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August 21, 2016

Biz Quizzard 647

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Sample question (Q 8, Biz Quizzard 595) : Ratan Tata has invested in which online media entity that profiles start-ups and entrepreneurs? Answer: YourStory 

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the August 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. For the first time in history, India's passenger vehicle production is expected to cross which milestone mark in 2016, according to a forecast report by PwC Autofacts?

2. Which Indian digital cinema services provider has expanded its footprint to Bangladesh, in partnership with Jaaz Eskay MultiMedia, the largest film production company there?

3. Orkut Buyukkokten, founder of Orkut(dot)com, has now launched another social network. What is it called?

4. Which MNC is reportedly working on launching a new operating system called ‘Fuchsia’?

5. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has set up an Rs 100-crore startup fund to nurture new ideas related to the sector. What is it called?

6. Which Pune-based family enterprise is gearing up to launch the country's first electric motorcycle under brand T6X?

7. Siti Cable has been renamed. What is the new name?

8. Which MNC has bought out the entire stake of local partner Knowledge Fire and converted their joint venture in India into a fully-owned subsidiary?

9. Which German wind turbine maker has agreed to buy the wind turbine inventory and service operations of Kenersys, a company owned by Pune-based Kalyani Group?

10. Which chat app has become the newest Indian startup `unicorn', with a valuation of $1.4 billion?

11. Which company has acquired the United States-based Ash Stevens, a contract development and pharmaceutical manufacturing company in an all-cash deal valued at nearly $43 million?

12. Which company has agreed to buy out Praxair India's entire 74% stake in their joint venture for Rs 240 crore, making the industrial gases supplier its wholly-owned subsidiary?

13. Which auto components and services provider has said it will acquire engine cooling solutions supplier TitanX for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which MNC will acquire Swedish air-purifier company Blueair for an undisclosed sum?

15. Which MNC has forayed into the domestic breakfast cereals market with Ceregrow, a breakfast cereal aimed at kids?

16. Which Dutch apparel brand, which was being sold exclusively on Myntra(dot)com, has struck a long-term partnership with Reliance Brands to open its stores in India?

17. Which MNC has launched a new video chat application called Duo?

18. Which Massachusetts (US) headquartered data protection platform to stop data theft, last week announced the launch of its operations in Hyderabad?

19. Ola has shut down which business / brand and has reportedly laid off 700 employees?

20. Pidilite Industries has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador of which brand?

21. Kellogg India has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador for Kellogg’s Oats?

22. Which fashion brand has roped in actress Malaika Arora as the face of their autumn-winter 2016 collection Star Struck?

23. Which luxury brand has launched its exclusive made to order shoe services in India for the first time?

24. Online marketplace Snapdeal has shut down which premium online fashion and accessories platform it acquired in February last year?

25. Which company has been named as the most reputed pharmaceutical brand in India, as per ‘India’s Most Reputed Brands’ list by BlueBytes?

26. Which hospitality company has launched a luxury hotel 'Feathers' in the western part of Chennai?

27. Which well known international lifestyle brand last week announced a tie up with William Penn Pvt Ltd (WPPL) for distribution of its products in India?

28. Which advertising agency from Eastern India has forayed into tea business with the launch of its new group company?

29. I have covered this earlier. Which company last week launched a range of baby care products - hair oil, massage oil, body lotion and body wash gel - under a new sub-brand called Sishu Care?

30. In one of the largest global celebrations ever, which MNC has hidden 150 liquor barrels around the world to celebrate its 150th anniversary?

31. Which MNC has unveiled its Mission Million Books, inviting Indian citizens to donate textbooks and educational material for the benefit of the underprivileged?

32. Japanese two-wheeler maker Yamaha's Indian arm India Yamaha Motor (IYM) has achieved which production milestone?

33. Which 2 Indian companies have been recognised by Fortune magazine in a list of global firms changing the world for the good and having a positive social impact through their activities?

34. Which company is said to have begun working on what is being pegged as the most affordable electric SUV in the world, codenamed S107?

35. Which MNC has announced that it has acquired “Otto”, a technology startup whose aim is to make trucks self-driving?

36. Which MNC has unveiled Project Alloy, a virtual reality headset that doesn’t require a cable connection to a computer and can integrate objects from the real world via on board cameras?

37. Which security and business-support company has bought a significant majority stake in Dusters Total Solutions Pvt Ltd, a leading facility management company, for Rs 175 crore?

38. Which company has decided to demerge its diagnostics business, including the business of its majority owned subsidiary SRL Ltd?

39. Which ecommerce on-demand delivery service has applied for a retail trading licence?

40. Which well known business group in India unveiled its new logo on August 15?

41. Anand Krishnamurthy has resigned as the managing director and chief executive of which bank, a year after taking over the posts?

42. How did Pizza Hut celebrate India's wins at Rio last week?

43. Which Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence solution provider has launched its Indian subsidiary in Bengaluru?

44. Which Pune-based global consulting and IT services firm has acquired ICRA Techno Analytics (ICTEAS) for Rs 68.75 crore?

45. Which company launched its new corporate campaign ‘Ragon Mein Raftar’ on August 15?

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August 14, 2016

Biz Quizzard 646

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the August 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has been awarded Startup of The Year at The Economic Times Startup Awards 2016?

2. Tejasvi Mohanram, founder of which financial products platform, has taken back control of the company from online marketplace Snapdeal?

3. Singapore-based private equity firm Capital Square Partners has acquired about 55% stake in which Bengaluru-based technology-enabled services and outsourcing company?

4. Taj Group of Hotels recently unveiled a new brand philosophy. What has it been termed as?

5. Taking another foray into the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, which MNC has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup Turi for nearly $200 million?

6. Which company has launched its latest diamond jewellery collection "Celebration" to mark the completion of 5 years in Kolkata?

7. Which company has acquired fashion portal Elitify(dot)com?

8. Which chocolate brand launched a #Madfie contest to promote the launch of its new flavours on the occasion of Friendship Day?

9. Which women’s accessories brand launched a digital campaign with the message ‘Celebrating friendship that remains special forever’?

10. Which MNC has agreed to buy e-commerce startup Jet(dot)com Inc. for about $3.3 billion?

11. Which company last week announced its foray into the premium worsted suiting under the brand Primante?

12. Which textile brand has launched a ‘Look Good, Do Good’ programme in association with a social enterprise Goonj from August 6 to 28 across all its shops?

13. Which company has acquired Melgain lotion, used for treatment of skin depigmentation, from Issar Pharma to strengthen its dermatological portfolio?

14. Which MNC has launched its new campaign ‘Unlimited You’?

15. Which online fashion retailer last week announced the addition of two international brands - TOMS and Meters/bonwe - on its platform?

16. Which Singapore-headquartered company last week officially announced its entry into India with a key presence in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Goa and Kochi?

17. Which vegetarian food chain has acquired Delhi-based packaged products company FYNE Superfood for an undisclosed amount to ramp up its packaged products offerings?

18. Which company has agreed to pay $429 million for jobs site Monster Worldwide Inc, one of the first e-commerce companies to go public in the 1990s at the dawn of the Internet era?

19. Which company has launched its two-wheeler radial tyres Protorq, which are meant for premium bikes?

20. Which well known advertising professional in India last week bid adieu to advertising?

21. Which MNC has launched its global confectionery brand Chupa Chups in India to target the growing lollipop market in the country?

22. Which quick service restaurant last week unveiled its new logo?

23. Which MNC has been ranked as the 58th most valuable US brand in the annual Brand Finance study ‘Top 500 US Brands’?

24. Which MNC’s campaign celebrates Chris Mosier, an extraordinary athlete whose unlimited determination to become the first trans athlete, earned him a spot on the US men's national team?

25. Which Pune-based meat delivery startup is in the process of acquiring meat delivery player Nonveggies in an undisclosed all cash deal?

26. Which Dutch multinational plans to set up a $25 million copper wire rod manufacturing facility in India, in partnership with Polycab Wires, a private player in the cables and wires industry?

27. Which MNC and Larsen & Toubro have signed an agreement to partner in manufacturing subsea equipment for deep water projects in the Krishna-Godavari basin on the east coast of India?

28. Which celebrity management firm has acquired 85% stake in Delhi-based entertainment startup Gigstart for an undisclosed amount?

29. Which power transmission company has acquired a minority stake in United States-based drone service company Sharper Shape?

30. Which company will sell its business of sale and distribution of urea and customised fertilisers manufactured at Babrala, Uttar Pradesh, by way of a slump sale to Yara Fertilisers India?

31. Which logistics player has signed a joint venture agreement with Dubai-based Fetchr to launch a dedicated ecommerce arm named DeliverEx?

32. US-based marketing platform Boomtrain has acquired which Bengaluru-based messaging company?

33. Which education content provider has launched the first Indian television channel focused on higher education and skill development, in partnership with DEN Manoranjan Satellite in Pune?

34. LinkedIn has crossed which user milestone in APAC region?

35. ITC has roped in Saina Nehwal as brand ambassador for which health and hygiene brand?

36. Which company last week launched its second fitness smart band 'fitRist Pulzz' at Rs 1799?

37. Announcing a big foray into the world of artificial intelligence, which MNC has acquired San Diego, California-based deep learning startup Nervana Systems run by an Indian-origin entrepreneur?

38. Who are the only two billionaires from India in Forbes' list of the world's 100 richest people in technology?

39. Which company has acquired a 51% stake in HRX, the lifestyle brand co-owned by Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan and Exceed Entertainment, for an undisclosed amount?

40. Aditya Birla Group is merging which two entities to create a $9 billion (Rs 59,766 crore) enterprise?

41. Which US-based technology firm last week launched its HD LED televisions in India in partnership with Noida-based Super Plastronics (SSPL)?

42. Which state-owned company has inaugurated the country's first facility to produce nickel at Ghatsila in Jharkhand?

43. Which company last week announced the divestment of its automobile parts division to Badve Engineering, Pune, in an all-cash deal as a part of a planned strategic reorientation?

44. Which online real estate advisor has acquired Gurgaon-based virtual and augmented reality & 3D visualisations startup 3DPhy?

45. Which Japanese tyre major last week announced the foray into the Indian two-wheeler tyre segment with the launch of NERUN brand across the country?

46. Which Chennai-based company has launched canned drinks and malt-based foods under brand name Molto?

47. Pawan Kumar Bajaj has taken over as managing director and chief executive of which bank?

48. Which MNC’s Mexican unit has agreed to sell its Suburbia clothing chain to El Puerto De Liverpool for about $ 852 million?

49. Which MNC has said it will acquire US-based luxury appliances maker Dacor, seeking to boost high end product sales?

50. The co-founder of which American online news aggregator and blog said she would leave the company to focus on running her new venture, health and wellness startup Thrive Global?

51. Taxi aggregator Ola has launched a new category to rent taxis to simplify intra-city travel with hourly packages. What has it been branded as?

52. Rivigo, a new-age logistics start-up last week announced that it has placed a order for commercial vehicles with Ashok Leyland. Why did this make news?

53. Ex-IAS officer Pravesh Sharma has co-founded a startup which uses existing retailers to sell veggies in Delhi. What is it called?

54. Which brand and Culture Machine’s lifestyle channel Blush have launched the film #ChangeTheRhyme, an interesting take on the rhyme ‘Chubby cheeks, rosy lips…’?

55. Which company has launched the campaign #DeliverTheLove for Raksha Bandhan?

56. Which Hindi movie channel has launched a new campaign with the tagline ‘Yaad Rahega”?

57. Which publication has announced the launch of its new campaign “WEunCOVER Mumbai”?

58. Which mobile wallet and e-commerce platform has launched a digital film with the theme of 'working towards India's freedom from corruption'?

59. Which pharmaceutical company has elevated COO Umang Vohra as its CEO, with effect from September 1, 2016?

60. Which state has become the first to pass GST Bill?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 646 as the subject. Answers will be mailed back to all those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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