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December 20, 2015

Biz Quizzard 612

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week December 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The retirement savings managed and overseen by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) are set to cross which milestone mark this month?

2. Which online lingerie and nightwear brand recently carried out an on-ground activation in Bengaluru with the theme "What's your cup size"?

3. Which IT company has named Sandeep Kishore, a senior executive at HCL Technologies, as its chief executive officer?

4. Which MNC outdoor agency has exited its 50:50 joint venture in India with DDB Mudra that was formed in 2009?

5. Which two digital movie distribution companies have merged to form a new equal joint venture called KSSUMW Digital?

6. Which American hotel management company has signed a portfolio agreement with Mushtaq Group of Hotels to open seven properties in Jammu & Kashmir over the next five years?

7. Which $3-billion textile-to-steel pipes conglomerate is carving out the yarn-spinning business, which will be managed by cofounder Rajesh Mandawewala's elder son Abhishek?

8. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement with SPX Cooling Technologies Inc to acquire its dry cooling business globally for around $48 million (about Rs.320 crores)?

9. Which digital payments platform has launched its new brand campaign called #ReverseTheCharge?

10. Which business group has agreed to acquire Italian car styling company Pininfarina SpA for $185 million (Rs`1,240 crore)?

11. Which spices maker from Gujarat will diversify into snacks from next year?

12. Which business family from India has forayed into real estate development in London and Miami through Elephant London, a company floated for the purpose?

13. Indian billionaire Ravi Jaipuria, PepsiCo's biggest bottler in South Asia, is looking to enter the dairy market in the country by extending which brand?

14. Which sanitaryware manufacturer last week forayed in the air-purifier segment under a new brand called “moonbow”?

15. The Business Standard Annual Awards 2015 were announced last week. Who has got the Lifetime Achievement award?

16. In a first for Indian e-commerce, which mobile site will be available in 12 languages to online shoppers?

17. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc has agreed to buy which MNC’s Japanese finance and leasing business for about $ 4.8 billion to further expand its operations outside of banking?

18. Which online marketplace for buying and selling new and used automobiles and auto-related services has launched its new TV ad campaign ‘Bindaas Ghoom’?

19. Which telecom brand entered the Indian market last week with its flagship smartphone 10?

20. Which MNC has elevated Leena Nair as its chief HR officer from March 2016?

21. Which retailer has acquired ecommerce startup meragrocer[dot]com to foray into online sales?

22. Myntra’s former chief operating officer Ganesh Subramanian is taking a shot at entrepreneurship with a data-driven technology firm he has set up to analyse fashion trends. What is it called?

23. Kwality has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its entire range of products for a period of two years?

24. Which Chinese electric-car startup named Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Systems' former technology chief, to lead its US operations?

25. Which table reservations food-tech company has launched a 6-video digital campaign ‘Endless Wait’?

26. Which Chennai-based enterprise software maker has acquired Konotor, a user engagement platform to provide better customer support to mobile-first businesses?

27. Which MNC will bring its $1-billion-plus Doritos - its fastest growing snacking brand worldwide - to Indian stores next week?

28. Which MNC is creating a new company, named C&M Information Technologies, to be based in Beijing and to act as an exclusive licensor for its flagship product to the Chinese government?

29. Cramer Ball has resigned as the CEO of which airline in India, effective February 29?

30. Which company has signed an agreement with Mosons Group to acquire hair-care brand Indulekha for `Rs 330 crore and further deferred payments based on performance?

31. DreamWorks Studios, the joint venture (JV) between Steven Spielberg and Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment, is being relaunched. What will it be called?

32. Facebook has announced a partnership with which ride-hailing service that will for the first time allow users in the US to summon a vehicle from within the Messenger smartphone app?

33. Which location has been ranked the most expensive prime office market space in the world by CBRE Research’s semi- annual Global Prime Office Occupancy Costs survey?

34. Which country has topped the list of the 144 nations on the Best Countries of Business in 2015 list by Forbes?

35. Which MNC has appointed Simon Cooper as chief executive officer, Corporate and Institutional Banking?

36. Which Bengaluru-based property developer last week announced its first commercial project in the country with the launch of a mall at Puzhakkal in Thrissur, Kerala?

37. Which premium air purifier company from Sweden has announced its debut in India?

38. Which brand has launched its first ever advertising campaign ‘Food Mein Daalo Magic’?

39. Which fashion e-tailer has signed an exclusive deal with Missguided to sell the UK-based fashion retailer's products on its platform?

40. Sumi Ghosh will be the new CEO of which beverage chain, effective January 1, 2016?

41. Dilip Gaur has been appointed the new managing director of which Aditya Birla group firm?

42. Microsoft India last week announced the launch of its most affordable Windows 10 smartphone till date. Which model?

43. Which regional airline has received a `No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, which will allow it to launch pan-India operations soon?

44. Which international sports personality has unveiled his plans to link up with the Pestana Hotel Group and will invest $40 million in hotels?

45. Which premium car maker has tied up with Mat.se, a leading Swedish online grocery retailer to launch the world's first commercially available In-Car Delivery service?

46. Which Swiss insurance group will pay up to $1.05 billion to buy Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS), a U.S. agricultural crop insurer from Wells Fargo & Co?

47. Actress-designer Mandira Bedi has collaborated with which brand to create 'Me', a unique sari design that will give women a distinctive take on clothing for music festivals?

48. Which ecommerce major has announced the exclusive launch of television-turned-film producer, Ekta Kapoor's fashion label 'EK' on its platform?

49. Which electrical goods maker last week said it would start manufacturing small domestic appliances from January 2016?

50. Mahindra & Mahindra last week unveiled the official name of its mini compact SUV S101. What has it been branded as?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 612 as the subject.

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