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August 23, 2020

Biz Quizzard 856

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

1. Which MNC has applied for a new patent that aims to bring touch control via an external device on old generation laptops?

2. Loads of Independence Day ads. Which cement brand launched the film ‘#MeraGhar’?

3. Which travel app has rolled out a video, ‘#IndiaMeriJaan’, to salute the brave hearts and everyday heroes working at the forefront to fight Covid-19 in India?

4. Which company has launched the video ‘#KeepingIndiaCool’?

5. Which tech-enabled, self-ride two-wheeler rental service has introduced a new brand positioning ‘Freedom to Go’?

6. Which real estate brand celebrated Independence Day with a social media campaign ‘#FreeInside’?

7. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#IndiaSolveKarteJaa’?

8. Which business group released a digital film ‘The Box that Unboxed India’, highlighting the pivotal role it has played as nation builders to our country?

9. Which online travel company launched a campaign video ‘#YeAzaadiWaliFeeling’ that spreads positivity with a hope for a better world?

10. Which company has launched a novel industry collective, ‘#LetsGetIndiaTicking’, a movement urging individuals to kick-start the wheel of the economy?

11. Which spirits manufacturer has launched a gratitude song “Shukriya” under the banner of The Spirit of Victory in the honour of the courageous Indian Army?

12. Which health supplement brand has launched a digital campaign, ‘#OurImmunityHeroes’ to show gratitude to the Indian Army who acts as an immunity shield and keeps our nation safe?

13. Which apparel brand celebrated the spirit of ‘Azaadi’ through a public awareness campaign, focusing on promoting local Indian products?

14. Which life insurance company has launched an initiative ‘Rakshak’, dedicated to serving the armed forces of the nation?

15. To celebrate the trust and affection people have given to its flagship brand and to re-dedicate on Independence Day, which MNC launched ‘Ek Chhoti Si Koshish’, a set of year-long initiatives, across the country?

16. Which state tourism board has launched a campaign '#IntezaarKhatamHua' to build the confidence and trust amongst the travellers and to keep the audience engaged during the monsoon season?

17. Which tyre brand has launched a campaign with social media influencers Karan Sehgal, Karron Dhinggra and Vaibhav Keswani to promote its recently launched gaiter collection for riders?

18. Which FMCG brand has roped in actress Yami Gautam as brand ambassador of its 'Hand in Hand' health and hygiene product range?

19. Which beverage brand has launched its new campaign, featuring actors Taapsee Pannu and Ayushmann Khurrana in four films?

20. Which beverage brand has launched a special “Desh Ka Kulhad” collection that promotes the work of our Indian Artisans?

21. Which chocolate brand has launched its new campaign, featuring actor Ayushmann Khurrana?

22. Which brand has launched a campaign to promote its newly launched product – Ayurprash, an herbal hair colouring shampoo?

23. Which India-Dutch Startup has unveiled 3 models of smart ventilators - v Smart Ventilator, C5 Covid-19 ventilator and ICU ventilator?

24. Which MNC is acquiring US-based Principia Biopharma for $3.7 billion?

25. Which state has teamed up with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Canara Bank to empower over 15,000 villages with digital payments?

26. The Reserve Bank of India has removed the restrictions imposed on which bank’s managing director following the compliance on the promoter holding norm?

27. US-based Rosen Law Firm said it was planning to investigate potential securities claims against which bank from India following allegations of sharing “materially misleading business information” with investors?

28. Which MNC is paying up to $610 million for Aviation American Gin, co-owned by Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds, and a clutch of other spirits brands?

29. Which edtech company is all set to host the world’s biggest school quiz ever, targeting over 1 crore participants?

30. Which company has acquired the local unit of US-based Akorn which has an injectables and specialty sterile pharmaceuticals manufacturing facility in Himachal Pradesh?

