December 20, 2020

Biz Quizzard 873

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 14 -19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is planning to build the world’s largest scooter factory in Tamil Nadu?

2. Which company is liquidating Pininfarina Engineering, a unit of its Italian subsidiary Pininfarina, citing strategic irrelevance of the business and poor market visibility?

3. Which IT firm has named Ajay Bhutoria as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director?

4. Global insurance giant Aon has acquired a 49% stake in which insurance broker in India?

5. Dirk Van den Berghe has quit as the Asia region CEO of which retailer?

6. Which brand has partnered with Cricket Australia and Big Bash League (BBL 2020) in a unique sponsorship deal that focuses on the umpire’s underarm?

7. Which MNC has launched a new campaign ‘Nayi shuruaat’ highlighting stories of small business owners?

8. According to an exchange filing last week, the Reserve Bank of India has approved the reappointment of current managing director and chief executive officer of which bank?

9. Bosch Power Tools India has achieved which cumulative production milestone at its Oragadam plant?

10. Which MNC has agreed to buy U.S. drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion in cash and shares to bolster its positions in immunology and rare diseases?

11. Syska Group, which has presence in segments ranging from LED-based lighting solutions to personal care products, last week announced its entry into which segment?

12. Which online matchmaking service has launched its latest campaign with the theme ‘Pressure Hatao’?

13. Which skincare, haircare and wellness brand has launched a short video film starring brand ambassador and actor Disha Patani for its haircare line?

14. Which life insurance company has launched ‘#Decision2Protect’, a customer testimonial-based campaign?

15. Which laundry and fabric care brand has launched two new ad films featuring actor and brand ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana for its new offering?

16. Which company will launch its own microwave popcorn brand ‘Popmagic’, marking its foray into the F&B business?

17. Which company, which provides software services to insurers globally, last week said it would pay an interim dividend of Rs 974 per share, a record 19,480% on its face value of Rs 5?

18. Which Hyderabad and Seattle-based company, which makes software for large spas and salon chains, has become a unicorn (a privately held firm valued at $1 billion or more)?

19. Which firm has signed a pact with the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in Tanzania, in continuation of its ´Mission 10 cents´, an affordable insulins programme for low and middle income countries?

20. Food major Mondelez is extending its Bournvita brand, best known for health food drinks, into the cookie space. What has it been branded as?

21. Amazon India last week announced the launch of a peer mentorship programme that will help sellers to exchange knowledge and best practices. What has it been branded as?

22. Which handbag and accessories brand has launched an ad campaign titled ‘Buy Indian Build India’?

23. Which entrepreneur has launched a new venture, Slow Products, which the company said will connect products created by farmers, honey keepers and artisans directly with consumers?

24. Which bank has launched its ‘Here For Good’ campaign, featuring brand ambassador and actor Anushka Sharma?

25. Which brand has launched an ad film for its Smart Spray, a newly launched one-stop solution which gives instant and 8-hour protection against mosquitoes?

26. Which brand has released an ad film 'LOVE. EVERY. INCH', featuring their new range of products like body mists, lotions, scrubs, oils and butters?

27. Which platform for teachers and coaching centers to go digital has announced former cricketer Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador and nationwide celebrity endorser?

28. Which toothpaste brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani as the brand ambassador?

29. Which lingerie brand has collaborated with Aishwarya Mohanraj for a humorous quirky campaign on T-shirt bras?

30. Which technology services provider has named Abhijit Dubey as its next global CEO?

31. Which MNC has acquired the bankrupt 0.25 million tonne SBQ Steels, culminating a three-year process in which the company was put into liquidation after initial efforts to sell it failed?

32. Which MNC is developing a global technology hub in Hyderabad by investing $150 million, or about Rs 1,100 crore, to develop proprietary technology for its vehicles?

33. Which company has launched its second company-owned food services brand ‘Ekdum!’, marking its debut in the Indian cuisine space?

34. In what is said to be a first, SBI has sought attachment of nostro accounts held by which state-owned foreign lender in India, citing an order from a debt recovery tribunal issued earlier this month?

35. As per the ‘Fairwork India Ratings 2020: Labour Standards in the Platform Economy’ report, what have Swiggy, Zomato and Uber scored (out of 10) for the working conditions for their gig workers?

36. Which MNC has signed a pact to acquire payments processor Poynt in a $365 million deal?

37. US-based Vanguard Group equity fund has become the first of its kind to eclipse which milestone value of assets, a testament to the rise of index-based investing over the past three decades?

38. Reliance’s ecommerce venture JioMart has hit which milestone average daily orders mark?

39. Which company has introduced Otrivin Breathe Clean, a clinically-verified saline spray formulation for daily nasal wash to prevent respiratory diseases?

40. Bitcoin surpassed which milestone value for the first time last week, another milestone in what’s been an eye-popping rally for the controversial digital asset this year?

41. Australia-based Truventor(dot)ai, a deep tech-led manufacturing company, has acquired which India-based B2B cloud manufacturing platform?

42. Which company has acquired 100% stake in Rekrut India, a recruitment and staffing solutions company for an unspecified amount?

43. Which blockchain start-up has launched ChitInsure, an insurance product designed to protect the subscribers of registered chit fund companies?

44. Which antacid brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘Gadbad Gadbad’?

45. Which Italian babycare brand has rolled out a new TVC series to build the awareness and reach of its baby moments range?

46. Which fabric brand has launched a new campaign ‘Thoughtfully Fashionable’ aimed towards influencing fashion enthusiasts and consumers towards conscious and thoughtful fashion choices?

47. Which toothpaste brand has launched the campaign ‘Desh ka Lal’?

48. Which company has emerged India’s largest manufacturer of cables for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity with a capacity of 600,000 kilometres a year, after the opening of its Hyderabad facility?

49. Which MNC has acquired Neverware, a firm that turns old PCs into Chromebooks, for an undisclosed sum?

50. Divi’s Laboratories last week crossed which milestone market capitalization mark?

51. Which mining major last week named Chief Financial Officer Jakob Stausholm as its next chief executive?

52. Brazilian bus and coach body builder Marcopolo is exiting India by selling its 49% stake in local joint venture to which partner for around Rs 100 crore?

53. Which country has put India on ‘currency manipulators’ monitoring list?

54. Which 2 wheeler brand has launched a campaign for its 20th anniversary limited edition model with the theme 'Precious As Gold'?

55. Which water purification technology company has launched the ‘Water Saviours’ digital campaign for its new Smart RO water purifier?

56. GSK Consumer Healthcare has launched the ‘Eat, Speak and Smile with Confidence’ campaign for which brand?

57. Which salon chain has launched the 5th edition of ‘Happy New You’ campaign?

58. Which news network launched its refreshed identity with a nationwide campaign ‘being limitless’?

59. Which MNC is buying US remote cardiac monitoring firm BioTelemetry for $2.8 billion?

60. Which Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator launched 36 satellites last week from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia?

61. Which car manufacturer is shutting its Greater Noida factory this month and is transferring entire production to its larger facility at Tapukara in Rajasthan?

62. Which 2 companies last week announced their first gas finding from Asia´s deepest project?

63. Which MNC is expected to launch its smart clothing care solution called AirDresser in India?

64. Which company has launched the country’s first bottled mulled wine also blended with Indian kadha spices to woo millennials and young revellers this festive season?

65. Which designer label has launched a new campaign titled 'Equally Beautiful' celebrating India's diverse faiths, beliefs and practices?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 873 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

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