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March 1, 2015

Biz Quizzard 570

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

1. Which fashion portal has sponsored the West Indies team for the ICC Cricket World Cup?

2. Israeli company Sesame Enable has unveiled a new smartphone. What is its claim to fame?

3. Which company has agreed to acquire gastrointestinal drug maker Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd in an all-cash deal valued at about $10.1 billion?

4. Which company launched its bed linen collection titled 'Ebony and Ivory' through the movie 'Shamitabh'?

5. Which company has become the No. 1 player in the tablet segment in India in the three months ended December 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC)?

6. Takahiro Hachigo will be the new global CEO of which automobile MNC from June?

7. Which MNC has picked up 34% stake in Indo Nissin Foods, maker of Top Ramen instant noodles in India, for about Rs 500 crore?

8. Which company has fully acquired Aadhaar Wholesale Trading and Distribution by buying 30% equity stake from Godrej Agrovet and Anamudi Real Estates?

9. Mr Bhadrashyam Kothari, 53, died at Houston recently after a brief illness. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of which business group?

10. Which business group plans to develop India's largest single hub for toy manufacturing at its special economic zone that is coming up close to Kakinada port on the country's east coast?

11. Which company has emerged the “highest bidder” for the Park Hyatt Hotel at Cansaulim in Goa?

12. Which company will hand out digital key-chains, lockets and hand-rings, christened ‘Fightback Plus’, to its over 27,000 women staffers soon?

13. Which company last week announced the launch of the ‘Colour the skies’ sales promotion for Holi?

14. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a new campaign ‘Looks Good. Is Good.’?

15. Which company last week said it became the first company to reach sales of a cumulative capacity of 1 GW (Gigawatts) solar inverters in the country?

16. Which is the most trusted brand in the country, according to Brand Trust Report 2015 by TRA (formerly known as Trust Research Advisory)?

17. Which US-based refrigerant technology provider last week entered the Indian market?

18. Which business process management company is buying analytics firm RPM Direct for about $74 million (Rs 460.2 crore) to expand its portfolio?

19. Which British insurance brokerage has re-entered the Indian market by picking up 49 per cent stake in New Delhi-based Almondz Insurance Brokers?

20. Former JPMorgan Chase investment banker Bill Winters will be the new CEO of which MNC bank?

21. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a new campaign with the baseline 'Designed for two. To feel like one.'?

22. Adobe released a new campaign during the Oscar Awards presentation on February 23. What was it celebrating?

23. Which beverage brand has launched a digital campaign #WalkToTheMoon?

24. Which Thai firm has set up a joint venture with hotel asset management firm Kingsbridge India to set up seven hotels in the country by 2018?

25. Which company has acquired 100% equity shares of Nypro Forbes Products for an undisclosed consideration?

26. Which startup, an incubatee company of the IIM-Ahmadabad’s technology business incubator, has set up the country’s largest biomass cook-stove factory at Vadodara in Gujarat?

27. Which is India's 'buzziest' brand, according to the tenth edition of Surewaves Buzziest Brands?

28. Turner International India (a Time Warner Company) will soon launch a new kids channel in the country. What has it been branded as?

29. Which motorcycle company will join the four-wheel market by launching small cars in Europe as early as 2019 to meet rising demand for energy-efficient vehicles?

30. Cadbury’s former South Asia head Bharat Puri has been appointed as the new managing director of which company?

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February 22, 2015

Biz Quizzard 569

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

1. Which MNC is reportedly working on the creation of an electric car under a project code-named "Titan"?

2. India's chocolate sales crossed which milestone mark in 2014, according to Euromonitor?

3. Which company is claiming to have become the first out-of-home media brand in the world to get ISO:27001 certification?

4. Which business personality is launching a social enterprise, Ek Step, to help elementary school children across the country improve their reading and arithmetic skills?

5. The world’s richest chocolatier died on Valentine’s Day in Montecarlo. Name him?

6. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to fully acquire U.S.-based automation technology provider Panaya for an enterprise value of $200 million?

7. Which MNC brewer has exited its joint venture with Ravi Jaipuria's RJ Corp to begin independent operations in the country through its wholly-owned entity Crown Beers?

8. Which celebrity, along with sibling, will be launching a high street fashion brand Rheson this September?

9. Which brand has launched its new campaign 'Todo Nahin, Jodo'?

10. Punit Renjen will be the new global CEO of which MNC?

11. Which MNC will buy Brit Plc, a specialty insurer and reinsurer, for about $1.88 billion?

12. Which retailer has acquired online grocer ekstop.com?

13. Which tourism destination was promoted by the teaser campaign 'Ilha de Calma'?

14. Which brand of blood glucose monitors has launched a campaign titled “Khud Ki Care”?

15. Which company has acquired luxury fashion portal Exclusively.in for an undisclosed amount?

16. Which company has signed an exclusive deal to develop, distribute and market games around Virat Kohli for three years?

17. Which business group will host the world’s first solar-powered airplane, ‘Solar Impulse 2’, in India at Ahmedabad and Varanasi in March?

18. Which company has partnered Startupbootcamp FinTech, an accelerator, to host Pitch Days in India?

19. BMW Group India last week introduced which new sub-brand in India?

20. Amul last week launched its new premium ice cream brand in Delhi, a day ahead of HUL’s launch of Magnum in the city. What has it been branded as?

21. Which company has decided to buy out its 15-year-old partner UK-based RSA Group’s 26% stake in their insurance joint venture for a consideration of Rs 450 crore?

22. Which US-headquartered news portal last week announced its foray into the Indian market in partnership with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd’s JV firm India.com?

23. Which MNC has bought U.S. mobile wallet startup LoopPay?

24. Which entity last week announced an A$6.5 billion ($5.1 billion) takeover of Australian freight and logistics firm Toll Holdings Ltd?

25. Which pan masala brand has launched a new campaign ‘Pehchan Kaamyabi Ki’?

26. Which MNC will launch its SUV ‘Trailblazer’ in India this year?

27. Which company has launched a new campaign looking at ‘vacation deprivation’ as a disease?

28. Which writing instrument brand has launched an animated ad campaign showing the prince of ‘Pen Nagar’ getting married to the princess of ‘Pencil Land’?

29. Which brand has launched its new campaign, titled ‘Mummy’s Khushiyon Ki Recipe’?

30. Which MNC has been recognised as the fastest-growing brand globally in the information technology sector over five years, according to a study by London-based Brand Finance?

31. Which business group has signed a 51:49 joint venture with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, Israel's second largest defence company?

32. Which U.S. drinks can maker has agreed to buy British rival Rexam Plc in a 4.43 billion pounds ($6.9 billion) deal?

33. Which social network last week launched a global display advertising network, in partnership with AppNexus?

34. Which brand has been ranked as the world's most powerful brand 2015 by strategy consultancy Brand Finance?

35. Google is in the process of setting up an office in India for its year-old late-stage fund, the first office outside of the US. What is the fund called?

36. Which company has launched a new brand called ‘Seqrite’ to provide IT security solutions for business enterprises?

37. How many Indian companies have entered a list of 73 most-valued billion dollar club of start-ups across the world, based on a survey by The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource?

38. Metals and mining conglomerate Vedanta Resources plans to rechristen its subsidiary Sesa Sterlite. What will it be known as?

39. Which MNC has launched a campaign as part of the ‘1 hour of fitness’ movement?

40. Which company is picking up 51 per cent stake in food and confectionery manufacturer Sublime Foods for an undisclosed sum?

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February 15, 2015

Biz Quizzard 568

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

1. Which company has acquired iClinic Healthcare, a technology-based healthcare provider founded by former Vodafone chief commercial officer Sanjoy Mukerji and Britannia MD Varun Berry?

2. Which MNC has acquired Odysee, an app that lets users back up and access content captured on their mobile or tablet cameras from their PCs?

3. Which Mumbai-based company has acquired a technology from a Chinese company to turn induction stove into an interactive one?

4. Which business personality has made a personal investment in auto classifieds portal CarDekho?

5. Which company has launched its latest digital campaign 'Do ThumbThing'?

6. Which MNC has announced the launch of the official video game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, titled 'ICC Pro Cricket 2015'?

7. Which actress will launch her cosmetics line called 'Circa' in US later this month?

8. Which brand has launched a new television commercial for the world cup with the message ‘There’s a lot riding on us’?

9. Which biscuit brand has launched a television commercial to mark its new packaging, with the positioning ‘Thoda Aur’?

10. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its first American satellite later this year or early next year. For which company?

11. Which US retailer last week launched its first technology innovation centre outside of the US, at Bengaluru?

12. Ratan Tata has taken up a mentoring role in which venture capital firm?

13. Which Chinese business group has agreed to buy Swiss sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media AG with a group of investors for 1.05 billion Euros ($1.19 billion)?

14. Which company and Government of Rajasthan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly set up India’s largest solar park of 10,000 MW in Rajasthan?

15. Which cab services company has launched its first nationwide marketing campaign 'Ab Haath Na Hilao, Bas App Dabao'?

16. Which company is acquiring Bengaluru-based startup Eventifier as it looks to expand across the entertainment value chain?

17. Which confectionary brand has launched a new campaign ‘Aapko Farak Padega!’ to communicate that it is now ‘bigger, softer and better’?

18. Which well known economist has won has the newly instituted Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize?

19. Which MNC has submitted a bid to acquire Sweden's Axis Communications, expanding into video surveillance?

20. Which company last week launched ‘Pockets’, the first digital Bank in the country?

21. Which business group will purchase a majority stake in Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering (PDOE) for roughly Rs 3,000 crore?

22. Which Singapore-based company has agreed to pick up a controlling stake in Green Infra, a company controlled by IDFC's private equity (PE) arm?

23. Which MNC plans to launch Fuze Tea, its billion-dollar global brand that combines tea and fruit juice, in India this summer?

24. Delhi-based Alibi Technologies is launching a new dating app. What is it called?

25. Which MNC will acquire the broadcast business of Maa Television Network for an undisclosed sum?

26. Which MNC has bagged the title sponsorship of the India Fashion Week, replacing Wills Lifestyle?

27. Which online travel booking service has agreed to acquire Orbitz Worldwide for about $1.34 billion in cash?

28. Which steel company has acquired three service centres in Sweden, Finland and Norway to strengthen its offering to manufacturers in the Nordic region?

29. Which chocolate brand has launched a digital video campaign titled ‘Golden Moments’ for Valentine’s Day?

30. Which MNC has announced the launch of Web Rangers in India, a program that empowers teens to promote the safe use of the Internet among their peers?

31. Which FM radio network has inked a pact to acquire the seven `Oye FM' radio stations run by the TV Today Network?

32. Which Mumbai-based company has sold a 68% stake in its seamless stainless steel tube division for Rs 206 crore to Spain's Tubacex, the world's second largest manufacturer of the material?

33. Which Pune-based jeweller has signed up Salman Khan to endorse the 183-year-old brand across the world?

34. Which company’s arm Quess Group will acquire facility management firm Aramark India for an undisclosed sum?

35. Which company has acquired Savlon and Shower To Shower brands for India from Johnson & Johnson?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 568 as the subject.

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