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April 29, 2018

Biz Quizzard 735

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

1. Which business group has appointed former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as the group’s president, Global Corporate Affairs?

2. Which business group has announced its foray into ready-to-eat snacks segment in the Indian market with the launch of its B2C brand ‘Popodax’ - that has a range of flavoured appalams?

3. Paytm has claimed it has touched which milestone mark of KYC compliant mobile wallet customers?

4. Which entity has entered into the education space with the launch of Indiginus?

5. Which fashion retail brand has signed actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh as its brand ambassador?

6. TTK Prestige, the kitchen appliance company, has made which actress as its brand ambassador for its flagship brand, Prestige?

7. Which 2 wheeler brand has launched its new ‘#ZyadaKaFayda’ ad campaign?

8. Which white goods maker has roped in actors Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput as its new brand ambassadors?

9. Bata India has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

10. On April 26, TCS became the first Indian company to close the trading session with which milestone mark in market capitalization?

11. Which home-grown mobile brand has revamped its brand identity with a new logo and tagline “Bharose ka saath”?

12. Which paint brand has launched its new campaign ‘Glow of Success’?

13. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘The story Re-spun’ for its khadi collection?

14. The board of which company has approved the acquisition of the radio division of Ananda Offset, called Friends FM, by way of slump sale?

15. Which company has announced an equal JV between Frigel and Matsui Technologies India to meet increasing demand for cooling solutions for various industries in India?

16. Kalyan Jewellers last week announced the appointment of which actress as its global brand ambassador?

17. Which beverage brand has launched the ‘#GhulkeJiyo’ campaign?

18. Which two-wheeler brand has launched the campaign ‘Love is Growing’?

19. Which company has unveiled innovative range of fans and coolers called ‘Air 360’ and ‘tricool’ to stay cool during the summer?

20. Which company is selling its e-learning solutions outfit to Noida-based publishing technology and services company MPS for Rs 80 crore?

21. Parle Products has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its premium cookie brand Milano?

22. Which athlete sportswear and leisurewear maker has inked a tie-up with FIFA World Cup to exclusively manufacture and distribute merchandise in India for the 2018 World Cup?

23. On the occasion of World Malaria Day, which brand launched a video titled ‘Social Media Pe Machchar Marne Waale’?

24. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Quality air for life’ for its air conditioners range?

25. Which company is the most 'attractive employer brand' in India, according to the findings of Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2018?

26. Which airline from India last week said it has become a member of the International Air Transport Association, a global body of 280 airlines?

27. Which Italian luxury brand and realty firm Unity Group have announced a tie-up for developing Delhi’s tallest building, comprising 160 branded luxury apartments?

28. ShopClues will open its first offline store next month. Which city?

29. Essar Oil, owned by Russian firm Rosneft and partners, last week said it plans to change its corporate identity. What will be the new name?

30. Which company last week unveiled a range of ‘next generation’ commercial vehicles under the brand name ‘Ultra’?

31. Which Hyderabad-headquartered engineering and operations management services firm has acquired Belgium-based semiconductor firm AnSem for $17 million?

32. Which billionaire NRI has bought his second bank, Diamond Bank (UK), the UK subsidiary of a Nigerian bank?

33. Which Chinese television manufacturer has launched what it claims to be an India-centric smart-TV brand, iFFALCON?

34. Aditya Ghosh has resigned as the president of which airline?

35. Reliance Retail has crossed which milestone sales mark?

36. Which company has announced a global deal for the next six books by best-selling author Chetan Bhagat, whose previous books were published by Rupa publications?

37. Which travel channel is claiming to be India’s first TV channel to launch in the UK for mainstream audiences?

38. Which company has introduced Novo 65 HP and Novo 75 HP, two high capacity tractors in India in a bid to improve farm productivity?

39. Which electronics product design and solutions company will enter the domestic market by setting up one more manufacturing unit in India?

40. Tata Starbucks has announced the launch of a limited-edition beverage - Celebration 150 - from April 18 to 30, 2018. Reason?

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April 22, 2018

Biz Quizzard 734

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

1. Sir Martin Sorrell has resigned as the CEO of which MNC?

2. Which online retailer has acquired Bengaluru-based Witworks, as it looks to launch smart wearable products for its in-house brands?

3. Which American casual fashion brand has launched a new line just for Indian buyers?

4. Which luggage brand has launched its new campaign ‘Unpack Your Dreams’, featuring cricketer Rohit Sharma?

5. Which automobile brand has launched the ‘#OneWithTheRoad’ campaign to celebrate its first birthday?

6. Which publication brand, in collaboration with Asian Heart Institute, has launched the ‘#HappyHeartIndia’ campaign?

7. Which wholly-owned global unit of Mumbai-listed Allcargo Logistics Ltd has named Rene Wernli as the regional CEO for the India, Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa region?

8. Which company has announced the appointment of Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan as chief executive and a member of the company’s board, effective August 31?

9. Which company has launched a digital first campaign for its denim wear brand Forca, starring Tiger Shroff?

10. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) touched which market capitalization milestone mark on April 17?

11. Which brand has launched the campaign '#IshqKeLakhonRang' to promote its new flavours Meetha Pan, Kaala Khatta, Silky Chocolate and Juicy Strawberry?

12. Which television broadcaster has signed a multiyear licencing deal with Mumbai-based brand licensing company Black White Orange Brands to exploit the portfolio of its kids’ channel?

13. Which Indian hospitality company has announced its entry into Saudi Arabia with a 340-keys property in Makkah?

14. Which brand is the most trusted brand in India, according to The Brand Trust Report 2018?

15. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘#MMMbhiAAHbhi’?

16. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Khushiyon ka Ghar’, featuring its first brand anthem, sung by Sonu Nigam?

17. Which MNC has silently launched a web browser for Android devices in India called ‘Internet’?

18. Which MNC will acquire 51.80 % stake in Merck Ltd. (India) for Rs 1,290 crore?

19. Centuary Mattresses has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

20. This is amazing but not surprising. Tata Trusts, India's oldest and largest philanthropy initiative, will cross which milestone mark in disbursals in 2017-18?

21. Which online beauty products retailer has expanded its private label with the addition of a line of fragrances, starting with two fragrances, Raison d´etre and Joie de vivre?

22. Which menswear brand has unveiled a new brand vision and identity, including a new tagline 'Keep Rising'?

23. Lifestyle has roped in which actress as the brand ambassador for its contemporary ethnic wear brand – Melange by Lifestyle?

24. Which US-based insurance software service provider has entered India’s e-learning market by acquiring majority stake in e-Smartclass Educational Services Private Ltd for $8 million?

25. Consumer durables company Usha International Limited has launched its sustainable fashion label in consultation with IMG Reliance. Name it?

26. Which real estate firm is foraying into the warehousing space with a 150-acre facility in Mumbai suburb Palava?

27. What has the government renamed jowar, bajra, ragi and other millets as, dispensing with the nomenclature “coarse cereals”?

28. Which Indian business personality been named by Fortune magazine in the list of the World's Greatest Leaders of 2018?

29. Which company will acquire French food giant Danone’s Indian manufacturing facility for Rs 30 crore?

30. Tata Group has become the first private business group in the country to enter which milestone market capitalisation league?

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April 15, 2018

Biz Quizzard 733

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

1. Which company has signed a pact with Allied Silica to acquire its precipitated silica business for Rs 123 crore on a slump sale basis?

2. Which snack brand has launched the campaign ‘Chak Chak Chabao’?

3. Which Kerala-based food products company has diversified into a totally unrelated segment of manufacture of hand crafted luxury pens?

4. Bolla Brahma Naidu, cofounder of south India’s second largest dairy firm Tirumala Milk Products, is back in the milk business with a new company. What is it called?

5. Four-year-old home services start-up UrbanClap is venturing into the international market. Which city?

6. Coca-Cola India last week launched a no-sugar variant of which brand?

7. Yashaswini Samat is the new chairman and MD of which advertising agency?

8. Which eight-year-old Indian independent ad agency will become a part of London-based advertising agency network, M&C Saatchi?

9. Which Paris-headquartered content powerhouse is setting up its office for India and South East Asia in partnership with Deepak Dhar, former Endemol India managing director?

10. Who has been appointed as the chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) for 2018-19?

11. Which sports drink brand has launched a new television commercial ‘Win from Within’?

12. Bharti Enterprises vice-chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal last week became president of which industry body for 2018-19 year?

13. Which Hyderabad-based biotech player has unveiled its new corporate logo and new tag line ‘Lead Innovation’?

14. Which international auction house will conduct its inaugural art auction in India in December?

15. French media agency network Publicis Groupe has acquired 100% stake in which Mumbai-based digital out-of-home agency for an undisclosed amount?

16. VT Bharadwaj has quit as the India MD of which venture capital fund?

17. Which Hollywood-focused video on demand service has appointed former Eros Now business head Zulfiqar Khan as the managing director for its Indian operations?

18. Which MNC has launched its voice-activated speakers 'Home' in the Indian market as it looks to take on rival's devices like Amazon Echo?

19. Which celebrity has launched her own fashion label ‘Just F’ with Mojostar?

20. Which MNC will buy a 50% stake in a $44-billion refinery planned by a consortium of Indian state run oil companies?

21. Which health and wellness FMCG brand has launched a campaign with its new brand tagline ‘Shuddhta Ka Naam’?

22. Which company has acquired Greeblu Enterprises, a startup that runs infotainment app TOOTL, which offers personalised content to readers using predictive analysis modeling?

23. Which company has signed a joint venture agreement with Israel-based BlueBird Aero Systems to offer field-proven UAV systems to Indian defence, paramilitary, security and police forces?

24. Which cricketer announced the launch of Gully, a ´cult streetwear brand´, in association with retail partner Zeko Online?

25. Disney & Me stores have forayed into India with the launch of 2 stores by DLF Brands. Which cities?

26. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘My Health My Way’, featuring brand ambassador Katrina Kaif?

27. Harish Manwani will retire as the Non-Executive Chairman of which company?

28. Which VJ-turned-actor has launched his fashion label Disrupt – Defy Ordinary?

29. Which automobile MNC has chosen Herbert Diess as its new chief executive?

30. India has pipped which country to become the fourth-largest passenger vehicle (PV) market globally for the first time ever, in January and February 2018?

31. Which company has entered into agreements to acquire close to 73 per cent stake in education technology provider Indiavidual Learning Private Ltd (Embibe)?

32. Which company has set up a joint venture with private equity company Sumer Equity Partners to acquire US hybrid cloud services firm Actian for $330 million in cash?

33. Which company has announced a definitive agreement to acquire WONGDOODY, a US-based, full-service creative and consumer insights agency?

34. Sudhin Mathur has quit as the India head of the mobile business of which group?

35. Which refrigerator brand has launched a campaign with the theme ‘India, Ab Seedhe Ki Aadat Daal Lo’?

36. Which Danish sportswear major is rolling out its high-performance, stylish and durable product range in India?

37. Which company last week announced the launch of its electric luxury car brand Automobili Pininfarina?

38. Germany's Norma Group has signed an agreement to acquire which Nashik-based equipment manufacturer for the micro-irrigation and auto industries?

39. Hyderabad-headquartered Pitti Laminations Limited has announced that its shareholders have approved the change in name of the company. What is the new name?

40. Tata Motors has crossed which sales milestone mark for the first time in the year ended March 2018?

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April 8, 2018

Biz Quizzard 732

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

1. Which company has finalised the takeover of Ostro Energy for an enterprise value of Rs 10,800 crore ($1.6 billion), the biggest M&A deal in the renewables sector?

2. Actress Taapsee Pannu has been roped in to endorse which skin and personal care brand?

3. Gyanendra Badgaiyan has quit as the CEO of which startup lobby group?

4. Which small finance bank has launched its debut campaign on television with a new positioning ‘Bank better, live better’?

5. Which MNC has overtaken IBM as the holder of the most U.S. patents as of the beginning of 2018, according to new data?

6. Lodha Group has announced which celebrity as the corporate brand ambassador promoting various Lodha projects?

7. Which apparel brand has launched its first television commercial 'What's your plus point?'?

8. Which auto components major is set to acquire Reydel Automotive Group (Reydel) for $201 million?

9. Which company has appointed Ketan Patel as the executive director and chief executive of CASHe?

10. Which Indian company has acquired the renowned Serbian tractor and agriculture equipment brand IMT - Industrija Masina i Traktora?

11. Which realty major has elevated Hadi Badri as the managing director of its India business?

12. Which Hyderbad-based IT player has acquired Silicon Valley-based global firm, PlanetPro, that provides Salesforce(dot)com, analytics and custom program services to enterprise clients?

13. Which company has acquired Mumbai-based Ridlr, an end-to-end public transport ticketing and commuting app?

14. Which chocolate and confectionery firm has appointed Herjit S Bhalla as its new Managing Director?

15. Which company has acquired two diabetes and hyperthyroidism brands, Obimet and Thyrocab, comprising 14 product line extensions, from multinational drug major Abbott India?

16. Which bank has become the first lender to start using WhatsApp enterprise solution to provide basic banking services to customers?

17. Which luggage manufacturer has elevated Sudip Ghose as CEO with immediate effect?

18. Which online travel portal has launched universal virtual assistant YUVA?

19. Coca-Cola has launched the desi version of which global marketing campaign in India, featuring actor Tahir Raj Bhasin?

