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December 4, 2022

Biz Quizzard 975

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 28 - December 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which upskilling edtech platform has acquired US-based bootcamp education company Fullstack Academy, as it looks to scale up in the North America region?

2. A division of Mahansaria Group has announced the launch of its premium two-wheeler tyre brand in India. What has it been branded as?

3. Which marketplace for car sharing in emerging markets has announced the appointment of Naveen Gupta as its Vice-President and Country Head for India?

4. Which food services and facilities management company has appointed Sambit Kumar Sahu, its former Country Segment Director of Health and Care segment, as Managing Director?

5. Prasanth Kumar, CEO - South Asia of GroupM Media (India), has been elected as the President of which industry body for the year 2022-23?

6. Which network has launched a new Hindi movie channel – ‘Dhamaka Movies’?

7. S Subramanyeswar, aka Subbu, has been appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer of which advertising group, effective immediately?

8. Which quick commerce grocery service has launched a multi-platform brand campaign titled “Healthy Disses” featuring actors Simran and R Madhavan?

9. Which jewellery entity joined hands with Vogue India to bring the "Forces of Fashion" event to India for the very first time?

10. Which company, owned by the Bird Group, has won the bid to open the first airport hotel at Noida International Airport?

11. Which gifting brand has launched a new holiday season campaign featuring actress Mithila Palkar and former WWE superstar The Great Khali?

12. Which contact lens brand has announced actress Kiara Advani as its new brand ambassador?

13. Which food brand has launched its first ever ad film for southern market, featuring actress Priyamani in a double role?

14. Celebrating the Indian wedding season, which jewellery brand has launched a new campaign titled ‘Marriage Conversations’?

15. Which smartphone brand has launched a new ad campaign featuring actor Vicky Kaushal and brother Sunny Kaushal to promote its new processing chip?

16. Which modern decorative interior and infrastructure company has released a campaign for its flagship brand ‘Vir Maxpro’, a category of MDF?

17. Which company has launched its campaign ‘#DontGetCaughtByHPV’ to spread awareness about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and protection from it?

18. Which Aditya Birla Group venture said it is investing Rs 290 crore to acquire eight digital-first lifestyle brands in an attempt to build a billion-dollar D2C portfolio in the next few years?

19. Which drugmaker’s wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil will acquire all rights to 9 medicines from BL Indústria Ótica, a subsidiary of Bausch Health Companies Inc?

20. SEBI approved the name of Sundararaman R as the new MD and CEO of which entity?

21. Which group, known for its brands Baskin Robbins and Kwality Ice Cream, has announced the roll out of Plantaway, an all-new plant-based food brand?

22. Which Chennai-based food and agri-tech platform has expanded its Ready-To-Cook (RTC) portfolio with the launch of Freshey’s breads range?

23. Which company said it has acquired a majority stake in Upakarma Ayurveda, engaged in developing, manufacturing and selling ayurvedic and herbal products, for an undisclosed amount?

24. Which upGrad-backed edtech firm has launched its services in the US market and plans to scale up its operations there?

25. Which company has acquired the startup Coolberg, which offers malt-based flavoured non-alcoholic beverages?

26. Which Rajasthan-based furniture company has announced its new campaign ‘#FactorySeGharTak’?

27. Which cables and wires manufacturer has launched the campaign ‘Wires that Don’t Catch Fire’?

28. Which thermal wear brand has launched the campaign ‘Garam Bhi, Patla Bhi’, featuring actress Pooja Gor?

29. Which gourmet brand has roped in actress Janhvi Kapoor as the new face of its healthy Peanut Butters and The Perfekt Gummies with the ‘Health Ko Rakho FIT-FIT-FITTIFY’ campaign?

30. Which startup successfully set up India´s first ever launch pad designed and operated by a private player, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota?

31. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘Teri Roshni Hun Main’ featuring actor Nakuul Mehta?

32. Which company has acquired CreditVidya - a SaaS company that offers a lending-as-a-service platform?

33. Which American premium brand celebrated the launch of its Tailored Collection in Chandigarh with music icon Guru Randhawa?

34. Which German electronic accessories manufacturer last week announced its foray into the Indian market?

35. Which company has appointed Romal Shetty, president of consulting, as its CEO for a four-year term starting April 1, 2023?

36. The procurement of goods and services from Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has crossed which milestone mark so far, this fiscal?

37. Which company has entered into a joint venture agreement with Bel SA of France to develop, manufacture and sell cheese products in India and some other markets?

38. Which pharma company has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of French contract development and manufacturing organisation (CDMO) Cenexi Group?

39. Which tile and stone installation product segment company has roped in cricketer MS Dhoni as its national brand ambassador?

