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February 21, 2021

Biz Quizzard 882

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

1. Central Depository Services (CDSL), the largest depository in India in terms of number of demat clients, crossed which milestone accounts count mark last month?

2. A consortium, led by Asset Reconstruction Co. (ARCIL) and US distressed debt fund Avenue Capital, has agreed to buy the assets of which home finance company for Rs 1,800 crore?

3. Which company has revived its listing process and will become the first online travel firm to be listed in India?

4. Which tyre manufacturer has signed actor Rana Daggubati as its brand ambassador for promoting the ‘Puncture Safe’ range of bike tyres?

5. Which bathroom solutions brand has launched the ‘#LOOveFilter’ digital campaign to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?

6. Which quick service restaurant chain has launched a new campaign featuring Sima Taparia, popularly known as Sima aunty from the hit show Indian Matchmaking?

7. Which hospitality brand has launched the first film ‘Same Hotel’ of its digital campaign featuring Neena Gupta and Swanand Kirkire as the lead protagonists?

8. Which jewellery brand has launched a film for its ‘The Cupid Edit’ Valentine’s Day collection?

9. The count of Apple Watch users has crossed which milestone mark globally, according to Apple analyst Neil Cybart?

10. Photo messaging app Snapchat has crossed which user base milestone in India?

11. Which dating app has launched the campaign ‘#StartSomethingEpicAgain’, featuring Ananya Pandey, That Indian Chick, and Shreya Gupto?

12. Which gifting portal launched the campaign ‘Love Vaccine’ for Valentine’s Day?

13. New York-based private equity fund New Mountain Capital has acquired a significant majority stake in which cloud and digital product engineering services provider?

14. The venture capital arm of which company has invested an undisclosed amount in Onelife Nutriscience, which owns the consumer healthcare brand Onelife?

15. Which electric vehicle startup has unveiled ETRYST 350, its first electric motorcycle claiming to offer performance on par with conventional vehicle?

16. Which genetics startup has inked an agreement with Israeli genomics AI player NRGene for transfer of the latter’s 8-year-old crop breeding programme for maize, rice and chilli-pepper in India?

17. Which MNC automobile company has appointed Jyoti Malhotra as Managing Director of India operations from Match 1?

18. Which audio streaming service has launched 2 ads - 'Sangeet' and 'Trip' – for its Premium Mini plans?

19. Which voice assistant has launched the six-video campaign “Ek neeli si roshni, se kar li jo dosti” to celebrate its third anniversary in India?

20. Which international entity last week appointed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its first woman and African head?

21. Amazon is setting up its first device manufacturing line in the country in partnership with Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn. What will be manufactured?

22. Which edtech startup has acquired TapChief, an online platform for professionals to earn incomes without full-time jobs?

23. IBM and which Indian firm have tied up to generate $1 billion of business each over the next three years by jointly offering solutions in 5G, cybersecurity and cloud services to customers globally?

24. Which Hyderabad-based software services startup last week announced the launch of an intelligent neo banking platform, Uluka, for financial institutions?

25. Which commercial vehicle manufacturer has picked up a 26% stake in Prathama Solarconnect Energy Pvt. Ltd. (PSEPL) by investing Rs 18.66 crore?

26. Which company completed the acquisition of Dighi Port on February 15 for Rs 705 crore under the corporate insolvency resolution plan (CIRP)?

27. Arne Sorenson, 62, died recently. He was the CEO of which hospitality MNC?

28. Which homeware brand has launched the campaign 'Choose Good Every Day' to celebrate its 25th anniversary in India?

29. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#MeetTheFuture’ for its nanoe™X ACs?

30. Which luxury car brand will become all-electric from 2025 and exit the diesel market by 2026?

31. Which jewellery brand launched the Valentine’s Day campaign ‘#StrongerInLove’, featuring celebrity couple Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar?

32. Which biscuit brand launched the campaign ‘Heartbreaks can be sweet’ for Valentine’s Day?

33. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in former cricketer VVS Laxman as brand ambassador?

34. Which beverage brand, as part of its relaunch campaign, has released a new television commercial in Malayalam celebrating the diversity in the language?

35. Which Indian company last week said it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary in the Netherlands to explore business opportunities in the food service industry in the European country?

36. Which hospital chain has teamed up with Anatomiz3D Medtech to establish India’s first hospital 3D-printing lab in Hyderabad?

37. Which MNC has acquired Selz, an Australia-based ecommerce platform that helps businesses to have their own online stores?

38. Which MNC last week announced the sale of its regional spring water brands, plus two of its other North American efforts, to One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co for $4.3 billion (€3.5 billion)?

39. Which private equity major has agreed to an all-stock merger of its India lending unit with InCred, a shadow bank promoted by former Deutsche Bank officials?

40. Which conglomerate has signed a deal to acquire a 68 per cent stake in online supermarket bigbasket for nearly Rs 9,500 crore?

41. Which company last week said it would acquire 20% stake in its DTH arm from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus for Rs 3,126 crore?

42. MyGate, a security and community management solution provider for gated communities, last week announced its foray into community omni-commerce business. What has it been branded as?

43. Which robotic brand has introduced a new logo and launched a campaign in a bid to contribute towards a future with lesser human intervention in addressing daily chores?

44. Which beverage brand from PepsiCo has launched a new campaign, an extension of its ‘Electrifying energy, ultimate taste’ campaign from the previous year?

45. Which paint brand has launched a campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Ranbir Kapoor in a double role, with the tagline ‘Baarish, Dhoop aur Dhool ko Aane Do’?

46. Which life insurance company has launched a new brand campaign titled ‘Bounce Back’?

47. Which feminine care brand has come together with UNESCO to raise awareness and educate girls on menstrual hygiene management under its flagship programme '#KeepGirlsInSchool'?

48. Which WordPress hosting provider has launched a new campaign in India that aims to showcase its strength as the web host of choice for content creators like bloggers, web developers/designers?

49. IPL team Kings XI Punjab has been renamed. What is the new name?

50. Which FMCG major last week said it will spend Rs 300 crore towards driving gender equality in India by deliberately working with women-owned businesses in the country over the next 3 years?

51. Who has emerged as the first recipient of the ET Evoke Social Entrepreneur Award 2020?

52. Marico last week said it plans to enter which segment under the Saffola brand?

53. Which neobanking platform has acquired Optobizz, a goods and services tax and financial automation startup, for $5 million in a stock-plus-cash deal?

54. Which business group has received central bank approval to complete its acquisition of the debt-laden housing finance company DHF?

55. Which seed company last week said its India MD Dilip Rajan has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and member of the company’s managing board?

56. Which FMCG company, under its dairy wing, has introduced a new milk brand - H-Milk?

57. Which three-decade-old water purifier brand has unveiled its new visual identity?

58. Which smartphone company has announced a new brand campaign ‘Real People, Real stories’ that attempts to bring real stories of people who are making a difference with their work?

59. Which food and snack company has partnered with Africa's Futurelife to bring its nutritional food product range to India?

60. Which FMCG major has announced its commitment to achieve equal representation of female directors behind the camera for its advertisements across brands in India over the next three years?

61. Which online smartphone brand has unveiled the company’s refreshed visual identity, with a brand new logo ‘Made of Mad’ and brand mascot that aims to challenge the status quo?

62. Which in-game advertising platform has entered India, exclusively represented in APAC by mobile advertising platform AdColony and with key launch partner WCC2, India’s popular cricket game?

63. Which life insurance company has launched a new TVC and digital campaign titled ‘Hum Kar ke Rahenge’?

64. Which company has rolled out a new ad film ‘Shubh Ratri’ for its Naselin ColdPlus Rub?

65. Which smartphone brand collaborated with filmmaker Imtiaz Ali for promoting its latest launch in India?

66. Which consumer tech products brand has appointed former Godrej Consumer Products executive Vivek Gambhir as its CEO?

67. Which company will fully acquire Netherlands-based Fides Food Systems through its wholly-owned subsidiary for £24.8 million?

68. Which property technology platform has acquired data intelligence, asset management and real estate services firm PropsAMC in an all-stock-swap transaction?

69. Which business group plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore to build eight new air separation units in its existing joint venture with US-based Air Products & Chemicals?

70. Which Japanese firm, the world´s largest soy sauce maker, has entered India through a fully owned subsidiary?

71. Which MNC has signed an initial pact with the US-based helicopter transport services provider BLADE´s Indian subsidiary, FlyBlade India, to help develop the on-demand helicopter services market in South Asia?

72. Which tea cafe chain, operated by Mountain Trail Foods Pvt Ltd, has entered the instant tea market?

73. Which tea brand has launched a new ad campaign titled ‘Sangharsh Ka Saathi’ featuring Gujarati theatre and film actor Pratik Gandhi?

74. Which online poker platform has launched a new brand campaign titled ‘Life ko Ace karo’, featuring actor Ali Fazal and rapper Badshah?

75. SBI Cards and Payment Services´ market capitalisation crossed which milestone mark intraday on February 19?

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February 14, 2021

Biz Quizzard 881

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

1. Which engineering and construction giant is set to enter the online engineering education space in September?

2. Which Indian space startup is building a vehicle that will work as a “taxi in space” to ferry small satellites into multiple orbits?

3. Which app has once again emerged the top Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app in January, with 968.72 million transactions worth Rs 1.91 trillion, according to data from NPCI?

4. Sushil Kumar Gupta has resigned as Chairman and Managing Director of which hospitality company?

5. Which firm has announced the setting up of a ‘Young Digital Innovators Lab’ comprising digital natives from across the company’s businesses to crowd-source transformative digital strategies?

6. Global PE fund Advent International has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in which Mumbai-based pharmaceuticals company at an enterprise value of Rs 1,700 crore?

7. Which workplace technology company has announced to expand its growing software portfolio with the acquisition of CareAR, an augmented reality (AR) support platform company?

8. Which MNC automaker has invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and signalled its intent to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment?

9. Which edtech company has signed a deal in the range of Rs 120-130 crore to become a global partner with International Cricket Council (ICC)?

10. Which Indian IT services firm will give out a one-time bonus worth Rs 700 crore to more than 150,000 employees to mark its $10-billion revenue milestone?

11. Which business group is set to sell the chlor-alkali business, housed under the publicly listed Mawana Sugars, to Bodal Chemicals for Rs 165 crore on a slump sale basis?

12. Which company has unveiled a fitness-focused smartwatch brand ‘TraQ’ to capture a share of an increasing market of customers looking to track their performance in sports?

13. Which Indian company said it has been named to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)?

14. Which business school is the top ranked B school in the country in the latest Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking?

15. Which gadget accessory and consumer electronics brand has revealed a new logo and tagline “Born to Win”?

16. Piramal Pharma Limited’s consumer products division has announced its association with actor Manoj Bajpayee for which medicated soap brand?

17. Which MNC bank has launched a new global brand campaign with a film ‘Through Different Eyes’?

18. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘India Ka Sabse Bharosemand Pipe’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Ranveer Singh?

19. Which home services platform has launched the influencer-led campaign ‘#MySalonMyWay’?

20. The Economic Times Award for Corporate Excellence 2020 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader of the Year?

21. Which health and wellness platform has acquired fitness facilities aggregator Fitternity for an undisclosed sum?

22. Which two-wheeler taxi platform has launched an hourly rental service in Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur?

23. Actress Shraddha Kapoor recently announced that she has invested in which herb-infused zero calorie beverage brand?

24. Which U.S. video game developer will buy Glu Mobile Inc for $2.4 billion?

25. Which Indian aerospace startup has become the world´s first company to test a single piece, fully 3D printed rocket engine?

26. Which company has floated India´s first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) in the green power space?

27. Which health insurance company has launched the ‘Hope Contact’ campaign to make people come together and spread hope for the times to come through a very common mode of contact?

28. Multi brand cloud kitchen organization TTSF Cloud One has tied up with which celebrity to launch his brand Prowl Foods in the health food space via cloud kitchen?