20. Which MNC has become the first international chain to touch the 100 hotels milestone in India?

21. Vistara last week received an Airbus A320neo. How many aircraft does it now have (including the new one)?

22. Which commercial vehicle brand has launched a digital campaign featuring its mascot ‘Chhota Hathi’, highlighting the big events of the last quarter?

23. Which discount broking start-up has launched an ad campaign ‘Ab Sab Kuch Ho Sakta Hai’ to announce its latest innovation, Stock Note?

24. Which hospitality major is considering bringing its economy brand Prizeotel to the country?

25. Which healthcare service provider has appointed Dr Ajay Bakshi as the Chief Executive Officer - Designate for its India Operations Division?

26. Which jeweler has signed up Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar as its brand ambassador?

27. Which brand has signed a bat endorsement deal with Shubman Gill, who is currently playing for Indian men’s U- 19 cricket team?

28. Flipkart last week launched a private label kids' fashion and toy brand. Name it?

29. Which company has launched a new campaign for its flagship tyre Milaze X3, the “1-lakh km tyre”?

30. Which company bid Rs. 6,138 crore to retain the media rights to all Indian cricket to be played in the country for the next five years?

31. Which beverage brand has unveiled region-specific commercials with actors Alia Bhatt and Allu Arjun for this summer?

32. Which financial services company has inked a long-term partnership with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and has launched the campaign ‘#BeUnlimited’?

33. Which company has sold 63% of its stake in its airport IT services joint venture to Antariksh Softtech in a Rs 3.15-crore deal?

34. Which IT company has acquired US-based C3i Solutions from Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, US?

35. Which buyout investor will acquire India’s largest surgical and wound care products maker Healthium MedTech, formerly known as Sutures India, for nearly $350 million?

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April 1, 2018

Biz Quizzard 731

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which two wheeler brand has released its 'Postcards of Pride' film under the Invincible Indians series?

2. Which telecom brand has launched the campaign “Sab Kuch Try Karo, Fir Sahi Chuno”?

3. Which MNC has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab?

4. Which brand has launched an Irish Drink mocktail with a blend of rich milk cream, coffee, chocolate, hazelnut and caramel?

5. Which personal care brand has launched leadership programme Parvaz for women?

6. Which auto component maker has acquired 76% stake in Germany-based MFT Motoren und Fahrzeugtechnik for an undisclosed amount?

7. Germany’s Gala Kerzen has agreed to buy a majority stake in which Tamil Nadu-based manufacturer and exporter of potpourri, air fresheners and decorative products?

8. Microsoft last week inaugurated its first Garage facility, a maker space for employees, in India, the second-largest in the world after its 11,000-sq-ft Redmond Garage facility. Which city?

9. Which business scion will marry Shloka Mehta, the youngest daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta, in early December?

10. Biscuits maker PriyaGold has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador of its newly launched chocolate product, SuperStar?

11. Which online rental marketplace has launched the campaign ‘#GarmiKaJugaad’?

12. Fortis Healthcare’s hospital division will be hived off and merged with which company?

13. Which company will form a JV with Sri Lanka's Ideal Motors to assemble vehicles in the island nation?

14. Which company has partnered with the German entity The Brandst├Ątter Group to offer the latter’s Playmobil brand toys in India through a distribution agreement?

15. Mother Mirra Group of Companies, which has coffee plantations in Karnataka, has entered the domestic filter coffee market with which brand?

16. Which Swedish luxury watch brand last week announced its foray in India and has appointed Excedo Luxuria, a luxury brand distributor, to retail its watches in the country?

17. Which French television brand is re-entering the Indian market in April through the online channel?

18. Which Indian company has agreed to buy Acero Junction Holdings for $80.85 million, as it looks to expand its operations in the United States?

19. Which Kolkata-based 50-year-old chartered accountancy and legal services firm last week announced the acquisition of Algebraa Bookkeeping, a Dubai-based accountancy practice firm?

20. Tetley Green Tea has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador?

21. Which company has expanded its nutritional drinks portfolio with a new brand, Siznal?

22. PepsiCo has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for Tropicana juices?

23. Which German pen brand has appointed former cricketer-turned-entrepreneur Dilip Doshi as its exclusive retail partner for India?

24. IPL team Mumbai Indians has signed which company as its lead sponsor for the next three years?

25. Which bank has launched the country’s first artificial intelligence-powered voicebot in the banking sector?

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