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December 10, 2017

Biz Quizzard 715

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has invested in Bangalore-based daily tasks management app Dunzo, its first direct investment in India?

2. Which company last week said it has acquired a “strategic” stake in Juggernaut Books, a digital platform for amateur writers?

3. State Bank of India will “redesign” its envelopes used to dispatch tax refund cheques of customers. Why?

4. Which company has entered the premium furniture segment with the brand, Script?

5. Which shampoo brand has rolled out a digital campaign, ‘Say It Right’?

6. Which sauces, dressings and dips brand has launched its first national marketing campaign ‘Aaj kya khaoge’?

7. Which company last week launched instant coffee brand "Levista"?

8. Samsung India last week forayed into which new category?

9. Which life insurance company has roped in actor Irrfan Khan as its brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘Unyakeenable plan'?

10. Which bank has launched ‘Noor’, a non-interest bearing savings account targeting those whose beliefs do not permit them to accept interest payments?

11. US drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp has agreed to acquire which US health insurer for $69 billion?

12. Which company is acquiring Timex Group Precision Engineering, a manufacturing subsidiary of Timex Nederland BV, for an undisclosed amount?

13. Which MNC has launched its new brand campaign ‘Reimagine India’?

14. Which detergent brand has launched its new television commercial ‘Haar Ko Harao’?

15. Which Indian CEO has been named the UN Environment's 'Patron for Clean Air'?

16. Which Hyderabad-based Indian fast food chain and UK's FoodAdvisr last week announced a partnership and said they will jointly invest two million Pounds over the next 24 months?

17. Music app Gaana has crossed which monthly active users milestone?

18. Which MNC has elevated Uday Shankar as president of its Asia unit?

19. New York-headquartered Och-Ziff Capital Management has sold its majority stake in which Gurgaon-based real estate-focused research, data and analytics firm to the company’s CEO?

20. The Indian arm of Pernod Ricard, the world’s second largest spirits maker, has been given the controlling rights to build global markets for which three brands?

21. Which spices brand has launched a nation-wide campaign with the positioning ‘Mazza aagaya’?

22. Which company has announced the appointment of Navneet Saluja as managing director with effect from January 1, 2018?

23. Vijay Kumar is set to become MD and CEO of which agri-futures bourse?

24. Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s tech fund B Capital is investing $11 million in which Mumbai-based payments company?

25. Which company has merged daily-deal sites Little, where it is the largest shareholder, and Nearbuy (earlier Groupon India) to form the largest player in the space?

26. Which brand has launched the third phase of #LookBeforeYouLeave campaign?

27. Poker Sports League (PSL) has roped in which sports celebrity as brand ambassador?

28. Which MNC will acquire Cmpute.io, a privately-held company in Bengaluru, for an undisclosed amount as it looks to beef up its cloud offerings?

29. Which company has inked a definitive agreement to acquire controlling stake in Creative Cycles (Private) Limited and Great Cycles (Private) Limited of Sri Lanka?

30. Starbucks opened its largest cafe in the world last week. Which city?

31. Which media agency has promoted its COO Harish Shriyan as CEO?

32. Sanitaryware brand Kerovit has appointed which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

33. Which deodorant brand has partnered with the bestselling romance author Durjoy Dutta for a digital campaign titled “Pocketful O’ Stories”?

34. Forever 21, the international fast fashion brand from Los Angeles, California, and part of Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd, last week launched its 21st store in India. Which city?

35. Which global eyewear brand has launched the campaign #VisionOfLove in India?

36. Which payments bank has rolled out its new campaign with the positioning 'Qadar Aapki Mehnat Ki'?

37. The centre last week took over control of which builder?

38. Which health insurance company has roped in Farhan Akhtar as brand ambassador?

39. Which online supermarket has joined hands with Simpl and launched 'Postpaid Grocery Shopping' in its industry-first initiative?

40. Which company has acquired a newly incorporated company, Dreketi SA, in Uruguay, to expand marketing of its petroleum and petrochemical products?

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December 3, 2017

Biz Quizzard 714

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 27 - December 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. American clothing giant Philip Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) plans to consolidate its two Indian joint ventures running which two brands?

2. Which adult diaper brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning 'Wahi masti, phir se.'?

3. Which actress has been roped in as brand ambassador for Women’s Horlicks?

4. The Meredith Corporation, the owner of Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and AllRecipes, has agreed to purchase which publisher in an all-cash transaction valued at $2.8 billion?

5. Hyundai India last week touched which cumulative production milestone?

6. Iodex has launched the campaign 'Thodi Himmat, Thoda Iodex' featuring which actress?

7. Pradeep Singh Kharola has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of which public sector entity?

8. Publicis Communications is merging which in-house technology-enabled experiential arm with the global brand activation and experiential shopper agency, Arc Worldwide?

9. Amazon India last week announced the launch of an exclusive selling and awareness programme for women entrepreneurs across the country. What is it called?

10. Which CEO of an Indian company is the only one from the country on Fortune’s ‘Businessperson of the Year’ list?

11. The Centre has appointed senior IAS officer BN Sharma as the first Chairman of which entity related to Goods and Services Tax (GST)?

12. Which company has created a wholly-owned subsidiary Canvin Real Estate Private Limited to enter real estate business?

13. Which mattress brand has launched the #ReadyForTomorrow digital campaign?

14. Which MNC is to buy U.S.-based company Sundial Brands, a maker of hair and skincare products, expanding deeper into the fast-growing personal care products market?

15. PepsiCo India has launched a fizzy drink containing orange fruit juice sourced from Indian farmers. What has it been branded as?

16. Asian Paints has launched the campaign #SlamDoorsNoMore for which brand?

17. A company called Ocare has applied for a licence to float which kind of insurance company in India?

18. Which MNC has agreed to sell a controlling stake in the US headquartered, India-focused Aricent to France’s Altran Technologies for a total enterprise value of $2 billion in an all-cash transaction?

19. Which edu-tech firm has acquired Acadgild, which offers high-end tech skills to mid-career IT professionals?

20. John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco Systems, has invested in which speech technology company in his individual capacity?

21. Bennett University and which MNC last week announced a partnership to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) for artificial intelligence?

22. Which company has acquired the Digeplex and associated brands from Shreya Lifesciences for an undisclosed sum to expand its consumer products business?

23. Which MNC has appointed ex-Army chief VP Malik as the chairman of the India Advisory Board (IAB)?

24. Ronnie Screwvala, the former UTV boss who sold his entertainment business to Walt Disney, is back in the game with his new film studio. What is it called?

25. Which automobile MNC has begun international arbitration against India to seek more than $770 million in a dispute over unpaid state incentives?

26. Which business personality has acquired a 16.7% stake in Bayside Sports, a multi-sports training and sports event management company, in his personal capacity for an undisclosed amount?

27. Ola is getting into the bicycle-sharing space. What has the initiative been branded as?

28. Which MNC has launched Blendy, a brand of pre-mix tea and coffee in Tamil Nadu and Bengaluru?

29. The FC Goa team, one of the teams in the Indian Super League football tournament, announced its association with which brewery brand?

30. Which company has appointed Salil S. Parekh as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the company effective January 2, 2018?

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November 26, 2017

Biz Quizzard 713

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 20 - 25. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Coca-Cola is launching the first variant of Thums Up in 40 years. What has it been branded as?

2. Which watch maker has launched a new product in collaboration with Indian start-up Blink?

3. Which Italian bakery and confectionary group has launched its first television commercial in India for its delectable Moonfils?

4. Radio Mirchi has crossed which subscriber milestone on YouTube?

5. Which celebrity has collaborated with Tata Sky for a solo Beauty Channel titled FTheCouch?

6. Which instant adhesive brand has launched a new television ad campaign titled ‘Khushiyon ke chand pal'?

7. Alcis Sports, an Indian brand, has roped in which cricketer a brand ambassador?

8. Which celebrity has picked up a small minority stake in fashion-tech startup StyleCracker for an undisclosed amount?

9. Which business group last week announced the acquisition of OCM Woolen Mills?

10. Which company last week opened its new manufacturing plant with an investment of $230 million in the world’s car capital Detroit, which got its first automotive production facility in 25 years?

11. Avenues India, the subsidiary company of Infibeam Incorporation Limited, last week launched an inter-operable digital bill payments platform. What has it been branded as?

12. Marico last week entered which new segment under the Saffola brand?

13. YouTuber Lilly Singh is endorsing which shampoo brand?

14. Which actress has been signed on as the brand ambassador for Bajaj Corp’s NOMARKS skincare range?

15. Which company, in collaboration with fashion designer Masaba Gupta, has launched a new line of watches?

16. Which online home interior provider has acquired Capricoast(dot)com, an online home interiors marketplace, for Rs 90 crore?

17. Which business services provider has acquired majority stake in Tata Business Support Services (TBSS) for Rs 153 crore?

18. Which company last week became the first Asian company to be valued over $500 billion?

19. Which sports personality has become Edify Education’s brand ambassador?

20. IKEA last week launched its first experiential centre in India, in Hyderabad. What is it called?

21. Rajneesh Bhasin has quit as the India MD of which MNC?

22. Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and which company are joining hands to launch vegan yogurt in India?

23. Aashish Kamat has quit as the India head of which MNC bank?

24. Which company has picked up a majority stake in CreditMate, a Mumbai-based startup that facilitates two-wheeler loans for customers with no formal credit history?

25. Hyderabad-based serial entrepreneur Dr G Srinubabu last week said he has acquired 100% stake in which Canada-based health informatics and healthcare services player?

26. Which real estate portal has launched its first television commercial?

27. Titan has shut down which brand of stores, owing to non-performance?

28. Which Ahmedabad-based company has launched organic crayons, claimed to be the first of its kind by an Indian manufacturer?

29. Meg Whitman will step down as CEO of which company, ending a 6-year tenure that included overseeing one of the biggest corporate breakups in history?

30. Havmor Ice Cream Ltd (HIL) will sell the business to which MNC for Rs 1,020 crore?

31. Which Germany-based camera maker last week announced its foray into the Indian market, opening its first store in Delhi?

32. Which entertainment conglomerate has launched a corporate brand film titled ‘Open New Worlds’ to commemorate completion of 10 years in India?

33. Which company has formed a joint venture with Mickey Mehta's 360 degree wellness temple?

34. Which business magazine has undergone a brand revamp with a new logo, masthead and a new business catchphrase - 'Rebrain or Rot’?

35. Which private equity group has acquired Malaysia-based diagnostics and medical supplies distributor Chemopharm for an undisclosed sum?

36. Which company has launched a new digital banking platform ‘YONO’ (‘You Only Need One’)?

37. Which consumer electrical and electronics player last week launched what it claims is the country’s first smart inverter range, in Hyderabad?

38. Which company is set to launch an electric version of Tata Nano under “Neo” brand?

39. Which dairy brand has launched the campaign ‘Mann Phisal-Phisal Jae’ for desi ghee?

40. Ending this edition on a nice note. Which business family last week pledged 10 per cent of their wealth, around Rs 7,000 crore, for philanthropic activities?

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November 19, 2017

Biz Quizzard 712

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 13 - 18. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which state last week won the Geographical Indication (GI) for rosogolla, ending close to three years of bitter battle?

2. Which food and beverages startup has entered the market with its patented processed sugarcane beverage?

3. Vodafone India and Idea Cellular have agreed to sell about 20,000 towers they directly own to a local arm of which MNC for $1.2 billion (Rs 7,850 crore) in cash?

4. Ranjit Shahani is stepping down as India managing director of which pharmaceutical MNC after 15 years at the helm?

5. BYJU’S, the education company and K-12 app, has unveiled its new ad-campaign featuring which celebrity?

6. S Lakshminarayanan, a retired IAS officer and chairman of Shriram Transport Finance, last week became the non-executive chairman of which company?

7. Which company’s farm equipment division has tied up with Belgium’s Dewulf Group to manufacture and market potato-planting equipment in India?

8. Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy last week announced the launch of ready-to-occupy kitchens. What has the initiative been branded as?

9. Which hyperlocal logistic firm has acquired the Towny app, which is into food delivery and other services, in a cash-and-stock deal?

10. Which company is making a Rs 1,000-crore acquisition of wind power assets of the KC Thapar Group?

11. Which company last week launched what it claimed as first ever mattress made from denim in India?

12. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pragmatix Services, a data analytics company founded by banking professionals, for Rs 56 crore?

13. Which Indian designer-wear brand has launched its first television commercial, featuring actress Nimrat Kaur?

14. Which diamond trade body has launched its operations in India?

15. Which American restaurant chain is making its India debut in Hyderabad?

16. SSG Capital, a special situations fund, has bought a 34.4% stake in which company’s overseas unit Holidaybreak at an enterprise value of $800 million (Rs 5,225 crore)?

17. Raymond last week expanded its FMCG business by introducing which product category under the Park Avenue brand in the domestic and export markets?

18. Which luggage brand has launched a television commercial, featuring Hrithik Roshan, to commemorate 50 golden years in India?

19. Which company has recently launched a three-film digital campaign titled #HowSafeAreYou?

20. Which family has topped Forbes’ list of Asia’s richest families?

21. Which Bengaluru-based drug maker has agreed to sell its domestic branded formulations business to Ahmadabad-based Eris Lifesciences for Rs 500 crore?

22. Which company has picked up a 50% stake in information technology-enabled services provider Vara United in a deal that values the Kolkata company at about Rs 306 crore ($46 million)?

23. Which low-cost carrier from the Middle East last week flew into India with daily non-stop flights to Hyderabad?

24. Which location is the ‘most expensive retail location’ in India and has acquired 24th position in global rankings, according to a report released by Cushman & Wakefield?

25. The Indian unit of Google crossed which sales milestone in fiscal 2017?

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November 12, 2017

Biz Quizzard 711

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 06 - 11. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has established India’s largest Coke Dry Quenching (CDQ) facility at its state-of-the-art steel plant at Kalinganagar Industrial Complex in Jajpur district of Odisha?

2. Which global private equity fund will purchase Chennai-based healthcare solutions provider Visionary Revenue Cycle Management (VRCM) for $65 million (Rs 420 crore)?

3. Which company has completed the sale of two of its subsidiaries in Russia - Sunty and Teatrade - for 375 million roubles (about Rs 41 crore)?

4. Which MNC recently launched its limited-edition Gigi Club C Melted Metal sneakers at Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer'18?

5. Which lubricants brand has roped in actor Ranveer Singh as the face of its range of engine oils?

6. Which private equity firm will acquire the Kenstar home appliances brand and business from the Videocon Group’s Dhoot family?

7. Which financial services company has launched the campaign #DearMoney?

8. Which company inked a deal with Veecon Media and Television for the sale of its direct-to-home (DTH) business?

9. India-born, Indonesian billionaire Sri Prakash Lohia plans to buy which company's phosphatic fertiliser business for Rs 375 crore?

10. Which state has given nod to India’s first IT employees union?

11. Which US-based visual effects and immersive experiences company last week unveiled its fifth global studio and first India facility at Hyderabad's IT district?

12. Which company last week unveiled four varieties of wine, named ‘Kadu’, to be initially sold in Karnataka?

13. Which actor has made a strategic investment in ‘food on move’ company, IchakDana LLP, a food & beverages franchise management company?

14. Which MNC has elevated Abhishek Maheshwari to the position of country head for India?

15. Which sportswear brand has created a three-and-a-half-minute-long music video titled 'Suede Gully?

16. Which company has launched ‘ORIGINS’, a brand of industrial clusters located across India?

17. Which US-based omnichannel solutions provider last week unveiled its largest research and development centre outside the US at Hyderabad's HiTec City area?

18. Which company has acquired analog design business of Bengaluru-based AnalogSemi (Analog Semiconductors)?

19. This should be easy. Which chocolate brand has launched its new campaign that asks the pertinent question, “Who are you when you are hungry?”?

20. India will soon have its first Cartoon Network-branded theme park. Which city?

21. Mu Sigma's former CEO Ambiga Subramanian and ex-head of operations Goutham Ekollu have cofounded a social-networking application. What has it been branded as?

22. Which automotive component manufacturer has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Zorg Industries of Hong Kong to manufacture, supply and sell parking assistance systems in India?

23. Which American digital payments company launched domestic operations in India last week?

24. Datsun India achieved which cumulative production milestone at its Chennai plant last week?

25. Which company last week launched 125cc automatic scooter Grazia with a focus on the urban markets?

26. ITM Group of Institutions last week roped in which sports personality as its brand ambassador?

27. Virat Kohli has launched his athleisure brand in collaboration with German sports lifestyle brand Puma. Name it?

28. Flipkart is launching a local-made smartphone under the Billion label. What has it been branded as?

29. Which MNC has launched its data driven solution Vantara in India?

30. Who will become the first woman president of NASSCOM next year?

31. Which Bengaluru-based health and fitness start-up has signed up cricketer KL Rahul as the brand ambassador for CULT, its chain of premium fitness centres?

32. Vasanth Kumar has been appointed MD of which retailer, starting April 1, 2018?

33. Which chocolate brand has recently rolled out a new rendition of its jingle by singer Armaan Malik and YouTube sensation Shirley Setia?

34. Which food company has roped in South Indian actor Vijay Sethupathi as its brand ambassador?

35. Which real estate firm has signed actress Lara Dutta and her tennis icon husband Mahesh Bhupati as brand ambassadors?

36. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has launched a common logo for which category with the tagline ‘Jaivik Bharat’?

37. Which French luxury furniture brand has launched its first store in India, in Mumbai?

38. Chimay and Delirium, premium beer brands from which country, will be imported, distributed and marketed in India by New Delhi-based Hema Connoisseur Collections?

39. Phanindra Sama, who co-founded online ticket booking service RedBus, has been appointed Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of which state?

40. Which company has become the only Indian company to join the Telecom Infra Project, a worldwide initiative founded by global carriers, technology and infrastructure providers and Facebook?

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November 5, 2017

Biz Quizzard 710

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 30 - November 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which edible oil brand has roped in Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador?

2. Janalakshmi Financial Services has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

3. Which brand has entered the Guinness World Records for creating the record for the `World's Longest Head Massage Chain'?

4. Honda City has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in India?

5. This should be easy. Which brand has launched its new campaign titled 'Sawaal Kijiye Apne Namak Se'?

6. Edelweiss Group, financial services conglomerate, has signed on which actor as the voice of the customer for its latest SME Business Loans campaign?

7. Which Japanese electronic brand is re-entering India in an alliance with Reliance Retail?

8. Zaggle, a payments and group dining company, has appointed which cricketer as brand ambassador?

9. Which well known brand has revamped its brand positioning using the new tagline, "The Future is exciting. Ready?”?

10. Which pharma company has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador?

11. Which US based software and services company has acquired online travel portal Via(dot)com for $75 million?

12. Amazon India's Android mobile application has reached which downloads milestone on Google Play Store?

13. Uber has partnered with which IT services company to launch uberAssist and uberAccess rider options for those who are disabled or elderly people?

14. Which business group has agreed to buy the Indian microfinance business of South Africa's FirstRand Bank?

15. Which e-commerce platform developer last week announced the launch of ‘shopmytools’, an exclusive digital platform for suppliers, dealers and end-users of machine tools?

16. Tata Global Beverages has ventured into the Rs. 2,500-crore café business with the pilot launch of its first tea café in Bengaluru. What has it been branded as?

17. Which company has elevated T V Narendran as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director globally?

18. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) last week said RuPay Discover Global Card has crossed which user base milestone since its launch in 2014?

19. Which country has topped the latest World Bank’s index on the ease of doing business?

20. Which is India’s most valuable brand, as per the 2017 Best Indian Brands Report released by brand consultancy firm Interbrand India?

21. Which global manufacturer of home elevators, wheelchair lifts and stair lifts has tied up with Chennai-based Elite Elevators to launch high-end elevators in India?

22. Which life insurance company has announced the appointment of Vikas Seth as Chief Executive Officer?

23. Walmart Stores has opened a fulfilment centre, or ‘dark store’, in India, one of its first globally. Near which city?

24. Which Bangkok-headquartered merchant banking and asset management firm plans to acquire 51% stake in Ruchi Soya Industries?

25. ITC last week came out with a new brand, marking its foray into the fresh fruits and vegetables segment. Name it?

26. Which MNC will buy the specialty tea brand Tazo from Starbucks in a deal valued at $384 million?

27. Xiaomi has roped in which celebrity as the product endorser for its new Redmi Y series in India?

28. Myntra last week launched a new handloom brand. Name it?

29. Which financial marketplace has launched a new campaign, urging viewers to go #paperless?

30. Who has been chosen to become the next head of the US central bank?

31. Which smartphone maker’s global sales director David Chang will now lead the India operations for the brand?

32. Which private equity fund has bought out the small business loan portfolio of the nonbanking financial company of Karvy Group for $200 million?

33. Which Indian CEO has been ranked 32 on the latest list of the world's 100 most powerful women compiled by Forbes?

34. For the first time, individuals can buy insurance cover against cyber crime in India. Which insurance company has launched the Cyber Safe policy?

35. Which business personality is partnering with Rotem Rosen and Jerry Rotonda to set up a real estate firm called MRR Development, which will focus on real estate projects in Manhattan?

36. Which LED lights manufacturer last week announced the launch of its product range under the brand - Svarochi Smart Lights - in Hyderabad?

37. Which nation has become the first in the world to have a government minister dedicated to Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

38. Which fashion brand has forayed into fitness wear and launched a new brand, Rock.It, for workout and sports attire?

39. Which comic brand has launched a special line of merchandise in association with Planet Superheros and Eco Corner for its 37th anniversary?

40. Which pharma company is acquiring the domestic business of Unichem Pharma for Rs 3,600 crore?

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October 29, 2017

Biz Quizzard 709

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has launched the ad ‘Cool Mom’ featuring Sridevi to promote its recently launched 'Snacky Oats'?

2. Flipkart's former chief operating officer Nitin Seth has joined which technology services firm as its chief executive officer?

3. Which MNC bank has appointed Jayant Rikhye as its next India chief executive?

4. Which beverage brand has launched the film titled ‘The Man who planted a Forest’ showcasing the journey of Jadav Payeng, the forest man of India?

5. Assam Tourism has launched its new multimedia campaign with its brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra. What is the tagline?

6. Which footwear brand has unveiled its new logo and has roped in Varun Dhawan and actress Aisha Sharma as brand ambassadors?

7. Which paint brand recently launched an on-ground campaign titled ‘Making our world #AShadeBetter’ at the Terminal 1 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport?

8. Which MNC has launched energy drink Sting, one of its global brands, in India?

9. Which MNC recently launched its snack/cereal hybrid Chocos Fills in India?

10. Tata Starbucks last week inaugurated a new store in Mumbai. What was special about this store?

11. Bollywood couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover are endorsing which condom brand?

12. Which sports drinks brand has roped in javelin throw athlete and junior world record holder Neeraj Chopra as brand ambassador?

13. PepsiCo India has launched its vitamin-fortified water product. What has it been branded as?

14. Mr Rasiklal M Dhariwal passed away in Pune last week. He was the CMD of which business group?

15. Which business services provider last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Mumbai-based Vedang Cellular Services?

16. Which contract research and development company has launched a mobile application, e Cule, for drug discovery services?

17. Which Indian Super League franchise last week announced actor Arjun Kapoor as the new co-owner of the club?

18. Which condom brand has launched its new campaign #ShutThePhoneUp targeted at young couples across the country?

19. Which business group-backed allAyurveda(dot)com, a health portal providing holistic solutions towards natural living, has appointed Sandeep Bali as its new CEO?

20. Which company last week became the first Indian company to touch Rs. 6-lakh crore in market capitalization?

21. Which country has become the first country to give a robot citizenship?

22. Which MNC has recently changed its name in China from Maidanglao to Jingongmen?

23. Which company in India has decided to launch chopper bikes (modified bikes)?

24. Saudi Arabia last week announced plans for a $500 billion mega-city that will ultimately be listed on financial markets. What has it been named?

25. Which footwear brand has launched its new campaign ‘Find Your Pair’, with two films featuring Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra as brand ambassadors?

26. Which security solutions company has launched a multi-city consumer awareness campaign #IAmSecure?

27. Mr Gautam Adhikari passed away in Mumbai last week. He was the chairman and whole time director of which media group?

28. A watch that once belonged to Paul Newman last week became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold in an auction as it fetched $17.8 million in New York. Which brand?

29. Which Indian automobile company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Motoplex S.A.S of Grupo Bonanza, a leading automobile business house in the Dominican Republic?

30. With current brand value of USD 37.2 million, which sports personality has topped this year’s Forbes Fab 40 list?

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October 22, 2017

Biz Quizzard 708

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which bank is acquiring micro lender Bharat Financial Inclusion in an all-stock deal?

2. You can work this out. Mohey from the house of Manyavar has signed on which actress as brand ambassador?

3. Which television channel has donned a new logo and an all-new tagline – Aaj Likhenge Kal?

4. Which healthy and innovative kitchen appliances brand has launched the campaign "Gift Heath this Diwali"?

5. Which think-tank and lobby group set up by internet companies like Flipkart and Ola has roped in former IAS officer and economist Gyanendra Badgaiyan as the CEO?

6. Which mobility solutions company has appointed former VP of Nihilent Technologies, Ravi Teja as its new CEO?

7. Which mattress brand has launched the campaign 'Ek Koshish, Ma Jaisa Aaraam Dene Ki'?

8. Which air conditioning and engineering services provider has elevated COO Pradeep Bakshi as the managing director and chief executive officer from February?

9. Actress Jyothika has been announced as which television channel’s first-ever brand ambassador?

10. Which brand has topped the 2017 Authentic Brands Study for India, released by global communications agency Cohn & WolfeCohn & Wolfe?

11. Which full-service law firm and Delhi-headquartered multi-speciality firm Arthe Law are set to merge on November 1?

12. Which MNC is acquiring a 74% stake in Yoho - the student living business of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) - for Rs 350 crore?

13. Which company has entered into an agreement with Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) to acquire the latter's packed tea brands at a total consideration of Rs 20 crore?

14. Which MNC has acquired anonymous teen compliment app tbh?

15. Which MNC has unveiled its new brand identity that builds on its well established reputation and 50-year technology heritage?

16. Which smartphone maker has launched a campaign with two television commercials - 'Mom's Bothie' and '#UniteForLove'?

17. Which hypermarket chain has launched its new digital campaign, #HarDilRoshanKaro?

18. Which independent power producer last week said it has commissioned the country's tallest and Asia Pacific's second tallest met mast at Maniyachi in the KayatharTuticorin belt of Tamil Nadu?

19. Which US spirits maker has acquired a significant strategic stake in John Distilleries (JDL), India's fifth-largest liquor company and owner of Paul John Single Malt?

20. Which entity last week launched India’s first commodity options in gold, giving stakeholders a new set of financial instruments to hedge their price risks?

21. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has rolled out a polyester brand. Name it?

22. Which manufacturer of paper packaging materials has diversified into production of biodegradable and eco-friendly tableware under the brand ‘Chuk’?

23. Which apparel retailer has launched the campaign #NayiWaliDiwali with the thought "Who needs fireworks, when your family is full of fireworks!”?

24. Which online jewellery retailer has launched the campaign #GetDiwaliReady?

25. Kenneth I Chenault will retire next year as the chairman and chief executive of which MNC?

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October 15, 2017

Biz Quizzard 707

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. D Shivakumar has reigned as the chairman of the Indian operations of which MNC?

2. At $3,80,000, which brand has broken the world record for the most money ever paid for a handbag at an auction?

3. As part of its strategic brand repositioning exercise, which ice cream brand has released its latest #MadeOfMilk series with two cool ‘gai’ (cows)?

4. Which Dutch luxury audio electronic brand is making a foray into the Indian market?

5. Which celebrity is Lenskart’s first-ever brand ambassador?

6. Britannia recently released a new campaign ‘A day in the life of a Royal Indian Guard’ for Good Day. What was special about this campaign?

7. In a first for any IPL team, which franchise has decided to explore retail merchandise of licensed products globally, as a potential revenue stream?

8. Which infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) has made a Rs 1,490-crore acquisition by snapping up three transmission lines from its sponsor Sterlite Power?

9. Which automobile group has launched a new bike in India, as part of its partnership with (Red)® and commitment to the fight against AIDS?

10. Who has won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for his work on how human nature affects supposedly rational markets?

11. Which UK-based Indian-origin tycoon has acquired Shand Cycles, a Scottish bicycle firm?

12. Which MNC has filed a patent application in India for exclusive rights on multiscale fiducials, which are marks on any object to help aerial vehicles to identify them from different distances?

13. Which insurance company has appointed Ashish Kumar Srivastava as managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO)?

14. Actress Emma Stone will become the new face of which French fashion brand for the next two years?

15. Which Indian fintech firm is buying Singapore-based GoSwiff for around $100 million (Rs 650 crore) in a deal that will provide it a quick access to 20 new markets?

16. Volvo Cars rolled out its first assembled in India car at a factory in Karnataka last week. Which model?

17. This is a tongue twister. India is set to auction mines of which metal for the first time in its history?

18. Which company has partnered Japan's Kameda Seika to launch premium rice based snacks brand 'Kari Kari' in India?

19. Umang Bedi has quit as the Managing Director, India and South Asia of which MNC?

20. Which celebrity has been roped in as brand ambassador for Grasim?

21. Mobile retailer Poorvika Mobiles has roped in which actress as its brand ambassador?

22. Which company has appointed Brata Rafly as CEO for its Indonesia arm Oto(dot)com?

23. Which self-driving car service provider has launched PEDL, the country’s first technology enabled cycle sharing facility in three cities?

24. Which celebrity will endorse Mercedes-Benz's Laureus Sport for Good initiative?

25. Hamdard Laboratories, maker of RoohAfza, has announced a strategic tie-up with which coffee chain?

26. Which company has acquired Symbiomix Therapeutics, a US-based company specialising in drugs for gynaecological infections for $150 million, or about Rs 980 crore?

27. Which company has made a foray into the electro mechanical and electronic switches for the two and three wheeler industry through an equal JV with US-based Carling Technologies?

28. Apple has entered into a partnership with which celebrity to set up two Mac Labs that will teach students in the country how to create music using its proprietary software?

29. Swarovski Lighting has partnered with the Elite Group to open its first mono-brand lighting store in India. Which city?

30. The Tata Group has agreed to sell its mobile business to which company on a cash-free, debt-free basis?

31. Which MNC has launched a new initiative “From Farm to Plane” to significantly enhance sustainability practices in its in-flight food and beverage offerings?

32. Which Indian origin business personality and his family have donated $25 million to establish an endowment at Harvard University's South Asia Institute?

33. German insurer and asset management company Allianz and which company have tied up to set up a $500million real estate fund, SPREF II, which will invest in commercial office properties in India?

34. Alok Sharma, former CEO of Air Sahara, has tied up with owners of 100 business jets in the country to start a charter aggregator company. What is it called?

35. Which company will shortly roll out Service@Home, a comprehensive car service at customers’ sites - be it home or office?

36. Which company last week entered the home coffee segment with the launch of premium pure filter coffee Il Mattino Vivace?

37. Which automobile company has been restrained by a court from using “Monte Carlo” name after Ludhiana-based clothing and apparel company Monte Carlo Fashions alleged infringement of its trademark?

38. Which beauty retailer has joined hands with actress Taapsee Pannu to launch #BreakTheHashtag, a social awareness initiative to celebrate the multi-dimensional Indian woman?

39. Kwon Oh-hyun last week announced his decision to step down as CEO and vice chairman of which MNC?

40. Flipkart mobile application has crossed which downloads milestone on Google Play Store?

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October 8, 2017

Biz Quizzard 706

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 02 - 07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who was last week appointed the new chairman of State Bank of India (SBI), replacing Arundhati Bhattacharya, who completed her one-year extended term?

2. Which company has launched the Indian Pale Ale (IPA), its fifth beer in India?

3. Which fast moving electrical goods (FMEG) company has launched a new ad campaign titled ‘Lighting-Making a difference in your life’?

4. Which hospitality major is bringing its luxury brand Raffles to India?

5. Hero MotoCorp crossed which monthly sales milestone mark for the first time in September 2017?

6. Which venture debt provider has named Ashish Sharma as the new CEO of its Indian operations?

7. Jaideep Khanna will become the sole head in Asia Pacific of which MNC bank, less than a year after he was elevated as its co-head for the region?

8. Atul Singh, the former CEO of Julius Baer in India, will head the maiden private banking venture of which company?

9. Which company has forayed into the road construction equipment segment with the introduction of its first motor grader, RoadMaster G75 in the Indian market?

10. Two-wheeler industry in India has crossed which sales milestone mark in September 2017?

11. Which company has acquired Hyderabad-based SAP software reseller and services provider vCentric Technologies Private Limited?

12. Which business group has acquired HyperCity chain of hypermarkets from Shoppers Stop for Rs 655 crore?

13. Which company has tied up with VF Corporation, one of the world's largest denim makers, to make moisture control products for the latter's Wrangler brand to be sold in the Asian market?

14. Which IT company’s digital unit has acquired San Francisco-based design consultancy Cooper for $8.5 million to grow its digital innovation capabilities?

15. Who has topped Forbes magazine's annual `India Rich List 2017'?

16. Which MNC has appointed Daniel Mazon as vice chairman and managing director for the Indian subcontinent with effect from October 3?

17. Which MNC has entered into a MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Electronics IT Agency (APEITA) to enable the adoption of safe and secure digital solutions in AP across sectors?

18. Flipkart is introducing an in-house label for its large appliances. What has it been branded as?

19. Which MNC is opening a pop-up liquor bar in Tokyo for 10 days?

20. YouTube has announced setting up India's first pop-up Space, providing access to high-end sets and equipment to YouTube creators. Which location?

21. Czech automaker Skoda is re-entering the SUV space in India with the launch of its seven-seater SUV. Name the brand?

22. Which company last week said it has agreed to acquire 9X Media and INX Music for Rs 160 crore in cash?

23. Which UK-based designer will debut in the Indian luxury market through a tie up with K Raheja Corp for their super premium project Artesia in Worli, Mumbai?

24. Which food delivery platform is opening its first offline store, at the Bengaluru International airport, this year?

25. Maruti Suzuki Baleno has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in the Indian market?

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October 1, 2017

Biz Quizzard 705

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period September 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has established a joint venture with the Ashok Patni Group to strengthen its customer service unit or call centre targeted at supporting the growing number of local-language customers?

2. Which Russian conglomerate is making a retail foray into India with one of former Soviet Union's largest clothing brands – Acoola?

3. Which MNC is picking up 5% stake in Shoppers Stop?

4. Which is the world's most valuable brand in the 2017 Best Global Brands ranking by Interbrand?

5. Which jewellery firm has launched the film ‘Daughters of Clay’ in a tribute to women clay sculptors of Kumartuli in West Bengal?

6. Reebok India last week roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

7. Which company has agreed to buy the forex and travel services businesses of Tata Capital?

8. Which company has developed ‘Rangoli Rekha’, its first mobile game that is “made in India for India’?

9. Which company has acquired mobiles and IT repair services company F1 Info Solutions?

10. Which state has launched its latest tourism campaign, positioning itself as the ‘warmest place on earth’?

11. Which FMCG major is entering the e-commerce business with premium tea and teaware?

12. Hong Kong-based mobile technology company Chilli International Holding (HK) last week launched the phone `K188' in India. What is its claim to fame?

13. TVS Jupiter has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

14. Which company, in partnership with HCL Technologies, has opened its Global Customer Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Bengaluru?

15. Which logistics company has opened India’s first port-based cold storage at its Sonepat inland container depot (a dry port) in Haryana?

16. Which is the world’s most competitive economy, according to the latest Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum?

17. Which 3 Indian metros have emerged as the top prime office yields earners in the world, as per Knight Frank Global Cities report for 2018?

18. The board of which company has agreed to divest its entire stake in its 50-50 joint venture with Kimberly-Clark?

19. Which mutual fund plans to launch India's first artificial intelligence (AI)-driven fund?

20. Which charity cum corporate entity is starting a project to eradicate malaria from India completely by exploring the new gene-editing technology that modifies the DNA of Indian mosquitoes?

21. Hugh Hefner, 91, died last week near Beverly Hills, California. He was the founder of which well known publication brand?

22. Rajiv Sabharwal will be the new CEO and MD of which financial services company from April 1, 2018?

23. Japanese auto maker Nissan has launched its pre-owned car business in India. What has the initiative been branded as?

24. Which jewellery company has roped in Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna as brand ambassadors?

25. Which Pune-based NBFC has roped in actor Riteish Deshmukh as its brand ambassador?

26. Which watch company has roped in actors Varun Dhawan and Shruti Haasan as brand ambassadors?

27. Which footwear retailer has roped in actors Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra as new brand ambassadors?

28. Which actress has been roped as the brand ambassador of Hindustan Unilever's new skincare brand Citra?

29. This should be easy. Which MNC will launch the ‘Durathon’ – Mumbai’s first family run, on Sunday, November 12, 2017?

30. Which company last week launched ECSTAR, the global brand of lubricants, coolant and car care products in India?

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September 24, 2017

Biz Quizzard 704

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period September 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC last week forayed into the payment solutions space in the country with the launch of Tez (fast)?

2. Which iconic US-based pop culture magazine has been put up for sale?

3. Which preventive health firm has launched its services in UK in collaboration with Modality Partnership to manage and prevent chronic lifestyle disorders?

4. Which Indian automobile company and Ford Motor Co have announced a strategic alliance to explore cooperation on products, technologies and distribution?

5. Which business group is venturing into online grocery business under Starquik brand?

6. Which footwear company is set to launch a new sub-brand called Healers that will be positioned in the premium segment?

7. Which brand has launched a campaign with the theme ‘Girls Don’t Fight’, featuring brand ambassador Kangana Ranaut?

8. Which mobile message-based services company is acquiring Malta-based SMS Firewall solution company ­ 365squared?

9. PVR, the largest multiplex chain in the country, has unveiled a new premium sub-brand, which it boasts of as the first home-grown big movie screen format. What has it been branded as?

10. Which company last week showcased the first-ever driverless tractor in India?

11. The Renault-Nissan alliance has crossed which cumulative global sales milestone, since inception?

12. Which Indian shipping company has acquired a 74,107 MT DWT (deadweight tonnage) Gearless Panamax of Japanese build?

13. Which Nepal-based diversified conglomerate is set to pick up the 42 per cent stake held by PE firm Lighthouse Funds in Mumbai-based hotel management company Concept Hospitality?

14. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Take a Chill-Fill’ to promote its Choco Smoothie?

15. Which company has agreed to acquire Turkey's fourth largest tractor manufacturer, Erkunt Traktor Sanayii, and an associate company for an enterprise value of $117 million (Rs 735 crore)?

16. Which MNC's board has agreed to sell its flash memory chip unit to a group led by Bain Capital for 2 trillion yen ($18 billion)?

17. Which company and German giant Thyssenkrupp have agreed to merge their European steel businesses?

18. Which security and surveillance brand has signed up Salman Khan as CCTV ambassador?

19. Which fashion brand has launched the #IShapeMyWorld Season 2 campaign, featuring Shakti Mohan, Bani J and Ileana D'cruz?

20. Which 3 Indian corporate leaders have been named on Forbes´ special list of the world´s ´100 Greatest Living Business Minds´?

21. Which MNC retailer has named Tammy Redpath as president of its India operations?

22. Which American vegan beauty and personal care brand was launched in India last week?

23. Which company has acquired the money transfer business of Paul Merchants for $40.7 million in an-all cash deal?

24. Ravi Uppal will step down as MD and group CEO of which company on September 30, on completing his five-year term?

25. WagonR has become the third vehicle from Maruti Suzuki’s stable to hit which cumulative sales milestone?

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September 17, 2017

Biz Quizzard 703

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period September 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has roped in ICICI Securities and Edelweiss Financial Services for an Rs 1,000 crore IPO by the end of financial year, in what could be the first public listing in the gaming space?

2. Which company has acquired 100% stake in a cash deal in SVM Bowling and Gaming, a popular bowling and entertainment format operated by SVM (Sri Venkateshwara Multiplexes)?

3. The Rockefeller Foundation has chosen which four cities in India as part of its 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative to build resilience into cities across the world?

4. Which online real estate site in India has launched its first ever musical ad campaign and claims to be #PropertyKaSuperMarket?

5. Which engineering solutions firm has announced signing definitive agreement to acquire 100% equity ownership in US-based design and tooling services company B&F Design for $5.5 million?

6. Which ecommerce major has said it has built an innovative ‘anti-theft packaging’ solution to deliver the parcels securely to customers across the country?

7. Which MNC has launched its blockbuster cancer drug `Keytruda' in India around a year after it first received approvals to market it?

8. Which company has launched salty snacks under the brand name Kaabuli?

9. Which Indian IT company has inaugurated its first international Digital Pumpkin innovation hub located at its Warren, New Jersey office?

10. Apple Inc last unveiled its most important new iPhone. What has it been branded as?

11. Which Indian company has tied up with Rolls Royce Power Systems for setting up a joint venture (JV) to produce engines for multiple applications like rail and power generation?

12. Which bank will soon launch a superstore - code-named Project Lotus - to be unveiled both as a website and an app?

13. Tata Motors last week launched a limited edition version of its hatchback Tiago. What has it been sub-branded as?

14. Which direct selling beauty brand has roped in national award-winning actress Kalki Koechlin as its brand ambassador to launch the much-awaited campaign, “A Beautiful Change.”?

15. Which MNC last week announced the formal launch of its fashion imaging studio, BLINK, in Gurgaon?

16. Which company has acquired on-demand logistics startup Runnr in an all-stock deal?

17. Kleindienst Group has launched The Floating Venice, the world’s first underwater luxury vessel resort, near which city?

18. Which brand has launched the campaign #EmbraceTheNew, claiming it to be India's first commercial campaign for tampons?

19. Flipkart has relaunched its furniture business with the launch of a private label. What has it been branded as?

20. Which brand has retained its number one position in the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands 2017 for the fourth consecutive year?

21. Indo Nissin Foods, the maker of instant Top Ramen noodles, will distribute products of which breakfast cereal maker?

22. Hewlett Packard has introduced a pocket-sized photo printer, aimed at attracting millennials, travellers and photography enthusiasts. What has it been branded as?

23. Which MNC has launched a new campaign with the positioning 'Jab light ho right, toh future ho bright'?

24. Which agarbathi brand has roped in Mithali Raj, captain, Indian Women’s cricket team, and Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb the Mount Everest, as its brand ambassadors?

25. Who has been elected the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)?

26. Which British designer brand last week announced its foray into the India market through an exclusive partnership with Aditya Birla Fashion Retail?

27. Which company will partner with Japan's Mitsubishi and Sojitz Corp to set up Sri Lanka's first LNG terminal in Colombo?

28. Which MNC will bring its `Priceless Cities' programme to India, as part of its initiative for creating experiences to promote the brand?

29. Which fashion brand has launched 'yours cutely' a stylish campaign featuring kids flaunting the new festive collection?

30. India's forex reserves crossed which milestone mark for the first time last week?

31. Which insurance website and comparison portal launched its first regional advertising campaign with star cricketer Murli Vijay for Southern states?

32. Which smartphone brand has launched the campaign ‘#KoiDebateNahi’?

33. Which brand has launched a campaign for its glass lunch box with the positioning ‘Yeh Khane Mein Chemicals Nahi Chodta’?

34. Which washing machine brand has launched the campaign ‘#SuitUpToAllergy’?

35. Which automobile brand has launched a new campaign titled “Why be in here, when you can Get Out There”?

36. Which biscuit brand has launched a new campaign 'Asli-Treat-is-in-The-Middle'?

37. Which car freshener brand has launched the campaign ‘#BetterDriveEveryDay’?

38. Which MNC has partnered with Hrithik Roshan to launch a fitness band?

39. MN Sarma has been appointed the new CMD of which insurance company?

40. Which MNC has bought a majority stake in California-based Blue Bottle Coffee?

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September 10, 2017

Biz Quizzard 702

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period September 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which broadcaster has won the global media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for five years for Rs 16,347.50 crore ($2.55 billion)?

2. Which printing solutions company has acquired its smaller, Delhi-based rival Print Retail India, which owns and operates the Print Bazaar, in an all-stock deal?

3. Which company has acquired online insurance agent Coretree Insurance, which operates Bimadirect?

4. Which Chinese communications firm has picked up 80% stake in Spice Mobile as it aims to garner a larger market share in the fiercely competitive Indian mobile handset market?

5. Which Assam-based entity, in joint venture with Parami Energy Group, has entered the fuel retailing business in Myanmar?

6. Which MNC has unveiled Kirin 970, a new and faster phone chip, which it says will help beat Apple and Samsung?

7. Amara Raja Batteries has introduced a new range to cater to the needs in the motive power applications in the manufacturing, processing and warehousing industry. Name the brand?

8. Which fashion brand has rolled a digital campaign, ‘ChangeTheQuestion’ that talks about body shaming?

9. Which brand has launched its second campaign with the initiative #TeacherNeBolaTha?

10. Which bank has become the third bank to join RBI's `Too Big to Fail' list?

11. American private equity fund Marigold Capital and Investments has agreed to buy which hospitality property in Chennai for around Rs 700 crore?

12. Biscuits major Parle Products and which beverages company last week announced an exclusive tie-up for distribution network sharing and cross-promotion of their brands?

13. Which Singapore bank has received in-principle approval from Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a local banking subsidiary in the country?

14. The winners of the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence for this year were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader of the Year?

15. Which MNC last week unveiled Sayer, a voice-activated, artificially-intelligent steering wheel?

16. Digital agency Tonic Media has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

17. Shital Mehta has stepped down as the CEO of which retail chain?

18. Which beverage brand launched an ad on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, featuring PV Sindhu?

19. Which MNC has launched `Made for India' Pro8 tablets with voice to assist in various initiatives under the government's Digital India campaign?

20. Vasant Narasimhan will be the new CEO of which MNC from February 1, 2018?

21. Which IT company has agreed to buy UK-based ETL Factory Limited, doing business as Datawave?

22. Which company will divest its stake in GlobalEdge Software, a Bengaluru-based embedded software technology company, for about Rs 75-100 crore to French multinational Altran?

23. Which chocolate brand has launched its new television commercial ‘Feels like a lot more’?

24. Which motorcycle brand has rolled out a new campaign ‘#NotForEveryone’?

25. Which online real estate platform has launched its new campaign “Jo Dikhe wahi Mile”?

26. Which 138-year-old luxury men’s wear brand is marking its entry in India this year?

27. The venture-capital arm of which business group has put in $1 million in Seniority, an online portal that sells elderly-care products to senior citizens?

28. Which company has acquired Gujarat-based Kemrock Industries & Exports after the latter's lenders put the company and its assets on the block?

29. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded a Rs 1,200-crore highway contract for which country, its first outside India?

30. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed a memorandum of understanding to build India's first Hyperloop. Which state?

31. Which company has announced a partnership that includes purchase of select assets with London-headquartered Alpha Insight, with expertise in business flow monitoring and operational intelligence?

32. Which New York-based Bitcoin wallet provider and software developer has decided to enter the Indian market with a strategic partnership with Bengaluru-based crypto currency exchange Unocoin?

33. Which hospital chain has launched exclusive care facilities for the elderly called ‘Geriatric Clinics’?

34. Which company last week unveiled the country’s first electric and hydrostatic engine transmission tractor?

35. Which bank’s Artificial Intelligence-based chatbot 'Eva' has claimed to have successfully addressed over 2.7 million customer queries in 6 months to become the country's largest banking chatbot?

36. Which media and advertising conglomerate has expanded its footprint into celebrity endorsement and sports marketing with the launch of ‘CLab’?

37. Which non-banking financial company (NBFC) has unveiled its refreshed brand identity and logo with a new tagline - 'Now You Can'?

38. Which brand has launched the #DilSeKashmir campaign as a CSR initiative?

39. Which home finance company has launched its new campaign ‘Aisa Desh Ho Mera’?

40. Reliance Jio has crossed which customer base milestone after one year of operations?

41. Which dairy foods brand has launched its first television campaign on the lines of its brand proposition: “Anand Karo!”?

42. Which MNC is selling its branded cotton seeds business in India to Hyderabad-based Tierra Agrotech?

43. Uber last week launched a new ride option as an upgrade to the current uberX, to be offered to select riders as an n-app product. What has it been branded as?

44. Who was last week elected Chairman of Press Trust of India, the country’s largest news agency?

45. Australia's Macquarie University has announced the launch of a strategic collaboration with which hospital chain in India to facilitate long-term academic exchanges between the two organizations?

46. Actress Adah Sharma has been chosen as the brand ambassador of which beverage brand?

47. Which ecommerce major has launched the festive campaign ‘#KaroMilkeTayyari’?

48. Which MNC has agreed to buy Sweet Earth, a U.S based maker of vegan and plant-based foods?

49. Which radio channel has become the first radio network in India to offer curated playlists on Apple Music?

50. The total assets under management (AUM) of mutual funds (MFs) in India has crossed which milestone mark for the first time ever?

51. Which dhoop (incense) brand has launched a campaign, featuring brand ambassador, actor Alok Nath?

52. Which company last week launched its electric three wheeler e-Alfa Mini at Rs 1.12 lakh ex-showroom New Delhi?

53. Which company has bought out L Catterton Asia's around 40% stake in Genesis Luxury, its direct competitor in luxury retail?

54. Which company has bagged the government's Rs 2,600-crore project to redevelop the ITPO complex in the national capital into an exhibition-cum-convention centre?

55. Which celebrity has bought the Stellenbosch team in South Africa's T20 Global League (T20GL)?

56. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign featuring sisters Kareena Kapoor Khan and Karishma Kapoor?

57. Which company has appointed Disha Patani as the new brand ambassador for its laptops and smartphones?

58. Which casual outdoorsy lifestyle brand has launched the brand campaign - The Road is Waiting?

59. Which celebrity will launch an athletic leisure brand with Puma in November?

60. Satya Nadella’s book 'Hit Refresh', co-authored by Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols, will go on sale globally on which date?

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September 3, 2017

Biz Quizzard 701

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 28 - September 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which entity last week launched the world's first derivatives trading platform for diamonds?

2. Paytm has rebranded its digital version of gifting money in an envelope on festive occasions as Lifafa (which means envelope in Hindi). What was it branded as before?

3. MakeMyTrip is entering the corporate travel segment with a new product. What is it called?

4. Which video-on-demand platform has rolled out its first-ever integrated brand marketing campaign titled ‘Kaafi Feels Bro!’?

5. Which automobile MNC has named Peter Mackenzie its new managing director for Indian operations?

6. Renault will launch its premium SUV in India this year to enhance its product offering in the market. Name the brand?

7. Which company will exclusively distribute Symantec's cyber security solutions to companies, startups and government organisations in India under a pact announced last week?

8. The board of which MNC has chosen Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive?

9. Which brand has recently launched a new digital campaign – ‘#GETFRESH’?

10. Which company is renaming its joint venture with the Gujarat government as Gromax Agri Equipment?

11. Which packaged water maker will foray into mineral and sparkling water and nectar-based fruit juices under the brand name Peaur?

12. Which fabric brand has launched its new campaign 'made for the different', featuring Farhan Akhtar?

13. Emami has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for the newly launched premium whitening face cream Fair and Handsome Laser 12?

14. Patanjali Ayurved is preparing to launch packaged drinking water, sourced from the foothills of the Himalayas, across north India. What will it be branded as?

15. Lux Industries has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for LUX Venus and LUX Cott'swool?

16. Maruti Suzuki last week announced the rebranding of its retail network across India. The company's showrooms selling mass market models will operate under which brand?

17. Folk music icon Raghu Dixit, who is famous for fusing local rhythms and international tunes to compose new melodies for young Indians, is now an investor in which craft beer brand?

18. Which retail chain has created a milestone by entering into the ‘India Book of Records' for creating the tallest Denim Ganpati Idol made by using 600 pairs of denims?

19. Which company has entered into brand licensing partnership with the U.S. based Pacific Cycles, part of Dorel Industries Inc., to bring Schwinn brand of children’s bikes to India?

20. Puneet Chhatwal will be the new MD & CEO of which hospitality company?

21. Which English business news channel has unveiled a new tagline, ‘Rise With India’?

22. Which business group is planning a foray into health insurance by buying TTK's stake in Cigna TTK Health Insurance?

23. The market capitalization of Aditya Birla Group last week crossed which milestone mark for the first time?

24. Swedish defence giant Saab and which Indian group last week announced a collaboration in defence manufacturing entailing billions of dollars of investment?

25. Which company will acquire majority stake in the Bengaluru-based telematic solutions provider Telematics4U Services Private Ltd. (T4U) for Rs 1.17 crore?

26. Which Indian actress will be the brand ambassador of Education New Zealand?

27. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign 'Hain Taiyaar Hum' for its new offering, Sampoorn Cancer Suraksha?

28. Hyundai Motor will use its manufacturing facility near Chennai to supply which model to almost all its global markets starting January?

29. Which company has introduced Perfinza range of luxury and premium car tyres widening its product portfolio in the passenger car segment?

30. Bridgestone India, a subsidiary of the tyre and rubber company and a Worldwide Olympic Partner, has roped in which celebrity as its first brand ambassador?

31. Which company has launched a 360 degree fashion video titled “Mera Joota Hai Japani” with spatial audio featuring the digital superstar Arjun Kanungo?

32. Which hair care brand has launched a new campaign ‘Thoda Love Jatao’?

33. Which Google-owned brand has refreshed its iconic logo?

34. Which automotive component manufacturer, through its subsidiary, has acquired EI Labs India for Rs. 6.5 crore?

35. Uber last week rolled out a first-of-its-kind ride sharing insurance programme in India to provide protection to its nearly 4.5 lakh driver-partners across the country. Which insurance company?

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August 27, 2017

Biz Quizzard 700

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company last week announced a new corporate brand identity ‘Connecting Aspirations’?

2. Which innerwear brand celebrated 141 years of legacy through a unique pop-up museum in Bengaluru last week?

3. Which retail chain has launched the campaign ‘Ghar aaiye na’?

4. Which company has acquired YouFirst Money Express, a subsidiary of YouFirst Ventures, promoted by former Citibanker and Reliance Capital executive Vikrant Gugnani?

5. Which company has announced the launch of ‘Judge’ brand of kitchen appliances in India?

6. Mercedes Benz has launched its fastest vehicle globally in India. Name the brand?

7. Which MNC has terminated the franchise agreement for all 169 fast-food outlets in north and east India run by Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd. (CPRL)?

8. Which e-home services company has launched the campaign #savetheday?

9. Which celebrity has been roped in to endorse deodorant brand Denver?

10. Which commodity has regained the tag of top commodity export from India, overtaking buffalo meat in the June quarter?

11. Which MNC has launched a new campaign with two television commercials 'Reinvent My Story' and ‘Last minute Laddoo’?

12. Which television channel has launched the first English language South Asian reality show, ‘Made in America’?

13. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘The Wolves of Lol Street’ in an attempt to present the serious personal finance space in a lighter way?

14. Which Hyderabad-headquartered multi-speciality hospital chain has announced diluting 51% equity stake in favour of European healthcare giant Medicover for Rs 320 crore?

15. Which MNC has introduced its chewy candy, Laban, in India?

16. Which MNC has launched the initiative #HungerFreeIndia, dedicated to help eradicate Food Wastage in India?

17. Which ecommerce platform has launched a first of its kind photography store called ‘Shutterbug Lounge’, which will feature the best camera brands for sale?

18. Which life insurance company has launched its new digital campaign ‘#TheCoach - Agar taiyaari sahi ho, toh jeet pakki hai’?

19. Which manufacturer of quality oil and grease solutions has launched its first ever digital campaign #ChaloDuniyaChalaye?

20. Which country has allowed the import of Indian bananas, pomegranate, custard apple and okra for the first time?

21. Which French fashion brand made its entry in India last week with an exclusive tie up with Le Mill?

22. Which company has entered into a strategic partnership with Saudi healthcare services and products player Cigalah to launch wellness centres in Saudi Arabia, starting with Jeddah?

23. Which celebrity management firm has joined hands with brand management and licensing agency Dream Theatre to create Mojostar - a celebrity-driven house of brands?

24. Which US venture capital firm has struck its maiden buyout deal in India by acquiring personal care, makeup and skincare company Faces Cosmetics from Everstone Capital for $40 million?

25. A book, titled ‘I Do What I Do’, is all set to be launched in Chennai on September 5. Who is the author?

26. Shailesh Tulshan, the personal investment adviser to the Flipkart's Bansals, is starting a fund named after Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel's book. Name the fund?

27. Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) major Burger King has announced crossing which store milestone in India?

28. Ferrari has revealed its much awaited sports car, which is a “perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort”. What has it been branded as?

29. Which business group has roped in Banmali Agrawala as President, Infrastructure, Defence and Aerospace from October 1?

30. What has Indian Premier League (IPL) been valued at currently, as per global valuation and corporate finance advisory firm Duff & Phelps?

31. Who has been appointed as the new Railway Board Chairman?

32. Which company has launched ‘Darshan’, which facilitates pre-booked darshan, special pooja, and assisted temples visit in addition to logistics?

33. Which business group has appointed Roopa Purushothaman as chief economist and head of policy advocacy to drive macro-economic research as well as all policy and advocacy initiatives?

34. Which Mumbai-headquartered multiplex chain has acquired two new properties in Singapore, taking its total screen count in the Lion City to six?

35. Rajiv Bansal has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of which company?

36. Which airline has become the first Indian carrier to joins hands with Airbnb?

37. Asian Paints has launched a new television commercial, featuring Deepika Padukone leading a #MaskedLife. Which brand?

38. India has claimed the top spot in exports of which seafood to the global market in 2016, according to a trade report by FAO’s Globefish?

39. In the biggest FDI deal ever in India's real estate space, which entity has agreed to acquire a 33.34% stake in DLF's rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers for $1.39 billion (Rs 8,900 crore)?

40. Who has been appointed non-executive chairman of the board at Infosys?

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August 20, 2017

Biz Quizzard 699

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which country has the world's fastest mobile internet, according to global leader in broadband testing Ookla?

2. Which MNC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Preferred Brands International, the US-based maker and marketer of ready-to-heat food products sold primarily under Tasty Bite brand?

3. Which Indian company will form a 50:50 JV with Bin Ablan Food Industry, a UAE-based bakery products maker?

4. Which company has sold its entire stake in its Chinese tractor joint venture to partner Yueda Yancheng?

5. Which Poland-based company, a platform for trade and exchange of cryptocurrency, has set up shop in India to expand its trading business and for sourcing IT talent to develop products for the world?

6. E Sankara Rao will be the new Managing Director & CEO of which government entity?

7. Which online make-up and beauty platform has launched Los Angeles-based makeup brand Smashbox Cosmetics on its platform?

8. Which fashion brand has collaborated with Terribly Tiny Talkies to launch a digital film titled ‘Hind’?

9. Brand Monk Licensing (BML), a Mumbai-based licensing company, has signed an exclusive deal with Atlantyca Entertainment for the India rights of which brand / eponymous character?

10. Tata Global Beverages will launch its premium natural mineral water brand 'Himalayan' in which country, through an agreement signed by its subsidiary with Talking Rain Beverage Company?

11. Which bank has appointed PR Seshadri as its new chief executive officer and managing director?

12. David Rasquinha has taken over as the managing director of which bank?

13. Which company has acquired health economics data and technology company Context Matters for an undisclosed sum?

14. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has divested its entire stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary, L&T Cutting Tools, to which company?

15. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure-controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering is changing its name. What is the new name?

16. Which is the most liveable city in the world, according to the Global Liveability Report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?

17. Which entity said that it will launch the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) processor, called Zephyrus?

18. Which home loans provider has launched a campaign based on the thought of “Sheher Mein Apna Ghar Ho toh Shehar Bhi Apna Latha Hai”?

19. Which business personality has hired Sameer Nair, the former group chief executive of Balaji Telefilms, to make content for telecom operators and digital platforms?

20. Which asset manager has filed draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi for an initial public offering (IPO)?

21. Which company has announced a new ad campaign for the launch of Silk Glamor Luxury Emulsion paint?

22. Which automobile brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Sexy and I know it’?

23. Which IT company has appointed Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as executive director of its India operations?

24. Which automobile MNC in India has elevated its CFO Sanjiv Gupta as president and managing director?

25. Which company has acquired 50% stake of its Australian JV partner Ansell in JK Ansell, the manufacturer of condoms and deodorants under the KamaSutra brand?

26. Which company has acquired the inward international remittance business of Mumbai-based Wall Street Finance (WSF) for $7.4 million?

27. Which cricketer has been roped in as brand ambassador for IPOL Lubricants?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a campaign, playing on the Hindi phrase ‘Haathi mat paalo’?

29. Which US-based startup accelerator, which counts remote computing platform DigitalOcean and other startup successes among graduates, has launched operations in India?

30. Vishal Sikka has stepped down as MD & CEO of which company?

31. Which actor has been roped in as brand ambassador of Indostar TMT?

32. Which sanitary ware brand has launched its new campaign #StartWithTheExpert?

33. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘Why Settle For Less?’?

34. Which company has launched a new commercial as part of its #FarakPadtaHai campaign?

35. Which ecommerce company has launched a musical logo, as an expression of its brand essence – Transforming your World?

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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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