August 3, 2014

Biz Quizzard 540

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week July 28 - August 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has signed an initial agreement to acquire the entire hydroelectricity portfolio of the Jaiprakash Group for about Rs 12,000 crore?

2. Which agency has acquired majority stake in privately held Milestone Brandcom, one of the largest out-of-home (OOH) agencies in India, for an undisclosed sum?

3. M G Parameswaran has been elected president of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) for the year 2014-15. He is the advisor to which ad agency?

4. Who has emerged as the top paid CEO in India last year, having taken home Rs 37.88 crore?

5. Which business personality has announced his foray into film production by investing in startup entertainment firm Cinestaan Entertainment?

6. Which brand has launched its ‘The Smartphone Network’ (TSN) advertising campaign?

7. HCL Tech’s R Srikrishna has joined which IT company as CEO?

8. Which online payment provider has appointed Vikram Narayan as the Country Manager of its India operations?

9. By opening up 362 retail outlets on a single day, which company has created a world record, with the Guinness Book of World Records recognising it as the biggest retail expansion by a company?

10. Bharti Airtel has crossed which milestone customers mark across its mobile, fixed line, DSL and DTH service?

11. Which non-banking finance company (NBFC) has appointed Rajashree Nambiar as its Chief Executive Officer?

12. In the biggest round of funding by an Indian Internet firm, which company has raised $1 billion recently?

13. Which MNC has signed an agreement to acquire the German mobile security firm Secusmart?

14. Which company has announced a strategic alliance with and Dutch pension fund asset manager APG Asset Management for investing $1 billion in infrastructure companies in India?

15. Which hospitality major has announced the launch of its new global advertising campaign titled Performance.Art?

16. Rajiv Lall has been appointed managing director of which to-be-launched bank in India?

17. Which social network will shut its 2-year-old Gifts shop on August 12?

18. Which Indian business personality is planning to set up his South Indian restaurant chain Vaango in Singapore next year?

19. Which company is planning to re-enter the men’s denim-wear segment with its Force brand?

20. Which automobile company in Sri Lanka has signed up cricketer Kumar Sangakkara as brand ambassador?

21. Which Japanese consumer durables maker will make India the global headquarters for its mobile devices business?

22. Facebook has signed its first deal with an advertising agency in India. Which agency?

23. Which multiplex operator will acquire Gurgaon-based rival Satyam Cineplexes in an Rs 182-crore deal?

24. Which financial software maker would buy professional tax filing software startup KDK Software India for an undisclosed amount to expand its customer base?

25. Which MNC will spend $2 billion (Rs 12,000 crore) to grow its online retail business in India?

26. Software giant Microsoft has unveiled which brand in China after 14 years ban on the category?

27. Which MNC took a major step to build up its respiratory medicine business by striking a deal worth up to $ 2.1 billion for the rights to Spanish group Almirall’s lung drugs?

28. Which Punjabi daily recently ran a signature campaign titled 'Maa Boli Punjabi' to celebrate its 36th year?

29. Which company, specialising in pipes and fittings, has come out with a television campaign for the first time?

30. Mahindra & Mahindra’s XUV 5oo has crossed which sales milestone in the Indian market recently?

31. Saif Ali Khan has been roped in as brand ambassador for which deo brand?

32. Chandramouli Venkatesan is the new Indian head for which MNC?

33. Which retail MNC has hired former PepsiCo executive Brian Cornell as chief executive officer?

34. NRI businessman Apurv Bagri has acquired a controlling stake which Indian denim maker?

35. Facebook last week launched an app that will give users free access to its social network as well as other critical internet sites. Which country?

36. Samsung’s new TV - UN78S9B – went on sale in South Korea last week. What is its claim to fame?

37. Hyundai Motor has revealed the design renderings of the all-new hatchback, which will be launched on August 11 in India. What has it been branded as?

38. Senior IRS officer KV Chowdary has been appointed as the new chairman of which policy making body?

39. The board of directors which entity last week elected Jethabhai Patel as their new Chairman?

40. Which MNC has launched its latest digital campaign #BackToSchool on the eve of Friendship Day?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 540 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

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