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July 14, 2019

Biz Quizzard 798

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has acquired Feeding India, a not-for-profit organisation with an aim to serve at least 100 million underprivileged people every month?

2. Which company has launched the campaign “Flicker nahin, toh ankhein sahi” to introduce its new range of EyeLuv LED lights?

3. Pradeep Dwivedi has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of which media company?

4. Which social network has named Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India?

5. Which company has tied up with Turkey’s textile manufacturer Kivanç Tekstil to manufacture and market its sustainable and eco-friendly fabric brand in that country?

6. Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) has bought a $100 million stake in which consulting and engineering company set up by former Wipro executives a decade ago?

7. Which sportswear brand has taken on board India’s women football star Dalima Chhibber as its new brand ambassador?

8. Which company has entered into an agreement to divest its stilbene-based Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) business for paper and powder detergent applications to Archroma India?

9. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its Ahalya collection?

10. Which company last week said it has emerged as the world's third largest hotel chain as per room count with 8,50,000 rooms in its portfolio?

11. The technology arm of which MNC has acqui-hired health tech startup FloCare and B2B wholesale trading platform BigTrade, for undisclosed amounts?

12. Which MNC has launched India-first ROI measurement solution for digital media to help FMCG advertisers?

13. Which grocery and milk delivery startup has acquired PSR Supply Chain for an undisclosed sum?

14. Ashok Venkatramani has resigned as the managing director of which media company?

15. Which MNC last week drove in its first electric vehicle Kona SUV in India at Rs 25.3 lakh (ex-showroom)?

16. Which feisty Texas technology billionaire, who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s, died last week at the age of 89?

17. Vistara plans to start its maiden overseas flight next month. Which destination?

18. Deposits in bank accounts opened under Jan-Dhan scheme have crossed which milestone mark?

19. Which celebrity has launched her innerwear brand “Infamous by Starstruck”?

20. According to reports last week, which MNC has started exporting its phones to some European markets from India?

21. Which MNC has bought Israeli-US company Elastifile, a provider of scalable enterprise storage for the cloud?

22. Which brand for supplementary study material and other education products has announced the launch of it’s first-ever TVC in Hinglish and Marathi, #ConfidentHarDum and #ConfidentNehmi?

23. Which group has agreed to sell its entire stake in its non-banking finance company along with its housing finance unit to Kolkata-based Chatterjee Group?

24. Baring Private Equity Asia has signed a definitive agreement to acquire which healthcare analytics company?

25. Which e-commerce company has launched a co-branded credit card in partnership with Axis Bank and Mastercard?

26. Which automobile MNC has appointed Balbir Singh Dhillon as its India head?

27. Which real estate developer is foraying into the shared data centre space under the brand Yotta, where it will build and lease buildings to corporates to store their data?

28. Which shampoo brand has roped in actress Sonakshi Sinha as brand ambassador?

29. Which watch brand has launched the campaign 'khushiyon ki ghadi’?

30. Kumar Mangalam Birla has created an annual £15 million (Rs 129 crore) endowed scholarship programme at which business school to honour the legacy of his late grandfather and veteran industrialist BK Birla?

31. Which fragrances brand has unveiled a new digital campaign with the insight of ‘happy bathrooms’?

32. Which GroupM agency has named Toby Jenner as Global CEO?

33. Which general insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#CoveredHai’?

34. Which brand has associated with e-commerce platform Flipkart for their digital campaign on its Smart AC ‘#ThinksLikeYou’?

35. Which Hindi general entertainment channel has launched a brand campaign with a new tagline ‘Khushiyon Wali Feeling’?

36. Which Indian telecom company has joined hands with Thales, a global digital security firm, to develop a secure global IoT connectivity solution?

37. Which consulting and outsourcing services provider last week named Julie Sweet as its new chief executive officer, effective September?

38. WPP is offloading a majority stake in which market-research unit to Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal that should bring the ad holding company $3.1 billion in proceeds?

39. Which Kanpur-based company has launched new sanitary napkin brand Senitta?

40. Which company last week launched the country’s first ethanol-based motorcycle, priced at Rs. 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom)?

41. Which fashion denim brand has entered Himachal Pradesh with an exclusive brand store in Kangra?

42. Which brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Modern Kitchens for Modern Minds’?

43. Which company has launched the film 'Sachin – Dil Se' to celebrate its long association with him?

44. Indian boxing is getting its official league. What has it been branded as?

45. Anshula Kant, managing director of the State Bank of India, has been appointed as managing director and chief financial officer of which entity?

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July 7, 2019

Biz Quizzard 797

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which airline last week launched what it claimed as currently the world’s shortest flight?

2. Jitendra Gupta has resigned as the managing director of which digital payments company?

3. Which company is selling nine operational road projects to IndInfravit Trust, an infrastructure investment fund sponsored by Larsen & Toubro, for Rs 6,611 crore?

4. Which networking systems and software company has appointed former IBMer Rajesh Nambiar as chairman and president for India?

5. Which company has acquired Eveready’s packet tea business and its brands, including Tez Red, Premium Gold and Jaago, for Rs. 6 crore?

6. Which brand has unveiled two new films for its ‘Made Differently’ campaign, featuring celebrity brand ambassadors Rana Daggubati and Radhika Apte?

7. Which digital marketing agency has acquired SocialGIZ, a boutique social media and website development agency?

8. Which laptop maker has launched a campaign ‘#PlayAtFullSpeed’, featuring Virender Sehwag?

9. Which bank has launched the song ‘Nayi Zindagi' to promote its ‘Recycle more, Waste less' initiative?

10. Which MNC has partnered with ESPN to launch ‘Office Sports Quiz'?

11. Which audio streaming subscription service has launched a television commercial, featuring actors Anil Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar?

12. Harish Shriyan has decided to step down from his role as CEO of which media agency by the end of 2019?

13. Vinod Kumar has resigned as the managing director and group chief executive officer of which telecom company?

14. The Landmark Group, the largest retail conglomerate in the Middle East, is shutting outlets of which fast fashion brand in India?

15. Which spirits major has named Thibault Cuny as its new CEO for India?

16. Who has been nominated to be the new president of European Central Bank (ECB)?

17. Which MNC has appointed Ashok Ramachandran as President of India and South Asia operations with effect from July 1, 2019?

18. Which communications consultant has launched his first book ‘Be Social: Building Brand You Online’?

19. Which OTT platform has launched the campaign ‘#SoWhatAreYouWatching’?

20. Which MNC and ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (ASEAN NTOs) have joined forces to promote Southeast Asia through the campaign 'Feel the Warmth'?

21. Which well known industrialist passed away in Mumbai on July 5th at the age of 98?

22. Lee Iacocca, 94, passed away in Bel Air, California last week. He was the ex-CEO of which company?

23. Kuwait-based Markab Capital has bought a stake of about 21% in which Chennai-based interiors and building solutions company in a deal valued at about Rs. 321 crore?

24. Which company has partnered with Facebook Inc to launch a countrywide digital literacy drive, christened, Digital Udaan?

25. Which fitness brand last week announced actor and wellness enthusiast Katrina Kaif as its new brand ambassador in India?

26. Which consumer electronics major last week forayed into the ceiling fan segment in the Indian market?

27. Which media group has roped in Salman Khan to be the face of its circulation expansion initiative with the theme ‘Life Badal Jayegi, Boss’?

28. Which business group last week launched the ‘#NurtureYourCuriosity’ campaign centered around innovation?

29. Which dating app launched its ‘#LoveAtFirstPride’ campaign on the occasion of 'Pride Month 2019'?

30. According to reports last week, the Indian Rupee will now be accepted for transaction at all airports in which international destination?

31. Which beverage brand has signed vuvuzela-blowing octogenarian Indian cricket fan Charulata Patel as the latest face of its campaign?

32. Which Hyderabad-based traditional sweets maker last week announced its foray into the fine dining space with its Masala Republic chain of contemporary cuisine restaurants?

33. Walmart India last week opened its second cash-n-carry store in Indore. Which store count did it touch in India with this launch?

34. Which company has signed a definitive share purchase agreement with GMR Infrastructure Ltd. (GIL) to buy its 47.62% stake in GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd. (GCEL)?

35. Which beverage chain has launched the campaign ‘#MentalAboutChai’?

36. Coca-Cola India has introduced Fanta Juicy+, a new variant of its orange flavoured sparkling beverage, and has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

37. Which jewellery retail chain launched a special ‘PRIDE Collection’ as a gesture of support for the LGBTQ community?

38. Which dairy company has appointed Venkat Shankar as Chief Executive Officer?

39. Which MNC has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Italian technology-driven creative agency, AQuest?

40. Ola last week got a licence to operate in which new city in UK?

41. Which long-running international satirical magazine will be leaving newsstands after its August issue?

42. Which snack brand has rolled out a new challenge called, ‘Wavez4India’ on Chinese video sharing app – TikTok?

43. Which Mumbai-based advertising and marketing agency and Dubai based entertainment channel, Imagine Movies have announced their merger?

44. Which MNC has launched what it claimed as India's first ever programmatic OOH weather banners?

45. Rostow Ravanan has quit as the CEO of which IT firm?

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June 30, 2019

Biz Quizzard 796

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

1. Which Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor has resigned from his position six months before the end of his term?

2. Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC has joined hands with which realty developer to build India’s biggest retail mall of more than 2.5 million sq ft?

3. Pankaj Razdan has resigned as the CEO of which life insurance company?

4. Which consumer intelligence company has acquired US-headquartered mobile advertising company RevX in an all-cash deal?

5. Which European gelato and ice cream machine manufacturer has entered into an exclusive marketing tie-up with Chennai-based Swedinox Impex to sell the former’s equipment in India?

6. Which QSR chain has launched the campaign ‘Load mat le, asli loaded signature wrap le’ for it’s newly launched Loaded Signature Wraps?

7. Which MNC wholesale retailer has launched the campaign ‘Impossible Deals Are Back’ to celebrate its 16th anniversary?

8. Which condom brand has launched the ‘#ComeTogether’ campaign?

9. Which tea brand has announced its expansion into a new category with the launch of ‘Spice Secrets’?

10. Santoor has become the first soap brand from an Indian FMCG company to breach which annual sales milestone mark?

11. Which online meat and fish delivery platform has launched the campaign ‘#NoFreeKaMaal’?

12. Which deodorant brand has launched a video titled 'Ab teri baari'?

13. Which Chinese smartphone brand has unveiled its new tagline - 'Dare to Leap'?

14. Amit Agarwal has become the chairperson of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He is the India head of which MNC?

15. Which Indian Logistics Company has tied up with Asendia, a joint venture between French postal service La Poste and the state-run Swiss Post?

16. Which asset management company has acquired a majority stake in Infigo Lifesciences?

17. Which watch brand has launched the campaign ‘#ChallengeTheLimits’?

18. Which confectionary brand has unveiled its launch campaign ‘#PehlePaan’?

19. Which company will launch ‘Fusian’, a range of Asian flavour inspired noodles?

20. Xiaomi has announced its entry into the personal grooming space for Indian males and has launched which product?

21. Which online general insurance brand has launched the campaign “Ismein Dimaag Kya Lagana?” for car insurance?

22. Which online marketplace will roll out a credit system, SuperCoins, from July to strengthen its loyalty programme?

23. Which fresh food company has introduced a flanker brand ‘Daileez’ for traditionally price sensitive markets?

24. McDowell’s No.1 Platinum Gourmet Snacks from Diageo India has roped in which actor as the face of the campaign ‘Jashn Yaari Ka’?

25. Which health insurance company has launched the campaign ‘The Moment of Truth’?

26. The health wing of which MNC recently partnered with music streaming app JioSaavn for a 'World Music Day' special campaign for the brand Polybion?

27. Which dairy company last week launched its consumer brand ‘Dreamery’?

28. Which actor has invested an undisclosed amount in GOQii, as part of the home-grown wearable devices maker’s Series-C funding round?

29. Which crypto exchange in India is shutting down operations by winding up all of its digital assets exchange services?

30. Which Indian drug maker last week said it has stepped into the Chinese pharmaceuticals market?

31. MG (Morris Garages) Motor India last week launched its first product. Name it?

32. LGT, a private banking and asset management group owned by the princely family of Liechtenstein, has acquired a “substantial majority” stake in which wealth management firm?

33. Which chocolate brand has launched a campaign ‘Masti ka Daily Dose’ featuring actress Ananya Panday and director Anurag Kashyap?

34. Which company has claimed to have become India’s first private life insurance company to launch a Musical Logo (MOGO)?

35. A consortium including Lego owner Kirkbi last week agreed to buy Britain’s Merlin Entertainments, owner of which 2 well known tourist attractions in London?

36. US-based healthcare software solutions players Saince last week announced the India rollout of its healthcare platform Qural from which city?

37. Which machine tool solutions provider has announced the incorporation of a wholly-owned subsidiary, m2nxt Solutions?

38. Which private sector lender has become the owner of 2.58% stake in microfinance firm Satin Creditcare following the allotment of 1.343 million equities against preference shares?

39. Which innerwear brand has launched a new campaign ‘#FitsLikeASong’?

40. Which is India’s most expensive city and among the top 20 costliest cities surveyed in Asia for expatriates, according to Mercer’s 25th Annual Cost of Living Survey?

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June 23, 2019

Biz Quizzard 795

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

1. Coca-Cola India has roped in Mahendra Singh Dhoni to endorse which brand?

2. Which company is rebranding its gaming platform Gamepind as First-Games?

3. Which oral care brand has launched the campaign ‘#SabkoChabaJaayenge’?

4. Which Noida-based travel tech company has acquired Chicago-based hospitality sector-focused digital marketing services provider BCV for Rs 175-200 crore?

5. Which company last week sold its entire stake in Shriram Transport Finance Company for about Rs 2,305 crore to institutional investors in a block deal, 6 years after it had bought the shares?

6. Patrick Drahi, the billionaire behind telecom and media group Altice, has agreed to buy which historic art auction house in a deal worth $3.7 billion on an enterprise value basis?

7. Which company has launched a new chemical Aqua K-Othrine, which can be mixed with water instead of diesel and used for fogging?

8. Which company will acquire Canada-based Objectwise Consulting Group Inc for 2.75 million Canadian dollars (about Rs 14.33 crore)?

9. Which refiner and manufacturer of precious metal products and services has announced the purchase of ABB’s Humacao electrical contacts manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico?

10. Which company is the country´s most attractive employer brand, according to the findings of the Randstad Employer Brand Research (REBR) 2019?

11. Which company has won a multi-year contract to manage Cricket Australia’s (CA) digital properties?

12. Which MNC has announced the appointment of ex-Royal Enfield global president Rudratej Singh as president and chief executive officer of its Indian operations?

13. Which business personality last week joined Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates in the world’s most exclusive wealth club with a fortune of at least $100 billion?

14. Facebook is set to launch its own virtual currency next year, enabling users to transact through a digital wallet on WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. What is it called?

15. Which tech major has agreed to acquire Ireland-based Zenith Technologies to strengthen its IoT capabilities and gain life sciences domain expertise?

16. Which well known company has hired Emami’s COO Angelo George as its first professional CEO?

17. Which entity’s stake in Maharashtra Scooters Ltd. (MSL) has increased to 51%?

18. Which electric two-wheeler start up last week unveiled its first electric motorcycle - the RV400?

19. In the year’s largest commercial real estate deal so far, which MNC has reportedly acquired a marquee office building in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) for Rs 2,500 crore?

20. Which company will acquire 51.2% of Apollo Munich Health Insurance for Rs 1,347 crore in cash?

21. Which footwear brand has signed actor Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador?

22. Which brand has launched its latest TV advertisement campaign, ‘Light your home smarter’?

23. Which online grocery company has forayed into the milk business with the launch of its milk brand - G-Fresh Milk?

24. Which skincare brand has launched a film ‘The Boxer’ as part of its ‘#SeeWhatHappens’ campaign?

25. Which famous leather chappal has got a Geographical Indication tag?

26. Which fashion retailer is joining a unique and pioneering industry-led platform, 'Circular Apparel Innovation Factory' (CAIF) in collaboration with Intellecap?

27. Colgate-Palmolive (India) Limited has launched its first ever autographed range of toothbrushes. Which celebrity?

28. Which company has test launched an instant coffee brand, Sunbean Beaten Caffe, which will directly compete with HUL’s Bru and Nestle’s Nescafe in the Rs 1,500-crore market?

29. Which Pune- and California-based data protection firm has become the newest Unicorn in India’s technology startup space?

30. According to Kantar’s Brand Footprint 2018 report, which brand has become the first Indian FMCG brand to top 5 billion choices?

31. Which NBFC has reached agreements with its partner BNP Paribas for acquiring stakes held by the latter in their 2 joint venture companies for around Rs 1,000 crore?

32. India’s civil aviation regulator has certified drones from how many startups?

33. Which technology-enabled logistics company last week launched a national freight index in a bid to transform the sector and usher in transparency?

34. Which MNC last week unveiled Seltos SUV, its first car for India?

35. Which news and local language content discovery application has announced acquisition of hyperlocal content platform Local Play for an undisclosed sum?

36. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Say it, See it’ for its LED TVs?

37. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its Facets collection?

38. Which MNC celebrated Father’s Day through its ‘#MemoriesRecaptured’ campaign?

39. Which MNC last week announced the launch of JUICY FRUIT chewing gum in India?

40. This is a clever campaign. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘#ParksNotParking’, urging people to convert parking areas into parks?

41. Toronto-headquartered Manulife has picked up 49% stake in which asset management company for $35 million, marking its entry into the 43-member strong Indian mutual fund industry?

42. Which company last week said it has completed the acquisition of a 49.7% stake in Max Healthcare from South Africa-based Life Healthcare?

43. Which Chinese handset maker has appointed Fisher Yuan as its new India chief executing officer?

44. Which MNC has announced ‘#YehMeraIndia’, the India edition of its global in-app travel campaign?

45. Which snacks brand has announced the release of 'Come on India, Dikhado!' song, using the iconic cheer from the classic cricket anthem from the late 90’s?

46. Which company has launched the digital campaign ‘Stop Flu!’ featuring Chhota Bheem to drive awareness and action on flu?

47. Which MNC last week announced the sale of The Farm Group, which provides post-production services, to Los Angeles-based Picture Shop?

48. Which ride-hailing company has unveiled its latest campaign for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 titled, 'The Anti Anthem'?

49. Burger King recently launched a new restaurant, situated at Chakala Metro station in Andheri in Mumbai. Which milestone store count did it touch in India with this launch?

50. Oyo Hotels & Homes last week said it has opened a new Oyo Townhouse hotel, in Pune. Which milestone count did it touch for Oyo Townhouse with this launch?

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June 16, 2019

Biz Quizzard 794

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

1. Which chocolate brand has launched a new variant with 30% less sugar?

2. Chinese tech giant Tencent is set to bring a “Lite” version of which popular online game to India?

3. Kulmeet Bawa has quit as the MD, India and South Asia, of which MNC?

4. Which brand entered the Guinness World Records for creating the ‘largest sentence made with packaged food’?

5. Which company has launched the Keep India Smiling (KIS) Mission - the brand’s commitment to provide foundational support to over 20 million people every year to enable a future they can smile about?

6. Which company has become the first manufacturer in the two-wheeler category to receive the BS-VI emission-standard certification for a product?

7. Sinan Ozkok will be the new president of which automobile MNC in India?

8. Which company has acquired Jaypore, an artisanal e-retailer, for Rs 110 crore to enter the largely unorganised market of traditional and ethnic products?

9. Which MNC has agreed to buy Tableau Software Inc in an all-stock deal valued at $15.3 billion in a major bid to build its analytics offering?

10. Which Indian tech firm’s market capitalisation surpassed that of US technology giant IBM on June 10?

11. Which Indian firm has opened an experience design and innovation studio in Shoreditch, London, to co-create and co-innovate with its clients in areas including AI, AR/VR, IoT and 5G?

12. Which company last week unveiled the country’s first BS-VI compliant light-duty truck range?

13. Which company has rolled out a new digital campaign ‘#PaintKaDoubleRole’ to promote adoption of single paint solution for both exterior and interior walls?

14. Which is the most trusted among the Internet brands in India, according to a recent report by TRA Research?

15. Actor Shahid Kapoor and his wife Mira have invested an undisclosed amount in which yoga and wellness startup?

16. Which company has launched its farm-to-home premium milk brand ‘Pride of Cows’ in Singapore?

17. Milind Narendra Patel has resigned as the group chief executive officer of which group?

18. Who has become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes?

19. Which on-demand provider of transport and multiple lifestyle services on a single app has acquired AirCTO, a Bengaluru-based AI recruitment platform?

20. Which brand has become the world’s most valuable brand, according to a report by global market research agency Kantar?

21. Which company has acquired Johnstown Wire Technologies (JWT), North America's largest producer of value-added carbon and alloy wire?

22. Which detergent brand has launched the ‘#2011dobara’ campaign for World Cup?

23. Which general insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#TechnologyWithAHumanTouch’?

24. Which cold-pressed juice company has unveiled a new recycling initiative ‘Raw Cycle’?

25. Which company has launched 'rPool', a carpooling service for working professionals, marking its entry into the intra-city transportation segment?

26. The number of employees at Tata Consultancy Services whose annual compensation topped Rs 1 crore has crossed which milestone mark in FY19?

27. Which Indian American CEO has been named the top ethnic minority executive in the world in the just released “EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model” list?

28. Which MNC has launched its first consumer marketing campaign in India, titled ‘#WeTweet’?

29. Avon India has roped in which actress as the new face for its colour make-up category Avon True?

30. Which MNC last week named Indian executive Laxman Narasimhan as its new global chief executive?

31. Which Indian company last week successfully tested its maiden drone delivery tech, a move that will reduce the time and energy to deliver at customers’ doorstep?

32. Which life insurance company launched the digital campaign ‘#UnMissableMeeting’ for Father’s Day?

33. Which automobile company has launched a new commercial under the campaign ‘Discover the More in You’?

34. Which water purification brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘#ShaadiKeBaad’?

35. Which author has released a new book titled 'Shine Bright', chronicling the stories of managers turned intrapreneurs?

36. Which media network is set to launch a new youth-centric music channel Showbox?

37. How many Indian companies have found place in a list of the world’s 2000 largest public companies, compiled by Forbes magazine?

38. How many Indians figure in the list of global women leaders and pioneers in AI for business, which has been created by IBM?

39. Amazon last week launched which programme in India, the seventh country globally where Amazon has introduced this, which also improves its last-mile delivery network?

40. Which MNC has picked up a minority stake in social-commerce company Meesho in its first startup investment in the country?

41. Which MNC last week announced the launch of AI Digital Labs in collaboration with 10 higher educational institutions in the country?

42. Which consumer-durables brand has released a digital film ‘#FollowyourHeart’ for Father’s Day?

43. Which group has unveiled new campaign Sound of Celebration #EkHiDhun for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

44. Which digital and portable electronics devices brand has roped in Rannvijay Singh as brand ambassador?

45. Which company’s Farm Equipment Sector (FES) has picked up 11.25% stake in Switzerland-based agri-technology firm Gamaya SA for CHF 4.3 million (over Rs 30 crore)?

46. Which IT firm has acquired US-based customer experience firm Mobiquity Inc for $182 million?

47. Which company’s data centre arm has sold its entire 26% stake in the Singapore unit to ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) for an undisclosed amount?

48. Siddharth Sharma, who used to be with the President’s Secretariat, will take over as the chief sustainability officer of which business group from June 17?

49. Which company will be selling it’s US and select territory rights for certain migraine drug brands to US-based pharma player Upsher-Smith Laboratories LLC for an upfront consideration of $70 million?

50. Premal Desai will be the new chairman of which steel maker’s executive board?

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June 9, 2019

Biz Quizzard 793

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

1. Which company has regained the crown of being the country’s most profitable public sector company?

2. Which company has signed up with Pooja Sawant in Maharashtra, Kinjal Rajpriya in Gujarat, Wamiqa Gabbi in Punjab and Ritabhari Charkraborty in West Bengal as brand ambassadors?

3. American investor KKR & Co is acquiring a majority stake in which Mumbai-based non-banking finance company (NBFC)?

4. Industrialist Brij Mohan Khaitan, 92, passed away on June 1st morning at his residence due to old-age ailments. He was the patriarch of which business group?

5. Which luggage brand has launched an anthem for the World Cup, featuring Mithali Raj?

6. Which footwear brand has launched the campaign ‘#LetsWalkTogether’ for Ramadan?

7. Which detergent brand has unveiled a new campaign for Eid taking forward the ‘#SaareMaelDhoDaalo’ brand idea?

8. This should be easy. Which brand launched the campaign ‘Alag kahan hai. Meetha toh meetha hota hai’ for Eid?

9. Which MNC is expanding its ‘packaging-free shipment’ (PFS) programme, an India-first initiative, to nine cities?

10. Which company last week said it would give its employees paid paternity leave on a par with the national legal provision for maternity leave?

11. Which company is increasing its stake to 51% in the health insurance joint venture with American insurance giant Cigna?

12. Which app last week announced the launch of its homestyle meal subscription app 'Daily' in Gurugram with the aim of tapping a large and unorganised segment?

13. Which company has entered into a partnership with Mitsui & Co. Ltd, of Japan to jointly develop and operate distributed solar power generation projects in India?

14. Which company has completed the acquisition of Madhur Pashu Aahar, a cattle feed plant in Solapur in Maharashtra?

15. Storia Food and Beverages last week announced the launch of its first ad film led integrated marketing campaign for which beverage brand?

16. Which auto components major last week announced additional investment in Pune-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Tork Motors, taking its equity holding in the company up to 48.86%?

17. This was very surprising. Which brand has emerged as the most trusted brand in the country, according to TRA's Brand Trust Report 2019?

18. Paytm last week said it had hit which milestone gross transaction value (GTV) through 5.5 billion transactions in the previous financial year?

19. Which business group last week announced its foray into the automotive space with its electric vehicle (EV) sub-brand ‘Evols’?

20. IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) will be laying the world’s longest LPG pipeline between which 2 locations?

21. Which business group has bought back nonconvertible debentures (NCDs) worth an estimated Rs 3,000 crore from the country’s largest insurer, Life Insurance Corp. of India (LIC)?

22. Which RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group company has acquired a stake in Herbolab India Pvt. Ltd., that makes Ayurvedic medicines and products?

23. Which Chennai-based food tech enterprise has acquired the supply chain business of Bengaluru-based B2B fresh produce e-retailer Farm Taaza for an undisclosed amount?

24. Which consumer audio brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani for its campaign ‘Glamour of the Stars’?

25. Which MNC has teamed up with US startup Ori for the development of a robotic piece of furniture aimed at helping people make more efficient use of tiny living spaces?

26. Which IT services company will acquire International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), a global digital engineering and manufacturing solutions firm, for $45 million?

27. Shearwater Ventures, a National Capital Region-based investment advisory and asset management firm, is diversifying into shared living space segment under which brand?

28. Which MNC and Germany’s BMW have teamed up to develop electric car technologies?

29. Which male grooming brand has roped in Ranbir Kapoor as their brand ambassador?

30. Who has become the first expat to get the UAE's first gold card permanent residency?

31. Which company has entered into 50:50 joint venture with South Korea’s SECO Seojin Automotive to design, develop and manufacture clutch systems in India?

32. Which group is set to exit the real estate business with the sale of cofounder and chairman Sameer Gehlaut’s 39.5% stake to US-based PE firm Blackstone and its local partner Embassy Group?

33. Which MNC will buy Looker, a privately-held big-data analytics company, for $2.6 billion in cash?

34. Casio India has roped in which actor as brand ambassador for its popular range of G-Shock watches?

35. Which Indian IT firm has made a strategic corporate venture investment in Israeli rail cybersecurity startup Cylus, which has developed a cybersecurity solution that detects cyber threats in rail networks?

36. Which Chinese bank has started India operations with a maiden branch in Mumbai?

37. SaffronStays, a private vacation homes provider, has launched a new luxury property. What milestone did it touch with this launch?

38. Which community-driven hospitality company has launched its first India specific integrated campaign?

39. You can work this out. Which fashion retailer has come up with its campaign ‘Trend Your Luck’?

40. Who will be the new executive chairman of Wipro?

41. Which consultancy and audit firm has acquired artificial intelligence-led decision-science services company Recommender Labs?

42. Which automotive component maker last week announced an investment of €11.35 million (Rs 88.9 crore) into a new 50-50 joint venture with Germany’s Refu Electronik GmbH?

43. Which auto components manufacturer has announced the formation of a tri-party joint venture agreement to merge the two joint ventures of Joyson Safety Systems (JSS) in India?

44. Which motorcycle manufacturer will exit the mass market in India to focus on the premium segment?

45. Which company last week launched its next-gen range of Ultra business utility vehicles (BUVs) in Vietnam?

46. Fincare Small Finance Bank (SFB) and which South Korean bank have been included in the second schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, according to the central bank’s notifications?

47. Which clothing firm has roped in West Indian cricketer Andre Russell as the brand ambassador for its sportswear brand Rock It?

48. As part of its 'Har Ghar Surakshit' initiative, which company launched a digital campaign to raise awareness about child safety, the risks faced by children at homes and how that can be prevented, during the Child Safety Week (3rd to 9th June)?

49. Which professional franchise-based motorsport league last week announced the appointment of Ravi Krishnan as the chairman (non-executive) effective May 2019?

50. How many Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes among America’s 80 richest self-made women?

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June 2, 2019

Biz Quizzard 792

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

1. Budget airline SpiceJet has added a new Boeing 737 aircraft to its fleet, taking its total strength to which milestone aircraft count?

2. The promoters of which leading hospital chain have agreed to sell the business to Manipal Hospitals for Rs 5,800 crore?

3. LV Navaneeth will be taking over as the new CEO of which publisher from June 1?

4. Which Coimbatore-based company has acquired 72.32% stake in Kaycee Industries, a pioneer in industrial switches?

5. Which brand of steel doors and windows has launched a film ‘Pehla Din’, celebrating #ChoiceOfTheNation?

6. Which MNC has announced fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani as its brand ambassador for promoting its Medium Format GFX range of mirrorless cameras?

7. Which MNC has announced its entry into the premium liquid laundry detergent category in India with Woolite?

8. Which eyewear brand has launched a campaign ‘I’m Hooked’?

9. Which company has acqui-hired health logistics company Healthy Labs?

10. Which company will acquire 40 radio stations of Big FM?

11. Which German conglomerate is launching a startup incubator, Next47, in India, with an aim to invest a significant part of its $1-billion investment fund for startups globally?

12. Which MNC has opened its first factory in India for musical instruments with a view to make it an export hub?

13. Which smartphone brand has released its ‘Note Kiya Jaye’ campaign?

14. Which kitchen and home solutions MNC has announced the appointment of Deepak Chhabra as its Managing Director for India?

15. Which QSR chain has introduced Quesalupa for cheese lovers in India?

16. Eyewear retailer Lenskart has opened a new store in Bengaluru. Which milestone did it touch in terms of stores count?

17. Which Swedish spam identification app has appointed Sandeep Patil, a former Flipkart executive, as its India managing director?

18. Which company has acquired the venture capital-backed Highorbit Careers, which owns and operates jobs site iimjobs(dot)com, in an all-cash deal for Rs 80.82 crore?

19. Which company has agreed to buy Total System Services in a deal valued at $21.5 billion, the payment industry’s third mega merger of the year?

20. Which Indian company has been recognised among the top 50 companies in the US for diversity and inclusion management?

21. Which lubricant brand has released its new campaign #PoochaKyunNahi, featuring actor Javed Jaffrey and Chaitanya Sharma alias SlowCheeta - the rapper of the Gully Boy fame?

22. Which MNC has appointed Ramesh Ramadurai as MD of its Indian subsidiary with effect from June 1?

23. Flipkart last week announced the launch of its in-house sports and fitness brand to cater to customers seeking a healthy and active lifestyle. Name it?

24. British luxury automobile maker Rolls Royce Motor Cars marked its entry into the luxury Sport Utility Vehicle market in India with the launch of which brand in Chennai?

25. Which hair colour brand has unveiled its launch campaign ‘Baalon Ka Villain’?

26. Which hygiene and health brand has announced actor Boman Irani as its new brand ambassador for its hygiene portfolio?

27. Which sports gaming platform has signed up nine international cricketers and launched three new ad films under its existing integrated marketing campaign ‘Ye Game Hai Mahaan’?

28. Which personal care brand has completed 50 years and has unveiled its new positioning, ‘Get skinfit with fast acting ayurveda’?

29. Which fashion brand has launched a campaign with the message ‘Iss Eid, dil aur darwaze khule rakhe!’?

30. Which soap brand was redesigned with a visible lump on it to alert women about the importance of breast examination?

31. Which lubricants brand along with 3M India Ltd last week announced a strategic collaboration to bring a range of market leading vehicle care products to the automotive after-market?

32. Which company, in conjunction with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), last week launched a drivers’ welfare initiative called the ‘Saarthi Aaram Kendra’?

33. Which company has announced its foray into the US market with filter coffee?

34. Which company has launched its World Cup campaign ‘#cheerwithpride’ for their Motorcycle Oils segment?

35. Which company has become the first YouTube channel to reach more than 100 million subscribers?

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May 26, 2019

Biz Quizzard 791

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

1. Which aviation software provider has entered into an agreement with Massachusetts-based Kronos to acquire AD OPT, a market leader in aviation software that provides crew management solutions to global airlines?

2. Which cosmetics brand has appointed actress Tara Sutaria as its first-ever Indian brand ambassador?

3. Which cleaning brand has launched a campaign ‘Let Your Love Shine On’?

4. An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus and which property developer have formed a $1-billion joint venture to create a retail mall platform?

5. Which group has partnered with Suresh Vaswani, who was previously the president of Dell Services and co-CEO of Wipro, to coinvest in the IT sector?

6. Which menswear brand has signed cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador?

7. Which bank is set to acquire a 9.9 per cent stake in India International Exchange (INX) for Rs. 30.5 crore?

8. Which real estate company has entered the furniture business with Metercube brand?

9. Which tyre brand will enter the passenger car tyre segment within four months?

10. Electronic and electric auto components player Flash Electronics India has filed a lawsuit against which company alleging patent infringement in the US?

11. US-based Enemetch Capital Inc has made an investment in which Pune-based company for a slice of blockchain action?

12. Coca-Cola has roped in actors Rana Daggubati and Radhika Apte as brand ambassadors for which brand?

13. ITC’s personal care and shower gel brand, Fiama, has announced the launch of Fiama Scents and has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

14. Which US-based women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years is closing all 650 of its stores?

15. Which South India based realtor has launched an ad campaign featuring their brand ambassador MS Dhoni as a part of the group’s upcoming brand campaign ‘#HomesYouDontWantToLeave’?

16. Which company has acquired Natero, a customer success management software company based out of San Francisco?

17. Which middle market and growth equity platform will sell its portfolio company Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to New York-based Varian Medical Systems for $283 million (Rs 1,972 crore)?

18. Which media company has appointed Prasanth Kumar as its CEO, South Asia, with immediate effect?

19. The Board of Directors of which hospitality company has appointed Ramesh Ramanathan as the Chairman of the company with effect from May 16?

20. Which fantasy cricket platform has taken on board former Indian cricket team captain Saurav Ganguly as the brand ambassador?

21. Which contemporary clothing brand has launched its new ad campaign “Summer or Nothing”, establishing a strong connect between the brand and millennials?

22. Which ad agency has announced the appointment of Suraja Kishore as CEO?

23. Which two-wheeler tyre brand has launched the campaign titled ‘#PaanchSaalBemisaal’?

24. TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment) Ltd. has roped in which actor as brand ambassador for Massey Ferguson tractors?

25. Which footwear company has announced appointment of Sumit Dhingra as the new General Manager for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal?

26. The Kotak Group and Ronnie Screwvala’s U Sports have bought Pune and Mumbai franchises in which sports league?

27. Which luggage brand has launched the campaign 'Born to travel'?

28. Which company is all set to exit the mutual fund business by selling its entire stake in its joint venture to its foreign partner Nippon Life Insurance?

29. Which company has acquired 76% stake in Kribhco Infrastructure Ltd. (KRIL), an integrated multi-modal logistics operator for an unspecified amount?

30. More than 30 years after it started business, Titan Company will shift gear and move up the value chain by making what in-house for the very first time?

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May 19, 2019

Biz Quizzard 790

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

1. The board of which company last week appointed managing director Sanjiv Puri as chairman of the company?

2. Which chemical engineering firm has agreed to sell its engineering plastics business to Dutch conglomerate DSM for Rs 320 crore as part of a strategy to focus on core operation?

3. Which company last week announced its entry into the Rs 7,000 crore child nutrition segment under a new brand VNourish?

4. Which MNC has launched a snack bar with Meetha Paan flavor?

5. This should be easy. Which peer-to-peer real estate platform recently launched a multicity campaign that underlines the absurdity of paying brokerage in residential real estate?

6. Which company launched digital campaign ‘#OrderForMom’ for Mother’s Day?

7. Which sleep solutions startup rolled out a Mothers’ Day campaign, ‘#MaaKyaChahtiHai’?

8. Which merchant service and UPI payments app has roped in actor Salman Khan as its brand ambassador?

9. Which smartphone brand has introduced its new brand identity and has also introduced its Reno series in India to strengthen its position in the premium segment?

10. Which celebrity has made an investment in Drum Foods International Pvt Ltd, the maker of flavoured yogurt brand Epigamia, as part of a strategic partnership that will also see her endorse the brand?

11. Fork Media Group's women’s digital publication, The Hauterfly, has roped in which celebrity as an angel investor in the publication?

12. Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha Motor has achieved which cumulative production milestone in India?

13. Which online funding platform for startups is launching a specialised healthcare investment programme called Healthcare Council?

14. Paytm has tied up with which bank to launch credit cards?

15. Vinay Dube last week quit as the CEO of which airline?

16. Which premium Italian denim brand has forayed into the Indian market through a strategic distribution partnership with Reliance Brands?

17. Which company will take over Maiyas Beverages and Foods, founded by ready-to-eat food pioneer Sadananda Maiya, as per a resolution formula approved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)?

18. The CSR program of which MNC has launched the campaign ‘#DontLetDreamsWait’, featuring a 75-year-old 'student'?

19. Which Mexican cuisine chain owned by Yum! Brands has named Burman Hospitality as its exclusive India franchise partner?

20. Tata Global Beverages is being transformed and renamed. What will it be known as?

21. Online grocery firm BigBasket last week launched its operations in which city?

22. Mahindra Partners, the private equity company of the Mahindra Group, has announced an investment of Rs 206.5 crore in which New Delhi-based eye care chain?

23. Snacks brand Bingo! has roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

24. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign “Aapke apne hain hum”?

25. Infosys’ former CEO Vishal Sikka has been elected to the supervisory board of which automobile MNC?

26. Which smartphone brand has unveiled a marketing and brand campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr?

27. Which digital and social media agency has launched a new campaign, ‘#FlauntTheGap’?

28. Tata Sky has launched an innovative platform that offers digital content from multiple apps to its viewers. What has it been branded as?

29. Which small finance bank has roped in HDFC Bank’s digital banking head Nitin Chugh as its next managing director and chief executive officer?

30. Which company has acquired Grodrej group’s premium food retailing venture, Natures Basket, for around Rs 300 crore in an all-cash deal?

31. The Himalaya Drug Company has signed which two cricketers to endorse ‘Himalaya Men Face Care Range’?

32. Which company and Sri Lanka-based Dutch Lanka Trailer Manufacturers (DLTM) have signed a pact to sell their 50: 50 joint venture stake in trailer manufacturing company to Canyon Point?

33. Which footwear brand has come up with ‘Catch the Colour Mania’ campaign to push its spring summer 2019 collection?

34. According to reports last week, which popular yester-year beverage brand in India is being revived?

35. Which company has entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC to set up an investment platform to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore or $600 million over a period of three years to acquire fully operational hotels across India?

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May 12, 2019

Biz Quizzard 789

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

1. Which brand has partnered with Getty Images and Girlgaze to launch Project #ShowUs, the first publicly accessible photo library to shatter beauty stereotypes by showing women as they are, not as others believe they should be?

2. Which online pharmacy has acquired Bengaluru-based medicine delivery start-up Myra Medicines?

3. Which smartphone brand has launched the campaign ‘Shine in Any Light’?

4. Which financial services company has unveiled its new brand identity, including a logo, at the centre of which is the ‘Sri Yantra’, which is made of nine interlocking triangles, which together creates 43 unique triangles?

5. Which chain of multi-specialty clinics has entered into a partnership with Mumbai-based ReLiva Physiotherapy & Rehab to offer physiotherapy treatment at its centers?

6. Which company has acquired the brand licence of Japanese consumer electronics brand Sansui for the Indian market, marking its entry into the television and white goods segment?

7. Which brand will be the official sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by England and Wales?

8. Which company will merge its broadband satellite, or VSAT, business with that of market leader Hughes Communications India to create a stronger No 1 service provider in the space?

9. Which fragrance brand has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as the new brand ambassador?

10. The shortage of which beverage brand in the peak of summer and in the beginning of the holy month of Ramzaan has created a flutter on social media?

11. Which business group last week released an advertisement with the tagline ‘Co-Founders of The New’?

12. Which actor has turned co-investor for a home food delivery company Foodcloud(dot)in, which will be empowering women?

13. Which smartphone brand has launched a new television commercial, featuring actor Aditya Roy Kapur?

14. Which Swedish watch brand has signed Ayushmann Khurrana as its new brand ambassador?

15. Which online pharmacy has released a television commercial with its new tagline “Health comes Home”?

16. Which company has launched Hitweed Maxx, an herbicide that controls most of the major weeds in cotton, giving the crop weed-free growth of 25-30 days?

17. Edtech company BYJU’S last week unveiled its latest regional ad campaign, targeting Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, featuring which celebrity?

18. Vivafit India, the Portuguese based global chain of boutique gyms for women only, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

19. Which oats brand has launched the third film under the campaign ‘Fuel for the Real Fit’, saluting the energy and zeal of women?

20. Tata Motors Ltd. has developed a new compact truck that will find application in intra city and intercity transportation of goods. What has it been branded as?

21. Which French communications network major has picked up a majority stake in Think Design, an independent user-experience consultancy and design studio, for an undisclosed sum as part of its expansion plans for India?

22. Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will introduce which new offering on key domestic routes from May 11?

23. Which company will sell 19% of its shareholding in the Oman-based limestone mining company, Al Rimal Mining LLC, to Oman National Investments Development Company (Tanmia)?

24. Which food company has launched the television commercial ‘#TasteOfMotherhood’?

25. Which home solutions brand has launched the campaign ‘kuch pal ghar ke naam’?

26. Which company will be the official title sponsor for the inaugural edition of newly launched Indo International Premier Kabaddi League (IPKL)?

27. Which footwear brand has roped in Aamir Khan as brand ambassador?

28. MR Jyothy has been appointed managing director of which FMCG company with effect from April 1, 2020?

29. Which actor and producer has picked up minority stake in Pune-based online fitness community Squats at a valuation of Rs 350 crore?

30. Which company will acquire iconic British toy maker Hamleys for nearly 68 million pounds (around Rs 620 crore) in an all-cash deal?

31. Which futures exchange in UK has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans as its new chairwoman, the first in its 142-year history?

32. French luxury goods group LVMH is launching a new brand with Barbadian singer Rihanna, building on a previous joint venture in cosmetics. What will the label be called?

33. Which MNC has launched its ‘SHE BREAKS BARRIERS’ India edition campaign to celebrate Mother’s Day?

34. Which life insurance company has launched the ‘#MummyKahanHain’ campaign as part of Mother’s Day celebrations?

35. Ending this edition on a sad note. YC Deveshwar died early on May 11 after prolonged illness. He was the chairman of which company?

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May 5, 2019

Biz Quizzard 788

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 29 - May 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has bought Splash, a Philippines-based personal care company?

2. Corteva Agriscience has launched a new seed brand, Brevant seeds, in India. It is the agriculture division of which MNC?

3. Which business school has launched the Centre for Business Markets (CBM) in collaboration with the Institute for Study of Business Markets (ISBM), USA?

4. Which Chennai-based company and US-based $50-million Carr Lane Manufacturing have formed a 30:70 joint venture to make aerospace components (non-flying) for both domestic and export markets?

5. In its first investment in a digital startup, which automobile company has picked up 14.14% in California and Pune-based internet of things company Altizon Inc for $2.5 million?

6. Which denim wear brand has launched a digital-first campaign featuring brand ambassador Tiger Shroff?

7. Which poker site has launched its first-ever integrated brand campaign ‘#BanaoDimaagKoAmeer’, featuring brand ambassador Chris Gayle?

8. Which deodorant brand has launched a campaign for its latest offering, Magic Duo?

9. Which household insecticide brand has launched the campaign ‘#KhatarnaakEmojis’?

10. Which entity last week appointed its first independent woman director M Jayshree Vyas?

11. Brij Mohan Khaitan has stepped down as Chairman of which company?

12. Swiss fragrance and flavour company Firmenich has acquired a majority stake in which company from Indian private equity fund True North?

13. Which company has picked up a majority stake in internet-based corporate travel management company Quest2Travel (Q2T)?

14. Which cricket commentator has invested in Chqbook(dot)com, a marketplace for personalised financial services?

15. Which US-based alternative asset major is taking a 74% stake in Sterlite Investment Managers Ltd, which manages an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT)?

16. Indian Oil Corporation’s Research & Development centre has crossed which milestone in terms of number of patents filed?

17. The family office of Pirojsha Godrej has invested $1.2 million in which home-technology start-up in Pre-Series A round?

18. The Board of Directors of which dairy company last week appointed Sangram Chaudhary as the new Managing Director?

19. Which company last week launched a music application Wynk Tube – an extension of its existing Wynk Music app?

20. Amazon India sellers hit which cumulative global sales milestone recently?

21. Which hospital information management system (HIMS) solutions firm has acquired laboratory information management solutions firm MedPrecinct Solutions for an undisclosed amount?

22. Which facilities management services firm has acquired a 75% stake in Matrix Business Services, another Chennai-based firm which is operating in the business assurance and background verification services space?

23. Eric Schmidt will be leaving the board of which MNC in June?

24. Very interesting ad for a male talcum brand. Which brand has launched the ‘#GoodChoiceSister’ campaign?

25. Which brand has launched the ‘#ShavingStereotypes’ campaign, featuring the Barbershop Girls of India?

26. Which MNC has announced the formation of cross-industry Institute for Real Growth (IRG), the first program of its kind to help CMOs and other senior business leaders to drive more effective growth strategies?

27. Which child nutrition brand has unveiled its first-ever digital campaign ‘Confidence Inside, Active Outside’?

28. Asia Healthcare Holdings (AHH), a healthcare operating platform founded by TPG Growth and backed by Temasek Holdings, has acquired which network of infertility centres?

29. Which actress has been signed on as the brand ambassador for Ceriz, a stylish handbag brand that is designed to celebrate the woman of today?

30. Which company last week announced its acquisition of the 2.2-acre land in Mumbai’s Chembur, housing the iconic RK Studios?

31. JSW Group last week forayed into which new business segment in the country?

32. German sportswear and lifestyle brand Puma India has named which actress as its new face?

33. Which company has launched ‘Equals’ Day’ campaign to change the way we look at elections?

34. Mark Tutssel will retire as the executive chairman of which agency?

35. Bharti Airtel last week re-launched its customer rewards programme. What is it called?

36. Which company last week said it had completed the acquisition of 100% stake in Jajpur Cements Private Ltd (JCPL)?

37. Online fashion platform Myntra last week announced the launch of ‘Go Myntra-la-la’, starring Myntra’s first official brand ambassadors. Who?

38. Which money transfer services provider has announced a campaign that will help Indians across the world get closer to the “Men in Blue” during the upcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019?

39. Which Chinese MNC outsold Apple’s iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the second place spot in a market dominated by Samsung, according to preliminary data from the Chinese-owned International Data Corporation?

40. Warren Buffett last week said Berkshire Hathaway Inc has bought shares of which MNC for the first time, though he has not been the one doing the buying?

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April 28, 2019

Biz Quizzard 787

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. A union of five tea-growing and consuming countries was launched recently in Guizhou in China. What is it called?

2. Which car freshener brand has unveiled its new contextual campaign ‘#TwistZarooriHai’?

3. Which company has launched a new sports bike CBR650R in the country, priced at Rs 7.7 lakh (ex-showroom)?

4. Which MNC has appointed former Network18 Digital CEO Manish Maheshwari as MD of its India operations?

5. Which company has emerged the winning bidder for IL&FS’ wind assets portfolio?

6. Which food major has roped in longtime Anheuser-Busch InBev executive Miguel Patricio as its CEO from July 1?

7. Which company has partnered with the Department of Posts to modernise over 1.5 lakh post offices?

8. Which airline in India and Dubai-headquartered airline Emirates have signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement?

9. Which business school in India last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo?

10. Private equity firm Blackstone will acquire which leading specialty packaging company in a deal worth $460 million (Rs 3,200 crore)?

11. OYO Hotels & Homes has launched an initiative through which it will curate unique experiences for customers. What is it called?

12. Which company has recently launched a new marketing campaign ‘Aspire to More’ for its range of premium home appliances?

13. Which online pharmacy and e-diagnostic player has unveiled the ‘#HealthForTheNation’ campaign?

14. Which brand has unveiled its first ever media campaign, ‘Fun at Work’ for women's wear Range?

15. Which Chinese consumer electronics company is launching intelligent home appliances like air-conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators in the country?

16. Which FM radio station has launched its ‘Mera Manifesto’ campaign, which intends to bring out people's manifestos instead of that of political parties?

17. The House of McNROE has unveiled a new packaging for which male grooming brand range of deodorants and launched the second TVC of the popular ‘#JustFriendsNoMore’ series?

18. Which company has launched theatre channel Spotlight on Airtel Digital TV?

19. Which Indian med-tech firm has become the world’s largest producer of chitosan medical sponges, a promising bio-material that has potential applications in wound care management?

20. Which company is buying Dhunseri Tea & Industries' branded packet tea business along with its brands 'Lal Ghora' and 'Kala Ghora' for a total consideration of Rs 101 crore?

21. Gaana has said it has become the first music app in India to cross which monthly active users’ milestone?

22. Which celebrity management firm has become the first such Indian company to enter China in partnership with local company E Stars Films?

23. Amit Jain is quitting as the Asia Pacific head of which MNC after a four-year stint?

24. Snack brand Kurkure has unveiled its mascot. What is it called?

25. Which ice-cream brand has launched its summer campaign, #WakaoMoment, focusing on celebrating moments of happiness?

26. Which oral-care brand has added more characters like Peppa Pig, Angry Bird, and Hello Kitty to its present range of kids’ toothbrushes and toothpaste that appeal to Indian children aged 3-14?

27. Which portal has acquired online pre-owned goods seller startup Zefo in a Rs 200-crore stock-and-cash deal?

28. Which company has launched its OTT platform ‘Watcho’, which will primarily focus on short-form content, including original series and user-generated content, besides live and ‘catch-up’ content?

29. GS Caltex India, a 100% owned subsidiary of GS Caltex Corporation, South Korea, has signed which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

30. From when will Maruti Suzuki stop selling diesel-powered vehicles?

31. Which brand has announced a new category of denims called GYMJNS?

32. Which fantasy sports platform has launched FanCode, an ad-free multi-sport aggregator platform, offering content, commerce and community engagement?

33. Which retail company will launch Go Sport, the French multi-sport brand, in India next month?

34. Which company has appointed Ravi Uppal, chairman and managing director of Steel Infra Solutions Private Ltd., as chairman of its subsidiaries Ring Plus Aqua Ltd. and JK Files (India) Ltd.?

35. Microsoft hit which market capitalisation mark for the first time on April 25, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone?

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April 21, 2019

Biz Quizzard 786

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Reliance Jio has crossed which milestone customer mark in two-and-a-half years of its operations?

2. Which Indian company last week announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of 42 approved, non-marketed abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in the US?

3. Which advertising group has agreed to buy digital marketing firm Epsilon from Alliance Data Systems for $4.4 billion in cash?

4. Which business personality has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Hyderabad?

5. Which online lingerie brand has announced the launch of its new television campaign ‘#PairItRight’?

6. Which menswear brand has announced the launch of a Mint collection, a range of formal shirts in refreshing shades of green through its campaign ‘Fresh Mints’?

7. RA Sankara Narayanan has been appointed MD & CEO of which bank until January 2020?

8. Karnam Sekar will take over as MD and CEO of which bank from July 1 until June next year?

9. Japanese material handling systems player Daifuku Co Ltd has acquired 100% stake in which Hyderabad-based manufacturer of conveying, material handling and automation systems?

10. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘#Just25’ to commemorate the completion of the bank’s journey of 25 years?

11. redBus has roped in which cricketer as brand ambassador?

12. Tanishq has roped in which actress as the new brand ambassador for South India?

13. Which MNC consumer electronics retailer has named chief financial officer Corie Barry as the next CEO?

14. Which online grocery delivery platform has launched its new campaign with the tagline "SuperMrs ka SuperMarket"?

15. Which general insurance company has launched its first campaign ‘#TheUnusualGift’ for health insurance?

16. Scentials Beautycare and Wellness Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of a skin care range crafted by former Miss Universe and actress Lara Dutta. What has it been branded as?

17. Which oil and gas company has appointed Ajay Dixit as its chief executive officer?

18. Which company’s South Africa-based subsidiary will acquire 30% stake in the connected healthcare firm Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of ZAR 65 million (Rs 32 crore)?

19. Which company has acquired Spring Air, one of the top 10 manufacturers of bedding products in the world, for an undisclosed amount to expand its presence across India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Pakistan?

20. Which 3 Indian companies have entered the list of top 20 fastest growing luxury brands globally, according to a study by Deloitte?

21. Which brand has launched a new product in its innerwear category by presenting India’s first scented vest range?

22. Which domain registration and web hosting company has launched a new digital advertising campaign for the .CO domain name?

23. Which smartphone brand has launched the ‘#BeBrilliant’ campaign starring actor Vicky Kaushal?

24. Which brand has launched the ‘EkDinKiChutti’ campaign for elections?

25. Which health drink brand has appointed cricketers Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer as its brand ambassadors?

26. Which personal care brand has launched a campaign for Hello Sun, its sunscreen range of products with natural extracts?

27. Which glass manufacturer has released its ad campaign, ‘Subway Baby’?

28. Which company is acquiring majority stake in Chennai-headquartered business solutions provider and listed enterprise Allsec Technologies in a transaction worth around Rs 270 crore?

29. Which company’s Singapore-based subsidiary has entered into a pact to sell stake in its fleet of six very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines?

30. Which Indian business personality has been named by TIME magazine in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world?

31. Reliance Retail has become the first Indian retail company to clock more than which annual revenues milestone?

32. Reliance Retail has become the first Indian retailer to cross which stores count milestone?

33. Which company last week posted the highest quarterly net profit by any Indian private sector firm?

34. Which spirits company has launched the video 'Born Colourless'?

35. Which company has signed an agreement to sell a 49% stake in its airports business to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)?

36. The Times Group has forayed into beauty segment and will be launching salons across India under which brand?

37. Hyundai last week unveiled its new SUV ‘Venue’ at 2 venues across the world. One was on-board a cruise ship sailing the waters between Mumbai and Goa. Which was the other?

38. Which alcohol brand has launched a new campaign, ‘Be A King’, a narrative that bolsters individuals to seize their opportunity to shine?

39. Which Indian automobile company last week said it has forayed into the South Korean market?

40. Mondelez India and HUL have partnered to launch two new premium frozen desserts. Which 2 brands of Mondelez?

41. Tata Sponge Iron Ltd., a subsidiary of Tata Steel, is planning to change its name. What will be the new name?

42. Which Indian business personality has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K. for his service to the cause of science?

43. Which engineering and geospatial solutions company has launched MedTechConnect platform to bring medtech stakeholders together to address the country’s last-mile challenge in healthcare?

44. Which hotel chain last week launched the OPEN initiative for stronger interaction and engagement among the asset owner community in India?

45. Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. last week touched which milestone production mark from its Pune assembly line?

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April 14, 2019

Biz Quizzard 785

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has crossed which cumulative tractor sales milestone?

2. Which air conditioner brand has launched its new campaign ‘It doesn’t just cool, it cleans’?

3. Which entity has announced the launch of 'CatchUp', a social infotainment start-up that will give users the opportunity to stay on top of trends online via an audio-visual format?

4. Which media company has roped in Roger Lynch, former CEO of Pandora, as its first global CEO?

5. Which MNC has teamed up with singer Beyonce and will relaunch her Ivy Park brand?

6. Which media company has announced a quiz program titled Mind Wars for school students across India?

7. Canadian-owned company Bata has partnered with which MNC for a new line of shoes, which will be part of the 'Heritage collection’?

8. Coca-Cola will launch which global sports drink in India within the next two months ahead of the ICC World Cup to compete head-on with PepsiCo’s Gatorade?

9. Home-grown private equity fund Everstone Capital will acquire a controlling stake in which hospital chain?

10. Baring Asia is buying about 30% stake in which IT firm for about Rs 2,627 crore ($381 million)?

11. Which chain has announced the launch of Wow Everyday Value, a bold, new value proposition across the entire Pan Pizza range?

12. Machani Infra Development Corporation (MIDC) has announced the rebranding of Machani Ananda. What is the new name?

13. Which fantasy sports platform has launched a new ad campaign 'Bro Code'?

14. Kolkata-based QSR start-up, Wow! Momo launched its sister brand, a fast-food Chinese cuisine format in December. What is it called?

15. FMCG firm Emami has roped in actor Varun Dhawan to endorse which brand?

16. Which company has launched Ecovera, an eco-friendly range of fabrics manufactured using R|Elan, a technology from Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)?

17. Which luggage brand has announced a brand re-launch and has roped in celebrity couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan as brand ambassadors?

18. Unikorn, the one-stop online platform for pet parents, has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

19. Which retailer has launched the ‘#ShareMyNewYear’ campaign?

20. Which country has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market?

21. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its "Swayahm" collection?

22. Which health insurance company has roped in Remo D’Souza for its latest campaign ‘#JumpForHealth’?

23. Sudhir Mathur has resigned as the CEO of which company?

24. Which two-wheeler brand in India has completed 25 years on the roads?

25. Which Bengaluru-based startup, in association with True Blue, promoted by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Arvind Ltd, has launched 'handcrafted' range of shirts?

26. Spirits company Radico Khaitan has announced which actor as the brand ambassador for its brand 8 PM Premium Black Music CDs?

27. Which online lingerie brand has unveiled its new brand identity with a new logo and tagline - 'Love Yourself Inside Out.'?

28. Which tech company has appointed Disney India country head Abhishek Maheshwari as president of international business?

29. Which digital payments major has acquired payments security and mobile payments technology company Wibmo for $70 million?

30. Indian Hotels Company last week announced the launch of which new brand, with a dozen hotels in India under this portfolio in the first phase?

31. Which restaurant company has acquired a 20 per cent stake in Milan-based fine-dining restaurant company Alicette SRL for an undisclosed sum?

32. Which company has purchased 3% stake of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) in its ship building subsidiary for Rs 32.74 crore?

33. Asia’s largest certified refurbished and excess inventory brand is now all set to launch its large format stores in India. Name it?

34. The centralised know your customer registry, which is accepted by all the financial sector regulators like RBI, Sebi, IRDAI, PFRDA and others, crossed which major customer milestone last month?

35. Maruti Suzuki’s compact car Celerio crossed which annual sales milestone in 2018-19?

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April 7, 2019

Biz Quizzard 784

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Sensex topped 39,000 for the first time ever on Monday, April 1. It was a special day for the index for another reason. What was it?

2. Which luxury men’s grooming brand has launched its first perfume, ‘Origin’?

3. Amar Chitra Katha has recently announced the launch of ACK Alive, a centre for learning with areas designated for art and design, life skills, performing arts and Vedic sciences. Which city?

4. Which business personality, in his personal capacity, will be launching the IPL-like franchise-based league, ‘Ultimate Kho Kho’?

5. Which automobile company last week appointed Vinod Dasari as its CEO?

6. Which company has signed an agreement with South Korean firm CJ 4DPLEX to bring in ScreenX, the multiprojection technology, to India?

7. Which company has said it has completed the formation of its joint venture with Hitachi, Panasonic and Pasona, strategically enhancing presence in Japan?

8. Which MNC is buying the biscuit and snack businesses of the American Kellogg Company for $1.3 billion?

9. Which business personality last week released a song called “RIP Harambe”?

10. Which MNC made $111.1 billion last year, meaning it was probably by far the world’s most profitable company, according to Moody’s Investors Service?

11. Which MNC will soon roll out the ‘BlueLink’ connectivity feature in India that will allow users to interact with their cars using voice, while enabling them to remotely switch on/off the car or its AC?

12. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Gurugram-based rental brokerage platform FastFox(dot)com?

13. Mid-market buyout private equity fund Samara Capital has signed an agreement to acquire a 50 per cent stake in which cosmetics company?

14. Which luggage brand has launched its ‘#GoSwagPackin’ campaign, featuring Virat Kohli?

15. The industrial automation business of which company has acquired Bengaluru-based Incite Cam Centre’s automation business?

16. Which Hindi movies channel has launched its new positioning ‘Seene mein cinema’?

17. Bajaj Consumer Care Ltd (formerly known as Bajaj Corp Ltd.) has roped in cricketer Ravindra Jadeja to endorse which brand?

18. Which music app has unveiled its first campaign across the country, 'There’s A Playlist For That’?

19. Which company has acquired a majority stake in chat-bot platform Haptik?

20. Rajan Anandan has quit as the vice-president, Southeast Asia and India for which MNC?

21. Which Pune-based company is launching the generic version of Eisai Pharma’s breast cancer medicine Eribulin and it will be 40% cheaper than the innovator’s drug?

22. Which company has signed an agreement to sell its entire 51% stake in its joint venture to its Japanese partner in the company, Kobe Steel, for Rs 43.5 crore?

23. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘Only the tough can’ in Tunisia?

24. Which MNC has entered into an agreement to acquire one of the world’s most innovative and influential creative agencies Droga5?

25. Which brand has launched ‘#ChallengeAccepted’, a campaign that challenges gender-based stereotypes in cricket?

26. Which MNC has launched its latest innovation in the personal care category - ‘Persona Germ Protection and Moisturizing’ liquid hand wash?

27. Which travel platform has announced the launch of its new Twitter campaign ‘#SocialMojo’?

28. Which company has acquired Hyderabad-based electronics retail chain, TMC Electronics?

29. Which Indian company is taking its hotel business to Japan ahead of Olympics next year?

30. Which company is the most preferred workplace in India, according to a list compiled by professional social media network LinkedIn?

31. Which automotive component manufacturing company has entered into a joint venture with Chinese company Guoxuan High-Tech to manufacture battery packs for electric cars?

32. Which business personality is looking to raise $100 million as growth capital for Revolt Intellicorp, the venture that marks his foray into the personal mobility space?

33. Which company has ventured into the steel furniture business with the launch of Forma?

34. What has French auto major Renault named its upcoming multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), code named RBC, as?

35. AIPL ABRO has roped in which former cricketer as brand ambassador?

36. Which digital marketplace for financial services and products has launched its new digital campaign ‘Sirf App Nahin, Appreciation’?

37. Which food brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftofTime’?

38. Vikram Kirloskar has been appointed the president of which industry body for the current fiscal?

39. Top Trump administration official David Malpass was last week selected as the 13th president of which entity?

40. It has been dubbed as the costliest divorce settlement in history. Which business personality?

41. Keshav Murugesh, group CEO of WNS Global Services, has been appointed chairman of which industry body for 2019-20?

42. Amazon India last week launched a new initiative to help its sellers raise funds through the crowdfunding platform Ketto. What is it called?

43. Which company, founded by healthcare entrepreneur GSK Velu two years ago, is planning to foray into Europe and the U.S. by investing in local pathological labs to access know-how in the area of genetic diagnostics?

44. Japan's biggest retail group Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd said it is replacing the head of which business, amid pressure to abandon its 24-hour store policy due to a shortage of workers?

45. Which company will merge south-based Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with itself through a share-swap deal?

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March 31, 2019

Biz Quizzard 783

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The founder-chairman of which company has stepped down from its board, handing over the reins to government-run banks?

2. Which e-pharmacy has acqui-hired the staff of health tech startup KiViHealth in a cash-and-stock deal?

3. JSW Group is entering the steel furniture business under which brand?

4. Perfetti Van Melle India has entered the tangy fruit candy segment with which brand?

5. Hardik and Krunal Pandya have been signed up as brand ambassadors for which fantasy sports startup?

6. Which company has launched the campaign “Reveal your best skin” for its neem pack?

7. Which is the most consumer-focused brand in the country, according to a study by TRA?

8. Which engineering and construction company will acquire 85% stake in Swedish power solutions and systems company Linjemontage i Grastorp for an enterprise value of $24 million (Rs 165 crore)?

9. Coastal Gujarat Power Limited will sell its 100% equity stake in Energy Eastern Pte Ltd to Trust Energy Resources Pte Ltd. All 3 are wholly-owned subsidiaries of which company?

10. Which company has acquired mid-segment menswear brand John Players from ITC?

11. Which Israeli EduTech firm, present in 30 countries, is setting up shop in India?

12. Which third-party logistics (3PL) company, part of Redington Group, has acquired 90% stake in Auroma Logistics Pvt. Ltd. for a cash consideration of Rs 45.67 crore?

13. Which beverage brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani as its brand ambassador?

14. Which WPP Plc owned marketing agency has announced that it has appointed Anil Nair as chief executive of its India business effective immediately?

15. Which online classifieds platform has rebranded itself, with a new tagline ‘SET HAI’?

16. Apple last week announced a new streaming service, which will house its original shows and movies and could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself. What is it called?

17. Hyundai last week announced the name of its all-new connected sports utility vehicle (SUV) to be launched soon. Name it?

18. Which hospitality company last week unveiled a new brand identity and added a tag line ‘Heart. Felt.’?

19. Which grocery and milk delivery startup has acquired Noida-based grocery delivery platform Veggie India for an undisclosed amount?

20. Which company has launched ‘Ghar Jao Vote Karo’ campaign, offering discounts to home bound voters?

21. Which ecommerce solutions provider has merged with retail management platform Octopus in a bid to offer their customers across Asia Pacific, Middle East and the United States a combined offline and online digital ecosystem?

22. Private equity fund Samara Capital has acquired majority stake in which New Delhi-based cosmetics brand in a deal worth Rs 200 crore?

23. Uber Technologies will buy which Middle Eastern ride-hailing competitor for $3.1 billion?

24. Which brand has launched a multi-purpose masala with a new campaign ‘Just like homemade, with your mother’s touch’?

25. Tata Motors has become the first Indian automaker to cross which milestone annual sales mark, beating Chinese giants Changan and SAIC, to be the world’s 16th largest light vehicles company?

26. Which British electric bike maker last week entered the Indian market with two products priced Rs 29,999 onwards?

27. Which financial services company has launched its new ‘#EMINetworkPowerplay’ campaign amidst the twelfth Indian Premier League (IPL) season?

28. Raja Rajamannar was last week named president of World Federation of Advertisers (WFA). He is the chief marketing and communications officer of which MNC?

29. Which brand has entered the packaged food juices segment by launching ‘Tru’?

30. Which conglomerate is foraying into airports, investing Rs 3,555 crore for a 20% stake in GMR Airports?

31. Which company has launched the ‘#GharGharGaadi’ campaign for its car subscription festival?

32. Which online insurance web aggregator has roped in Virender Sehwag as its brand ambassador?

33. Which company has launched a new multi-media campaign titled ‘#HoSaktaHai’, with the aim of reaching out to aspiring home owners with a slew of innovative solutions?

34. Which sports gaming platform has launched an integrated marketing campaign ‘Ye Game hai Mahaan’, celebrating Indian cricket fans’ love for their favourite sport?

35. Which MNC has reportedly acquired the patents of Lighthouse AI, a maker of AI-powered home security cameras?

36. Which company has signed definitive agreements to acquire up to 100% stake in Innovative B2B Logistics Solution, an entity controlled by PE firm True North for Rs 331.5 crore?

37. Which actor has launched a fashion label, Single, in partnership with youth-oriented fashion retailer Universal Sportsbiz (USPL)?

38. Which brand has unveiled the latest innovative range of fashion forward trousers through its campaign “Future of Bottomwear”?

39. Which eyewear retailer has signed YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bam as its brand ambassador?

40. Which company is buying a 75% stake in Stater, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABN Amro Bank, for $143 million (about Rs 1,000 crore)?

41. Which nutrition company has elevated Himanshu Bakshi as Managing Director of its India operations effective 1st April 2019?

42. Which nutrition brand has announced the signing of Indian test cricketer Mayank Agarwal as brand ambassador?

43. Coca-Cola India is set to introduce an apple juice-based sparkling beverage. What has it been branded as?

44. Which business personality has given debt ($3-4 million each) to rival bike rental startups Bounce and Vogo?

45. Which Brazilian slipper brand has launched its operations in India?

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March 24, 2019

Biz Quizzard 782

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Boeing recently unveiled its newest jetliner, the longest passenger jetliner in the world. What has it been branded as?

2. Which IIT-Madras-incubated start-up, that provides underwater robotic inspection solutions, has launched what it calls the most advanced remotely operated vehicle (ROV), Mikros?

3. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement with an affiliate of the Warburg Pincus Group to sell its stake in its education finance subsidiary, Avanse Financial Services Ltd (AFSL)?

4. Which snack brand has announced the rollout of ‘Caravan Talkies’, a mega consumer connect programme in Uttar Pradesh?

5. Which fashion retailer has launched the campaign ‘#BuraNaManoDiscountHai’?

6. Which company has launched a new digital film on the occasion of Holi titled ‘Holi Ke Mazelo’?

7. Which social networking app has launched the ‘#RangDeBluedSe’ campaign?

8. Which MNC has launched “Magical inspirations”, its first brand campaign for India?

9. Which tourism destination has featured Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja in its latest digital marketing campaign?

10. This is an interesting corporate battle. Which company has bought a 20.32% stake in Mindtree for Rs 3,269 crore from early investor VG Siddhartha?

11. Which company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for transfer of ISRO’s lithium-cell technology?

12. Canadian alternative asset management company Brookfield has agreed to buy which company’s assets comprising key hotels in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Udaipur and Chennai for Rs 3,950 crore?

13. Which business personality has set up the first office of his new investment firm Lupa Systems outside the US in Mumbai?

14. Which brand has launched its latest film 'The Exam Collection' that urges parents to #LookBeyondMarks'?

15. Which broadcaster has launched its latest campaign ‘#WhereIsMyChannel’, featuring film maker and producer Anurag Kashyap?

16. Which company has launched KaiGO, a business division specializing in waste-water management?

17. Which point of sales machine maker has said it is acquiring online gift card company Qwikcilver at an enterprise value of $110 million?

18. Which smartphone maker last week announced its foray into the digital payment segment in India?

19. Which company has announced its partnership with apartment management and security solution provider Apna Complex, to set up ‘Society Clinics’ in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai?

20. Which airline has joined global airlines' grouping IATA as a member, becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership?

21. Which entity has launched a new fund in partnership with DivyaSree Developers to develop and acquire commercial office assets across India?

22. Which healthcare major has unveiled its “neutral” digital initiative that aims to provide services and information to consumers and doctors, bridge communication gaps between the two and eventually get e-pharmacies on board?

23. Which entertainment network has entered into a multiyear partnership with video content platform Dailyhunt?

24. This is interesting and naughty. Which MNC retailer has released a new manual based on the world-famous Kamasutra?

25. Which life insurance company has launched "Thanks A Dot" self-examination awareness campaign for breast cancer?

26. Which footwear maker has launched a new ad campaign for its 9 to 9 collection?

27. Which airline has launched a new cross-media brand campaign in India, ‘#LifeChangingPlaces’?

28. Specialist knowledge-based communication agency Saatchi & Saatchi Focus has been rechristened. What is the new name?

29. Which MNC has launched ‘#EatHardEatSmart’ campaign to promote and support the benefits of balanced nutritional intake for a healthy lifestyle?

30. This deserves a special mention. Which retailer last week released an ad saying over 140 of its stores are now wheelchair-friendly?

31. Which inverters & inverter batteries brand has launched its new campaign ‘Smart and Strong, Chale Life Long’?

32. Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation will together invest USD 300 million in which cab aggregator?

33. Which automobile company has roped in in British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the brand ambassador in India?

34. Which digital wallet has appointed actor Aamir Khan as the face of its brand?

35. Which recently launched lifestyle consumer electronics brand has appointed actor Ayushman Khurrana as its first brand ambassador?

36. Which online eyewear platform has announced its association with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the upcoming T20 season?

37. Which life insurance company has announced a partnership with IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore?

38. Which television brand has announced its partnership with Delhi Capitals (previously Delhi Daredevils) as a team sponsor for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL)?

39. The Future Group has appointed Hardeep Singh as the chief executive for which chain in India?

40. Which well known MNC last week started trading on the public markets for the second time in its 165-year history?

41. Which MNC, along with southern developer Salarpuria Sattva, is set to acquire Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha’s real estate venture Tanglin Developments for about Rs 2,800 crore?

42. Serial entrepreneurs Mallesh Reddy and Vijay Krishnamurthy have announced the launch of their new venture, an insurance aggregator platform. What is it called?

43. Eicher Motors-owned mid-sized motorcycle maker Royal Enfield will be setting its first motorcycle assembly unit outside India. Which country?

44. Which company recently briefly dethroned PewDiePie as the world’s most watched Youtube channel?

45. Which company has sold its entire stake in subsidiary Benani Foods to Chennai-based food supply chain startup Waycool Foods for Rs 1.63 crore?

46. Pune-based AJP Group will locally assemble which iconic top-end car brand in its AJ Performance Studio?

47. Which fantasy sports company has roped in Suresh Raina as its brand ambassador?

48. Which sports and active nutrition brand has been announced as the official drink partner for Procam International running events in India?

49. Which FM radio has announced its association as the principal sponsor of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 7th year consecutively?

50. Which company is foraying into organic food space with Coco Soul?

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