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December 10, 2017

Biz Quizzard 715

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has invested in Bangalore-based daily tasks management app Dunzo, its first direct investment in India?

2. Which company last week said it has acquired a “strategic” stake in Juggernaut Books, a digital platform for amateur writers?

3. State Bank of India will “redesign” its envelopes used to dispatch tax refund cheques of customers. Why?

4. Which company has entered the premium furniture segment with the brand, Script?

5. Which shampoo brand has rolled out a digital campaign, ‘Say It Right’?

6. Which sauces, dressings and dips brand has launched its first national marketing campaign ‘Aaj kya khaoge’?

7. Which company last week launched instant coffee brand "Levista"?

8. Samsung India last week forayed into which new category?

9. Which life insurance company has roped in actor Irrfan Khan as its brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘Unyakeenable plan'?

10. Which bank has launched ‘Noor’, a non-interest bearing savings account targeting those whose beliefs do not permit them to accept interest payments?

11. US drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp has agreed to acquire which US health insurer for $69 billion?

12. Which company is acquiring Timex Group Precision Engineering, a manufacturing subsidiary of Timex Nederland BV, for an undisclosed amount?

13. Which MNC has launched its new brand campaign ‘Reimagine India’?

14. Which detergent brand has launched its new television commercial ‘Haar Ko Harao’?

15. Which Indian CEO has been named the UN Environment's 'Patron for Clean Air'?

16. Which Hyderabad-based Indian fast food chain and UK's FoodAdvisr last week announced a partnership and said they will jointly invest two million Pounds over the next 24 months?

17. Music app Gaana has crossed which monthly active users milestone?

18. Which MNC has elevated Uday Shankar as president of its Asia unit?

19. New York-headquartered Och-Ziff Capital Management has sold its majority stake in which Gurgaon-based real estate-focused research, data and analytics firm to the company’s CEO?

20. The Indian arm of Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest spirits maker, has been given the controlling rights to build global markets for which three brands?

21. Which spices brand has launched a nation-wide campaign with the positioning ‘Mazza aagaya’?

22. Which company has announced the appointment of Navneet Saluja as managing director with effect from January 1, 2018?

23. Vijay Kumar is set to become MD and CEO of which agri-futures bourse?

24. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s tech fund B Capital is investing $11 million in which Mumbai-based payments company?

25. Which company has merged daily-deal sites Little, where it is the largest shareholder, and Nearbuy (earlier Groupon India) to form the largest player in the space?

26. Which brand has launched the third phase of #LookBeforeYouLeave campaign?

27. Poker Sports League (PSL) has roped in which sports celebrity as brand ambassador?

28. Which MNC will acquire Cmpute.io, a privately-held company in Bengaluru, for an undisclosed amount as it looks to beef up its cloud offerings?

29. Which company has inked a definitive agreement to acquire controlling stake in Creative Cycles (Private) Limited and Great Cycles (Private) Limited of Sri Lanka?

30. Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world last week. Which city?

31. Which media agency has promoted its COO Harish Shriyan as CEO?

32. Sanitaryware brand Kerovit has appointed which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

33. Which deodorant brand has partnered with the bestselling romance author Durjoy Dutta for a digital campaign titled “Pocketful O’ Stories”?

34. Forever 21, the international fast fashion brand from Los Angeles, California, and part of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, last week launched its 21st store in India. Which city?

35. Which global eyewear brand has launched the campaign #VisionOfLove in India?

36. Which payments bank has rolled out its new campaign with the positioning 'Qadar Aapki Mehnat Ki'?

37. The centre last week took over control of which builder?

38. Which health insurance company has roped in Farhan Akhtar as brand ambassador?

39. Which online supermarket has joined hands with Simpl and launched 'Postpaid Grocery Shopping' in its industry-first initiative?

40. Which company has acquired a newly incorporated company, Dreketi SA, in Uruguay, to expand marketing of its petroleum and petrochemical products?

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December 3, 2017

Biz Quizzard 714

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 27 - December 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. American clothing giant Philip Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) plans to consolidate its two Indian joint ventures running which two brands?

2. Which adult diaper brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning 'Wahi masti, phir se.'?

3. Which actress has been roped in as brand ambassador for Women’s Horlicks?

4. The Meredith Corporation, the owner of Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and AllRecipes, has agreed to purchase which publisher in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion?

5. Hyundai India last week touched which cumulative production milestone?

6. Iodex has launched the campaign 'Thodi Himmat, Thoda Iodex' featuring which actress?

7. Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of which public sector entity?

8. Publicis Communications is merging which in-house technology-enabled experiential arm with the global brand activation and experiential shopper agency, Arc Worldwide?

9. Amazon India last week announced the launch of an exclusive selling and awareness programme for women entrepreneurs across the country. What is it called?

10. Which CEO of an Indian company is the only one from the country on Fortune’s ‘Businessperson of the Year’ list?

11. The Centre has appointed senior IAS officer BN Sharma as the first Chairman of which entity related to Goods and Services Tax (GST)?

12. Which company has created a wholly-owned subsidiary Canvin Real Estate Private Limited to enter real estate business?

13. Which mattress brand has launched the #ReadyForTomorrow digital campaign?

14. Which MNC is to buy U.S.-based company Sundial Brands, a maker of hair and skincare products, expanding deeper into the fast-growing personal care products market?

15. PepsiCo India has launched a fizzy drink containing orange fruit juice sourced from Indian farmers. What has it been branded as?

16. Asian Paints has launched the campaign #SlamDoorsNoMore for which brand?

17. A company called Ocare has applied for a licence to float which kind of insurance company in India?

18. Which MNC has agreed to sell a controlling stake in the US headquartered, India-focused Aricent to France’s Altran Technologies for a total enterprise value of $2 billion in an all-cash transaction?

19. Which edu-tech firm has acquired Acadgild, which offers high-end tech skills to mid-career IT professionals?

20. John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems, has invested in which speech technology company in his individual capacity?

21. Bennett University and which MNC last week announced a partnership to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) for artificial intelligence?

22. Which company has acquired the Digeplex and associated brands from Shreya Lifesciences for an undisclosed sum to expand its consumer products business?

23. Which MNC has appointed ex-Army chief VP Malik as the chairman of the India Advisory Board (IAB)?

24. Ronnie Screwvala, the former UTV boss who sold his entertainment business to Walt Disney, is back in the game with his new film studio. What is it called?

25. Which automobile MNC has begun international arbitration against India to seek more than $770 million in a dispute over unpaid state incentives?

26. Which business personality has acquired a 16.7% stake in Bayside Sports, a multi-sports training and sports event management company, in his personal capacity for an undisclosed amount?

27. Ola is getting into the bicycle-sharing space. What has the initiative been branded as?

28. Which MNC has launched Blendy, a brand of pre-mix tea and coffee in Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru?

29. The FC Goa team, one of the teams in the Indian Super League football tournament, announced its association with which brewery brand?

30. Which company has appointed Salil S. Parekh as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the company effective January 2, 2018?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 714 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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