September 25, 2011

Biz Quizzard 391

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 19 - 24. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Hyundai India’s entry level small car will be launched very soon. What has it been branded as?

2. Which apparel brand launched its largest store and a new retail identity in Delhi last week and is all set to launch a new television commercial as well as print ads featuring John Abraham?

3. A full page ad was released for C-NM5 last week. What is C-NM5?

4. Which business group has joined hands with the Himachal Pradesh Government for a strategic partnership to promote ‘Brand Himachal', aimed at developing various source-to-market initiatives and facilitate for creating livelihood for over 25,000 families in the State?

5. Which bank has launched MyDesign debit cards, which allow a customer to include a personal image on the card?

6. Which MNC has tied up with Symbiosis International University as part of its continuous effort to promote education among its employees and provide them with “skills for life”?

7. Which Indian hospital chain owner will acquire its Singapore-based sister firm in an all-cash deal to consolidate the group’s health businesses under one entity?

8. Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies has roped in which celebrity as brand associate in India for its devices such as smart phones and tablets?

9. Which Indian business personality has been ranked ninth in the 2011 Leader Rep-Trak, which assesses the reputations of the world’s 54 most visible public figures in politics, business, culture and sports?

10. Which MNC last week launched its mid-size sedan Sunny in India?

11. Which business personality is setting up a not-for-profit organisation called TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India) and TRRAIN Foundation to train and provide financial products to front-end staff in the retail sector?

12. According to a survey by realty consultant Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), which is the most expensive retail destination in India during 2011?

13. I have covered this earlier when the plan was announced. Which company last week unveiled the world’s first pure gold jewellery car, to celebrate 5,000 years of Indian jewellery?

14. Which MNC has agreed to buy Australia’s biggest brewer Foster’s Group for A$9.9 billion ($10.2 billion)?

15. The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (FURHHDL) has objected use of the tagline ‘The only truth is Dalai’ on which personality’s proposed range of T-shirts and coffee mugs?

16. Which automobile MNC has unveiled the ‘Art Edition' of its brand, as part of a partnership with art auction house Saffronart for promotion of arts in the country?

17. After cars, its books now. Which publishing house has been forced to recall copies of Imran Khan’s latest book Pakistan: A Personal History that it has distributed in India?

18. Which company has launched its thematic brand campaign for the mother brand after a gap of 10 years with the premise 'Apna Rang Chhalakne Do'?

19. Mercator Lines, the country’s second largest shipping company, has renamed itself. What will it be called?

20. Had covered this earlier when the discussions started. Which company has agreed to buy Sumitomo Metal Industries for 726.5 billion yen, or $9.5 billion combining to become the world’s second largest steel manufacturer?

21. Which MNC last week appointed former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman as its new president and CEO?

22. Which iconic brand will be launched in India by BMW?

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rajeev kondapalli

September 18, 2011

Biz Quizzard 390

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 12 - 17. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Indian company last week said it has received a five-star rating under a health and safety audit by the British Safety Council of its onshore plant at Gadimoga, in Andhra Pradesh?

2. Which celebrity has been signed on by ESPN Star Sports as the new face for the Nokia Champions League Twenty20 (NCL T20)?

3. Which MNC last week unveiled ArcSight Express 3.0, a new range of new computer-security software?

4. Which company has agreed to buy NetLogic Microsystems for about $3.7 billion to extend its range of chip-making technology for more advanced networks?

5. Rajkot-based Ban Labs Limited (Ban), an ayurvedic healthcare and cosmetics firm, is launching its own brand of perfume titled 'Signature'. What are the 12 different flavours based on?

6. In the first public-private participation in the defence sector, which company has entered into a joint venture with Mazagon Dock to build warships for the Indian Navy?

7. Which milestone has Twitter crossed recently?

8. Which healthcare firm has announced the appointment of Eng Aik Meng, former president of container shipping firm APL, as its chief operating officer?

9. Which MNC has unveiled its bizarre new concept car ‘Spyder’ at the Frankfurt International Motor Show?

10. Gulf Oil Corporation has signed on which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its lubricant brand Gulf?

11. Which auto MNC said its new compact car MissionL will be launched in the domestic market by the end of the year?

12. Pervez Ahmed has quit as the chief executive and managing director of which healthcare chain?

13. Which well known healthcare brand has unveiled a new identity comprising a new logo, a new tagline, 'Pure Healthy Essence', and a different packaging?

14. United Breweries has announced the launch of locally brewed and bottled beer of which iconic brand from their brewery in Taloja, near Mumbai?

15. Which MNC has acquired the U.S.-based $200 million revenue networking company Force 10 Networks?

16. Which is the only Indian brand in the Top 100 list released by Brand Finance this month?

17. Which NYSE-listed technology solutions provider has acquired Hyderabad-based software testing company AppLabs for an undisclosed amount?

18. Which hospitality group has sold its 100-year-old hotel property at Gopalpur on Sea in Orissa to Mayfair Hotels and Resorts, a local hospitality company owned by former cabinet minister and industrialist Dilip Ray, for Rs 10 crore?

