December 26, 2010

Biz Quizzard 352

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

1. Aamir Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez can be seen in the television commercial (currently on air) for the Purple collection of which brand?

2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kate Winslet and Chin Lin can be seen together in the television commercial (currently on air) for which international brand?

3. Burner Mond last week acquired Cheshire Salt Holdings, the parent company of British Salt, UK’s largest salt manufacturer. Burner Mond is the subsidiary of which Indian company?

4. Which MNC last week said it will acquire German online shopping club, brands4fiends, for $150 million?

5. Which company last week became the country’s largest steel maker by capacity after announcing a $3 billion deal to acquire debt-laden Ispat Industries?

6. Which business group last week launched India’s first national brand of pulses – i-Shakti Dals?

7. JK Tyres last week rolled out a new tyre ’40.00-5760PR VEM045 E4’. What is its claim to fame?

8. Which product from India has received the good design award for 2010, by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design with European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies?

9. Which MNC has announced it will acquire Zecter Inc, a start-up firm offering products for cloud-based storage and streaming of digital media to internet-enabled devices, for an undisclosed amount?

10. Which company has been named the official partner for the fourth and fifth seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament?

11. Which advertising personality recently released his new book 'Learnings of an Advertising Practitioner'?

12. Which company last week said its board of directors had approved the formation of a joint venture with Saudi Arabia’s Olayan Financing Company to execute electro-mechanical projects in the country?

13. Which business group last week announced its association with tennis star Sania Mirza?

14. Which brand last week announced a makeover with a new logo and the thought of 'Wait Mat Kar'?

15. Which Bengaluru-based e-commerce company has acquired the social network based book discovery, recommendation and review site,

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 352 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

December 19, 2010

Biz Quizzard 351

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

1. Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will be promoting which underwear brand?

2. Which international football club has signed up non-profit organization Qatar Foundation as the first commercial shirt sponsor in its 111-year history?

3. Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon is in race for a Grammy award for her work “Om Namo Narayana” which features Sanskrit chants. She is the sister of which well known business personality?

4. Which company is advertising its programs/activities with the positioning ‘100 years. 1 mission. India First.’?

5. Which MNC has associated its new range with the Telugu film Orange, starring Ram Charan and Genelia D’Souza?

6. Which MNC will buy Ahmedabad-based Paras Pharmaceuticals for Rs 3,260 crore?

7. The Google India Zeitgeist 2010, a list of what 81 million Indian netizens have been searching for on the web, was released last week. Which site/query has topped the list?

8. Staying on with Google India Zeitgeist 2010, who was the most searched business personality on Google in India?

9. Aventis Pharma, the Indian arm of Sanofi Aventis, is exiting its joint venture Chiron Behring Vaccines by selling its 49% stake to which MNC partner?

10. Which MNC will buy data storage company Compellent Technologies for $884 million?

11. Which MNC has agreed to buy British oil drilling pipe-maker Wellstream Holdings for 800 million pounds ($1.3 billion)?

12. Which MNC last week said it had agreed to buy protein drinks firm Maxinutrition for 162 million pound sterling ($256 million) from its private equity owners?

13. Transport Corporation of India (TCI) has joined hands with which company to float a new joint venture company, Infinite Logistics Solutions?

14. Which MNC last week announced that Murli Sivaraman would take over as the global head of its domestic appliances business?

15. Which international consultancy firm last week said Deepak Kapoor would take over as chairman of its Indian operations next year?

16. Which well known personality is all set to launch his apparel brand Spinners in India?

17. Which company has topped the Bloomberg’s ranking of the best performing technology companies in the world?

18. Which Indian infrastructure company will acquire Australia-based Griffin Coal Mining Company and Carpenter Mine Management (Griffin Coal) for $750 million?

19. Ending an 11-month dispute with the minority shareholders, which MNC will take full control of Alcon, the world’s largest eye care company?

20. Which MNC last week launched the world’s largest 152-inch 3D full high-definition plasma TV/display in India?

21. Who was last week named Time magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year?

22. Which two companies last week formally announced the end of their joint venture of 26 years in India?

23. ITC last week advertised its noodles in the print medium. What has it been branded as?

24. Which MNC last week said it would acquire Mumbai-based agro-chemical manufacturer New Chemi Industries for an undisclosed amount?

25. Castrol India has struck a two-year long brand endorsement deal with which celebrity for an undisclosed amount?

26. Which FMCG firm has signed a co-promotion deal for its latest winter care product with the producers of Tees Maar Khan?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 351 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

December 12, 2010

Biz Quizzard 350

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

1. Which celebrity has been signed on to promote Dabur India’s juice brand ‘Real’?

2. Which MNC is running a campaign in the print medium with the baseline ‘imagination at work’?

3. Which business personality has been named as the richest tycoon in South Africa?

4. Which MNC has agreed to buy Seattle-based anti-piracy software firm Widevine?

5. Which MNC automaker has bought out its joint venture partner Azad Group’s stake in the Indian operations?

6. Which online fashion retailer has raised $8 million from venture capital Sequoia Capital to build up its supply chain for premium brands sold at a discount?

7. Which Indian company has signed an agreement with Italy’s premium furniture maker Chateau d’ Ax to set up its exclusive stores in the country?

8. Which company has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Mumbai-based Florista, which has a chain of floral designing boutique stores across India?

9. Which MNC last week started selling digital books from its online bookstore?

10. Which mobile handset distributor last week announced the acquisition of Thailand-based handset maker, NewTel Corporation, which sells handsets under the ‘WellcoM Mobile’ brand, for $22 million?

11. Religare Enterprises is set to buy the entire 85% stake of which well known business personality in realty-focused venture capital fund Indireit Fund Advisors for Rs 212 crore?

12. Which international celebrity has teamed up with designer Robert Procop to create a jewellery line ‘The Protector’ to help child victims of war and natural disasters?

13. Soon Kwon will be the new CEO of the Indian operations of which MNC?

14. RK Singh has been appointed chairman and managing director of which well known public sector entity?

15. Which company has topped the first-ever Fortune India 500 list?

16. Which company last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake of 53.5% in Bangalore-based Metahelix Life Sciences, a seeds research company?

17. UK-based fabric maker Dormeuil last week launched its range of suits in India. What is unique about the range?

18. Which business personality is all set to become the second Indian to join the board of consumer goods major Unilever as non-executive director?

19. Which business personality has acquired Bangalore-based start-up Injoos in an all-stock transaction?

20. Thirumalai Rajgopal is all set to become the first Indian to be selected for the post of global functional head in which well known MNC?

21. Which MNC last week launched ‘Ontario’, a first of its kind processor that is set be three times more powerful and economical than the existing products?

22. National Aviation Company of India Limited has been renamed. What is the new name?

23. Jeffrey Kindler last week suddenly retired as the chairman and chief executive of which MNC?

24. India’s first dedicated food channel was launched last week. What has it been branded as?

25. Which company and Madison World are floating a joint venture mobile marketing company, Kabuza Marketing?

26. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting last week granted a down-linking license to which well known and controversial English news channel?

27. Which company has launched the second season of the online contest, Is your boss stylish?

28. Which global services company has launched a multi-media recruitment campaign based on the concept of 'Stolen'?

29. Which MNC is buying the prepaid cash-card business of foreign exchange group Travelex for 290 million pounds ($459 million)?

30. Which MNC last week launched a 998cc motorcycle, FZ1, in India?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 350 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

December 5, 2010

Biz Quizzard 349

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 29 - December 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Indian company has been named amongst the world’s top 20 chemical companies in an annual top 100 list released by ICIS?

2. Which MNC’s initial public offering has become the world’s biggest at $23.1 billion taking it past Agricultural Bank of China’s July IPO?

3. What unique distinction is being claimed by Princess Towers in Dubai?

4. Which company last week advertised animated characters Rahul & Priya as “India’s first cloth celebrities”?

5. According to a report last week, which business personality has bought Cape Town mansion, “the best house in Cape Town”, for $8.4 million (Rs 38.4 crore)?

6. Which celebrity has released ‘H.E.A.L’, the first of a three-DVD fitness series?

7. Bhavdeep Singh has quit as the CEO of which healthcare company?

8. Which MNC will be buying a 51% stake in South African retailer Massmart for $2.3 billion?

9. VK Sharma last week took over as the CEO of which housing finance firm?

10. RPG Group company Ceat last week acquired the global rights for ‘CEAT’ brand from which MNC for 9 million euro (Rs 55 crore)?

11. Which company last week announced it has entered into a pact with Massachusetts-based Stratus Technologies to provide consulting services, solutions and products to customers globally?

12. Which automobile brand has launched its latest campaign, ‘Come Alive’ (TVC currently on air)?

13. Not sure if I covered this earlier. Which MNC will launch its pre-owned car business, Premium Selection in India?

14. Joseph George will be the new CEO of which advertising agency in India?

15. What milestone has General Motors India crossed recently?

16. Which retail chain is test marketing an up-market food section called Gourmet West?

17. Which FMCG firm last week announced its entry into the modern healthcare market with the launch of health supplement brand ‘Nutrigo’?

18. Honda Motor Company last week showcased its compact car at Bangkok Motor Expo. What has it been branded as?

19. Which MNC last week said it would acquire electric motor manufacturer Baldor Electric Company for $4.2 billion, including $1.1 billion of net debt?

20. Which brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘World First. India First.’?

21. Which well known business personality has launched a digital magazine named ‘Project’ for Apple’s iPad tablet computer?

22. Post its latest round of releases, which well known company stopped hosting WikiLeaks on its servers?

23. MS Dhoni has signed a three year endorsement deal with which business group for Rs 25-26 crore?

24. Which MNC is buying a majority stake in Russian dairy company Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods for $3.8 billion, making it the biggest Russian food & beverage company?

25. Which MNC last week said it would buy insulin developer Smart Cells Inc in a deal that may exceed $500 million?

26. Which consumer goods major has acquired liquid detergent brand Genteel and Swastik soap brand for an undisclosed amount?

27. Which US mining group is to buy Canada’s Western Coal for $3.3 billion?

28. Which company has acquired a 55% stake in US-based assets manager Landmark Partners for $171.5 million (about Rs 772 crore)?

29. Which company has launched a 21 day outdoor campaign, called the Tears of Perfection, in 41 cities across the country?

30. Which celebrity has been appointed by Kellogg India as the brand ambassador for its breakfast cereal brand, Special K?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 349 as the subject.

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Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli