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May 9, 2021

Biz Quizzard 893

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Integrated marketing and communications investment company Mogae has acquired a controlling stake in which advertising agency?

2. Which MNC has filed a complaint over Kanye West’s proposed trademark for his Yeezy brand, saying it looks too similar to the former’s sun-like symbol?

3. Which MNC last week announced it was selling faded internet stars Yahoo and AOL to a private equity firm for $5 billion?

4. Which food delivery app has implemented a four day work week for this month?

5. Which Hyderabad-based startup, an EV charging aggregator platform, said it has launched its services in the country?

6. Which MNC’s Vice Chairman Greg Abel will succeed the founder as CEO?

7. Which global pharma major is sending its medicines worth $70 million (over Rs 510 crore), from its distribution centres in the U.S., Europe and Asia, to India?

8. Which mustard oil brand has launched the campaign 'Safar' with the positioning 'Naam hi pehchaan hai'?

9. Which company’s US-based subsidiary has signed an agreement with Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) to convert carbon steel slabs into hot rolled coils?

10. Which billionaire couple filed for divorce last week after 27 years of marriage?

11. Netherlands-based conglomerate SHV Energy has acquired a majority stake in which Noida-headquartered solar solutions provider, marking its foray into India’s solar energy space?

12. Which digital banking fintech has launched two ad communications – ‘#JustCantWait’ and ‘#WantMore’, promoting its recently-launched two-in-one savings and wealth account?

13. Which omni channel grocery shopping app and website has launched its first brand campaign showcasing its proposition of #AasaanGrocery in a click?

14. Which media company has announced the appointment of Nachiket Pantvaidya as Managing Director?

15. Dabur India Ltd has signed which actress as the new brand ambassador for its brand Dabur Pudin Hara, the ayurvedic medicine for gas, indigestion and stomach ache?

16. Which sanitaryware brand has launched an integrated marketing campaign #TapToPOT’?

17. Which agency has announced the launch of its specialised consumer research and analysis wing called Red Lab?

18. Which MNC has bought news technology company Scroll, which it will use as part of an upcoming subscription offering?

19. Which Mumbai-based fintech start-up has announced its expansion in the European continent by launching its services in the United Kingdom?

20. Which detergent brand has launched its latest campaign ‘#MakeItPossible’, featuring Kerala’s first transgender doctor?

21. Sameer Garde has quit as the president (India and Saarc) of which MNC?

22. Which financial services company has unveiled a corporate film based on its brand promise ‘Count on Us’?

23. Which food brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Sadharan Chodo, Nutrition Chuno’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Shilpa Shetty?

24. Which networking platform has released a new ad film, ‘Let’s step forward, together’?

25. US-based ThoughtSpot has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire which Hyderabad-based data integration solutions provider?

26. On the occasion of World Dance Day on April 29, which hair care brand launched an Instagram campaign with actress Mithila Palkar?

27. Which cement brand has launched a new TVC, ‘Kal Ki Mazboot Tayari Ke Liye’, with a jingle score titled ‘Yaariyaan’, composed by AR Rahman, as a musical track?

28. Sajan Raj Kurup, chairman and founder of Creativeland Asia has made close to a million USD investment in which gaming company?

29. Russia has approved a single-dose version of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine after it showed almost 80% efficacy. What it been branded as?

30. Which popular game will be relaunched in India in a new avatar called Battlegrounds Mobile India?

31. Which Mumbai-based information and communication technology (ICT) firm has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Bengaluru’s Inflow Technologies?

32. Which IT firm is offering a Rs 30-lakh insurance cover and an additional Rs 7-lakh employee deposit insurance cover to employees for Covid?

33. Which company has launched its public awareness campaign, ‘Savdhan Rahein. Safe Rahein’ to educate customers and the public at large on financial fraud risks and how to stay protected?

34. Which company has launched the ‘Your Salon at Home' campaign, a musical by its employees, for its beard trimmers?

35. Which mutual fund has launched an investor education film ‘#TheInvisibleVoice’ for Mother’s Day?

36. Which global consulting and change management organization has launched a new multimedia brand campaign - 'Humanizing Technology’?

37. Which tyre brand has launched the campaign ‘Tyres For a Country full of Turns’?

38. Which digital healthcare platform unveiled its new campaign ‘#EverySingleBreath’ to commemorate World Asthma Day on 4th May?

39. Which community-first online health and fitness brand has launched its digital campaign – “Ab Nahi Toh Kab”?

40. How many Indian-American CEOs last week joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response?

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May 2, 2021

Biz Quizzard 892

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 26 - May 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Vartika Shukla will be the next chairperson and managing director of which navratna public sector enterprise?

2. Which agri commodity exchange has appointed Arun Raste, currently an executive director with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), as its next managing director and CEO?

3. Paytm is launching a video-based feature, as part of its digital wealth management platform in a bid to tap young users interested in investing in capital markets. What is it called?

4. Which company has released a digital video commercial featuring veteran actor Sanjay Mishra to promote its packaged coconut water?

5. Global private equity fund Warburg Pincus has acquired a significant majority stake in which independent folding carton manufacturer?

6. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has capped the tenure of bank chief executives at how many years?

7. Which company has entered the personal hygiene category with the launch of a new product, ‘Safekind toilet seat disinfectant spray’?

8. Which dating app has deployed its matchmaking algorithm to help Covid patients match plasma donors with patients?

9. Which Indian wear brands have launched their latest campaign ‘Apno waali shaadi’?

10. Jagdish Khattar, 78, passed away last week. He was former managing director of which automobile giant?

11. Which cryptocurrency investment platform for retail investors has launched an ad campaign ‘Trade Kar, Befikar’, featuring actor Kunaal Roy Kapur?

12. Which playschool chain has launched a digital campaign ‘Right Start, Flying Start’, comprising a series of three videos urging parents to resume learning for their young ones?

13. Which cement brand has rolled out the campaign ‘Hain Tayyar Hum’ with brand ambassador Akshay Kumar?

14. Which smartphone maker has collaborated with Discovery to launch the campaign ‘Life Unscene’?

15. Which company has brought in Uli Stuhec, with significant expertise in autonomous and EVs, to steer its ambitious ‘born-EV platform’?

16. Which omni-channel eyewear brand has acqui-hired Hyderabad-based Daily-Joy to enhance tech and innovation capability?

17. Private equity firm ADV Partners and Azim Premji’s family office Premji Invest have acquired a majority stake in which Bengaluru-based plastic molding company?

18. Kia Motors India last week announced a relaunch in India, adopting a new brand identity, a redesigned logo, a new brand slogan, and changing its name. What is the new name?

19. Which automobile MNC has appointed Roland Bouchara as CEO and MD of its India operations?

20. Which startup last week filed its much-anticipated draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with markets regulator Sebi, seeking to raise more than a billion dollars?

21. Which automobile MNC will acquire Lyft Inc´s self driving technology unit for $550 million?

22. Which MNC has announced the launch of Choreograph, a new global data company?

23. Which sport performance brand has roped in cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as brand ambassador?

24. Which omnichannel children’s retailer will launch Global Bees, India’s largest Thrasio-style investment venture with $75 million in capital commitment from investors?

25. Which company will invest Rs 150 crore in Revolt Intellicorp for a 43% stake in the electric motorcycle maker?

26. How many Indian companies have figured in the Time Magazine´s first ever list of 100 most influential companies?

27. Which business personality was last week accorded ‘Y’ category security across India by the CRPF in view of “potential threats”?

28. Which brand merchandising and marketing firm has acquired Hyderabad-based digital marketing agency Digital Ozone to further expand its digital marketing capabilities?

29. To celebrate Mother’s Day, which pregnancy detection card brand has launched a campaign titled ‘#CoolHaiMeriMaa’?

30. Rahul Bajaj assumed which role at Bajaj Auto from May 1?

31. The shareholders of which financial services company have voted against the appointment of founder Samit Ghosh as managing director and chief executive officer?

32. Which communication platform company has agreed to acquire artificial intelligence platform provider Phonon Communications for Rs 29 crore in cash?

33. Which company has launched a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Albenza brand of Albendazole tablets, 200 mg, in USA?

34. Which company has introduced ‘Merchant Stack’, a set of comprehensive digital banking services for retail merchants?

35. Olusegun Ogunsanya will take over as the new MD and CEO of the African operations of which company in October?

36. The board of which bank has approved the re-appointment of Amitabh Chaudhry as its managing director and CEO?

37. Which fashion e-commerce platform has launched the digital film ‘The World's Best Brands Play Here’ for the IPL season?

38. Which fantasy cricket app has released a series of films, featuring Pappinder Singh, the puppet, to create awareness around its offerings?

39. Which MNC has elevated Shailendra Katyal to managing director of its PC and smart devices business group (PCSD) India?

40. Which company last week announced it has bought the remaining 56.8% share in Meru Cabs to take its holding to 100%?

41. Which state government has been permitted to conduct experimental delivery of Covid-19 vaccines using drones over short distances?

42. The government has raised the maximum sum assured payable under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976 of EPFO to what amount?

43. Which MNC has agreed to acquire Turbonomic, a provider of software that helps companies monitor the performance of their business applications for over $1.5 billion?

44. Which smartphone maker has roped in Hollywood actor Chris Evans as its new brand ambassador?

45. Which MNC has agreed to buy vitamin maker Bountiful Co for $5.75 billion, becoming a world leader in the field of minerals and supplements?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 892 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within given time.

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