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March 27, 2016

Biz Quizzard 626

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the March 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company hit the capital markets last week to mop up Rs 450 crore through an initial public offer (IPO), becoming the first e-commerce firm in India to do so?

2. Which sports personality and Franchise India Holding have started a venture `Shooting Star' that will invest in startups?

3. According to a report last week, the per capita income in India will cross which milestone mark in FY17?

4. Which hair care brand has launched a new digital campaign #KhulKeKheloHoli?

5. Which brand has launched its new campaign #FeelLoveUseHate, featuring brand ambassador Virat Kohli?

6. Which company has launched a television commercial, featuring actor Radhika Apte, to promote its dairy whitener brand ‘Dailycous’?

7. Which ICT and telecommunication solutions company has roped in Lionel Messi as its latest global brand ambassador?

8. Which telecom company has signed a deal with American Tower Corporation (ATC) for selling some 1,350 of its towers in Tanzania for roughly $180 million (about Rs 1,194 crore)?

9. Which global media agency is launching a new tool called LIVE Panel in 30 markets, including the US, UK and India?

10. Apple last week unveiled a smaller, cheaper iPhone aimed at new buyers, especially in emerging markets and China. What has it been branded as?

11. Which small cap (SME) growth and buyout fund has sold its majority stake in Pune-based Spear Logistics to FM Logistic, a leading international logistics provider?

12. Foodpanda former managing director Rohit Chadda-led multi-channel offline payment platform Paylo(dot)in last week acquired which in-restaurant payment app for an undisclosed sum?

13. Which Indian online mutual funds investment platform has been ranked No. 2 among the 50 most effective financial services brands in terms of using the LinkedIn platform?

14. In what is reportedly the largest capital infusion by risk investors into a tech-backed education company, which Bengaluru-based company has raised around Rs 465 crore in equity funding?

15. India’s biggest multiplex chain PVR Ltd and which mobile payments and e-commerce platform last week announced a strategic partnership to sell PVR’s movie tickets on the latter’s platform?

16. Which US paint retailer has agreed to buy rival Valspar Corp. for about $ 9.3 billion in cash to become the world’s biggest coatings maker?

17. Which buyout firm has agreed to buy Airbus Group SE’s defence electronics business for € 1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) as the European plane maker reorganises it’s military and space operations?

18. What is Maruti Suzuki giving to the early buyer customers who bought the 1.6-litre variant of premium crossover, the S-Cross?

19. Which chocolate brand has launched a television commercial to promote its new range for the upcoming movie ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’?

20. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘India ki Pehli Sawaari'?

21. Which celebrity has become a shareholder and brand ambassador of domestic original equipment manufacturer Smartron?

22. Which BPO transport service provider has closed the acquisition of taxi aggregator Bookmycab for an undisclosed amount?

23. Which beverage brand has kick started its innovative appointment-drinking plans, with the launch of the Thandai (an almond-flavoured beverage) for North India timed around Holi?

24. Mahindra & Mahindra last week named its forthcoming SUV. What is it?

25. Mr Andy Grove died last week at the age of 79. He was former chairman and CEO of which MNC?

26. Which company last week forayed into the dairy business with the launch of its branded milk – Saboro – in Indore?

27. Which company has acquired Chennai-based Qarth Technologies, an IIT-Madras incubated start-up, for an undisclosed amount?

28. Digital agency Razorfish and the music streaming service Saavn, in partnership with which company, have released a brand-dedicated streaming radio station on Saavn called Road Tripping?

29. Which celebrity was last week roped in as the new face of contemporary ethnic wear brand Melange by Lifestyle?

30. Which two CEOs of Indian companies feature in Barrons top 30 list of global chief executive officers (CEOs)?

31. Which online furniture retailer recently unveiled four eclectic looks styled and curated by actor Kalki Koechlin during the course of its 10-days long mega furniture and home decor festival?

32. Which company last week announced picking up of 60% stake in Sri Lankan bicycle manufacturer BSH Ventures?

33. Which Indian company has teamed up with multinational drug giant AstraZeneca to promote and distribute the latest generation ant diabetes drug dapagliflozin under the brand name Oxra?

34. Which company has acquired seed potato grower Technico Agri Sciences, India (Technico India)?

35. Which company is the only Indian online finance site among the top 10 worldwide in terms of traffic, according to SimilarWeb, a market intelligence company?

36. Which business personality has decided to step down as the chairman of pharma major Sanofi India, nearly 33 years after he assumed the post?

37. Which domestic card payment service provider will be venturing into the credit card space this September?

38. Which Japanese tyre maker has agreed to buy out Alliance Tire Group (ATG), controlled by US private equity giant KKR, for about $1.2 billion?

39. Which American-Chinese food chain plans to make an India entry in partnership with JSM?

40. Which bank has become the first lender to start distribution of recently launched Indian Gold Coins (IGC)?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 626 as the subject.

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