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October 10, 2021

Biz Quizzard 915

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Tata Motors last week introduced its smallest SUV till date. What has it been branded as?

2. Which sanitaryware provider will ‘uberise’ the plumbing sector with an app that will provide them with access to plumbers in their area?

3. Which Indian company has incorporated a new subsidiary in the UAE for trading in crude oil, petroleum products and agricultural commodities?

4. Which specialised agri value chain enabling start-up has launched an insurance initiative Annadata Suraksha Abhiyaan (ASA) to cover farmers from daily farming risks?

5. Which home appliances and consumer electronics major has launched a series of new TVCs 'Perform Big, Silently' featuring notable women achievers who pushed boundaries to make a mark?

6. Which jewellery retailer has launched a campaign to promote its collection ‘Kaasyam’?

7. Which Indian dating app has launched a campaign ‘Chuno Usse Jo Tumhe Chune’ to celebrate the milestone of 14 million users?

8. Dabur India Ltd has signed actress Disha Patani as the new face of which skincare brand?

9. Which smartphone brand has launched an ad featuring actors Bobby Deol and Mouni Roy, and music director Himmesh Reshammiya?

10. Which cryptocurrency exchange has roped in actor Amitabh Bachchan as its first brand ambassador?

11. Which direct-to-consumer brand roll up firm has acquired andMe, a women’s menstrual health, hormonal health, beauty and fitness products maker, for an undisclosed amount?

12. Which home textiles major has partnered with DuPont Biomaterials to launch a home textile range, including bath towels and bedsheets, made with bio-based materials?

13. Which knitwear major last week said the company will merge its wholly-owned premium brand subsidiary Oban Fashions with itself?

14. Which foods company has promoted Mahesh Kanchan as its Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2021?

15. Which jewellery brand has unveiled a Diwali campaign, Utsaah, with the onset of the festive season?

16. Which MNC last week announced the appointment of Shuichi Ito as its Managing Director for India energy and social infrastructure businesses, effective from October 1, 2021?

17. NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL), ISRO's new commercial wing, has just announced its first 'demand-driven' communication satellite mission. For which client?

18. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in Italy-based TikTok influencer Khaby Lame for its IPL campaign?

19. Which automobile brand has launched a music web series, featuring singer, composer, and lyricist Amit Trivedi?

20. Which FMCG company has forayed into the Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) space with the launch of its first digital-native brand ‘Buds and Berries'?

21. Which cosmetics and beauty products brand has launched a film wanting every woman out there to evoke her inner “naayika” and forge her path?

22. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘#ShineBrighter’, featuring actress Vaani Kapoor?

23. Which innerwear brand has launched the campaign ‘#SunoTohApneDeshKi’, featuring actor and brand ambassador Varun Dhawan, spread awareness on water conservation?

24. Which automobile e-commerce platform has launched a campaign encouraging consumers to buy a used vehicle online, without ‘Test Drive’?

25. Which credit card issuer has launched the campaign ‘Dumdaar Dus’ featuring actor Jaaved Jaaferi?

26. Which smart devices brand has partnered with Tamil-Canadian artist, Shan Vincent de Paul to launch a film promoting its latest Enco range of earbuds?

27. Which company has roped in Olympic medal winners Mirabai Chanu and Bajrang Punia as brand ambassadors to endorse its portfolio of advanced body pain management products?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has launched the campaign “India ke 2 Pahiye”?

29. Which women’s innerwear, activewear, loungewear, and personal care brand has launched the ‘Nothing But Real’ campaign, featuring its employees and leadership team?

30. Which meat e-tailer has become India’s 29th unicorn this year, also claiming to be the first unicorn in the growing D2C segment?

31. In time for the World Animal Day, which cosmetics brand from India has agreed to join PETA US' 'Global Beauty Without Bunnies' programme?

32. Which company has acquired geospatial services provider GeoSpoc?

33. Which German financial and tax software firm last week launched Imprezz, an app-based and downloadable point of sale solution product?

34. Which beauty and personal care brand has unveiled the ‘#100shadesoflit’ campaign with brand ambassador and actress Shraddha Kapoor?

35. Which pharmaceutical company has announced its association with Vijay Sethupathi, an actor, producer and a known name in the Tamil cinema?

36. Which international bodywear brand has forayed into the Indian market and plans to expand its retail presence through franchise partner Solar Group?

37. Which US-based dairy services provider has acquired Mr.Milkman, India's leading last-mile dairy supply chain SaaS platform?

38. Which South Korean confectionary major has entered into Direct-to-Consumer space in India, with an aim to further strengthen its presence in the country?

39. Which homegrown wearable brand has brought on board cricketer Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador ahead of its global debut?

40. Which developmental lender last week announced the appointment of Wendy Werner as the new country head for India?

41. Which tiles brand released a digital film ‘#DesignADream’ on the occasion of World Architecture Day?

42. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain celebrated International Day of Sign Languages with a new film ‘Action Over Words’, highlighting its Kshamata program?

43. Which global supply chain management (SCM) company will launch an eco-friendly energy solution brand, 'ECOH', to promote hydrogen and electric vehicle (EV) battery-related businesses?

44. Which paints company has launched the Pujo campaign ‘Baarir Lok’?

45. Which company last week said it has terminated a franchise agreement with 7-Eleven Inc to develop and operate the U.S. company's convenience stores in India?

46. Which group has acquired direct-to-consumer (D2C) mother and baby care brand The Moms Co, signalling the first big consolidation move in the beauty and personal care segment?

47. Which brand has launched an ad for its new product offering, the Foaming Handwash, introduced in 2 variants (fragrances) - Aloe Coconut and Strawberry?

48. Saudi Arabia’s oil company Aramco reached which milestone market capitalization mark last week?

49. Which Danish pharmaceutical company is exiting India as part of the company's global strategy?

50. Which firm has forayed into baby care category with the introduction of 'goodnessme', a premium range of products made from ‘organic ingredients and zero toxins’ for sensitive baby skin?

51. Which internet commerce platform has launched its latest campaign ahead of its flagship festive sale event - the Maha Indian Shopping League?

52. Which company has launched the ‘Floor Makeover In a Day’ campaign featuring actor Amitabh Bachchan?

53. Which kitchen and personal care brand has roped in Dia Mirza as its new brand ambassador?

54. Which smart devices brand has launched the campaign ‘#SimplyDiwali’?

55. Which luxury gaming and entertainment brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Rajeev Khandelwal?

56. Fintech and investments platform ETMONEY has crossed which monthly mutual fund sales milestone?

57. Which company has launched a virtual travel platform with the digital campaign ‘Open the Door to the World’, with the aim to promote the spirit of outdoor travelling?

58. Which MNC last week said it has made a deal to sell app advertising specialty firm MoPub to Silicon Valley-based AppLovin Corporation for a little more than a billion dollars in cash?

59. Ride-hailing company Ola has launched its vehicle commerce platform. What has it been branded as?

60. Which MNC has elevated Sundar Raman as the global chief executive of its fabric and home care division?

61. Which company last week said it has entered into a franchise agreement with 7-Eleven (SEI) to open and manage the global eponymous brand stores as a master franchisee in India?

62. Which hospitality major has announced the opening of its first standalone ‘Meetha’ store of India in Mumbai to strengthen its food and beverages business?

63. Which electronic manufacturing services (EMS) player has tied up with Acer for contract manufacturing of laptops, initially for the domestic market and then possibly for exports?

64. Which IIT Kanpur-backed D2C wellness company has announced that actress Alia Bhatt is now an investor in the company?

65. Which batteries company has roped in actor Ajay Devgn for new campaign?

66. Which telecom brand has launched the campaign ‘Be A Pujo Champion’ for Durga Puja?

67. Reliance Industries' premium retail unit last week announced the opening of its first commercial centre in Bandra Kurla Complex area of Mumbai. What has it been branded as?

68. Which jewellery retail chain has signed actress Kiara Advani as brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘Now is the time’?

69. Which securities broker has launched its new tagline, 'Choice of the Wize.'?

70. Which private equity major has announced the acquisition of VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing specialist, from its existing private equity owners for an undisclosed amount?

71. Which plywood brand has launched the campaign 'Beauty Is What Beauty Does' acknowledging the value of organ donation?

72. Which online travel portal has roped in actor Anil Kapoor for its latest campaign that celebrates the travellers who are ready to experience the joy of flying again?

73. Which online insurance portal has launched its Dussehra campaign 'Protect the Good'?

74. Which furniture brand has launched a campaign for its festive season sale, the ‘Great Indian Furniture Fest’?

75. Which sports performance eyewear has released its latest film ‘Be Who You Are’?

76. Which peanut butter brand has launched a digital campaign featuring Krishna Shroff?

77. Which footwear brand has launched a campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar to unveil its new positioning ‘#ItsInMe’?

78. Which streaming platform has launched the video '6 Days Of Period' featuring actress Yashaswini Dayama?

79. Cadbury is all set to launch a vegan Dairy Milk in the UK and Ireland this November. What will it be branded as?

80. Titan Company’s market value crossed which milestone mark on October 7?

81. Which multi-interest business group from Rajkot, Gujarat, has launched a new online furniture company, InnoDesigns, by investing about Rs 75 crores into the venture?

82. Which watch and accessories brand last week said it has collaborated with beverage major Coca-Cola to launch a range of watches targeted at the Gen-Z?

83. Which crypto platform has roped in actor Ranveer Singh as its first-ever brand ambassador?

84. Which online test preparation platform has launched a new campaign ‘#JeetKeSahiMaayane’?

85. Which smart devices brand has roped in celebrity couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput Kapoor as brand ambassadors for its smart TVs category?

86. Which jewellery retailer last week forayed into Chennai and inaugurated its new retail store?

87. Which jewellery brand has unveiled its festive campaign with the positioning ‘Everyday Fine Jewellery delivered, everywhere.’?

88. Which sleep and home solutions brand has launched the campaign ‘#ApprovedByKumbhkaran’?

89. Which personal care brand has launched its latest digital campaign 'Beautiful InDeed'?

90. The Reserve Bank of India last week increased the limit on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) to which level?

91. Which health drink brand has rolled out ‘Get The Message’, a digital first campaign aimed at raising awareness around kids’ mental and emotional well-being?

92. Which skincare brand launched the music video ‘Nijer Kache Phire Phire Ashi Tai’ featuring actress Mimi Chakraborty?

93. Which packaged atta brand has launched the campaign 'Onek Roop - Onek Shakti’ for Durga Puja?

94. Which energy drink has launched a new Purple Edition with a refreshing and unique taste of A├žai Berry?

95. Which business group has won the bid to acquire Air India for Rs 18,000 crore?

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October 3, 2021

Biz Quizzard 914

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period September 27 - October 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Flipkart and which sportswear retailer have launched ‘1DER’, an affordable range of athleisure clothing designed in collaboration with cricketer K L Rahul?

2. Liverpool midfielder James Milner and his former teammate Adam Lallana have invested an undisclosed amount in which Gurgaon-based golf performance improvement platform?

3. Which electric vehicles manufacturer has joined hands with EV startup Massive Mobility to set up 10,000 charging stations across the country in next one year?

4. Which online banking platform has launched its latest campaign during the IPL season - a set of PowerPoint (PPT) presentations that air as ads that break the clutter?

5. Which innerwear brand has launched its campaign with a commitment to legitimise the female gaze, featuring actors Rashmika Mandanna and Vicky Kaushal?

6. Which jewellery brand has launched its Pujo campaign, ‘Utshob Amader, Shaaj’o Amader’?

7. Which content distribution and Pay TV platform has introduced a new platform service - ‘Videshi Kahaniyan’ and has launched a campaign featuring actress Rupali Ganguly?

8. Three months after exiting Grofers, co-founder Saurabh Kumar has launched his new venture, a full-fledged online marketplace. What is it called?

9. Which company has inked a pact to acquire an additional 38% stake in Elica PB India for $57 million (around Rs 420 crore)?

10. Toyota Kirloskar Motor last week officially discontinued the production of which model in India?

11. Which business group has invested an undisclosed amount to acquire a 10% equity stake in the government’s rural ecommerce venture CSC Grameen eStore through its financial services arm?

12. Which company will acquire a majority stake in April Moon Retail for a strategic partnership to operate duty free outlets at airports?

13. Adani Wilmar has opened 12 physical stores on franchisee model across six states, which will exclusively sell its brand products. What has it been branded as?

14. Which sleep solutions brand has launched a campaign ‘Change your sleep, Change your life’ for Diwali, featuring actress and brand ambassador Alia Bhatt?

15. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘It's Just A Period’ for Daughter’s Day, urging fathers to be involved in period conversations with their daughters?

16. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘Choose What Really Matters’?

