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November 25, 2018

Biz Quizzard 765

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

1. Which popular advertising and theatre personality passed away in Mumbai on November 17?

2. Which online media platform for auto buyers and enthusiasts has announced the acqui-hire of Ketchupp, a Delhi-based food tech start-up and meta search engine for online food ordering?

3. Which personal care brand has launched its new campaign ‘Beautiful by Nature’?

4. Which healthcare startup is acquiring Bengaluru-based mental health platform Seraniti, following which the company will have over 70 centres for this vertical?

5. On World Toilet Day, which brand and We Are Water Foundation India released a powerful film #CleanYourHeart?

6. Which life insurance company has launched its new campaign ‘#NoTension’, featuring actor Vicky Kaushal?

7. Which sanitaryware brand has launched the campaign "nothing less will do", featuring actress Jacqueline Fernandez?

8. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has crossed which cumulative scooter sales milestone?

9. Which advertising agency has re-designateed Tarun Rai as the Chairman & Group CEO for South Asia?

10. Which automobile MNC’s chairman was arrested last week for alleged financial misconduct?

11. Skoda India MD Gurpratap Boparai will also take over as the managing director of which company?

12. Which investment giant has roped in Norwest Venture Partners’ Sumer Juneja as its country head for India?

13. Which MNC has launched hyper-local app Neighbourly in India?

14. Which retail major has acquired trading firm Ritvika Trading Pvt Ltd?

15. Which company has entered into a strategic alliance with Japan’s Yamaha Motor and Mitsui & Co for technology, manufacturing and marketing of electric bicycles?

16. Which company has appointed Abhijit Bose as head of its India unit to build its first full-country-team outside the US?

17. Which Bengaluru-based online pharmacy company has acquired another startup, EClinic24/7, in the same segment for an undisclosed amount?

18. Which hospitality brand has segregated its entire portfolio into three sub-brands – Trip, Trend, and Tryst?

19. Which online poker site has signed on actress Anita Hassanandas as brand ambassador?

20. Who has been ranked the richest builder in India with a wealth of Rs 27,150 crore, according to the GROHE Hurun India Real Estate Rich List 2018?

21. Online fashion commerce company Myntra has launched which Italian brand which makes handbags, suitcases, wallets, and accessories, exclusively on its platform?

22. Which chocolate brand has announced the launch of its new campaign featuring Ishaan Khattar and The Great Khali?

23. Which MNC will commence local assembly of the hybrid electric version of its premium sports utility vehicle XC90 T8 by the end of next year?

24. Which food delivery platform has announced the appointment of actress Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador?

25. Which stationery brand has signed on cricketer Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador?

26. Which ethnic wear brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘#JudgeMeNot’?

27. This is a nice campaign. Which online marketplace has launched its new campaign ‘#GenerationEqual’?

28. Which basmati rice brand has roped in Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna to feature in its ad film?

29. Which general insurance company has launched its new campaign “Second Chance”?

30. Apollo Tyres has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador for a period of five years?

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November 18, 2018

Biz Quizzard 764

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

1. Which comic book writer, editor and publisher died last week at the age of 95?

2. Which MNC has launched the campaign #GoSafeOutside, bringing moms together to ensure safety of children anywhere, any time?

3. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign 'Zero Cost Diwali'?

4. Former Aegis BPO chief executive Sandip Sen has taken over as the head of which loyalty startup?

5. Which alternative financing firm has secured Sebi approval to raise Rs 1,000 crore for its second and largest fund yet?

6. Which packaged drinking water brand has launched its new campaign, featuring camels?

7. Amrita Raichand, the famed celebrity chef, has been appointed as the brand ambassador of which modular kitchen company?

8. The National Basketball Association has entered into a partnership with which chain to introduce NBA-themed promotions and interactive NBA Experience Zones in 39 cities across India?

9. Which online matrimony brand has roped in Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador?

10. Which bank celebrated its 100th Foundation Day on November 11?

11. Which Japanese designer retail brand has stepped into the personal hygiene segment in India?

12. Which water heater brand announced the launch of its first ever TVC Campaign for the Ondeo Series, ‘Fresh Hot Water Saalon Saal’?

13. Binny Bansal has resigned as the CEO of which company?

14. Which software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider has acquired Dipper Technologies, an internet-of-things (IoT) platform that provides visibility and predictability in freight movement?

15. Vinod Dasari has resigned as the MD of which automobile company?

16. Which company has acquired rights for intravenous Tramadol, a pain drug analgesic, from Avenue Therapeutics?

17. Which company has launched Beddy, a branded baby mattress?

18. Which Singapore-based entity has acquired SKS Power Generation (Chattisgarh) in a one-time settlement of Rs 21.70 billion with its lenders?

19. Which electronics and white goods retail chain has launched the campaign ‘Brighter Tomorrow Begins Today!'?

20. Which MNC has appointed Ashish Chowdhary, Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks, as its India operation head?

21. Which MNC will buy Qualtrics International Inc, whose software gathers and analyses data, for $8 billion?

22. Which FMCG major has started a returns programme for its flagship product wherein consumers can exchange 10 empty packs for one fresh packet at retail shops?

23. Which company will acquire 75.01% stake in Prayagraj Power Generation Company?

24. Who has become the first Indian woman chef to bag a Michelin star?

25. Diversified conglomerate ITC said its instant noodle brand YiPPee crossed which milestone sales mark in the twelve months ended September 2018?

26. Which Paris-headquartered independent out-of-home media agency is set to enter the Indian market, with its 15th global office in Mumbai?

27. Which hospitality firm has appointed former IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh as the chief executive officer for India and South Asia, effective from December 1?

28. Which apparel company has appointed Grey Group's Nirvik Singh as non-executive chairman?

29. Which MNC has launched its ‘Better Air Now’ initiative as part of which it wants to turn rice straw into a new renewable material source for its products?

30. Which iconic Czech motorcycle brand was relaunched in India last week under a new ownership?

31. Which water pipes brand has launched a campaign based on the oft-used statement ‘Naam badal denge'?

32. Chinese contract manufacturer TPV will launch which television brand in India?

33. Visa Inc has acquired a minority stake in which Indian payment gateway firm?

34. Which new eyewear brand has roped in actor Kartik Aaryan as its brand ambassador?

35. Which integrated marketing company has acquired the Mumbai-based real-time marketing agency HAT Media recently?

36. Which MNC is selling 19 lower-end spirits brands to U.S.-based Sazerac for $550 million?

37. Hershey India last week forayed into the premium biscuit segment under which brand?

38. Which incense stick brand has launched the campaign ‘Conversation with God’, featuring actress Bhumika Chawla?

39. Which brand has launched the nation's first-ever marketing campaign to promote ethylene ripened Bananas?

40. Anju Seth has become the first female director of which business school?

41. Which MNC has introduced Les Recettes De L’Atelier – a premium collection of uneven chocolate tablets in India?

42. Which mattress and sleep-related product company has launched a video campaign with stand-up comic Rahul Dua?

43. Which spirits brand has launched its global campaign “Challengers Welcome”?

44. Jan Singer has resigned as the CEO of which American clothing and lingerie brand?

45. Which wellness company has launched its first brand campaign, ‘Khush Raho, Khushaal Raho’?

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November 11, 2018

Biz Quizzard 763

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

1. In a first for India, HSBC has executed a trade finance transaction using blockchain, which massively reduced the time taken for processing the documents. Which client?

2. Which company has signed an agreement to buy entire stake in KEC International’s Rajasthan-based power transmission arm at an enterprise value of Rs 227.5 crore?

3. Which dialysis and kidney care provider has acquired the Rs 50-crore Indian operations of the world’s second largest kidney care provider and US-listed Fortune500 firm DaVita?

4. Patanjali last week launched its apparel and accessory store in New Delhi. What has it been branded as?

5. Chinese electrical appliance maker Midea will introduce which brand of home appliances in Indian market?

6. Which bank last week said it will divest its stake either fully or partially in various joint venture firms - ASREC India, India International Bank (Malaysia) Bhd and IndiaFirst Life Insurance Co?

7. Which MNC has launched a digital video, Umeed ka Diya, on the occasion of Diwali under its #TuJashnBan campaign?

8. Which electrical wires brand has launched its new campaign ‘Naye India ke Badhte Load ke Liye’?

9. This is a nice campaign. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#LookUp again’ for Diwali?

10. Which company has become the first to be recognised as a WorldGBC corporate activity partner in Asia-Pacific, to accelerate the uptake of net zero carbon buildings in the Asia-Pacific region?

11. After Australia and the UK, Indian ride-hailing company Ola is now foraying into which country?

12. A consortium of lenders led by which bank has taken ‘symbolic possession’ of the cricket stadium in Pune that had hosted several Indian Premier League matches as well one-day internationals?

13. Which air purifier brand has announced a public awareness campaign to educate people about the importance and benefits of a ‘healthy sleep’ with its brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan?

14. Which MNC has debuted its subscription-based audio book service Audible in India, offering access to over 2,00,000 audiobooks?

15. Which IT firm has acquired Stelligent Systems LLC in an all-cash deal valued at USD 25 million (about Rs 175 crore)?

16. Which MNC has expanded its product range with the launch of ‘Atmosphere Drive’, an air-purifier for vehicles?

17. Which MNC has named Robyn Denholm as its new chairman?

18. Bhavdeep Singh has resigned as the CEO of which healthcare company?

19. The government has approved strategic disinvestment of entire stake in which PSU to a consortium of four ports?

20. Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon has agreed to buy which publication brand for $150 million in the latest deal for titles from the former Time Inc family?

21. Which brand has roped in Indian Heptathlete Swapna Burman as its newest brand ambassador?

22. Which media monitoring agency has acquired the business of Comniscient Group’s Bluebytes News?

23. Which home-grown perfume house has entered into a strategic association with perfume and cosmetics retailer, Parcos?

24. Which fund house has launched a six-video series campaign titled “Reach for Better”, in partnership with The Better India?

25. Which jewellery brand has launched its new television commercial, featuring actress Revathy?

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November 4, 2018

Biz Quizzard 762

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 29 - November 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which advertising agency has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based independent digital agency Autumn Worldwide to increase its digital footprint in India?

2. Ashish Kashyap, founder of travel company Ibibo Group, has launched an artificial intelligence and machine learning-based wealth management and advisory platform. What is it called?

3. Which cricketer, along with his wife, last week unveiled premium home d├ęcor brand, ‘DaONE Home’?

4. Which company has acquired Pune-based bus aggregator Supreme Trans Concepts in a cash-and-stock deal?

5. Which cement company has inked a deal to acquire Springway Mining Private Limited?

6. Which home appliances brand has launched the campaign ‘Saath Ki Life, Sukoon Ki Life’?

7. Which airline has unveiled its new brand campaign ‘Fly Better’?

8. Which Men's formal wear brand has released a digital film ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’?

9. Which MNC has acquired enterprise open-source solutions provider Red Hat in a $34-billion deal?

10. Which online portal has launched an in-house plus-size apparel brand, Sztori, specially designed to suit a larger range of body shapes and sizes?

11. In a first, the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will transport container cargo from Kolkata to Varanasi on river Ganga (National Waterway-1). Which company’s cargo?

12. The government has renamed the Telecom Commission, the apex decision making body in the telecom department. What is the new name?

13. With 35 data centres, which city has topped the chart in the maximum number of data centre operators in India?

14. Which life insurance company has launched a digital campaign, ‘#KalSePehle’?

15. Which company has acquired the Ahmedabad unit of Columbia Asia Hospital Pvt Ltd for an undisclosed amount?

16. India has moved up to which rank in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index 2018?

17. Which company has acquired design company W12 Studios for an undisclosed sum?

18. South Korean conglomerate Lotte Confectionery has announced the appointment of Anindya Dutta as the new Managing Director of which ice cream brand?

19. Which MNC has launched a digital film titled #TheRealKashmir, paying an ode to Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC), a new entrant in I-League?

20. India is set to touch which milestone mark in number of debit cards?

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