July 3, 2016

Biz Quizzard 640

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the June 27 - July 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Starbucks Corp is expanding its partnership with Tata Group beyond India by launching the latter's single-origin coffee in the US. What has it been branded as?

2. Which Japanese listed mobile marketing adtech company has acquired Android-incentivised app Pocket Money for an undisclosed amount?

3. Which soap brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning 'Suraksha bhi, Sundarta bhi'?

4. China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation and Malaysia's Isomeric Holdings have teamed up with which group to build a gas-based fertiliser plant near Krishnapatnam Port in AP?

5. Mr Xerxes Desai passed away last week. He was the founding managing director of which company?

6. Ulf Mark Schneider has been named as the CEO of which MNC, effective January 1, 2017?

7. Which company has selected 7 young athletes from across India as part of its ‘Ab Daudega Hindustan’ campaign and will now fund their training to help them excel at national and international sports competitions?

8. Which smartphone brand has roped in Priyanka Chopra as its brand ambassador?

9. Which personal care brand has launched its new campaign ‘Ab samjhauta nahi’?

10. Which state has continued to be the richest state in the country, according to Reserve Bank of India’s first edition of the Handbook of Statistics on Indian States?

11. The tourism authority of which country has roped in former MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar as a brand ambassador?

12. Which Italian luxury menswear maker has formed a partnership with Mumbai-based Regalia Luxury to enter the Indian market?

13. Mohit Kampani has resigned as the managing director of which retail company?

14. Which sports personality last week announced a new fitness venture in a joint venture with Stepathlon Lifestyle?

15. Which company has said that Liquid Telecom Group will buy its South African telecom unit Neotel for South African Rand 6.55 billion (Rs 2,903 crore)?

16. Which business process management firm has entered into an agreement to acquire Israel-based PNMsoft, a case management and work optimisation solutions provider?

17. This is a funny ad. To promote its fans, which company has launched a television commercial featuring the characters Babloo Astronaut and a flying Ramu Kaka?

18. Which drug firm has forayed into the cosmetic segment by collaborating with an Italian cosmetic firm Labo Cosprophar and will launch two products for hair and skin care?

19. Shigehisa Takada will be resigning as the CEO of which auto parts supplier, after a “new regime” is found?

20. You can work this out. CarDekho(dot)com, India’s largest auto portal, has announced the launch of a automobile battery research and discovery portal. What has it been branded as?

21. Which company has formed a strategic partnership with Eros Entertainment to offer the latter’s video-app Eros Now on its smartphones?

22. Ashok Bhattacharya will be the new head of Indian operations of which Japanese drug maker?

23. Sanjay Bhandarkar has stepped down as the India head of which global investment bank?

24. Toshihiro Suzuki will be the new CEO of which MNC?

25. Which MNC has said it plans to acquire CloudLock for $293 million in cash and assumed equity awards?

26. Berlin-based DCMN has acquired which Kochi, India and US-based startup, which offers a SAAS-based platform for advanced mobile attribution analytics capabilities to mobile app developers?

27. Which MNC watch maker has appointed Niladri Mazumder as president and chief operating officer of its India subsidiary?

28. Which smartphone maker has launched a campaign to promote its new models with the positioning ‘Angrezpanti ko dikhao Angootha’?

29. Which CEO’s debut book `Hit Refresh' will hit stores next year with the writer saying it is neither a `how-to-succeed' book nor a memoir but about change?

30. Which state has topped the popularity charts for both domestic and foreign tourists for the second year in a row, according to tourism ministry data?

31. Which human resources software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup has raised an undisclosed amount in early-stage seed funding led by Mohandas Pai's 3one4 Capital, Endiya Partners and Tracxn Labs?

32. Mr Alvin Toffler died last week in Los Angeles. He was the author of which best-selling book?

33. Which pharma company’s subsidiary has launched its new visual identity and corporate brand - The Power of Humans Being?

34. Which news channel has launched its new television commercial featuring Bollywood couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu to promote its mobile app?

35. Which two wheeler brand launched a digital campaign on June 30, celebrated as Social Media Day globally, asking people to stay away from the online world and get close to self?

36. India Today is set to launch a brand new television quiz show on news and current affairs on July 24. What has it been branded as?

37. Which MNC has agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal that values the business at about $3.5 billion?

38. Which Indian company has picked up a majority stake in Turkey-based healthcare firm Bome Sanayi Urunleri Dis. Tic. Ltd. Sti, which mainly makes in-vitro diagnostic devices?

39. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed which US-based bank to open three more branches in the country?

40. Which company and Phantom Films have forged an alliance to set up a production firm to create entertainment content across television and digital media?

41. Cab aggregator Ola has quietly launched a membership service that offers a host of additional features to regular commuters at a fixed monthly fee. What has it been branded as?

42. SBI last week launched a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users on the occasion of 61st State Bank Day. What has it been branded as?

43. Which company last week announced stake sale in two of its transmission projects to Adani Transmission for equity consideration of Rs 100 crore?

44. Which company surfaced as the most trusted and preferred e-commerce brand in India in a nationwide survey, titled 'The Indian e-tailing Leadership Index'?

45. Which airline last week unveiled its all new re-branded aircraft featuring a livery dedicated to the upcoming Rajnikanth movie – Kabali?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 640 as the subject. Answers are mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time. 

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rajeev kondapalli

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