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August 13, 2017

Biz Quizzard 698

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Economist Dr Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the new vice-chairman of which entity?

2. Which jewellery major has roped in actress Kajol as brand ambassador for its India as well as overseas operations?

3. The Centre has appointed Mohammad Mustafa, a 1995 batch IAS officer, as Chairman and Managing Director of which entity?

4. Which company launched a television commercial for Friendship Day as part of its #LookUp campaign?

5. US-based Fox Networks group is slated to launch a new concept in product promotion and TV commercial on live television on August 13. What is it?

6. Former founder of ecommerce startup Yebhi(dot)com Manmohan Agarwal has kick started his second stint at entrepreneurship with a trucks aggregation platform. What is it called?

7. Britannia Industries said that it will set up its largest food park near which city?

8. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is set to launch a premium high definition English movie channel. What will it be branded as?

9. Which company has launched a premium gourmet gifting brand, Gruezi, in partnership with Switzerland based Chocolat Frey AG?

10. In what is being touted as one of the largest endorsement deals signed by an Indian Startup, health and wellness startup Cure.fit has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador?

11. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire bluO Entertainment, run by multiplex operator PVR, for Rs 86 crore?

12. Titan is all set to enter the United States through a partnership with which MNC?

13. Which MNC has named former Unilever executive Mohit Anand as managing director for its India and South Asia business?

14. Which MNC last week unveiled Skyactiv-X, claimed to be the world's first commercial petrol engine that uses compression ignition like diesel engines?

15. Which Belgium-headquartered company has signed an agreement to buy Bengaluru-headquartered AssetTrackr, a provider of fleet management solutions (FMS)?

16. Marking its foray into green energy, which Hyderabad-based Internet infrastructure company has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power Projects Ltd for Rs 30.5 crore?

17. Which MNC has launched its first television commercial for the Indian market, with the tagline ‘Isey Apni Hi Gaadi Samjho’?

18. Which MNC has roped in actress Taapsee Pannu to endorse its smartphone range?

19. Sanjay Sethi has resigned as managing director and chief executive officer of which hospitality company?

20. Which company and UK-based premium motorcycle maker Triumph have entered into a global alliance that could challenge Royal Enfield in the global mid-size motorcycle space?

21. Which financial services firm is acquiring UK-based Ocean Dial Asset Management?

22. Which 3 Indian companies are among this year’s Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies?

23. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) will launch a new video-on-demand platform. What will it be branded as?

24. Which luxury perfumery brand made in Spain has made its debut in the Indian market with the range of perfumes for both men and women?

25. Which MNC has launched a campaign titled '#LacedUp', featuring Virat Kohli?

26. Which MNC last week announced the world's first creator-based video relay, #EveryCharacterMatters?

27. The board of which company has approved the setting up of a joint venture with French player Novandie SNC for its foray into flavoured yoghurt market?

28. Which company and Skoda Auto have called off talks for a potential long-term partnership for development and production of passenger vehicles in India?

29. Which mattress brand has rolled out the campaign ‘Ready for Tomorrow’ to announce the launch of its latest mattress range Energise?

30. Which MNC has bought a fifth of India's most valuable startup - Flipkart - for $2.5 billion, in a deal that marks the biggest private investment in the country's consumer technology sector?

31. Harley-Davidson India has inaugurated its first concept store in India - Warrior Harley-Davidson. Which city?

32. Which denim and casual wear brand is foraying into the innerwear segment in India through a joint venture with Kolkata-based hosiery firm Dollar Industries?

33. Which messaging platform has acquired Creo, a Bengaluru-based technology startup?

34. Which Mumbai-headquartered group is diversifying into electric car manufacturing and aims to roll out its first such vehicle by 2020?

35. Which company has announced the appointment of Manju Deshbandhu Gupta as chairman?

36. Which mobile brand has roped in actor Sushant Singh Rajput as its new brand endorser?

37. Which brand has topped the list of the world's hottest fashion brands, according to data compiled by global fashion search engine Lyst and The Business of Fashion?

38. Which soap brand soap has announced actress Shraddha Kapoor as its new brand ambassador?

39. Which MNC has created world’s largest grain mosaic art spread across an area of 6,000 square feet at Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi?

40. Which app has become the second Indian application on Google Store to cross the 100 million download mark?

41. Which handset brand has launched a film to #SaveTheTrianga from child labor and abuse?

42. Which company has launched the campaign #DoorsOfIndia to promote its new product line, Pravesh?

43. Which company and Smile Foundation have come together to support the cause of Girl Child Education by organising the ‘Ride for Freedom’ on 15th August across 14 cities in India?

44. Which ed-tech platform has adopted two villages as part of its 'Freedom to Shine' campaign?

45. Which advertising personality is the new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification?

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August 6, 2017

Biz Quizzard 697

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 31 - August 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which is India’s top brand, according to the Brand Footprint study of Kantar Worldpanel?

2. TGI Fridays is bringing a second brand based on the bar model to India. Name it?

3. Flipkart has launched a new private label, which will be made for India and made in India. Name it?

4. Which two wheeler brand is being promoted with the positioning 'Style Hatke'?

5. SMAAASH, a gaming and entertainment centre, has roped in which celebrity as the face of their new TVC campaign titled 'Go SMAAASH It!'?

6. Which online jewellery store has appointed Alia Bhatt as its first brand ambassador?

7. Iconic American SUV maker Jeep last week launched its first locally-built model in India. Name the brand?

8. Arvind Vohra has stepped down as chief executive officer and managing director of which handset maker?

9. Which media company has acquired a controlling stake in Bengaluru-based marketing agency HiveMinds Innovative Market Solutions for an undisclosed amount?

10. Arvind Panagariya has resigned as vice chairman of which entity?

11. Which health technology startup has acquired Home Health Care, an agency that offers home healthcare services in Bengaluru, for approximately Rs 4 crore in an all-stock deal?

12. Which online entertainment ticketing company has acquired audio and video on-demand platform Nfusion for an undisclosed amount in an all-cash deal?

13. Who has elbowed past Li Ka shing to become Asia's second-richest man, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

14. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Sandeep Kataria as the Country Manager for India?

15. Which company has bagged an order worth Rs 3,375 crore to build a metro rail project for the government of Mauritius?

16. Which company has appointed Nalinikanth (Nal) Gollagunta as president of India & South Asia?

17. Which smartphone maker has made a comeback in the Indian market with the introduction of KEYone Limited Edition Black with a price tag of Rs 39,990?

18. Which domain registration and web hosting company has launched the digital video #NoDifference?

19. Which life insurance company has launched the digital campaign #LaterMayBeLate?

20. Which business group is the new title sponsor of Mumbai Marathon?

21. The world's biggest confectionery brand is being launched in India. Name it?

22. Cab-hailing platform Uber Technologies, which is present in 29 cities across India, has crossed which cumulative rides milestone in the country, after almost four years?

23. Which IT firm has bought Brilliant Basics, a London-based product design and customer experience (CX) company?

24. India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility was launched last week. Near which city?

25. Which MNC has set up its first Machine Learning (ML) Hub in India in Bengaluru that will provide hands-on training in these new technology areas?

26. Mumbai-based new age financial services group InCred has roped in which celebrity as rand ambassador?

27. Which actor has picked up majority stake in SkyLimit Integrated Wellness Solutions, a multi-discipline regenerative medicine and anti-ageing facility?

28. Which global private equity fund has purchased a significant stake in India's largest share registry company Karvy Computershare?

29. Which airport has become India's 1st airport to offer express security check?

30. The Narsapura plant in Karnataka of which automobile MNC has become its single biggest manufacturing plant in the world?

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July 30, 2017

Biz Quizzard 696

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which jewellery brand has introduced its exclusive collection ‘Shringar’ and rolled out a campaign on the occasion of Teej?

2. Which ecommerce company has launched a new digital campaign #NoWorldWithoutGirls?

3. Which online travel company will acquire Delhi-based corporate travel service provider Air Travel Bureau (ATB) for an undisclosed amount?

4. Which music production house has forayed into film-making with new studio, Yoodlee Films?

5. Which bank has become the first bank to secure the station branding rights of a metro station in Mumbai?

6. Which financial services firm has launched a digital campaign called #TheOnlyTIP?

7. Which Chennai-based real estate developer has come on board as owners of Premier Futsal team ‘Chennai 5’s’ for the second season of the league?

8. Which Saudi-based group is entering India with its first wind project?

9. Which American footwear major is foraying into apparel and accessories in India?

10. Maruti Suzuki has launched the first NEXA Service workshop. Which city?

11. Which online marketplace for small sellers, artisans and homepreneurs has released a video titled #DiscoverYourself?

12. Which Bengaluru-based microfinance company has named Ajay Kanwal, former head of South Asia at Standard Chartered Bank, as its new chief executive officer?

13. Which hospital has launched its ‘Ummeed’ campaign for cancer patients?

14. Which American fashion brand has bought luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion (896 million pounds)?

15. Yuvraj Singh has come on board as partner and brand ambassador of which co-working space provider?

16. Which advertising major has acquired Bengaluru and Pune-based digital agency Sokrati Technologies?

17. Which cooking oil brand has launched a campaign with the positioning 'The Australian that helps control blood sugar'?

18. Which Hyderabad-based start-up has launched a journalism app Viral Mojo?

19. Which company has tied-up with Amazon India to launch a virtual 'Chocolate and Sweet Store'?

20. Which MNC last week launched its first “Made for India” chat messaging application called Kaizala?

21. Which New Delhi-based enterprise has acquired the Villa in Bath, UK, for an undisclosed amount?

22. Which global private equity fund has acquired a significant stake in leading innerwear company Dixcy Textiles for an undisclosed sum?

23. Which bank last week launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’, at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru?

24. Messaging app WhatsApp has crossed which daily users milestone globally?

25. Which Indian city has been ranked at the 40th spot among the top 50 global cities that foster high-potential women entrepreneurs, according to a report by tech giant Dell?

26. How many Indian companies have featured in the Forbes magazine’s latest annual ranking of best companies from across the Asia-Pacific with under $1 billion in revenue?

27. Which city continues to hold pole position in terms of online food delivery orders per day in India, according to a report by RedSeer Management Consulting?

28. Which MNC has agreed to sell its CCM ice hockey brand to private equity firm Birch Hill Equity Partners for $110 million?

29. KFC and which beverage brand have co-created ‘Gamer’s Box 2.0’ – a convenient, no-mess meal box with built in gaming control?

30. Which company has acquired Jasper Infotech-owned FreeCharge for Rs 385 crore, becoming the first Indian lender to take over a digital payments company?

31. Which bathroom products company has refreshed its brand identity, with a new positioning ‘Start with the Expert’?

32. Which skincare brand has launched a campaign for its new face wash, with the tagline ‘Guilty of neglect? Innocent skin 24x7’?

33. Which online platform has launched its new campaign 'Aagey Badho'?

34. Insurance regulator IRDA has directed which company to take over the life insurance business portfolio of Sahara India Life Insurance Company with effect from July 31?

35. Which company has acquired Isoplus, a leading hair styling brand in South Africa, for about Rs 36 crore, strengthening its ethnic hair care portfolio in that country?

36. Which business group, through Guiltfree Industries Ltd, has acquired 70 per cent stake in Gujarat-based snack food maker Apricot Foods?

37. Which company has announced a new rendition in its #MomBeAGirlAgain campaign series?

38. Which business group will acquire 100% of UAE’s Al Falah Exchange for Rs 95 crore?

39. Which company has struck a joint venture with Hong Kong stock exchange-listed firm AG Tech Holdings as it forays into the online gaming distribution and content business?

40. Rolls-Royce has introduced its largest and grandest car ever. What has it been branded as?

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July 23, 2017

Biz Quizzard 695

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Reliance Industries crossed which milestone mark in market value for the first time on July 17?

2. Intel has unveiled its new range of scalable processors. What has it been branded as?

3. Which sports nutrition brand has launched its new digital film 'Tum Kya Samjhoge'?

4. Which newspaper has rolled out its new campaign #FortheLoveOfPrint?

5. Joseph George has resigned as the group chairman, India and regional president - South & Southeast Asia of which advertising group?

6. BMR Advisors' tax team will be merging with which company?

7. Which private equity investor has signed a definitive agreement to invest $200 million for a 49% stake in Radiant Life Care?

8. Who has become the youngest president of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) at the age of 27?

9. Reliance Jio has signed up which company as a vendor for its much-touted 4G feature phone, which will debut in August?

10. Which broadcaster has roped in Sachin Tendulkar to promote its rebranded sports channels?

11. Which automobile company has formed a strategic alliance with Chetan Maini-promoted SUN Mobility to develop electric mobility solutions?

12. Which US-based private equity firm has bought the commercial property of Mumbai-based multiplex operator Carnival Group in Chandigarh for Rs 2,200 crore?

13. Which food brand has launched its #FuelForTheRealFit ad campaign?

14. Which brand has launched 'Ghar mein saaf shauchalay zaroori', a first-of-its kind ‘Matrimonial’ campaign focused towards curbing open defecation?

15. Which channel has acquired long term India broadcast rights of ‘The Open’, Golf’s oldest and most prestigious tournament?

16. Arto Nummela has resigned as the CEO of which phone maker?

17. Which MNC has entered into an agreement to sell its food business, including the French's, Frank's RedHot and Cattlemen's brands, to McCormick & Company Inc for $4.2 billion?

18. Which online marketplace has announced the launch of an exclusive label - Home Berry - on its platform in the home décor and furnishing space?

19. Which innerwear, sportswear and leisure-wear brand has launched a new digital campaign, 'Live Open'?

20. Which company has launched the campaign 'India's No. 1 Bank'?

21. Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) is foraying into the professional hair colour segment targeted at salons. Which brand?

22. Which healthcare and wellness startup has acquired Bengaluru-based yoga brand ‘a1000yoga’ for an undisclosed sum?

23. Which media company will launch its market forecasting unit Magna in India next month?

24. Which MNC has acquired BMR Advisory's mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and risk teams?

25. Which airline will launch `Joon', a low-cost airline aimed at restoring some routes to profitability and attracting new and younger customers to the carrier?

26. Which cloud-based business software provider has acquired Joe Hukum, a platform that enables businesses to build their own chatbots?

27. Which business group has exited pharmaceutical contract research business by selling Advinus Therapeutics to Eurofins Scientific for an undisclosed amount?

28. Tata Sky has roped in which actress as brand ambassador for its Southern market?

29. Which business group has bought the trade and assets of Amtek Aluminium Castings (Witham) Limited and King Automotive Systems Limited (Amtek UK) from administrators PwC?

30. How many Indian companies feature in the latest edition of the Fortune Global 500 list, which ranks companies by their revenues in 2016?

31. George V Nereaparambil, founder of Dubai-based Geo Group of Companies, has put his nearly 12 per cent stake in which Indian airport on the block?

32. Which MNC has opened a scooter boutique, claimed to be the first-of-its-kind, in Chennai as part of its marketing initiative to increase sales volume?

33. For the first time in the history of government securities (G-Secs) market in India, a gilt maturing on a particular day will have outstanding more than which milestone amount?

34. Which IT MNC has appointed Shanmugh Natarajan as the Managing Director of India operations?

35. Ending with an easy one. Which chocolate brand has launched ‘My Travel Break’ – a campaign that promises to bring immersive travel break experiences to life?

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July 16, 2017

Biz Quizzard 694

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Coca-Cola is launching a new range of aerated drinks in India to take on regional brands. What has it been branded as?

2. Rana Barua, till recently CEO at the WPP-owned Contract advertising, has joined which agency as CEO?

3. Which motorcycle maker is bringing its apparel line to the country in an exclusive licensing deal with Flipkart?

4. Which automobile company is launching ‘HyBuy’, a programme to engage customers and offer freebies?

5. Grasim Industries Limited has agreed to sell its entire holding in its wholly-owned subsidiary Grasim Bhiwani Textiles Limited (GBTL) to which business group?

6. Which footwear brand has signed on Bollywood celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala as its fitness expert in India?

7. Leslie Thng will be the new CEO of which airline in India from October?

8. Which sports celebrity has made an investment in a video streaming platform Flickstree?

9. Which fitness chain from India has announced plans to foray into South-East Asian countries through a tie-up with Snap Fitness Inc.?

10. The domestic passenger air traffic in India has crossed which milestone mark (in a single month) for the first time in the history of Indian aviation during the month of May 2017?

11. Which MNC last week unveiled its new tipper truck ­ the P440 U-Body - for the Indian mining sector?

12. Kolkata-headquartered FMCG company Anmol Industries Limited has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

13. Which smartphone maker from China will be launching its COMIO brand in India by mid-August?

14. Which company has acquired a majority stake in Insider(dot)in, an online ticketing and events platform backed by event management company Only Much Louder (OML)?

15. Which automobile MNC has named Thomas Kuehl president for its Indian operations, effective October 1?

16. Pankaj R Patel has stepped down as the Managing Director of which pharmaceutical company?

17. Sameer Nair has stepped down as the CEO of which media and content company?

18. Baba Ramdev is set to expand his private security business after launching his security firm last week. What has it been branded as?

19. Which tyre brand has launched its new television commercial (TVC) ‘Nehlau’?

20. Which MNC has acquired Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence (AI) firm Halli Labs for an undisclosed sum?

21. Which MNC has launched #TheIntelligentPhones campaign on the fusion of futuristic hardware and user-friendly software, making human lives inflate with comfort and convenience?

22. Which diagnostics chain has launched the campaign 'You are Not Just a Label'?

23. Which brand has rolled out its first television commercial featuring brand ambassador Boman Irani, based on the core idea of the brand, 'Car Becho, Best Price Mein'?

24. V Raja has quit as the India managing director of which MNC?

25. Which automotive components manufacturer has signed binding agreements to acquire 100% of the wiping systems business of Ashok Piramal Group's PMP Auto Components?

26. Which cloud computing company has appointed Sunil Jose as senior area VP and country leader for India?

27. Which Indian company has acquired 25 solar power projects totalling 150 Mw in Japan?

28. Which ecommerce brand has launched the campaign 'Be trendy always'?

29. Which soap brand has launched the campaign #GoSafeOutside?

30. Which Indian company last week announced its entry into the Sri Lankan AC and refrigeration market?

31. Which internet domain registrar and web-hosting company has appointed Nikhil Arora as vice president and managing director, India?

32. Which discount brokerage has launched a campaign around the theme #TheHardestBet?

33. Which hair nourishment brand has launched a new campaign for its fruit hair oils, featuring brand ambassador Shraddha Kapoor?

34. On its 30th anniversary in China, which MNC has partnered with Huawei to release a red-coloured smartphone that has the face of its founder embossed on the back?

35. Which cement brand has launched an ad with the tagline 'Acche Ghar Ki Pehchaan’?

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July 9, 2017

Biz Quizzard 693

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is India’s best company to work for, as per this year’s The Economic Times-Great Place to Work Institute study?

2. Which company has launched `Metronaut', a private label in men's fashion and accessories?

3. Nunzio Mirtillo will be the new India head for which MNC telecom gear maker?

4. Which country last week celebrated the sesquicentennial (150 years) of its tea industry this month with a globally synchronised tasting session on July 6?

5. Which company will manufacture Husqvarna, one of the oldest motorcycle brands in the world, in India?

6. Which company has acquired struggling Mumbai-based local food and restaurant recommendation engine Burrp from Network18 in an all-cash deal?

7. Which edtech company has acquired TutorVista and Edurite from UK-based Pearson?

8. Which business personality and Helion Venture's Sanjeev Aggarwal have launched an investment fund called Fundamentum with a corpus of $100 million to back startups looking for growth capital?

9. Ashish Gumashta is the new India CEO of which Swiss wealth manager?

10. Which NRI billionaire, who has pledged 75% of his family wealth for the larger society, has said a chunk of it will go to nurturing over 7.5 crore underprivileged children below the poverty line?

11. Which company last week became the fourth Indian company to cross a market capitalisation of Rs 4 lakh crore?

12. Spanish fashion brand Zara crossed which milestone sales mark in India in the year ended March?

13. Melwyn Rego has taken over as managing director & chief executive officer of which bank from July 1?

14. Which company has opened its first retail tea salon in Mumbai?

15. Which company has launched the campaign ‘Bridging Distances’ focusing on electricians?

16. MullenLowe Lintas Group will launch a new independent agency in India by merging three of its existing divisions - GolinOpinion, LinTeractive and LinEngage. What will it be called?

17. Which Indian mobile operating system is launching the first OS-integrated Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform in partnership with YES Bank?

18. Which Indian drug maker has signed a long term agreement with South Korea's Samsung BioLogics for the manufacture of an experimental medicine to treat psoriasis?

19. Which company has become the first to face bankruptcy proceedings under the new bankruptcy law?

20. Amazon’s India investments have crossed which milestone mark?

21. Which brand will be the title sponsor of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT)?

22. Which water tank and pipes manufacturing company has roped in Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador?

23. Star Sports has launched the campaign ‘See Champions, Be Champions’ for which property?

24. Realty firm Signature Global, which is into the development of affordable homes, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

25. Which MNC’s subsidiary is set to acquire 51% stake in cross channel ad network Httpool?

26. Which MNC last week opened its first digital factory in India, also the third globally after one each in Germany and China?

27. Which engineered bearings and mechanical power transmission products maker has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ABC Bearings through a court-approved amalgamation process?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has launched the campaign 'Effortless Style'?

29. Which life insurance company has launched a campaign featuring Sachin Tendulkar?

30. Which company will launch India's first private free-to-air (FTA) sports channel?

31. Rajkiran Rai last week assumed charge as MD & CEO of which bank?

32. Which Nasdaq-listed global provider of executive searches, leadership consulting, and culture shaping services has appointed Krishnan Rajagopalan as president and CEO?

33. Which brand has launched a campaign for its latest collection ‘Jewels of Royalty’?

34. Which American fashion brand has announced the launch of an exquisite jewellery line in India in association with Amazon Fashion?

35. Which fertilizer brand has launched a commercial with the positioning ‘Bade sapne dekho’?

36. Which NYSE-listed firm is acquiring the services division of Canada-based data management and analytics firm InfoTrellis for $55 million (Rs 357 crore)?

37. Oracle has chosen which city to open its first digital hub in Asia Pacific?

38. Who has become the first Indian designer to open flagship store in New York?

39. Which realty project, in association with Mini Homes, has signed former Miss World Diana Hayden as the brand ambassador and face of their high end luxury brand?

40. Which city has emerged as the top destination in India for foodies, according to Booking(dot)com’s survey on top food destinations in the country?

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July 2, 2017

Biz Quizzard 692

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 26 - July 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which business group is buying out the management team and technology infrastructure of Gurgaon-based GrocerMax to enter the online grocery business?

2. Which company last week announced the appointment of Sunil Kakar as MD and CEO with effect from July 16 for three years?

3. Which investment firm has ramped up its stake and picked up a majority position in Noida-based online insurance policy aggregator EasyPolicy?

4. Mr Desh Bandhu Gupta, 79, died last week. He was the founder of which company?

5. Which company has won the title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five years with a record-breaking bid of Rs 2,199 crore?

6. Which MNC is downing shutters of its biggest analytics, technical and innovation centre in the country, based in Pune?

7. Facebook has touched which monthly active users milestone?

8. Which MNC has launched its latest initiative #FanTheFire to focus attention on athletes who pursue lesser followed sports?

9. Which Chinese automobile company has announced the formation of MG Motors India, a 100% subsidiary, for commencing its Indian operations?

10. Which Indian automobile company has signed a pact with Abans Auto, a leading distributor in Sri Lanka, to sell in that country?

11. Rajesh Laddha will be the new CEO of which financial services company?

12. Which transportation technology solutions provider will undertake a $1.6-billion rapid transport project at the UAE's Ajman city?

13. The fourth-generation Honda City has crossed which sales milestone in the country in just 30 months after the launch?

14. Sony has said it will start making which product again, three decades after abandoning production?

15. Times Bridge, a division of the Times Group, last week formally launched which well-being and productivity platform in India?

16. Which company has launched a new television campaign, #MagicOfLight?

17. Which MNC has roped in chef Kunal Kapur to promote its built-in appliances?

18. Which company last week announced that it has decided to open up what it claims will be India´s first branded chocolate chain?

19. Which MNC will acquire Israel-based cloud management company Cloudyn?

20. Amazon is bringing its exclusive sale event, Prime Day, to India this year. Which date?

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June 25, 2017

Biz Quizzard 691

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

1. Lockheed Martin has tied up with which Indian business group to produce and export new generation F-16 fighter aircraft, subject to it winning an order from Indian Air Force?

2. Which company has announced the launch of Divastri, its first private label in the fashion category?

3. Which building has become the first in the country to get trademarked?

4. UAE Princess Sheikha Arwa Al Qassimi has invested in which Indian startup, following the announcement of its intention to hire women from financially weak backgrounds?

5. Which detergent brand has launched a new campaign for Eid, carrying forward the brand philosophy of ‘#saaremaeldhodaalo’?

6. Which MNC has appointed Steffen Knapp as Director of India Cars Unit?

7. Which company has been named owner of the Johannesburg franchisee of Cricket South Africa's upcoming twenty-twenty over-format league ­ T20 Global league?

8. Which payments solution company has acquired FortunePay, a Bengaluru-based startup that offers payment switching infrastructure to banks?

9. Sandeep Dadlani, who resigned as president of Infosys recently, has joined which MNC as its chief digital officer?

10. Government has roped in which celebrity to promote GST?

11. Which cable broadband company has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Speed so high everything will fly’?

12. Which fashion brand has launched the film #MissIndiaWaliFeeling?

13. Sangeeta Pendurkar has quit as the managing director for India and South Asia of which MNC?

14. Which company has entered a strategic partnership with Serbia's state-run defence major Yugoimport to manufacture ammunition in India?

15. Which Kerala-based group, a global leader in value-added spices, is venturing into the personal care segment with a slew of innovative products which will hit the market next month?

16. Which company has acquired the construction equipment manufacturing facility of the joint venture between Ashok Leyland and John Deere for an undisclosed consideration?

17. Government headhunter, Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB), has selected Shashi Shanker to head which company from October 1?

18. Honda has launched a new 110cc scooter. What has it been branded as?

19. World’s biggest fish market will be moved to a new location. Which city is it located in?

20. Travis Kalanick last week stepped down as the CEO of which company?

21. Which home shopping company has launched the campaign 'Sapno ki Udaan' to help underprivileged kids?

22. The initial public offering (IPO) of which entity has got bids 170 times the number of shares on sale, making it the most subscribed IPO in the history of India's primary market?

23. Which Aurangabad-based auto electric components maker has agreed to acquire the entire stake in TFC Cables Assemblies, Scotland, for an undisclosed amount?

24. Which company will acquire Ahmedabad-based electric pump maker La-Gajjar Machineries for an undisclosed amount?

25. Which MNC has agreed to acquire fast-growing US tequila brand Casamigos for $1 billion?

26. US sports shoe brand Saucony is partnering which company for its India entry to cash in on growing demand for global footwear and lifestyle brands?

27. Which company and French multinational Thales have announced their intent to form a joint venture in India to execute the offset obligations arising from the $8.8-billion Rafale deal?

28. Which startup has launched home delivery of diesel in Bengaluru?

29. Which company has acquired blue collar jobs marketplace Babajob in a largely share swap deal?

30. Which company last week said one of its subsidiaries will sell shares in LCC Pakistan to Talkpool AG, Switzerland, for USD 5.2 million (Rs 33.54 crore)?

31. Which US headquartered company, which has delivery centres in Hyderabad and Chennai, has acquired US-based IT consulting services and outsourcing player Ciber Inc for $93 million?

32. Which OTT service has launched its new campaign “Bachche ab no more atko’ing” for its Kids Content segment?

33. Which ecommerce company has launched a 3 minute video, featuring a customer, Novi from Mizoram, for the first time?

34. Sanjiv Khanna will be rejoining which company as CEO?

35. Which state has bagged the top spot as the country's most popular tourist destination among foreign and domestic tourists in 2016?

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June 18, 2017

Biz Quizzard 690

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

1. Which cricketer has renewed his bat sponsorship deal with MRF for eight years for more than Rs 100 crore?

2. Which company has bagged the Jamshedpur franchise of Indian Super League (ISL) and will be part of ISL from the next season?

3. Which MNC is tying up with Bengaluru-based smart-wearables startup Speculur to commercialise its recently launched bat-sensor technology?

4. John Flannery will be the new CEO of which MNC from August 1?

5. Which television channel has roped in actor Varun Dhawan as happiness ambassador?

6. Alternative accommodations company Airbnb has signed its first revenue-sharing agreement with a state government in India. Which state?

7. Which IT services firm will purchase Health Care Service Corporation's (HCSC) subsidiary TMG Health for an undisclosed amount?

8. Amazon India’s seller base has touched which milestone mark?

9. Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd (HCCB), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola India Pvt Ltd, has relocated its corporate headquarters from Gurgaon to which city?

10. Nokia has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador in India?

11. American DJs and production duo The Chainsmokers, comprising Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, have been announced as the global brand ambassadors of the menswear line of which brand?

12. Which water purifier brand has launched a new campaign ‘Farak Dikhta Hai’?

13. Which automobile MNC last week launched its new small commercial vehicle (SCV) Porter 700, priced at Rs 3.18 lakh (ex-showroom Maharashtra)?

14. Which company is launching liquid dishwash brand Giffy?

15. Which company has signed an agreement with US-based Pinnacle Engines Inc to launch BS VI-compliant engine for three-wheelers in India?

16. Which company has inked a deal with Italian fashion house Valentino to launch its products in India?

17. Which automobile MNC has announced the appointment of Diego Graffi as the Chief Executive Officer of its Indian subsidiary?

18. Which private equity giant will buy a 43% stake in Tata Technologies (Tata Tech) for $360 million?

19. Which MNC last week launched the world's largest diamond exploration vessel off the coast of Namibia as it looks to maintain high production levels until 2035?

20. Which MNC will acquire Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion?

21. Which automobile MNC last week unveiled a nail polish that can also be used to fix small paint flaws on cars?

22. Which MNC is partnering with the Indian industrial real estate specialist Firstspace Realty to set up logistics and industrial facilities across major warehousing and manufacturing hubs in India?

23. Which jewellery brand has launched a new collection Darsh that focuses on jewellery for men?

24. Connaught Place in the national capital is the ninth-most expensive office market in the world, according to property consultancy CBRE. Which is the most expensive?

25. Pallavi Kathuria has been appointed managing director of which global search firm's India operations?

26. Dhawal Gusain will be the new CEO of which digital content creation start-up?

27. Which company has acquired vehicle inspection firm CheckGaddi(dot)com in all-cash deal?

28. Sun TV Networks has launched a new digital content platform enabling customers to watch content in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. What has it been branded as?

29. Which government entity has received the in-principle approval for establishing an Information Utility (IU) in India - the first under the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC)?

30. Which country has been ranked the top exporter of information and communication technology services in a new UN report?

31. Which metro rail has entered the Limca Book of Records with the award of contracts for advertising and other contracts during the construction phase itself?

32. Which Dubai group has appointed Maryam Bahlooq as the first female Emirati CEO of its subsidiary?

33. Which company will launch a new luxury mall Chanakya in the national capital in September?

34. Which footwear retailer has launched the #WonderWoman campaign on the occasion of Father’s Day?

35. Popular app EazyDiner has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador and investor?

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June 11, 2017

Biz Quizzard 689

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

1. Which company will soon become the first private sector general insurance company to list on stock exchanges?

2. The world's fastest elevator is set to be installed in a skyscraper complex building in China. Which MNC is the manufacturer?

3. Which beverage brand has launched its new campaign 'Phir ho ja shuru'?

4. Cable TV distributor DEN Networks and which company are selling their entire stake in their joint venture, TV merchandise channel Macro Commerce, to a Noida-based Pimex Broadcast?

5. Which leading business group will list its financial services unit on the bourses in August?

6. Which MNC has invested over Rs 120 crore to acquire a substantial majority stake in Chennai-based Orbgen Technologies Private Limited that runs the online-ticketing website TicketNew?

7. Which company has entered the frozen foods business and has started selling frozen prawns under the Masterchef brand?

8. Which bank has become the first to introduce biodegradable cards in the country?

9. Which brand last week launched a new category of products under the e-cycles brand and unveiled two variants, BH27 and BH12?

10. Which company last week launched its qualified institutional placement (QIP) offer to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore (about $2.3 billion)?

11. Which handset maker has roped in Bahubali actor Prabhas as its brand ambassador?

12. Enterprise software maker Freshdesk has created a new umbrella brand that brings together the company's growing suite of business software. What is it called?

13. Which leading Indian-American hotelier has partnered with a company of President Donald Trump's sons to launch a new midscale hotel chain under the name “American IDEA” in the US?

14. Which Mumbai-based online recruitment marketplace has acquired mHire, a Noida-based recruitment platform focussed on skilled and semi-skilled, blue and grey collar (entry-level) jobs?

15. Apple last week entered the growing field of voice-controlled speakers for the home, taking on early leaders Amazon and Google. What is the speaker called?

16. Which brand has rolled out a campaign for its newly launched Fuelsmarrt tyres?

17. Which company has partnered with mobile payment provider AdPay to launch what it claims is India’s first virtual telecom firm Aerovoyce?

18. Which consumer electronics company has roped in Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador?

19. Richfeel, a trichology centre, hair and scalp clinic has appointed which television actor as a brand ambassador?

20. Which tea brand has roped in Kareena Kapoor Khan as brand ambassador?

21. Which company has been selected to develop, operate and manage the new Kastelli international airport project in Heraklion, Greece, in partnership with local infrastructure major Terna SA?

22. Yellow Tie Hospitality, a food and beverage franchise management company, is investing $3 million in bringing which UAE-based street food brand to India?

23. The world's first hybrid "aeroboat" capable of travelling on land, water, snow and sand that has been built a joint venture between a Russian entity and which Indian firm?

24. Which commercial vehicle brand is launching an international campaign ‘Drive their own life’ for the Philippines and Vietnam markets?

25. Finland-based elevator and escalator major Kone Corporation will set up its second manufacturing plant in India in which state?

26. Which deodorant brand has launched the #WheresYourFace campaign for its personalised limited range of deodorant packs where one can have his picture on it?

27. Which MNC has taken Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis to court for using its trademarked product name as a moniker in advertisements for tennis clothing?

28. Which brand has appointed actress Disha Patani as its sportstyle and fitness expert for India?

29. Media agency Dentsu Media has been relaunched as an integrated agency. What is it called now?

30. Which company in India has decided to do away with the system of designations for its 10,000-plus employees?

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June 4, 2017

Biz Quizzard 688

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 29 - June 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which country emerged as the top source of foreign direct investment into India in 2016-17?

2. Which early-stage impact-focused venture fund has roped in Milind Shah, the India managing director of global healthcare company Medtronic, as its healthcare venture partner?

3. Honda Cars India has tied up with which company for `Honda Connect', its connected car platform?

4. Which newspaper brand has launched the campaign #SundayIsForReading?

5. Which startup, that delivers nutritious meals to school children, has acquired Delhi-based cold-pressed juice manufacturer and delivery startup RawKing in an all-cash deal?

6. Which Canadian startup, an audio-syncing app, plans to enter the Indian market between June and July?

7. Which wellness services and personal care company has acquired the direct selling business of Gurugram-based company Wellscience for an undisclosed amount?

8. Which company has launched the country´s first Tamil sports channel?

9. Which online food takeaway firm has agreed to buy Middle East food delivery platform Carriage?

10. Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store last week. Which location?

11. Parineeti Chopra will endorse which legging brand?

12. AV Girija Kumar was last week appointed as chairman-cum-managing director of which insurance company?

13. Which airline has appointed Vinay Dube as chief executive officer?

14. Which company has launched a campaign with the proposition of ‘India ka travel planner’?

15. Which agarbatti brand has roped in MS Dhoni as brand ambassador?

16. Which advertising agency is launching a new agency, Baaash Digital?

17. Which MNC has acquired the brand Neksium in India from Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca for Rs 75 crore?

18. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has crossed which export milestone in less than four years after starting overseas shipments?

19. Which health insurance company has launched the campaign "Sehat hai toh zindagi behad hai"?

20. Which company is entering a new category – pulses – with the launch of a new brand, Fresh Harvest, which will be sold across retail outlets in the country?

21. Which MNC has launched a campaign featuring actors John Abraham and Sushant Singh Rajput for Champions Trophy?

22. Which smartphone brand announced its agreement with International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to sponsor the FIFA World Cup for six years, covering two tournament cycles?

23. Which ride-hailing app last week launched “Driver Compliments” feature in India, empowering riders to acknowledge and encourage good behaviour of the drivers?

24. Which MNC has appointed Shinjini Kumar to head its consumer banking business in India?

25. Which company last week unveiled intelligent, environment-friendly and energy-efficient solar pump ‘Smart Solarz’?

26. Which MNC has filed a patent application in India for a technology which might ensure that drones do not hit humans or animals while delivering packages?

27. Which automobile company has launched the campaign #VoteForChange?

28. Which online marketplace has launched the campaign #New&Now?

29. Which online marketplace for education has roped in cricketer Chris Gayle as brand ambassador?

30. Which well known brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Me. And comfortable with it’?

31. Which English business news channel in India will go off air from June 5?

32. Which IT firm has acquired OSSCube, a Texas-based digital transformation company for an undisclosed sum?

33. Which company has sold its residual 10 per cent stake in Bengaluru Airport to Fairfax India for Rs 1,290 crore?

34. Which business group has launched a campaign with the idea of ‘Reverse Chain of Smiles’?

35. Which talc brand has launched a campaign with the positioning 'Skincare Simplified'?

36. Honda Cars, in partnership with which FM brand, has started a new campaign ‘Honda Amaze….Isme Feeeel Hai’?

37. Which company has become India's first wine producer to enter the Russian market?

38. Telangana government has partnered with financial technology startup Transaction Analysts to launch the state’s official wallet. What has it been branded as?

39. Which pre-owned vehicle seller last week opened its first outlet for used premium motorcycles of 250 cc and above?

40. Which MNC has launched a film titled, 'We care for the girl child'?

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May 28, 2017

Biz Quizzard 687

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which business personality was recently conferred the ´Banga Bibhushan´, highest civilian honour instituted by the West Bengal government?

2. Which digital lending platform has acquired supply chain financing platform CreditPeriod(dot)com for an undisclosed sum?

3. Which MNC has appointed Neil George as the new managing director (MD) for India?

4. Zee group has launched another Hindi news channel. What has it been branded as?

5. Which automobile brand has been launched with the campaign ‘Nayi Generation Hai’?

6. Which retail chain has launched its latest campaign called ‘Beta BOLT’ and ‘Beti GAGA’ to announce the ‘Sports Super Sale’?

7. Which company has launched the campaign #EveryWomansRight, taking up cause of open defecation?

8. Which brand has launched a campaign to promote its four new flavours - Amritsari Achari, Mumbaiya Chatak, Super Chennai and Bengali Jhaal?

9. Private security firm Topsgrup's global chairman Diwan Rahul Nanda has launched an on-demand hyperlocal service aggregator. What has it been branded as?

10. Which country overtook Japan to become the second-largest steel producer in the world after China in 2016, according to data released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF)?

11. Which company has formed an equal joint venture (JV) with Turkish company Ardutch BV to introduce the Beko brand of home appliances in the Indian market?

12. Jim Hackett will be the new CEO of which automobile MNC?

13. Which global healthcare company has unveiled its latest campaign in India, ‘Limitless possibilities, unstoppable you’?

14. Which actor has been signed by Brandzstorm India as the new brand ambassador for Gio Eyewear?

15. Which Spain-based multimedia communications group, which specialises in producing and distributing top sports events across the globe, is set to open its shop in India later this year?

16. Which US-based global insurance SaaS company has acquired 80% stake in ItzCash for Rs 800 crore?

17. Which business group is entering the LED lighting business through its listed entity SORIL Infra Resources, marking its first move in a product focused business?

18. Which business group has named Jesper Brodin as its new CEO?

19. Which MNC has announced its entry into the Indian solar market, in collaboration with Mumbai-headquartered CleanMax Solar India?

20. Online food delivery startup Foodpanda has signed up which celebrity as brand ambassador?

21. Which company has launched the campaign #SabseBadaMoh?

22. Which business group has acquired the health and wellness communications agency Sorento?

23. Mexico's largest food and bakery company Grupo Bimbo is buying a controlling stake in which Indian bread and bakery products maker?

24. Who is the new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)?

25. The founder of which south Indian cuisine restaurant chain has bought back controlling stake from India Equity Partners (IEP) for an undisclosed amount?

26. Which city has become India's first city to have electric mass mobility system?

27. Which state has ended the sugar season 2016-17 as the highest sugar producer in the country?

28. Which skin and natural beauty care brand has launched the #FastFreshness campaign this summer?

29. Which fashion retailer has roped in actors Randeep Hooda and Sunny Leone as brand ambassadors for India?

30. The Sensex crossed which new milestone mark on May 26?

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May 21, 2017

Biz Quizzard 686

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand will be the prime sponsor of the New Zealand cricket team in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy that starts on June 1 in England?

2. Which MNC brewer has appointed Ben Verhaert as the new head of its India operations?

3. Which MNC has launched a non-alcoholic version of its namesake beer with the aim of becoming the global leader in a part of the market growing faster than the average?

4. Which Boston-headquartered fast-food chain that specialises in the Chicago-style pizza has tied up with the Kolkata-based Dhanukas of the Dhunseri Group to enter the Indian market?

5. Which fast food chain has launched its first ever television commercial in India with an aim to establish its signature product?

6. Which retailer has announced the launch of its new brand proposition in India, 'Life. Spend it Well'?

7. Which mobile point of sale (PoS) solution provider has taken over the offline merchant acquiring business of PayU India?

8. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) has acquired a majority stake in IndoSpace, the warehousing and logistics real estate arm of which business group?

9. Which fashion and lifestyle online brand has signed West Indian star batsman Chris Gayle as its global brand ambassador in a multi-million dollar deal?

10. Online travel platform, Yatra has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador?

11. Which direct-to-home operator has appointed Anil Dua as group chief executive officer?

12. Which edutech firm has acquired fresher recruitment solutions company VibrantMinds Technologies in a cash and share swap deal?

13. Sudhir Rao has quit as the managing director of which automobile company?

14. Which Indian group has formed an equal joint venture with Oman-based Khimji Ramdas Group to sell garments and grocery in the Gulf region, making its entry into the international market?

15. LG will launch premium products under which brand in India in July?

16. Which MNC brewer has appointed Nilesh Patel as the India managing director and vice president?

17. Hathway broadband has roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

18. Which company has entered the traditional Indian drink segment under the brand Jeera Sip?

19. Renu Satti will be the CEO of which payments bank?

20. Which company has bought South African hair care brand Long and Lasting by acquiring both its manufacturer and distributor?

21. Which company has been named most sought after employer in India, according to a list compiled by internet professional network LinkedIn?

22. Which advertising agency has launched its global video production unit Prodigious in India?

23. India has overtaken which country to become the second largest country for consumer products giant Unilever?

24. Britannia Industries last week launched a new line for Good Day to further strengthen its brand in the cookie category. What has it been branded as?

25. Tata Power Solar and which company have jointly put up India's largest vertical solar farm of 120 kw?

26. Which business personality has topped the Forbes' second annual list of 'Global Game Changers'?

27. Which automobile MNC has elevated Anurag Mehrotra as managing director for its Indian subsidiary?

28. Which media company has appointed Karthik Balakrishnan as chief executive officer?

29. Which company last week launched what it claims is India's first branded khadi label?

30. Which automobile MNC will stop selling its vehicles in India by the end of this year?

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May 14, 2017

Biz Quizzard 685

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which country emerged as the world's biggest market for two wheelers last year?

2. Which online home rental platform has acquired Bengaluru-based home aggregator and rental management company Zenify for an all-stock deal?

3. Who is Britain’s richest, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017?

4. PK Bezbaruah will take over as the chairman of which regulatory body?

5. Parle Products, the biscuits and confectionery company, has unveiled a new division to consolidate its premium brands. What is it called?

6. Marico last week announced the launch of a new sub-brand under its marquee brand Saffola. Name it?

7. Which engineering services company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Escenda Engineering AB?

8. Which mobile technology company has bought business process outsourcing company Call2Connect from Arabi Holding Group for an undisclosed amount?

9. Which premium socks brand has joined hands with Turner International owned Cartoon Network to introduce the Justice League collection?

10. Apple’s market capitalization crossed which milestone mark last week for the first time ever?

11. Which ayurvedic hair care solution range has roped in actress Tapsee Pannu to endorse its shampoo and conditioner range?

12. Which hospitality company has bought new media marketing agency Brand Karma for an undisclosed amount?

13. Which US-based $490-million performance-improvement solutions provider has acquired Chennai-based Emantras for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which brand has bagged the title sponsorship rights of the Pro Kabaddi League for 5 years?

15. Which hair oil brand has roped in Kareena Kapoor Khan as brand ambassador?

16. Shahid Kapoor and Shruti Haasan have been appointed brand ambassadors for which footwear brand?

17. Discovery Communications last week announced its plan to roll out its first Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) in India. What will it be branded as?

18. Which German alternative lending startup will be entering India?

19. Which IT firm has acquired Cupola Technology, a specialised IoT (internet of things) services company?

20. Who is the new executive chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products (GCPL)?

21. Which company has sold a 50% stake in its Ulsan facility in South Korea to Kobe Steel for $315 million (Rs 2,033 crore)?

22. Which company has launched generic blood cancer drug under the brand name Pomalid in India?

23. Which brand has launched the campaign #MakeMostOfNow?

24. Which MNC has elevated Taranjeet Singh as the country director for India?

25. Which beverage brand has launched 'Moms Vs Internet' campaign for Mother’s Day?

26. How many new teams have been added to the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL)?

27. Mr PR Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha, 82, passed away last week. He was the chairman of which business group?

28. Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has opened its first offline store Mi Home in India. Which city?

29. Which MNC last week launched 'mu-X' premium full size 7-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV)?

30. Which celebrity has been roped in as brand ambassador for Jaquar Lighting?

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May 7, 2017

Biz Quizzard 684

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who has become the first female president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)?

2. Which crowd-funding platform is entering the Indian market through a strategic partnership with Mumbai's Impact Guru?

3. In a first of its kind learning and talent development initiative, PepsiCo India has entered into a `career joint venture' with which company?

4. Which company has decided to acquire Kuoni’s global network of destination management specialists, covering 17 countries?

5. Which Ahmedabad-based company has acquired US-based Inflamax Research?

6. Which German company, which deals in fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has formed a joint venture with exotic fruits importer IG International to enter India?

7. Which agency has launched a film titled ‘Save the boy child’?

8. In the largest private equity buyout so far in India's real estate sector, which PE major has agreed to acquire 100% interest in Shriram's Gateway SEZ in Chennai for $190 million (Rs 1,220 crore)?

9. Which city has got its own font, the first typeface developed by Microsoft for a city?

10. I liked this ad. Which over-the-counter (OTC) brand has launched the campaign #YourSecondHome?

11. Which automobile brand has set a new Guinness World Record by towing an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger aircraft?

12. PepsiCo India is in the process of rolling out which brand to counter Coke Zero?

13. Uber has finally launched its food delivery service UberEATS in India. Which city?

14. Which tea bar chain operator has applied to the government for a food-only retailing venture to conduct food products business through physical stores as well through ecommerce?

15. Which private equity major’s retail arm Virtuous Retail South Asia has acquired North Country Mall, a 2-million sqft mall in Mohali for Rs 700 crore?

16. Maruti Suzuki’s market capitalization crossed which milestone last week?

17. Which state has become the first state to switch to the January-December financial year from the existing April-March cycle?

18. Which well known Indian company last week unveiled a new logo after two decades?

19. Which brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Jodey Dilon Ke Taar’, featuring brand ambassador Irrfan Khan?

20. Which organization recently launched a new film titled 'Ek Ladki Hun Main'?

21. Which ice cream brand has launched the campaign 'Thoda Cheating Toh Banta Hai'?

22. Which company has taken a controlling stake in Bangalore based Consultancy and PR agency, Integrated brand-comm Pvt Ltd?

23. Which MNC has started regional language labelling on its packaging in a bid to attract local consumers and take on fiercely competitive regional rivals?

24. Which on-demand driver aggregator has acquired competitor DriversKart in an all-equity deal?

25. Bahubali 2: The Conclusion, which has been re-writing revenue-collection records, has taken a whopping Rs. 200-crore insurance cover. Which insurance company?

26. Which IT company has offered a ‘voluntary separation incentive’ to its top-rung staff?

27. Which online home rental company has launched a campaign called 'Jobless Job'?

28. Which company has launched a new campaign #TravelMeinTwist for its online travel business?

29. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Discover the London you don’t know’?

30. Which company has introduced ‘Slurp’, a mango drink, in a bid to take on multinationals in fruit juice segment?

31. Viacom18 last week announced the upcoming launch of its seventh regional general entertainment channel. Which language?

32. Celebrity and fitness evangelist Milind Soman has invested an undisclosed amount in which health food brand?

33. Which IT services firm has acquired insurance claims service provider BrightClaim and its associated company National Vendor to bolster its insurance claims management expertise?

34. Which company wants to woo the music-loving but tech-challenged consumers with its newest offering, Carvaan?

35. Which company has appointed Rahul Mammen Mappillai as its new managing director?

36. Which company has announced the acquisition of Zimmber, an on-demand household services provider, to further scale its hyperlocal household services business?

37. Which company will acquire the radio-pharmacy business of US-based Triad Isotopes for an undisclosed sum?

38. Which automobile classifieds firm has acquired vehicle inspection and valuation company Adroit Inspection for an undisclosed sum?

39. Which textile showroom brand has launched a new ad featuring Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan (of Baahubali fame)?

40. PepsiCo India and which celebrity have joined hands to produce a range of nutrition-focused food products and beverages?

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April 30, 2017

Biz Quizzard 683

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand was the largest selling two-wheeler brand in the country in 2016-17?

2. Which company recently launched a series of webisodes called ‘Where The Heart Is’?

3. Which ready-to-drink beverage has recently launched an ad campaign, ‘Grow with Sports’?

4. Which infotainment channel has taken up an initiative called Mission Blue to address the cause of water scarcity?

5. Which company has acquired Vanity Cube to leverage the rapidly growing space of on-demand beauty service?

6. Which company has agreed to acquire Urban Fulfillment Services (UFS), a provider of mortgage business process & fulfilment services?

7. Which MNC airline has appointed Robin Kamark as its chief executive officer?

8. Which company has launched the “Chennai Ponnu” (Chennai Girl) campaign for its face wash brand?

9. Vertically integrated textile company Arvind Ltd last week launched ready to wear menswear under which brand?

10. Professional network LinkedIn has crossed which subscriber milestone?

11. Which company has launched the campaign 'Connection Bachat Ka. Connection Zindagi Ka'?

12. Which hair oil brand has launched its new commercial, featuring brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan as #RaahatRaja?

13. Which sanitary ware company has acquired Kutch-based Euro Ceramics, including the manufacturing plant facilities and assets for Rs 100 crore?

14. Which company has acquired Czech Republic-based biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing firm Nanotherapeutics for 72 million Euros?

15. Which company’s former India chairman and country head, Anuj Puri has acquired the firm's India residential brokerage arm?

16. Which brand and Leo Burnett India have recently implemented a new innovation, the world’s first anti-collision vehicle management system?

