November 24, 2013

Biz Quizzard 504

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Heinz India has announced its association with which celebrity for its 'Complan with memory chargers’?

2. Which company, according to a report, will buy out Bangalore-based garment chain Coupon?

3. Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways has placed an order for 30 Boeing Dreamliner 787-10 planes. What milestone has Boeing crossed with this order?

4. Former US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner is joining which private equity firm?

5. Which Indian bank will become a “foreign-owned” lender, to be governed by FDI policy, following the go-ahead to its proposed increase in foreign investment holding to 62%?

6. The citizens of which country have emerged as the world’s most active Twitter users, according to a new research by PeerReach?

7. Which company has entered into a JV with Taiwan-based China Steel Global Trading Corporation and Singapore-based Mitsui & Co to set up an automotive steel service centre in Pune?

8. Which MNC has bought PrimeSense, an Israeli maker of chips that enable three-dimensional (3D) machine vision, for $345 million?

9. Which Indian broadcast company has unveiled its first corporate brand film based on its brand positioning and will be aired across the globe where it has its presence?

10. Which MNC has created an interactive video campaign called ‘Gear up buddies’ specifically to promote its products on e-commerce site

11. Which super-luxury car maker last week introduced its exclusive range of branded merchandise in the Indian market?

12. Which MNC has acquired Bitzer Mobile, a mobile solutions firm co-founded by Ali Ahmed, Naeem Zafar and Indus Khaitan?

13. Which German company has announced its foray into the Rs 2,500 crore modular kitchen industry in India?

14. Which company has sold its wholly owned subsidiary, Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX), to US-based InterContinental Exchange (ICE) for $150 million?

15. Which well known fast food chain has entered India through a joint venture with the Everstone Group, a private equity and real estate firm?

16. Which company is acquiring Mumbai-based brokerage Antique Stock Broking and two of its subsidiaries for about Rs 30 crore?

17. Which MNC unveiled its compact luxury SUV ‘Macan’ at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week?

18. Which MNC, in association with Porsche Design, has launched a new all- touch Porsche Design P’ 9982 luxury smartphone?

19. Google Inc will offer a prepaid debit card that will allow consumers to purchase goods at stores and to withdraw cash from ATM machines. What has it been branded as?

20. Wellness brand VLCC and which celebrity have formed a 50:50 joint venture called YaP Yoga to provide yoga and physiotherapy services under the name Yap?

21. Canada Pension Plan (CPP), one of the top 10 retirement funds in the world, is joining hands with which business group to form one of the largest real estate finance companies in India?

22. Which global payment company has acquired Mumbai-based mobile payment startup Qubecell?

23. Which company is planning to launch the country’s first hybrid electric three-wheeler (auto) in the next 12 months?

24. Which actor has been signed on to endorse the first pimple clearing face wash for men from Garnier MEN?

25. Which MNC has launched a campaign, 'Help Women Get Online', in association with Intel, HUL and Axis Bank, to spread awareness among women on the benefits of internet?

26. Who has been named 'Business Person of the Year' by Fortune magazine in its annual list of top 50 people in business?

27. Hrithik Roshan has launched his own casual wear brand which will target his fans and others in India and elsewhere. Name the brand?

28. HTC has launched its highest priced handset for Indian market. What has it been branded as?

29. Which British bike manufacturer started selling its iconic bikes in India last week?

30. Amar Chitra Katha is launching a new title next week featuring which well known personality?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 504 as the subject.

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rajeev kondapalli

November 17, 2013

Biz Quizzard 503

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which clothing brand has roped in cricketer Shikhar Dhawan as brand ambassador?

2. Who will become the first Asian to head the jury for Titanium, one of the newest and most coveted award categories at Cannes Lions?

3. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Anant Maheshwari as president of its Indian operations?

4. I have covered this earlier. Usha Ananthasubramanian last week took charge as the first chairperson and managing director of which bank?

5. Which television channel is rebranding itself with a new logo and baseline 'Correct Hai!'?

6. Which Indian company has announced the setting up of a centre of excellence for advanced learning in applied Bio-Sciences?

7. According to the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI) report by, citizens of which country rank 1st in finding best value hotel deals domestically?

8. Swiss watch brand Rado has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador for Rado HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Plasma Ceramic?

9. Which online retailer has forged an exclusive partnership with UK-based apparel manufacturer, Raised On Denim?

10. Emami has roped in which sports personality to endorse its premium health supplement Zandu Kesari Jivan?

11. Which company has divested its minority stakes in ethnic wear firm Biba Apparels and designer Anita Dongre-owned AND for Rs 450 crore?

12. Which credit rating organization from India is joining four others from different countries to launch a new global agency?

13. Which brand is the world’s fastest growing scotch whiskey in the past five years, according to International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR)?

14. Sahara India Pariwar has launched mobile shops, a road-replica of Sahara Q Shops. What have they been branded as?

15. Which business personality has emerged as the most generous Indian in the inaugural Hurun India Philanthropy List 2013?

16. Which Indian company has entered into a franchise agreement with US-based footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource?

17. Marks & Spencer recently launched the world’s first M&S beauty department concept. Which location?

18. Sushil Vachani, professor of strategy and policy at Boston University School of Management, is all set to be the new director of which business school in India?

19. The performance marketing network of which advertising agency in India has entered into a joint venture with Smile Group?

20. Which location is the most expensive retail market in India, according to global property consultant Cushman and Wakefield's (C&W) report 'Main Streets Across the World 2013?

21. Which MNC has appointed Parminder Singh as the Managing Director of Asia, North Africa and India?

22. Which milestone has India crossed in terms of internet users?

23. Captains of India Inc and eminent personalities from across professions last week launched a grassroots people’s movement. What has it been named?

24. Siddhartha Birla, founder and Chairman of Xpro India Ltd, and Chairman Digjam Ltd, will be the next President of which industry body?

25. Which brand has launched its campaign on the social media with a video titled ‘Reunion’?

26. Which brand’s latest regional campaign features Tamil superstar Vijay along with Malayalee actor Fahad Fazil and Kannada actor Diganth Manchale?

27. Cashing on the Sachin mania, which company has launched a new campaign with Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, one of the greatest fans of the master blaster?

28. Which MNC has unveiled a new global brand identity with a redesigned logo and a new tagline ‘Innovation and You’?

29. Which Indian company has decided to phase out its PC business?

30. Who has been awarded the CII President’s award for his contribution to industry?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 503 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

November 10, 2013

Biz Quizzard 502

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which bank has launched its new campaign with the positioning ‘Bank aisa dost jaisa’?

2. Which Dublin-based mobile marketing company has launched its operations in India?

3. Why was 10-day-old Aahna Modi in news recently?

4. Which Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm has agreed to buy Auctus Pharma for about Rs 100 crore in an all-cash deal?

5. Thorsten Heins will step down as the CEO of which MNC?

6. Which brand has introduced the world's first crowd sourced English font?

7. Which advertising personality has launched a new agency Whyness?

8. Which cement major has appointed Bernard Terver as the head of Indian subcontinent and West Asia?

9. Which telecom company has entered into a definitive agreement with the Warid Group to fully acquire Warid Congo SA?

10. Which MNC has brought its six television channels under one brand and launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Believe’?

11. Google has launched a new online service aiming to connect businesses and consumers to solve problems or get advice on a range of issues. What is it called?

12. Harley Davidson last week unveiled its first all-new platform in 14 years at Milan. Name the 2 models, which will also be built in India?

13. Which Indian business personality has acquired a significant stake in South Africa’s Swartland-based Mullineux Family Wines, which sells some of South Africa’s fastest growing wine brands?

14. In one of the largest funding rounds for a consumer internet company in India, which portal has raised Rs 227 crore from Sequoia Capital and existing investor InfoEdge?

15. A Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 will be put up for auction next year. What will be its claim to fame?

16. Sunita Sharma has taken charge as MD and CEO of which finance company?

17. The founders of which Bangalore-based startup have been named as this year's winners in Social and Economic innovation of The Economist's Innovation Award?

18. Gustavo Martinez has been appointed Global President and future worldwide CEO of which advertising agency?

19. Watch brand Sonata has touched which milestone, in terms of customers?

20. Mars International India has formally launched which chocolate brand in the country?

21. Which MNC has agreed to sell its Jenny Craig diet business in North America and Oceania to private-equity firm North Castle Partners for an undisclosed amount?

22. Arup Roy Choudhury last week unveiled his first book ‘Management by idiots: A journey of real-life experiences’. He is the chairman of which PSU?

23. Which MNC has announced its new brand philosophy: ‘Because it matters’?

24. Which video-rental store chain is closing about 300 stores scattered around the United States?

25. Which city is home to the most number of billionaires, according to the Wealth-X and UBS billionaire census report 2013?

26. Who has been named as the most powerful businesswoman in India for the third consecutive year by Fortune Magazine?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 502 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

November 3, 2013

Biz Quizzard 501

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 28 - November 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The passenger operations at which airport, touted to be the world’s largest once it is completed, were opened recently?

2. Which business personality’s biography ‘Thunder Unbottled’ (I am not mentioning the full title) was unveiled recently?

3. Which business group is all set to launch its fresh fruit brand Saboro early next month?

4. McDonald's has said it was dropping which MNC as a supplier of ketchup?

5. Who will step down as chairman & CEO, Indian subcontinent at Leo Burnett, after a 30-year stint with the agency?

6. Which American fashion brand has signed on Priyanka Chopra as its global brand ambassador for next year?

7. Which Australian bathroom and sanitaryware brand has entered the Indian market through a franchise agreement with New Delhi-based Starmerc Infratech?

8. Another rich list, same names. Who has topped Forbes list of India's richest once again?

9. Pallab Talukdar has quit as the India CEO of which MNC?

10. Samsung Electronics has launched a golden coloured dual screen flip smartphone in India. What its claim to fame?

11. Ashish Khazanchi, former creative head of Publicis Ambience, has announced the launch of his own agency. What has it been branded as?

12. Dabur India has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its Chyawanprash brand?

13. Which country has emerged at the top, in terms of ease of doing business, in this year’s World Bank's Doing Business list?

14. Which destination has emerged as the world’s no. 1 region to visit in 2014, as per a list by the Lonely Planet?

15. Amul Kool Lassi has got a makeover, with a new product packaging and name change. What is the new name?

16. Which retail chain will soon open fine food hubs including a live kitchen inside its stores, under a new initiative christened ‘Epicuisine’?

17. Which company is acquiring Hyderabad-based Jyothi Dairy Private Limited?

18. Philips India has recently signed on which celebrity, along with Ranbir Kapoor, to endorse its range of LED products?

19. Which MNC last week said it had agreed to buy the consulting firm Booz & Company, bolstering its advisory business?

20. Lenovo has roped in which celebrity to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the actor a "product engineer''?

21. Indian-American entrepreneur couple, Satish and Yasmin Gupta, has donated USD 12 million to which university in USA, the largest donation in its 57-years of history?

22. Sanjiv Kapoor has been appointed the new chief operating officer of which airline?

23. Which company has acquired the India marketing rights for popular OTC skincare brand Caladryl from Valeant Pharmaceuticals?

24. Usha Sangwan has become the first woman managing director at which public sector entity?

25. Which chocolate major has roped in actor Arjun Rampal as the face of its new campaign?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 501 as the subject.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli