June 19, 2016

Biz Quizzard 638

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the June 13 - 18. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has announced it will buy enterprise social network LinkedIn in a deal valued at $26.2 billion?

2. Which company has signed a definitive agreement with Teva Pharmaceutical and an affiliate of Allergan Plc to acquire a portfolio of eight generic drugs in the U.S. for $350 million in cash?

3. Which internet devices firm has acquired Internet of Things business of communications service provider Netcore in an equity deal?

4. Which Indian-origin food tycoon will add Tesco's Giraffe restaurant chain to his empire as the British retail chain retrenches to focus on UK supermarkets?

5. Shravan Gupta has resigned as the Executive Vice Chairman & Managing Director of which realty firm?

6. Parineeti Chopra will endorse which sugar substitute brand?

7. Which French luxury leather goods brand has announced its India entry and opened its first store in New Delhi last week?

8. Which MNC will buy privately held cyber security company Blue Coat for $4.65 billion in a cash deal?

9. Which company has changed its name to Bharat Financial Inclusion?

10. Which well known business personality last week announced the he has been given the status of Overseas Citizen of India (OIC) by the Indian government?

11. The CMC (Coimbatore Marine College) group’s budget airline is readying for its first flight by the end of this month or early next month. What has it been branded as?

12. Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) has launched a free to air Hindi movie channel targeted at the audience in small towns and rural areas in the country. What has it been branded as?

13. Which soya brand has launched 2 ad films ‘Life ki demand hai zyada’ and ‘Ab healthy ho jao sirf 10 rupee mein’?

14. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Debarati Sen as managing director of its India and Sri Lanka operations with effect from June 1, 2016?

15. Which MNC has named former iGate CEO Ashok Vemuri as the new CEO of its back-office outsourcing company?

16. Gunit Chadha has quit as the Asia-Pacific chief executive officer (CEO) of which MNC bank?

17. Which lubricants company has announced the appointment of Mansi Madan Tripathy as new managing director?

18. Which motorcycle brand has launched its new television commercial with the positioning ‘Khoobiyon mein ek aur khoobi’?

19. L'Oreal plans to launch a hair care range made with natural ingredients in an effort to cash on the growing popularity of Ayurvedic products in India. What will it be branded as?

20. Which location in India is the seventh most expensive prime office market in the world, according to the bi-annual survey of CBRE Research?

21. Which company’s subsidiary has signed an agreement with Welspun Energy to buy its renewable energy unit Welspun Renewables?

22. Which MNC will start selling the world’s thinnest light-powered watch, costing about Rs 2 lakh, across the country from October?

23. NRI Harjeev Kandhari-owned firm Zenises last week sold a set of 4 tyres in the UAE. Why did this make news?

24. Which company has launched IntraPlus, what it claims is India’s first zero balance trading account facility?

25. Honda Cars India’s compact sedan Amaze has crossed which sales milestone in the domestic market?

26. Which women's fashion and lifestyle portal has appointed Michael Adnani as chief executive officer?

27. Which company has launched its Open Network Initiative campaign?

28. Which adhesives and industrial chemicals manufacturer’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have fully acquired Kenya-based firm Nebula East Africa Private Ltd (NEAPL) for an undisclosed sum?

29. Which MNC last week said it will acquire U.S-based firm Joyent Inc to boost its cloud computing and "internet-of-things" capabilities?

30. Who has been elected Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)?

31. Which company has launched the campaign "Don't Break the Sweat" for its air conditioners range?

32. Which watch brand has launched the ad ‘Feel the Speed’?

33. Which car brand has unveiled its launch campaign ‘Ready India’?

34. Which brand has topped the India list in the latest BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Ranking and Report by Millward Brown?

35. Which MNC has agreed to buy Elizabeth Arden in an $870 million deal to strengthen its skincare and fragrance business and expand in high-growth markets including the Asia-Pacific region?

36. Spain's Gamesa and which MNC plan to combine their wind businesses to create the world's biggest builder of wind farms?

37. Which MNC is selling its US sorghum production assets to Remington Holding Co and will roll its sorghum breeding business into a joint venture with the privately held company?

38. Bourne & Shepherd, a photographic studio in Kolkata, has shut down. What was its claim to fame?

39. Which MNC has acquired California-based Wand Labs, a start-up which builds messaging technology for apps, founded in 2013 by IIT-Delhi alumnus Vishal Sharma?

40. Which two companies last week said they would explore options of merging their businesses to create India's biggest private life insurer?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 638 as the subject. Answers are mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

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