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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?

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November 2, 2014

Biz Quizzard 553

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 27 - November 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is buying food logistics startup Brattle Foods in a cash, stock and debt deal?

2. Which MNC is transferring its Sanyo television unit in the US, which supplies sets to Walmart Stores, to Funai Electric of Japan in return for annual royalty payments?

3. Which MNC has put in motion plans to manufacture a premium sports utility vehicle in India under a project codenamed M6 or 556?

4. Which MNC is setting up its first cloud data centre in India at Navi Mumbai to gain a bigger share of the cloud computing market in the country?

5. India remains the world’s fourth largest steel producer in the first nine months of the current year, according to World Steel Association (WSA) data. Which country is the largest?

6. Which company has unveiled a brand campaign ‘Zindagi ka Sound Track’?

7. Which company will buy 49 percent of Texas-based Kalon Biotherapeutics LLC, which has expertise in manufacturing vaccines used against Ebola and other public-health threats?

8. Which international celebrity is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch the First Steps collection, a line of baby toys, as well as a Web series for moms?

9. Which general insurance brand has launched a campaign that revolves around a character named ‘Choice Chinnappa’?

10. Which MNC has launched a two-minute video titled ‘The Silent Couple’ on account of Breast Cancer Awareness Week?

11. New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider, has acquired a 70% stake in which India-headquartered company for about $175 million?

12. Hyundai Motor India will stop producing which model from the last week of November?

13. Which company has acquired personal finance platform, moneysights?

14. Which travel firm has acquired Canada's Brainhunter Systems for an undisclosed sum?

15. Which company has bagged the Rs 2,989-crore order to build the Statue of Unity project at Sadhu-Bet Island in Gujarat?

16. Microsoft Devices last week launched a new entry level dual-sim mobile phone in the country. What has it been branded as?

17. Which MNC has made its way into wearables, unveiling the new `Smartband SWB100', which will allow users to track daily exercise, sleep and heart rate?

18. Which MNC has bought a luxury duplex apartment overlooking the Arabian Sea in south Mumbai's Mahalaxmi locality for around Rs 60 crore?

19. Chennai-based ReGen Powertech has come up with a made-for-India wind turbine with a capacity of 2.8 MW. What is its claim to fame?

20. Which MNC has topped Nestle and ITC to become India’s third-largest consumer products maker after nearly doubling its sales in the country in the last three years?

21. Which portal has launched a commercial, a rap song called Jaana hai bhaiyya - Jhumri Talaiyya, featuring actor Shreyas Talpade, to promote its mobile app?

22. Which MNC is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores its broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse?

23. Which apparel brand has come out with its first TVC to present the AutoFit Series – a range of shirts and trousers for men and women?

24. Abhijit Avasthi has put in his papers as the national creative director of which advertising agency?

25. ViZ Security, a Bangalore startup that has developed a cloud-based ethical hacking product, has been acquired by which NASA-backed company?

26. Which company has acquired Information Systems Resource Centre (ISRC), the Pune-based software export unit of Otis Elevator Co?

27. Which brand from the stable of global leader in consumer health and hygiene, RB (formerly called Reckitt Benckiser), has launched a new campaign “Ab Montu Bolega”?

28. Which country has remained the most bullish consumer market, according to the survey by global information and insights company Nielsen?

29. Which celebrity is New York City’s Global Welcome Ambassador for 2014–2015?

30. Which company has launched a campaign to promote its new offering – oven-baked Subwich?

31. Which well known university is currently in the process of firming up the licensing agreements in India for its merchandise?

32. Which MNC has become the first corporate customer for Pepper, the chatty, bug-eyed androids unveiled in June by tech conglomerate SoftBank?

33. Which company has become the highest ranked Indian energy firm on this year's Platts Global 250 Ranking?

34. Which country is home to the largest section of high-earning expatriates in the world, according to the seventh Expat Explorer survey commissioned by HSBC Expat?

35. Which is the only Indian company to find a place in the Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global list of top 50 most innovative firms this year?

36. Which company is changing its name to Northern India Sugar?

37. Chinese handset maker OPPO has launched OPPO R5 in India. What is its claim to fame?

38. Which brand has launched a new ad titled ‘Dump Them, Move On’?

39. Which paint brand has unveiled ‘copper orange’ as the colour of 2015?

40. Which railway station has become the first station in the country to have WiFi facility for providing high speed internet to passengers?

41. Microsoft has forayed into the wearable technology with a device that will allow users to monitor their fitness and exercise regime. What has it been branded as?

42. Which company has become the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market?

43. Alejandro Bernabe is the new CEO of which hospitality major?

44. Which four companies have made it to the Economic Times’ India's Best Boards list this year?

45. Which film production company turned 36 years old last week?

46. Which chain is all set to offer a new version of its signature Whopper sandwich when it launches in India next month?

47. Which entertainment destination has launched a new campaign with the tagline ‘Kahaaniyan Banti Hain’?

48. Which insurance company has appointed Naveen Tahilyani as its chief executive and managing director from January 2015?

49. Which company will acquire a majority stake in Chennai-based Asirvad Micro-finance Private Ltd. (AMPL), a firm in which Lok Capital has a 24 per cent stake?

50. Which Indian entertainment company has ventured into the mobile handset market in association with Shachii Gizmo Ltd?

51. Which company has signed a joint venture with the 55-year-old Italian Ferrari Logistics to offer logistic services to diamonds, gems, jewellery and luxury business houses in India?

52. Which company has donated $2 million to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in the US to help visiting scientists and scholars advance their research?

53. The official YouTube channel of Yash Raj Films (YRF), a leading film production company, has crossed which milestone in terms of number of views?

54. Which business group has formed a joint venture with Dunnhumby, a data analysis company owned by British retailer Tesco, to develop and sell customer insights to clients in India?

55. Which entity has topped the list of world's premiere 300 cooperatives, according to the World Cooperative Monitor's latest report for 2014?

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