31. Which cement brand is collaborating with Big FM to extend its content property ‘Baat Ghar Ki' from digital to radio?

32. Terribly Tiny Talkies, the short-film makers from the house of Terribly Tiny Tales, launched their first-ever mini-series titled ‘Butterflies’ in collaboration with which chocolate brand?

33. Which online betting platform will be the title sponsor for cricket team St Lucia Zouks for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL)?

34. Which MNC has launched a digital campaign ‘#StyleThatSpeaksForYou’ with the purpose to re-ignite women’s love for their hair and need to take care of it.?

35. Which company has launched a new digital video campaign titled ‘Indian Kitchen ka Dishwasher’ to educate consumers and bust common myths about dishwasher usage?

36. Which foundation has launched a campaign ‘Heart to heart: From one Entrepreneur to Another’, celebrating the ‘Spirit of Entrepreneurship’?

37. Which automobile company last week announced a car leasing and subscription programme in India?

38. Which MNC has announced the acquisition of Spatial Access, a specialised advertising and marketing advisory and analytics firm, for an unspecified amount?

39. Which Tiruppur-based company plans to invest Rs 30 crore in Coimbatore to manufacture e-vehicles?

40. Which company has acquired a majority stake in pharma marketplace Netmeds for about Rs 620 crore?

41. Which payments bank has announced the introduction of Jan BachatKhata, an Aadhaar Authentication-based digital savings account for its customers?

42. Which IT firm has launched Safe Workplace, a return-to-work solution that helps global enterprises quickly transition to a safe, secure and productive work environment?

43. Which IT firm has launched 'Upskilling-as-a-Service' (UaaS), a platform to accelerate new-age skill development for over 60,000 employees globally?

44. Which company, owner of the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in India, won´t buy new trucks and will get rid of old ones to rein in repair costs amid a nascent recovery in demand?

45. Which IT firm from India last week announced a global strategic cloud alliance with Microsoft, and said it plans to scale its Microsoft cloud business to $100 million?

46. Former finance secretary R Gopalan will take over as the new chairman of which media company?

47. The world´s largest sovereign wealth fund posted a loss of $21.27 billion in the first half of 2020 as stocks and real estate holdings fell in value during the Covid19 pandemic. Which country?

48. Which hospitality company has launched its Road Trippin campaign under the larger theme #DekhoApnaDesh, featuring TV anchors Rocky and Mayur?

49. Which performance sports eyewear brand last week announced the appointment of cricketer Rohit Sharma as its new brand ambassador for a period of two years in India?

50. Which company will be the title sponsor of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which is scheduled to kick off on September 19 in the UAE?

51. Which sports brand has unveiled ‘Ready for Sport: The Anthem’, a 60-second film is narrated by South African rugby icon, Siya Kolisi?

52. Which snack brand has launched the campaign ‘#TheGoodAloo’?

53. This World Breastfeeding Week, which brand has launched the campaign ‘#PartnersInBreastfeeding’, urging fathers to participate in breastfeeding?

54. Which smartphone brand has launched its latest brand campaign 'Go Beyond Boundaries', featuring Guneet Monga, founder and producer of Sikhya Films and Entertainment?

55. Which menswear brand has launched a new digital campaign and collection 'Made with Hands, Made with Love’?

56. Which hygiene and wellness brand has announced Bengali actor and MP Nusrat Jahan as its brand ambassador ahead of the festive season in East India?

57. Tata Motors has achieved which production milestone of its flagship compact SUV Nexon EV from its Pune manufacturing facility?

58. Which logistics services provider, through its step- down subsidiary Unifeeder ISC (Indian Subcontinent) platform, has announced the acquisition of three units of the Transworld Group?

59. Which homegrown social app has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Brian Norgard, Chief Product Officer of Tinder, and leading French entrepreneur Fabrice Grinda, founder of OLX?

60. Apple Inc has become the first US company to hit which milestone market capitalization mark?

61. Which company has revealed the design for the first ‘Made in India’ aluminium metro coaches?

62. Which company last week launched the innovator brand of favipiravir Avigan, an antiviral used to treat mild to moderate Covid19 patients, in India?

63. Which MNC has agreed to buy Momenta Pharmaceuticals for about $6.5 billion to expand in treatments for autoimmune diseases?

64. Which white cement brand has launched the campaign ‘#AbSabKuchMaxX’?

65. Which skincare and wellness brand has signed actress Disha Patani as brand ambassador for its entire range of hair care products?

66. Which life insurance brand has recently launched an annuity campaign ‘#WhenIGrowUp’?

67. Which on-demand logistics company has launched the campaign ‘Deliver Possibilities Faster’ with a focus on supporting small and medium-sized businesses with delivery and logistics?

68. Which group has launched a new campaign themed ‘Sensor and Sensibility’, aimed at encouraging a contactless, sustainable, and more functional interface for bath and lighting solutions?

69. Which food and edible oils company has appointed Ram Bharat as its new managing director?

70. Chrystia Freeland last week became which country’s first female finance minister?

71. Which India-based supplier of process equipment for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries will be acquiring a majority stake in the global business of its parent for $27.4 million?

72. Which entity is set to take over IL&FS’ education arm Schoolnet India with the committee of creditors of the troubled group approving the sale?

73. Which MNC has sold its residual stake in Vodafone Idea (VIL) and exited India’s telecom sector, having taken a substantial hit on its investments after a high-profile entry more than a decade ago?

74. Which Bengaluru-based startup last week launched an AI-driven moveable hospital?

75. Which beverage chain in India has decided to make its outlets pet-friendly, starting with those that have outdoor seating options?

76. Which IT firm is betting big on the cloud business with the launch of Cobalt - a set of services, solutions, and platforms meant to help its clients build new cloud-first capabilities?

77. Which jewellery brand has launched a new campaign ‘#WhoIsYourVighnaharta’ on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi?

78. Which edible oil brand has launched the campaign ‘Iss saal har ghar pandal’ campaign for Ganesh Chaturthi?

79. Which mental wellness startup has rolled out a campaign titled 'Winner’s Mindset', to emphasise the role of mental strength?

80. Which MNC bank has launched a “green deposit” product with an explicit commitment to on-lend the accrued inflows to finance environmentally sustainable initiatives like renewable energy projects?

81. Which company has launched a digital campaign ‘#ShockKaVaccination’, in a bid to promote electrical safety through its Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB) product range?

82. Which online gaming platform has acquired the sponsorship rights of cricket team Jamaica Tallawahs of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)?

83. Which bank’s mutual fund business has been acquired by White Oak Investment Management - an AMC owned by former Goldman Sachs fund manager Prashant Khemka?

84. Which company has entered into a partnership with Sastodeal, a Nepal-based e-commerce firm, to set up cross-border sales channel for Indian MSMEs?

85. Which IPL team has announced JSW Group as the team’s principal sponsor for the upcoming season to be held in UAE between September and November 2020?

86. On World Entrepreneurship Day, which biscuit brand launched the campaign “Kyunki Ki Bahut Kuch Hai Karna”, which recognises and salutes the natural entrepreneur within every homemaker?

87. Which air freshener brand has launched a new campaign ‘Aankh kholke nahi, naak khole dekho’ (Don’t just open your eyes, open your nose to see)?

88. Which toothpaste brand has launched three films adding to the ‘#ChabaateyRahoIndia’ series, advising people to remain tough, resolute and prepared against the pandemic?

89. Which Hyderabad-based company has emerged as the lowest bidder (L-1) for building the 33-km-long Zojila pass tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir-Ladakh?

90. Which MNC has struck a 1.29 trillion yen ($12.2 billion) deal to join with billionaire Goh Cheng Liang´s Wuthelam Holdings, seeking to create a dominant paints and coatings company in Asia?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 856 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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