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November 3, 2019

Biz Quizzard 814

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 28 - November 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Domestic payments platform, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) crossed which milestone transactions mark in October?

2. Which global money remittance startup has launched Nium, an open money platform where consumers can send, spend and receive money globally at their convenience?

3. Sohrab Sitaram, the hospitality entrepreneur who relaunched the Keventers milkshakes brand in 2015, has come up with a modern tea shop and dimsum parlour. What has it been branded as?

4. Which clothing line has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador?

5. Which trade body, as part of its ‘Real is Rare’ campaign, has collaborated with Wavemaker and video streaming platform Hotstar to create its first ever web series ‘Pyaar Actually’?

6. According to a report last week, top executives at which company, including group CEO, are likely to pool their individual angel investments into an entity named Raaga Partners LLP?

7. Which company last week became the first space-tourism business to go public as it began trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a market value of about $1 billion?

8. Senior IAS officer Sukhbir Singh Sandhu last week took over as the chairman of which public sector entity?

9. A rare 1950s timepiece is coming up for sale in a Christie's auction in Hong Kong that risks taking place against the backdrop of the political demonstrations that have hit sales of new watches. Which brand?

10. Which French production company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of Endemol Shine Group for $2.2 billion?

11. Which business group will raise Rs 7,614 crore by selling 79.1 per cent stake in its airport business to three investors?

12. Which smartphone brand and radio network 93.5 Red FM carried out an India-wide experiential called ‘#ExploreTheNight’ using the phone's night mode feature?

13. Which business group is partnering with San Francisco-based Digital Realty to develop and operate data centre infrastructure across India?

14. Which sportswear brand for the streets has launched a product campaign ‘Home Of Classics’ that pays tribute to some of the brand’s most foundational silhouettes?

15. Which airline last week launched a flight between Mumbai and Stansted in UK via Amritsar to facilitate Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy city on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak?

16. Which Indian automobile company has partnered with Cadisa Group for setting up sales outlets in Guatemala and El Salvador as part of its plans to strengthen presence in Central America?

17. Which MNC has acquired 37.5% stake in Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL), one of India’s largest medical test preparation providers, for Rs 1,350 crore, valuing the company at Rs 3,600 crore?

18. Which business services provider has appointed McKinsey partner Krishna Suraj Moraje as its group chief executive officer designate effective from November 4?

19. Cisco Systems India’s operational revenue crossed which milestone mark for the first time on a standalone basis?

20. Which airline has placed an order for 300 Airbus aircraft, it’s largest so far, worth an estimated $33 billion to replace old planes in its fleet and operate nonstop flights to long-haul destinations such as London and Tokyo?

21. Which mortgage firm has acquired 9.89 % stake in Bandhan Bank as part of scheme of merger?

22. Which European fashion and lifestyle brand has launched ‘#MyRightToWear', its first-ever digital campaign themed around body positivity for the Indian market?

23. Which digital lending organization has launched a new campaign 'Banao Life #LOADFREE'?

24. Which global sports socks brand has roped in cricketer Rohit Sharma as its brand ambassador for India?

25. Which online marketplace is being acquired by Singapore-based ecommerce platform Qoo10 in an all-stock deal?

26. Spotify has launched a dedicated app for children, which will allow kids above three to listen to their own music, both online and offline. What is it called?

27. Which business personality said he will donate money to plant one million trees after some of his followers encouraged him to join an environmental conservation initiative named Team Trees?

28. Which 2 Indian companies have buried a decade-old hatchet concerning engine technology patents that spawned litigations across courts in India, Sri Lanka and Mexico?

29. Which luxury watch brand has announced actor Ranveer Singh as ‘Brand Master’?

30. Which social media platform will stop accepting political advertising globally from November 22?

31. US-based chipmaker Xilinx Inc last week unveiled its largest research and development centre outside headquarters San Jose, in India. Which city?

32. Which couple has been ranked as the leading celebrity pair in the country, according to a study by Mumbai-based Indian Institute of Human Brands, promoted by adman Sandeep Goyal?

33. Which apparel and garment brand has roped in actress, producer and entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra as brand ambassador for its new range of anti-bacterial thermal wear?

34. Hero MotoCorp’s Haridwar-based manufacturing plant has crossed which cumulative production milestone?

35. Initiating the celebration of World Sandwich Day 2019, which QSR chain last week invited guests to be a part of their global campaign ‘#GoodComesBack’?

36. Which footwear brand has announced actor, activist and entrepreneur Priyanka Chopra Jonas as a global brand ambassador for the 2020 “Come As You Are” campaign?

37. Which MNC is acquiring Fitbit for about $2.1 billion, enabling it to step back into the hotly contested market for smartwatches and health and fitness trackers?

38. Which online automobile marketplace has acquired non-banking financial company Xeraphin Finvest in an all-cash deal?

39. The Indian subsidiary of which MNC last week received in US, the Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for sustainable operation by a multi-national?

40. Which business personality last week announced his debut on Instagram?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 814 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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