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February 6, 2011

Biz Quizzard 358

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week January 31 - February 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has tied up with Hallmark Cards to open exclusive stores of the world’s largest greeting card brand in India?

2. Which Japanese advertising company is buying out its India group chairman and CEO Sandeep Goyal’s 26% stake in its Indian arm for nearly Rs 240 crore?

3. In its first investment in the booming education field, which company has picked up a stake in Indus World Schools, a unit of education company Career Launcher?

4. Cricketer Virat Kohli and actor Suniel Shetty can be seen together in the television commercial (currently on air) for which suiting brand?

5. Which media group has launched the Indian edition of the lifestyle title, ForbesLife in India?

6. Which newspaper has launched a national initiative called 'India Positive', to celebrate the achievements and glory of the country?

7. Which well known former CEO has been named as an advisor to Prime Minister in the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) with the rank of a cabinet minister?

8. Which business group will acquire the US carbon black maker Columbian Chemicals Company (CCC) for $875 million becoming the world’s biggest producer of the commodity?

9. Which business school in India has been ranked 11th in a list of 100 top B-schools in the world, according to a business school ranking from the Financial Times of London?

10. Which FMCG MNC has appointed Rakshit Hargave as managing director of its Indian operations?

11. Which MNC last week announced the launch of its new generation of processors, the Fusion platform?

12. It has become so predictable that I am not sure I should be covering it. I am talking about the annual Brand Equity Agency Reckoner released last week. Which advertising agency has retained the top slot?

13. Which MNC last week announced the launch of its Android-based 3G smartphone ‘Defy’ in India?

14. Which well known craftsperson has approached market regulator SEBI to raise Rs 60 crore through a public issue to expand his business in India and abroad?

15. Which MNC has roped in outgoing Philips president and CEO Gerad Kleisterlee to replace its chairman John Bond, who retires in July 2011?

16. Which company last week launched ‘India’s first luxury sports sedan’?

17. Which company has roped in six world cup winning captains for its ‘Champions of the World’ campaign?

18. Which brewer has been appointed the official lager supplier of the 2012 Olympics in London?

19. Which company has acquired PepsiCo’s entire bottling operations in Morocco?

20. Which company last week announced the acquisition of the wealth management business of iTrust Financial Advisors, a leading independent financial advisory firm?

21. Which steel company and Sumitomo Metal Industries plan to merge by October 2012 to create a new entity that would be closer in size to world leader ArcelorMittal?

22. The central government last week appointed UTI AMC chairman and Managing Director UK Sinha as the chairman of which regulatory body?

23. Expenditure Secretary Sushma Nath has been appointed as the new Finance Secretary by the Government of India. What is unique about this appointment?

24. Which cricketer has been roped in by direct selling firm Herbalife to endorse its nutritional products and dietary supplements?

25. Which MNC has acquired CM&D Pharma, a UK-based drug maker that specializes in the development of products for patients with kidney disease?

26. Which consumer electronics company has roped in Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador, hoping to cash in on the cricket world cup fever?

27. The cola wars are set to intensify this summer with Latin American company Ajegroup launching its brand in India last week. Which brand?

28. Which company and Webchutney, a digital marketing agency, have jointly launched an interactive campaign titled 'Amar Prem' which gives the users a chance to scribble on famous Indian monuments online, while keeping their real beauty alive and graffiti-free.?

29. Which leading storage and IT peripherals company has unveiled its new corporate positioning 'digital life redefined' and logo?

30. Rupert Murdoch recently launched another news brand ‘The Daily’. What is unique about it?

31. Which bank last week launched ‘India Travel Card', India's first and only Indian Currency prepaid travel card for foreign nationals and non-resident Indians travelling to India?

32. On February 18, 1911, French pilot Henry Piquet loaded his consignment on a two-seater bi-plane situated at Allahabad and flew five miles in 13 minutes to Naini. Why did this flight make history?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 358 as the subject.

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