April 28, 2013

Biz Quizzard 474

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who are the richest Asians in the UK, according to the latest Sunday Times Rich List?

2. Which jewellery retailer has forayed into the apparels segment as part of its brand extension of its popular brands?

3. Kadokawa Shoten has signed a strategic partnership with Bangalore-based education technology firm PrazAs. The company is best known as a maker of which Japanese style of comics?

4. J Hampstead, the premium range of suitings, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for their readymade apparel?

5. Which Indian business personality has been appointed as vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)?

6. Hygienic Research Institute has signed on which actress as the new face for Streax hair colour?

7. Which Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has recently launched its magazine?

8. Which ice cream maker has tied up with Zydus Wellness, a group company of Cadila Healthcare (Zydus Cadila), for sourcing ingredients for its latest 'Sugar Free' range of ice creams?

9. Which MNC has signed an agreement to buy Warid Telecom Uganda for an undisclosed sum?

10. Which airline has picked up a 24% stake in Jet Airways for Rs 2,061 crore?

11. Which company has signed a deal to share part of its submarine cable network with Reliance Industries’ telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm?

12. Which MNC has acquired Wavii, the Seattle-based startup behind a news summarization app, for roughly $30 million in cash?

13. Which telecom company has launched a first of its kind prepaid plan for its customers in partnership with Twitter in India?

14. Which IT and telecom solutions provider has acquired a Sweden-based Type Approval Lab for undisclosed amount?

15. According to a survey conducted by US-based human resource consultancy CareerCast, which job is the worst among all the professions?

16. Hewlett-Packard India has unveiled its latest range of Officejet Pro X 500 series printers. What is its claim to fame?

17. Archana Bhargava has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of which bank?

18. Dmitry Shukov will be the new CEO of which telecom company in India?

19. Schneider Electric has joined hands with which celebrity to provide cheap, efficient and eco-friendly electrification in the rural areas in the country?

20. Which well known media brand is celebrating its 175th anniversary?

21. Which MNC has overtaken Nokia to become the largest seller of mobile phones in the country’s major markets?

22. Which MNC has unveiled ‘All You Love’, its first corporate branding campaign in more than 10 years?

23. Japanese car maker Nissan will launch which international brand in India with the global premiere of its small car?

24. Which company is launching the 'Artisan Range' of ice creams?

25. PepsiCo India has launched which new brand with actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who starred in Kai Po Che, as the brand ambassador?

26. Fred Amoroso has resigned as the chairman of which MNC?

27. Which company has signed definitive agreements to acquire U.S.-based Cambric Corporation, an engineering services company, for $32.5 million (around Rs.177 crore)?

28. Which MNC has launched its new television campaign "I can do Kuchh Bhi"?

29. Monica Tata has joined as the MD of which television channel?

30. India's first 24 hour classical music channel will see a formal launch on cable digital platforms across the country in June. What has it been branded as?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 474 as the subject.

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April 21, 2013

Biz Quizzard 473

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which well known business personality, also known as ‘takeover tycoon’, recently passed away in Kolkata?

2. Which celebrity has launched a company, Groupco Developers, in partnership with Hem Tejuja, to develop housing projects in collaboration with land owners across the country?

3. Diamond producer Rio Tinto Diamonds has roped in which actress as the brand ambassador for Nazraana, its flagship diamond jewellery initiative for the Indian market?

4. Crop protection solutions provider Dhanuka Agritech has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its products?

5. Which retail venture has entered Guinness World Records by opening a record 315 retail outlets across India in one go?

6. Reliance Retail has crossed which important sales landmark last fiscal?

7. Which beverage brand has roped in West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle along with actor Priyanka Chopra for its ongoing marketing campaign?

8. Which company has acquired BS Motoring magazine, the auto magazine published by Business Standard (BS) for an undisclosed amount?

9. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched a new 110cc motorcycle, its cheapest two-wheeler model sold in the country. What has it been branded as?

10. Which dairy major has signed on Karisma Kapur as its brand ambassador?

11. Which dairy company has forayed into the flavoured milk segment with ‘Topp-Up’?

12. Which MNC media communications group has announced the acquisition of Bangalore-based Neev, a technology services provider?

13. Twitter has launched a music service that recommends tunes based on what people are 'tweeting' about and lets people sample songs they might like. What has it been branded as?

14. Which MNC has emerged as India’s most attractive employer for the third straight year in 2013, according to a survey by HR service firm Randstad?

15. Tata Sky is all set to launch its new commercial ‘Prison Break’. What is its claim to fame?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 473 as the subject.

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April 14, 2013

Biz Quizzard 472

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which media group has entered into a partnership with Apollo Global Inc., the largest for-profit college in the US, to launch its flagship business school, Bridge School of Management?

2. Which company has tied up with media entrepreneur Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment to launch a new venture?

3. Which brand has launched its new campaign titled "pehli kamayi"?

4. American private equity fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) will purchase 90% stake in which specialised tyremaker?

5. Which company has inked a long-term co-operation agreement with BMW to roll out ‘Made in India’ bikes in the below 500 cc category?

6. Krishnakumar Natarajan is new Chairman of Nasscom for the year 2013-14. He is the managing director & CEO of which company?

7. Golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar has been roped in as brand ambassador for which hospitality brand?