19. Which MNC and Jain Irrigation last week launched Project ‘Unnati', a unique partnership with farmers to demonstrate and enable adoption of ultra-high density plantation (UHDP) practice for mango cultivation?

20. Which iconic brand, known for its bold campaign featuring Pooja Bedi and Marc Robinson, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year?

21. Which business personality has restructured his aerospace and defence business by merging three group companies into a single Rs 500-crore-plus Axis Aerospace & Technologies?

22. Which company along with Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard Worldwide last week announced commercial launch of the world’s first virtual card, PayOnline, in Kenya?

23. Which well known international fashion brand has tied up with Diamond Footcare, a footwear company, to launch its footwear collection for men in India?

24. According to a survey published in the UK by the Department of Health, which cartoon has been named as the healthiest cartoon, based on the amount of physical activity undertaken by the character?

25. Which business personality has tied up with Damodar Threads to launch a range of cosmetics and health remedy products based on Vedic concept Panchagavya under ‘Calves & Leaves’ brand exclusively at his discounted retail format?

26. Which bank last week became the first from China to start operations in India?

27. Which MNC has launched a global campaign that touts the company as the "International Specialists" who operate at "the speed of yellow"?

28. The 29-year-old son of which business personality has started his own venture ‘Soap Opera N More’ to sell handmade soaps?

29. Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing has signed an agreement with which organization to sell “Chotukool”, a low cost cooling solution, through its network?

30. Why was 31-year-old Kweku Adoboli in news last week?

Please mail your answers on or before next week to with Biz Quizzard 390 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

September 11, 2011

Biz Quizzard 389

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 05 - 10. Hope you enjoy it.

1. An unmanned spaceship, developed by closely held Blue Origin LLC, had to be destroyed recently after it lost control. Which well known business personality is behind Blue Origin?

2. Which business group will build a 280-room, 5-star deluxe hotel in Gurgaon, marking its foray in to the hospitality business?

3. Which MNC has bought digital coupons and incentives platform Zave Networks for an undisclosed amount?

4. Which MNC last week unveiled ‘Ponam-35’, a 35-foot pleasure boat ideal for cruising and marlin-fishing?

5. Which MNC is launching a new global campaign ‘all ______’, featuring soccer superstars Lionel Messi and David Beckham?

6. Lite Bite Foods has tied up with PVR Gold Class theatre to introduce Director's Cut, a soon-to-open all-day fine-dining concept. Which business personality has founded the company in his private capacity?

7. Carol Bartz was last week fired as the CEO of which MNC?

8. Which business group has sold its spring division BCL Springs to Japanese technology partner NHK Spring for Rs 180.50 crore?

9. Which MNC last week launched its PEN series cameras in India?

10. Which celebrity has been roped in as the brand ambassador for Liberty Shoes?

11. Which MNC has roped in designer Manish Malhotra for the packaging design of its special series for Diwali?

12. Titan has signed up which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its high-end Xylys range?

13. Which MNC last week launched its premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) Koleos in India?

14. Which company last week announced a licensing partnership with UNICEF to launch a range of UNICEF greeting cards and gifts?

15. Which MNC has acquired Zagat Survey LLC, the review and ratings service, to add features aimed at local businesses and advertisers?

16. Which MNC has in a unique initiative identified 3,000 of its employees as its online ambassadors?

17. Which company has launched a new campaign called 'Money Ka Matlab'?

18. Which retail chain has launched a new brand campaign, “Endless Possibilities”?

19. Carl-Peter Forster last week quit as the group chief executive officer and managing director of which MNC?

20. Five persons of Indian origin have been named among the 50 most influential in global finance by Bloomberg Markets magazine in a first such list released last week. Name them?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 389 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

September 4, 2011

Biz Quizzard 388

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week August 29 - September 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which toy maker has said it will enter the domestic kids’ apparel segment by the year-end via its popular brands Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price?

2. VenturEast, a southern venture capital firm, has invested $4.7 million (Rs 21 crore) in an ethnic food chain set up by entrepreneurs Venkatesh Iyer and Shivadas Menon to sell which popular snack?

3. Which company has launched the campaign - the pure air lover (p.a.l) movement?

4. Which MNC has bought Daewoo ENTEC, one of South Korea's leading sewage treatment service providers, and is looking at more mergers or acquisitions to become the world's leading water treatment company?

5. The tourism board of which region/ destination has announced a marketing association with novelist Chetan Bhagat to create a 360-degree campaign to showcase its appeal to Indian tourists?

6. Marcelo Villagran will step down as the managing director of Indian operations of which MNC?

7. Which company will be sponsoring Narain Karthikeyan and his team for the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix to be held in India in October?

8. G Krishnan has quit as the executive director and CEO of which broadcasting company after a 16-year stint?

9. Which digital imaging solutions provider has launched a new campaign with the positioning 'See beyond the usual'?

10. Which company has joined hands with Siemens - its first tie-up since establishing a homeland security and aerospace division early this year?

11. Which company is planning to spread wings in the processed fruits business with its aamras (mango pulp/ juice) brand, 'Garden Fresh Kerino Ras'?

12. Mahindra & Mahindra last week unveiled the brand for its new ‘World SUV’ (code-named W201). Name it?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 388 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli