September 29, 2013

Biz Quizzard 496

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. H&R Johnson (India) has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for Johnson Tiles?

2. Ajit Varghese has been elevated as Asia Pacific CEO of which media agency?

3. Japanese packaging machinery maker Omori Machinery Co will purchase a 51% stake in which Mumbai-based packaging solutions provider for Rs 200 crore?

4. Which Mumbai-headquartered arbitration and commercial practice law firm and Pune-based litigation firm Nehru & Co have decided to merge and form a new entity?

5. At Rs 56.3 crore each, who have emerged as the top-paid executives of listed Indian companies in the last fiscal?

6. Which company has elevated Pawan Goenka as Executive Director?

7. Which MNC has elevated Sanjeev Chadha as its chief executive officer for the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region?

8. Which telecom company has roped in Punjabi actor and singer, Gippy Grewal as its brand ambassador?

9. Which company has partnered with design firm iAccy to launch smartphone cases, imprinted with digital signature of master blaster Sachin Tendulkar?

10. Which MNC has agreed in principle to be acquired by a consortium led by its biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, for $4.7 billion?

11. Which retailer has entered the intensely competitive tablet market with a low-priced own brand product ‘Hudl’?

12. R Sridhar has quit as the managing director and chief executive of which finance firm?

13. Swedish firm SCA Hygiene has finally stepped into India. It is the world’s second-largest maker of which product?

14. SKS Microfinance Ltd, the only listed microfinance institution (MFI) in the country, has signed on which well known marketing strategist for its rebranding and repositioning work?

15. Which international magazine brand is celebrating its 125th anniversary?

16. Which company, in a joint venture with health science firm Saarum Innovations, has set up India’s first commercial bio-bank?

17. American engineering giant Emerson Group will buy which Pune-based company for about $450 million?

18. Anand Kripalu is joining which company as its CEO designate?

19. The Oil Ministry has roped in which two sports personalities to help government spread the message of fuel conservation?

20. Which company has launched India’s first coffee-flavoured carbonated beverage?

21. Which company has tied up with Saudi Aramco and General Electric (GE) to set up the first all-female business process outsourcing (BPO) centre in Saudi Arabia?

22. Which MNC is forming a $ 79-million videogame venture with Chinese company BesTV New Media Co?

23. Danish company JBS Textile Group is producing which international celebrity’s own line of undergarments?

24. Which automobile company has tied up with the country’s largest cab company Carzonrent to offer self-drive options in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore?

25. The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2012-13 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader for the year?

26. Car audio systems maker Blaupunkt has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador for India?

27. Which business school has launched its first hybrid model of executive education programme, in association with the Biocon Foundation?

28. Fiat last week made a foray into the entry-level sedan segment with the launch of a new version of its Linea sedan. What has it been sub-branded as?

29. Nokia India last week unveiled its much-anticipated 41 megapixel camera phone. What has it been branded as?

30. Which business school has secured the top rank for its Finance course among 70 major global business schools in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management 2013 survey?

31. Which MNC has reached a deal to buy online and mobile payments technology provider Braintree for $800 million in cash?

32. Which MNC has reportedly inked an Rs 10-crore per annum endorsement deal with Virat Kohli?

33. Who has been awarded the Fifth Deutsche Bank Prize for Financial Economics 2013?

34. Google has introduced a new search algorithm. What has it been branded as?

35. JP Chalasani has quit as the CEO of which company?

36. Which Indian company has bought US-based Econocaribe Consolidators for about $50 million (Rs 312.25 crore)?

37. The Indian Newspaper Society (INS) has elected Ravindra Kumar as president. He represents which newspaper?

38. US private equity firm KKR & Co will initially pay about 165 billion yen ($ 1.67 billion) for the healthcare unit of which MNC?

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September 22, 2013

Biz Quizzard 495

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Advertising Standards Council of India has asked Bharti SoftBank to withdraw a commercial for its free messaging app Hike Messenger. Why is this unique?

2. A Dutch firm unveiled a new smartphone, called Fairphone, in London last week. Why is this making news?

3. Which media agency has appointed Anupriya Acharya as group CEO for India?

4. Royal Philips has extended its brand licence agreement with PE Electronics for its television business in India till December. PE Electronics is a subsidiary of which business group?

