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January 24, 2021

Biz Quizzard 878

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

1. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Scoop into chocolate heaven’?

2. Which mobile platform for educators has launched its latest campaign starring former cricketer and brand ambassador Sourav Ganguly in a triple role?

3. Which diagnostic chain will acquire Dr Ganesan's Hitech Diagnostic Centre Pvt Ltd in a cash and stock combination deal to strengthen its leadership position in southern India?

4. Which MNC has invested $2.5 billion (Rs 18,314 crore) for 20% in Adani Green Energy (AGEL) and 50% in a joint venture with it?

5. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), after a probe that began last year, has banned the surrogate advertising of how many liquor brands for violating its code?

6. Which Indian company has shut down its messaging service, shifting focus to two new social products - Rush and Vibe?

7. Which real estate services firm has acquired 100% stake in society and apartment management platform ApnaComplex from NestAway Technologies for an undisclosed amount?

8. Which Japanese company will set up an airbag inflator manufacturing plant in Chennai with a planned investment of around Rs 230 crore in the first phase?

9. Which MNC has put its India business on the block, including the Thunderbolt beer brand, signalling the company’s intention of exiting the domestic market?

10. Which automotive components major has announced the acquisition of a 75% equity in two companies of the Plast Met group in Turkey through its subsidiary at an enterprise value of €21.78 million (Rs 193 crore)?

11. Which MNC’s venture arm has led a $15-million financing in Hyderabad-based HR-tech startup Darwinbox, its first investment in India?

12. Which health and fitness firm has acquired California-based Onyx, which builds digital training experience around fitness and specialises in body-tracking technology and personalisation of workout feedback?

13. Which home and lifestyle brand has announced actress Sara Ali Khan as its first brand ambassador for its home and watch categories?

14. Arun Alagappan has resigned from the post of Managing Director and Director of which financial services firm?

15. Which Kochi-based company has introduced what it claims as the first app for gold loans in the country?

16. Which nutrition-based healthcare company has raised Rs 5 crore from actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as part of its larger funding round?

17. Vishwanathan Shanta, India's leading oncologist and advocate for access to quality and affordable cancer care, passed away in Chennai last week. She was the chairman of which healthcare institute?

18. Which UK-based business banking fintech player, which set up its global development centre in Hyderabad in December 2020, is making a foray into the Indian market?

19. Which IT firm entered into an agreement to acquire Magenic Technologies, Inc., a privately-held custom software development services company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

20. Which MNC has launched it’s first-ever SUV, DBX, in India, priced at Rs 3.82 crore (ex-showroom)?

21. Which pan-India integrated fund, development and asset management platform has announced its first Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) product, claimed to be India’s first warehousing fund?

22. Which credit card issuer last week announced a grant of Rs 1 crore to Dastkar, a society of crafts and craftspeople, to support over 12,000 women artisans from 19 states in the country?

23. Which Indian auto component maker said it has acquired a strategic stake in U.K.-based transmission design technology firm Hewland Engineering for an undisclosed sum?

24. Radha Dhir will be the new India CEO and Country Head for which global property consultant?

25. Pharmaceuticals company Brinton has launched the campaign ‘No pHighting Please’ for which soap brand, nudging two FMCG biggies to not fight over PH levels alone?

26. Which biscuit brand has launched the next leg of its campaign ‘#GManeGenius’ with the message "Jo auron ki khushi mein, paye apni khushi"?

27. Which ice cream brand has appointed Komal Anand as Managing Director?

28. RB (Reckitt Benckiser) has relaunched which glass and household cleaner brand with the added benefit of germ removal?

29. Which lingerie and sleepwear brand has launched Botaniqa, its new line of solution-based personal care products?

30. Which company has signed an exclusive talent management contract with cricketer Rishabh Pant?

31. Which brand of doors and windows has launched its first influencer film, featuring former cricketer VVS Laxman, as part of its ongoing campaign?

32. Which automobile company has launched the campaign 'It’s a Human Thing to Evolve'?

33. Which non-banking finance company has appointed Rajiv Lochan as managing director, effective April 1, 2021?

34. Ride-hailing company Ola has partnered with which multinational manufacturing giant to help build its upcoming electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu?

35. Which MNC and cloud communication provider Tanla Platforms have announced launch of Wisely, a Blockchain-enabled communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS)?

36. Which early-stage VC platform has appointed FirstPrinciples VC founder Nitin Sharma as Partner and co-lead for the Indian market?

37. Which state has retained its position as the most innovative state in the country for the second time in the Niti Aayog ranking?

38. Which group has agreed to buy Spain’s Air Europa for 500 million euros ($606.7 million) under an amended deal?

39. Bajaj Finance, the market leader in consumer loans, has said that it will be entering the payments space. What will the platform be branded as?

