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September 11, 2016

Biz Quizzard 650

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the September 05 - 10. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which stock exchange has topped the list of “17 most valuable stock exchanges in the world”, published recently in Business Insider?

2. Alkem Laboratories has launched a campaign for which brand with the positioning ‘Rakho apne Liver ko mazboot aur jawaan’?

3. Which MNC is planning to develop a website, Bharat Saves, which will offer information on financial planning?

4. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd’s clothing brand Peter England last week announced its foray into which country?

5. Which online real estate advisor has acqui-hired Mumbai-based startup PropRates?

6. Yuvraj Singh has made a foray into fashion retailing with the launch of his clothing brand. Name it?

7. Which consumer goods MNC has elevated Shilip Kumar as president of its India business?

8. Which MNC has formed a joint venture with Faridabad-based Gemco Controls, a leading manufacturer of industrial automation and power control systems?

9. Which drug major has entered into an alliance with Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp for distribution of 14 brands that it acquired from Swiss drug firm Novartis in Japan earlier this year?

10. The tourism department of which state has roped in John Abraham as brand ambassador?

11. Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. has forayed into the Rs 7,000 crore men’s premium innerwear and athleisure market under which brand?

12. Which beverage brand has launched its maiden ad campaign, featuring brand ambassadors Sunny Leone and Jackky Bhagnani?

13. Durex last week launched a new savoury condom range in which flavor?

14. Celebrating the indomitable spirit of women across various spheres of life, which MNC, in partnership with HDFC Bank, has launched a campaign, '#CelebrateHERoes'?

15. Which shampoo brand has launched a new TV and digital campaign with actor Ranveer Singh as the brand ambassador?

16. Which insurance company has announced the launch of the campaign ‘Do the Difficult’?

17. Which company has acquired Stepni, a platform that connects vehicle owners with neighbourhood service providers?

18. Which is the most expensive multiplex stock globally, according to data compiled from Bloomberg Industry Classification System?

19. Which MNC has agreed to sell its entire stake in three joint ventures to partner Ashok Leyland, bringing to an end their 8-year-old collaboration?

20. Who has topped the list of richest Indians under 40 years of age, as per Hurun's India rich list for 2016?

21. Which online marketplace last week launched UK footwear brand FitFlop on its platform?

22. Alia Bhatt has been roped in as a brand ambassador by which handset maker?

23. Which finance and accounting Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company has acquired Escribe, which offers similar services in the UK and Ireland?

24. Entertainment Network India Ltd (ENIL), owner of private FM radio station, Mirchi 98.3, launched its second brand in Ahmedabad, Surat and Jaipur on September 7. Name it?

25. Which auto component major has acquired the automotive business unit of Abraham and Co Ltd in Hungary for about Rs 77 crore?

26. What has Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) rebranded its electric mobility portfolio as?

27. Which Indian group has launched its first Women Leaders Program (WLP) in order to bridge the gender gap in the workforce and build mid-level women leadership pipeline?

28. Hamdard Laboratories has extended its century-old RoohAfza brand to the ready-to-serve beverages segment under which sub-brand?

29. Media conglomerate Viacom18 is all set to strengthen its youth and music portfolio with a new 24x7 Hindi music channel. What is it called?

30. Who is the only Indian origin woman in Fortune's 51 Most Powerful Women list for 2016?

31. Which online furniture marketplace has filed an application with the government to convert into a single brand retailer?

32. Which Chennai-based Indian YouTube channel has tied up with entertainment licensing firm Dream Theatre to launch its global consumer products?

33. Which MNC will acquire API management provider Apigee for $625 million?

34. Which company has agreed to buy the company that controls Formula One from private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for $4.4 billion?

35. The ChanZuckerberg Initiative (CZI), founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is making its first investment in Asia in which Bengaluru-based startup?

36. Which MNC will spin out its cyber security division, formerly known as McAfee, and sell a majority stake in it to investment firm TPG for $3.1 billion in cash?

37. Which MNC will spin off and merge its non-core software assets with Britain’s Micro Focus International Plc in a deal worth $ 8.8 billion?

38. Which Indian tyre company has inked a global sponsorship agreement with Manchester United Football Club for the next three years?

39. Which online marketplace, that connects buyers with suppliers, has launched a new digital ad campaign #JaisaChahiyeWaisaPaaiye?

40. Apple last week launched wireless earphones. What have they been branded as?

41. Which chocolate brand has launched a new campaign, featuring Shruti Haasan and the musical trio of Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy?

42. Which supermarket chain has launched its first ever loyalty program - Har Mahine Bonus?

43. Which MNC brewer has appointed Pedro Aidar as the president for business unit that includes India and other south Asian countries?

44. Which company has forayed into `software robotics', a first by any Indian bank?

45. Which company and ICICI Venture, one of India's biggest domestic private equity fund, have teamed up to take over stressed power assets in India?

46. Which digital content company has acquired Brand Planet Consultants (formerly Elephant Delhi), a strategic branding and design company founded in 2008, for $3 million?

47. Which MNC is buying Chariot, an app-based shuttle service that currently operates in the San Francisco Bay Area?

48. Which company has launched the Airo range of Breathable Mattresses in the country?

49. Which skincare firm last week said it has acquired majority “beneficial interest” in UAE’s Minal Medical Centre and Minal Specialized Clinic Dermatology for an undisclosed sum?

50. Which well known financial entity filed a prospectus with the market regulator Sebi on September 9 to get listed?

51. Which mobile services marketplace has announced the launch of its first TV commercial in association with advertising agency Publicis Ambience?

52. Viacom18 Motion Pictures and the network's kids brand Nickelodeon have joined hands to create a movie based on which popular characters?

53. Which popular whiskey brand has launched an immersive 360-degree virtual reality experience of its famed distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in India?

54. Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has appointed which industry stalwart as the chairman?

55. Britain's former financial services watchdog is suing which MNC for 14 billion pounds ($18.6 billion), reportedly the biggest claim in British legal history?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 650 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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