April 29, 2012

Biz Quizzard 422

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

1. Hair stylist Jawed Habib, who runs a chain of more than 300 salons across India, plans to take his venture global in a strategic partnership with which MNC?

2. The founders of which MNC have teamed up with "Avatar" director James Cameron and other investors to back Planetary Resources, an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture?

3. Which writing instruments company plans to enter the premium pen category with the brand ‘Cruiser’ by August?

4. Which automobile MNC recently unveiled its first sport-utility vehicle in almost two decades?

5. Confectionery major Perfetti Van Melle India has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador for its all new Alpenliebe 2 Choco Eclairs brand?

6. Which MNC has agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) for 1.04 billion pounds ($1.9 billion)?

7. Which MNC is to buy US drug maker Pfizer's infant nutrition business for $11.85 billion?

8. Which MNC last week announced Alan Clark, the head of its European unit, as its next chief executive?

9. Which brand has launched its new campaign 'Pyaas Badhao'?

10. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become the first IT services company in the country to cross which milestone?

11. Which MNC has launched a new ad campaign in India, 'Solutions Delivered'?

12. South actress Tamanna Bhatia has been roped in as brand ambassador for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka for which beverage brand?

13. Which automobile MNC last week launched a special edition of its latest sports utility vehicle, designed in association with Victoria Beckham?

14. Which global communications giant has acquired Indigo Consulting, one of the leading digital marketing and web development agencies in India, for an undisclosed amount?

15. Which well known MNC has launched a print campaign to celebrate its 200 years?

16. Kishore Jayaraman, former Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Energy (India), has been named the president of which MNC for India and South Asia?

17. Google has announced the launch of its cloud storage service. What has it been branded as?

18. Which apparel brand has forayed into the soft luggage segment?

19. Which 125-years-old British bicycles manufacturer has agreed to a takeover by Dutch rival Accell Group for 76 million euros ($100 million) including debt?

20. Which mobile phone maker has signed up adult film actor star Sunny Leone to endorse a range of handsets for the mass market in the country?

21. Which iconic automobile brand was last week relaunched in India?

22. Which company has been adjudged the most attractive employer in India by HR Services provider Randstad?

23. Which company has rolled out its national consumer initiative "One Watt Campaign - Lets Save a Billion Watts"?

24. Which MNC overtook Nokia as the world’s biggest vendor of mobile phones for the first time, ending the Finnish company’s 14-year run as the global leader?

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April 22, 2012

Biz Quizzard 421

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

1. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the baseline ‘a feeling called LUV’?

2. Which MNC has entered the Limca Book of Records for assembling the largest phone in India?

3. Danish business magnate Maersk McKinney Moller died recently at the age of 98. He was associated with which business group?

4. Which company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Google to market all devices built on Android platform for two years in India with its 3G connection and other facilities?

5. Which celebrity is making a debut in the world of commercial fitness with the venture SportsFit World Pvt. Ltd., to open 200 gyms across the country in five years?

6. Bharti Airtel has created a separate branding for its enterprise business in a bid to create its own identity among corporate customers. What will it be called?

7. Which business personality has been elected as chairman of US India Business Council (USIBC), the business advocacy group in America?

8. Which well known business personality’s son has bought a 60% stake in Chennai-based Primex Healthcare, a medical diagnostics chain?

9. Jim Yong Kim has been chosen to be president of which international body?

10. Which chief executive features in a list of the 10 most “influential” voices on Twitter in India, released by Burson-Marsteller?

11. Which company has announced that it has acquired global rights of German major Bayer’s molecular imaging portfolio?

12. Which broadcaster announced its foray into event management in India with the launch of its on-ground division Event Management Group (EMG) in the country?

13. Which milestone has Dabur India surpassed in the 2011-12 fiscal?

14. HR solutions provider Ma Foi Randstad has changed its name. What will it be known as?

15. Which company will purchase Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA to add luxury two-wheelers ridden by celebrities such as Brad Pitt to its portfolio?

16. Bangalore-based start-up Redwood Associates is set to launch a data analytics-based B2C job search portal. What has it been branded as?

17. Which MNC has decided to introduce the 'hug machine' campaign across Asia?

18. Which BPO major last week said it will acquire Accounting Plaza, a provider of finance and accounting (F&A) and human resources (HR) services, for an undisclosed sum?

19. Katrina Kaif has been signed on as the brand ambassador for which chocolate brand?

20. Which company has signed on hockey players Sandeep Singh, Sardar Singh and Shivendra as brand ambassadors?

21. Rich Ross resigned under pressure as chairman of which MNC’s movie studio after a less than three-year run that included the release of "John Carter," one of the biggest flops in recent Hollywood history?

22. Which business personality has been elected president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2012-13?

23. Which brand has launched its new campaign 'What makes us Click' and has roped in Anushka Sharma as its endorser?

24. Intel has tied up with which company for the launch of Xolo X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside?

25. Which automobile MNC has announced Salman Khan as its first brand ambassador for India?

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April 15, 2012

Biz Quizzard 420

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

1. Which MNC is acquiring a 30 per cent stake as part of a strategic alliance with the Hyderabad-based MAA TV and its network of Telugu channels?

2. Which MNC has named Johnson & Johnson executive Sherilyn McCoy as its new CEO?

3. Which MNC will pay $1 billion in cash and stock for photo-sharing application Instagram?

4. Which company last week launched the country's first 4G service in Kolkata?

5. Which company has emerged as the most reputed company in India in a survey by Nielsen?

6. Which company has signed a business collaboration arrangement with Vestergaard Frandsen, Switzerland, for introduction of household water purification devices in India?

7. Dr Yasmine Hilton will be the new chairman for the Indian operations of which energy company?

8. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific (Turner) has decided to cease business operations of which Hindi general entertainment channel from April 12?

9. Which Indian company has bought UK’s Adelie Food Group for $350 million from PE firm Duke Street Capital?

10. Which channel has become the first Indian television channel to enter the Chinese market?

11. Which MNC has launched the 'We Are All Owners' campaign that celebrates India's crazy, colourful and all-consuming passion for cricket?

12. Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company has agreed to buy out a 26% stake in which life insurance company?

13. Coca-Cola has roped in which celebrity to endorse its fizzy lime-lemon drink Limca?

14. Which business school in India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Karachi-based Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to impart executive education to Pakistan corporate?

15. Mr RH Patil, 75, passed away last week in Mumbai. He was the founder of which well known financial institution?

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April 8, 2012

Biz Quizzard 419

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

1. Which brand has entered the brown beverage market with the launch of its protein-rich product for children?

2. Kolkata-based FMCG firm Emami is foraying into the glucose energy drink category under which brand?

3. Gautam Kiyawat has been appointed as the new CEO of which media agency?

4. Which media conglomerate has acquired Suvi Info Management (Indore) Pvt Ltd whose subsidiary Naidunia Media Ltd publishes Hindi daily 'Nai Dunia' in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh?

5. Which broadcaster has won the much–awaited bid for BCCI’s television, mobile and internet rights for all international and national matches to be played in India for the next six years?

6. Which MNC bank has appointed Stuart Milne to head its Indian operations as chief executive officer?

7. Which MNC has announced Hironori Kanayama as the new CEO for its car operations in India?

8. S Narsing Rao has been appointed chairman and managing director of which company for a five-year term?

9. Which e-commerce portal has acquired esportsbuy.com, an online sports goods retailer founded by two IIT alumni?

10. Which two well known companies have got into a tie-up to collaborate in setting up a chain of beauty and wellness formats across the country?

11. Madhu Kannan, the managing director of BSE, will join which business group as group head, business development?

12. Which company last week entered the tablet PC market by launching FunBook, priced at just Rs 6,499?

13. Which company will be title partner for Kings XI Punjab team in IPL 5?

14. Which automobile MNC is set to build its first pure sports car since 1975 as it bids to take on the giants of the sector?

15. Toyota Kirloskar has roped in which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

16. Which company has acquired UK-based provider of ship control and automation systems Thalest for £3 million (Rs 24 crore), to use the British firm’s technology for commercial and naval ships?

17. Who has been promoted as the joint managing director of Future Group from April 1?

18. Which automobile major has launched a new global brand campaign called 'Live Brilliant'?

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April 1, 2012

Biz Quizzard 418

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has unveiled its new punch logo developed through a crowdsourcing exercise?

2. Which MNC has appointed Claus Heckerott as the managing director of its Indian operations with immediate effect?

3. Which company will soon launch three mid-range brands Royal Linen, Moretti and Zenesis?

4. The financial services arm of which company has agreed to buy Fidelity’s Indian funds, becoming the tenth-biggest equity fund house in a highly fragmented and competitive market?

5. Which celebrity will play a double role as the brand ambassador and an investor for travel portal yatra.com?

6. Two global advertising giants Omnicom Group and Interpublic Group have come together to form the first joint venture to handle creative duties for which brand across the world?

7. Which health supplement brand has roped in Salman Khan as its brand ambassador?

8. For which brand has Coca-Cola India for the first time used any regional star for a national campaign?

9. Which MNC is set to launch a new global brand platform and direction themed “Hello Tomorrow”?

10. Actor and producer Siddharth has been roped in as the first brand ambassador for which beverage brand?

11. Which Indian business personality is among the 12 “greatest entrepreneurs of our time” according to a Fortune magazine list that is topped by Apple's late chief Steve Jobs?

12. Which company will be the principal sponsor for IPL team Deccan Chargers?

13. Which health insurance company has roped in Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador?

14. Which company has launched a range of flavoured salts called Flavoritz across major cities, marking the entry of first indigenous brands of flavoured salts in India?

15. Which brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Dil jawaan toh Zindagi Alishaan’?

16. Which automobile group has announced the launch of TOMCAR, a military grade, high-performance all-terrain vehicle originally designed for military and border patrol use, in India?

17. Which apparel brand has launched its new brand identity, adopting a contemporary version of the Stag as its new brand mark?

18. Which beverage brand has launched its first online brand campaign, 'Brand New Day.'?

19. Which well known international celebrity is launching her debut scent ‘Truth or Dare’?

20. Which well known chain has completed 13 years of its operations in India and has launched a campaign to celebrate the anniversary?

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