March 27, 2011

Biz Quizzard 365

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

1. Which business personality has retained his position as the richest Asian in the United Kingdom?

2. Which beverage brand has unveiled its new campaign for the summer – ‘Jaldi kya hain?’?

3. Rovio is planning a US initial public offering in the next five years. The company is the developer of which mobile game?

4. Which MNC last week agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom for about $39 billion in cash and stock to create America’s largest mobile phone company?

5. Mahindra & Mahindra last week unleashed a mega print campaign for its new positioning ‘Rise’. Name the advertising agency?

6. Beam, a mobile-commerce company, has sought the Reserve Bank of India’s permission to make which currency available in India?

7. Which FMCG major has signed Kangana Ranaut as brand ambassador for its skincare products?

8. Which MNC has agreed to buy Snaptu, an application developer for mobile devices that are less sophisticated than smartphones?

9. Which company last week acquired New Delhi-based laundry services provider Diamond Fabcare for an undisclosed amount?

10. Which company has acquired the assets of Bellary Steel and Alloys, put on the block by a consortium of lenders led by IFCI for Rs 200 crore?

11. The chairman of which business group last week pledged $340 million (Rs 1,540 crore) to the group’s charitable wing?

12. Which MNC last week said it had reached an agreement to sell soap maker Sanex to Colgate-Palmolive for 672 million euro ($951 million)?

13. Which MNC last week said it would acquire Dreampark, an IPTV software provider based in Sweden?

14. Which company has roped in Karun Chandok, formula Indian race car driver, to promote its new range of bicycles?

15. Which FMCG firm has signed up 73-year-old noted Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj to endorse its healthcare range of products?

16. Which automobile MNC has launched a new campaign ‘Think Blue’ in the print medium?

17. US-based agriculture and food products major Cargill has entered into an agreement to buy which refined sunflower oil brand from Mumbai-based consumer goods maker Marico for around Rs 60 crore?

18. Which milestone has Tata Motors crossed recently?

19. Which brand has replaced Wal-Mart as most valued brand in the world, according to a ranking by international brand consultancy Brand Finance?

20. Which brand has become the first Indian brand to be in the top 50 club of global brands as per the latest Brand Finance's Global 500 report?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 365 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 20, 2011

Biz Quizzard 364

Biz Quizzard completes 7 years with this edition and what makes it special is that there has not been a single break since it started in March 2004. Biz Quizzard is complied for and co-posted on Quinkie, an online yahoogroup dedicated to business quizzes and started by Murali Duggineni. Quinkie currently has 2800+ active members. Thank you for being part of this journey.

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. TVS Motor Company has signed up which cricketer as brand ambassador for its all new TVS Sport motorcycle?

2. Which well known personality has been roped in as a brand ambassador by UEI Global, which offers bachelors and masters programmes in hotel and business management with campuses across 15 cities?

3. In one of the largest foreign direct investments in financial services, Nippon Life, the largest Japanese life insurance company, last week acquired a 26% stake in which Indian company?

4. Which MNC will buy specialty chemicals entity Lubrizol in a $9.7 billion deal?

5. Hrithik Roshan can be seen in the print ad for which suiting brand?

6. Which advertising agency in India is celebrating “50 years of building brand wealth”?

7. What milestone did Maruti Suzuki India cross last week?

8. Which brand has launched a new campaign with the baseline ‘Get speed. Get time.’?

9. Which company has recently launched flavoured yogurt under the brand name ‘Flaavyo’?

10. Which global investment major has appointed Sonjoy Chatterjee as chairman of its India operations?

11. Which celebrity has been appointed brand ambassador for Lavie handbags?

12. Which MNC has launched its new 'Bring It On' campaign celebrating athletes and their indomitable spirit?

13. Which firm is claiming to be the first Indian company to complete a half century in terms of brand ambassadors?

14. Which well known American brand has released an extremely fresh and colorful range of designs to match the festive spirit of Holi? (Hint: Smoking is injurious to health)

15. To announce the launch of its 3G service, Vodafone has created a new character borrowed straight from the movies. What is it called?

16. Which well known international media brand last week marked 20 years of broadcasting?

17. Which brand has unveiled a new identity designed to further establish itself targeting the next generation consumers with the new tagline, 'A Step Ahead'?

18. Who is set to become the first non-American citizen to join the board of Bank of America (BofA) following his appointment as a director?

19. What milestone has Diet Coke achieved in its US sales for 2010?

20. Which is the only Indian company to feature in the fifth annual list of the World's Most Ethical Companies, released by the Ethisphere Institute?

21. According to a report last week, JSW Energy will be distributing which produce under the brand JSW Earthfresh this summer?

22. Which cricketer can be seen in the print and television ads for Fair & Lovely MAX Fairness for Men?

23. Which advertising agency has won the advertising mandate for Central Vigilance Commission?

24. People in the US normally have to bid to attend a session with the legendary Warren Buffet. However, in an interesting initiative, this opportunity will be provided free of cost for all existing and new policy holders of which company in India?

25. Ending this edition with a trivia from Bollywood gossip. According to a news report, Siddharth Mallya and Deepika Padukone recently attended a wedding in Thailand. Why did this make news? (remember this is a business quiz)

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 364 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 13, 2011

Biz Quizzard 363

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Las Vegas-based hotel has firmed up plans to check into the hospitality district near the international airport in Delhi?

2. Which MNC plans to acquire Italy’s Bulgari, the world’s third biggest jeweller, for about euro 3.7 billion ($5.2 billion)?

3. KR Kim, the former CEO of LG India and Videocon Industries, is joining which credit rating firm in India?

4. Which company last week inked a strategic alliance with global networking company Cisco to provide a host of services, including cloud computing, entertainment, smart cities, virtual dealerships and sports?

5. Which company has signed Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha as the new brand ambassador of its newly acquired brand Fem?

6. Which company has surpassed McDonald’s to become the largest restaurant chain on the planet?

7. Which business personality has remained the richest person in the world with $74 billion in assets in the US magazine Forbes’ annual list of world’s top billionaires?

8. Which company will launch Divo, a luxury AC coach meant for intercity long-distance operations, in the first quarter of the next financial year?

9. Which business group has reached a deal to acquire majority stake in Zimbabwe Iron & Steel Company (Zisco)?

10. Which MNC last week launched its S60 luxury sedan in India?

11. PM Murthy is the Business Standard CEO of the year. He is the MD & CEO of which company?

12. Which automobile MNC has roped in singer Shaan to hum its new positioning (TVC currently on air)?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 363 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 6, 2011

Biz Quizzard 362

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week February 28 - March 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Ranbir Singh Butola has been appointed the new chairman of which public sector enterprise?

2. The students of which business school have founded a film production house called ‘Friday Night Productions’?

3. Which brand has launched a new campaign 'University of Freshology'?

4. Basmati rice and ready-to-eat products firm Bush Foods Overseas has signed up which celebrity as the global face of its basmati rice brand – Neesa?

5. Tata Motors last week unveiled a new concept car, based on the Nano platform, exclusively for the European markets at the 81st Geneva Car Show. What has it been branded as?

6. Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus has been removed from his position as head of which micro lender in Bangladesh?

7. Bhaskar Pramanik has quit as the managing director of the Indian operations of which software MNC?

8. Which company has marked its foray into the Rs 1500-crore fruit juice market with the acquisition of pulp-based flavoured fruit drink brand Fruitnik for Rs 26.2 crore?

9. Which company last week launched the popular Oreo cookies in India?

10. Which well known business publication brand turned 50 on March 5?

11. Which company last week agreed to acquire Australia’s Griffin Coal for A$730 million (about Rs 3,400 crore)?

12. British bank Barclays is to buy the British credit card assets of online bank Egg from which MNC for an undisclosed price?

13. Which well known personality will acquire a minority stake in Singapore-based Radio Corp, a company that plans to invest $30 million on Internet radio over two years?

14. Which business personality took over as President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) at the conclusion of its 83rd annual general meeting last week?

15. The director of which famous international business school last week resigned owning responsibility for the institution’s ill-advised links with the dictatorial regime of Col. Gaddafi in Libya?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 362 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli