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October 20, 2019

Biz Quizzard 812

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who, along with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, won the 2019 economics Nobel for their work on finding new ways to tackle poverty?

2. Which company has pulled ahead of Hero MotoCorp in driving volume share in India’s scooter market, emerging as the country’s third largest in the segment?

3. Which silver jewellery brand celebrated its first anniversary with a digital campaign?

4. Which NBFC has launched its first campaign ‘Rishta Sammaan Ka’, based on real-life experiences of its customers?

5. Which online payments company has launched its second marketing campaign themed – ‘Ab Diwali 365 days wali’?

6. Which ecommerce company has acquired 100% of CombineSell, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which milk delivery startup has halted operations and is redirecting customers to FreshToHome?

8. Which five-year-old firm, founded by Charlie Lee, has received its non-banking financial company (NBFC) licence from RBI?

9. Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, invested an undisclosed sum in which Pune-based electric motorcycle maker?

10. Which MNC will buy 37.4% stake in Adani Gas, marking another big-ticket entry of a global major in India’s energy market?

11. Which Hyderabad-based pharma company will be exiting its 50:50 Chinese joint venture by divesting its entire stake to its JV partner Hubei Biocause Heilen Pharmaceutical Co Ltd?

12. Which pharma company has launched ophthalmic solution Cequa, used for the treatment of dry eye disease, in the US market?

13. Which company has introduced a new series of tyres called Sincera SN832i, catering to the car segment in India?

14. Which Indian wear brand has roped in actor Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador?

15. Which denim brand has launched a new campaign to introduce its new product, the F-Lite denim?

16. Which company has been voted as the overall most outstanding company in India and the most outstanding company in India's IT services sector in Asiamoney's 2019 Asia's outstanding companies poll?

17. Which gaming firm has acquired 51% stake in Mumbai-based Paper Boat Apps, an independent studio, for Rs 83.5 crore?

18. Which paint company will acquire 95.53 % of STP Ltd (STPL), which is primarily into waterproofing and protective coatings, at a cash consideration of Rs 167.5 crore?

19. Which brand has set a Guinness World Record with ‘Largest Immunity Lesson’ for school kids?

20. Which airline last week became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A320 aircraft with passengers on-board?

21. Which home appliances company will be taking the conversation around responsible e-waste disposal ahead with a pre-Diwali social media campaign ‘#DiwaliKiSafai’?

22. Titan’s eyewear business has roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

23. Which shampoo brand has launched the campaign ‘Freedom Hair’?

24. Which sports brand has announced a new campaign called 'Propah Lady'?

25. Which business process management company is buying US-based digital consultancy Rightpoint for an undisclosed amount?

26. Which Chinese handset maker will foray into India’s smart TV market in the first quarter of 2020 and will launch competitive products to take on the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo-Motorola and TCL?

27. Which Australian fashion brand has announced the appointment of first celebrity endorser Diana Penty?

28. Which state-owned bank has signed up with real estate portal Magicbricks for the e-auction of over 500 re-possessed properties worth more than Rs 800 crore?

29. Which company has emerged the first Indian cybersecurity firm to join the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA)?

30. Bajaj Auto last week unveiled its electric scooter. What has it been branded as?

31. The Indian arm of which insurance broking group has agreed to buy JLT Independent Insurance Brokers, a joint venture between Jardine Lloyd Thompson of UK and Sunidhi Group in India?

32. Which general insurance company has announced the appointment of Shanai Ghosh as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

33. Which consumer durable brand has unveiled a new digital campaign, ‘#CookSweatFree’, for its innovative kitchen fan Air Buddy?

34. Which Hindi daily has launched a film titled ‘Aathwa Phera’, focusing on the importance of an equal status that both husband and wife should enjoy in a marriage?

35. Which home d├ęcor brand and English daily The Times of India have joined hands to launch a unique cause called ‘#TakeBackSleep’?

36. Which bath fittings, kitchen sinks and sanitary ware brand has launched its first television commercial; with actress and model, Karishma Sharma as brand ambassador?

37. Which shampoo brand has launched the ‘#MeriBetiStrong’ campaign?

38. Which designer false ceiling brand has launched the campaign ‘Ceiling nahi feeling hai’?

39. Which fintech startup has announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based audio streaming platform Dose FM for an undisclosed amount?

40. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) last week became the first Indian company to cross which milestone mark of market capitalization?

41. Ola last week launched a self-drive car-sharing service. What has it been branded as?

42. Which hair colour brand has brought actress Vaani Kapoor on board as the brand ambassador?

43. Health-tech company Medlife, which owns and operates the eponymous online pharmacy platform, has hit which milestone revenue mark for September?

44. Which tax and audit firm last week announced its entry in India?

45. IL&FS board has transferred the group’s 51% stake in IL&FS Wind Energy to which joint venture partner?

46. Which air conditioner manufacturer has roped in Virat Kohli has brand ambassador?

47. Which IT firm has entered into an agreement to acquire Contino, a privately-held technology consulting firm based in London, for an undisclosed sum?

48. Which storage battery-maker last week announced the launch of e-rickshaws in select markets?

49. International question. Which hospitality major’s new ‘Five Feet to Fitness’ guestroom concept will let guests use more than eleven different fitness equipment and accessory options in their hotel rooms?

50. Which company is entering food retail in India through the newly registered ‘FarmerMart’?

51. Which company has agreed to sell the Bellagio resort in Las Vegas to Blackstone Group for $4.25 billion and will continue to operate the property under a lease arrangement?

52. Which general insurance company has decided exit crop insurance under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana, citing high rates quoted by reinsurance companies?

53. Mark Hurd, 62, passed away on October 18. He was the co-CEO of which IT major?

54. Which Indian two-wheeler manufacturer last week forayed into selling branded gear for two-wheeler riders?

55. Who has been appointed as the new chairman of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA)?

56. Which consumer durable company announced the launch of a new ad campaign starring Kriti Sannon and also unveiled a new baseline – ‘Every day, care’?

57. Which social media company has appointed Nikhil Gandhi as India head?

58. Which kitchen appliances brand has launched its Diwali campaign ‘#CookMagic’?

59. Which company will acquire a stake in solar power firm AMPSolar Evolution Private Limited for around Rs 17 crore?

60. Which airline last week operated the first test flight of ‘Project Sunrise’, the longest non-stop flight?

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October 13, 2019

Biz Quizzard 811

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC will mark its foray into the fashion industry through a collaboration with homegrown ready-to-wear label HUEMN, launching at FDCI's upcoming Lotus India Fashion Week SS20?

2. Which home appliances brand has roped in actress Yami Gautam as brand ambassador?

3. Which menswear brand is all set to mark its 20th anniversary with brand ambassador Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the launch of its latest campaign, ‘The Spirit of Man’?

4. Which company has launched digital and video storytelling platform, MAKERS India?

5. Which telecom company has inked a pact with Kia Motors to provide Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in services such as navigation, safety and security, vehicle management and remote control?

6. CK Venkataraman is the new MD of which company?

7. Which company’s content hub for homecare, Cleanipedia, has launched #SaafDiwaliShubhDiwali, a month-long festive campaign to prepare users for the mammoth job of Pre-Diwali cleaning?

8. Which women’s beauty brand has announced a #BreastBreak campaign to help support early detection of breast cancer around the world?

9. Swiggy has now expanded its reach to how many cities in India?

10. Mercedes-Benz last week delivered over which milestone count of cars in a single day in India?

11. Which beverage giant is selling its first sustainable bonds?

12. How many Indian-origin persons have been named by American magazine Fortune in its annual list of 40 most influential and inspiring young people in business under the age of 40?

13. Which automobile company has set up a premium bike division called ‘Big Wing’ to Take on Royal Enfield?

14. Which US studio, specialising in horror-themed digital content, is set to enter India in partnership with producer Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment?

15. Which auto component maker has inked a pact to acquire Germany-based automotive lamps firm Delvis Gmbh and its two subsidiaries for €21 million (about Rs 164 crore)?

16. Which automobile MNC has named Makoto Uchida, head of its Chinese business, as its next CEO?

17. Which modern Indian wear brand by fashion house High Street Essentials Pvt Ltd has launched its first brand campaign?

18. Which mutual fund has announced the roll-out of 'Ishq Bhi, Risk Bhi' - a fictional audio series in Hindi with investor education theme built inside the story?

19. Which Kinetic Group venture has launched three bikes under the MV Agusta Dragster Series, with price starting at Rs 18.73 lakh (ex-showroom)?

20. Which Indian company has acquired Eishtec, a 1,400-employee contact centre company in Ireland for an undisclosed amount?

21. Tata Motors last week launched which electric model with an extended range to cater to both fleet and personal segment customers?

22. Home services marketplace UrbanClap will be launching operations in which country next month?

23. Which travel portal has signed an agreement with travel platform major TripAdvisor to offer choices for local experiences at international destinations to outbound Indian travelers?

24. American financial services company C2FO has acquired which Noida-based dynamic discounting solution provider for an undisclosed sum to expand its presence in India?

25. Which airline’s digital cargo and logistics platform, Teleport has announced entry into India to cash in on the expanding ecommerce sector in one of the world’s fastest growing markets?

26. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rejected the planned merger between Indiabulls Housing Finance and which bank?

27. BSH Home Appliances Group, one of Europe’s largest home appliances manufacturer, last week said it has sold which milestone count of washing machines in India?

28. Which sportswear brand has roped in Jasprit Bumrah as brand ambassador?

29. Which entity has launched ‘Boardroom Kitchen’, India’s first reality web series that portrays CEOs of famous companies in the kitchen?

30. German sportswear maker Puma has opened its first experience store in India, it’s second globally after New York. Which city?

31. Which British travel agent has agreed to buy all 555 UK stores from Thomas Cook after the holiday company's collapse?

32. Which company has sold a 20-acre holding in Thane on the outskirts of Mumbai to Virtuous Retail South Asia (VRSA) for Rs 700 crore?

33. Which edible oil brand has launched its new campaign 'Singing Chef'?

34. Which paint brand has launched a new television titled ‘Double Protection’, featuring actor Boman Irani?

35. Which newly set up equity fund has launched a pan-India programme, Turbostart, to invest in early-stage startups?

36. The domestic subsidiary of  which Japanese financial services leader has received a non-banking financial company (NBFC) licence from RBI, and will begin operations by month-end?

37. Which Hyderabad-based sports startup last week announced its foray into sports retailing?

38. Which tile adhesive brand from the house of Pidilite Industries has unveiled its first television commercial?

39. Which provider of advanced, intelligent imaging technologies, products, services and platforms has entered India in a tie up with omni channel retail and distribution company Staunch?

40. India has been ranked at which position in the Brand Finance Nation ranking of 2019?

41. Who has been appointed chairman of the Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance (IPA) for 2019-2021?

42. Which retailer has launched the festive campaign ‘Dil Se Diwali’?

43. Which automobile MNC has sacked its CEO Thierry Bollore just 10 months after he took charge?

44. Which former cricketer has invested in VAOO, a Mumbai-based cab aggregator that promises to offer free rides to passengers in return for viewing advertisements?

45. Which MNC has said it is working with Volkswagen's sports car brand, Porsche, to develop a concept electric flying vehicle capable of transporting people in urban settings?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 811 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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