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November 6, 2016

Biz Quizzard 658

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 31 - November 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which two states have tied for first place in the ease of doing business ranking this year, unveiled by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)?

2. Which MNC has said it would merge its oil and gas business with No. 3 oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc?

3. Which apparel brand has launched a film titled 'Life After' as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign #UnitedByHer?

4. Which US hospital staffing provider has agreed to be bought by private equity firm Blackstone Group in a deal valued at about $6.1 billion?

5. Which tech start-up has launched Geckolyst, a product that analyses customer feedback to provide comprehensible information to enterprises?

6. Which MNC has signed a deal to work directly with Ford Motor Co to expand the car maker's use of its QNX secure operating system?

7. Which company has entered into an agreement with South Africa's CTL Group of Companies to acquire the latter's personal care, hair care and creams businesses for ZAR 18.8 million ($1.5 million)?

8. Rishi Jaitly has quit as the India head of which MNC?

9. Which British fashion house is marking its 160th anniversary this year with a video about its founder, directed by Asif Kapadia?

10. Which brand has released its digital film #GiveWayGiveLife, urging people to give way to ambulances?

11. Which ethnic wear brand has launched the campaign 'Pehno Apni Pehchaan'?

12. Which brand has released a video ‘Ek Muthi Sonu ke Naam’ to urge people to pause and spare a thought to the millions of children who go hungry?

13. Which smartphone brand has launched the ad ‘Get Fast, Get Forward’?

14. Which IT firm has appointed John Owen as its Group Chief Executive Officer with effect from November 1, 2016?

15. Which IT company has acquired UK-based digital agency Foolproof?

16. Microsoft Corp last week launched a messaging system for businesses. What has it been branded as?

17. Who has topped Forbes’ 2016 list of highest paid women in music?

18. Which portal has launched a campaign titled ‘Resale ka MRP’ to establish its Orange Book Value (OBV) as a defacto industry standard for pricing of used automobiles?

19. Punjabi singer-actor Gurdas Maan has partnered with which Delhi-based company to launch a restaurant brand The Studio - by Gurdas Maan?

20. The Goods and Services Tax Council has opted for how many tiered rate structure?

21. Which company is promoting Ayurveda amongst the young professionals with AyurMedha scholarship?

22. Which Indian company has inked a pact with Indonesia’s state-owned enterprise PT Pindad to explore market potential of armoured vehicles in Indonesia and other agreed regions of Asean?

23. Which skincare brand has launched a television commercial with Bharti Singh of Comedy Nights Bachao fame as brand ambassador?

24. Which company has forayed into the luxury chocolate segment in the country with the launch of Friberg, a super-premium chocolate brand imported from Belgium and Switzerland?

25. Which brand has topped India's Most Attractive Brands 2016 study, carried out by Trust Research Advisory (TRA)?

26. Switzerland Tourism has roped in which actor as its brand ambassador in India?

27. Which company has signed an exclusive deal to sell British high street brand Ted Baker in India?

28. Shyamal Mukherjee has been elected the new India Chairman of which professional services firm for a 4-year term?

29. In the largest single deal in the retail real estate sector in India, which Dutch entity and Virtuous Retail (VR) have acquired an initial portfolio of 3 retail assets for Rs 2000 crore?

30. Which company has been ranked as the most attractive internet brand in the country, according to India's Most Attractive Brands Study 2016 by TRA?

31. Which Chinese conglomerate is buying the maker of the Golden Globes awards show, US television rights owner Dick Clark Productions, for approximately $1 billion?

32. India will house which healthcare major’s one of six innovation hubs and would feed pharmaceutical product launches in 30 countries?

33. Which cross channel marketing attribution software provider has acquired Refined Labs, a leading German attribution and customer journey analytics provider?

34. Which sports brand has unveiled its first brand campaign "Discover The Joy Of Sport, Together"?

35. Who has become the first woman to be named Chairperson of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), a global industry association for Exchanges and clearing houses?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 658 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who answer the current edition within the given time.

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