40. Which two airlines will merge to create India’s second-biggest carrier?

41. Which Chennai-based company has acquired UK-based Penn Globe Ltd in an all-cash consideration of £21 million?

42. Which lifestyle platform has partnered with Cecilia Morelli Parikh and Julie Leymarie to introduce Le Mill, a multi-brand luxury fashion house, in India?

43. Which lubricants company has released a new ad film as part of its 'Dumdaro ka Dumdaar' campaign, featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni?

44. Which men’s premium innerwear and lifestyle brand launched the campaign ‘#MyComfortZone’ featuring cricketer and brand ambassador KL Rahul?

45. Which clothing brand has launched the campaign ‘YOU GOT THIS’ and roped in actor Kartik Aaryan as its first brand ambassador for India?

46. Which biscuit brand has roped in actor Hrithik Roshan as brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘#GooglyTwister’?

47. Which dental health brand has launched the campaign "Mazedaar Nahi, Asardaar!" featuring actress and brand ambassador Alia Bhatt?

48. What will IDFC Mutual Fund will be renamed as?

49. Which beer brand has released a docu-series titled “The Indian Football Story: The World is Yours To Take”, featuring footballer Bhaichung Bhutia?

50. Vikram Kirloskar, 64, died of cardiac arrest in Bengaluru on December 30. He was the vice chairman of which automobile company?

51. Which pain relief brand has launched its new campaign “Har Din Jeet Meri”?

52. Which Chennai-based verticalized payments infrastructure company has acquired the business of Roamsoft Technologies Pvt Ltd, a fintech-focused IT products and services company?

53. The industrial automation business of which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pune based industrial Internet of Things (IoT) product startup Linecraft(dot)ai?

54. Which company has emerged as the most valuable listed company in India, as per the '2022 Burgundy Private Hurun India 500 Top 10' list?

55. Which Swiss MNC will begin issuing certificates of authenticity to authorized dealers selling its pre-owned watches?

56. Which MNC has elevated Bala Purushothaman as its global chief human resource officer (CHRO), effective January 1, 2023?

57. Which British online fashion retailer is entering the Indian market through a deal to feature its brands on Myntra?

58. Which drugmaker is foraying into pharmaceutical packaging operation in the U.S. with a $12.5 million investment in a new facility at Prince William County, Virginia?

59. Which ecommerce company launched two wind-solar hybrid projects of 300 MW (megawatt) capacity in India, in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka on November 30?

60. Which company has become the first in the country to use the confidential pre-filing of documents option for its IPO before the market regulator, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi)?

61. Which connected lifestyle tech brand has roped in Indian cricketer Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador for its smartwatches?

62. Which company has launched its global video IP ‘Beauty Secrets’ in Hindi along with Tamil and Telugu, featuring actress Tamannaah Bhatia?

63. Which sleep solutions provider has launched ‘Wave Plus’ – a highly functional, adjustable smart bed that aims to enrich one’s sleep experience?

64. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#UpTimeHaiTohOnTimeHai’, celebrating its passion for Uptime, which is a commitment to put the truck back on the road on time?

65. Which malls chain has signed actor Amitabh Bachchan as 'Happyness Ambassador’?

66. Which direct selling company has repositioned its premium skin-care brand Artistry by entering the skin nutrition segment under the Artistry Skin Nutrition line?

67. Which used card dealer network has launched its latest campaign, featuring actor Rajkumar Rao?

68. Which regional language social media startup has fired about 5% of its employees due to the closure of its fantasy gaming vertical Jeet11?

69. Which company has unveiled a new Gen3 range of smart elevators with round-the-clock real-time tracking of elevator performance?

70. Which company last week signed a MoU with the Telangana government to set up a research and manufacturing facility for lithiumion batteries in Mahbubnagar district?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 975 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 27, 2022

Biz Quizzard 974

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

1. Areez Pirojshaw Khambatta passed away on November 19. He was the founder and chairman of which group?

2. Vienna company RHI Magnesita is in the process of acquiring the refractory business of which company in India for about Rs 1,708 crore?

3. Which chocobar brand from ITC has launched the campaign 'XL hai kya?'?

4. Which writing instrument brand from the house of Linc Limited is venturing into the stationery category with a gum stick and has launched the film ‘The Aviator’ to promote it?

5. Which bank has launched the film ‘#BeatTheCheats’ featuring actress Tabu?

6. For World Piles Day, which health-tech startup launched the ‘#Let’sTalkPiles’ campaign?

7. Which MNC last week announced that Robert A. Iger (Bob Iger) is returning as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately?

8. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Aseem Kaushik as Managing Director for India?

9. Which Chennai-based neo-banking and unified payment acquiring solution provider announced its entry into the Middle East market under the brand name SalisPay?

10. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a second infrastructure region in India. Which city?

11. Which actor launched the exclusive men’s jewellery brand, MetaMan, on International Men’s Day, along with its debut collection?

12. On the eve of International Men’s day, which property portal launched a film dedicated to the ‘invisible homemakers’?

13. Which edtech company has marked the start of the football season with the launch of a film titled ‘Someday’?

14. This International Men’s Day, which menswear brand has launched its new campaign to own the idea of ‘#TheMostComfotableMan’?

15. Which perfume brand commemorated the International Men’s Day with the ‘#MenWhoOwnTheirStory’ digital campaign?

16. Which personal care brand has onboarded actress Kalki Koechlin as the ambassador for its French Vinothérapie range?

17. Which brand has launched a new campaign “Kuch Mera, Kuch Tumhara” to promote its myriad range of laminates?

18. Which life insurance company has launched its latest campaign – ‘Dreams’ featuring its brand ambassador and former cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar?

19. Which IT firm has tied up with Envision AESC to help develop a cloud-based platform to digitise and automate manual processes at the latter’s electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing plants?

20. Parle Products, which retails brands including Parle G, Monaco and Melody, crossed which milestone mark in annual revenues during FY22?

21. Which country’s Parliament last week gave its nod to the free trade agreement (FTA) with India?

22. Which company received approval from environment ministry’s expert panel for India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) and India-Asia Xpress (IAX) - the world’s largest submarine cable system?

23. In its first anywhere in the world, which global beauty brand has set up a plastic waste collection centre in Chennai with an aim to collect 2,000 tons of ocean-bound plastic wastes every year?

24. Which cloud-based SaaS technology provider for broadcast and connected TV has acquired Streamwise, an early-stage data aggregation and reporting platform for content distributors?

25. Which ecommerce company has launched the campaign ‘Export Ka Expert’?

26. Which electronics major has launched the campaign ‘#YouMakeItHappen’, celebrating the journey of its partners?

27. Which women's clothing brand has roped in actresses Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi and Srinidhi Shetty as brand ambassadors, and has launched the campaign “Fits Like Nothing Else”?

28. Which company last week announced the launch of its football-themed jewellery – Es Vida?

29. Which food brand has launched the campaign ‘Are You Truing Truing?’?

30. Which firm has become the first Indian IT services company to allow its employees to unionise in Europe?

31. Which company has partnered with Jolle Hospitality Group for a new hotel in Belagavi?

32. Which company announced that it would be transforming into a full-fledged talent management platform as it rebrands itself as ‘foundit(dot)in’ in Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions?

33. Which fresh meats & seafood brand has roped in actor NTR Jr. as brand ambassador?

34. Which smartphone brand has launched the campaign ‘CareWithJoy’?

35. Which mattress brand has launched a new campaign ‘Sleepables’ with brand ambassador Sania Mirza eyeing the wedding season?

36. Actress Kajal Aggarwal has invested in which D2C omnichannel ayurveda brand?

37. Which dairy agritech startup has signed actress Sonam Bajwa as brand ambassador to collaborate on their shared vision of making farmers profitable and women empowerment in India?

38. Which ethnic wear brand has launched the campaign ‘Saath Sajengey Toh Khoob Jachenge’?

39. Which MNC has announced that its India Managing Director, Parag Satpute, will be assuming a new global role in its Solutions Business and will be stationed in Amsterdam, Netherlands?

40. Which brand has become the country’s biggest brandy brand by volume in 2021?

41. Amazon will shut down which edtech business in a phased manner starting August 2023?

42. Which renewable wind and solar power generation and storage business has acquired a 404 mw operating pan-India solar portfolio from the Atha Group?

43. Which company is entering the artefacts business with artisan-centric stores called ‘Swadesh’?

44. Which lubricant major will acquire 7.09 per cent stake in automobile aftermarket player Ki Mobility Solutions for Rs 487.5 crore?

45. Which bank has entered into an agreement to buy 10% in the proposed joint venture of Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and Chennai Petroleum Corporation (CPCL)?

46. Which tyres brand launched the campaign 'Have a Wonderful Day'?

47. Which company has entered into an agreement to acquire up to 40% stake (fully diluted basis) in Mumbai-based Snapwork Technologies Pvt Ltd for an all-cash consideration of up to Rs 93 crore?

48. Which jewellery brand has launched the ‘#CommitToLove’ campaign in the midst of the wedding season?

49. Which Ayurvedic health supplement brand has launched a new campaign “Ghar Ghar bann gya Dawai ki Dukaan” with actor Akshay Kumar?

50. Which Mumbai-based company has become the first globally to commercially launch aviptadil, a over 50-year-old drug molecule, for treating acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 974 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli