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April 5, 2015

Biz Quizzard 575

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week March 30 - April 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has become India's 1st steel plant to produce 10 million tonnes per annum of hot metal from a single location?

2. Which clothing retailer is set to enter India with its first store in Delhi in May, in partnership with domestic textile company Arvind Lifestyle Brands?

3. In the first deal of its kind, which MNC is picking up a 10% equity stake in Mahesh Bhupathi-promoted International Premier Tennis League?

4. HDFC recently launched its first school, named HDFC School. Which city?

5. Which ecommerce startup in the home design and decor space has acquired DezignUp, a dynamic design community and marketplace for design professionals, for an undisclosed amount?

6. Which company has launched a digital campaign '#MadnessForSure', featuring popular radio jockey and comedian Danish Sait as 'Constable Chowriappah'?

7. Which washing machine brand has launched its new television campaign ‘India Ke Rang’?

8. Which portal has launched its new campaign with the positioning ‘Car Ke Experts Sirf Ek’?

9. Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur feature in the television commercial of which beverage brand?

10. Who has been appointed partner of the US-based philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network and managing director of its Indian arm?

11. Which MNC has appointed Katsushi Inoue as the president and chief executive of its wholly-owned Indian car manufacturing unit?

12. Which company has acquired majority stake in the US-based Colibrium Partners and Colibrium Direct (Colibrium), a wellness automation technology firm, for an undisclosed amount?

13. Which Indian automobile company has sold its entire holding in its Czech arm to an undisclosed ‘strategic investor’ for a cash realisation of USD 10.96 million?

14. Which Indian company and US Polo Association (USPA), USA will jointly pay $3.2 million to Ralph Lauren Corporation (RLC) USA to settle a lawsuit filed by it in a US court in 2013?

15. Akshay Kumar is endorsing which denim brand with the positioning 'Addiction for life'?

16. Andhra Bank last week inaugurated a branch at Khajaguda in Hyderabad. Which milestone did it touch with this branch?

17. Giorgio De Roni has quit as the CEO of which airline in India?

18. Which health insurer in USA has agreed to buy pharmacy benefit firm Catamaran Corp in a deal worth about $12.8 billion?

19. Which company has bought Unicommerce eSolutions Pvt. Ltd, an e-commerce management software and fulfilment solution provider?

20. Mondelez India has roped in which celebrity as the new brand ambassador for Perk?

21. Which premium beauty brand from UK has opened its first India outlet in Bangalore, offering beauty services and a host of beauty products under the same brand name?

22. Which MNC will acquire Cellular Dynamics International Inc. (CDI), a leading developer and manufacturer of fully functioning human cells in industrial quantities to precise specifications?

23. PepsiCo India has roped in Anushka Sharma as the brand ambassador for which brand?

24. Which MNC is selling a majority stake in its LED and car lighting arm to a consortium led by China and US-based GO Scale Capital investment fund in a deal worth $2.8 billion?

25. Multi Screen Media (MSM) is set to launch its second sports channel, riding the popularity of the Indian Premier League (IPL). What has it been branded as?

26. Which MNC will buy Bang & Olufsen Automotive for about $157.3 million?

27. Which company has picked up a majority stake in digital financial services platform RupeePower[dot]com as part of its plans to create a financial services marketplace?

28. Which Indian knowledge and business process outsourcing company has agreed to acquire the Italian media content management company Clx Europe?

29. Ferrero India has launched its fifth product in India. What has it been branded as?

30. Which Indian company made its Nasdaq debut last week becoming India's most valued company on Nasdaq with a market capitalisation of $1.15 billion?

31. Direct to home (DTH) broadcast satellite service provider Airtel Digital TV has crossed which active household subscribers mark?

32. Which actress has launched her online jewellery venture, witengold[dot]com?

33. What distinction is Raheja Developers claiming for a penthouse it has put up for sale in its Revanta project in Gurgaon?

34. Which e-tailer has launched worldofmoms[dot]com to help women share information on motherhood?

35. Which MNC has acquired Mount Shivalik Breweries, the maker of Thunderbolt beer?

36. Which company is acquiring select brands of Belgian drugmaker UCB in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives in a euro 118 million (Rs 800 crore) deal?

37. Which company’s custom research arm Syngene has appointed Peter Bains as CEO?

38. Which company has bought out debt-laden steel maker Maithan Ispat for Rs 1,160 crore?

39. Which company has signed an agreement to sell its Hyderabad-based clinical research division to Indoco Remedies for undisclosed amount?

40. PepsiCo India is bringing which premium potato chips product from its global portfolio to India?

41. Which private equity and real estate investment firm has acquired and rebranded the Asia-Pacific payroll business of Aon Hewitt, a global human resources firm?

42. Which company has divested its entire stake in Lanka Special Steels to EB Creasy and Company Plc for 433 million Lankan rupee (about Rs 20 crore) in an all-cash deal?

43. Which paint brand has launched its new campaign ‘Fashion Trends for Walls’?

44. Which company has released a new campaign ‘Life set hai’, targeting youngsters to consider a career as insurance agents?

45. Hero Electric last week launched an electric rickshaw. What has it been branded as?

46. Which tyre maker last week said it has forayed into cricket gear business with the launch of products for sports enthusiasts?

47. Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma has taken over as whole-time director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of which shipping company?

48. Which smartphone, tablet and laptop accessories and peripherals brand has roped in actor and anchor Manish Paul as its brand ambassador?

49. Which IPL team has hired Prakash Iyer as its chief executive?

50. A jet on its maiden world tour with 52 enthusiastic travelers, who have paid $1,20,000 for a ticket, touched down at Mumbai last week. The jet is branded with which hospitality brand?

51. Which online fashion retailer has launched its new campaign “Be real. Be true. Be you.”?

52. Which company has inked a pact to acquire Robot Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gokaldas Exports, for an undisclosed amount?

53. PepsiCo India last week commissioned the first phase of its largest beverage plant in India. Which state?

54. Which MNC has retained the top spot in luxury automobile sales in India for the second consecutive financial year in a row?

55. Which company has appointed top ranked investment strategist Farida Khambata as the first woman independent director in its 103-year history?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 575 as the subject.

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