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January 23, 2022

Biz Quizzard 930

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which group’s stake in Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) has increased to 68.7% after the conversion of debentures into equity?

2. Which Indian company has sold its entire stake in Niobrara Shale Asset for $25 million?

3. Aidrivers and which commercial vehicle manufacturer have signed a MoU for the development of clean, greener autonomous vehicles?

4. Which automobile brand has launched a new campaign featuring Shah Rukh Khan and cricketers Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniyaa Bhatia and Shafali Verma?

5. Which agri startup has acquired B2B agri-input marketplace startup Helicrofter for an undisclosed sum?

6. Which Thrasio-style venture has taken a 90% stake in online fashion brand The Label Life, in a bid to enter the women’s fast fashion sector?

7. Antonio HortaOsorio has resigned as the CEO of which MNC bank over covid protocol violations?

8. Which company has extended the ‘Get More Mileage or Give Truck Back’ guarantee plan to its entire truck range?

9. Which company has acquired 98.4% stake in Visit Internet Services Pvt Ltd (VIS) for Rs 22.05 crore?

10. Which company has acquired European IT firm Com Tec Co IT (CTC) for € 310 million, including earnouts and synergy-linked payouts?

11. Which Gurgaon-based consumer-oriented and integrated farmer egg brand has launched a new campaign called 'Extra In The Ordinary'?

12. Which commercial vehicles retail channel has launched the ‘Tarakki Aapki, Saath Hamara’ campaign, featuring actors Aparshakti Khurana and Manav Kaul?

13. Which company will acquire a 33% stake in programmatic advertising and monetisation company Datawrkz for Rs 60 crore to expand its offering in the advertising technology space?

14. The government last week announced the appointment of Vikram Dev Dutt as the new chairman and managing director of which company?

15. Which digital transformation company is acquiring Gurgaon-based Number Theory, an AI/ML data science platform company?

16. Which company, which is into advanced braking systems, would be renamed as ZF Commercial Vehicle Control Systems India Ltd?

17. Which company last week announced a 50-50 joint venture with Dixon Technologies for the design and manufacture of wireless audio products in India?

18. Which startup that offers natural and organic products, all pioneered by women, has started an initiative “Badloge tabhi toh Badloge - The world changes when you change”?

19. Which direct indexing and model portfolio platform has launched its first campaign ‘Invest in Ideas’?

20. Which MNC last week said it is buying Activision Blizzard Inc. in a $68. 7 billion deal, uniting two of the biggest forces in video games?

21. Which is the world’s largest derivatives exchange for the third consecutive year in 2021 by the number of contracts traded?

22. Which realty major and US-based Blackstone Group’s joint venture, GreenBase, is planning to invest over Rs 3,000 crore to develop industrial, logistics and warehousing parks across key cities in India?

23. Which electric two-wheeler company and the Mahindra Group last week announced a strategic partnership covering joint development of vehicles and manufacturing?

24. Which designer and manufacturer of high-performance passive components and sub-systems has acquired a majority stake in Alcon Electronics for close to $100 million?

25. Mankind Pharma last week announced that its foraying into critical care with a launch of a dedicated division. What has it been branded as?

26. Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL) last week opened the first restaurant of the US fried chicken brand Popeyes in India. Which city?

27. Tata Motors last week unveiled CNG-fuelled variants of how many brands?

28. Adani Green Energy crossed which milestone market capitalization mark last week?

29. Which homegrown interactive entertainment platform has roped in independent content creator Ajey Nagar, who goes by the alias CarryMinati, as its brand ambassador?

30. Which company has bagged the headline sponsorship of the Toronto Marathon from 2022 through 2026?

31. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#WearAnUncondom’ for its new offering ‘Nothing’?

32. Agro Tech Foods Ltd. recently announced its entry into the chocolate confectionery segment with the launch of a coconut centered product under which brand?

33. Which beverage brand has launched a new campaign ‘Toofan’ with cricketer Jasprit Bumrah?

34. Which hospitality brand has launched a new campaign ‘Assi Reach Gaye?’, featuring a little boy called Kukki, and actress Gul Panag?

35. Which company last week announced the launch of two new popcorn flavours – Tandoori and Tiramisu – on the occasion of World Popcorn Day 2022?

36. Which lifestyle brand has signed actress Mrunal Thakur as its first brand ambassador in India?

37. Which pharmaceutical company has acquired a 51% stake in Enaltec Labs?

38. Which Hyderabad-based company has acquired the on-site distributed solar generation portfolio of ReNew Power for Rs 650 crore?

39. Which premium beauty care products maker has acquired a 25% stake in direct-to-consumer (D2C) skincare brand Conscious Chemist for an undisclosed amount?

40. Which company has picked up a 54% stake in robotics company Addverb Technologies for $132 million?

41. Which business group has received trademark approval to use its name for vehicles operating on land and in water?

42. Which tyre manufacturer has picked up a 27.2% stake in CSE Deccan Solar to get a guaranteed supply of 40 million units of solar power per annum for its Oragadam plant?

43. Which company last week officially announced its maiden Lifestyle Utility Vehicle (LUV), Hilux, for the Indian markets?