40. Which global consumer products giant has committed to ensure that everyone who directly provides goods and services to the company earns at least a living wage or income by 2030?

41. Which company is acquiring project management platform Wrike for $2.3 billion in cash?

42. The real estate private equity arm of which well known business group plans to set up its own brand of coworking spaces in its office properties to tap the future demand for such spaces?

43. Shyam Srinivasan is the Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2019-20. He is the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of which bank?

44. Which consumer food company has acquired 30% stake in the Netherlands-based organic speciality food company Leev(dot)nu?

45. Which snack brand has introduced 2 limited-time flavours Herby Crush and Cheesy Love  and launched the campaign ‘#YeWaalaYaadRahega’ to promote them?

46. Which dating app has launched a new campaign, ‘One by Two’?

47. Which quick service restaurant brand has launched the campaign 'choose good' to encourage people to keep up with their New Year resolution of staying fit and active?

48. Which sports broadcaster has launched a new campaign ‘#IndiaTaiyarHai’, featuring actor Boman Irani, ahead of the England's tour of India?

49. Which real estate developer has announced the appointments of S Baaskaran Deekshadar as the Group CEO?

50. Maruti Suzuki India last week said it has started export of which compact off-roader of Suzuki from India?

51. Which dips and sauces maker has acquired cash-strapped cold-pressed juices startup Raw Pressery?

52. Which automobile company in India has reported its highest-ever quarterly revenue and profit during the October-December period?

53. Which business personality from India has invested an undisclosed amount in OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new venture?

54. Which MNC car maker opened its phygital (physical plus digital) showroom pilot in Ahmedabad last week?

55. V Narayanan passed away last week at the age of 83. He was the former Chairman and Managing Director of which company, which became part of Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL)?

56. Which financial entity last week said it has acquired Cogencis Information Services, a provider of financial data?

57. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal to close which loss making state-owned automobile company?

58. Which toxin-free & natural mom & baby care brand has launched the campaign ‘#MaaKaExpertPartner’, featuring actress Genelia Deshmukh?

59. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#BhonduJustChill’, featuring actor Sanjay Mishra?

60. The Sensex touched which milestone mark intraday on January 21 for the first time ever?

61. Which intimate wear brand has launched the campaign ‘No Strings Attached’ for its Saree Shapewear, in collaboration with Prashasti Singh?

62. Which jewellery brand has launched the film 'Shine on, girl' in Tamil, featuring actress and brand ambassador Trisha?

63. Which online brokerage has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Smart Bano, Smart Chuno’?

64. Which travel booking platform for armed forces personnel and their families launched the film ‘Salaam Veteran’ on the occasion of National Veterans Day on 14th January?

65. Which caller identification app last week launched ads in the print media as part of its ‘#ItsNotOk’ campaign?

66. Which edtech platform has roped in actor R Madhavan as brand ambassador?

67. Which beverage brand has unveiled a campaign that aims to create a new language for coffee – 'Shik-Shik-Shik'?

68. Which agri-supply chain startup has signed a three year MoU with Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, to develop antimicrobial food packaging material by using biopolymers?

69. Which South Korean internet conglomerate has acquired social storytelling platform Wattpad in a cash and stock transaction valuing the Toronto-based firm at more than $600 million?

70. Which Indian company will soon be foraying into the container manufacturing business and is setting up a manufacturing facility either at Odisha or in Chhattisgarh?

71. Which Aditya Birla group company is entering the paints business with an initial capital expenditure of Rs 5,000 crore over the next 3 years?

72. Which company and Torrent Gas have each acquired a 5% stake in the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX), a subsidiary of the Indian Energy Exchange, for a total of Rs 7.38 crore?

73. Arun Chandavarkar has taken over as the new managing director of which biotech company from January 21?

74. Google threatened to disable its search engine in which country if it’s forced to pay local publishers for news, a dramatic escalation of a months-long standoff with the government?

75. BMedical Systems, Luxembourg-based vaccine cold chain and medical refrigeration, has entered into an agreement with which group for the establishment of its manufacturing facility and technology initiatives in India?

76. Which financial services company has launched the campaign ‘Karz Nahi Farz Bhi’ to mark the launch of its new offering – Shubharambh Loans?

77. Cloud kitchen brand Rebel Foods has revamped its food ordering platform ‘Faasos’. What is it now known as?

78. Which diapers brand has launched the film ‘A father’s promise’ as part of its ‘#ItTakes2’ campaign?

79. Which online market place has launched its new campaign with the proposition of 'Wear The Next' for its fashion portfolio?

80. Hero MotoCorp has crossed which milestone cumulative production mark?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 878 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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