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August 1, 2021

Biz Quizzard 905

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which mortgage lender has tied up with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to promote green housing in India through lending for affordable and low-income housing?

2. Which company has acquired Kolkata-based full service digital agency, Crow’s Nest?

3. Which company has approved the acquisition of 51% stake in Pune-based software technology firm, K2V2 for Rs 40 crore to help build a proptech ecosystem?

4. Which MNC spirits major is exiting from its investment in Chennai-based startup HipBar at around a 98% loss?

5. Which Japanese drone manufacturer is entering the Indian market in collaboration with Delhi-based Arc Ventures?

6. Which Japanese apparel retailer, which entered India in 2019 through the single brand FDI retail route, is launching its full-fledged e-commerce operations in the country?

7. Which global shipping line has redesigned its ocean network to introduce a new direct ocean service, ME7, from Chennai to Europe and the Mediterranean?

8. Which entity unveiled a multi-media campaign ‘You are gold’ in partnership with Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)?

9. Which adult diaper brand has launched the ‘#BreakTheFall’ campaign to educate viewers about the risk elders face in attempting to use the toilet alone at night?

10. Which Indian group and Canadian satellite communications services provider Telesat are in the process of finalising their strategy to take a slice of the satellite broadband market?

11. Which company has signed an in-licensing agreement with Italian drug company Cassiopea SpA to sell topical cream Winlevi (clascoterone cream 1%) in the United States and Canada?

12. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Group has invested Rs 916 crore in which Kerala-based bank?

13. The promoter of which small finance bank will merge with it on November 1?

14. Which edtech company has announced the acquisition of Rheo TV, a platform that helps professional game streamers livestream their gameplays and monetise those feeds?

15. Which Finland-based premium watchmaker last week announced that it has entered the Indian market with the launch of three premium sports watches for targeted consumers?

16. Which hair colour brand has roped in actor Saif Ali Khan as the brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘Raho Style Mein 5 Minute Mein’?

17. Which edtech company has unveiled its latest ad film ‘Kya Degree Milegi?’ highlighting the importance of online degrees?

18. With an average visibility of 33 hours per day across all channels, who has topped the list of the most visible celebrities, according to TAM reports?

19. Which government entity has for the first time signed a licensing deal for apparels, toys and stationary, with brand management and licensing company Black White Orange Brands?

20. Which company announced the acquisition of professional and higher education platform Great Learning in a $600 million cash-and-stock deal?

21. Which edtech company has acquired rival Toppr in a cash-and-stock deal for $150 million?

22. Which re-commerce marketplace has acquired UniShop, a platform that helps neighbourhood retailers sell online, for an undisclosed amount in cash and stock?

23. The Bombay High Court has restrained Siddhant Icecreams LLP and Kamaths Ourtimes Icecreams Pvt. Ltd. from using which word for its ice-cream or any other related product until further order?

24. Which realty major will soon enter the Mumbai market, according to its newly appointed chief executive Ashok Tyagi?

25. Which Singapore-based fintech startup has become the first B2B payments unicorn from Southeast Asia?

26. Which company will swap a 46.5% stake in KTM AG for a stake in PTW Holding, which holds 60% share in PMAG?

27. Grofers has launched a 15-minute delivery service in which city?

28. Which company last week announced the launch of 'IZOTM Financial Cloud, a purpose-built community cloud platform, in India?

29. Britannia has announced its foray into salty snacks with launch of a fusion product – combining the potato chip and the biscuit. What has it been branded as?

30. Which retailer plans to start supplying products such as soaps, sanitisers, and home disinfectants under Puric InstaSafe brand to other retailers and kiranas nationwide in the coming months?

31. In a bid to boost its ease of doing business quotient, which state launched the ‘Pink Book’ that will serve as a guide for existing as well as prospective investors keen on investing in the state?

32. Which quick service restaurant chain launched a campaign for its Double Down Burger, featuring actors Seema Pahwa and Ratna Pathak Shah?

33. Which beverage brand has launched an ad with the positioning ‘Kadak Mumbai Ke Liye Kadak Chai’?

34. Which Bengaluru-based jewellery startup has announced its association with Anushka Sharma as the brand ambassador?

35. Which card issuer is set to partially resume its business in India from August 7, even as it works to fix the issues of compliance related to data localisation of its card users?

36. Which company, an authority on workplace culture, has appointed serial entrepreneur Yeshasvini Ramaswamy as CEO, effective 15 July 2021?

37. Which electrical manufacturing company has launched the campaign ‘#SwitchToTheAmazing’, featuring actors Mohanlal and Honey Rose?

38. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd. (PBBL) last week said it had achieved which milestone of issuing FASTags?

39. Which company launched the campaign 'EveryDayIsASUNday’ on the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day on July 28, featuring brand ambassador and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?

40. IndiGo’s former president Aditya Ghosh will join hands with ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and Jet Airways’ former CEO Vinay Dube as a co-founder of which to-be-launched airline?

41. Which bill payments platform has appointed former PayU and Airtel Payments Bank executive Noopur Chaturvedi as its new chief executive officer?

42. Which food brand has launched its new TV commercial which focuses on the theme ‘Life ko Spicy Banao’?

43. Which end-to-end manufacturing supply chain solutions provider has unveiled a new brand identity and logo, with its new tagline – 'Maximise Manufacturing'?

44. Which multinational hotel group is finally opening its first Raffles hotel in India at the historic lake city of Udaipur?

45. Which edtech company will offer stock options to educators on its platform?

46. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved which company’s interchangeable insulin glargine injection Semglee in the US market?

47. Which engineering, manufacturing and digital technology solutions company is acquiring WorkForce Delta, a consulting firm in mobile workforce management for $2.7 million?

48. Sachin Tendulkar has made an equity investment of $2 million in which digital entertainment and technology firm?

49. Which soap brand has launched its new television campaign ‘Wake up Alive’?

50. Which holding company will acquire a controlling stake in telecom equipment maker Tejas Networks to help it access 5G technology and take on the likes of Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei?

51. Which social media platform last week launched a Parents Guide in Tamil for people across Tamil Nadu to learn from?

52. Which company’s Australian subsidiary Generic Health has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of privately-held Southern Cross Pharma Pty (SCP)?

53. Which business-to-business (B2B) commerce platform is now the 18th Indian unicorn - startups valued over $ 1 billion - for the year?

54. Times Network will launch which Hindi news channel on August 1?

55. Which company’s wholly-owned subsidiary ECU Worldwide, a multi-modal logistics major, has acquired the business of Swedish logistics company Nordicon Group?

56. Which Hyderabad-based company last week said it has become the largest India partner for Apple with the current acquisition of 11 iWorld stores in Delhi NCR and Ludhiana?

57. Which Hyderabad-headquartered dialysis chain has rolled out a ‘Dialysis on Call’ service that allows patients to undergo dialysis in the comfort of their home, in Hyderabad and Pune?

58. Which airline has become the first from India to release environment social governance (ESG) report?

59. Aiming to cater to the fashion needs of 'modern India', Fabindia announced the launch of its sub-brand for women. Name it?

60. Shailesh Jejurikar will take over as chief operating officer at which MNC in October as part of a global succession plan?

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July 25, 2021

Biz Quizzard 904

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 19 - 24. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has signed an agreement with HPCL to provide end-to-end EV charging stations at HPCL’s petrol pumps in multiple cities and at major highways across the country?

2. Which business group has appointed Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) chief Rajeev Jain as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its airports business?

3. Renault will soon pull the plug on the current generation of which SUV model in India?

4. Which speciality chemicals company has acquired Tristar Intermediates for an enterprise value of Rs 120 crore?

5. Which jewellery retailer has launched the campaign ‘Little Big Moments’?

6. Which MNC announced a $14.7 billion all-stock deal to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 Inc in it’s largest-ever acquisition?

7. Which stationery brand has launched a campaign 'Get Well Soon India' where kids are seen creating a ‘Get Well Soon’ card for the country?

8. Which sleep solutions brand has roped in actress Alia Bhatt as it’s first-ever brand ambassador?

9. Blackstone has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in which edtech startup for $250 million (about Rs 1,870 crore)?

10. Shiv Nadar has stepped down as managing director of which company he founded along with seven others in 1976?

11. Which Chinese social media and gaming giant has agreed to buy the rest of Sumo Group it doesn’t already own?

12. Which company has appointed ex-UB MD Shekhar Ramamurthy as executive deputy chairman of the company?

13. Which financial services startup has acquired Bengaluru-based TERA Finlabs, an AI-based risk tech SaaS platform, for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which healthcare firm has launched a campaign 'Know your Body Inside out, then workout', featuring celebrities Milind Soman and Gul Panag, for its body composition monitors?

15. Which soya brand has announced the launch of its very own e-cookbook, specially curated by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur?

16. Which MNC has acquired video-based social commerce app simsim?

17. Tower Infrastructure Trust (Tower InvIT) has acquired which shared telecom infrastructure solutions provider for Rs 900 crore and other milestone-based consideration?

18. Which wealth management entity has filed a draft prospectus for an Rs 800-900 crore initial public offering?

19. Godrej Appliances has forayed into the Indian dishwasher market under which brand?

20. Which company last week announced setting up a 1.3-Gw solar PV module manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu, making it the largest such firm in India?

21. Reliance Retail plans to open around 5,000 all-in-one outlets across the country under which brand?

22. Which analytics company has appointed Amish Mehta, Chief Operating Officer since 2017, as the new CEO and MD for five years from October 1, 2021?

23. Which IT firm’s strategic investment arm has sold off around 20% stake in IntSights Cyber Intelligence Ltd for $19.17 million?

24. Nachiket Pantvaidya has returned to which company as the Group Chief Executive Officer?

25. Which personal hygiene brand has launched its first-ever digital campaign for its toilet seat disinfectant spray, featuring actress Delnaz Irani?

26. Which group has launched a new version of its campaign titled 'RuknaNahiHai' to celebrate the undying spirit of the Indian contingent to Olympics?

27. Which telecom brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Vinay Pathak for its 'Hero unlimited plan'?

28. Which startup, cofounded by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, has acquired Indian food tech firm Zelish for an undisclosed sum?

29. How many India-based companies are in the world’s top 10 business process management (BPM) providers, as per a ranking by research firm Everest of the top 50 BPM firms?

30. Which company has acquired US-based kids learning platform Epic in a $500 million cash-and-stock deal?

31. Which professional services and investment management company has appointed former JLL India chief Ramesh Nair as its CEO for India and MD, Market Development for Asia?

32. Which offline-to-online commerce platform has announced a ‘free-delivery’ initiative for businesses?

33. Which automobile company has announced the implementation of new brand design and logo across all its 150 dealerships in India?

34. Which bike taxi platform has announced the launch of its new digital marketing campaign ‘#NoStressSawari’?

35. Which oral contraceptive brand has launched a campaign titled ‘#UnwantedGyaanSeSavdhaan’?

36. Which eyewear brand has launched its new ad film 'be who you are'?

37. Which paint company has launched an advertising campaign for Weatherbond PRO, an exterior emulsion for extreme weather conditions?

38. Which logistics major has launched a global brand campaign ‘keep up with the clicks’?

39. Which company has launched its Olympics campaign ‘Jeet Ka Padak’?

40. Which company has signed an eight-year contract with the New York Road Runners (NYRR) to extend its title and technology sponsorship of the New York City Marathon through 2029?

41. Which advertising agency has announced Debarpita Banerjee as CEO?

42. Asia-focused PE firm PAG has acquired a controlling stake in which contract development and manufacturing outsourcing (CDMO) company with a focus on complex pharmaceutical products?

43. Which online trucking platform has become the 16th Indian startup to enter the coveted unicorn club after its latest funding round?

44. Which luxury carmaker last week drove in its first set of green cars in India under the e-tron badging, costing Rs 1 crore and above (ex-showroom)?

45. Which broadband technology company will acquire Clearcomm Group, a leading Network Integration company in the UK, at an enterprise valuation of around Rs 160 crore?

46. Which value fashion retailer has signed definitive agreements to acquire assets of Unlimited retail business from Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd (ALBL) for a cash consideration?

47. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched its nationwide campaign, ‘#HaathBadhaoIndia #VaccineLagaoIndia’?

48. Dabur India last week announced its foray into the syrups and spreads category with the launch of which brand?

49. Which intimate wear brand announced the launch of its new brand campaign ‘#DekhoMaineKyaKiya’, encouraging women to give shape to their inner desires?

50. Maruti Suzuki India last week said it has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in rural markets of India?

51. Which electric vehicle manufacturer has launched the ad ‘Many Colours. All Green.’?

52. Which US solar equipment maker has earmarked at least $350 million for investment in a manufacturing facility in India, drawn by the government’s incentive schemes for local production?

53. Which matrimony portal has roped in Punjabi actress Sonam Bajwa for its ‘#FixYourMatchYourWay’ social and digital media campaign?

54. Which company has rolled out its latest digital film 'Dates or Best Rates Film' that aims to create awareness for benefits of organised car buying and selling?

55. Which brand has directly named rival Reckitt’s Harpic in a new campaign, claiming superiority on the specific aspect of tackling malodour?

56. Max Bupa Health Insurance has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

57. Which sports apparel and accessories brand has partnered Indian mixed martial arts athlete Ritu Phogat, furthering its mission of engaging, empowering, and inspiring athletes everywhere?

58. Which sports brand has launched ‘celebration of sports’ campaign, featuring actor Tiger Shroff and brand athletes?

59. Which MNC’s secretive research unit last week said it will launch Intrinsic, its new robotics software and artificial intelligence project?

60. Zomato made a stellar debut on the bourses last week with its market capitalisation briefly crossing which milestone value on the first day?

61. The ministry of foreign affairs of which country last week launched the video game ‘Land of Wonders’ in India?

62. Which company has announced the acquisition of an 8.9-MW distributed solar portfolio from Statkraft India, marking its first acquisition this fiscal?

63. Which group has launched the campaign ‘Together, we are limitless’ to communicate and take further its new vision "limitless", inspired by the teachings of its founders?

64. Which navigation app has launched the ad ‘Baraat In A Funeral’ with the positioning ‘Finding Address Made Simple’?

65. Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL) last week announced which delivery milestone for the fuselage it has fabricated for the AH-64 Apache combat helicopter?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 904 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli