December 30, 2012

Biz Quizzard 457

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

1. Eight Indian CEOs have made it to the list of 100 global chief executives, compiled by Harvard Business Review (HBR). Who has been ranked seventh on the list?

2. Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as chairman & managing director of which bank?

3. According to an Assocham survey, which business group is perceived to be India's best-known global brand within and outside the country?

4. Which celebrity has been appointed as the brand ambassador for NIVEA's Face Cleansing Range?

5. Which new internal record did Air India create on December 21, 2012?

6. Which portal remained the best website for shopping online in the US this holiday season, according to the ForeSee's Holiday E-Retail Satisfaction Index?

7. Which company last week said that it has sold its textile, chemicals, paper specialties and emulsions businesses to US-based SK Capital for CHF (Swiss Francs) 502 million (about Rs 3,029 crore)?

8. Who has topped the list of most bankable Hollywood stars, released by Forbes Magazine?

9. Former Audi top designer, Peter Schreyer, known for his design contributions to the iconic Audi TT, has become the first foreign president of which automobile MNC?

10. Which location has edged out Taj Mahal to become India's topmost travel destination in the Google's search trends for this year?

11. Which MNC has launched the IdeaPad Yoga series of hybrid devices in India?

12. Which company has emerged as the best performer among Sensex stocks in 2012?

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December 23, 2012

Biz Quizzard 456

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

1. Who took over as the first woman President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) last week?

2. Which company is selling its 64 per cent stake in Dental Corporation Holdings Ltd, Australia, to UK’s healthcare major, Bupa?

3. Which company has inked a $ 1.7 billion pact with German media firm ProSiebenSat. 1 Group to buy a dozen television channels owned by its SBS Nordic operations?

4. Which business group last week roped in Saina Nehwal as its brand ambassador?

5. Indian Hotels Company last week announced the opening of Vivanta by Taj - Madikeri, Coorg. What is unique about this hotel?

6. Which celebrity is joining hands with designer label Satya Paul to bring out a collection of sarees, which will consist of 10 exclusive pieces?

7. 10-year-old Romeo Beckham is the new face of which international clothing brand?

8. Caraco Industries has snapped up the generic business of URL Pharma, owned by Japanese pharma major Takeda for an undisclosed amount. Caraco is the US subsidiary of which company?

9. Noida-based Kevin Power Solutions has roped in which former cricketer as brand ambassador for its Innovolt brand?

10. What is the new name of the IPL franchise from Hyderabad?

11. Which company has announced the sale of Aman Resorts to Adrian Zecha, the luxury hotel chain’s founder and chairman, for $ 300 million (about Rs 1,600 crore)?

12. AG Rao, former executive president of Tata Teleservices, is the new managing director of which company?

13. Adult entertainment company Playboy last week unveiled the Indian Playboy bunny and announced launch of its first beach cafe during January-March, 2013. Which location?

14. Connaught Place, located in the heart of the National Capital, is the fifth most expensive office destination in the world, according to global property consultant CBR. Which location has topped the list?

15. Who is the latest celebrity roped in to endorse Sugar Free?

16. Which MNC’s animal health subsidiary Merial has acquired Mumbai-based Dosch Pharmaceuticals?

17. Which financial entity has agreed to acquire NYSE Euronext for cash and stock worth $8.2 billion, moving to take control of the world’s biggest equities market?

18. Who has topped Forbes' annual list of the thirty brightest music stars under 30 years old?

19. Mike Gupta is the new chief financial officer (CFO) of which well known MNC?

20. Which company has delivered its first indigenously designed and constructed high-speed interceptor boat to the Indian Coast Guard?

21. Which IT MNC will acquire six companies that are a part of Germany-based C1 Group, in a bid to boost its consulting capability and European footprint?

22. Research in Motion (RIM), maker of BlackBerry smart phones, has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador in India?

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December 16, 2012

Biz Quizzard 455

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

1. The world’s top chocolate maker, Mars Inc has roped in veteran Bollywood diva Rekha to endorse which brand in India?

2. Which company has acquired the Singapore-based FMCG company LD Waxson for $144 million (around Rs 790 crore)?

3. Which company has sold its Sunflower Vanaspati brand to US food processing company Cargill?

4. Stan-Chart PE and Oak Investment Partners-backed Sutherland Global Services has acquired which healthcare focused BPO firm?

5. Which celebrity has signed a 30-million-pound deal to become the face of Pepsi?

6. Which MNC has acquired South Korean game developer Studio Ex, according to a report in the Hollywood Reporter?

7. Which business group has acquired two domestic jewellery brands, Nirvana and Viola?

8. Which company has launched Sundrops, an international shoe brand for women, in India?

9. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the number of annual tourists crossing international borders reached which milestone last week?

10. Which company has announced the launch of a new marketing campaign 'Kiss to Drink'?

11. Which company has retained the top slot in the Fortune 500 list of Indian companies for 2012?

12. Vidya Balan tied the knot with Siddharth Roy Kapoor last week. He is the CEO of which company?

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December 9, 2012

Biz Quizzard 454

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

1. Which company has acquired Florida, US-based data analytics company Digital Risk, for $200 million (about Rs 1,100 crore) in an all-cash deal?

2. Which MNC has agreed to acquire Canadian start-up BufferBox, which manages self-service parcel lockers to help consumers avoid missed deliveries?

3. Procter & Gamble (P&G) will not to renew its 10-year marketing and distribution deal for which brand with Goa-based Menezes when it ends next month?

4. Which company has roped in South Indian actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu for its newly launched range of air freshening gels?

5. FMCG major Dabur has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador for digestive candy Hajmola?

6. Which retail brand, after being in the market for the past 16 years, has debuted its first television commercial (TVC)?

7. According to a latest worldwide survey of cities by global HR consultancy Mercer, which city has emerged as the best city to live in India for expatriates?

8. Which business group’s subsidiary Decision Resources Group has acquired UK-based integrated market access service provider Abacus International for an undisclosed sum?

9. Which FMCG group plans to take its Raaga Professional range pan-India by the end of next year?

10. Deepika Padukone has signed on to be the new ambassador of which skincare brand?

11. Facebook Inc will become a component of the Nasdaq 100 index on December 12. Which stock will it replace?

12. US President Barack Obama has topped the list of world's most powerful people, according to a new Forbes ranking. Who is the highest-ranked business person in the list?

13. Noida-based Vertent Media Soft and Park Media have announced the launch of a matrimonial channel. What has it been christened?

14. HBO Asia has partnered with which company to roll out two premium ad-free channels for the Indian pay-TV market?

15. Raymond Group, led by Gautam Singhania, has entered the energy drink business. What has it been branded as?

16. Which company has entered the flavoured milk market with 3 varieties under the brand ‘Power Sip’?

17. Which MNC has acquired two Indian agencies, iStrat, a digital agency, and MarketGate, a brand marketing consultancy promoted by ex- Coke- hands Shripad Nadkarni and Sharda Agarwal?

18. Argentine soccer star Leo Messi has been named the global brand ambassador for which airline?

19. Which MNC has appointed former Wipro co-CEO Suresh Vaswani as the president of it’s over USD 8 billion IT services arm?

20. Boman Irani, Farida Jalal, Parineeti Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Ramyakrishnan and Shivansh have been roped in as brand ambassadors for which brand?

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December 2, 2012

Biz Quizzard 453

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 26 - December 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. As per the latest data available with the World Federation of Exchange (WFE), which bourse is the world's top exchange in terms of the number of listed companies?

2. The world’s largest Audi showroom, in terms of new cars on display, is set to open its doors to customers on December 3. Which location?

3. Sonakshi Sinha and her mother Poonam Sinha will be seen sharing screen space together for the first time in a new campaign for which brand?

4. Deepak Iyer, a former PepsiCo official, has been appointed the new MD of the Indian operations of which MNC, effective January 2013?

5. Chitra Ramkrishna will be the managing director & CEO of which financial entity from April 1, 2013?

6. Mr Indravadan Modi passed away last week after a brief illness at 87. He was the founder of which company?

7. Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney was last week unexpectedly named as the next head of which central bank?

8. Which company has acquired, a lifestyle portal for men?

9. Which company has acquired majority stake in Thailand-based hotel aggregator and tour company ITC Group for $3.2 million?

10. Which business group has bought New York hotel Dream Downtown, owned by celebrated hotelier Vikram Chatwal, for $220 million?

11. Who has topped Forbes' list of the 25 highest-paid musicians in 2012?

12. Which company has created India’s largest men’s formal jacket, currently on display at a suburban mall in Mumbai?

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rajeev kondapalli