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August 24, 2014

Biz Quizzard 543

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

1. Which MNC has objected to Varanasi-based fabric maker SND & Co’s brand on the grounds that the name can create confusion among its customer?

2. Which celebrity has been appointed the brand ambassador for Astral Pipes?

3. Which MNC toy maker has teamed up with US labels Lord & Taylor, Wildfox and Forever 21 to launch fashion collections for its iconic brand?

4. Which news channel has appointed industry veteran Ajit Anjum as its managing editor?

5. Issam Bachaalani will be the managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC from October 1?

6. Which company has hired Ajith Babu Narasimha, former marketing director at Colgate Palmolive India, to head its healthcare division as the chief executive officer?

7. Which IIM has become the first IIM in the country to receive accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International?

8. Which company last week announced that it will invest Rs 100 crore to erect sanitation facilities for girl students across 10,000 schools?

9. Which broadcaster has launched the country’s first Hindi crime and suspense channel?

10. Which company has topped the first ever Indian edition of WPP's BrandZ report on the top 50 most valuable Indian brands?

11. With estimated earnings of $47 million, who is the world's highest paid model for the eighth consecutive year, according to Forbes.com?

12. Chlorophyll, the brand and communications consultant, has launched a new agency on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. What has it been branded as?

13. Which bank has launched an equated monthly installment (EMI) scheme on debit card purchases, making it the first of its kind facility?

14. Which textile and apparel retailer has entered the e-commerce space and will sell customised apparel under the brand Creyate?

15. McDonald's will offer what gifts with Happy Meals for the first time in India?

16. Which premium Taiwanese bicycle maker is in the process of setting up a manufacturing facility in Pune?

17. Philips India has launched its first ever TV campaign for which kitchen gadget?

18. Jyothy Labs is likely to exit which product category following differences with German multinational Henkel over the brand?

19. Which UK-based telecom company will invest $100 million over the next 18 months in India to enter fixed line connectivity, Wi-Fi and messaging domains?

20. Which city has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index for the fourth year in a row?

21. Which celebrity has been signed as the brand ambassador of Ching's Secret, a brand owned by Capital Foods?

22. Ford EcoSport has crossed which sales milestone in domestic and export markets?

23. Which 75-year-old Indian conglomerate has launched its first ever corporate campaign with the communication message ‘Mera Bharat Bada Ho Raha Hai’?

24. TVS Motor has added one more variant to its 20 year old brand Scooty. What has it been branded as?

25. Mahindra & Mahindra last week launched a new tractor range in the high horsepower segment. What has it been branded as?

26. Indo-Japanese electric two-wheeler manufacturer, Morello Yamasaki, will be launching a new electric vehicle with an SOS button for women riders. What has it been nicknamed?

27. Calvin Harris has been named as the world's highest-paid person in which profession, according to Forbes.com?

28. Which company has struck a deal with Herman Jansen to acquire 50% brand rights over Mansion House for India and South Asian markets?

29. The Huffington Post Media Group has partnered with which media company to launch an Indian edition of The Huffington Post?

30. Five Indian companies are among Forbes' list of the world's 100 most innovative companies. Which company has been ranked 14th?

31. The largest children's specialty apparel retailer in North America plans to debut in India next year. Name it?

32. Which Hyderabad-based midsized engineering solutions firm has announced picking 51% stake in the same city-based data science startup Invati Insights for an undisclosed sum?

33. Which company has acquired Lunchtime.cz and Obedovat.sk, the Czech Republic’s and Slovakia's restaurant guides, respectively, for a combined amount of $3.25 million?

34. Mr Ramchandra Gandhi (89) passed away in Ahmedabad last week. He was the founder and chairman emeritus of which company?

35. Which well known US-based apparel retailer has entered into a franchisee partnership with Arvind Lifestyle Brand for its India debut?

36. Pernod Ricard India has signed actors Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as brand ambassadors for which brand?

37. Scania Commercial Vehicles India, a CV and engine manufacturer, last week handed over a city bus to Nagpur Municipal Corporation for a trial run. What is its claim to fame?

38. Which celebrity has turned a film producer under the banner Purple Pebble Pictures?

39. Prakash Wakankar will be the new CEO of which retail company?

40. Which company has launched ‘Taqdeer Badal De’, its first ever TVC for its commercial vehicle portfolio?

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August 17, 2014

Biz Quizzard 542

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

1. According to data on alcohol consumption sourced from an annual report by Drinks International, which brand is currently the largest selling whisky brand globally?

2. With which company has OLX inked a unique tie-up that will leverage each other's strengths to offer the combined benefits of their platforms to their internet base?

3. Which youth fashion brand from Madurai-based Madura Fashion & Lifestyle has launched its campaign #StartTrending?

4. New Delhi-based Carnation Hospitality has acquired which company for 100 crore from Lavazza Spa?

5. The full-service airline by the Tata Group and Singapore International Airlines (SIA) is likely to be launched by October. What has it been branded as?

6. Which automobile MNC is betting on a first of-its-kind initiative of relying on data scientists at its Bangalore research unit to improve quality of its marquee cars?

7. Jet Airways has announced that it will do away with which two brands, moving out of the low-cost carrier space?

8. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘Un-compromise’?

9. Which actress has been signed on to endorse Neutrogena?

10. Which tourism department has touched a new milestone on social media by crossing the one-million-fan mark on its Facebook page?

11. Colgate-Palmolive (India) has launched a campaign #Whattheblack to launch which first-in-India product?

12. Which company has acquired Lanco Infratech's 1,200 mw Udupi thermal power plant in an Rs 6,000-crore transaction?

13. Two-wheeler maker Hero Electric last week launched a new scooter model. What has it been branded as?

14. Big Magic Bihar and Jharkhand, run by Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL), has donned a new identity. What is it now known as?

15. Which company has launched JanBus, the world's first front-engine, full-flat, low-floor bus?

16. Which IT firm will buy US-based e-commerce technology firm Professional Access from 3i Infotech?

17. ITC group has forayed into electronic cigarettes under which brand?

18. Which MNC is making cash payment of $2.15 billion for a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage Corp?

19. Which MNC will buy SmartThings, a startup backed by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin that helps connect household devices?

20. Which FMCG major is splitting its home and personal care (HPC) business into two separate divisions for a sharper marketing focus?

21. Jaspreet Bindra has quit as the CEO of which company?

22. Tata Motors launched its all-new compact sedan last week. Name the brand?

23. Harish Badami has assumed office as CEO and Managing Director of which cement company last week?

24. Aloft Hotels, the tech-forward, innovation hub for millennial-minded travellers, has announced the appointment of a new butler at Aloft Cupertino. Why did this make news?

25. Which company is set to launch what it claims as the world’s cheapest smartphone in India with a price tag of about Rs 2,000?

26. IBM Simon mobile phone turned 20 on August 16. What is its claim to fame?

27. Which MNC retailer is planning to rope in young students from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to design its global collection?

28. Which MNC is buying JetPac Inc, the startup that designs social travel applications?

29. Which company will acquire smaller rival Welspun Maxsteel for about Rs 1,000 crore?

30. For the first time in its history, Tata Consultancy Services is shutting down its unit and exiting a country as it could not get enough outsourcing volumes. Which country?

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August 10, 2014

Biz Quizzard 541

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

1. Which brand has topped the latest edition of The Economic Times and Interbrand Best Indian Brands study?

2. Which menswear brand is claiming to be the only retail giant to launch its own show - `In Pursuit of Excellence'?

3. Which innerwear brand has come out with a new television campaign titled ‘Move’, targeting youngsters in the age group of 18-25 years, who are impatient and unwilling to compromise?

4. Which Indian handset major has roped in a Japanese researcher to make a phone battery that's twice as powerful as and thinner than any other smartphone battery?

5. Which MNC is setting up the world’s largest scooter plant in Gujarat?

6. Bajaj Auto has created which two new internal records for sales in a month for July 2014?

7. Which cosmetics major has announced the appointment of Romulus Marian Sirbu as the Managing Director of Indian operations?

8. Nissan Motor has said it would replace which model with a new product in India by 2016?

9. Who is Hollywood's highest paid actress with estimated earnings of $51 million over 12 months, as per the latest ranking from Forbes magazine?

10. Which company has emerged as India’s top handset maker for the April – June 2014 period?

11. Getit Infomedia has signed up which celebrity as the brand ambassador to promote 'askmebazaar.com'?

12. 'Sharknado' actress Tara Reid is launching a new perfume inspired by her popular shark drama. What has it been branded as?

13. Multi Screen Media (MSM) is launching a new general entertainment channel (GEC) on September 1. What has it been branded as?

14. Which portal has launched its latest campaign ‘No Darr. Find Ghar’?

15. Comedian Kapil Sharma plays the role of an unused juicer mixer in the television commercial for which brand?

16. Which London-based agency has agreed to acquire February India, an independent advertising agency based in Delhi, through a 10 year structured deal?

17. Fiat has launched a new variant of Punto. What has it been sub-branded as?

18. Which airline from India last week announced that it has entered into a reciprocal code-share pact with Vietnam's national carrier, Vietnam Airlines?

19. P Balaji has resigned as the managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC?

20. Which Indonesian food products company has taken a plunge into the fast-growing Indian instant noodles market with its product Joymee?

21. Pawan Munjal has been elevated to which position at Hero MotoCorp?

22. Cerner Corp is buying the health information technology business unit of which MNC for $1.3 billion in cash?

23. Which IT MNC has appointed Dilipkumar Khandelwal as the managing director for its Indian operations?

24. Which US-based solar power project developer has announced that it would be making its India debut by setting up a solar project in Telangana?

25. How many Indians are among Fortune magazine's maiden 'Big Data All-Stars' list of 20 extraordinary people who are "the best at connecting the dots and digging deep."?

26. Which tyre brand has partnered Mahindra Adventure to launch 'Monastery Escape', a campaign for SUV owners and offroading enthusiasts?

27. Which advertising group plans to set up a sports arm in India to tap opportunities in the country's nascent sports marketing segment?

28. Amara Raja Batteries Ltd has crossed which quarterly sales revenue milestone for the first quarter?

29. Arijit Basu has taken over as Managing Director and CEO of which insurance company?

30. Which brand has topped consulting firm Brand Finance India’s annual study, which evaluates the country’s most powerful and valuable brands?

31. Legendary cartoonist Mr Pran Kumar Sharma died in Gurgaon last week. He is creator of which iconic character?

32. Which MNC has announced that the entire range of its Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) portfolio would be available in India exclusively on Amazon.in beginning September 1, 2014?

33. Which luxury fashion brand has announced its Fall 2014 global advertising campaign la víe en rope?

34. Actors Dhanush and Adah Sharma will soon be seen in a new television commercial for which confectionary brand?

35. Which jewellery brand has launched ‘One Love’, a pan-India OOH campaign to promote its anniversary range of solitaires?

36. Which luxury ladies handbags brand has launched its campaign ‘mancraft’?

37. German carmaker Audi introduced which new sedan in India last week?

38. Which MNC is buying California-based cybersecurity startup PrivateCore, in a move to boost defences of its vast server network?

39. Which MNC launched seven super premium bicycles in the country last week?

40. Rakesh K Sarna will be the new MD & CEO of which hospitality major?

41. The government has appointed H Kumar as the managing director of which subsidiary of ONGC?

42. Philips India has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador for its beauty business, which includes a range of hair and depilation devices?

43. Honda’s compact sedan Amaze has crossed which sales milestone in India?

44. Which London shirt maker has won a trademark court case in Britain against US lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret?

45. The labour ministry has appointed which business entity as a knowledge partner for enhancing employability and entrepreneurship among the youth?

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