October 31, 2021

Biz Quizzard 918

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. A campaign making news for the right reasons. Which brand’s Diwali campaign allows local store owners to create an advertisement for their own shops for free with actor Shah Rukh Khan?

2. Home interior platform Livspace is expanding to the Middle East, starting with which country?

3. Which company has fully acquired Bestway Agencies Pvt Ltd (BAPL), which sells e-rickshaws under the ELE brand?

4. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Own Your Shape’ for its women’s Denim range?

5. Which snack brand has launched the campaign “Apno Ko Laye Aur Bhi Paas” for Karwa Chauth?

6. Which dating app has launched a new show ‘Swipe Ride’ with social media influencer Kusha Kapila?

7. Which IT firm has acquired two companies - US-based Infostar LLC and London-based We Make Websites Limited (WMW) to strengthen its digital portfolio?

8. Which direct-to-consumer brand roll up has acquired homegrown millennial skincare brand Prolixr?

9. Reliance Jio’s upcoming affordable smartphone, JioPhone Next, will run on an Android operating system (OS) built specifically for India. What has the OS been branded as?

10. Which business group acquired the Lucknow franchise of IPL for Rs 7,090 crore in the bidding conducted by BCCI last week?

11. The unique registered investor count on NSE crossed which milestone mark on October 25?

12. Tata Power has crossed which milestone count of electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the country?

13. Soundarya Rajinikanth along with serial entrepreneur Sunny Pokala launched a social audio platform last week. What has it been branded as?

14. Which company has announced the launch of a multimedia campaign 'Mood Jaisa, Lighting Vaisa' for its latest range of Star Lord three-in-one ceiling lights?

15. Which telecom brand has launched the campaign ‘#SpeedSeBadho’?

16. Which streaming platform has launched the campaign ‘#ApnoWaliDiwali’, urging viewers to spend time with their family this festive season?

17. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign ‘Pudhumai Penn’ exclusively for Tamil Nadu, featuring brand ambassador and actress Nayanthara?

18. Which grooming brand has launched the campaign ‘Ebar Pujoy Kartiker Joy’ (Glorify Kartik this Pujo)?

19. Which lifestyle tech brand has roped in actors Kriti Kharbanda and Pulkit Samrat as its first celebrity brand ambassadors for the smart wearable category?

20. Which MNC has promoted Sanjeev Mohanty, its head of India and South Asia-Middle East and Africa, to head its commercial operations in its largest markets, the US and Canada?

21. Which fintech company has roped in actor Manoj Bajpayee as brand ambassador for its flagship product myBillBook, and has launched the campaign ‘Business Ko Le Seriously’?

22. Which cooking oil brand has launched a campaign with the message 'Iss Diwali apno ko apne haath ka khilayen', featuring actor Varun Badola?

23. Which gaming platform has launched the campaign ‘#LiveInEveryMove’?

24. Which consumer durables company has launched the “Air of Innovation” campaign for its Heleous range of ceiling fans?

25. Which company has launched the campaign ‘Mahaul Banaye Rakhna’ for its consumer lighting category?

26. Which watch brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Hrithik Roshan, to launch the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic?

27. Which brand has launched a TVC highlighting the SAS-Bottom technology used in its pressure cookers?

28. Which wealth-tech company has launched the campaign ‘Apne Investments Pe Behtar Control’?

29. Which antacid brand has launched a campaign targeting rural markets through the voice and medium of the iconic Chacha Choudhary Comics?

30. In the light of cement prices shooting up since March this year, which state government has decided to introduce a new cement brand, Valimai, at subsidised rate in the open market?

31. Idam Natural Wellness, the parent company of Bella Vita Organic, has acquired a majority stake in which brand providing ayurvedic health and grooming solutions for pets?

32. Which homegrown direct-to-consumer (D2C) Ayurvedic nutrition brand has roped in actress Malaika Arora as the brand ambassador and strategic investor?

33. Which public transport technology company has acquired Shuttl, a premium bus service for officegoers, for an undisclosed sum in an all-cash deal?

34. Which company has signed a deal to acquire the Russia and CIS businesses of Spain-based GBfoods?

35. Which company has acquired Suburban Diagnostics in an all-cash deal for an enterprise value of Rs 925 crore?

36. Which health-tech firm has appointed Bhaskar Sambasivan as chief executive officer effective November 1?

37. Which Kolkata-based rail wagon manufacturer has signed a joint venture agreement with a Czech company, Dako-CZ for producing the brake system for passenger coaches?

38. Which online-to-offline retail platform for buying and selling used cars has roped in badminton player PV Sindhu as brand ambassador?

39. Which footwear brand has launched the campaign ‘India’s Pride. My Pride.’ featuring actor Amitabh Bachchan?

40. Which MNC overtook Maruti Suzuki India as the largest consumer-facing multinational company in the country in 2020-21?

41. Which company will offer customized cleaning and disinfecting solutions for commercial and residential segments under its newly launched business vertical V-Pristine?

42. Which ad agency has launched ‘The Phyllis India Project’, a year-long mentorship programme to enable and encourage women to thrive in leadership roles and drive professional growth?

43. Which consumer electronics and fitness brand has rolled out a new digital-first campaign, “Sweetest Diwali gift isn’t a sweet”, featuring actress Neena Gupta?

44. Which airline has launched its Diwali campaign ‘The Best Gift’, aimed at last minute flyers?

45. Which Australian wine brand has announced former Australian international cricketer Brett Lee as its latest brand ambassador?

46. Dabur India last week said it will enter the diapers segment in India. What has it been branded as?

47. Which food services company has entered into a share purchase agreement to acquire 35% in Hashtag Loyalty for Rs 24.75 crore?

48. Which beauty and cosmetics company has forayed into the dermaceuticals segment through a 32% strategic stake buy in Fixderma India, owners of Fixderma and FCL brands?

49. Snap Inc, which runs messaging service Snapchat, has hit which milestone monthly users mark in India for the first time?

50. The Centre has appointed veteran banker KV Kamath as chairperson of which development financial institution (DFI) that’s being set up?

51. Which MNC is building a new app, codenamed “Project Mic”, that gives anyone the ability to make and distribute a live radio show complete with music?

52. Which new age insurer has become the 34th unicorn (valued at over $1 billion) this year following the close of its series-D round of $255 million, which values the company at $1.1 billion?

53. CLP India (formerly, China Light and Power), an independent power producer with presence in both thermal and renewable energy, has changed its name. What is the new name?

54. Reserve Bank has approved the appointment of Baldev Prakash as the next Managing Director and CEO of which bank from the next year?

55. Which writing instrument brand has been shown as a power accessory and a style statement in its latest campaign with the positioning 'It Shows' / 'Dikhta Hai'?

56. Volkswagen India has launched the campaign ‘Hustle Mode On’ for which SUV brand, featuring actors Ali Fazal and Kriti Kharbanda?

57. Amway India last week announced the appointment of which actor as its brand ambassador?

58. Which homegrown footwear brand, known for its sustainable and innovative products, has launched a digital campaign ‘#ChangeTheNorm’ in association with cricketer Jasprit Bumrah?

59. Which bicycle brand has roped in cricketer Rishabh Pant as its brand ambassador?

60. Which company last week said that its joint venture company has acquired the India trademark rights for British brand Lee Cooper?

61. Viacom18 Consumer Products is set to introduce an exclusive range of which merchandise in India?

62. Which bank has roped in singer, actor and composer, Zubeen Garg as its brand ambassador in Assam?

63. Which company has launched a campaign for its collaboration with designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee for its designer home furnishings, under the brand ‘Nilaya’?

64. Which protein-packed chocolate snack bar has launched an ad with the positioning 'No overthinking needed'?

65. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a nation-wide campaign called ‘See A Six, Catch a Taco’ spreading joy to taco-lovers and cricket fans?

66. Which general insurance brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Bharose Ka Vaada’ highlighting its claim service?

67. Which edible oil brand has launched a new ad with the tagline ‘Khushbu Ka Yaadon Se Rishta’, featuring actors Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pankaj Tripathi?

68. Which edible oils brand has roped in actress Malaika Arora as the brand ambassador?

69. Which antacid brand has unveiled the second leg of its influencer campaign featuring television actors Yogesh Tripathi, Nirmal Soni and Punjabi singer and comedian Karamjit Anmol?

70. Tesla Inc. last week touched which milestone market capitalization mark?

71. Which company is piloting Guinness beer, an Irish dry stout, in a few Indian states?

72. Which smartphone maker has launched a campaign showing actor Alia Bhatt embarking on a journey with designer Masaba Gupta to create a unique sustainable dress?

73. Infosys and which MNC have come together to co-develop and pilot an energy-as-a-service (EaaS) solution to optimise utilisation of power and help businesses meet their emission reduction norms?

74. Which government-backed distressed real estate financing platform has made its first complete exit from a residential project?

75. Which small finance bank last week appointed former Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) chairman Subhash C Khuntia as part-time chairman?

76. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company is rebranding itself in an effort to encompass its virtual-reality vision for the future, what he calls the “metaverse”. What is the new name?

77. Which automotive component manufacturer and Yamaha Motor Co. (Japan) have entered into an agreement to create a global E-Cycle drive unit company?

78. Which Hyderabad-based hospital will acquire a 51.07% equity stake in private equity firm InvAscent-backed Sunshine Hospitals for Rs 362.78 crore ($48 million)?

79. Which home-grown company focused on electric commercial vehicles has introduced its first electric cargo three-wheeler - HiLoad EV, at a price of Rs 3,49,999?

80. Which Indian business personality has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Simthsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, for a four-year term beginning September 23, this year?

81. Online grocery retailer BigBasket has opened its first brick-and-mortar store, marking its entry into the omni-channel space. Which city?

82. Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) last week said it will transfer which tea cafe business to group firm IHCL, which operates Taj group of hotels?

83. Which food and beverage company has forayed into the health drink category for children with the launch of AptaGrow?

84. Which digital bookkeeping company has launched 2 films - ‘Vasooli Ke Paintre’ and ‘Diwali Ok Hai’, aimed at creating awareness of how its app simplifies the credit collection process?

85. Which fintech company has launched a campaign featuring comedian Rahul Subramanian to drive awareness and understanding about its BNPL and the all-digital offerings?

86. Which self-regulatory body has elected Subhash Kamath for a second consecutive term?

87. Which fantasy cricket platform has announced cricketer Mohammed Siraj as its new brand ambassador?

88. Which digital payments company has launched its latest campaign "Tension chhodo, Insurance lo", featuring brand ambassadors and actors Aamir Khan and Alia Bhat?

89. Which financial services company has launched its Diwali campaign 'EMI hai na'?

90. Anheuser-Busch In-Bev (ABI) has extended Budweiser into the energy drinks market in India, a first for the world's largest beer brand globally. What has it been branded as?

91. Which brand has roped in actress Shilpa Shetty as the brand ambassador for its henna-based hair colour and has launched the campaign 'Rakho Apni Chamak Ka Khayal'?

92. Which real estate brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Le lijiye Smart Decision’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Vidya Balan?

93. Which crypto exchange has launched the ‘Do your Bit’ campaign, featuring celebrities Alok Nath, Anup Jalota, Shivaji Satam, Archana Puran Singh and Sreesanth?

94. Which consumer electronics retailer has launched its festive campaign ‘#RishtonKiBoli’?

95. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign to promote its exclusive festive collection ‘Sway with me’?

96. Which toothpaste brand has released a new set of films under its popular cricket-led content series “#Sabkochabajaayenge”, featuring comedian Cyrus Broacha as ‘Chaubey ji’?

97. Evenflow Brands Tech, a Thrasio-style e-commerce rollup, has acquired which Chennai-based online sustainable brand?

98. Which co-living operator has rolled out a new brand campaign, ‘Loved by you. Approved by Moms’?

99. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain is promoting its newest offering 'Momo Pizza' through an influencer campaign on Instagram?

100. With a donation of Rs 9,713 crore, who has once again topped the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021?

101. Senior partner Yezdi Nagporewalla is set to take over as chief executive at which professional services firm after his candidature was approved by the partners?

102. Which mutual fund distributor will buy out the mutual fund business of Karvy Stock Broking?

103. Which provider of business-critical digital payment solutions has introduced Tridentity, an out-of-band multi-factor authentication solution which integrates with mobile banking apps?

104. The Centre has appointed retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Bhushan as the Chairperson of which entity?

105. Which company will acquire the Light Duty Cable (LDC) business unit of Norway-based Kongsberg Automotive ASA for an enterprise value of $42 million (around Rs 315 crore)?

106. Which MNC has partnered with Lawrencedale Agro Processing India (LEAF) to launch LEAF Farmer Network (LFN), a digital platform to improve financial assess and inclusion among the farmers in the country?

107. Which business group has acquired a significant minority stake in Flipkart-owned travel app Cleartrip, giving it a foothold in the fast-growing online travel space?

108. The Centre has reappointed Shaktikanta Das to which position for another three-year term?

109. Which premium online clothing store & styling consultant service has roped in actress Gauahar Khan to unveil its latest Fall Collection 2021 with an Instagram Reels video?

110. Which airport has become the first in India to start a hydropower project?

111. Which luxury chocolate brand last week announced the launch of a unique Heart of Gold Collection?

112. Which fintech company has launched the campaign ‘Dil Se Diwali’ to highlight and celebrate the significant strides rural India has made in the adoption of the digital payments ecosystem?

113. Which logistics aggregator has launched the festive campaign ‘Khushiyon Ki Tarakki’?

114. Which MNC bank has launched the campaign ‘restart safely’, featuring brand ambassador and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?

115. Which edtech company has launched the 'create like a child' campaign in partnership with singer Asha Bhosle, to announce courses for music aspirants across all age groups?

116. Which digital banking platform has launched the ‘Mission Invite’ campaign, featuring actor Rajkummar Rao?

117. Which life insurance brand has launched the campaign ‘#ClickKaroInsureKaro’ featuring actor Manjot Singh, that focuses on different life stages of an individual?

118. Which sports news company will be the principal sponsor for the ISL team, Hyderabad FC?

119. The Union Finance Ministry has approved the proposal by the Board of Trustees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to provide what rate of interest for 2020-21?

120. Mondelez India recently inaugurated a premium experience zone in Mumbai, housing India’s first 3D Cadbury chocolate printer. What has the experience zone been branded as?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 918 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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