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April 13, 2014

Biz Quizzard 524

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week April 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has, along with its Filipino partner Megawide Construction Corporation, bagged the $700 million Mactan-Cebu International Airport project?

2. Which actress has been made the new face of the clothing company Free People?

3. The total grid-connected solar capacity in India, commissioned under the National Solar Mission, has crossed which milestone?

4. Which footwear maker has unveiled a new range of fashionable Solea brand, with actor Samantha as the new brand ambassador?

5. Which company will acquire 100 per cent of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd in an all-stock transaction?

6. After a decade in notebooks and stationeries, ITC is entering the hinterlands such as Tier- II cities with a new mass brand. Name it?

7. Which IT MNC has appointed Ravi Chauhan as its India managing director?

8. Which MNC has unveiled a deal to buy France’s Lafarge to create the world’s biggest cement maker?

9. Which MNC has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Lipault, a French luggage brand known for its functional and fashionable designs?

10. Which milestone has Facebook crossed in India, in terms of active users?

11. Which company is selling its New Zealand business to New Zealand’s Steel and Tube for around Rs 143 crore?

12. Retail chain Lifestyle International has signed on which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its in-house ethnic wear brand 'Melange'?

13. Which celebrity is all set to launch a global entertainment company named Antila Ventures in Dubai?

14. ETV news channels will be re-branded from April 2015. What will be the new name?

15. Which is the only Indian brand that has made it to the list of top 30 Best Retail Brands in Asia Pacific, according to the Best Retail Brands Report by Interbrand Design Forum?

16. Which cement brand has launched a new campaign questioning the ‘walls of mistrust’?

17. Which dairy major is all set to launch a new campaign with a new tagline ‘Taste that lifts you’?

18. Which MNC said it would buy Procter & Gamble’s (P&G’s) pet food brands IAMS, Eukanuba and Natura in the US and Latin America for $2.9 billion to beef up its pet food business?

19. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) plans to extend which brand into male grooming range?

20. Chinese PC-maker Lenovo has roped in which celebrity to endorse its range of smartphones in India?

21. In what appears to be a first across all its franchises globally, which fast food chain has unveiled a segregated vegetarian menu in India?

22. Which industry body has appointed Cognizant India Executive Vice Chairman R Chandrasekaran as its Chairman for the year 2014-15?

23. Which company has signed a non-binding agreement to sell its French subsidiary Voxmobili SA?

24. Which MNC has overtaken IBM to become the second-largest software vendor in India, in terms of software revenues?

25. Which business personality was last week inducted as a member of the Board of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a rare distinction for an Indian in the Chinese government-backed influential body?

26. Which business personality was awarded a GBE (Knight Grand Cross), the only Indian among 5 foreigners to be awarded as part of the ‘Honorary British Awards to Foreign Nationals’ for 2014?

27. MTV has forayed into cosmetics, in association with Blue Heaven. What has the range been branded as?

28. U.S.-based technology company Symphony Teleca Corp (STC), has acquired which Bangalore-based tech firm?

29. Which celebrity has acquired the Jaipur franchise of IPL-styled Pro Kabaddi League?

30. Which three Indian firms have made it to the list of 100 most influential Asian companies compiled by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants?

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April 6, 2014

Biz Quizzard 523

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 31 - April 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which e-commerce company has partnered with Defense Land Systems India, a Mahindra group company, to sell bullet proof kits for Scorpio vehicles in the country?

2. Which Hyderabad-based company has acquired 29.1 per cent stake in the listed, loss-making Medinova Diagnostic Services Ltd, also headquartered in the city?

3. Which MNC has filed a patent for new technology that aims to make texting while walking safer?

4. The National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) last week announced the launch of the world’s first contract for which commodity?

5. Which business personality has taken over as chairman of retail company Trent?

6. Which Chinese handset maker has unveiled its flagship offering in style category ELIFE S5.5, claimed to be the world’s slimmest smartphone, in India?

7. Which Coimbatore-based company has acquired Italian company Fabbrica Italiana Pompe Sommergibili Srl (FIPS)?

8. ITC Foods has recently entered the health biscuits category. Name the brand?

9. Which advertising agency has partnered Rotary International on it’s first-ever India campaign, ‘Making Miracles Happen’, to mark the eradication of Polio in the South East Asia region?

10. Actor Ranveer Singh has been roped in as brand ambassador for which brand, his first endorsement deal?

11. Which business group has acquired Hindustan Motors Finance Corporation Ltd (HMFCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ailing automaker Hindustan Motors Ltd.?

12. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced its foray into the music label space. What has the venture been named as?

13. McDonald’s India is set to go premium by rolling out big-sized burgers for adults at almost 20% more than its existing range. What has the range been branded as?

14. Which IT firm has created a new unit called ‘Change the Business Services’ that will focus on outcome-based contracts?

15. Which business group has launched its first-ever national TV corporate campaign with the tagline 'Believe in Blue'?

16. Which MNC has acquired social TV firms SecondSync and Mesagraph?

17. Which television channel has entered into a strategic content alliance with HT Media’s business daily Mint?

18. Which celebrity has launched gold bullion and jewellery company Satyug Gold?

19. Microsoft has developed a voice activated phone assistant feature, a direct rival to Apple’s Siri. What has it been branded as?

20. The Reserve Bank of India last week granted “in-principle” bank licences to which two entities?

21. Private equity firm Everstone Capital has bought a minority stake in which fashion house for Rs 100 crore?

22. Which MNC has unveiled a video streaming device dubbed Fire TV that can pipe video directly to television?

23. Dabur India is launching packaged coconut water under which brand?

24. Brendan Eich last week resigned as the CEO of which company, just two weeks after taking the job?

25. Which MNC has signed on squash player Dipika Pallikal for its latest women’s campaign ‘all in for #mygirls’?

26. Online fashion portal Myntra has roped in which actor to be the brand ambassador for its in-house range of casual wear, Roadster?

27. Which angel investor has bought a 10 per cent stake in US-based video streaming service provider YuppTV for around $2.5 million (Rs 15 crore)?

28. Not sure if I covered this earlier. Which hospitality major is planning to introduce its brand 'Edition' in India?

29. Which MNC has launched the 1.7-103 wind turbine developed and engineered specifically for India’s low wind speed conditions?

30. Which company is all set to become the first Indian e-commerce/ on air- retail company to list on the Nasdaq in the US?

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March 30, 2014

Biz Quizzard 522

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has launched its ‘Blue by Heart’ campaign for the T20 World Cup?

2. How did Sistema Shyam Teleservices mark the fifth anniversary of brand MTS in India on March 26, 2014?

3. Renton D’Sousa has resigned as the CEO of which advertising agency in India?

4. Which company has signed an agreement to sell its 74% stake in a cement manufacturing unit in Bokaro to Dalmia Cement (Bharat)?

5. Dabur India has roped in which actor as the new brand ambassador for its 'OxyLife Men' product?

6. The Reliance (Mukesh Ambani) group companies are moving to which new work culture as part of a “business transformation process”?

7. Harsh Mariwala has stepped down as the MD of which FMCG company?

8. Which advertising agency has agreed to acquire Shanghai Egift Design and Production Co. Ltd., one of China's leading premium and gift specialists?

9. Which MNC has agreed to buy Maker Studios, one of YouTube's largest networks, for $500 million?

10. Which company has been recognised as the fastest growing IT services brand globally by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm?

11. Vinita Bali has stepped down as the managing director of which company after nine years at the helm?

12. Which MNC has joined hands with US-based Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to set up a chain of 25 cancer detection and treatment centres across India?

13. Which Chinese smartphone maker, headed by a man referred to as the Steve Jobs of China, is all set to enter the Indian market?

14. Google is partnering with which business group, owner of well known eyewear brands, to help the web company’s Glass eyewear go mainstream?

15. Actor Irrfan Khan stars in the new ad campaign of which tyre brand?

16. The latest ad of which well known international beverage brand will feature a baby Spider-Man?

17. Which handset brand has launched its new campaign with the positioning 'Milaye Sapno Sein'?

18. Which MNC will acquire two-year-old Oculus VR Inc, a maker of virtual-reality glasses for gaming, for $2 billion?

19. Network18 and which MNC have joined hands to launch 'In Conversation' series, an initiative to help connect prominent politicians with voters across the country?

20. An easy one. Which brand has launched its new campaign 'Maine Desh Ka Namak Khaya Hai'?

21. Which three major media houses have joined hands to start OneIndia, a combined space selling platform for display ads on a national level?

22. Which brand has become the world’s second largest spirits trademark by retail value, dislodging Smirnoff vodka from that spot?

23. Which Swiss beverages company has entered the Indian market through a joint venture with Hyderabad-based SDU Beverages to produce and market its fruit juices for kids?

24. Which tyre brand has launched a new campaign titled ‘Letters’?

25. Which bank has launched Jifi, a fully-integrated social bank account with youth as the target segment?

26. Which advertising agency has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Social Wavelength, one of the leading social media agencies in India?

27. In the first move of its kind by a foreign retailer, which French single brand sports goods company has sought the government’s nod to sell products online from its store?

28. Travel companies Cox & Kings and Ezeego1 have announced a tie-up with which adventure tourism major?

29. Which drug major has acquired Mexico's Laboratorios Grin, a leading player in ophthalmic products, for an undisclosed amount, marking its foray into the Latin American country?

30. Which Hyderabad-based engineering services company will be known as Cyient Ltd from May?

31. Which British beauty brand, known for fresh handmade cosmetics such as the fizzing bath bomb and solid shampoo bars, is looking to enter Indian market?

32. Which company will buy an office building in Mumbai’s Goregaon suburb from Standard Chartered Bank for Rs 280 crore?

33. Who has topped Forbes magazine’s annual list of 100 best venture investors with the ‘Midas’ touch?

34. Four serial entrepreneurs, including Ronnie Screwvala, have co-invested in which news website?

35. Which airport has been voted the World’s Best Airport for the second year in a row at the prestigious 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards, held in Barcelona?

36. Which consumer durables major recently launched a new range of products in Kolkata under the ‘Welcome Series’ brand?

37. Which company is planning to launch a new range of frozen desserts called sorbet made from sweetened water, flavouring and a significant amount of fruit pulp?

38. Ajay S Shriram, Chairman and Senior Managing Director of DCM Shriram Ltd, has taken over as the President of which industry body for 2014-15?

39. Which MNC has named Gilbert Ghostine as president for its India and China business?

40. More than a decade after it launched personalised service petrol pumps under 'Club HP' brand, state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd has launched a new premium brand. Name it?

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