17. Which cement brand has unveiled its newest campaign 'Mazboot Ghar Mazboot Rishtey', featuring actor Adil Hussain?

18. Which fashion brand has announced actress Neha Dhupia as its brand ambassador to launch its latest range of maternity-cum-nursing wear collection?

19. Which brand has launched the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet?

20. Which Indian company has joined Sea Cargo Charter as part of its sustainability objectives and initiatives on reduction of ‘Scope 3’ greenhouse gas emission in ocean trade?

21. Brown-Forman Worldwide LLC has announced the introduction of which whiskey brand’s new flavour Tennessee Apple in India?

22. Which Japanese shipping giant has opened a wholly-owned subsidiary in India and started operations with two ships?

23. According to a report last week, which pharmaceutical major is foraying into diagnostics to leverage its ‘doctorconnect’?

24. Which menswear brand has launched the Super Biker collection and has entered into a consumer promotion led association with Bajaj Avenger?

25. Which detergent brand has launched its new initiative to support Bengal’s local handloom weavers and will launch its first exclusive collection with the fashion designer Parama Ghosh?

26. Which footwear brand has launched its Street Ready Collection, and the campaign ‘My style is my pehchaan’ featuring actor Siddhant Chaturvedi?

27. Which smart devices brand has announced the launch of its Special Editions as part of its festive campaign ‘Light up New Beginnings’?

28. Which social media platform has launched its global campaign ‘Yours to Make’?

29. Which beverage brand is celebrating Tamil Nadu with new packaging and a sand art installation?

30. TikTok has hit which milestone monthly active users mark globally this summer?

31. The local arm of which South Korean lender has entered the home loan segment and is offering home loans at 6.5% onwards per year for salaried and self-employed professionals?

32. Which small finance bank has decided to close down its 26 automated teller machines, becoming the first domestic lender to completely do away with such machines?

33. Which company has spun off its subscription-based service, Supr Daily, into a separate unit within its parent company Bundl Technologies?

34. Which payment bank has forged a tie-up with Ria Money Transfer to help its 333 million customers receive money from their relatives abroad?

35. Which company has introduced what it claims is the first prescription cough syrup in India that gave relief for up to 12 hours?

36. What has the Tata Group’s super app been branded as?

37. Which company has entered into a pact with the U.K.-based Econic Technologies for introducing a more environment-friendly CO2 containing polyols on a trial basis?

38. Prof Bala V Balachandran, 84, passed away last week at Chicago after a brief illness. He had founded which business school in Chennai?

39. Which financial corporation has joined hands with Senseforth(dot)ai, a leader in Conversational AI technology to launch ‘Mattu’, an AI-powered virtual assistant?

40. Which healthcare group has launched the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score, an artificial intelligence-based Web tool to predict and prevent heart disease?

41. On World Heart Day, which general insurance company has introduced a new campaign to unveil its new feature ‘Cal Scan’ on its signature health and wellness app?

42. Which brand has launched the campaign “Don’t wipe-wipe-wipe, Just Swipe!” for its Sponge Wipe?

43. Which brand launched the ad ‘'Dil Ka Khayal' on World Heart Day for its Refined Ricebran Oil?

44. Which grooming brand has launched a campaign with the core message revolving around ‘some things are best left to experts’, featuring actor and brand ambassador Ayushmaan Khurrana?

45. Which company’s consumer products division has announced its association with Kareena Kapoor Khan for its brand Little’s - Baby Wipes and Little’s Comfy Baby Pants?

46. Which online doctor consultation app has launched the ‘#StepsForYourHeart’ campaign?

47. Warner Music Group (WMG) and which digital entertainment and technology firm have signed a strategic partnership under which the latter becomes WMG’s official India partner?

48. Sanjay Bhargava will be the country director (India) for which satellite broadband venture, effective October 1?

49. Which enterprise debt marketplace has raised $90 million in what is being claimed as the largest ever Series-A round in India so far?

50. Which central securities depository has appointed Padmaja Chunduru as its new managing director and chief executive officer?

51. Which edtech startup last week entered the unicorn club with $100 million Series E funding?

52. The government has picked Captain Alok Mishra as the Managing Director of which state-owned entity tasked with developing and running the strategically important and India-funded Chabahar port in Iran?

53. Which US-based consumer electronics brand has forayed into the Indian market and has launched a range of its TV sets in collaboration with its Indian licensing partner Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd?

54. Which cotton yarn manufacturer is foraying into the technical textiles sector and is setting up a 4,375 MT per annum green-field facility at Jhalawar, Rajasthan?

55. Which music streaming platform has rolled out its new ad films featuring actress Deepika Padukone?

56. Which smartphone brand has launched its new campaign ‘What’s up with Varun?’, featuring actor Varun Dhawan?

57. Which mutual fund has announced the launch of its latest TV commercial (TVC) for its pan-India investor awareness campaign ‘#PaisonKoRokoMat’?

58. Which cement brand has launched a new TVC titled 'Jab Dil Mein Ho Jazbaat Toh Hoti Hai #EkPerfectShuruaat’?

59. Which company has launched the first phase of a new multimedia campaign for Optimus iPro, its IoT, voice and gesture-enabled range of chimneys?

60. Which German packaged food brand has acquired Noida-based start-up Kuppies, marking its foray into the ready-to-eat cakes and desserts segment?

61. Which DTH company has launched a ‘Women’s Active’ service in partnership with FTC Talent Media and Entertainment?

62. Which diagnostics chain has roped in actress Samantha as brand ambassador?

63. Which bank and its brokerage arm have invested $1 million (or about Rs 7.4 crore) in Stockal, that helps Indian investors put funds in global markets?

64. Which automobile company last week introduced an artificial intelligence-based 24x7 virtual car assistant app ‘S-Assist’ to help in post-purchase experience?

65. TVS Motor Company last week announced that the sales of TVS HLX bike crossed which cumulative milestone globally?

66. Which luxury carmaker will produce only electric cars by 2030?

67. Tae-Jin Park will be the new Managing Director and CEO of which automobile company, effective October 4, 2021?

68. The Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL) has signed hotel Raajkutir in Kolkata, West Bengal, its seventh property in the State across brands. What will it be rebranded as?

69. Which energy giant has made its first direct investment in India, investing $13 million (about Rs 97 crore) in integrated EV ride-hailing and charging company BluSmart?

70. The number of entrants in IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List crossed which milestone mark for the first time, according to the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List 2021?

71. Which company has divested its entire stake in NatSteel Holdings Pte. Ltd. Singapore for an equity value of $172 million (Rs 1,275 crore) to a company in the island state?

72. Which company has inked pact with Essel Green Energy to acquire a 40 Mw operating solar project in Odisha?

73. Which media company has appointed Jyoti Deshpande as CEO with immediate effect?

74. Which digital payments company has rolled out silver investments on its platform that will allow users to invest in silver coins and bars of high certified purity on the app?

75. Which confectionery brand has launched a new TV campaign 'Gentle Refreshment'?

76. Which beverage brand has roped in actor Arjun Kapoor as brand ambassador?

77. Which audio brand has launched a new campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Kartik Aaryan to celebrate Creator Day?

78. Which sport, leisure footwear and apparel brand has roped in actor Diljit Dosanjh as brand ambassador?

79. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has named which actor as the NBA brand ambassador for India?

80. Which brand has unveiled a new global brand philosophy and platform called Real Magic, which invites everyone to celebrate the real magic of humanity?

81. Which skincare brand has launched the campaign ‘Glow All Day Long’ for its PowerDuo, featuring brand ambassador and actress Tara Sutaria?

82. Which life insurance brand has launched the campaign ‘Karo Bade Sapno Ki Tayyari’, featuring brand ambassador and badminton ace PV Sindhu?

83. Which real estate developer has roped in actress Twinkle Khanna as brand ambassador?

84. Which FMCG company has acquired a majority stake in Brillare Sciences for an undisclosed sum?

85. Which ed-tech firm has released a new ad film- 'Bapu Ki Awaz' that celebrates Mahatma Gandhi's thoughts and ideas?

86. N Govindarajan has resigned as the managing director of which pharma company?

87. Which cloud-based business telephone system startup has acquired cloud communications firm, Ziffy to serve Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in tier-2 and tier-3 cities in India?

88. Which home appliances and consumer electronics company has launched the campaign ‘Perform Big, Silently’?

89. Which dairy company launched the film ‘#Swachhtagrah’, featuring actress Tisca Chopra, for Gandhi Jayanti?

90. Which hospitality company is set to launch a destination-led luxury brand called Mementos?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 914 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
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