December 27, 2009

Biz Quizzard 300

Biz Quizzard hits a triple century with this edition and what makes it more special to me is that there has not been a single break since it started 300 weeks ago. Biz Quizzard is complied for and posted on Quinkie, an online yahoogroup dedicated to business quizzes and started by Murali Duggineni. Quinkie currently has 2600+ active members. Thank you for being part of this journey.

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

1. Which MNC has signed agreements to purchase Nortel’s Enterprise solutions business for $475 million?

2. Which company has reached an agreement to acquire HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd (HIBL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC Bank?

3. According to a news snippet last week, which MNC is launching a campaign called ‘Be Beautiful’?

4. Which brand from India will be the main attraction of an exhibition in the National Design Museum, New York, next year?

5. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the baseline ‘More than meets the eye’?

6. Which Indian company has acquired a 65% stake in Zambia’s largest coal mine Maamba Collieries for $26 million?

7. Which MNC has agreed to buy Chattem, the maker of Gold Bond medicated body powder, for $1.9 billion to enter the US consumer healthcare market?

8. Singer Beyonce Knowles Charter is ready to launch her debut perfume. What will it be branded as?

9. Anant Goenka, son of RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka, will take over as the managing director of which well-known group company?

10. Which company last week appointed Rajan Kohli as its chief marketing officer?

11. Which Insurance company has entered into an association with the makers of ‘3 Idiots’ to promote its products?

12. Which MNC last week sold its stake in the telecom tower arm of Bharti Airtel to JP Morgan?

13. Which company is acquiring Uganda’s Rwenzori Tea Investments for $25 million?

14. Which MNC last week agreed on most terms about the sale of its Volvo Car unit to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for $2 billion?

15. Which well known Hollywood actor has struck a deal with French wine and spirits maker Belvedere, getting a stake in the company in exchange for endorsing their vodka brand?

16. A US court last week upheld a patent violation ruling against Microsoft Corp restraining it from selling which popular product in the US?

17. Which well known brand last week entered the noodles segment with the launch of a new brand ‘Foodles’?

18. Which bank last week sold its point of sale (POS) terminals that accept the debit and credit card payment to First Data Corporation (FDC) for $80 million?

19. Which company has inked a licensing deal with entertainment channel MTV to launch a range of co-branded mobile handsets?

20. Which hotel in India has been conferred the highest rating for green buildings in the world – the LEED India Platinum Rating, making it one of the world’s largest platinum-rated hotels?

21. Which media company in India has entered into a content sharing deal with The Washington Post?

22. UTV Global Broadcasting is rolling out an action movie channel on January 1, 2010. What has it been branded as?

23. The Videocon group is getting ready to splurge on its DTH venture with an Rs 100-crore campaign featuring which actor as the brand ambassador?

24. The specialized division of which advertising agency has come up with a 360- degree, multimedia campaign, 'Delhi ki Beti', to create civic sense among Delhiites before the Commonwealth Games 2010?

25. Which business personality, along with his wife, is all set to enter the Limca Book of Records for being the longest serving active couple associated with a non-profit cultural organization?

26. Priyanka Chopra is the latest brand ambassador for which jewellery brand?

27. Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez last week threatened to expel which well known MNC from the country?

28. The India operations of which international media/entertainment brand will be wound up on December 31?

29. Which telecom service provider, in association with HelpAge India, is running a campaign (TVC currently on air) with the theme ‘Silence is not always golden’?

30. '22 Diaries’ is the new campaign (teaser ad currently on air) of which brand?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 300 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

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