5. As announced earlier, Titan has forayed into the Rs 2,000-crore fragrances market in India. Name the brand?

6. Which company has tied up with RP Group Hotels & Resorts to manage five hotels in India and Dubai?

7. Which US broadcaster, that airs news, documentaries and other shows related to weather, is looking to enter India through a joint venture by the end of 2013?

8. Which business personality has retained the top spot in the new annual Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans list?

9. TVS Motor Company (TVSM) has unveiled a new scooter aimed at male buyers. What has it been branded as?

10. Which business school from India has debuted on the Financial Times ‘Masters in Management’ global rankings for the first time, securing the 19th spot?

11. Which entity launched a new chocolate ‘Dairy Dream’ in Mangalore on September 18?

12. Tom Albanese, the former CEO of British-Australian metals and mining corporation Rio Tinto, is joining which business group as a chairman of its subsidiary?

13. Which country inaugurated the highest airport in the world last week?

14. Tamil Nadu-based media publication Kasturi & Sons, which publishes The Hindu newspaper, has launched its first regional newspaper after 135 years. What has the Tamil daily been branded as?

15. Movie theatres chain Fame cinemas is being rebranded. What will it be known as?

16. The Trump Organization, led by US billionaire and property mogul Donald Trump, has tied up with which Mumbai-based group for developing the Trump Tower in Mumbai?

17. Which company has sold 74% stake in TN highway project to IDFC infra fund for Rs 222 crore?

18. Which company has introduced two wrist watches for men and women – Automatic & Opera - in the Kerala market to coincide with Onam festival?

19. I think i have already covered this. Siyaram Silk Mills has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for their parent brand Siyaram's Suitings and Shirtings?

20. AirAsia will offer one million free seats from Kuala Lumpur to domestic and international destinations to celebrate which milestone?

21. Which MNC has tied up with IIT Madras, Karunya and Shiv Nadar universities to deploy its 'smarter computing' technology?

22. Which wind turbine maker will sell 75 per cent stake in its Chinese subsidiary for USD 28 million?

23. Which FMCG firm has entered the male grooming market with the launch of OxyLife Men Creme Bleach and a male professional facial bleach, targeting the men's beauty salon and parlour market?

24. Which California-based company has launched 'Face Match', a software that assesses the extent to which a photo on an ID used for online transaction matches customer's actual face?

25. Which Indian business personality has been nominated as a member of the board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an American think-tank?

26. Mr Eiji Toyoda, 100, died in Japan last week. He was the former president and chairman of which MNC?

27. Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, died in Japan last week. He was the former president of which MNC?

28. Anurag Batra of Exchange4media and investment banker Vikram Jhunjhunwala, who is representing a set of investors, have bought which publication brand?

29. Mr TV Narendran has been named as the managing director designate of which company?

30. This is a venture which should have taken off long back. Which business group is entering into a partnership with Singapore Airlines to launch a full-service airline in India?

31. A new bank was opened in China last week. What is unique about it?

32. Which business group has sold off its entire stake of 29.79 per cent in Norcros plc, an LSE-listed and brand owner of Johnson tiles and Triton bathroom accessories?

33. Which is the only Indian entity which has managed to find a place in the list of ten best companies for leadership in Asia, compiled by global consultancy firm Hay Group?

34. Nikhil Nanda has been appointed managing director of which company?

35. Which MNC has bought Mumbai-based Cheryl’s Cosmeceuticals for an undisclosed amount to enter the professional salon skincare market?

36. Which DTH company has roped in actor Mohanlal as its brand ambassador for Kerala?

37. The Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) has elected Ravindra Pisharod as its new chairman. He is the executive director of which company?

38. Which business group last week announced its foray into the higher education sector with the inauguration of its first engineering institution in Hyderabad?

39. Who has been chosen for AAAI's (Advertising Agencies Association of India's) Lifetime Achievement Award this year?

40. Which sales milestone has Maruti Suzuki Ertiga crossed in Indian market?

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September 15, 2013

Biz Quizzard 494

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Sahara Group has entered into a long-term alliance with which business group to expand the Q Shop retail chain in Delhi through Super Bazar outlets?

2. Which company has joined hands with Andreas Froese, a German ecologist from Honduras, Central America, to build an educational-cum-recreational facility using PET bottles in Redhill, Chennai?

3. Which beverage major in India has joined hands with Tetra Pak, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, to introduce a revolutionary 'bottle pack'?

4. Which US company has agreed to acquire the parent company of rival Global Tower Partners for about $3.3 billion?

5. Which company has inked a 70:30 joint venture with Kenya-based diversified business house Sameer Group to tap the growth potential in the fast-growing African wellness market?

6. Suntory Beverage & Food has agreed to buy the Lucozade and Ribena drink brands from which MNC for about 1.35 billion pounds ($2.1 billion)?

7. Which MNC will buy electrical transformers and switch-gear maker Vijai Electricals for $200 million (Rs 1,280 crore)?

8. Tractebel Engineering has acquired Chennai-based Cethar Consulting Engineers. Tractebel is the consultancy arm of which French energy major?

9. Which MNC has agreed to acquire mobile advertising exchange startup MoPub Inc?

10. Apple’s new iPhone 5C will be available in how many colours?

11. Which MNC has launched the world’s first Cricket Mode television?

12. Which company has agreed to buy the Gujarat cement plants of Delhi-based Jaiprakash Associates (JAL)?

13. US-based Endurance International Group will be acquiring a part of which Mumbai-based domain name registrar?

14. Which company is set to create a splash in the country’s edible oil market with its olive oil brand Oleev?

15. Which MNC has entered the men’s skin whitening product space under its Dynamite brand of grooming products for men?

16. Which celebrity will endorse the new BoroPlus face wash range?

17. Which MNC has launched a new SUV version called ’The Boss’?

18. Indians have voted which city as the world's best city for doing business and for living purpose, according to a study by market research company Ipsos?

19. STAR India is launching a new English general entertainment channel (GEC) on September 24. What has it been branded as?

20. Pernod Ricard India has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its vodka brand Seagram's Fuel?

21. Which jewellery house has roped in Hasleen Kaur, former Femina Miss India Earth 2011, as their new brand ambassador?

22. Which company will acquire a majority stake in Hyderabad-based digital agency PennyWise Solutions?

23. Which company has launched an intermediate commercial vehicle, a truck, branded Boss?

24. Nokia released a low-cost device with which language capability in the country last week?

25. Partha Rakshit, proprietor, Partha Rakshit Associates, has been elected as the chairman of which industry body?

26. Which Indian business personality has been ranked 27th in the Singapore's 50 Richest List for 2013 by Forbes?

27. Which American inventor, audio pioneer, and founder of a well known company, died in his home in San Francisco last week?

28. Which hospitality major will be celebrating its 30 years in India this month?

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September 8, 2013

Biz Quizzard 493

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 02 - 07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is investing in an advanced modular product (AMP) platform, internally called ‘X4’, to regain its market share?

2. Its goodbye to another service. British telecom giant BT has pulled out which service in UK?

3. Which company has forayed into mobile gaming with launch of Tiny Mogul Games?

4. Which skincare brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Kiss and Make Up’ to promote its lip balm collection?

5. This is a big deal. Which company has agreed to acquire Vodafone Group Plc’s 45% stake to take full control of the US wireless business in a $130 billion transaction?

6. Which Srei Group firm, which acquired DPSC from state-owned Andrew Yule in 2010, has merged DPSC with itself?

7. Anuj Agarwal will be the new chief executive of which insurance firm?

8. On September 2nd, which business group became the first Indian business house to cross the Rs 6 lakh crore mark in market valuation?

9. Kolkata-based media group Anandabazar Patrika (ABP) has put which magazine on the block?

10. Which MNC has agreed to buy Nokia’s handset unit and license its patents for €5.44 billion ($7.2 billion)?

11. Future Group founder Kishore Biyani has come up with a new business model wherein company franchisees will visit customers to take orders. What is it called?

12. Hyundai Motor India last week launched its new compact car. What has it been branded as?

13. What has Google’s next Android version been branded as?

14. Which NYSE-listed firm has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held software company Actix for approximately $120 million?

15. Which MNC celebrated its 15th birthday on September 4?

16. Which pharma major has taken over the entire stake in Unichem’s Pithampur SEZ-based plant?

17. Which global real estate advisor has taken over real estate advisor company Lemongrass Advisors in a unique deal, reportedly done for the first time in India?

