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March 20, 2022

Biz Quizzard 938

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

1. The return on workers’ retirement savings parked with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has been slashed to what % for 2021-22?

2. Which company is acquiring IT services firm Thirdware Solutions in an all-cash deal for a consideration of up to $42 million, including earnouts?

3. Government headhunter PESB has picked a non-upstream executive, Ranjit Rath to head which state-owned oil and gas producer?

4. Which company will acquire a minority 22.5% stake in Nao Spirits for Rs 31.5 crore?

5. Nykaa opened its beauty store, Nykaa On Trend at HSR Bangalore on International Women’s Day. Which milestone store count did it touch with this launch?

6. Which international airport has launched a campaign in India, featuring a Bollywood themed song sequence involving popular entertainment influencers Ayush Mehra and Aisha Ahmed?

7. Which full-stack platform for all property needs has launched a television commercial featuring actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Aparshakti Khurana?

8. Which premium beauty brand has launched its first national television commercial “Backstage to Backstreets”?

9. Which brand has released its new ‘Give Me Red’ commercial?

10. Which brand has been ranked as India’s most trusted brand for the third year in a row in TRA’s Brand Trust Report (BTR) 2022, the eleventh edition in its series?

11. Which insurer has launched the digital campaign ‘#UnbelievableButTrue’ to promote BeFit, a rider policy?

12. Which cooking oil brand has launched the ‘#RasodeMeinMardHai’ commercial, pushing for equal gender roles?

13. Which independent media buying platform has launched the ‘What Matters’ campaign in India?

14. Which used car platform has launched the ‘Khushiyon Ki Long Drive’ campaign featuring brand ambassadors Sachin Tendulkar and PV Sindhu?

15. Which home and sleep solutions company has launched a campaign focused on its ‘Buy and Try’ model for mattresses, featuring brand ambassador and actress Rashmika Mandanna?

16. Which Bengaluru-based fintech software firm is buying Karza Technologies, a banking and financial intelligence solution provider, for around Rs 600 crore?

17. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all assets of Netherlands-headquartered Lithium Werks BV for a total transaction value of $61 million (Rs 468.2 crore)?

18. Which group and Greenko Group entered into a partnership to utilise the latter's hydro energy storage capacity to provide round-the-clock (RTC) energy to the former’s facilities in India?

19. Which manufacturer of lithium-ion battery packs for e-vehicles has acquired 100% stake in Pune-based Varos Technology Pvt. Ltd. for an unspecified amount?

20. Who was last week officially appointed as chairman of Air India?

21. Which general insurance company last week announced a five-year extension for its Managing Director and CEO, Tapan Singhel?

22. Which company has recently launched its ‘Solaroof’ campaign targeted towards residential as well as commercial customers?

23. Which innerwear brand has launched the campaign ‘Chehre Pe Muskaan’ featuring brand ambassador and actor Varun Dhawan?

24. Which innerwear brand has launched the campaign ‘Body Language Jo Chha Jaye’?

25. Which company’s consumer products division (CPD) announced its association with actor Ajay Devgn for its flagship brand, Tetmosol?

26. Which fintech startup has announced its latest brand campaign featuring actor Vicky Kaushal?

27. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in cricketers Shubman Gill and Ruturaj Gaikwad as its new brand ambassadors?

28. Which wires and cables brand has launched the campaign ‘Fire Se Jyaada Jaanleva’ featuring brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar?

29. Which detergent brand has roped in comedian Anu Menon, more famously known by her screen name Lola Kutty, for its ongoing campaign to highlight gender inequality at home?

30. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd last week said its CNG range of vehicles has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

31. Aditi Mishra has been appointed the new CEO of which media agency?

32. Which fintech company last week announced the acquisition of digital payments startup IZealiant Technologies for an undisclosed amount?

33. Which housing finance company’s founder and former chairman Sameer Gehlaut resigned from the board last week?

34. Which MNC last week said it would invest Rs 1,588 crore in India to set up a manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu for refrigerator compressors?

35. Which MNC has re-entered the rapidly growing laptop market in India after a long hiatus, with six new products introduced last week?

36. Which company, promoted by Sam Ghosh, has entered the edutech space with the unveiling of Torus Primero Edutech Private Ltd?

37. Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd. (RNAIPL) last week announced the achievement of which cumulative production milestone for powertrain units?

38. Which IT firm has entered into an agreement to acquire Princeton, New Jersey-based global cloud transformation services provider MediaAgility?

39. Which ecommerce company has appointed Prashant Jhaveri as its chief executive officer (CEO) of its healthcare business?

40. Which Canadian coffee chain is all set to launch in India by June-July?

41. Which dating app has partnered with actress Bhumi Pednekar for a campaign to show some of the gendered inequalities women face in dating and relationships?

42. Which city has emerged as the least financially protected city in India with a protection quotient of 48, far lower than the overall metro average of 53, as per a survey by Max Life Insurance and Kantar?

43. The share price of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway reached which milestone mark for the first time on March 15?

44. Which brand has introduced the “Stay Connected. Stay Smarter” campaign featuring brand ambassadors and celebrity couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Kapoor for its smart TVs?

45. Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd. has appointed actor Dino Morea as brand ambassador for which natural mountain water brand?

46. Which mattress brand has launched its new campaign ‘Sleep It Off’ featuring brand ambassador and sports personality Sania Mirza?

47. Which food delivery app has launched the campaign ‘#FoodcourtOnAnApp’ to amplify its unique offering to customers across India?

48. Which social media platform has launched the campaign ‘You Decide’, partnering with actress Ananya Panday and others?

49. Which  network of fertility chains has announced that actress Kareena Kapoor Khan will continue to be face of the company as their brand ambassador for the 2nd year in a row?

50. Which company last week launched its new bike model Scram 411 with introductory prices starting at Rs 2.03 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai)?

51. Which online taxation and fintech software provider has acquired supply chain financing technology firm Xpedize?

52. Which digital health platform, which is betting big on diagnostics, last week opened its first reference lab in Delhi?

53. Which company will buy a 51% stake in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Power Distribution Corporation as it looks to strengthen its power distribution play in the country?

54. Which Hyderabad-based drone player last week said it has launched its first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), MW Viper?

55. Which cement manufacturer has launched 2 new brands - Conkrete Super King and Halo Super King?

56. Which automobile company last week announced a Customer Convenience Package (CCP) to cover vehicles for unforeseen failures in engine due to hydrostatic lock and fuel adulteration?

57. Which company has acquired majority stake in Glib(dot)ai, a start-up that helps businesses achieve last-mile automation by providing document analysis?

58. Which Murugappa Group company has announced the appointment of Mukesh Ahuja as the Managing Director?

59. Which Israel-based company has announced its foray into the Indian cyber security market with the launch of Snowbit?

60. In probably the first ever government event to be held in the metaverse, which state will host its launch event for its new SpaceTech Framework on metaverse next month?

61. Which automobile company has appointed Frank Torres as its new president for India operations?

62. Which meat and seafood omnichannel company has launched its new ‘Good meat. Genuine meat. Always.’ campaign featuring actor Prakash Raj?

63. Nobel Hygiene has launched a campaign for which diaper brand, focusing on one of the key product features - the “Susu Meter”?

64. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Anuj Singh as Country General Manager for its India business?

65. Which brand has launched the campaign 'Impossibly Delicious Momos'?

66. Which beverage brand has launched its summer campaign 'Shop Shop'?

67. Which beverage brand has launched its summer campaign, extending the ‘Goodness Jo Dikhti Hai’ positioning to reiterate the revamped transparent PET packaging?

68. Colgate-Palmolive (India) has launched the 'Smile Out Loud' campaign to promote which new toothpaste brand?

69. Which virtual mentoring platform has launched the campaign ‘#SabHongeKamyab’ featuring actor Sonu Sood?

70. Which MNC’s longtime former CEO Howard Schultz will return temporarily after incumbent Kevin Johnson said that he will retire from the role on April 4?

71. Which Bharti Group-backed company has received the satellite broadband services licence from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT)?

72. Villa rental platform Vista Rooms has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

73. India’s first airport brewery, Barley & Grapes (B&G), opened last week. Which airport?

74. Which hospitality company has elevated Ankit Gupta to be the chief executive officer of India?

75. A joint bid by the Hazel Mercantile-Swan Energy combine for which shipbuilding firm secured in its favour votes from about 95% of the lenders by value in a bankruptcy resolution process?

76. The Dredging Corporation of India and which shipyard last week signed an agreement to build the first indigenous dredger in the country?

77. Which vaccine maker has acquired a 26% stake in AMP Energy C&I One to support green energy requirements for its manufacturing facility at Ambernath in Maharashtra?

78. Canadian asset manager Brookfield has agreed to acquire a 25% stake in the packaging films business of the which group in a Rs 2,000 crore deal?

79. The NPCI has launched a variant of UPI for small value transactions, which is essentially a digital wallet on phone that enables payments, without using UPI PIN. What is it called?

80. Which company’s founder Ajit Isaac and his wife Sarah Isaac have committed Rs 105 crore to establish a Centre for Public Health at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru?

81. Which interior design automation platform has forayed into Hyderabad with local fabrication and installation support for residential interior designers or home improvement projects?

82. Which intimate wellness brand has launched its ‘#WashAwayStigma’ campaign to enable and empower young adults to take charge of their own sexual wellbeing?

83. HDFC Capital Advisors, a unit of HDFC, has acquired a 7.2% stake in which real estate digital amenities provider for Rs 1.1 crore?

84. Which FMCG major last week said it aims to achieve a diversity ratio of 50% by 2024 by increasing the participation of women in its factory workforce?

85. BSE has signed an MoU with which employee healthcare platform for MSMEs to provide guidance and opportunities to the latter’s network of more than 2,000 businesses for public listing on its platform?

86. Hinduja Leasing Finance, the non-banking finance company of Ashok Leyland, will merge with which media vertical of the Hinduja Group?

87. Which company last week released ‘xorkeesign G2C’, a product that helps users digitally sign GST and income tax returns for all classes of assessees, including corporate taxpayers?

88. Granules India has received a license from Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) to manufacture and market generic versions of which MNC’s oral treatment nirmatrelvir?

89. Which brand is the ‘Indian Car of The Year 2022’?

90. Which MNC last week said it closed the $8.5 billion acquisition of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after regulators declined to challenge the deal?

91. Which online pharmacy major has made a strategic investment in digital diagnostic platform 5C Network?

92. Which airline will scale up “CarGo”, its cargo business?

93. Which company has secured approval from a lenders’ panel to acquire Sical Logistics, the bankrupt firm previously owned by the Coffee Day Group, for about Rs 520 crore?

94. Peruvian animation studio Tunche Films has joined hands with which animation major to co-produce their much-touted female-oriented animated feature Kayara through the latter’s Spanish group company Fortoon Island?

95. Which social media platform has launched a Holi anthem ‘#HarRangKiHoli’ to celebrate the festival of colours in their ways by flaunting their distinct traditions?

96. Which Jaipur-based cosmetic startup has launched the campaign ‘#KhushiyaanAapkeRangHumare’ to unveil its range of organic Holi colours?

97. Which footwear brand launched its Holi ad with the message "Holi khushiyon ka tyohaar hai, zabardasti ka nahi"?

98. Which OTT platform has launched the film ‘Kuch Miss Nahi Hoga’, the second edition of its campaign ‘Dekhtey Reh Jaogey’, featuring actors Sara Ali Khan and Amol Parasahar?

99. Which housing finance brand launched the ‘Apne ghar ki Holi’ campaign?

100. Which Pune-based company will make its product debut by June, offering electric buses made from stainless steel, under the brand EKA, a first in the industry?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 938 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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