipping logistics company Clarion Shipping Services for over Rs 200 crore?

20. Which company has inked a pact with Canada-based Magna International to form a 50:50 joint venture to provide seating systems to the commercial vehicle industry in India?

21. The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved a new name for MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX). What will it be known as?

22. Which online restaurant guide has acquired Poland’s restaurant search service, Gastronauci, for an undisclosed sum as part of its ongoing expansion strategy in Europe?

23. Shilpa Divekar Nirula has taken over as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Indian operations of which MNC?

24. Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd (MTWL) is to launch its new scooter in northern and western regions on September 29. What has it been branded as?

25. Amazon.in has announced the launch of its new service to deliver new product offerings to customers on the day of their launch. What has it been branded as?

26. Former Nokia India chief P Balaji is all set to join which MNC as director, regulatory and external affairs?

27. Hero Indian Super League (ISL) franchise of Goa, FC Goa, has unveiled which sports celebrity as its new co-owner and brand ambassador?

28. Media buying house GroupM has joined hands with which MNC to launch a virtual Diwali shopping and entertainment festival called the Grand Diwali Mela through a dedicated website?

29. Which brand has launched an interactive digital outdoor magazine ‘Explore More' to cater to outdoor adventurers and explorers across the world and help them with more information?

30. Canadian firm BlackBerry launched its latest flagship smartphone. What has it been branded as?

31. Who has topped the latest Forbes list of highest paid hip hop artists?

32. Which company’s founder Rajiv Mody has taken over its new CEO?

33. Which MNC has elevated its India sales head Manish Tiwary as the managing director of its business in the Gulf?

34. Which portal has roped in Telugu actor Allu Arjun to feature in its commercial aimed at Telugu audience?

35. Aditi Rao Hyadri and Rajkummar Rao feature in the commercial for which chocolate brand?

36. Japanese auto parts maker FCC Company has purchased which Indian company’s 50% stake in their equal joint venture?

37. Emami Group has acquired which 70-year-old Kolkata-based edible oils brand, best known for its vanaspati?

38. Which telecommunications technology company has acquired mobile fraud management and data analytics startup iConnectiva?

39. Which cement maker will acquire Bangalore-based BMM Cements Limited?

40. Forbes last week released this year’s list of 100 richest Indians. What is special about these 100, for the first time ever?

41. Continuing with the Forbes list of 100 richest Indians, how many women feature in the list?

42. Which business personality has recently received the Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership Award for visionary innovation at an event in Mumbai?

43. Which celebrity has been named as the first ever global spokeswoman of American skin care line Olay?

44. Which mobile phone retailer, in collaboration with American Megatrends India, will foray into the health and fitness category by launching a wireless health monitor, B.O.L.T.?

45. Why was Alipur, located in the national capital’s northern tip bordering Haryana, in news last week?

46. Which MNC has unveiled two television campaigns, designed especially for the festive season and taking forward the brand’s global message ‘Easy and Connected Always’?

47. Former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai is the new chairman of which Tata entity?

48. Which US-based company last week announced a joint venture form with Lohia Auto to roll out a new range of motorcycles for the Indian market?

49. HomeShop18 has partnered with which celebrity to launch the SSK line of designer sarees?

50. Which iconic American fashion brand is celebrating its 10th anniversary in India?

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September 21, 2014

Biz Quizzard 547

 Prepare for Tata Crucible with Biz Quizzard. Are you participating in Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2014 and want to brush up on your current affairs? Biz Quizzard is sharing its archives for a fee. Get access to one year of Biz Quizzard editions (starting August 5, 2013) with more than 1600 questions along with answers. For full details, including price, please contact on rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com .
Sample question (Q 19, Biz Quizzard 492) : Titan Industries has unveiled its new name - Titan Company Ltd. – and a new logo. What is the logo called? Answer: Titan Star    
 
Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company, along with Saudi Aramco and GE, has inaugurated Saudi Arabia's first all-female business process service centre?

2. Which MNC will soon launch its `First' set of ultra-affordable mobile phones in India?

3. Delhi-based company MSD Aviation has received a no-objection certificate from the government to launch what kind of an airline?

4. Which company has bought Israeli billionaire Mordechai Zisser's 1 million-sq-ft Plaza Centre Mall in Pune for Rs 300 crore?

5. Honda will bring back which premium model to India next fiscal after discontinuing it last year?

6. Narendra Ambwani, director, Agro Tech Foods, has been elected as the chairman of the board of which advertising body?

7. Which MNC has unveiled a printing solution that can print medical images like X-Rays on plain paper instead of conventional films?

8. Which mobile handset brand has launched a television commercial with the brand thought "Whoever you are"?

9. Which company has topped this year’s ET500 – the ranking of India’s biggest listed companies by The Economic times?

10. Which company will acquire US-based healthcare IT service provider TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash and debt?

11. Which MNC has agreed to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion?

12. Which MNC has joined the smartwatch bandwagon with its 'miCoach Smart Run'?

13. Which Bangalore-based mobile value-added service provider has acquired Dexetra Software Solutions in a cash-and-stock deal?

14. Which MNC is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for $11.74 billion, a move that creates the world's second-largest auto supplier?

15. Which celebrity has been roped in as the new brand ambassador of TAG Heuer in India?

16. Which MNC and Gerdau have entered into a transaction agreement to sell their respective 50% interests in Gallatin Steel Company in the US to Nucor Corporation for $770 million?

17. Which IT company will demerge its insurance products and services business into a new company, Majesco?

18. Noted South Indian director SShankar’s movie Ai (or ‘I’) will release during Diwali. What is its claim to fame?

19. Which business school from India is the highest ranked non-European B-school in the Financial Times MiM rankings list of top 70 B-schools in 2013?

20. Hero MotoCorp Limited has entered into an agreement to set up its first Greenfield plant in South India. Which state?

21. Which MNC is working on “Best Future”, its own sitcom that will centre on a fictional employee, which will be released via YouTube and social media?

22. Who has topped the list of the 10 richest Indians in the Hurun Report, published by a China-based luxury publishing and events group?

23. Which company will be the title sponsor of the prestigious 2014 World Challenge Golf, hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation?

24. Which e-tailer has launched its first TV campaign titled 'Explore Yourself'?

25. Tata Group promoted electronics retail chain Croma has entered into a strategic partnership with which online marketplace to sell products online?

26. Which brand has launched an initiative called ‘Donate Your Calories’ for the benefit of under-privileged children in India?

27. Which online fashion portal has launched a campaign titled ‘Be You’?

28. Hyundai Motor India has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its compact sedan Xcent?

29. Which tea brand has been relaunched in a new brand packaging and has once again roped in Malayalam actor Mohanlal as the brand ambassador after a gap of 13 years?

30. Which company will buy the retail pharmacy business of Hetero Med Solutions for Rs 146 crore?

31. Raj Jain, CEO, Bharti Retail, will be the new CEO of which media entity?

32. Vikas Singh has taken over as Managing Director of the Indian operations on which MNC?

33. Hong Kong tycoon Stephen Hung has placed an order for Rolls-Royce cars for his luxury Macau hotel-resort. Why did this make news?

34. Which insurance company has launched its second campaign that brings alive the brand promise of ‘Helping you prepare financially for a long and happy life.’?

35. Which automobile MNC has launched its new campaign ‘Don’t Postpone Joy’?

36. Abhishek Ganguly will be the new India head for which sportswear MNC?

37. Which premium biscuit brand has launched its new commercial with the positioning ‘live your moment’?

38. Which MNC has acquired 100% stake in economic research firm Indicus Analytics for an undisclosed amount?

39. Global healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson last week laid the foundation for its largest plant in India. Which state?

40. Which institute will launch a crowd sourcing portal iboughtproperty.com to enhance transparency in property?

41. Which company has announced new partnerships with Microsoft, Hitachi Data Systems and Huawei to deepen its product offerings in new disruptive areas?

42. Which telecom gear maker will shut down its modems business to focus on other growth opportunities?

43. Which company has launched the country’s first inflation-linked securities index that seeks to track performance of a portfolio of inflation-linked government bonds?

44. Viacom last week bought film rights for a thriller novel called God is a Gamer written by Ravi Subramanian. The book is based on what?

45. Who has topped Fortune magazine’s ‘The most powerful women in business 2014’ list?

46. Pop sensation Lady Gaga has launched her second unisex fragrance. What has it been branded as?

47. Which brand has launched 'The Freedom Bike', a 12-feet-long motorcycle art installation made entirely of vintage items?

48. Larry Ellison has stepped aside as the CEO of which MNC?

49. Flying Machine, India’s first home-bred denim brand, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

50. Which mobile brand has been launched in India with the positioning ‘Apni Kismat Apne Haath’?

51. Which Australian coffee chain has begun its second innings in India, planning for 150 stores in next three years?

52. Coca-Cola last week launched which brand in India, nearly eight years after its global launch?

53. Which MNC has agreed to buy US expenses software maker Concur for $7.3 billion in cash, strengthening its position in cloud computing?

54. Which celebrity has made a debut as women’s wear designer with fashion brand Vero Moda?

55. Which company last week made its long-awaited Wall Street debut under the symbol “BABA"?



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