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July 12, 2020

Biz Quizzard 850

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 06 - 11. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company, along with its founder, will acquire Raheja QBE General Insurance in a deal worth around $76 million, or Rs 570 crore?

2. FMCG major CavinKare recently announced the launch of a liquid hand soap free from all synthetic detergents under which flagship brand?

3. According to a survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), along with the Indian Angel Network (IAN), what % of startups have shut down due to Covid-19?

4. Who has authored the book ‘Overdraft: Saving the Indian Saver’, all set for a release this month?

5. Which hair care brand has launched the ‘#ScalpSwag’ online challenge based on findings of consumer behavior during the lockdown, with restrictions on various amenities?

6. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Noida-based electric three-wheeler company Bestway Agencies (BAPL), which sells e-rickshaws under the ELE brand?

7. The government has appointed former corporate affairs secretary Injeti Srinivas as chairman of which newly set-up entity?

8. Which MNC has agreed to acquire food delivery company Postmates Inc in a $2.65 billion all-stock takeover?

9. Which MNC has agreed to buy Dominion Energy Inc’s natural gas transmission and storage business for $4 billion in cash?

10. Which MNC has unveiled its ‘It’s Between You’ brand campaign in India, showcasing stories about how Indians are using the platform to communicate in a secure manner?

11. Which company has signed an agreement to buy a power transmission project for an enterprise value of Rs 1,286 crore from Kalpataru Power Transmission?

12. Which company has announced obtaining approval of the Drug Controller General of India to launch generic antiviral drug Remdesivir injection for restricted emergency use on hospitalised Covid-19 patients in July at a price of Rs 4,800?

13. Which face wash brand has launched the campaign ‘Pimple-free, healthy skin ka expert’?

14. Which beauty brand has forayed into home and travel care essentials with 'Veggie Safe’, a fruit and vegetable cleaner; and ‘Travel & Home Safe’ - disinfectant sprays for travel and home?

15. Which chain of pre-owned, multi-brand luxury car showrooms has signed singer Sukhbir Singh as its brand ambassador?

16. Which fashion brand has collaborated with ace dancers Shakti and Mukti Mohan and Melvin Louis to amplify the latest version of its global campaign?

17. Which financial services provider has launched its latest campaign called ‘PHYGITAL’ to promote its services?

18. Which company’s short-form video channel, FilterCopy, has launched a new Instagram-first format called ‘FilterCopy Mini’ that will focus on telling short, relatable stories in just under a minute?

19. Which bank’s former MD Romesh Sobti and his wife have jointly bought two sea-view apartments in Oberoi Realty’s super-luxury project in Worli, Mumbai, for over Rs 76.3 crore?

20. Kia Motors India last week said it has crossed which milestone mark in sales for connected cars within 10 months of its first product launch in the country?

21. Which education technology startup has acquired Chandigarh-based PrepLadder for $50 million in a cash and stock deal?

22. Which MNC has announced the re-launch of its popular children’s channel, CBeebies, in India after eight years?

23. Which cookies brand has launched a film with the positioning ‘some curves are better raised’?

24. Which state tourism board has launched the 'Intezaar Aapka' campaign?

25. The Delhi bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has admitted an insolvency plea against retail chain V2 Retail. What was the chain called earlier?

26. Which ecommerce company, in a strategic partnership with Movado Group International, announced the launch of MVMT (pronounced as ’Movement’) watches on its platform?

27. Which music streaming platform has launched the short videos platform ‘HotShots’?

28. Which Hyderabad-based startup last week said it has rolled out the country’s first integrated marketplace for edtech solutions?

29. Which company, in collaboration with AI start-up Blackstraw, has introduced Health Risk Monitoring System (HRMS), an AI-based health risk monitoring system to facilitate safe reopening?

30. About a week after TikTok ban, which MNC said it would begin testing its Reels feature in the country, which works on similar lines as TikTok?

31. Which company has made an entry into a new category of ice cream-chocolates, and introduced brand Rocket with two exciting flavours of French Vanilla and Belgian Chocolate?