29. Which beverage giant will soon begin selling sodas in completely recycled plastic in the United States for the first time?

30. Sushant Dash will be the new CEO of which beverage chain from May 1?

31. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has released a new film ‘#AgainstSensationalism’?

32. Which advertising group has designed a holistic health and wellness programme called PubFit for its workforce?

33. Adar Poonawalla-controlled investment firm Rising Sun Holdings will buy a controlling stake in which Mumbai-based NBFC with an investment of Rs 3,200 crore?

34. Which company last week said it will buy out Oman Oil’s shares in the Bina refinery project for about Rs 2,400 crore?

35. Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra has invested in which rocket startup in his personal capacity?

36. Which electric vehicle electronics startup will supply battery management systems (BMS) to Barcelona-based Ray Electric Motors for the latter’s newly launched electric scooter?

37. Which real estate developer and coworking office space provider Awfis have entered into a strategic partnership to add six new flexible office centres to their portfolio in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad?

38. Which IIT Madras-incubated startup has launched an electric two wheeler ‘PiMo’, which it says comes with a range of 50 kilometres?

39. Which US-based company, best known in India as the maker of All Out mosquito repellent and Kiwi shoe polish, has agreed to sell a significant stake in the India unit to Bansk?

40. SBI last week said its home loan book has crossed which milestone mark?

41. Which American media and entertainment firm plans to bring its video streaming application Jungo+ to India this month?

42. The government has classified foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) from which country as eligible for taking up Category I licence, the second non FATF (Financial Action Task Force) country to be given the exemption?

43. Wedding marketplace MatrimonyBazaar has been rebranded. What is the new name?

44. Which online higher education company has partnered with content creator BeYouNick aka Nick to launch their first-ever comedy web series, The Office Canteen?

45. Which life insurance company has rolled out a new digital film titled ‘Sada Surakshit Rahe’ saluting the Indian Army?

46. Which biscuit brand has collaborated with online supermarket Grofers and will launch a new pack with the aim to bring affordable indulgence to the consumer’s doorstep?

47. Which life insurance company has elevated Satishwar Balakrishnan to be the managing director & chief executive officer?

48. To commemorate its 75th anniversary, which company has launched the Founders Edition of its new range of cars and SUVs, exclusively for employees across the group?

49. Which US-based shared space provider has ventured into the Indian co-living segment with plans to have 30,000 beds by end of 2023?

50. Which MNC has named Aditya Mittal as its new chief executive officer?

51. The board of which Murugappa Group company has approved of the company’s entry into complete automobile manufacturing?

52. PepsiCo India has launched which new variant of Mountain Dew?

53. Which branchless banking network has unveiled its new brand identity, including a new logo and brand slogan ‘Zidd Aage Badhne Ki'?

54. Which snack brand has released its 2021 UEFA Champions League global campaign ‘Apartment Arena’, featuring Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Lieke Martens?

55. Which Hyderabad-based firm has become the first medical imaging facility in the country to be granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)?

56. Redcliffe Lifesciences has roped in actor Kareena Kapoor Khan as the brand ambassador for which fertility and pregnancy care brand for a period of one year?

57. Which automobile company has launched a new campaign titled ‘People Technology’?

58. Which instant noodle brand has rolled out a new TVC campaign for its Saucy Masala variant?

59. Which entity has rolled out the video ‘Nakal Karti Zidd’ on the occasion of ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, depicting a poem narrated by Pallavi Mahajan?

60. Which business executive is teaming up with American rapper Jay-Z to set up BTrust, an endowment which will fund bitcoin development starting with India and Africa?

61. Which perfume brand has launched a digital campaign featuring actor Rajkumar Rao and his partner Patralekha for Valentine’s Day?

62. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, which sleep solutions and furniture brand has launched ‘The Single Song’ by ‘The Piya Milan band'?

63. Which online beauty retailer has launched the campaign ‘#AddToHeart’, featuring actress Shreya Dhanwanthary?

64. Which watch brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftOfLove’?

65. Marc Llistosella, former head of Daimler Truck Asia, will take charge as the new CEO & MD of which company from July 1?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 881 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli