November 25, 2012

Biz Quizzard 452

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

1. Which district has bagged the unique distinction of being the first in the country to achieve 100 per cent banking?

2. According to a recent report, which bank, trading at five times its book value, is the world's most expensive bank?

3. Which Indian distiller has acquired a clutch of brands from Scotland’s George Sinclair & Sons?

4. Which company has signed an ‘option’ agreement with U.S. drug major Bristol-Myers Squibb Company to develop, and later market, its ambitious oral insulin candidate drug?

5. In a first for the Indian two-wheeler sector, which company has voluntarily recalled 11,500 units of its 250 cc bike?

6. Which MNC will buy privately held cloud networking company Meraki for $1.2 billion in cash as part of its cloud and networking strategy?

7. Which company last week announced the launch of a new solution called 'India in a Box', which enables Japanese companies to jumpstart their business operations in India in a short time?

8. Which Indian business personality has been honoured with the James C Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, which recognises contribution of people using technology to change human lives?

9. Paul Otellini will retire as the CEO of which MNC in May 2013?

10. Which celebrity is the new brand ambassador for McDowell Signature’s campaign “Success is living in the spotlight”?

11. Three Indians have been named by Fortune magazine among the ‘2012 Businesspersons of the Year’, an annual ranking of 50 global leaders who are ‘the best in business’. Name them?

12. Which Indian manufacturer of automotive chains, recently acquired 100 per cent shares of Michigan-based GFM Inc for $5.5 million?

13. Which company will buy 51% stake in South African drug maker Cipla Medpro for about $220 million?

14. Mohit Kampani is the new CEO of which retail chain in India?

15. Which MNC has won the title sponsorship rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five seasons for Rs 396.8 crore?

16. Which company is set to buy out the 141-screen multiplex chain Cinemax owned by the Kanakia Group, making it the country’s largest multiplex operator?

17. Which MNC has signed a deal to acquire US group Schiff Nutrition for $1.4 billion, winning an entry into the $30 billion vitamins and nutrition supplements market?

18. Which well known MNC will enter Formula One (F1) after announcing a deal with Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus team last week?

19. Which iconic international brand has launched ‘The Original’, a men’s fragrance range, in India?

20. Which company is all set to formally enter the branded pulses market under the Jubilee brand?

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November 18, 2012

Biz Quizzard 451

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

1. The birth centenary of which visionary industrialist was commemorated with the release of a postage stamp in Chennai on November 11?

2. Which 2 Indians have been named by Forbes magazine among the 15 "classroom revolutionaries" who are using innovative technologies to reinvent education for students and teachers globally?

3. In what is being claimed as a global first, Gurgaon metro has let which two companies add their names to stations?

4. Which company, in association with Yash Raj Films (YRF), has launched the “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” (JTHJ) stationery?

5. According to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the number of ATMs in India has crossed which milestone mark in October?

6. After ceasing the distribution rights of Kohinoor and Durex brand condoms, TTK Healthcare has launched its own brand. Name it?

7. Which location has ended New York's Fifth Avenue’s 11-year run as the world's most expensive retail area?

8. Which business family has acquired the Mumbai team of the upcoming Hockey India League in a deal estimated at Rs 105 crore?

9. Which MNC last week announced its plans to buy tea store chain Teavana Holdings Inc for $620 million?

10. Who has retained her position as the country’s top paid business woman, according to Fortune magazine?

11. Which well known sportswear and fashion maker has been bought by Swiss family-held group Maus Freres?

12. Who has been named as the most powerful woman in business in India for the second consecutive year by Fortune Magazine?

13. Which company is selling its medical equipment business based at Mysore to Skanray Healthcare?

14. Which stock-broking and wealth management company has launched the 'We for you' campaign?

15. Hair care gets exciting. Which business group is rolling out beer shampoo, India's only such product made within the country?

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rajeev kondapalli

November 11, 2012

Biz Quizzard 450

Biz Quizzard completes 450 weeks with this edition. Thank you for being part of this journey.

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

1. Britannia has appointed which celebrity as brand ambassador for its biscuit brand Tiger?

2. Which hospitality brand will be launching the world's biggest virtual pillow fight on Facebook as an application, as part of a new global rebranding campaign?

3. Vivek Gambhir has been named the new managing director of which FMCG company?

4. Gautam Sharma has quit as the MD of the Indian operations of which confectionery maker?

5. The government has appointed Vijayalakshmi Iyer as the chairperson and managing director of which bank?

6. Which company has launched an aftermarket brand called ‘WILGO’?

7. Which publisher has launched a new publication named IQ, The Indian Quarterly?

8. Which company has commenced its pre-owned or used car business called ‘Das WeltAuto’ spread across 15 dealerships in the country?

9. Which Indian software firm has acquired AT Solutions Group, a US-based firm, for $32 million?

10. Which brand has emerged as India’s Most Trusted Brand in a study conducted by Brand Equity and The Nielsen Company?

11., one of the fastest growing online retail sites in the world, has acquired which Pune-based technology venture?

12. Which celebrity is the man with the velvet touch in the latest commercial of Dulux Velvet Touch Pearl Glo?

13. The $1.9-billion French agri-conglomerate Groupe Limagrain has acquired which Indian company for an undisclosed sum?

14. Which yester-year actor has sold his hotel in Bangalore to a consortium led by Delhi-based real estate firm Nimbus Group for Rs 120 crore?

15. Which company has acquired US-based specialty chemicals company Houghton International from a private equity fund for $1.05 billion?

16. Shah Rukh Khan and Katrnia Kaif will be seen together in a campaign for which well known FMCG brand?

17. Which company has entered into a strategic alliance with Penguin Books in a specific deal where it will provide space for Penguin’s high profile book launches and in return will bring the enriching collection of Penguin Books for free reading to its patrons?

18. Which television channel has entered into a three-year agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to be the exclusive broadcast partner of the sport in India?

19. Realty firm Mahagun has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador of the company?

20. Which Nasdaq-listed firm has acquired the Hotel Travel Group (HT Group) for $25 million?

21. Which company has acquired US-based DUSA Pharmaceuticals for $230 million, or about Rs 1,250 crore?

22. Which company has acquired, a private label brand specialising in sports-inspired lifestyle apparels?

23. US-based home and office furnishing major Knoll has entered into a dealership and brand-licensing agreement with which Indian company to manufacture and market its home and office furniture?

24. South actor Deeksha Seth has been roped in as the brand ambassador for which shampoo brand?

25. Which brand in India has become the fastest to cross the million units sales mark in the four wheeler category?

26. McCain Foods India, the Indian subsidiary of McCain Foods Canada, has roped in which celebrity as its first ever brand ambassador in India?

27. South India-based TTK group has agreed to pay Rs 150 crore for which MNC’s 49.8 per cent stake in condom maker TTK-LIG?

28. Ashwani Kumar has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of which bank from January 1?

29. Japanese car major Honda will launch an entry-level sedan, named 'Amaze', in India next fiscal. What is special about the car?

30. Which MNC has agreed to buy 53.4% stake in United Spirits for $2.04 billion?

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rajeev kondapalli

November 4, 2012

Biz Quizzard 449

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 29 - November 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has tied up with Japanese Toshiba Elevator to roll out high-speed elevators in the country?

2. Which handset maker had an association with Indian Formula 1 driver Narain Karthikeyan and the HRT Formula 1 team for the 2012 Indian Grand Prix?

3. Pearson has agreed to combine its Penguin book-publishing unit with which company as the media companies seek to bulk up in response to a surge in providers of electronic books?

4. Which sportswear major unveiled Australian swimming star, Brittany Elmslie, as its latest brand ambassador?

5. Which hospitality MNC’s affiliate has signed agreement with IHHR Hospitality Pvt Ltd for rebranding of the latter’s five Ista hotels in India?

6. The RTL Group, Europe's leading entertainment network, will enter India’s television market by launching its first TV channel next week. What is it branded as?

7. In a listing of India's largest media groups, based on FY12 revenues, which group has emerged at the top?

8. Which MNC has launched an exclusive website for women, called Style Factor, in partnership with Yahoo! as part of its drive to engage with consumers online?

9. Which airport in India has introduced an app exclusively for Windows 8 users?

10. Which audio brand has launched its new advertising campaign for the India market with A R Rahman as the ambassador?

11. Stock Holding Corporation of India (SHCIL), the country’s first and one of the largest security custodians to financial institutions, will be merged with which state-owned lender?

12. Which company will be introducing a new range of F&B (food and beverage) items under the ‘Milano Collezioni’ collection designed by noted designer Rina Dhaka across all its outlets?

13. Which MNC has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and its "Star Wars" franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a blockbuster deal that includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015?

14. Dabur is re-launching its hair care brand Vatika in a premium avatar and has roped in which celebrity as the ambassador for the same?

15. Which company has entered into a brand association with Yash Raj Films for the forthcoming film ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, with the character played by Anushka Sharma portrayed as its employee?

16. Which auto major has announced the launch of its new ad campaign for the festive season titled 'Post it'?

17. The Wipro board has approved the separation of the non-IT businesses from Wipro Ltd to form a new company. What will it be called?

18. Which PC maker last week announced its foray into the smartphone market in India with the launch of five android-based smartphones?

19. Which stock exchange has emerged as the world's largest bourse in terms of the number of trades in equity segment during September?

20. Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting (WCCL), has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador for the Aramusk male grooming products?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 449 as the subject.   Happy learning! rajeev kondapalli