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November 23, 2014

Biz Quizzard 556

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Chitrangada Singh features in the latest television commercial of which brand, with the positioning ‘Love your new look’?

2. Shalabh Seth will be the new managing director of the Indian operations of which MNC from January 1, 2015?

3. Which real estate portal has launched a rental agreement product that helps people create and customise a property agreement online?

4. Chennai-based Exotic Global Trades Pvt. Ltd has launched its telecom products - mobile phones and tablet personal computers – under which brand?

5. Which financial portal in India has completed 15 years of existence recently?

6. Which company from India has been ranked third in 2014 Global Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders survey?

7. Which company has launched Peekaboo, a kids channel on digital media with HD animation content?

8. What unique distinction has the reality show MasterChef India achieved?

9. Which food delivery service has acquired TastyKhana, its biggest competitor in India?

10. Which MNC has agreed to pay about $66 billion for Allergan, the maker of Botox, in a deal that creates a new top 10 drugmaker?

11. Which MNC will buy Baker Hughes for about $35 billion in cash and stock, creating an oilfield services behemoth to take on market leader Schlumberger?

12. Which insurance company has tied up with ‘Room to Read’ to set up libraries across schools in India?

13. Which social network is testing a version aimed at professionals?

14. Which brand has launched its new ad in the US - the first one of a series promoting its new Hyperwarm line – with the positioning 'Choose Your Winter'?

15. Which celebrity has been roped in as the first ever ‘Caprese Girl’ (TVC currently on air)?

16. Which brand has launched its latest campaign ‘unfakeit’?

17. Which advertising personality has turned into an entrepreneur with the launch of Indiasarihouse.com, an e-commerce venture selling exquisite Indian saris and fabrics?

18. Which business personalities last week launched Axilor Ventures, a business incubator and platform for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship?

19. Toyota Motor Corp will introduce its first mass-market fuel cell car next month. What has it been branded as?

20. Which MNC last week unveiled N1, a 7.9 inch tablet running Android Lollipop OS?

21. Which liquid detergent brand has launched its ‘Raahat Ek Abhiyaan' campaign urging people to donate their spare woolens?

22. Which alcohol brand has launched a campaign titled 'Be One in a 100' to promote its gaming portal?

23. Which business group has launched ‘FreeG’ service, claimed to be India’s first non web-based mobile browsing experience?

24. Why were Boeing, Ford Motor, Chevron, Citigroup, Verizon Communications, JPMorgan Chase & Co and General Motors named in a study by two Washington think tanks last week?

25. IBM last week launched a new email application for businesses. What has it been branded as?

26. Which sports property is being promoted on television with the campaign ‘De Dana Dan’?

27. Which online marketplace for businesses has roped in actor Irrfan Khan as the face of its upcoming brand campaign?

28. Which company has launched Aerosoles footwear brand in India?

29. In a global first, Uber Technologies last week launched its low cost service exclusively for the Indian market. What has it been branded as?

30. Which business group has got all approvals from the civil aviation ministry to sell Australia-made Gipps airplanes in India?

31. Which company and US firm Cherokee Global Brands are jointly developing a new fashion brand for India?

32. Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have made an investment in which offline games startup?

33. Which 3 Indian cities feature in the top-100 list of highest quality service in hotels, in terms of giving the best value for money, as per a study by leading global hotel search website trivago?

34. Which globally known developer of solar farms has said that it would acquire First Wind, a leading developer and operator of wind farms in the US?

35. Which MNC has overtaken oil giant Exxon Mobil to become the world's second most valuable company after iPhone maker Apple Inc, according to Tech Times?

36. Home d├ęcor and designer furniture brand Casa Paradox, owned by Raseel Gujral Ansal and Navin Ansal, has launched a select retail concept. What is it called?

37. Which airline has launched a new ad 'The Welcome of Home' targeted at second-generation Indian expatriates?

38. Which is the most expensive retail destination across the country this year, according to a global report by Cushman & Wakefield?

39. Which MNC has struck a deal with Firefox maker Mozilla Corp to replace Google as the default search engine on the Firefox Web browser in the United States?

40. Mars Chocolate India has signed up which celebrity as the face of its new campaign?

41. Which deodorant brand released a light-hearted online video titled ‘Show Men Some Love’ on the occasion of the first International Men’s Day celebration in India?

42. Vivek Sood will be the new CEO of which telecom company in India from December 1?

43. Which company has bought US-based network services provider Lightbridge Communications Corp (LCC) for an enterprise value of $240 million?

44. Britannia Industries is selling which new brand exclusively on Amazon.in for the first few weeks?

45. Which bank will acquire control of Bengaluru-based ING Vysya Bank in an all-stock deal?

46. Which movie exhibition chain last week launched India’s first 4DX technology-enabled screen at Thane?

47. Which ride-sharing marketplace, backed by German startup incubator Rocket Internet, is entering India?

48. Which online fashion brand has signed on actress Kriti Sanon as its brand ambassador?

49. Which is the only Indian city to appear in the list of 15 best cities worldwide to live and work in, according to a survey by INSEAD?

50. Which business group has acquired the century-old Nilgiris grocery chain for about Rs 300 crore in an all-cash deal?

51. Jim Parsons, who portrays the genius nerd Sheldon Cooper on the hit comedy series The Big Bang Theory, is the star of a new campaign by which MNC?

52. Which company has signed a deal with Exelixi Management Ltd to roll out Kids WB stores across the country over the next five years?

53. Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) has received an export order worth $300,000 from which MNC for supply of 8.5m S Band Antenna and 4.2m C Band Antenna?

54. Which e-commerce firm has acquired Gurgaon-based furniture and home decor marketplace BuynBrag?

55. Which luxury jewellery company has re-entered India and opened its first boutique store at New Delhi’s DLF Emporio?

56. Bengaluru-based Kottaram Agro Foods last week launched Ragi breakfast cereals and instant dosa and idli mixes under which brand name in Chennai?

57. Which well known fashion designer has opened his new museum - Past, Present, Future Museum - in the Marais district of Paris?

58. Which international restaurant chain is rolling out the biggest brand overhaul in its 56-year history, complete with artisanal flavors, new advertisements and a new logo?

59. Which Indian company last week announced that it will collaborate with Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) to create a comprehensive executive education programme?

60. Which dairy brand is being advertised (TVC currently on air) with the positioning ‘Tea's Perfect Partner’?

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November 16, 2014

Biz Quizzard 555

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Group will launch which two marquee brands in India in 2015?

2. Madhuri Dixit is promoting (TVC currently on air) which edible oil brand with the positioning ‘Fit Hai Toh Future Hai’?

3. Which company has acquired a majority stake in Cricbuzz, a leading cricket news and information destination on the web and mobile?

4. Which ad agency has tied up with the United Nations Population Fund India to launch a corporate social responsibility advisory and services division?

5. Internationally popular supermodel Ujjwala Raut has been roped in as the brand ambassador of which kitchen appliances brand?

6. Which airport has become the first in the country to be declared as IATA e-freight compliant with the operationalisation and implementation of the e-freight process?

7. Which two state-owned entities in the aviation sector are proposed to be listed soon by the government?

8. Which payment technology and services solutions firm has appointed Swarup Choudhury as its managing director for India?

9. Which bank has launched a new campaign, featuring Farhan Akhtar, to communicate its latest innovative proposition ‘Video Branch’?

10. Which pharma MNC has unveiled its new brand identity with the brand line – “Life. To the Fullest”?

11. Microsoft last week launched its newest Lumia phone, dropping the Nokia name. What has it been branded as?

12. Which mid-market British hotel chain has identified India as one of its top three strategic markets outside the UK for development and growth of the brand?

13. Five senior executives of Ranbaxy Laboratories' US arm, who quit last month, have set up their own venture there. What has it been branded as?

14. Which MNC will pay about $640 million for automated advertising service BrightRoll, beefing up its ability to sell video ads in real-time to marketers?

15. Mercedes-Benz will revive which high-end luxury limousine brand this month?

16. Which MNC will soon launch a mobile app to help small and medium-size business get online, as part of its “Digitising India” mission?

17. Which company has announced the acquisition of Hyderabad-based online taxi booking service provider 'Cabonclick.com' for an undisclosed amount?

18. Which Pune-based real estate brand has launched a television campaign featuring Farhan Akhtar?

19. An inter-college cricket tournament by which media company has bagged the Guinness World Records for being the world’s largest cricketing tournament?

20. Supreme Court last week put an end to a 59-year old practice in Bollywood that puts restrictions on women from pursuing which profession in the film industry?

21. Facebook’s Messenger app has crossed which milestone in terms of monthly users?

22. Vdopia has announced the Asia-Pacific launch of programmatic buying and selling platform exclusively for mobile video advertising. What has it been branded as?

23. Which bilingual compact daily has been re-launched in a new avatar with the campaign ‘Bedhadak, Behichak, Zimmedaar, Asardaar’?

24. Which brand has launched a campaign titled ‘It’s Our Turn’ to promote its new ‘one touch internet’ offering?

25. Which company will acquire Odecee, a provider of digital solutions to enterprises in Australia and New Zealand region?

26. Which company is set to acquire US-based nutritional supplements maker Natrol Inc for a consideration of $132.5 million?

27. 3F Industries, formerly Foods, Fats & Fertilisers Ltd, has launched its branded refined sunflower oil. Name the brand?

28. Which digital media and consumer internet incubator has acquired online food delivery venture Meals on Wheels?

29. Maharaja Whiteline, a Delhi-based small appliances maker founded in 1976, is being renamed. What will it be called?

30. Which well known personality has launched a social media application SloPho?

31. Dubai-based retailer Lifestyle International has entered into a deal with which online marketplace to sell goods from its value fashion format Max Retail online exclusively on the latter's portal?

32. Aditya Vij is stepping down as the CEO of which healthcare company?

33. Rahul Sharma, co-founder of homegrown mobile handset maker Micromax, has incorporated a company to launch a new phone brand. What has the company been named as?

34. Which brand has entered the Guinness World Records, registering the longest journey by car in a single country?

35. Which brand has launched ‘Celebrating the Joy of Reading’, its first ever campaign in India?

36. Which 3 India-born CEOs have been named among 50 global corporate heads by Fortune Magazine in its annual ‘Businessperson of the Year’ compilation?

37. Yahoo last week announced a partnership with which online marketplace to host a gateway to the latter’s portal directly on the Yahoo India homepage?

38. Which ecommerce company from India has finally withdrawn its $75-million public issue on the NYSE, seven months after filing it?

39. Which beverage brand has reportedly roped in Akhil Akkineni, actor and son of Telugu superstar Nagarjuna, as it brand ambassador?

40. Which MNC has agreed to buy the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble?

41. Ratan Tata has made a personal investment in which online furniture company?

42. Which business personality from India has been inducted on the board of Interpol Foundation to contribute to two new global initiatives?

43. In a first-of-its kind partnership with FINO PayTech, which company is all set to launch assisted ecommerce centres in semi-urban, rural and low income residential areas across the country?

44. Which Indian company last week announced that Aditya Agarwal, VP-Engineering at Dropbox, will join its board as an independent director?

45. Which brand has launched its campaign `Don't crack under pressure' in India?

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November 9, 2014

Biz Quizzard 554

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week November 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mobile messenger service WhatsApp’s active user base in India has crossed which milestone?

2. Which is the best whiskey in the world, according to the 2015 edition of Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible?

3. Which MNC is the world’s most sought after employer, according to a report by professional networking site LinkedIn?

4. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) have banned moviegoers in USA from using which technology in theatres?

5. The Spanish government has passed a new copyright law which imposes fees for online content aggregators in an effort to protect its print media industry. What is it popularly called?

6. Which MNC has announced the India Client Council to serve its agency partners better?

7. The Dubai World Hospitality Championship recently received the Guinness World Records certificate for an advertisement. What is the record for?

8. Who are the only two celebrities in India with more than $100-million valuation, according to the celebrity brand valuation study done by US consultancy firm American Appraisal?

9. Which MNC has agreed to swap its Bushmills Irish whiskey label for full ownership of the high-end Don Julio tequila?

10. Which automobile company last week introduced the world's cheapest automatic car?

11. Which digital media and entertainment company has joined hands with Hong Kong-based Sony Corporation to bring in the 4K cinema technology to India?

12. A venture founded by Raghava KK, an Indian artist in New York, to build a new kind of social network has attracted $2 million in angel funding even before its launch. What is it called?

13. Which company has agreed to buy digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash?

14. Which well known technology website has expanded into the print medium with a quarterly magazine in the US?

15. IndiGo has announced a tie-up with a nongovernmental organisation, Mensa, India, to commemorate which occasion?

16. Which international news channel has launched a global campaign, inviting the public to ‘Hear the Human Story’?

17. Which MNC is dropping its sponsorship of FIFA, becoming the first backer to abandon soccer's governing body after charges of corruption linked to voting on World Cup hosts?

18. Which Bengaluru-based company has bought the biotech business of KCP Biotech, a unit of diversified conglomerate KCP, located at Genome Valley in Hyderabad, for around Rs 5 crore?

19. Which company has acquired an 84% stake in NeST Software, the engineering and embedded services business of Kochi-based NeST Group for slightly more than Rs 500 crore?

20. Who is the highest paid woman in music in 2014, with estimated earnings of $115 million, according to Forbes magazine?

21. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning Chase Life?

22. Which MNC has said that the world’s first dengue vaccine is likely by 2015?

23. Which company is set to acquire Perfect Relations, one of India's oldest independent PR firms started by Dilip Cherian and Bobby Kewalramani two decades ago?

24. Shubham Banerjee, a 13year-old eighth grader based out of San Jose in California, has got funding from which MNC to develop a low-cost printer for the blind?

25. Charity organisations and other not-for-profits will soon get an exclusive domain extension to register their web identity. Which domain?

26. Which US-based company has acquired Indian manufacturing firm Raman FibreScience to establish a footprint in India?

27. Emami Ltd has signed on which celebrity for endorsing a moisturising lotion from its BoroPlus portfolio?

28. Which advertising agency has launched a new project, Mama Labs, which will focus on the Indian mother as a consumer?

29. Which 2 Indian firms feature among the top 30 positions in the latest report Transparency in Corporate Reporting by Transparency International?

30. Which MNC has overtaken ITC to become India’s second-largest consumer-facing products company by revenues?

31. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to buy Vanta Bioscience, a contract research organisation headquartered in the US, for an undisclosed amount?

32. Sushma Rajagopalan has been promoted as the chief executive officer of which IT company?

33. Which MNC has been named world's best company in terms of leadership, as per a Hay Group study?

34. Which MNC last week announced that it completed the acquisition of the ORSL ready-to-drink electrolyte brand from Jagdale Industries, a Bangalore-based company?

35. Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group-backed Quixey is acquiring which Bangalore-based mobile application startup?

36. Mr Qimat Rai Gupta passed away last week. He was the chairman of which company?

37. Arun Jain will step down as Managing Director of which IT company?

38. Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ has reportedly broken all-time pre-order subscriptions records. Which company is the publisher?

39. Which MNC has developed street lights equipped with sockets to charge electric cars and will run a pilot project in Munich next year that uses existing local authority lighting networks?

40. Which business personality has sought the government’s permission to import an E-type Jaguar of 1971 vintage into India?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 554 as the subject.

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