32. Which mutual fund has launched the second video under the ‘#DateyRaho' campaign, acknowledging investors for their tenacity to fight?

33. Which India-inspired lifestyle brand has made a substantial change to its logo as part of the larger shift in its positioning from a souvenir brand since its launch ten years ago?

34. Which company has launched a new digital platform, branded as ‘Blockchain-based Contracts and Rights Management System’ (bCRMS) for the global media and entertainment industry?

35. Which pipe and water storage solutions company has roped in actor-couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan as brand ambassadors?

36. Which airline has become the first in India to offer Covid-19 insurance for passengers?

37. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy has resigned as the India chairman of which IT company?

38. Tata Starbucks last week launched its first drive-through outlet in the country. Which location?

39. Which company has picked up about 27% stake in Arvind Fashions’ subsidiary Arvind Youth Brands for Rs 260 crore?

40. Which brand recently organized the world’s largest food drive as part of its ‘#UmeedHainHum’ initiative along with Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna?

41. Which edible oil manufacturer has appointed Sanjeev Asthana its chief executive officer (CEO)?

42. Facebook-owned WhatsApp last week said that more than which milestone count of people in India was using the business version of its messaging app every month?

43. Which online financial services player’s founder Sandeep Tandon has allocated Rs 100 crore from his family office to invest in early-stage companies in the hardware, manufacturing and Internet of Things space?

44. Which MNC is reportedly considering selling smartphones without in-box chargers from as early as next year?

45. Who has been conferred the first Prof PC Mahalanobis National Award in Official Statistics for lifetime achievement?

46. Which Bangalore-based kids food and nutrition startup has introduced ‘Hearty’ – a range of immunity-based nutritious meals for those with medical needs across age groups?

47. Which company / brand has entered the edible oils business with the launch of Janmay brand?

48. Which pharma company has launched a ‘Thank you Doctor’ campaign to express gratitude towards doctors for their sacrifices and selfless service?

49. Rajiv Suri has quit as the MD and CEO of which retailer?

50. Which is the most chosen brand in India, as per the Brand Footprint 2020 report from Worldpanel Division of Kantar?

51. Which digital music distribution service provider has announced its entry in India and has appointed music industry veteran Heena Kriplani as the country manager?

52. Which life insurance company has signed actor Sonu Sood as the product ambassador for its latest product campaign?

53. Which hair care brand has launched its new campaign with the message ‘Duniya mein chaao all the time’?

54. Which watch brand has announced actress Disha Patani as its brand ambassador in India?

55. Which automobile company has launched the anthem ‘Haq Hai Humara’ as a tribute to the ‘Indomitable Spirit of India’?

56. Which advertising agency has released the short film ‘Kaano Par Zimmedari’ to highlight the importance of wearing masks?

57. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has adopted a new tagline- 'The Burger of India'?

58. Which pharma company has launched the anthem 'Hum se behtar hum, Bolo Vandemataram'?

59. Which brand has recently launched Panchamrit, a food traditionally served as ‘prasad’ after puja at temples?

60. Which MNC has decided to support nearly 48 public hospitals across eight states as part of the company’s commitment of Rs 100 crore towards COVID-19 relief initiatives in the country?

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July 5, 2020

Biz Quizzard 849

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 29 - July 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which ecommerce company has said it has successfully eliminated single-use plastics in the packaging of goods at its fulfilment centres across the country?

2. Which country’s low-cost carrier NokScoot said its board of directors decided to liquidate the company as the coronavirus pandemic dimmed prospects for its recovery?

3. Which FM radio company is set to venture into the online radio space with ‘BRO’?

4. Which financial services brand and gold loan NBFC has launched the ‘Sunheri Soch’ campaign with Red FM?

5. Which dating app has launched its digital campaign #AllyOfLove, in support of the community during this year’s International month of Pride?

6. Which asset management company has launched a campaign titled 'The Minimalist Investor' promoting index funds?

7. Coty Inc agreed to buy a 20% stake in which celebrity’s beauty business for $200 million to develop skin, hair and nail products under the reality TV star’s brand?

8. Which real estate consulting firm has announced a tie up with RoofandFloor, a technology driven online marketplace for homebuyers to smoothen home buying experience?

9. Which Indian company has got approval for its psoriasis drug Ilumya, which is a part of its specialty products portfolio, for the Japan market?

10. The government last week banned how many Chinese mobile applications?

11. India and which country last week signed a concession agreement for their hydroelectric joint venture project?

12. Which watch brand has launched a digital campaign ‘Proud to be Me’, which celebrates the spirit of self-expression and inclusivity in the society?

13. Which snack brand has launched the Filmy Flavours campaign pivoted on famous Bollywood dialogues?

14. Which sportswear brand has launched a sustainability film to celebrate its five-year partnership with Parley?

15. Which fantasy gaming platform has launched its new campaign ‘#DumHaiTohYahanKhel’ with brand ambassador Yuvraj Singh?

16. Which online streaming platform has launched ‘Multiplex’ to directly release Bollywood films?

17. Which company has accepted a binding offer from Templar Investments to divest its entire stake in its Oman asset?

18. Premji Invest has acquired a controlling stake in which speciality aroma chemical maker?

19. Amazon last week said its grocery delivery service Pantry has been expanded to cover how many cities in the country?

20. Which MNC has launched its second data centre in Hyderabad, quickly expanding in the country after its first such centre was unveiled in Mumbai last year?

21. Which MNC will sell its chemicals business to Ineos Group for $5 Billion?

22. Which Chennai-based information technology services company has acquired a 70% stake in Bengaluru-based RapidValue Solutions, which is into digital product engineering services and solutions?

23. Mondelez India last week announced its foray into which new category?

24. Carlyl Group will invest $235 million in which company’s Nxtra data centre business?

25. Which football club has reached an agreement to sell Brazil midfielder Arthur Melo to Juventus for a fee of 72 million euros ($80.98 million)?

26. Which automotive connected technologies company has announced the elevation of Prathab Deivanayagham as the new country manager for its India operations?

27. Which newspaper brand is claiming that its campaign has become the longest-running print campaign of India?

28. Which online investment service provider has launched 'Let’s be Wealth Positive' digital campaign, in an effort to calm investors during this time of uncertainty?

29. Zomato last week said it has rechristened its membership programme Zomato Gold to include more discounts and privileges. What will it be known as?

30. Which PSU last week reported its first-ever quarterly loss?

31. Which ethnic apparel and artisan products retailer has appointed former Indigo Airline president Aditya Ghosh on its board of directors?

32. Which MNC last week became the highest-valued automaker in the world as its shares surged to record high?

33. Which entity last week announced a $750 million package for India’s medium and small enterprises, which have been severely impacted by Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown imposed to contain it?

34. Which company is acquiring the French giant De Dietrich Process System’s Hyderabad facility, which is into production of glass-lined equipment for €6.25 million (nearly Rs 53 crore)?

35. Which company has partnered with the Japanese pharma giant Fujifilm Toyama Chemical and Global Response Aid (GRA) for development, manufacture and sale of antiviral drug Avigan (favipiravir) tablets for potential treatment of Covid-19?

36. Which company last week reported a staggering Rs 73,878-crore loss in fiscal 2019-20, the highest ever by any Indian company?

37. OTT platform Zee5 last week said it will soon launch a short video platform and unveiled the brand. Name it?

38. Which general insurance company has launched its new corporate brand identity with a redesigned logo and the tagline ‘Suraksha and Bharosa, dono’?

39. Which American running shoe brand has been launched in India, imported by SCS Selection Centre Sports Private Limited?

40. Which company, along with an international partner Rhone Capital, has acquired US-based Lummus Technology at an enterprise value of $2.7 billion (about Rs 20,590 crore)?

41. Which hospitality company has launched the digital campaign 'Fir Badhega India!'?

42. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#FutureFearless’?

43. Which cement company has launched ‘#YehPuccaHai’ campaign to pay tribute to the construction workers?

44. Which digital healthcare company launched a campaign ‘#BeingADoctor’ on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day?

45. US private equity giant KKR has agreed to acquire about 54% stake in which Mumbai-based drug manufacturer, one of the oldest pharma companies in India, for Rs 3,100 crore?

46. Hindustan Unilever has rebranded Fair & Lovely. What is the new brand?

47. According to report last week, more than what percentage of leased passenger aircraft in the country belong to leasing firms owned or controlled by Chinese entities or those based in Hong Kong?

48. Which company has introduced India’s first generic version of sucroferric oxyhydroxide for the control of increased serum phosphorus levels in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis?

49. Maruti Suzuki India last week launched its vehicle lease subscription service for individual customers under which brand?

50. Which business group has signed an agreement with Fortune Media Group, publishers of Fortune magazine, to publish the magazine in India?

51. Which hand and surface sanitiser brand has launched its maiden television campaign 'Ghar ka Pehredar'?

52. Which FMCG company has launched a brand new television campaign in support of '#Vocalforlocal’ with the key thought ‘Bharat se hai hum, Bharat jaise hum'?

53. Which jewellery company has elevated COO Sanjay Raghuraman as Chief Executive Officer?

54. Lavie, a handbag brand, has forayed into the functional fashion space with the launch of which sub-brand?

55. Which industry body has announced the appointment of Bharti Airtel’s chief operating officer for India and South Asia, Ajai Puri, as its new chairman for 2020-21?

56. Which general insurance company has launched the ‘#RestartRight’ campaign for its health insurance solutions?

57. Which music composer duo has inked an exclusive contract for creating their own fashion merchandise label with Styched; a production on demand fast fashion company?

58. Which eyewear brand has launched the ‘#NoCodesApply’ campaign?

59. Think and Learn, which owns and operates educational technology platform Byju’s, has made a $300 million all-cash offer to acquire which smaller peer?

60. A consortium of which business group and the UK government has won a bid to take over OneWeb, the British firm that went bankrupt while trying to build a constellation of satellites to deliver wireless broadband globally?

61. Which cosmetics maker has named former top executive of L'Oreal, Sue Nabi, as chief executive officer, its third CEO in this year?

62. Which hospitality brand has launched the digital campaign ‘#LoveIndiaSeeIndia’?

63. Which MNC collaborated with MensXP to launch a video titled ‘Fathers: Then vs Now’ for Father’s Day?

64. Which company has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador for its water tanks segment?

65. Which health insurance company has roped in actor Boman Irani for a multi media advertising blitz?

66. Which pain relief OTC brand has launched a campaign personifying headache as ‘Pain Man’?

67. Which cosmetics and skincare company has launched the campaign ‘Your Safe Space’?

68. Which snacking company, in partnership with Zee Network, has launched ‘#SayThankYou’ campaign?

69. Which biscuit brand has launched the campaign “Good Choices can happen at home too”, with an aim to encourage people to start making good choices even within the confines of their homes?

70. Which automobile company has become the first in the country to introduce intelligent manual transmission (iMT) technology?

71. Which company has launched the “Pari Laayegi Parivartan” campaign that illustrates the importance of regular breast cancer screening and breast self-examination in India?

72. Which B2B marketplace for healthcare supplies has launched the awareness campaign ‘Unlock Rules’?

73. Which dating app has collaborated with electronic music producer Ritviz and production house Jugaad Motion Pictures to create Raahi, a Pride anthem and music video?

74. Which ready-to-cook fresh food brand has launched its highly-acclaimed ‘Trust Shop 2.0’ initiative to cater to customers in Mumbai, especially in the Covid-19 hit areas?

75. Which mattress brand has launched Cocoon Mattress, a first-of-its-kind Mattress in a Box (MIAB) offering that allows consumers to choose the comfort feel of the mattress on their side of the bed?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 849 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time. 

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli