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December 25, 2016

Biz Quizzard 665

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 19 - 24. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which test preparation platform has acquihired photo-sharing application Plix in a cash-and-equity deal valued at about $1.5 million (Rs 10.2 crore)?

2. Which company’s subsidiary Network i2i has signed a pact to acquire Orascom’s entire equity stake in Middle East North Africa Company Submarine Cable Systems S.A.E (MENA-SCS)?

3. Which beverage brand has launched a campaign featuring new brand ambassador Ranveer Singh?

4. Which footwear brand announced that Drew Barrymore, John Cena, YOONA and Henry Lau will serve as global ambassadors in its "Come As You Are" campaign?

5. Who has become the first Indian to become Pantene’s global brand ambassador?

6. Which sexual wellness brand will debut adult furniture in India?

7. Which noodle maker has announced its foray into the quick service restaurant space in India?

8. Dairy products maker Hatsun Agro Products Ltd recently inaugurated a Hatsun Daily outlet in Chennai. Which milestone did it touch with this outlet?

9. Which online news and entertainment network announced the acquisition of tech firm Touchfone Technologies, and with it their video streaming and ad targeting service, Strmeasy?

10. Titan Company Limited last week inaugurated a revamped store spread over 3,500 sft, the company's largest exclusive watch store in the country. Which city?

11. Which water heater brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Power of hot shower’?

12. Which writing instrument brand has launched a campaign with the message ‘Word badlega to Kahani badlegi’?

13. Which skincare brand has launched its new campaign #ConfidentInMySkin?

14. Which furniture rental startup has partnered with short-term home rental marketplace Airbnb to offer customised furniture packages on the latter's platform?

15. Which US company has agreed to buy Linde AG for about 33.9 billion Euros ($35.2 billion) to create the world's largest supplier of industrial gases?

16. Which MNC has agreed to buy InvenSense Inc in a deal that values the supplier of sensors to Apple Inc and other smartphone makers at about $1.3 billion?

17. Which chocolate maker has named chief operating officer Michele Buck as its new chief executive and president, effective March 1?

18. Which security software solutions firm has launched a campaign featuring Sasha Chettri, better known as the Airtel 4G girl?

19. Music app Gaana has crossed which milestone of app downloads?

20. American Tourister has signed on which celebrity as its first brand ambassador in India?

21. Which Japanese consumer electronic brand has re-entered the Indian market?

22. Which company has agreed to buy branded skin cancer drug Odomzo from Swiss major Novartis for an upfront payment of $175 million, or about Rs 1,180 crore, and milestone payments?

23. Which Hindi news website has launched its new campaign ‘Jano Khabron Se Zyada’, featuring a host of celebrities?

24. Which chocolate maker has announced the launch of its premium brand ‘Brookside’ in India?

25. Which crowd-funding platform has unveiled its electric bike called e-RideLite?

26. Google has rolled out a new variant of Android for Internet of Things (IoT) platform. What is it called?

27. India has crossed which country to become 6th largest economy of the world?

28. Which company has struck a deal to acquire 100% equity in Odisha-based Brahmani River Pellets (BRPL) at an enterprise value of Rs 900 crore?

29. Which brand has launched a digital campaign #Daagsekyadarna?

30. Who has become the top earning celebrity of 2016 in the Forbes India Celebrity 100 List with an estimated income of Rs 270.33 crore?

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December 18, 2016

Biz Quizzard 664

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 12 - 17. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is acquiring Foodpanda, bringing together two top food delivery startups based in Germany?

2. Which television channel has rolled out its new campaign, ‘Awaz se bada na koi’ for the launch of the second season of its singing reality show?

3. This should be easy. Which video-on-demand (VoD) platform has unveiled a refreshed brand identity, including a new logo and brand ethos ‘We Liv to Entertain’?

4. Which tea brand has launched a campaign to promote its USP, everyday practical Ayurveda?

5. Which MNC has announced the sale of a majority share in its Lumileds LED lighting business for $1.5 billion?

6. Which business personality will launch a healthcare-focused angel fund `Health Passion Fund' with a corpus of Rs 125 crore, to support startups in the field of healthcare?

7. Which airport has launched India’s first airport e-Shopping platform for domestic passengers?

8. Which French luxury cosmetics company, which sells skincare products in India, will also foray into the makeup space in the country?

9. Which MNC will buy 5 eastern European beer brands from Anheuser-Busch InBev for 7.3 billion Euros ($7.8 billion), in the largest purchase of a foreign beer operation by a Japanese brewer?

10. Which detergent brand has roped in Hrithik Roshan as brand ambassador?

11. Which hair care brand has launched a new campaign, featuring brand ambassador Vidya Balan, questioning beauty stereotypes?

12. Which sanitary ware brand has launched a new film titled ‘Rain’?

13. Which ethnic wear brand has launched its new campaign 'New Beginnings'?

14. Which MNC has entered the high-volume elevators market for affordable housing by introducing energy-efficient elevators called Gen2 Core in the Indian market?

15. Which airport has become the first in the Asia-Pacific region in the 5-15 million passengers a year category to achieve carbon neutral status?

16. Which MNC has announced the acquisition of Fractal Ink Design Studio (“Fractal”), the leading experiential design studio in India?

17. Arnab Goswami has revealed the name of his new venture. What has it been christened as?

18. Which company last week launched mosquito repellent under the DND label?

19. Which US-based maker of injectable and infusion medicines has agreed to buy Claris Injectables, a wholly-owned subsidiary of India's Claris Lifesciences, for $625 million (Rs 4,238 crore)?

20. VK Sharma has been confirmed as the chairman and managing director of which public sector entity?

21. Which digital marketplace for homebuyers and developers has launched its first social media campaign #LanesByLens?

22. Which two wheeler brand has launched its new campaign #RideDontHide?

23. Which company has announced the formation of a joint venture with Swiss luxury brand Bally to open stores in India?

24. Which tourism board has launched a new campaign #BeMyGuest featuring Shah Rukh Khan?

25. Which ad tech company has acquired Ngage, the ad tech platform of Nimbuzz, which is said to be one of the top OTT players internationally?

26. Which baby care brand has launched the campaign ‘ItTakes2’?

27. Australian travel company Flight Centre Travel Group’s retail leisure business, Flight Shop last week opened its retail store in Hyderabad. Why is this store special to the company in India?

28. Actress Taapsee Pannu has been roped in as brand ambassador for which beverage brand?

29. Which company has launched a one month digital campaign #HealthKaNotification, to create awareness about the importance of health insurance amongst consumers?

30. Photo-sharing app Instagram has crossed which user base milestone?

31. Which company has entered into an agreement to acquire Australia-based consulting, business transformation and service provider Adaptra?

32. Which MNC drug maker has decided to appoint Vivek Vasudev Kamath as the new managing director for its Indian arm?

33. Which automobile MNC has announced the appointment of Rahil Ansari as the Head of India operations, effective February 1, 2017?

34. Which healthcare tech company has acquired data analytics firm Enlightiks for an undisclosed amount?

35. This should be easy. Which celebrity has turned restaurateur and has launched fine-dining lounge 'Hero No.1' in Delhi?

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December 11, 2016

Biz Quizzard 663

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

1. Which entity has launched a health insurance scheme, Swastha Kutumbam, for the marginalised communities in Vijayawada?

2. Sports marketing firms Baseline Ventures and Republic of Sports have secured long term rights to launch which sports property in India and Asia?

3. Which MNC has sold the franchise rights for its restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia to Saudi Arabia's Lionhorn Pte Ltd as part of a plan to move away from direct ownership in Asia?

4. Which fashion brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Doubt is out’?

5. The Army will reportedly replace its iconic Maruti Gypsy fleet with which brand?

6. Which automobile MNC last week launched a new digital business division, to be called MOIA, to take on services such as Uber?

7. Which MNC last week launched its latest Android flagship smartphone V20 in India?

8. Which company has acquired 60 per cent stake in the Netherlands-based global fruit distribution company OFD Holding BV for about Rs 36 crore (€5 million)?

9. Which online marketplace is set to launch its first umbrella private label `Smartbuy', which will retail electronic accessories and home plastic products?

10. Which Indian bike maker has opened its first exclusive brand store in Melbourne as part of its growth strategy in Australia?

11. Which MNC has unveiled Project Field, a device that connects to real-world objects so they can be used for controlling games on smartphones and tablets?

12. Which company has picked up a majority stake in Kolkata-based Chhaya Prakashani, one of the largest publishers in terms of reach in eastern India?

13. Which fabric and apparel major has partnered Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to introduce a new line of clothing?

14. Uber has launched an app for vehicle fleet owners aimed at helping owners manage their drivers and reduce downtime. What has it been branded as?

15. Bali Padda will be the new CEO of which toymaker from January 1?

16. Which company’s subsidiary has sold its tug services firm to Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) for Rs 106 crore in an all-cash deal?

17. Which bank has partnered cab aggregator Ola to set up mobile ATMs across 10 cities in the country that will allow people to withdraw up to Rs 2,000 per card?

18. Which business personality has scooped up a major strategic stake in Soothe Healthcare, a feminine hygiene startup that manufactures sanitary napkins and diapers under the brand Paree?

19. Which MNC has agreed to sell its private banking operations in Asia and the Middle East to LGT, a business run by the Princely Family of Liechtenstein?

20. Andhra Pradesh government last week launched a mobile app for cashless transactions. What has it been branded as?

21. Which Hyderabad-based company has acquired Pune-based Zazen Spa for an undisclosed amount?

22. French car-maker Renault has launched a new edition of its Multi-Purpose Vehicle - the Lodgy. What has it been sub-branded as?

23. Which Indian company has elevated Raghunath Mandava as MD & CEO of its Africa operations with effect from January 1?

24. Which English news channel was launched formally last week with the positioning ‘Be One With the World’?

25. Which fast food brand has launched a new campaign featuring food critiques Rocky & Mayur to promote its new offerings?

26. Which watch brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Different by Design’?

27. Which Bengaluru-based pharmaceutical firm has struck a deal to acquire Perrigo API India for Rs 100 crore?

28. Titan has launched a women's safety watch under which brand?

29. Sunil Taldar has been appointed as CEO and Director of which DTH company?

30. James Quincey will be the new CEO of which MNC from May 1, 2017?

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December 4, 2016

Biz Quizzard 662

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 28 - December 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Reliance Jio Infocomm has crossed which milestone subscriber mark as on November 26?

2. Which online marketplace that connects customers to service professionals has released a campaign ‘From Equals to Equals’ on gender equality?

3. Which tea brand has launched its new campaign #PehliMulakat?

4. Which luxury goods conglomerate has appointed St├ęphane de Meurville as managing director of India operations?

5. Gautam Kumra has been elected as new managing director for India of which professional services firm?

6. Which French multinational commercial catering and food service company has made its foray into Indian market with acquisitions of MegaBite Food Services and C Ramachandra Caterers?

7. Siddhartha Pahwa has resigned as the CEO of which taxi aggregator?

8. Bengaluru-based startup SafeHalo Private Ltd has launched a device called ‘Safe Fan’. What is its USP?

9. Which company has signed an agreement with global industrial and metals group Liberty House to sell its speciality steel business in the UK for £100 million (Rs. 850 crore)?

10. Which Indian city has been ranked 30th in Oxford Economics’ study of the top 50 metropolitan entities globally for the year 2015?

11. Which men's grooming brand recently launched its new campaign #CoveringUpFails?

12. Which celebrity fashion line has launched the campaign ‘Fashion your own world’?

13. Which automobile brand has launched its new campaign with the positioning ‘Push Your Limits’?

14. Which menswear brand has collaborated with handloom weavers from Mangalgiri in Andhra Pradesh to develop an 'India Handloom Brand' collection?

15. Rajiv Sodhi has resigned as the India & Australia MD & Vice President of which internet domain registrar and web hosting company?

16. Which company will acquire Dutch digital marketing and customer experience agency Mirabeau BV, to further expand its digital expertise in the Netherlands and Europe?

17. Fidel Technologies, an IT services company headquartered in Tokyo, has acquired which language localisation solutions provider for undisclosed sum?

18. Which business services provider is acquiring the facility management and catering businesses of Manipal Integrated Services, part of Ranjan Pai's Manipal Education and Medical Group?

19. Which company is all set to acquire Kolkata-based non-banking financial company (NBFC) Imperial Credit Pvt Ltd for a consideration of Rs 36 crore?

20. Which automobile brand has launched a new initiative titled ‘Invincible Indians: Stories that invoke pride every day.’?

21. Which celebrity has been signed on to be part of a digital marketing campaign by online marketplace for food delivery, Foodpanda?

22. Amazon India has launched its second in-house brand, an ethnic wear label for women. Name it?

23. Which company has agreed to sell its EcoEnergy division for $70 million as it sharpens its focus on its core IT business?

24. Which company / group has become the first non-banking company in the country to introduce Blockchain technology?

25. Which healthcare IT firm has acquired US-based Encima Group for $16 million (Rs 109.54 crore) to ramp up its analytics and omni-channel digital solutions capability for the pharma industry?

26. Which company has introduced two new-age digital platforms - SYOUV and With You Hamesha - to enhance the overall ownership experience of its automotive prospects and customers?

27. Bajaj has announced the name of its new bike, to be launched on 15th December 2016. What has the bike been branded as?

28. To create awareness for the cause of girl child education, which MNC has recreated the song, 'School Chale Hum', originally produced by Bharat Bala for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2006?

29. Which financial marketplace has unveiled the video #PlayYourPart as part of its latest digital campaign for the wedding season?

30. Which two iconic luxury chains from Asia have formed a strategic alliance to increase their reach and market share in the highly competitive hospitality industry?

31. Noomi Mehta has become the first Indian to join the board of international out of home association FEPE International. He is the chairman of which business group?

32. Which Hyderabad-based learning solutions provider for K-12 students has acqui-hired Gurugram-based education technology startup Xolvr?

33. Michael “Jim” Delligatti passed away last week. He was the inventor of which iconic food brand?

34. Which global container shipping carrier is to acquire German container shipping line Hamburg Sud, termed the seventh largest container shipping line and a leader in the North–South trades?

35. Which well known textile company in India has officially called quits to manufacturing and will now focus only on retail?

36. Which electrical goods company has tied up with UK-based Gooee to be the latter's launch partner in India?

37. The world’s largest trade fair is entering India. Name it?

38. Kevin Johnson will be the new CEO of which MNC from April 2017?

39. Which bank last week launched its own mobile wallet Cippy?

40. Chitra Ramkrishna has quit as the CEO of which entity?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 662 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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