18. Which cosmetics firm plans to expand its presence in tier 2 and 3 towns with its mass brand – Street Wear?

19. Which UK-based auto magazine is all set to hit the stands in India by the end of September?

20. Which FMCG company has opened its first ayurvedic clinic near Kolkata?

21. Which watch brand has launched a television commercial featuring Swiss balance artist Maedir Eugster? (brand and sub-brand needed)

22. Swipe Telecom has teamed up with which well known youth brand to launch India’s first Quadcore, 3G calling 7.85” IPS display Tablet PC?

23. Which business group last week appointed Nitin Nohria, the Dean of Harvard Business School, as non-executive director on its board?

24. Which Kerala-based business group has announced its entry into the wellness foods industry with ‘Soukyam’ range of food products?

25. Television channel Colors has announced the launch of the Indian adaptation of The House That Made Me, in association with which brand?

26. Mumbai hotel Shangri La has been rebranded. What is the new name?

27. What is unique about the new Amul butter TVC?

28. Which e-commerce site last week launched a promotion offering onions at Rs 9/kg?

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September 1, 2013

Biz Quizzard 492

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week August 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. George Varghese has been named chief executive of which media group?

2. Which brand of Britannia Industries cannot be trademarked, according to a ruling by the Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB), India’s patent appeals board?

3. Joe King has been appointed as the head of Indian operations of which automobile MNC?

4. AK Bal, former deputy chairman of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), has been appointed as CEO of which infrastructure and mining major?

5. Mr Neelkanth Kalyani, 87, died recently. He was the founder of which well known company?

6. Which consulting firm has appointed Pradeep Mukerjee as country head and chief executive officer for India?

7. Zee TV network is launching another general entertainment channel. What has it been branded as?

8. Nike has launched a new campaign “Possibilities” as part of the 25th anniversary of which well known campaign?

9. Which Indian company has launched what it claimed was the world’s first clinically proven typhoid conjugate vaccine, Typbar – TCV, for infants above six-months as well as adults?

10. Domino’s Pizza last week inaugurated its 600th restaurant at Vasant Kunj in New Delhi. The restaurant brings to India which new globally launched concept by the brand?

11. Southwest Airlines tops the list of world’s biggest low-cost carriers (LCC) by seats offered, according to a recent report by CAPA-Centre for Aviation. Which airline from India is ranked 10th on the list?

12. Which international drug firm has appointed Edgard Olaizola as the company's managing director for operations in India and Sri Lanka with effect from September 1?

13. Leading denim maker Arvind Ltd plans to launch an apparel brand next year, marking its entry in the Rs 2,000-crore organised branded apparel market. Name the brand?

14. Which celebrity has been appointed brand ambassador for Pond’s Gold Radiance?

15. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has crossed which milestone mark in small commercial vehicles (SCVs) sales in India?

16. Who is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a new Forbes list?

17. Which MNC has bought image search specialty startup IQ Engines to add the company's technology to its photo service?

18. Ashok Vemuri, the head of Infosys’ North American operations and a member of its board, has resigned and is likely to join which company as CEO?

19. Titan Industries has unveiled its new name - Titan Company Ltd. – and a new logo. What is the logo called?

20. Which city has been named the world's most liveable city for the third year in a row, according to a survey of 140 cities released this month by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?

21. Which MNC has appointed Christian de Faria as chief executive officer (CEO) for its Africa operations, with effect from January 1, 2014?

22. Times Television Network will launch a new English entertainment channel, which will show both movies and serials in the romance and comedy genres. What has it been branded as?

23. Sushil Maroo has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Director of which London-listed company?

24. Who has stepped down as chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)?

25. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been roped in as the new brand ambassadors of which shampoo brand?

26. Dinesh K Sarraf, Managing Director, ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL), has been selected by the Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) to be the next CMD of which company?

27. GV Keshav Reddy, the scion of the GVK group, has teamed up with Ishaan Dodhiwala to launch a brand of India-inspired products. Name the brand?

28. Which brand has launched its new campaign ‘Power of 49’?

29. Which MNC has acquired social analytics company Trendrr to enhance its offerings in the entertainment industry?

30. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘My thing Everything!’?

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rajeev kondapalli