June 27, 2021

Biz Quizzard 900

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Global private equity fund KKR said it’s investing $625 million (Rs 4,600 crore) for a controlling stake in which consumer goods company?

2. Which MNC has reverted to its original structure in India of one executive head for the geography, elevating Gaurav Jain as the overall chief of the company in the country?

3. Which bank has reported the lowest fail rate for Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions processed in May, as per latest data published by NPCI?

4. US-headquartered MRCC Group has announced the acquisition of which digital learning firm in what it claims is the largest deal in the corporate learning space in India?

5. Which global payments company has sought the central bank’s permission to offer a new cross-border payments system to process trade flows to and from India?

6. Which water technologies provider said it plans to commence assembly of German joint venture partner Homa’s products at its Coimbatore facility in the next six months?

7. Which automobile company last week launched the Mobility Challenge to explore new-age technologies and help growth-stage start-ups scale up their business?

8. Which company has launched a new regional ad campaign, unveiled by actor Mammootty, with the aim of strengthening the brand's commitment towards the wedding photography segment?

9. Nissan India last week said it has commenced exports of which brand to Indonesia, South Africa and Nepal?

10. United Spirits is entering into the craft spirits segment by launching a new whiskey, its first local brand launch in nearly two decades. What has it been branded as?

11. Which company and Bayer (South East Asia) have decided to extend the operations of their joint venture by three years with effect from June?

12. Which global cybersecurity leader has signed a lease for its first large engineering office in India?

13. Which building materials firm has announced plans to invest Rs 100 crore towards building its aluminium window and door systems brand Alteza over four years?

14. Which 2 firms will merge their mobile operations in Malaysia in a $15 billion deal, forming a new market leader in the competitive Southeast Asian nation?

15. Which cooking oil brand launched the film ‘#HappyNewFathersDay’, urging consumers to legally adopt and support unaccompanied children in this pandemic?

16. Which pregnancy detection kit brand launched the campaign ‘#DadsWillBeDads’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Anushka Sharma?

17. Which grooming company launched a video with the message ‘Every Father Deserves This Timeless Gift Of Love’?

18. Which health & wellness portal for men released the video ‘#WeCareForMen’ for Father’s Day?

19. Which auto-tech company launched the video ‘Kyuki Papa Sab Jaante Hain’, featuring actor Varun Sharma?

20. Bharti Airtel will pilot and deploy 5G network solutions locally developed by which group as part of its fifth-generation mobile service rollout plans for the country?

21. Which diapers brand launched the video ‘#PapasWhoKnow’, highlighting the fact that in modern society dads are today equally trying to be involved in raising the child?

22. Which tyre brand launched the campaign ‘#TurnItAround’ for Father’s Day?

23. Which heath-tech company launched a song titled ‘PAPA’ to highlight the importance of fathers' health and wellbeing?

24. Which power technologies company has launched the campaign ‘#DadHeroes’?

25. Which mobile game company has signed in actor Kartik Aaryan as brand ambassador for its mobile title Brawl Stars, a multiplayer team action game?

26. Which life insurance brand released a digital film titled ‘#PapaHainNa’?

27. Which insurance company’s campaign ‘#NibhayeVaade’ encourages fathers to take the pledge of safety by wearing the helmet while riding a two-wheeler at the behest of their loved ones?

28. Which MNC has launched a microsite ‘Chase Your Dream' urging Indians to be a part of the spirit of the Olympic Games and chase their dreams even in these unprecedented times?

29. Which online grocery company’s ‘#BeDadToDad’ campaign sensitises fathers on the importance of a healthy lifestyle?

30. Which state has roped in Raghuram Rajan, Esther Duflo and 3 others as part of the Economic Advisory Council to the Chief Minister?

31. Which celebrity engagement platform released a video featuring former chess champion Viswanathan Anand sending his wishes to a father on behalf of his son and daughter?

32. Which company launched the campaign #MahaAdjustableDads’ for Father’s Day?

33. Which home appliances brand launched the campaign ‘Dad is Not a Superhero’?

34. Which mutual fund launched an animated campaign ‘#SamajhdaarLikePapa’ for Father’s Day?

35. Which beverage brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Iss Baar #SabKeLiye’, urging all to help support staff for Covid-19 vaccination?

36. Norwegian pension fund KLP is divesting from which company on the grounds the company’s links with the Myanmar military breach the fund's responsible investment policy?

37. Which state last week announced a new EV promotion policy with the most generous subsidy roll out announced by any state so far?

38. Which FMCG major has become the first company in the country to do away with paper cartons for toothpastes as the clamour for sustainable living grows louder among consumers?

39. Which end-to-end construction player announced plans to foray into new markets like Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mysore, Chennai and Delhi in 2021?

40. Which brand has remained the world's most valuable brand with an estimated value of $684 billion, according to a global ranking by Kantar's BrandZ?

41. Which pharma company has launched Icosapent Ethyl Capsules, 1 gram, in the US market as approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)?

42. Which business-to-business payment fintech firm has announced the expansion of its services to Saudi Arabia and Oman after entering the UAE market recently?

43. Which group has announced investment in fintech start-up Paymatrix through its flagship entity, and the associate company, The Thinking Machine Media Private Limited (TMM)?

44. Which company last week announced to partner Enlighted, a Siemens group firm, to provide an internet of things (IoT)-based solution for commercial buildings and make workplaces smarter?

45. Which air cooler major has announced the appointment of Amit Kumar as Executive Director (ED) and Group CEO of the company effective from August 2, 2021?

46. Which detergent brand has launched its latest commercial ‘Ab Waqt Hai Chamakne Ka’ celebrating the rise of India's first woman fencing champion, C.A. Bhavani Devi?

47. Which company has signed a pact with Cisco to automate its telecom network to support 4G and, in the future, 5G use cases for offering enhanced user experience to its customers?

48. Guenter Butschek would be stepping down as the managing director and chief executive officer of which company on June 30?

49. Which business personality was last week found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, Spain?

50. Who has emerged as the biggest philanthropist globally in the last century by donating $102 billion, as per a list of top-50 givers prepared by Hurun Report and EdelGive Foundation?

51. Which telecom conglomerate has appointed Vijayaraman Subramanian as the VP and managing director of its India operations?

52. German car-parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) has divested its entire 49% stake in which company to its Indian joint venture partners for an undisclosed sum?

53. The debt resolution plan of Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty Limited along with Lakshdeep Investments and Finance Private Limited has emerged the winning bid to acquire which company?

54. Which MNC last week said it has taken control of India's largest brewer United Breweries Limited (UBL)?

55. Which airline last week announced that it will offer up to 10% discount to vaccinated customers from August 1?

56. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#APadThatBreathes’ for its Prima sanitary pads, featuring digital creator Kusha Kapila?

57. Which brand has rolled out the ‘Barber Parivar Suraksha Programme’, aimed at protecting and providing resources to the barber community and their families as they return to business?

58. Which facewash brand has collaborated with music streaming platforms for its ‘#ThankYouHaters’ campaign?

59. Which bank has released a multi-film digital campaign promoting Grab Deals, its online shopping portal?

60. Microsoft Corp last week became the second US public company to reach which milestone market value?

61. Which grooming brand celebrated the special bond between fathers and sons through the launch of the ‘#KhulKeBolo’ campaign with TVF?

62. Reliance Jio, in partnership with Google, will roll out an ‘ultra-affordable’ 4G smartphone on September 10. What has it been branded as?

63. Which US-based company has announced setting up a manufacturing facility to produce electric buses in Telangana involving Rs 2,100 crore of investment?

64. Which Indian company will appoint Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of Saudi Aramco and governor of the Kingdom’s wealth fund, to its board as an independent director?

65. Which MNC last week said it had agreed to a 1.8 billion euro ($2.2 billion) takeover of European open banking platform Tink?

66. Which tyre company has launched SecuraDrive, a new range for compact SUVs?

67. Which premium lifestyle brand has launched its digital first sustainable brand Qisa on Flipkart?

68. Which global cosmetic major has announced the realization of the first cosmetic bottle made from plastic entirely recycled using Carbios' enzymatic technology?

69. Google has removed which indigenous social media app from Playstore on a copyright complaint made by music company T-Series?

70. Which Indian company last week unveiled plans to invest Rs 75,000 crore in renewable energy over the next three years?

71. Which MNC has launched a television commercial showing the grandeur of SUV life, with the positioning ‘India's No. 1 SUV maker’?

72. Which beauty retailer has released a new campaign 'All that you love' with actress Janhvi Kapoor as brand ambassador?

73. Which analgesic balm brand recently launched its ‘#ToughAsATiger’ campaign to pave the way for the release of Amazon Prime’s much-awaited upcoming thriller, Sherni?

74. Serum Institute of India has manufactured the first batch of which vaccine, its version of US firm Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate that has the potential to be administered to youngsters?

75. Which online pharmacy startup is acquiring a majority stake in diagnostics chain Thyrocare Technologies as it looks to diversify and bolster its testing business?

76. Which e-learning application has launched the campaign ‘Padhne Ka Sahi Tareeka’?

77. Network18 and which bank have launched ‘#TikaLagayaKya’, the Sanjeevani Anthem?

78. Which MNC last week said it was acquiring the encrypted messaging app Wickr which offers secure communications for businesses, government agencies and individuals?

79. Some 15 years after acquiring it, Tata Consumer Products is all set to launch which coffee brand in India?

80. Which brand has emerged as the strongest brand in the global hotels industry in 2021, according to a latest report by the UK-based brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 900 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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