44. Fluence Energy Inc and which renewable energy company have signed an agreement to form a joint venture company to meet the needs of the fast-developing energy storage market in India?

45. Which craft beer brand has partnered with leading earwear brand boAt to launch ‘Boom’, an exclusive limited-edition collection of audio devices?

46. Which brand has released a new campaign for its 'Smart Soundbar', featuring actor Hrithik Roshan?

47. Which investment company has announced the appointment of Anil Kumar Chaudhary as CEO for the metals & mining business?

48. Which at-home health test brand has roped in Punjabi singer and music producer Guru Randhawa as its brand ambassador?

49. Which diagnostics laboratory chain has launched a new TV campaign 'Doctor First', featuring brand ambassador and cricketer MS Dhoni?

50. Which company has launched ‘People of Metal’, a series of six short films featuring people from local communities around the company’s operations?

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January 16, 2022

Biz Quizzard 929

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company will be paying $98.15 million to acquire 73.37% stake in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York?

2. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#BahaneChhodoTaxBachao’ to raise awareness on health insurance benefits, featuring anchor Rudraksh Singh?

3. Which community-first online health and fitness brand launched the digital campaign ‘#MyBestBeginsNow’ featuring actor Vidyut Jammwal?

4. Which smart devices brand collaborated with India's first tutting dance crew, Tuttix Crew for a campaign to promote launch of its latest products, Watch R & Buds Z Pro?

5. Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Corporation Satya Nadella has joined which Bengaluru-based online trading platform as an investor and advisor?

6. Ashneer Grover, cofounder and MD of BharatPe, and his wife Madhuri Grover, had sent a legal notice to which bank on October 31 for failing to provide IPO financing in Nykaa’s IPO?

7. Which footwear manufacturer has roped in actor Amitabh Bachchan as brand ambassador?

8. Deposits in bank accounts opened under the Jan Dhan scheme, launched about seven and half years ago, have crossed which milestone mark?

9. Which learning company has roped in actor Vicky Kaushal as its new brand ambassador?

10. Annual tractor production in India crossed which milestone mark for the first time in 2021?

11. Annual tractor exports from India crossed which milestone mark for the first time in 2021?

12. Which insurance aggregator unveiled its latest campaign, featuring actor and brand ambassador Akshay Kumar as Insurance Ka Superhero?

13. Which EV two-wheeler smart hub network has roped in actor Venkatesh Daggubati as a strategic investor and brand ambassador?

14. Which skincare brand has launched ‘#STEMTheGap’, a multi-year initiative to help close the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers in India?

15. Which beverage brand unveiled its all-new limited-edition festive packs for the auspicious harvest festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu?

16. Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc will acquire which mobile game maker in a cash-and-stock deal at an enterprise value of nearly $12.7 billion?

17. Which company now owns AP Gems and Jewellery Park Private Ltd, floated in 2001 in Hyderabad, which was later owned by absconding gems trader Mehul Choksi?

18. Agri-value chain Samunnati last week said its gross transactional value has crossed which milestone mark?

19. Former RBI Governor Urjit Patel has been appointed as a Vice President of which Beijing-based multilateral funding institution?

20. With the launch of the first in a series of battery powered electric boats, which city has become India’s first city to have a water metro project?

21. Which watchmaker last week said it has been granted manufacturing and distribution rights for Guess & Gc branded watches in the country?

22. Which education infrastructure startup has launched a campaign with the theme of a ‘Teacher vs Teacher’ battle?

23. Which paint manufacturer has launched a TVC to promote the recently launched Walltron Patrol Vehicle?

24. Which neobank has launched a new campaign featuring actor and brand ambassador Rajkummar Rao, with the positioning 'Experience the new'?

25. Which honey brand has launched a regional ad in Telugu featuring actress Rashmika Mandanna?

26. Pooja Finlease has revealed its new corporate name. What will it be called?

27. Which mutual fund brand has launched the campaign ‘Sochna Kya Hai?' for the tax-saving mutual fund category, equity linked savings schemes (ELSS)?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning “Accha hai ladki chala rahi hai”, featuring actress and brand ambassador Alia Bhatt?

29. Which e-commerce company has added three new brands - The Butternut company, Mush, and Strauss - to its portfolio?

30. A consortium led by South Korea’s Edison Motors will acquire a controlling stake in which automobile company?

31. The government is set to own 35.8% stake in which telecom company?

32. Which pay later platform, an arm of Prosus-backed fintech major PayU, has launched a buy now pay later (BNPL) card that can be used at offline stores?

33. In a first, India has agreed to allow import of pork and pork products from which country?

34. Which snack brand has launched a campaign featuring actors Akshay Kumar and Samantha Ruth Prabhu?

35. Which InsurTech company has launched a campaign with its brand proposition of “Smart Tech, Right Advice” featuring actor and brand ambassador Rajkummar Rao?

36. Former Ogilvy executive Samrat Bedi has joined which marketing company as Chief Executive Officer in India?

37. Which men’s ethnic wear brand has launched the campaign ‘Sada Mast Raho’?

38. Which beauty & personal care brand has launched a television commercial for its no-gas deodorant range with Smart Perfume Burst, featuring actress Deepti Sati?

39. Which company has launched the “Preserve Our Only Playground” campaign on social media to start a conversation on its environmental initiatives?

40. Which business group has replaced Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Vivo as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2022 and 2023 seasons?

41. Which spirits brand has roped in actress Alia Bhatt as its new brand ambassador?

42. Which digital-skills bootcamp has launched its new campaign ‘#JobGuaranteed’?

43. Which company has picked up 51% stake in natural skin and haircare brand ENN Beauty?

44. Which company has entered into a joint venture with Japan-based Rexxam Co Ltd for manufacturing of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for air conditioners for domestic and international markets?

45. Which Hyderabad-based investment firm has appointed Avishek Gupta as the new MD & CEO?

46. Which Czech motorcycle brand last week returned to India with the launch of three models?

47. Which wine brand has roped in cricketer Mithali Raj as its new brand ambassador?

48. Which sleep solutions brand launched its new year campaign “No More Useless Kharcha” featuring actress and brand ambassador Alia Bhatt?

49. Which home solutions brand has launched the campaign “Mano Ya Na Mano”?

50. The board of directors of which company has approved a proposal to buy back up to four crore equity shares for an aggregate amount not exceeding Rs 18,000 crore?

51. Which small finance bank has released a new video as part of its web series ‘Circle of Life’?

52. Which online community for older adults has launched an influencer engagement campaign ‘#WhatAboutElders’?

53. Which dating app has launched the campaign ‘First Dates’?

54. Which personal care brand has announced actress Vaani Kapoor as the brand ambassador for its hair oil range and has launched the campaign ‘#HairOnHigh’?

55. Which steel bars brand has launched the campaign ‘Asli Superhero’ with the positioning ‘Suraksha zyada, saath nibhane ka vaada’?

56. Which company has signed a MoU with BSE-owned India INX to launch India’s first Bitcoin and Ethereum Futures ETF and Metaverse US listed large cap discount certificates?

57. Which business group will be joining hands with Korean steelmaker Posco to establish an integrated steel mill at Mundra in Gujarat with a planned investment of $5 billion (about Rs 37,000 crore)?

58. Which automobile group has reportedly roped in Piyush Arora, the director of operations at Mercedes-Benz India, to head its India operations?

59. Which MNC has entered into an agreement to acquire the Israeli company CallHero that helps users verify and answer calls with the help of a digital assistant, a Smart Agent?

60. Which company has bought out Yaantra, an electronics refurbishment platform, to strengthen its recommerce, or reverse commerce, business and improve after sale offerings?

61. RBI has approved the appointment of Ittira Davis as the MD & CEO of which small finance bank for a one-year term effective January 14?

62. Which beverage brand has launched the ‘Shik Shik Shik’ campaign celebrating the unique sounds of Pongal in Tamil Nadu?

63. Which Ayurvedic D2C brand announced that it is foraying into the ingestible Skin Foods category with the launch of Glow Mix, a plant-based supplement?

64. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Singapore based KaHa Pte Ltd, an end-to-end smart IoT product development company?

65. Baidyanath has rolled out the campaign ‘Dard pe lagao full-stop’ for which pain management brand?

66. Which gaming peripherals team named esports player Ankit Panth aka ‘V3nom’ as its first Indian brand ambassador?

67. Mensa Brands has acquired majority stake in which aromatherapy and natural personal care brand for an undisclosed amount?

68. Which edible oil brand launched a new campaign ‘Ej Atut Bandhan’ in Gujarat, featuring mother-daughter actress duo Aarti and Aarohi Patel?

69. Which general insurance company has launched the ‘#DriveItRight’ for road safety week?

70. Which university has appointed Indian-origin academic Professor Soumitra Dutta as the new dean of its Saïd Business School?

71. Which digital payments company as decided to shut its app in Canada effective March 14?

72. Which food delivery company’s South Africa subsidiary has been shut down from January 3, 2022?

73. Which company will be further investing Rs 420 crore into electric mobility company Ather Energy?

74. Which company is set to buy 51% stake in House of Masaba Lifestyle for around Rs 90 crore?

75. Which state-owned entity has raised $1.175 billion from a consortium of seven banks, the single largest syndicated loan raised in the International Bank Loan market by any Indian NBFC?

76. Which tech-enabled logistics and fulfilment firm said it has acquired Rocketbox, a B2B logistics aggregator platform, for an undisclosed amount?

77. Which community grocery e-commerce (CGE) brand is now entering Tamil Nadu with an aim to cover all Southern States in the next three months?

78. Which brand, claiming to be India’s first branded spice infused ready-to-eat paneer snack, has launched a campaign featuring actress and brand ambassador Mandira Bedi?

79. Which grooming brand has launched the ‘#JalnaManaHai’ campaign for its ‘Post-Shave Balm’?

80. Which country has accepted Indian BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd’s proposal worth $374.9 million to supply a Shore-based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project for its navy?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 929 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli