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August 31, 2014

Biz Quizzard 544

Prepare for Tata Crucible with Biz Quizzard. Are you participating in Tata Crucible Corporate Quiz 2014 and want to brush up on your current affairs? Biz Quizzard is sharing its archives. Get access to one year of Biz Quizzard editions (starting August 5, 2013) with more than 1600 questions (including 75+ related to Tata Group) along with answers. For full details, please contact on rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com .
Sample question (Q 19, Biz Quizzard 492) : Titan Industries has unveiled its new name - Titan Company Ltd. – and a new logo. What is the logo called? Answer: Titan Star  

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week August 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has emerged as the country's most admired company, in Fortune magazine’s latest list?

2. In its first overseas buy, which company has acquired Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke (Mifa), Germany’s largest manufacturer of bicycles?

3. Which company has roped in internationally-acclaimed design and development expert Markus Braunsperger from BMW, Germany, to head its R&D division?

4. Which MNC has agreed to buy US biotech company InterMune for $8.3 billion in cash, marking the latest multi-billion dollar deal in a consolidating pharmaceutical sector?

5. Bisleri has entered into the Rs 200-crore energy drinks segment in the country. Name the brand?

6. Which mobile app is being advertised with the positioning "plan jab booking tab"?

7. Which company last week launched India’s cheapest smartphone at Rs 1,999, powered by the Firefox OS platform?

8. Which MNC has acquired live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash?

9. Which MNC has launched a new television campaign titled ‘Super Student’ to market its Pixma Inkjet printers?

10. British adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls has been roped in as the long term brand ambassador for which automobile brand?

11. Which Mumbai-based photo printing company has acquired San Francisco-based firm Photojojo?

12. Which CPVC pipes and specialty adhesives manufacturer has acquired 80% stake in UK-based SEAL IT Services for `Rs 44 crore?

13. Advertising professional turned writer Anuja Chauhan is returning to J Walter Thompson India as creative consultant to work on the account of which company?

14. Which company has agreed to acquire Tim Hortons for about C$12.5 billion ($11.4 billion) in a deal that creates the world’s third-largest fast food company?

15. Mondelez International's new luxury product - pralines with a chocolate filling - will make its global debut in India. What has it been branded as?

16. Which online marketplace has entered into a strategic partnership with affordable housing company Tata Value Homes?

17. Which healthcare service provider has picked up an undisclosed majority stake in Hyderabad-based Sri Sainatha Multi-Speciality Hospital Private Limited (‘Prime Hospitals’)?

18. Which general insurance company has won the mandate to provide insurance cover to all Rupay cardholders?

19. Which company has launched an exclusive range of hair care products under the B:Blunt name?

20. Which business personality has recently invested an undisclosed amount in Snapdeal.com?

21. Which MNC has bought Zync Render, the visual effects cloud-rendering technology company behind "Star Trek Into Darkness"?

22. Which company has got a five-year management, sales and marketing contract for the luxury train Deccan Odyssey from the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corp?

23. Which brand is being positioned as ‘a complete health soap’ through its campaign?

24. Which US-based fast food chain is entering India in partnership with Sierra Nevada?

25. Who will take over as the global chief executive officer of Samsonite International, the world's largest luggage maker, in October?

26. Which brand has become the first Indian brand to enter the 4K Ultra High definition smart TV category?

27. Which global research and analytics firm has acquired German business intelligence provider Beyond Data GmbH?

28. Which company has announced the national launch of Saral Rozgar Cards seeking to create a common pool of jobs and job providers?

29. Which business group has appointed JWT as the creative agency for its global brand campaign?

30. Which company has picked up title sponsorship for all international cricket to be played in India in the remainder of the 2014-15 season?

31. Samsung Electronics last week unveiled what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby. What has it been branded as?

32. Which company has agreed to pay $145 million to Linc Energy to buy out the Australian firm's rights to future royalties from its huge but delayed Carmichael coal project?

33. Textiles firm Suditi Industries has bagged the India rights to make and sell official apparels of which football club?

34. Which former South African cricketer has entered the tourism space in collaboration with Cape Africa Tours, South Africa?

35. Which well known noodles brand is repositioning itself as a healthy breakfast option with the launch of "Oats Noodles"?

36. Who is China’s richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

37. World's largest liquor maker Diageo has launched which new vodka brand in India?

38. Which brand has launched a television commercial titled ‘Baat Hain Khushi Ki’ to portray ghee as a contemporary and important ingredient in any celebration?

39. Which organic tea brand from the UK has announced its entry in the Indian market?

40. Which new user milestone has WhatsApp crossed recently?

41. Diamond city Surat is set to get the world's second Reebok Fitness Studio soon. Which city hosts the first?

42. Which business group has launched a campaign, ‘Proud Fathers for Daughters’, featuring celebrities and their daughters?

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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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