17. Which company last week announced that its board has elected private equity veteran Renuka Ramnath as new chairperson?

18. Which company has signed a licence deal with Resysta International GmbH to exclusively make and sell the German firm's natural fibre polymercomposite in India?

19. United Breweries (UB) has launched a strong brew to wean away customers from rival Carlsberg. What has it been branded as?

20. Which company has announced the acquisition of online jewellery firm, Candere?

21. Lenders led by State Bank of India last week removed Prashant Jhawar as non-executive Chairman of which company?

22. Which Indian broadcaster has announced its expansion into Latin America with the launch of its Spanish-language Bollywood movie channel?

23. Which chipmaker has named SanDisk co-founder Sanjay Mehrotra its chief executive, replacing Mark Durcan who announced his retirement in February?

24. Which company has joined hands with MMTC-PAMP to launch `Digital Gold', a product allowing customers to buy 24K 999.9 gold for denominations as low as Re 1?

25. Which MNC has been named the most `attractive employer brand in India, according to the latest survey by HR firm, Randstad?

26. Which MNC has announced the appointment of its first Indian Managing Director Bharat Kaushal, effective June 1?

27. Which company has introduced a next generation artificial intelligence (AI) platform, Nia, to strengthen its digital technology-based services?

28. Which MNC last week announced a partnership with Aditya Birla Group under which it will supply premium vehicles to the Indian business house's global operations?

29. Which company has agreed to buy the entire 26% stake held by Old Mutual plc in their life insurance joint venture for Rs 1,292.7 crore?

30. South Korean automobile giant Kia Motors Corporation has signed an agreement with which state to build a $2 billion (Rs 12,800 crore) greenfield manufacturing facility?

31. Hyundai Motor India Ltd has opened its Global Quality and Training Centre at which location in India?

32. Which company will market ‘refinish’ paints in India, manufactured by Rock Paint Co., Japan, from next month?

33. Which company has launched its first exclusive 'moms & babies' shop, in Bengaluru?

34. Which South India-based dairy company entered the northern region with the launch of its milk and milk products in the national capital last week?

35. T Krishnakumar will be the new India President for which MNC?

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April 23, 2017

Biz Quizzard 682

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has achieved the number one position in the domestic bus market in 2016-17?

2. Who has invested in Rakyan Beverages that makes juices under the Raw Pressery brand, becoming India's first celebrity to part-finance a consumer products firm and help drive sales?

3. Which company will launch Desperados, a pale lager beer, in India?

4. Which digital payments and commerce platform is entering the traditional meal voucher market?

5. Mahabaleshwara MS recently assumed charge as MD and CEO of which bank?

6. Which MNC has acquired Gurgaon-based digital media network company, SVG Media in an all-cash transaction in one of the largest buyout deals in the space in India?

7. Dabur will have a call centre for ayurveda to advise buyers on health and prescribe drugs. What is the initiative called?

8. Which company has signed a strategic partnership with South Korean defence major LIG Nex1 to jointly manufacture military hardware for India's armed forces?

9. Actor Sidharth Malhotra has been roped in as brand ambassador for which innerwear brand?

10. Suzuki Motorcycle India has crossed which cumulative production milestone in the country?

11. Milton has released a television commercial (TVC) for its latest innovation, the Leak Lock Steel Tiffin. What first is it claiming for this ad?

12. Which Chinese handset maker will introduce its smartphone brand Tecno in India this month?

13. Which ecommerce company has acqui-hired logistics startup InLogg to address its delivery inefficiencies in terms of cost and reach?

14. Which company has become the first airline to sign an agreement for space-based flight tracking of its aircraft?

15. Which company has launched the campaign ‘Cartons le aao, classroom banao’?

16. Which toy brand has launched the #BuildAmazing campaign, inspiring kids to explore, imagine and create?

17. Which ice cream brand has launched a television commercial on national television after a gap of around 30 years?

18. Which agency has announced the launch of its highly-hybridized service Bushfire, a one-stop shop for start-ups?

19. Which online seller has roped in Kinjal Shah, the erstwhile chief executive officer at Crossword Bookstores, as its new CEO?

20. Which state has emerged as the top-ranked state in terms of overall Internet readiness, according to a survey by Internet and Mobile Association of India and market research firm Nielsen?

21. Which new multi-brand luxury footwear and accessories retailer debuted in India with the launch of flagship store in Mumbai’s Fort district last week?

22. Which brand has launched #DropThePants campaign to celebrate World Shorts Day on 23rd April?

23. Uber has launched a new offering for the enterprise segment, building on top of its Uber for Business platform. What is it called?

24. MTR Foods has launched a 3-minute Indian breakfast range. What is it called?

25. Which company has acquired two irrigation and distribution companies, Agri-Valley Irrigation Inc and Irrigation Design and Construction Inc, in the US for $48.50 million (about Rs. 315 crore)?

26. Which fashion e-commerce portal has come up with its new ad campaign, ‘Still stuck with the old?’?

27. Which MNC has launched the Fire TV Stick, a device that plugs into HDTV and lets customers to access thousands of movies, TV shows, games and app, with voice remote, in India?

28. Which online ethnic-wear platform last week launched its third in-house brand Anuswara that offers craft inspired contemporary ethnic wear for women?

29. Which midmarket India-focused private equity fund has bought out Sanjay Maintenance Services (SMS), one of the largest facilities management players, for an undisclosed amount?

30. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has established a chair for Strategic Affairs in recognition of which business personality’s leadership on Carnegie’s Board of Trustees?

31. Which fashion jewellery brand has roped in actor and TV host Rannvijay Singh as the first brand ambassador for its men’s range?

32. Which company has entered into an agreement with Panacea Biotec to fully acquire its subsidiary NewRise Healthcare for an enterprise value of Rs 180 crore?

33. Which company last week announced a contract with the Korean defence firm to execute an order for 100 `K9 Vajra-T' howitzers by the Indian Army?

34. Which company last week announced an in-principle agreement to acquire ArcelorMittal's Georgetown Steelworks in South Carolina?

35. Which Indian sportswear brand has snapped up the rights for International Cricket Council (ICC) merchandise in 23 markets, including India?

36. Which MNC has launched its Vive virtual reality (VR) headset in India?

37. Which MNC healthcare company is celebrating 50 years of operations in India?

38. Which company last week launched a new feature phone “Sumo T3000” with a powerful 3600 mAh battery that claims to keep the phone charged up to 50 days?

39. The initial public offering (IPO) of the country’s first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) is expected to hit the market in the first week of May. Which company runs the trust?

40. Hyundai Motor India crossed which turnover milestone last year?

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April 16, 2017

Biz Quizzard 681

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is selling its entire 80% stake in its health insurance venture to a consortium of investors led by private equity firm True North?

2. Which cashback and analytics company has acquired Bengaluru-based online cashback and coupons company Pennyful in a cash-and-stock deal?

3. Which online automobile search company is set to enter the auto insurance broking business?

4. Which MNC has filed the maximum number of patent applications in the IT sector in India in 2015-16?

5. Which global meet-up app has announced its partnership Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for the official launch in India?

6. Which men’s footwear brand has launched a specialized lifestyle brand for women called Uvanera?

7. Which company last week surpassed General Motors Co to become America's most valuable car maker?

8. Five CEOs last week held a meeting in Kovalam. What first is being claimed for this event, which was titled `Ocean Love'?

9. Which retailer in India has appointed James Munsen as the new MD?

10. Which company has acquired eBay Inc’s India business?

11. Viraj Kalyani, Executive Director, Kalyani Forge (KFL), and industrialist Baba Kalyani’s nephew, has launched his entrepreneurial venture. What is it called?

12. ITC's food division has roped in which celebrity as the new brand ambassador for B Natural Juices and Beverages?

13. Tanishq has launched an ad with the theme 'Celebrate with Colours' for which collection?

14. Which business personality has picked up 51 per cent stake in Gurgaon-based travel start-up, We Are Holidays (WAH), with an investment of about Rs 50 crore?

15. Which paint company from India has entered into an MoU with Chugoku Marine Paints of Japan for “cooperation and collaboration” in the field of marine and related industrial paints?

16. Which FMCG brand has launched an integrated brand campaign ‘Naam Toh Suna Hi Hoga’?

17. Which MNC will bring plant-based footwear to the global market later this year under its Cotton + Corn sustainable product initiative?

18. Which actor will endorse Sony Yay!, the soon-to-be launched kids’ entertainment channel from Sony Pictures Network?

19. Mr Ramesh Chandra Agrawal, 73, passed away last week. He was the chairman of which media group?

20. Micromax has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its consumer electronics business?

21. Google has entered the hyperlocal, on-demand services space in India by launching a food delivery and home services application for the India market. What has it been christened as?

22. Which business personality has joined hands with Sun New Energy Systems, investment company of the Sun Group, to launch his new venture Sun Mobility?

23. Singapore-based Ascendas Property Fund Trustee Pte has entered into an agreement to acquire six warehouses of which company for Rs 534 crore?

24. Which MNC has partnered Toshiba and Denso to manufacture automotive lithium ion battery packs in India?

25. State-owned oil marketing firms will be launching a pilot in how many cities for dynamic pricing system, changing petrol and diesel prices daily?

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April 9, 2017

Biz Quizzard 680

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company’s subsidiary TAL Manufacturing has received `CE' certification for Made-in-India robot `BRABO' for its commercial sale in Europe?

2. Which boutique telecom, media, and technology law firm and New Delhi-based lawyer DP Singh's DPSA Legal have come together to form Arthe Law?

3. Four former Bajaj Auto executives have come together to establish a startup to finance used two-wheeler purchase. What has it been named?

4. Which bank from India has joined the league of top 50 banks globally in terms of assets?

5. Honda Motorcycle & Scooters India has crossed which annual sales milestone in FY17?

6. Which MNC telecom gear maker has appointed Nunzio Mirtillo as head of market area South East Asia, Oceania and India?

7. Which is the world's most expensive office market, according to the latest ranking by property consultant CBRE?

8. Which business group is selling its business process outsourcing company Aegis to private equity firm Capital Square Partners?

9. Which financial services company has appointed Rahul Parikh as the new CEO?

10. London-headquartered professional services firm EY is set to open its first artificial intelligence centre in which city?

11. Wynk Music ("Wynk"), the OTT music app from Bharti Airtel, has crossed which app installs milestone?

12. Which company and TNB Repair and Maintenance Sdn Bhd (TNB Remaco) have signed up to set up a joint venture for operations and maintenance services for power plants in India?

13. Which PC manufacturer has launched the campaign ‘Ek Behtar Kal Ka Aarambh’?

14. Which brand’s Indian ad was named as the world’s top ranked ad in the WARC 100 list for the year 2017?

15. Which global boutique merchant bank focused exclusively on technology, media and telecommunications is planning to expand to India next month?

16. Which MNC has launched its IPL campaign with its own fictional T20 team called ‘Chonkpur Cheetahs’?

17. Which online healthcare platform last week unveiled its new brand identity, including a new positioning ‘Your Home for Health’?

18. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has appointed Raman Roy as its chairman for 2017-2018. He is the managing director of which company?

19. Which Hyderabad-based company is set to unveil what it claims is the country's first rooftop wind turbine?

20. Which brand has rolled out a campaign to promote its fitness band Reflex?

21. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with NYSE-listed Quaker Chemical to create a global leader in the space of process fluids and speciality chemical?

22. Which Indian telecom infrastructure operation and maintenance company has acquired US’ Quanta Towergen Pvt. (QTPL) in an all cash deal?

23. Which online furniture rental company has roped in sports presenter Jatin Sapru to come up with a sports-themed fun campaign ‘Get Your Game Space On’?

24. Myntra is hosting a fashion show ‘Big Fashion Gig’ between the 8th and 10th of April. What first is it claiming for this?

25. Travel aggregator Goibibo has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

26. Which Internet of Things (IoT) venture has tied up with German cloud-based software provider Cumulocity in its efforts to build a product and services?

27. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and which mall developer have entered into a pact to set up a strategic investment platform for retail real estate properties in India?

28. The promoters of which crowd funding platform have acquired Catapooolt(dot)com for an undisclosed sum?

29. Yuvraj Singh's YouWeCan Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in which Gurugram-based company that serves early-stage businesses?

30. Google’s Pixel has come up with a new campaign, '#DayWithPixel', featuring which celebrity?

31. Paytm has invested an undisclosed amount in which online healthcare startup?

32. Mahindra & Mahindra has unveiled a third new tractor platform in three years. What is it called?

33. Colgate-Palmolive has roped in Anushka Sharma as the new brand ambassador for which brand?

34. Titan has launched a campaign for which brand with the positioning 'Crafted by hand, curated with love'?

35. After 3 failed attempts, lenders led by State Bank of India have finally managed to sell the Kingfisher Villa in Goa. Which company has reportedly bought it for Rs 73.01 crore?

36. Sapnesh Lalla will be the new CEO of which skills and talent development firm from August 1?

37. Which global wedding website, with a presence in 23 countries, set up shop in India in February 2017?

38. Which MNC will buy U.S.-based online travel bags retailer eBags Inc for $105 million cash?

39. Which company last week announced the launch of "eco-friendly" mosquito repellent 'DND Spira Coils'?

40. SN Subrahmanyan will be the new managing director and CEO of which company, with effect from July 1?

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April 2, 2017

Biz Quizzard 679

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 27 - April 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which chief executive from India has featured on the list of world´s 30 best CEOs, published by American financial magazine Barron´s?

2. Which media group has launched the `Power of Print' contest to promote education of girl child?

3. Which Hyderabad-based infrastructure machinery manufacturer has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata International to foray into the African markets?

4. Durex has launched a new line of condoms. What has it been branded as?

5. Which regional news channel has set a new Guinness World Record for the maximum people hugging trees simultaneously?

6. Which automobile MNC has appointed Minoru Kato as President and CEO of its Indian two-wheeler arm with effect from April 1, 2017?

7. The iconic Kodak House on D N Road, Mumbai, has been acquired by the Cathedral and John Connon School from which MNC?

8. Which Chennai-based hyper-local delivery startup last week announced that it would cease operations due to insufficiency of funds and lack of investor interest?

9. Which tours and travel company has launched Trip 360 Degree with an aim to enhance India's position as a global adventure destination?

10. Which Indian celebrity has been appointed as the new global brand ambassador of L’Oréal Paris?

11. Sony Pictures Networks India is all set to launch a kids channel. What will it be branded as?

12. Which MNC airline has signed up with IIIT-Hyderabad for setting up its Aviation Co-Innovation Lab at the institute?

13. Which company has launched two new smartphones that are equipped with "Arbo" - the company's in-house developed artificial intelligence (AI)-based virtual assistant?

14. Which brand has launched its new campaign ‘Bhujia ghoom aayi duniya’?

15. India overtook which country as the third-biggest aviation market last year, according to the CAPA Centre for Aviation in Sydney?

16. Which automobile MNC has appointed Peyman Kargar as chairman of its Africa, Middle East and India region, with effect from April 1, 2017?

17. Which Indian business group has agreed to acquire the 25% stake held by Belgium's Solvay Chemicals in National Peroxide?

18. Which global risk investor, managing assets worth $50 billion in private equity and credit businesses, is exiting India?

19. Panasonic Energy India Co Ltd has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

20. Which Indian business personality has joined Washington-based foreign policy think tank The Atlantic Council's International Advisory Board?

21. Which MNC has agreed to buy Middle East online retailer Souq(dot)com?

22. Yakult Danone India has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador?

23. Which advertising group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Grant Group, the largest independent creative agency in Sri Lanka, paving the way for its entry into the island nation?

24. Which advertising group is launching its Paris-based creative agency Marcel in India?

25. Which bank has launched its latest digital initiative christened 811 (pronounced eight one one)?

26. Tube Investments has launched a new brand of bicycles that will be exclusively sold online, as part of a novel initiative in the domestic market. Name it?

27. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a video featuring rapper Baba Sehgal promoting its new product?

28. Which cricketer has been announced as Montblanc's new brand ambassador, representing the luxury brand in South Africa and India?

29. Which IT firm said it would buy Keystone Logic for about Rs 132 crore as it looks to build its digital commerce capabilities?

30. This is a nice ad. Which brand has launched ‘Touch of Care’ campaign?

31. Which company and Singamas Container Holdings have formed a joint venture for liquid logistics operations in India?

32. Which Israeli air-to-water technology company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian solar engineering firm Vikram Solar to bring its unique drinkable water solutions to India?

33. Which smartphone maker has signed up three celebrities - Shruti Haasan, Diljit Dosanjh and Dulquer Salmaan - as regional brand ambassadors?

34. Which company has announced the acquisition of US-based Lenmar Group of Companies, an IT services and solutions group with presence in banking and financial services?

35. Tiger Shroff has been named as the new brand ambassador of which skincare brand?

36. Which MNC has launched a new commercial as part of its ‘More Indian than you think’ campaign?

37. Which company has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Coimbatore-based Jayem Automotives for development of special performance vehicles under a new entity JT Special Vehicles?

38. Which South Korean defence electronics firm is making its entry into India’s defence aerospace segment by joining hands with Samtel Avionics?

39. Which online marketplace has launched its latest campaign called ‘Fresh New Look’?

40. Which city last week became the first in the country to have access to the 1Gbps (gigabits per second) speed wired broadband connectivity, launched by ACT Fibernet?

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