8. Which MNC has struck a deal to buy Microsoft Corp's Mediaroom IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies to deliver television over the Internet?

9. Which business group, based in Siliguri, has acquired RAIL.ONE GmbH, a 118-year-old German rail infrastructure company with plants in seven countries?

10. Which MNC sportswear maker has signed Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene to endorse its products?

11. Which automobile MNC has roped in professional golfer Jeev Milkha Singh as its brand ambassador?

12. Which airline has tied up with Sunrisers Hyderabad, the newest franchisee in IPL, as its official carrier?

13. Actors Anushka Sharma and Imran Khan will be seen in a TV commercial for which beverage brand?

14. Innovations Academy Award winning VFX supervisor George Murphy has joined which company as chief creative officer?

15. Which company has bought French technology services company Alti for over €75 million (Rs 530 crore)?

16. Nokia India has launched its most affordable handset aimed at first time buyers. What has it been branded as?

17. Which MNC has elevated Manish Sharma as managing director of its Indian operation?

18. Which MNC has launched its second global campaign "Embrace your past, but live for now"?

19. Meera H Sanyal is all set to resign as the country executive of which MNC bank in India?

20. Which online babycare company has acquired its competitor Bangalore-based Hoopos in an all stock deal?

21. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) will launch a hatchback on the Verito platform next month. What has it been branded as?

22. Which company is soon entering the packaged wheat atta (flour) segment under the Devaaya brand?

23. Which MNC sportswear brand has ended its association with rapper Rick Ross over alleged rape lyrics?

24. Chennai-based jewellery retailer NAC Jewellers has signed on which celebrity to endorse the brand?

25. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning 'Badle Aapki Duniya'?

26. A day after Honda Motor introduced its much-awaited compact sedan Amaze, Maruti Suzuki hit back with a new variant of its fast-selling Dzire. What has it been sub-branded as?

27. Which potato chip brand has roped in six cricketers for its new brand campaign - M.S Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravi Shastri and Billy Bowden?

28. Which company would acquire the remaining 50% stake in its equal joint venture with Komatsu Asia & Pacific, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Komatsu, Japan?

29. Sinoma International Engineering of Hong Kong has picked a majority stake in which Chennai-based cement factory equipment maker?

30. Which MNC has acquired the emerging music software firm ‘We Are Hunted’?

31. IBM’s Alok Ohrie has taken over the MD of the Indian operations of which MNC?

32. Which company has struck a deal with Reiss, a UK fashion brand sported by the likes of Kate Middelton, for opening its stores in India?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 472 as the subject.

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April 7, 2013

Biz Quizzard 471

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. RSPL, the makers of Ghari detergent, have recently launched a premium brand in the same category. What has it been branded as?

2. Which company, according to reports, is close to selling its Chennai hotel property, Atlantic Hotels, to CEEBROS Property Development for about Rs 180 crore?

3. Chitra Ramkrishna has taken over as the MD & CEO of which financial entity?

4. Mr GV Prasad is the new chairman of which well known company?

5. Renewable energy products maker NVD Solar is the title sponsor for which IPL team?

6. Arindam Bose, co-founder and director of which online shopping portal, was arrested recently after complaints by its customers of fraud and cheating?

7. Which infrastructure company has monetised three road tollways by selling stake to TRIL Roads Private Ltd, a Tata Group company?

8. The Supreme Court has dismissed which MNC’s plea to get patent protection for its blood cancer drug Glivec?

9. With the loading target exceeding 1007 million tonnes (MT) by the end of March, which entity has entered the select group of billion plus club in freight movement with China, Russia and USA?

10. Which jewelry retail chain has signed on Kareena Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

11. In what is a bold initiative, which well known youth brand has promised to change its name if its fans can push its Facebook community to 10 million ‘Likes’ in 40 days?

12. PJ Nayak, a former chief executive at Axis Bank, is stepping down as the India head at which MNC?

13. Nagesh A Basavanhalli is the new president and managing director of the Indian operations of which automobile MNC?

14. Actress Trisha has been appointed as the ‘Pleasure Ambassador’ for which brand?

15. Which MNC has launched its new products Lunardominate and Lunaraccelerate?

16. Which advertising agency has bought a majority stake in Bangalore-based End To End Marketing Solutions, one of the largest database marketing companies in the country?

17. Qatar-based investment firm Hassad Food has acquired an undisclosed majority stake in New Delhi-based Bush Foods Overseas Ltd., for an estimated $100 million. Bush Foods sells basmati rice under which brand?

18. Which Indian business personality has been nominated to the board of directors of Mondelez International, a global snacks and chocolate major that owns Cadbury?

19. Which company has filed a case against actor-producer John Abraham’s production house JA Entertainment over the title of its upcoming movie?

20. Which hospitality group has launched a new mid-market brand ‘Zone’?

21. Which two FM radio players have entered into a strategic sales alliance?

22. Which hospitality major has unveiled a new logo?

23. Gurgaon-based Witalsee Marketing Ltd has forayed into multi-brand retail of FMCG products with the launch of Wee Stores and has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

24. Facebook has introduced a new software that makes the social network the hub of any smartphone running Google’s Android operating system. What has it been branded as?

25. Who has taken over as President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 471 as the subject.

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