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February 21, 2009

Biz Quizzard 256

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week February 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has become the first-ever non-tobacco consumer goods brand to cross the Rs 2,000-crore mark in India?

2. Which company has made a foray into the luxury segment with the launch of Zoya, a high-end diamond jewellery boutique store chain?

3. The India Rizing Fund was launched in Bangalore recently. What is its significance?

4. Why was Mr Ashok Samani, a Mumbai-based stock broker, in news recently?

5. The new edition of Hyundai Sonata Embera has been launched. What has it been branded as?

6. Which international celebrity singer heads his own clothing line, William Rast?

7. Which automobile brand is being advertised in the print medium with the baseline ‘Feel It’?

8. Which business group has announced its initial foray into boat manufacture under the brand name Odyssea?

9. Which celebrity has been roped in by Procter & Gamble (P&G) as the brand ambassador for its Pantene brand of shampoo, replacing Sushmita Sen?

10. Actor Hrithik Roshan can be seen in the advertisement for which shampoo brand?

11. Mr Kunal Dasgupta last week quit as the CEO of which television channel?

12. Which brand has retained the top position in ‘Buzziest Brands of the Year 2009’ poll conducted by afaqs?

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February 15, 2009

Biz Quizzard 255

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week February 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. According to a news snippet last week, who will replace Rajeev Chandrasekhar as the president of FICCI?

2. According to the latest market data compiled by AC Nielsen, which brand has trounced PepsiCo’s flagship Pepsi to emerge as the number 2 in the pecking order of soft drink sales in India?

3. Which MNC has picked up a 20% stake in Affle Holding, a Singapore based company, which owns and offers a mobile marketing platform, SMS 2.0 in India, Malaysia and Thailand, besides Singapore?

4. Mr Satish Kumar is stepping down as the MD of which FMCG MNC in India?

5. General Motors last week launched a special edition of its compact car Spark. What has it been branded as?

6. According to reports last week, which Indian FMCG major is entering China with oral and hair care products?

7. Which software company has acquired Canada-based Active Intelligence (AI) for an undisclosed sum?

8. Which milestone was crossed recently in the mobile phone industry worldwide?

9. Amara Raja Batteries has entered into a tie-up with which auto major to launch co-branded replacement battery ‘Amaron MGB’?

10. Which actor has topped Forbes’ ‘Star Currency’ list to be named the most bankable actor in Hollywood?

11. Actor Shahid Kapur can be seen in the television commercial for which car audio system brand?

12. Which automobile brand is being advertised in the print medium with the baseline ‘Makes sense. In every sense.’?

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February 8, 2009

Biz Quizzard 254

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week February 02 - 07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. GeoPost, the French government-owned postal services firm, has been finally allowed to pick a majority stake in which privately-held Indian express parcel delivery firm?

2. Which Indian business group has fully acquired the Indian subsidiary of Dubai-based mobile and IT products retailer, Cellucom?

3. Which company last week announced that its cash-and-carry wholesale stores would be named ‘BestPrice Modern Wholesale’?

4. Which celebrity, along with partner, last week picked up an 11.7% stake in Rajasthan Royals, the Jaipur franchise of the IPL?

5. Which MNC last week launched the ‘Internet Bus’ in India?

6. Which brand in men’s toiletries and personal care products last week launched new product variants Ice Rock, Lagoon and Sport?

7. Which Hindi entertainment channel has bought the rights to the game show format “Who wants to be a millionaire?” from Sony Pictures Television, after Star Plus held the rights (Kaun Banega Crorepati) for 8 years?

8. In the latest Forbes’ list of the world’s ten richest CEOs, which Indian personality has grabbed the 3rd spot?

9. Who has been named the new CEO of Satyam Computer?

10. Which Indian retail company has formed a joined venture with Inditex Group to develop and promote the latter’s Zara stores in India?

11. Which well known hospitality and travel firm, along with its Indian partner, Bristo Hospitality, plans to introduce a new restaurant brand, Friday’s American Bar (FAB)?

12. Which well known business personality last week invested $2.6 billion in world no. 2 reinsurer Swiss Re?

13. Which chief executive from India has been conferred the award of the ‘Best Executive 2008’ under the category of Asia’s best companies and executives by Asiamoney, Asia’s leading financial magazine?

14. Mr Asim Ghosh will be retiring as the CEO of which MNC in India on March 31?

15. Reliance Big Entertainment last week announced it has signed deals with Red Om Films and Breft Ratner’s Rat Entertainment, widening its Hollywood presence. Which well known international celebrity owns Red Om Films?

16. Charles W Goodyear will succeed Ho Ching as the chief executive of which state-owned investment company?

17. Big Entertainment, the media vertical of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, last week launched its movie and entertainment marketing division. What has it been branded as?

18. Which FMCG company last week announced the appointment of Dalip Sehgal as its new managing director?

19. According to a report last week, which retail company plans to launch private labels in a number of personal care products under its brand ‘Enriche’ by March this year?

20. NDTV Convergence, the digital arm of NDTV group, has launched a dedicated video aggregation portal. What has it been branded as?

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February 1, 2009

Biz Quizzard 253

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week January 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. 125-year-old Hartmarx Corporation, the largest maker of men’s tailored clothing in the US, was in news recently for 2 reasons. US president Barack Obama, a regular customer, wore its suit for the inauguration ceremony. What was the other reason?

2. Which MNC last week said it would acquire US rival Wyeth for around $68 million in a move to diversify its revenue base?

3. Mr R Sridhar has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) for which MNC in India?

4. Which business school in India has been ranked number 15 in the global B-School rankings by the Financial Times, London?

5. Which MNC in India is putting two regional brands – Moloy sandal soap and Mahabringol hair oil – for sale?

6. Mr Ganesh Ayyar, currently vice president with Hewlett Packard, is joining which IT and BPO services firm as CEO?

7. Which Indian company last week said it had acquired a controlling stake in ‘Clinique Darne’ hospital in Mauritius, in a joint venture initiative with industrial group CIEL?

8. Which FMCG major has entered into an alliance with Coty, a Paris-based fragrance marketer, to market the latter’s entire ‘adidas’ personal care range in India?

9. Which mutual fund company has emerged as the best fund house in the country for 2008, according to a Hong Kong-based journal, Asia Asset Management?

10. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Hindustan bol raha hai’ (TVCs currently on air)?

11. Which Indian company has claimed to be the first telecom operator to have a presence in the virtual world with a mass media campaign?

12. Which media group will launch and distribute the high-end urban music and lifestyle channel, Trace, in India?

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