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March 26, 2017

Biz Quizzard 678


Biz Quizzard completed 13 years on March 21st. Thank you all for being part of this journey.


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

1. Which two companies will merge to form the second largest telecom company in the world?

2. Indian Bank’s CEO MK Jain will be the new CEO of which bank?

3. Which Indian writing instruments company has entered into a technology pact with Schneider Schreibgerate GmbH (Germany) to produce new generation writing instruments?

4. Which dairy brand has launched its new campaign ‘Zindagi mein rukna mana hai’?

5. Sunny Leone has been roped in as brand ambassador for which Dubai-based mobile brand?

6. Which brand is claiming to be the slimmest ceramic watch in the universe?

7. Which brand has launched its new campaign #PlayBackToBack to launch its latest range of backpacks?

8. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘Sweat Loss ka Recharge’?

9. Madhukar Kamath is stepping down as group CEO and MD of which advertising entity?

10. Pepsico has roped in PV Sindhu to endorse which brand?

11. Which multiplex chain last week launched its first Virtual Reality (VR) lounge, in Noida?

12. Which billionaire philanthropist died in New York last week at the age of 101?

13. Which three-year old bank will be merged with the State Bank of India?

14. Actress Neha Sharma has been roped in as the brand ambassador of which Japanese cosmetic brand?

15. AION Capital Partners would buy a majority stake in which broadcasting company, run among others by the Essel-Shyam Group?

16. Which 4 Indian cities are among the cheapest cities to live in for expat workers, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?

17. Which ethnic wear brand has launched the campaign 'Who's that Girl'?

18. Which Aurangabad-based startup has developed India's first Aadhaar-based centralized donor authentication and identification application?

19. Which company has launched the campaign 'har pata humein hai pata'?

20. The number of billionaires in India has crossed which milestone mark for the first time, according to a new list released by Forbes magazine?

21. German auto major Volkswagen has started production of which upcoming premium SUV at the Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra?

22. Which business group has started a new company, Guiltfree Industries, to sell Indian and western packaged snacks, cereals, juices and beverages from next month?

23. Times Network has launched its second English general news channel. What has it been branded as?

24. Which on-demand bike hailing startup is launching a separate cab aggregating app across seven cities, including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru?

25. Which homegrown mobile phone maker last week forayed into the mid-segment smartphone category (over Rs 10,000) with the unveiling of its Z series of devices?

26. Which diversified financial services company has elevated Manindar Singh as the group chief executive?

27. Which company has come out with the campaign #ColoursOfGrey that pays its due to the masons of the construction industry?

28. Which 4 Indian cities have featured in the top 25 Asia list of TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice awards?

29. Which company last week announced an Rs 1,600 crore deal to acquire the 4G spectrum and sites of Tikona Networks?

30. Which chief executive from India has been named by Fortune magazine among the world's 50 greatest leaders who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same?

31. Which European company has announced its India entry in partnership with Value Line to offer its range of aluminium extrusion products?

32. Which Delhi-based pharmaceutical company is all set to make its foray into the diagnostic laboratories business with Pathkind?

33. Which ridesharing company has acquired Pune-based fintech company FinitePaths for an undisclosed sum?

34. Which domestic smartphone manufacturer last week launched the Admire Swadesh smartphone at Rs 4,990 that supports 22 regional languages?

35. Which MNC last week unveiled its first 'Made in India' router which can be used by small and medium businesses (SMBs) across multiple industries?

36. Which beverage brand has launched the ad 'Evolution - The story of every tired student'?

37. Which state-owned shipyard has filed its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi seeking permission to raise about Rs 1,350-1,400 crore through initial public offering (IPO)?

38. Which Mumbai-based payments company, which facilitates digital payments for small and medium merchants, is set to enter the lending business by giving out loans to merchant partners?

39. Indian wine producer Sula Vineyards has announced the launch of its heritage winery resort. What has it been branded as?

40. Smartphone maker Oppo has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador in India?

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March 19, 2017

Biz Quizzard 677

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

1. Which couple socialising app has entered the India market by launching in four cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai?

2. Mumbai’s first floating hotel was inaugurated recently. Name it?

3. Mark Tucker, chief executive of the Asian life insurer AIA Group, will be the new chairman of which MNC bank from October?

4. Which casual wear brand has launched its new ad campaign, ‘Fun It Up!’?

5. Which beauty and wellness company has announced the roll-out of its innovative “The Beauty-Full Month” campaign to celebrate womanhood across India?

6. Which bank will acquire brokerage firm IL&FS Securities Services, a subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS), in an all-cash deal?

7. Which sanitaryware company is foraying back into the lighting market?

8. Which Indian knitwear major, through its subsidiary Oban Fashions, has entered into an licensing agreement with US-based “Fruit of the Loom”?

9. Which German colour-cosmetic company is partnering Kaunis Marketing Services Pvt Ltd for an India entry next month?

10. Which city has retained its position as the best in India in living standards, as per the Mercer’s Quality of Living Rankings for 2017?

11. Which company will acquire Rage Frameworks, a knowledge-based automation technology and services providing artificial intelligence (AI) for enterprises?

12. Which company has introduced India's first mobile honey testing lab?

13. Which airline will reportedly enter into retail business by selling products designed by fashion designer Rohit Bal and Sunny Leone's branded perfumes?

14. Which online marketplace has launched a campaign ‘Six months break-up challenge’?

15. Paytm has launched its payments services in which country, marking its entry into an overseas market for the first time?

16. Which Business Process Management (BPM) firm has announced the acquisition of Houston, Texas based HealthHelp, an industry leader in care management for $95 million?

17. Which battery company has appointed S Vijayanand as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2017?

18. Amul recently launched a ready-to-drink milk product to boost brain power and reduce anxiety and stress levels. What has it been branded as?

19. Which MNC has secured an Indian patent for its invention relating to a beverage preservative system?

20. Which business personality's family trust last week announced its intention to acquire 13% stake in Anglo American, one of the world's top five miners and owner of the largest diamond producer, De Beers?

21. The Securities And Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has permitted celebrity endorsements at industry level for which category?

22. Which beverage brand has launched the digital film ‘My First Train Journey’?

23. Which Delhi-based on demand laundry service provider has acquired subscription-based laundry firm OneClickWash in an all-cash deal?

24. Which general insurance company has launched the film #OpenDoors for its home insurance business?

25. Which company has acquired a 45% stake in Zed Lifestyle, the owner of “Beardo” male grooming brand?

26. Which company said an indirect arm of its group firm will fully acquire Canada's Thallion Pharmaceuticals for 2.7 million Canadian dollar?

27. Financial marketplace Deal4Loans has been rebranded. What is the new name?

28. Which company has launched Enable Travel, calling it a path-breaking ‘accessible holiday’ initiative, which will offer customised travel experiences to people with special abilities?

29. Which ice cream brand last week launched its operations in Tamil Nadu?

30. Which two Indian companies have made it to the list of the world´s most ethical companies by an American thinktank, Ethisphere Institute?

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March 12, 2017

Biz Quizzard 676

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

1. Which MNC last week won the bid for Indian cricket team's sponsorship rights for 5 years, starting April, for Rs 1,079 crore?

2. Reckitt Benckiser (RB)'s Moov has roped in which sports personality as brand ambassador for 3 years?

3. Which Indian company has sold its animal health business to South Africa's Ascendis Health, as part of the company's strategy to focus on consolidating its business to strategic markets?

4. Which retail electronic payment network has rolled out its new campaign #KindnessIsCashless?

5. Which company has agreed to buy US healthcare IT consultancy services provider CJS Solutions at an enterprise value of $110 million (Rs 735 crore)?

6. Which Delhi-based cold-pressed juice maker has acquired JusDivine for an undisclosed amount in an all-equity deal to gain entry into the Mumbai market?

7. Which MNC will pay 2.2 billion Euros ($2.3 billion) for GM's Opel unit and its UK sister brand Vauxhall?

8. Which professional services firm has been reconstituted as of March 1, with 26 offices in five continents and in 16 countries?

9. Which FMCG brand has launched the campaign #BossWomen for Women’s Day?

10. Global mobile technology company OnePlus has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador in India?

11. Which company has roped in Chitrashi Rawat of ‘Chak De India’ fame to promote its content app?

12. Parle Agro has roped in Alia Bhatt to endorse which brand?

13. Samsung has soft launched its mobile payment service in India. What is it called?

14. Which company has bought all wind farms owned by Inox Renewables for an undisclosed amount?

15. Which bank has become the first bank to launch an Aadhaar-based cashless payment system?

16. Mahesh Madhavan will be the new CEO of which liquor giant from April 2018?

17. Which company has announced the sale of its automation business to Alfanar for an enterprise value of €120 million?

18. Which well known multinational manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances has introduced its all new logo?

19. Which online furniture rental portal is launching a #SWAGGHAR campaign with an intention to reach out to all the digital savvy audiences?

20. Tata Motors last week unveiled a two-seater sports coupe at the Geneva International Motor Show. What has it been branded as?

21. Which Indian high end leather accessories brand last week announced the launch of its first global store in Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall?

22. PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd last week launched ready-to-cook idli, dosa, upma and khichdi under which label?

23. Candy brand Pulse last month crossed which sales milestone?

24. Which sportswear brand has recently launched an ad campaign ‘Run The Streets’ in India to promote its newly launched range IGNITE Limitless?

25. Targeting Indian film and Bollywood fans in the US, Amazon has launched a curated on-demand video channel subscription. What has it been branded as?

26. San Jose-based Nimble Storage has been snapped up by which company for $1.09 billion, making it the latest acquisition of an Indian tech company by a global giant?

27. Which company last week launched its first-ever range of air conditioners dedicated to homemakers?

28. Which company has acquired WhiteSpace Health, a US-based healthcare analytics company for an undisclosed sum?

29. Which actress last week launched her clothing (western-wear) line Ms.Taken?

30. What did Nike recently unveil for Muslim athletes?

31. Which company last week launched its new power saving green inverter air conditioner range along with its brand philosophy ‘Soch ke banaya hai’?

32. According to a report last week, which company is test marketing coconut water brand Zico in India?

33. Which real estate consultant has acquired property brokerage Favista(dot)com in an all-stock deal?

34. Hyundai India has decided to stop the production of which hatchback in the country?

35. Which brand has claimed to have become the first UV (utility vehicle) to tow Boeing 737-800 aircraft?

36. Which detergent brand has launched the #saaremaeldhodaalo campaign for Holi?

37. Sam Ghosh has quit as the group chief executive officer of which financial services company?

38. Which eye wear brand has roped in Anushka Sharma as its ambassador for the 2017 campaign?

39. Subway last week launched a new restaurant at Bharuch, Gujarat. Why did this make news?

40. Which Indian company will form a long-term partnership with Volkswagen Group and Skoda to explore a strategic alliance?

41. Which airport has secured 1st position in the world in the prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-ASQ survey in the 5-15 million passengers per annum category for 2016?

42. Which retail chain has launched the campaign #JeeLeZara?

43. Which brand recently launched a film claiming to be the world’s first ‘Mothers for Mothers’ Network?

44. Which online marketplace released the video 'My First Women's Day' on the occasion of Women’s Day?

45. Which beverage brand recently launched the ad ‘Tea Set’?

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March 5, 2017

Biz Quizzard 675

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period February 27 - March 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has forayed into premium sarees and women's ethnic wear category under the brand name "Taneira"?

2. This should be easy. Which is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion, according to wealth intelligence firm New World Wealth?

3. Which homegrown private equity firm has entered into a binding agreement to acquire a majority stake in Home First Finance Company (HFFC) for about $100 million (Rs 600 crore)?

4. According to reports last week, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has stopped selling which hatchback in both domestic and international markets?

5. Which television channel has come up with a new Women's Day special communication, featuring Aamir Khan?

6. Which company recently launched its first Pizzaria and Bar Piccante outlet in Chennai, its first Italian restaurant in India and second in the world after Japan?

7. Alibaba-backed Paytm has launched a consumer shopping app to take on local rival Flipkart and global rival Amazon in the country. What has it been branded as?

8. Which online restaurant recently launched its campaign, #TrySomethingNew, featuring inspiring young individuals who have dared to try something different in their lives?

9. Payments firm Paytm has crossed which milestone of registered users for its digital wallet?

10. Coca-Cola India is targeting which brand to become a $ 1 billion brand by 2020?

11. Which business group is entering the civil aviation business and has bid for the Bengaluru-Vijayanagar route under the government's regional connectivity scheme?

12. Which jewellery brand has roped in Kangana Ranaut as brand ambassador and has launched a commercial inspired by the constellations portraying celestial brilliance – ‘noor ka jhurmuth’?

13. Which worldwide lifestyle and sports eyewear brand has roped in actor Ranveer Singh as the brand ambassador for India?

14. Mercedes-Benz last week rolled out the new model of which brand, the first “made in India for India” car in the Daimler world?

15. Nissan has crossed which milestone in cumulative exports from its Indian operations?

16. Rentokil Initial, a global player in pest control and hygiene services, has entered into a joint venture with which Indian insecticide maker?

17. Which MNC has named Prakash Mallya as the new Managing Director for South Asia?

18. Which advertising agency has launched a new agency, Karma, to address the growing number of start-ups and SMEs in the country?

19. Which Bangalore-based healthcare and fitness start-up has acquired online health-food delivery company, Kristys Kitchen for an undisclosed amount of cash and stock deal?

20. Which company has signed a deal with Barack and Michelle Obama to publish their memoirs?

21. Which invoice discounting startup has acquired Hummingbill, an invoicing platform for small and medium businesses, for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its technology capabilities?

22. Which firm has entered into an agreement with DRDO under which the government agency will transfer technology to manufacture high nitrogen steel for the defence sector to the company?

23. Dawat-e-Hadiyah, a charitable trust of the Dawoodi Bohra community, will acquire Fort House in Mumbai for Rs 300 crore. It is the headquarters of which business group?

24. Adani Group's Mundra Power Plant in Kutch last week announced creating a national record by running for how many days continuously?

25. Which is the most mobile ready brand in India, according to a report released by mobile marketing and technology agency Ansible?

26. Which MNC will invest Rs 1,180 crore ($177 million) to increase its holding in Paytm Mall, bringing to a close one of the most anticipated deals in the Indian online retail industry?

27. Which cricketer has signed his first brand endorsement deal, with Bengaluru-based techie home solution brand, DNI Home Theatre?

28. Lenovo Mobile Business Group has elevated Sudhin Mathur to the post of managing director of which business unit?

29. Which IT services firm has acquired Japanese company Brilliant Service for an undisclosed amount?

30. Maruti Suzuki India’s compact SUV Vitara Brezza has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in the domestic market?

31. Which Indian company, through its UK arm, has picked up over 60% stake in SPC International, an Uxbridge U.K.-based company, for an undisclosed sum?

32. Which water heater manufacturer last week launched 65 products in fan segment, including ceiling, table, pedestal, wall and exhaust fans across the country?

33. Which advertising agency in India last week announced a new identity, and a logo made from colourful building blocks?

34. Which celebrity is salon hair brand L’Oreal Professional's first Indian brand ambassador?

35. Which brand has launched the campaign #PriyaWedsSofa?

36. Which beverage brand has launched its new ad '#TforTogetherness', talking about Alzheimer's disease?

37. Which global services company has appointed Sanjay Menon as managing director on India operations?

38. Which company has launched the Instagram campaign 'Never Ending Trending' that takes the traditional Indian game 'Antakshari' to the next level?

39. Which ecommerce company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to acquire cloud ERP solutions company DRC Systems?

40. Which mobile wallet has announced the launch of SUPERCASH, claimed to be the first ever loyalty initiative launched by a mobile wallet in India?

41. Which MNC and Coca-Cola have agreed to dissolve their tea joint venture Beverage Partners Worldwide (BPW) as of the start of 2018?

42. Which company and Millicom International Cellular have signed a deal to merge their respective units in Ghana to create the second-largest mobile carrier in the African country?

43. German automotive parts manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) last week opened its first technology centre in India. Which city?

44. Former Infosys board member V Balakrishnan has co-founded a financial technology (fintech) firm. What is it called?

45. Which MNC last week launched ReConnect programme designed to bring back to the workforce women who took career breaks?

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