June 24, 2012

Biz Quizzard 430

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 18 - 23

1. Which company has roped in Chhavi Rajawat and Saloni Malhotra for its campaign 'She Can, You Can'?

2. Bret Taylor will be quitting his chief technical officer position at which MNC?

3. Which MNC unveiled a tablet called Surface last week, in a move to rival Apple Inc's massively successful iPad?

4. Shruti has launched a 30-room boutique resort property in Coorg, Tamara Coorg. She is the daughter of which business personality?

5. Who has topped the latest list of the world’s 100 richest sportspersons, released by Forbes magazine?

6. What unique privilege will be available to passengers flying to London in Virgin Atlantic’s upper class cabin from July 11?

7. Alok Misra has been elected chairman of Indian Banks’ Association for 2012-13. He is the CMD of which bank?

8. Which MNC has reportedly planned to pay 80 million to 100 million dollars to buy the facial-recognition technology company Face.com?

9. Which company last week announced a partnership with Yahoo Japan to develop a mobile internet portal for the Indian mobile market?

10. Which company has claimed to have created the country’s first 3D ad film?

11. Which business group has forayed into the powdered soft drink market under the 'Piyoz' brand?

12. Why was the brand ‘Tokyo Chic’ in news last week?

13. Secom Medical Systems, Japan, is joining hands with which business family to set up a super specialty hospital in Bangalore at an investment of Rs 200 crore?

14. Which television channel will soon launch branded mobile handsets for kids?

15. Luxor Group's Luxor Nano Technology has appointed which celebrity as the brand ambassador to endorse their newly launched product Luxor Nano Clean?

16. Who is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, according to Forbes?

17. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Kenichiro Hibi as managing director of its Indian operations with effect from July 1?

18. BlackBerry developer Research in Motion last week launched the P’9981 smartphone in India. What is its claim to fame?

19. The world’s largest provider of web hosting services, domain name registrations and new secure socket layer certificates launched operations in India last week. Name the company?

20. Which company last week launched its new campaign ‘It makes your heart go waku-doki’?

21. Which organization has bagged the 2012 Dufrenoy Prize for facilitating financial innovation in a responsible manner?

22. PM Telang last week retired as the managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC?

23. Which MNC plans to launch its compact SUV ‘Duster’ in July?

24. Which company has launched a new campaign “celebrate every day” for its retail chain?

25. Which company last week said it has received the ‘2012 World Business and Development Award’ at the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Brazil?

26. In an alliance with scholars and linguists, which MNC has set out to save the world’s dying languages?

27. Which MNC has announced the largest foreign investment in India’s retail sector, pledging to invest €1.5 billion (Rs 10,500 crore) in two phases?

28. Which company has announced the appointment of Harish Bhat, COO of Titan, as its new managing director?

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June 17, 2012

Biz Quizzard 429

Business Quiz for Corporates on June 23 with Rs 40,000 first prize.
MTI, Ranchi (the corporate training centre of SAIL), in association with the National HRD Network, is organizing UDAAN 2012, a business quiz for corporates, on June 23rd at Ranchi. For details, please contact Mr Srimant Kumar Mallick on 08986880652 or srimantmallick_rkl@yahoo.co.in

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which celebrity will endorse Maggi Noodles?

2. Which company will soon launch the world’s largest selling chocolate brand in duty free and travel retail, in India?

3. TV18 and Viacom have formed a new distribution company. What has it been branded as?

4. Which company has completed the sale of its hotel subsidiary to a Kolkata-based consortium of Avani Projects and Square Four Housing & Infrastructure Private for Rs 567 crore?

5. TVS Motor Company has signed on which celebrity as the brand ambassador of its Scooty range?

6. Which business group is set to acquire New York’s Plaza Hotel, the 130-room luxury hotel located near Manhattan’s Central Park - a century-old destination for socialites and celebrities, for $570 million (Rs 3,100 crore)?

7. Which company has bagged the sponsorship rights for the Bangladesh cricket team for $9.4 million?

8. Which Indian business personality has received the leadership award of the India-US bilateral trade promotion organisation, US India Business Council, along with Ford Motor’s Alan Mulally?

9. Elinor Ostrom, 78, a professor at Indiana University, died from cancer last week. What was her claim to fame?

10. Which well known personality is entering the education-cum-entertainment space by bringing the Mexico-based global edutainment brand KidZania to the country?

11. Which MNC last week unveiled its own mapping programme, opening up a new front in the war with Google?

12. Henkel India will be renamed. What will it be known as?

13. Which MNC last week aired its first TV ads to tout its advertising potential during a Nascar broadcast on Time Warner's TNT cable network?

14. Which company has acquired a 51% stake in Hungama Digital, the digital and promotions marketing division of Hungama Media Entertainment?

15. Which MNC has launched the PureView 808, the first smartphone to feature a 41-megapixel sensor camera in India?

16. Which company has announced an integrated campaign around its new brand positioning ‘Find Better’?

17. Microsoft has revamped and renamed Hotmail. What is the new name?

18. Which entity has agreed to pay £1.4 billion ($2.18 billion) to buy the 135-year-old London Metal Exchange, the world's biggest marketplace for industrial metals?

19. Business-software company Yammer Inc has agreed to sell itself to which MNC for $ 1.2 billion?

20. Which milestone has Maruti Suzuki Alto crossed recently?

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June 10, 2012

Biz Quizzard 428

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week June 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘Designed for humans’?

2. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO made for race driver Stirling Moss was in the news last week. Why?

3. The world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, has uncorked Budweiser Magnum in the country. What is its claim to fame?

4. Japan’s food regulatory authority recently cleared ‘Kirin Mets Cola’. Why did this make global news?

5. Print ads were released on June 3 to celebrate the birth centenary of which business personality?

6. Which company is bringing the oldest American men’s clothier chain Brooks Brothers to India?

7. Rose-based skin care brand Dabur Gulabari has signed on which actress as its new brand ambassador?

8. US private equity giant Warburg Pincus has agreed to buy a controlling stake in which financial services firm for about Rs 800 crore?

9. Which company has roped in five sporting icons-cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Olympic medal winning boxer Vijender Singh, badminton champion Saina Nehwal, five-time world boxing champion Mary Kom and wrestler Sushil Kumar – as brand ambassadors for one of its brands?

10. A coffee table book has been launched to celebrate 50 years of advertising of which brand?

11. To mark the 10th anniversary of the world's largest selling car nameplate Corolla in India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has launched a special edition. What has it been sub-branded as?

12. Which MNC has agreed to buy Bay Bread LLC for $100 million in cash?

13. Which MNC is buying Silicon Valley startup Meebo to help expand its social networking service?

14. Which MNC has acquired the software firm Quickoffice, which allows users to create and edit documents on mobile devices?

15. Which well known international brand unveiled its revamped logo last week?

16. Rupert Murdoch has broken which well known 16-year-old equal joint venture?

17. Which company has entered into an agreement with Opera Software, under which its customers across India, Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be able to access a customised version of the latter’s internet browser on their mobiles?

18. Which MNC has named Kwon Oh-hyun as its new CEO?

19. Which advertising agency has rebranded its company Maatra as Gutenberg Networks India?

20. Which Indian company has been identified as one of the top 25 performers in Caring for Climate Initiative by the UN Global Compact and UN Environment Programme?

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June 3, 2012

Biz Quizzard 427

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week May 28 - June 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Indian personality has been appointed on the board of trustees of Sundance Institute, a global non-profit organisation founded by Robert Redford, the venerable Hollywood actor and director?

2. PC vendor Lenovo has appointed which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

3. What milestone has professional networking site LinkedIn crossed in India?

4. Which company last week overtook Telefonica SA to become Spain's biggest company by market value?

5. Which brand has launched its latest campaign 'Cricket ki khushi'?

6. Which MNC is set to appoint Pierre-Yves Arzel as the chief executive of its Indian subsidiary?

7. Which company has appointed former president and chief executive of Israeli generic drugs-major Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Israel Makov as chairman of its board of directors?

8. Cps, a local entrepreneur and innovator, last week launched what it claimed as India's first technology multi-brand store, in Ahmedabad. What has it been branded as?

9. Former president of Republic of Botswana, Festus G Mogae, has joined which Mumbai-based BSE-listed diamond firm’s board of directors as an independent director?

10. Which MNC last week created a new category with the launch of AirFryer, a kitchen appliance which fries with just air?

11. Which television channel has rolled out a multi-city outdoor campaign to promote its re-branded look that includes a new tagline, 'Shuruat Yahi Se'?

12. Which online portal is taking a pot-shot at regular print newspapers in its television commercial with the positioning ‘Read today's news today’?

13. Italian car makers Ferrari have made a stunning 3-million-pound special edition sports car, SP12 EC, exclusively for which celebrity?

14. Samalka Group of Institutions has roped in which actress as its brand ambassador?

15. Which brand has introduced a Twitter-based e-commerce initiative, Twittcom?

16. Which company has appointed former Aircel COO Gurdeep Singh as president and chief executive officer of its wireless business, which provides and manages mobile telephony services?

17. Which company is picking up a 49% stake in Gurgaon-based value-added services startup Y2CF?

18. Luxor Writing Instruments has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its pen brand – Pilot?

19. Dinesh Kumar Mehrotra has taken over as the chairman of which organization?

20. Which business personality has been conferred lifetime achievement award by the Colour Society?

21. Which FMCG MNC has appointed Jeremy Hunter as president of its Indian operations?

22. Which company has acquired UK-based analytics firm Coalition in an Rs 250-crore deal which will expand the firm’s global business?

23. Brand Desire, a global brand study launched by Clear, part of the M&C Saatchi Group, has released the list of the top 10 desirable brands in India. Name at least five?

24. Which firm last week filed for bankruptcy, punctuating the largest law firm collapse in United States history?

25. Which business personality, one of the longest serving chairmen of India Inc, last week announced his decision to step down from his post, which he held for 49 years?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 427 as the subject.

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