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February 25, 2018

Biz Quizzard 726

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

1. Which MNC has rolled out its own food retailing business in India with a pilot in Pune, becoming the first foreign ecommerce firm to stock and sell food items directly to consumers?

2. Which MNC has signed a framework agreement with the Maharashtra government to build a hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune?

3. Which global beauty brand has launched a new interactive digital campaign 'In the Shower' in order to boost the re-launch of its hair care range in India?

4. Which apparel brand has launched a digital campaign titled 'Make Your Move’?

5. Which brand has launched the campaign 'what a life!' to promote its home automation solutions?

6. Italian luxury accessories maker Tonino Lamborghini Group last week announced a joint venture with which Indian company to design, manufacture and sell electric golf-carts across the world?

7. Which $6 billion distribution and supply chain giant for international brands has unveiled its new global brand identity, a new logo and tagline – ‘Seamless Partnerships’?

8. Which creative agency has teamed up with GroupM’s media, content, and technology agency Wavemaker, to create Effectiveness Lab in India?

9. Which life insurance company has launched a new digital campaign based on the proposition that buying insurance is no rocket science?

10. Which MNC has appointed Madhusudan Gopalan as its new India MD & CEO, effective April 1?

11. Which smartphone maker has launched a 13-minute-long digital film, featuring actors Sidharth Malhotra and Kriti Kharbanda?

12. Which digital assets exchange in India last week listed two global crypto-assets - OmiseGO (OMG) and Request (REQ) - and enabled trading in them?

13. Starting July 1, all SIM-based M2M (machine-to-machine) communication devices will carry a number of how many digits, instead of the 10-digit number now?

14. Which brand has launched its new campaign “Indian foods have hots for olive oil”?

15. IDFC Bank last week launched operations in which state?

16. Which automobile brand has launched the second phase of its 'Kam Peeta Hai' campaign, with 3 ads ‘Hot Boss’, ‘Dhaba’ and ‘Ram and Raavan’?

17. Which company will launch home chemo and dialysis services in India by March?

18. Which home and furniture marketplace has forayed into the Rs 6,000 crore mattress industry in India with the launch of its new private label Clouddio?

19. Which life insurance company has launched its new campaign ‘Love Unconditionally’?

20. Coca-Cola India is looking to roll-out for its frozen fruit range of products in April. What will it be branded as?

21. Which engine oil brand has launched the campaign 'Ride for Legends'?

22. Which company has launched the world's first 'wind-free' air conditioner in India?

23. Promoters of homegrown mobile handset firm Celkon have floated a multi-brand retail chain for mobile handsets and accessories. What has it been branded as?

24. Jeff Kirwan is quitting as the president and chief executive of which fashion retailer?

25. Gaku Nakanishi has been appointed as the President and CEO of which automobile company in India?

26. Which company has acquired Singapore-based Pan Asia Logistics?

27. Which on-demand logistics player is all set to merge with Mahindra group-incubated logistics aggregator platform SmartShift?

28. Which payments bank commenced operations last week?

29. Which company has merged its tobacco leaf and agri-business divisions to scale it up?

30. Which company and Canada’s Viking Air have signed a MoU to form a strategic alliance to manufacture small aircraft to support India’s push to expand regional air connectivity?

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February 18, 2018

Biz Quizzard 725

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

1. Mumbai, with a total wealth of $950 billion, has been named world’s 12th richest city, according to a report by New World Wealth. Which city is the richest?

2. International luggage brand American Tourister has signed on which sports personality as its new brand ambassador for 2018?

3. The Muthoot Group has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

4. Author and entrepreneur Prachi Garg has chronicled some inspiring stories of enterprising siblings in her new book. What is it called?

5. Which entity has launched a new brand of gin ‘Physic Gin’?

6. Which media agency network has acquired a majority stake in Indian digital creative agency, The Glitch?

7. Home furnishing marketplace Pepperfry has crossed which cumulative customer shipments milestone?

8. IIM Ahmedabad is opening its first overseas extension centre. Which location?

9. IKEA has partnered with its first mattress supplier from India - Hyderabad-based Shree Malani Foams Pvt Ltd. The company makes mattresses under which brand?

10. In one of India’s biggest commercial property acquisitions, which entity has struck a deal to buy IDBI Bank’s seven-storey office building at the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai?

11. Which engine oil brand has launched its new campaign titled ‘Beach’?

12. Which Swedish watch brand has forayed into India and has opened its maiden store in the Fort area in Mumbai?

13. Which celebrity has unveiled his first active lifestyle brand, PROWL?

14. Which adult diaper brand has launched a film featuring film and TV actor Alok Nath?

15. Which brand has launched a film '#LoveRemains' for Valentine’s Day?

16. Brand Equity published the Most Trusted Brands 2017 list last week. Which brand has topped the list?

17. Nestle India has crossed which milestone sales mark in 2017?

18. Which Pune-based company has launched Bakeway(dot)com, its new venture that brings more than 350 bakeries and 75 home bakers from across the city on a single platform?

19. Which business group has come up with a new digital video titled, '#WhereWeWork' to celebrate its new global headquarters?

20. Which brand has launched an India-exclusive consumer campaign called 'Live what you Love'?

21. Which payments and group dining company has appointed cricketer Hardik Pandya as its brand ambassador?

22. “India’s first-ever news platform dedicated to content marketing” was launched last week. What is it called?

23. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has launched its new digital platform. What has it been branded as?

24. Which app has launched its new campaign ‘#StartSomethingEpic’?

25. Which snack brand has launched its new campaign ‘Savour the Real Flavours of Life’?

26. Which advertising agency has launched ZtoA Marketing Solutions?

27. India last week unveiled a new financial scam, Which bank and what is the amount (as on Feb 15)?

28. Which television manufacturer and consumer electronics brand has appointed Neymar Jr., one of the world’s most influential and widely–recognized athletes, as global brand ambassador?

29. Jacqueline Fernandez is the new face of which celebrity fashion line for women’s ethnic wear?

30. Who has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year?

31. Which British premium appliances maker will invest around Rs 1,350 crore (150 million pounds) to open company-owned stores in India under single-brand retail?

32. Rolls-Royce last week announced the name of its next vehicle, “an all-new high-bodied car”. Name it?

33. Which company has acquired a controlling 44.5% stake in MT Educare, a Mumbai-based company that runs the popular Mahesh Tutorials coaching classes, for about Rs 200 crore?

34. Which infrastructure institution has launched a corporate campaign, ‘#HappyRainbowBox’?

35. Which tea brand has launched its new campaign ‘Peeoge toh Janoge’?

36. Nice ad. Which entity has launched the film ‘Sneaking Out’ as a part of its integrated marketing campaign ‘Real is Rare. Real is a Diamond’ in India?

37. Real-estate veteran Sanjay Dutt will join which company as managing director and chief executive?

38. Which automobile company is investing Rs 176 crore in car-rental startup Zoomcar?

39. Ahmedabad-based GSEC Aviation and Monarch Networth Capital have bought over which airline?

40. Ending this edition with a question on the latest internet sensation, Priya Prakash Varrier. Which international snack brand was endorsed by her on social media last week?

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February 11, 2018

Biz Quizzard 724

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

1. Which company will acquire the rights to operate stores of UK-based kids products company Mothercare in India?

2. Google’s parent company Alphabet recently announced plans to buy back some of its stock – $8,589,869,056. What is the significance of the value?

3. Which energy storage systems and electric vehicle infrastructure provider has acquired Freemens SAS, a France-based battery management company, in a cash and equity transaction?

4. Which Spain-based global wedding portal is set to make a foray into India?

5. Which portal has launched its latest campaign - “Dragging yourself to work every day? No More!”?

6. Which bike bound logistics platform has acquired Chennai’s first food delivery service Dinein(dot)in as a part of an all-stock deal?

7. Which company is foraying into the professional salon segment with the acquisition of 26% stake in Brillare Science?

8. Which automobile brand has launched its new campaign with the positioning 'GO HYPERRIDING'?

9. Which MNC will buy digital IT firm LiquidHub for about €400 million to boost its digital consulting capabilities in North America?

10. India Gas Solutions (IGS) last week announced the appointment of Vinod Tahiliani as chief executive officer. It is the joint venture between which 2 companies?

11. TVS Motor Company last week made its maiden foray into the 125cc scooter segment. What has it been branded as?

12. Which logistics company, backed by global private equity firm Warburg Pincus, is acquiring Innovative Logistics Services in an all-cash deal worth a tad less than Rs 100 crore?

13. Which MNC last week unveiled Yaris sedan, marking its entry into the mid-sized premium car segment in the country?

14. Which mobile wallet firm has introduced ‘Magic’, a digital platform for seamless and paperless processing and transfer of rewards and reimbursements to employees?

15. Which cycle manufacturer last week announced the appointment of Rohit Gothi as its Chief Executive Officer?

16. Avijit (Bobby) Mazumder, 83, died last week. He was the Chairman Emeritus of which company?

17. Which company and Singapore-based TWG Tea last week announced plans to set up luxury tea parlours in India?

18. Brotin Banerjee has resigned as the MD and CEO of which housing company?

19. Which power producer has appointed Jinal Mehta as Managing Director, effective April 1?

20. Wendy Clark has taken over as the global president and CEO of which advertising agency?

21. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Bano Zindadil’?

22. Which mosquito repellant brand has roped in Madhuri Dixit Nene as brand ambassador?

23. Which Kochi-based maker of cables and electronics has unveiled a new brand identity, including a new tag line, ‘Bring Home A Better Tomorrow’?

24. Which brand has introduced a unique ‘Talking Box’ and has launched the campaign '#KhaneMeinTwist'?

25. Which international QSR chain will stop using polystyrene foam cups by 2020?

26. Which cement brand has launched a new campaign assuring ‘full guarantee’ to its customers?

27. IKEA has opened its first India distribution centre. Which city?

28. Which online marketplace for financial services has partnered with MatchMove India to launch a prepaid card?

29. Which bank has announced the launch of the ‘All-in-one store’ in partnership with Tapzo, an app aggregating platform?

30. Which cricketer was last week named as new ambassador of Bata’s sportswear brand ‘Power’?

31. Which Indian realty company has joined hands with Switzerland’s Carbon Asset Management (CAM), Korea’s Smart City Korea (SCK) and Posco E&C to form Smart City India Consortium?

32. Which automobile brand has unveiled BinBox, a car tissue box with a bin?

33. Which consortium is buying a majority stake in Orissa Slurry Pipeline India that provides for about 50% of raw material supply of Essar Steel’s Hazira plant?

34. Which luxury shoe brand from Paris has opened its maiden boutique in India?

35. Which hospitality major last week said it has signed a five-hotel conversion deal with SAMHI Hotels?

36. Which MNC has bought a majority stake in Terrafertil, a company selling natural and organic plant based foods?

37. Which company will sell 22% stake in joint venture to Sanyo Special Steel Co. Ltd. for Rs 146.32 crore?

38. Actress Taapsee Pannu last week launched which company’s road safety campaign ‘#HelmetOnLifeOn’?

39. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#PopYourHeartOut’ with new special edition pack for Valentine’s Day?

40. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed whom as its first independent female director?

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February 4, 2018

Biz Quizzard 723

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 29 - February 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Ingvar Kamprad, 91, died on January 27 at his home in Smaland, Sweden. He was the founder of which MNC?

2. Which company has unveiled three new ad campaigns for three different brands, featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra?

3. American footwear firm Weyco Group has signed a licensing deal with Samar Lifestyle to exclusively make and sell which brand of shoes in India and some neighbouring markets?

4. Premium menswear brand Louis Philippe from Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail last week announced its foray into which country?

5. Which MNC last week announced its foray into pet care segment in India by launching Purina Supercoat range of dog food?

6. Which UK-based cocktail brand is planning to enter India by June this year?

7. Which Japanese imaging and electronics major's Indian subsidiary has filed for insolvency proceedings as it is unable to meet its liabilities?

8. Ola is going international. It last week announced plans to enter which country?

9. Which company and KPIT Technologies will merge together to create a $700-million company, which will then split into two publicly-traded companies?

10. Ranjan Kapur, 75, died recently. He was the chairman of which advertising major?

11. Anil Sardana has stepped down as the CEO and MD of which power company?

12. Which MNC last week launched the updated version of its SUV Levante in India with price starting at Rs 1.45 crore (ex-showroom)?

13. Which beer brand has launched the film ‘Generations Apart’, its first ever ad campaign tailor-made for India?

14. Pinnacle Speciality Vehicles (PSV), India’s leading vehicle conversion unit of Pinnacle Industries Limited, has roped in which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

15. Which general insurance company has launched its debut campaign, featuring actors and comedians Tanmay Bhat and Mallika Dua?

16. Which fashion retailer has launched the digital campaign ‘Khade Thand Par Dhoka’ (#KTPD)?

17. Which omnichannel jeweler has rolled out the campaign ‘New Expressions of Love’ for Valentine's Day?

18. The Digital and Experiential Innovation division of which agency has launched 'The Texperiential Labs' - India's First Experiential Technology focused Innovation Centre?

19. Which MNC has acquired Mezi, an artificial intelligence-powered travel app developed by Pune-born twins, in an all-cash deal?

20. Which MNC is buying control of Xerox in a deal that creates an $18 billion company and marks the end of the independence of the iconic American corporate giant?

21. Which company last week announced its foray into the sprayers business through the acquisition of a 26% equity stake in M.I.T.R.A. Agro Equipments?

22. Which company has agreed to acquire the specialty chemical manufacturing business of the world’s largest chemicals firm Solvay SA in India?

23. Which mall developer is merging with Future Group’s primary retail infrastructure development unit, Future Market Networks?

24. Which business services provider has acquired the online career and recruitment firm Monster’s India, the Middle East and South East Asia businesses?

25. Which business personality has set up EduMentum, an incubator being launched in partnership between his Advaith Foundation and Mantra4Change, a Bengaluru-based NGO?

26. Which MNC last week unveiled its latest compact utility vehicle Freestyle in India?

27. Which personal care brand has launched a new campaign called #UnlockYourSparkle, featuring brand ambassador Parineeti Chopra?

28. Which MNC last week announced the internal promotion of Vijay S. Subramaniam to Managing Director - Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa (AMEA)?

29. Which MNC last week announced its foray into kid's oral care segment in India with the launch of Glister Kids toothpaste?

30. Coca-Cola India plans to launch which beverage brand globally?

31. Which consumer goods company last week named Mohit Malhotra as CEO of its India business?

32. Which life insurance company has launched its new #PapaKiPappi campaign?

33. Which mobile data company providing customer insights has unveiled its new brand identity, comprising a new logo, website and slogan “Fuel for Growth”?

34. Which company has acquired 74% stake in Bhubaneshwar Power (BPPL) from JL Power Ventures for Rs 255 crore to ramp up its captive source of power?

35. Which MNC has named its CFO Kenichiro Yoshida as its new CEO, effective on April 1?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 723 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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