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July 30, 2017

Biz Quizzard 696

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 23, 2017

Biz Quizzard 695

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 16, 2017

Biz Quizzard 694

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 9, 2017

Biz Quizzard 693

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 2, 2017

Biz Quizzard 692

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Facebook has touched which monthly active users milestone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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