May 29, 2011

Biz Quizzard 374

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which business group is entering the elite gourmet retailing segment with its all-new format, Foodhall?

2. Which Bollywood actor wants to try his hand at designing and will be creating his new range in association with ‘Denizen’, a brand newly launched by Levi Strauss?

3. Which MNC last week launched its luxury sedan Fluence in India?

4. Economist Rajiv Kumar has taken over as the Secretary General of which industry body?

5. Which business group marked its foray into the infrastructure space with the acquisition of Kolkata-based Aircon Engineering Services?

6. Which television channel is the latest entrant into the rapidly growing but niche café and bars space in India?

7. Which MNC has agreed to buy Prometheus Laboratories Inc., a maker of treatments for cancer and gastrointestinal illness?

8. Which MNC last week unveiled the latest version of its phone operating system, code-named Mango?

9. Which iconic automobile brand was officially launched in India last week with the starting of its first dealership?

10. Which global electronics major has been granted a non-banking lender licence (NBFC) by Reserve Bank of India?

11. Which company last week said it had acquired US-based firm QEI Inc for about $30 million (around Rs 135 crore)?

12. Which Indian business personality was invited to the first-ever meet on the internet to be held under the purview of Group of Eight (G-8) industrialised nations in France?

13. Which MNC will acquire over-the-counter Russian brands of Mumbai-based JB Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals (JBCPL) for about $260 million?

14. Labelux, the privately held group that owns Bally, has agreed to buy which well known international luxury footwear and accessories brand for more than 500 million pounds?

15. Which two Indian broadcasters are merging their distribution businesses and are floating a new distribution company, Media Pro Enterprise India Pvt. Ltd.?

16. Which brand has created a Guinness World Record by creating the world's largest umbrella mosaic?

17. Which international celebrity is about to announce a new partnership with Jeff Rubin to develop a new brand of candy and sweets called Sugarpova?

18. Google last week unveiled its Pay-By-Phone System, taking US shoppers a step closer to paying by waving their mobile phones at the checkout counter. What has it been branded as?

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rajeev kondapalli

May 22, 2011

Biz Quizzard 373

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

1. What milestone has Maruti Suzuki India’s WagonR crossed recently?

2. NV Tyagarajan will take over as the new president and CEO of which company from June 17?

3. Which MNC last week announced the launch of India Water Body, an initiative aimed to address the challenge of water scarcity in India?

4. After Osama Bin Laden was killed by a US special forces team named Seal Team 6, which MNC has registered the trademark for the name?

5. Which business group has acquired automotive sealing manufacturing company, SEALYNX Automotive of France?

6. Which MNC last week announced it would acquire Pliant Technology, a leading developer of enterprise solid state drive (SSD), for about $327 million?

7. Which company last week launched India’s first music-enabled refrigerator ‘Edge SX MuziPlay’?

8. Which company last week announced it has acquired Sweden-based Emotron Group for 57.8 million euro (about Rs 370 crore)?

9. Which IT security company last week announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Clearwell Systems, a eDiscovery company, for $390 million?

10. Amitabh Bachchan can be seen in the television commercial for which brand with the baseline ‘Kuch Bhi Kabhi Bhi Kahin Bhi’?

11. Which MNC has recently unveiled a new advertising campaign in India with the tagline "Easy is ____"? (the blank is the company name/brand)

12. 14-yr-old online matchmaking site has announced the launch of its new wedding gifts portal. What has it been branded as?

13. Nokia will start the phasing out of which brand from July this year?

14. Tata Motors last week launched a customer loyalty programme. What has it been branded as?

15. Which MNC has partnered with Harsha Bhogale for the digital campaign in India for its new global campaign ‘Step Out’?

16. Which companies have been named as India’s two best managed companies in an annual poll conducted by Finance Asia magazine?

17. Which advertising group has agreed to buy Rosetta Marketing Group, one of the biggest independent digital marketing agencies in the United States, for at least $575 million?

18. Which MNC is acquiring an online advertising service called 5to1 Holding for $28 million?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 373 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

May 15, 2011

Biz Quizzard 372

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

1. Which business personality has once again topped the UK rich list by Sunday Times?

2. Topps Company, a world leader in sports and entertainment collectibles, has joined hands with IPL to introduce the official trading card game of the league. What has it been branded as?

3. Which MNC will soon launch board games based on Angry Birds, one of the most popular mobile games, in India?

4. What milestone has Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical company Aurobindo Pharma crossed in the financial year-ended March 31, 2011?

5. Which well known business personality of Indian origin last week pledged half his fortune to charity?

6. Which MNC, in its biggest acquisition till date, has agreed to buy Skype Technologies, world’s most popular internet calling service, for $8.5 billion in cash?

7. The infrastructure engineering division of which company has acquired a majority stake in Brazil-based hydraulic cylinders manufacturer RKM Euipamentos Hidraulicos?

8. Hyundai Motor India last week launched the all-new version of its mid-size sedan Verna. What is it called?

9. Indian Hotels Company (Taj group) last week announced the opening of the first international ‘Gateway’ hotel. Which location?

10. Bharti Airtel last week gave a name to its new logo unveiled last November. What is it called?

11. Following the completion of its acquisition by iGate, Patni Computers has been rebranded. What is the new name?

12. Google last week announced the launch of notebooks by Samsung and Acer, using its Chrome operating system. What will these be called?

13. Making its first overseas buy, which Kolkata-based company last week announced its plans to buy German company Agenda Glas AG?

14. Which MNC has launched ‘Picture Your Passion,' the digital campaign, aimed at cricket enthusiasts?

15. Which brand has emerged as the world’s most valuable brand, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown?

16. Which media company has launched a new 'web exclusive' news property, an online news website called

17. Which MNC has elevated Muralikrishnan B as the country manager for its Indian operations?

18. Which MNC last week said Phiroz A Vandrevala would take over as the managing director and vice chairman of its UK subsidiary, Diligenta?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 372 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

May 8, 2011

Biz Quizzard 371

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

1. Which business group in India has entered into a co-branding deal with Marvel, a part of The Walt Disney Company, to create new categories in the kids’ personal care segment?

2. Which well-known skincare brand turns 100 this year?

3. A majority stock in which iconic MNC has been gifted to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) by its founder to fulfill his “long-held desire” to support education at the institute?

4. Which popular card game is celebrating its 40th anniversary?

5. Which pharma giant has agreed to buy Cephalon of the US for $6.8 billion?

6. Subhinder Singh Prem has been appointed managing director for the Indian operations of which MNC?

7. Which business group last week announced a $2-billion deal to acquire the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in Australia?

8. Which company last week announced it had acquired Mumbai-based speciality pharmaceutical firm Ajanta Pharma’s over-the-counter (OTC) energizer brand 30-Plus?

9. Which MNC has acquired social media client Tweetdeck for up to $50 million?

10. Which MNC has agreed to acquire Flixster, a top movie ratings website?

11. Which milestone has Nokia’s plant in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, crossed recently?

12. Which MNC last week announced it was preparing to celebrate its centenary across the world on June 16?

13. Who has been appointed chairman of Tata Group’s logistics company, Drive India Enterprise Solutions Ltd?

14. Which celebrity was named the brand ambassador of Britain-based personal care products retailer The Body Shop, in India?

15. Which MNC has sold Delicious, the social book marking service, to Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the founders of YouTube, for an undisclosed sum?

16. Which MNC last week agreed to sell itself to the investment vehicle of the Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik for about $3.3 billion, including the assumption of debt?

17. A 70-minutes movie “Men Will Be Men” is being screened in select theaters of PVR. Which company is behind the film?

18. Coca-Cola last week announced the launch of the India edition of its internationally renowned music property. What is it called?

19. Rakesh Kumar Upadhyay is the new chairman and managing director of which public sector entity?

20. Most of you must has seen this TV commercial in which Johnny the bear walks into a luggage store and walks out as John Abraham. Which brand?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizard 371 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

May 1, 2011

Biz Quizzard 370

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has renewed its contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to be the official kit sponsor for the Indian cricket team?

2. After breaking up its joint venture with the French automaker last year, Mahindra & Mahindra has renamed Logan and dropped its Renault badge. What is the new name?

3. Which biscuit brand has roped in Bipasha Basu and Shriya Saran as brand ambassadors?

4. Which MNC last week entered the tablet PC market with two models code-named S1 and S2?

5. Which MNC has acquired social TV start-up IntoNow for an undisclosed amount?

6. Which business group has floated a $500 million private equity fund, STREF, mainly focused on real estate?

7. BlackBerry last week launched a dual-screen smartphone for CDMA customers in India. What has it been branded as?

8. Which MNC has agreed to buy Synthes for $21.3 billion, adding devices to treat bone fractures and trauma, in the biggest purchase in the company’s 125-year history?

9. Which Indian company is all set to acquire US-based IdenTrust, a global leader in trusted identity solutions?

10. Which MNC last week launched the ‘Helix’ range of watches specifically designed and developed for the Indian market?

11. Which MNC has forayed into the fast growing local snacks market with ‘Stop Not’, a ready-to-eat salty snack available in Rs 5 and Rs 10 packs?

12. Which business personality is India Inc’s most powerful CEO as per the ET Corporate Dossier ranking?

13. Which company has appointed Laurent Demotier, who was the president of power automation and control business unit of Alstom Power, as its new MD from June 1?

14. Which textile manufacturer and retailer is entering the economy segment by making a foray into retailing of poly viscose fabrics through a new brand ‘Makers’?

15. The branding for the inaugural Indian F1 GP Track by Jaypee Sport Industries was unveiled last week. What will it be called?

16. Which company promoted a green initiative called ‘Soles with Souls’ by using scrap and old tyres on the occasion of the Earth Day?

17. Which sanitaryware brand has unveiled a new brand identity to connect with the youth?

18. Mr Norio Ohga, 81, died in Japan on April 23. He was the former president and chairman of which well known MNC?

19. Which business personality is the new chairman of IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) for the year 2011-12?

20. Which bank has been declared the strongest bank in Asia Pacific region by Asian Banker magazine?

21. In what is believed to be a record sum for a single advertising campaign, which celebrity will earn £6.45 million as the new face of French fashion label Louis Vuitton?

22. Windlass Steelcrafts, a division of the Windlass Group of companies, last week announced the acquisition of Marto of Spain, a leading European manufacturer of which product?

23. Which company has agreed to buy Constellation Energy Group Inc for about $7.9 billion in stock, adding stakes in five reactors and becoming the largest US electricity marketer?

24. Tamil actor Suriya has been roped in as a brand ambassador by which toothpaste brand?

25. Who is the new chairman of Infosys?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 370 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli