September 30, 2012

Biz Quizzard 444

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC made history by setting a new Guinness world record for most participants in a software development marathon at one location, in Bengaluru recently?

2. Who has topped the executive pay charts for listed companies in the country with a package of Rs 73.42 crore for the last fiscal 2011-12?

3. Which MNC has launched a Parallel Journeys TV campaign which celebrates millions of young cricket athletes in India who relentlessly pursue perfection in the sport?

4. KR Kamath has been appointed as chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). He is the CMD of which bank?

5. Which multinational beverage major has decided to end ties with local partner Rahul Narang Group and go so in the country?

6. Nissan launched a MUV in India last week. What has it been branded as?

7. Which FMCG brand has been re-launched in a new avatar with the tagline ‘Alive is Awesome’?

8. Which MNC has launched its latest campaign in India, 'Dream to advance'?

9. Which company will buy Australian supermarket chain Woolworths’ consumer electronics wholesale business in India for over Rs 200 crore?

10. Yum! Brands Inc recently opened a Pizza Hut outlet at Mumbai’s Mira Road. What is special about it?

11. Which business personality will be honoured with the James C Morgan Global Humanitarian Award sponsored by Applied Materials?

12. Subash Menon has resigned as MD and CEO of which company, founded by him?

13. The Government of Singapore has conferred ‘The Public Service Medal 2012’ on which business personality for his achievements in trade, business and industry?

14. Which company has acquired Meghalaya-based Adhunik Cement for Rs 560 crore?

15. Which company last week announced its new brand strategy along with a new logo and tagline 'Welcome to possible'?

16. Angry Birds maker Rovio launched a new game last week. What is it called?

17. Which company has agreed to buy BP Plc's Malaysian petrochemical plant for USD 230 million?

18. Avani Saglani Davda has been announced as the CEO of which company?

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rajeev kondapalli

September 23, 2012

Biz Quizzard 443

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which sportswear MNC has roped in Indian cricketer Suresh Raina as its brand ambassador?

2. Which web giant has unveiled a new logo for its website, which has striking similarities with its old one and also with Google's iconic homepage logo?

3. Footwear maker Relaxo has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its shoe brand Sparx?

4. Which company has acquired a 51% stake in Bharti Group-owned mobile value-added services (VAS) provider Comviva Technologies for Rs 260 crore?

5. Which business group has forayed into the UAE with its brand 'Chandra' that will offer a range of herbal beauty and personal care products?

6. Which business school from India has been ranked 10th in the FT (Financial Times) Masters in Management 2012 Ranking globally?

7. Which MNC has said it has bought Instagram rival Nik Software, which makes award-winning photo editing application Snapseed, for an undisclosed amount?

8. The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2012 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader of the year?

9. Which well known sports personality has been signed up by Rhiti Sports Management for an Rs 40-crore, three-year contract?

10. Parineeti Chopra has been roped in as brand ambassador for which deodorant brand?

11. Which business group has acquired Delhi’s convenience store chain Big Apple which operates 65 stores in the National Capital Region (NCR) for around Rs 62 crore in an all-cash deal?

12. Which MNC has emerged as the world's most attractive employer, for the fourth consecutive year, according to a survey by global employer branding firm Universum?

13. Which beverage company has announced its association with Indian Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and the HRT Formula 1 team for the 2012 Singapore and Indian Grand Prix, scheduled from September 21-23 and October 26-28, respectively?

14. Who has retained his position as the richest person in America for the 19th year in a row this year, according to Forbes' annual ranking?

15. Which MNC has unveiled a new marketing campaign, Go Do Something Wonderful?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 443 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

September 16, 2012

Biz Quizzard 442

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company said it would buy Lodestone Holding, a Switzerland-based consulting company specialising in business software from Germany’s SAP, for about $350 million (Rs 1,932 crore)?

2. Honda has changed the name of its Indian operations following the breakup of its joint venture with Usha International of the Shriram Group. What will it be known as?

3. The business process outsourcing arm of which company has said it will acquire the captive BPO unit of US-based insurance brokerage Marsh & McLennan Companies for an undisclosed sum?

4. Which company is selling its 22-year-old speciality films business to Germany’s Treofan for an enterprise value of Rs 540 crore?

5. Karishma Kapoor has been roped in as the brand ambassador for which air freshener brand?

6. Which company has entered the luxury single brand retail through a joint venture with British luxury menswear and accessories brand Hackett London?

7. Which company has signed an agreement to acquire US firm Sabre Holdings’ Philippines Development Center for an undisclosed sum?

8. What milestone has HDFC Bank reached in terms of automated teller machines (ATMs)?

9. Which MNC has named Venkatesh Kini as the operating head of its India unit?

10. Which brand has announced the launch of the first ever touch screen watch in India?

11. Which FMCG player has announced its foray into the liquor business in India in partnership with Spain's Mahoua San Miguel Group?

12. Which BPO firm has said its US subsidiary has inked an asset purchase agreement with Deloitte to purchase its healthcare revenue cycle outsourcing business (EBOS) for an undisclosed amount?

13. Who has been elected as the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)?

14. Which skincare brand is being advertised on television (currently on air) with the positioning ‘Recycle Your Face’?

15. Which celebrity is making a comeback as brand ambassador for Pepsi after four years, making her the only woman ambassador currently for the brand in India?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 442 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

September 9, 2012

Biz Quizzard 441

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has roped in ex-bureaucrat Rohit Modi as CEO for its operations in India and other emerging markets?

2. Which company is eyeing aggressive expansion plans for its premium brand of milk, ‘Pride of Cows’?

3. Dabur India has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its new look Dabur Amla Hair Oil?

4. Atanu Sen has taken over as the new Managing Director and CEO of which insurance company?

5. In which city will McDonald’s open its first vegetarian-only restaurant?

6. Which automobile MNC has appointed Gurpratap Boparai as the new CEO of its Indian operations?

7. Which company has announced the acquisition of Hutchison Global Services (HGS), the call centre arm of Hutch in India, for $87.1 million (Rs 484.03 crore)?

8. Which company has been appointed the Official Information Technology Partner to BMW Berlin Marathon?

9. Which MNC has elevated Abanti Shankaranarayanan as managing director of its India unit?

10. Who has been appointed as the chief economist and senior vice-president at the World Bank?

11. Which Indian politician ranks among the 50 most influential people in the world of finance, according to the Bloomberg Markets magazine?

12. Ravi Uppal, former managing director and chief executive of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Power, will be the new MD of which company?

13. Which social media milestone has Coca-Cola crossed recently?

14. In what is a welcome and appreciable move, which telecom company last week announced its tie-up with the National Association for the Blind (NAB) to help provide job opportunities to the visually challenged?

15. Five Indian companies are ranked on Forbes magazine's list of ‘The World’s Most Innovative Companies’. Name them?

16. Renault has launched its fifth model in India, a sedan. What has it been branded as?

17. Which 2 banks feature among the 11 companies from India in the 2012 edition of Forbes Asia's ‘Fab 50’ list?

18. In a move that could beef up protection for its internet services, which MNC has bought startup VirusTotal, a fledgling but widely used cyber security player?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 441 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

September 2, 2012

Biz Quizzard 440

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week August 27 - September 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has said it will sell its plastics machinery business to Japan’s Toshiba Machine as part of its strategy to exit non-core business and rationalise its portfolio?

2. Which MNC is repositioning itself as a luxury lifestyle brand and introducing the American brands High Sierra and Hartmann, which it had acquired, in India by mid next year?

3. To make healthcare accessible for many more, which well known personality has formed a joint venture with US-based TriMedx to take costs out of healthcare centres in India?

4. Which company has tied up with Microsoft to sell the software giant’s office productivity suite to small and medium businesses in India?

5. Japanese advertising behemoth Dentsu has acquired a 51% stake in which Indian ad agency?

6. Which US car rental company said it will buy smaller rival Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group for about $2.3 billion, ending more than two years of on-off takeover talks?

7. Which MNC will buy Kenexa for about $1.3 billion to enter the human resource software market in a move that would likely increase competition with Oracle and SAP who recently bought into the sector?

8. Which celebrity, along with his business partner Arun Pandey’s promoted Rhiti Sports, has floated a joint venture company called Rhiti N Motor Sports to launch a bike racing team?

9. Which MNC has said it would bring its Lincoln brand to China in two years, pitching the vehicle to the luxury segment of the world's largest car market?

10. Which company will launch its latest offering, a new compact sports utility vehicle (SUV), ‘Quanto’, in the second week of September?

11. Which online fashion and lifestyle e-commerce company has acquired in a cash plus stock deal?

12. Which company has roped in painter Paresh Maity to design the limited edition packing of its products?

13. According to a recent list by global pharmaceutical research firm, EvaluatePharma, three out of the top 10 fastest-growing generic companies globally are now from India. Name them?

14. Viacom18 will launch a second Hindi general entertainment channel, after ‘Colors’. What has it been branded as?

15. Which MNC last week became the first handset maker to unveil a smartphone using Microsoft’s latest mobile software Windows 8?

16. Which jewellery retail company has signed South Indian actor Suriya as its brand ambassador?

17. Anshuman Das has been named the CMD of which public sector company?

18. Antony Jenkins is the new chief executive of which MNC bank?

19. Which Indian company has acquired 100 per cent stake in Italian firm Rotair?

20. Domino's Pizza is going for a global rebranding exercise. What will it be known as?

21. Tata BP Solar India has formally changed its name. What is the new name?

22. HCL Infosystems has roped in which celebrity to endorse its computing products which includes laptops, tablets and desktops?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 440 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli