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September 28, 2014

Biz Quizzard 548

 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 for a fee. Get access to one year of Biz Quizzard editions (starting August 5, 2013) with more than 1600 questions along with answers. For full details, including price, 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 September 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who has been ranked second in the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women "shaping the new world order" in the Asia-Pacific region?

2. Which MNC has bought Bangalore-based tech startup Bookpad for around Rs 50 crore?

3. Four Indian cities feature among the Asian Top 10 list of luxurious but affordable destinations, according to a global survey by online hotel search site Trivago. Name them?

4. Microsoft's game console Xbox One went on sale in India last week. What became be a worldwide first, along with online-only sales, for the sales here?

5. Which MNC launched its technology-packed supercar, Huracan LP 610-4 in India last week?

6. Which automobile brand has flagged-off its 'Longest Drive through Amazing India' drive to celebrate its success in the Indian market?

7. Which brand has launched its latest campaign with the positioning ‘Phone pe badhaiyan chodo, milkey tyohar manao’?

8. Which MNC has launched two commercials ‘Surprise Gift’ and ‘Parasailing’ as part of its campaign to promote confidence in online shopping?

9. Britannia has launched a television commercial, featuring Salman Khan with the tagline ‘Makhkhan maar ke’, for which newly-launched brand?

10. The number of female employees at Tata Consultancy Services has crossed which landmark milestone?

11. Which MNC has said it would buy US oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group for $7.6 billion?

12. Which pharma giant has agreed to acquire US-based Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business?

13. Which Taiwan-headquartered company is set to re-enter India’s burgeoning market for smartphones?

14. Adlabs has roped in which actor as the face of its latest adventure zone, Aquamagica?

15. Which university in India is the alma mater of 12 billionaires, more than any other school outside USA, according to a report from Singapore-based research firm Wealth-X and Swiss bank UBS?

16. This is both surprising and interesting. Which well known brand has reportedly roped in Akhil Akkineni, son of Telugu actor Nagarjuna, as its brand ambassador?

17. Who is Asia’s richest man, according to the latest Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

18. Which company has acquired the adhesive business of Blue Coat for Rs 263.57 crore?

19. Which company has acquired a majority stake in Dubai-based shipping logistics company Clarion Shipping Services for over Rs 200 crore?

20. Which company has inked a pact with Canada-based Magna International to form a 50:50 joint venture to provide seating systems to the commercial vehicle industry in India?

21. The Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved a new name for MCX Stock Exchange (MCX-SX). What will it be known as?

22. Which online restaurant guide has acquired Poland’s restaurant search service, Gastronauci, for an undisclosed sum as part of its ongoing expansion strategy in Europe?

23. Shilpa Divekar Nirula has taken over as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Indian operations of which MNC?

24. Mahindra Two Wheelers Ltd (MTWL) is to launch its new scooter in northern and western regions on September 29. What has it been branded as?

25. Amazon.in has announced the launch of its new service to deliver new product offerings to customers on the day of their launch. What has it been branded as?

26. Former Nokia India chief P Balaji is all set to join which MNC as director, regulatory and external affairs?

27. Hero Indian Super League (ISL) franchise of Goa, FC Goa, has unveiled which sports celebrity as its new co-owner and brand ambassador?

28. Media buying house GroupM has joined hands with which MNC to launch a virtual Diwali shopping and entertainment festival called the Grand Diwali Mela through a dedicated website?

29. Which brand has launched an interactive digital outdoor magazine ‘Explore More' to cater to outdoor adventurers and explorers across the world and help them with more information?

30. Canadian firm BlackBerry launched its latest flagship smartphone. What has it been branded as?

31. Who has topped the latest Forbes list of highest paid hip hop artists?

32. Which company’s founder Rajiv Mody has taken over its new CEO?

33. Which MNC has elevated its India sales head Manish Tiwary as the managing director of its business in the Gulf?

34. Which portal has roped in Telugu actor Allu Arjun to feature in its commercial aimed at Telugu audience?

35. Aditi Rao Hyadri and Rajkummar Rao feature in the commercial for which chocolate brand?

36. Japanese auto parts maker FCC Company has purchased which Indian company’s 50% stake in their equal joint venture?

37. Emami Group has acquired which 70-year-old Kolkata-based edible oils brand, best known for its vanaspati?

38. Which telecommunications technology company has acquired mobile fraud management and data analytics startup iConnectiva?

39. Which cement maker will acquire Bangalore-based BMM Cements Limited?

40. Forbes last week released this year’s list of 100 richest Indians. What is special about these 100, for the first time ever?

41. Continuing with the Forbes list of 100 richest Indians, how many women feature in the list?

42. Which business personality has recently received the Frost & Sullivan Growth, Innovation and Leadership Award for visionary innovation at an event in Mumbai?

43. Which celebrity has been named as the first ever global spokeswoman of American skin care line Olay?

44. Which mobile phone retailer, in collaboration with American Megatrends India, will foray into the health and fitness category by launching a wireless health monitor, B.O.L.T.?

45. Why was Alipur, located in the national capital’s northern tip bordering Haryana, in news last week?

46. Which MNC has unveiled two television campaigns, designed especially for the festive season and taking forward the brand’s global message ‘Easy and Connected Always’?

47. Former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai is the new chairman of which Tata entity?

48. Which US-based company last week announced a joint venture form with Lohia Auto to roll out a new range of motorcycles for the Indian market?

49. HomeShop18 has partnered with which celebrity to launch the SSK line of designer sarees?

50. Which iconic American fashion brand is celebrating its 10th anniversary in India?

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September 21, 2014

Biz Quizzard 547

 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 for a fee. Get access to one year of Biz Quizzard editions (starting August 5, 2013) with more than 1600 questions along with answers. For full details, including price, 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 September 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company, along with Saudi Aramco and GE, has inaugurated Saudi Arabia's first all-female business process service centre?

2. Which MNC will soon launch its `First' set of ultra-affordable mobile phones in India?

3. Delhi-based company MSD Aviation has received a no-objection certificate from the government to launch what kind of an airline?

4. Which company has bought Israeli billionaire Mordechai Zisser's 1 million-sq-ft Plaza Centre Mall in Pune for Rs 300 crore?

5. Honda will bring back which premium model to India next fiscal after discontinuing it last year?

6. Narendra Ambwani, director, Agro Tech Foods, has been elected as the chairman of the board of which advertising body?

7. Which MNC has unveiled a printing solution that can print medical images like X-Rays on plain paper instead of conventional films?

8. Which mobile handset brand has launched a television commercial with the brand thought "Whoever you are"?

9. Which company has topped this year’s ET500 – the ranking of India’s biggest listed companies by The Economic times?

10. Which company will acquire US-based healthcare IT service provider TriZetto for $2.7 billion in cash and debt?

11. Which MNC has agreed to buy Mojang AB, the Swedish software company behind the popular game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion?

12. Which MNC has joined the smartwatch bandwagon with its 'miCoach Smart Run'?

13. Which Bangalore-based mobile value-added service provider has acquired Dexetra Software Solutions in a cash-and-stock deal?

14. Which MNC is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive for $11.74 billion, a move that creates the world's second-largest auto supplier?

15. Which celebrity has been roped in as the new brand ambassador of TAG Heuer in India?

16. Which MNC and Gerdau have entered into a transaction agreement to sell their respective 50% interests in Gallatin Steel Company in the US to Nucor Corporation for $770 million?

17. Which IT company will demerge its insurance products and services business into a new company, Majesco?

18. Noted South Indian director SShankar’s movie Ai (or ‘I’) will release during Diwali. What is its claim to fame?

19. Which business school from India is the highest ranked non-European B-school in the Financial Times MiM rankings list of top 70 B-schools in 2013?

20. Hero MotoCorp Limited has entered into an agreement to set up its first Greenfield plant in South India. Which state?

21. Which MNC is working on “Best Future”, its own sitcom that will centre on a fictional employee, which will be released via YouTube and social media?

22. Who has topped the list of the 10 richest Indians in the Hurun Report, published by a China-based luxury publishing and events group?

23. Which company will be the title sponsor of the prestigious 2014 World Challenge Golf, hosted by the Tiger Woods Foundation?

24. Which e-tailer has launched its first TV campaign titled 'Explore Yourself'?

25. Tata Group promoted electronics retail chain Croma has entered into a strategic partnership with which online marketplace to sell products online?

26. Which brand has launched an initiative called ‘Donate Your Calories’ for the benefit of under-privileged children in India?

27. Which online fashion portal has launched a campaign titled ‘Be You’?

28. Hyundai Motor India has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its compact sedan Xcent?

29. Which tea brand has been relaunched in a new brand packaging and has once again roped in Malayalam actor Mohanlal as the brand ambassador after a gap of 13 years?

30. Which company will buy the retail pharmacy business of Hetero Med Solutions for Rs 146 crore?

31. Raj Jain, CEO, Bharti Retail, will be the new CEO of which media entity?

32. Vikas Singh has taken over as Managing Director of the Indian operations on which MNC?

33. Hong Kong tycoon Stephen Hung has placed an order for Rolls-Royce cars for his luxury Macau hotel-resort. Why did this make news?

34. Which insurance company has launched its second campaign that brings alive the brand promise of ‘Helping you prepare financially for a long and happy life.’?

35. Which automobile MNC has launched its new campaign ‘Don’t Postpone Joy’?

36. Abhishek Ganguly will be the new India head for which sportswear MNC?

37. Which premium biscuit brand has launched its new commercial with the positioning ‘live your moment’?

38. Which MNC has acquired 100% stake in economic research firm Indicus Analytics for an undisclosed amount?

39. Global healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson last week laid the foundation for its largest plant in India. Which state?

40. Which institute will launch a crowd sourcing portal iboughtproperty.com to enhance transparency in property?

41. Which company has announced new partnerships with Microsoft, Hitachi Data Systems and Huawei to deepen its product offerings in new disruptive areas?

42. Which telecom gear maker will shut down its modems business to focus on other growth opportunities?

43. Which company has launched the country’s first inflation-linked securities index that seeks to track performance of a portfolio of inflation-linked government bonds?

44. Viacom last week bought film rights for a thriller novel called God is a Gamer written by Ravi Subramanian. The book is based on what?

45. Who has topped Fortune magazine’s ‘The most powerful women in business 2014’ list?

46. Pop sensation Lady Gaga has launched her second unisex fragrance. What has it been branded as?

47. Which brand has launched 'The Freedom Bike', a 12-feet-long motorcycle art installation made entirely of vintage items?

48. Larry Ellison has stepped aside as the CEO of which MNC?

49. Flying Machine, India’s first home-bred denim brand, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

50. Which mobile brand has been launched in India with the positioning ‘Apni Kismat Apne Haath’?

51. Which Australian coffee chain has begun its second innings in India, planning for 150 stores in next three years?

52. Coca-Cola last week launched which brand in India, nearly eight years after its global launch?

53. Which MNC has agreed to buy US expenses software maker Concur for $7.3 billion in cash, strengthening its position in cloud computing?

54. Which celebrity has made a debut as women’s wear designer with fashion brand Vero Moda?

55. Which company last week made its long-awaited Wall Street debut under the symbol “BABA"?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 547 as the subject.

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September 14, 2014

Biz Quizzard 546

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 for a fee. 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, including price, 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 September 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Coca-Cola has unveiled a multimillion-pound ad campaign in UK for the launch of which brand?

2. Which MNC high-street retailer has signed on actress Esha Gupta as its new brand ambassador for the Indian sub-continent?

3. Which Dubai-based hospitality chain will manage Wave Group's hotel in Noida?

4. This is interesting. According to a report last week, which Bollywood film was the biggest box-office hit in the past 10 years, strictly from an investment-return ratio point of view?

5. In perhaps one of the biggest mergers in the Indian BPO space, which company will merge with e-Nxt Financials Ltd?

6. Which company has launched ‘Chilli Paneer’, a marketing campaign with a four-part film that is a love story revolving around purpose, relationship and connectivity?

7. Which cash logistics firm has acquired the cash management business of Danish major ISS for about Rs 150 crore?

8. Which MNC has agreed to buy Brazilian hair colour maker Niely Cosmeticos Group?

9. Which company will acquire the chlor-alkali division of Jayshree Chemicals Ltd (JCL) for Rs 212 crore?

10. Premium hatchback Swift has crossed which milestone in global sales?

11. Which celebrity is endorsing the luxury chocolate brand ‘Schmitten’?

12. Which company has launched a brand campaign ‘Start Now’, aimed at widening participation in the capital markets by encouraging people to trade confidently?

13. Which brand has unveiled its new television commercial ‘Never Stop’ for its Fortune range of footwear?

14. Ahead of the festive season, which beverage brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Formality hatao’?

15. Which MNC has agreed to sell its appliances business for $3.3 billion in cash to Electrolux of Sweden?

16. Roopa Kudva has resigned as managing director and chief executive officer of which company?

17. The Brand Equity Agency Reckoner 2014 was published by The Economic Times last week. Which agency has once again topped the list?

18. Which luxury automobile brand last week unveiled its new entry-level premium sedan XE in London?

19. Which company last week launched its new 155cc bike Gixxer?

20. Which company has launched its third private label Citron, in home appliances and personal health care category?

21. RBI last week extended the retirement age of bank chiefs and whole-time directors up to what age?

22. Which premium liquor firm has acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company Ltd for an undisclosed sum?

23. Which beverage brand has launched a digital video with the hashtag #ItAllStarts and featuring Rishi, a standup comedian who stammers?

24. A video game called Destiny went on sale last week. What is its claim to fame?

25. Who is the only Indian woman to feature in Bloomberg Markets’ annual '50 Most Influential’ list?

26. Within a month of picking up a small stake in Snapdeal, Rata Tata has made a personal investment in which other e-commerce player?

27. Which country has emerged as the least expensive foreign destination for university undergraduate students, among a list of 15 countries, according to HSBC’s latest survey?

28. Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is stepping down as president of which automobile company after a 23 years stint at the top?

29. Which California-based burger chain is making a foray in the Indian market in partnership with Cybiz BrightStar Restaurants Private Limited, owned by CybizCorp?

30. Who has been elevated as chairman for Asia-Pacific region at advertising group McCann Worldgroup?

31. Which portal has launched its first ever TV commercial 'Suno Nahi, Dekho!’?

32. Which company last week introduced a self-driving car prototype - an Acura RLX sedan?

33. Which MNC has quietly revealed its development on a connected wheelchair, which has been endorsed by theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking?

34. Hyderabad-based digital marketing solutions firm Ybrant Digital has been renamed. What will be known as?

35. Which MNC has acquired virtual identity solutions provider Movirtu to beef up its offerings for enterprise customers?

36. Which MNC last week became the latest entrant in the air purifier segment in the country?

37. Which company has joined hands with UK-based Microlise to launch advanced telematics and fleet management services in the Indian market?

38. Ashok Leyland has achieved which milestone at its plant at Pantnagar, Uttarakhand?

39. Vodafone India has launched a campaign for its new postpaid offering. What has it been branded as?

40. The government is set to shut down which iconic company set up in 1961?

41. Which MNC last week released six new ads with a tagline “It doesn’t take a genius”?

42. Which celebrity pop star last week launched a series of accessories range, titled 'Dirty Hippie', at the ongoing New York Fashion Week?

43. Which brand has been named as the world’s smartest brand, according to a new study by global marketing intelligence service Warc?

44. Which sports property has launched a campaign “C’mon India, let’s football”?

45. Which company last week unveiled NIZ, its Mascot?

46. Which company has decided to divest 100% stake in healthcare service provider RadLink-Asia and its arm RadLink Singapore to Medi-Rad Associates for S$137 million (over Rs 655 crore)?

47. National Insurance Company has launched Jain Shravak Arogyam. What is its claim to fame?

48. Dunkin' Donuts has launched its first outlet in South India. Which city?

49. Which footwear major has roped in Telugu movie star Mahesh Babu as its brand ambassador?

50. Which MNC will launch a small car, code-named XBA, to take on Maruti Suzuki's WagonR and the Hyundai i10?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 546 as the subject.

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