July 31, 2016

Biz Quizzard 644

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the July 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) plans to launch a range of baby care products under which brand in the next few months to challenge the dominance of Johnson & Johnson in the Rs 4,000-crore market?

2. Japan’s Funai Electric will stop the production of which product at a plant in China by the end of July?

3. Which company has tied up with the government's UIDAI (Aadhar) scheme and other agencies to offer home loans via e-KYC and e-signatures?

4. Which state has the maximum number of urban internet subscribers in India?

5. Which San Francisco-based payments startup, valued at $5 billion, has hired its first India employee as it looks to kick-start operations here?

6. Aviation history was made on July 22 when the first drone delivery on US soil approved by aviation officials took place. Which retailer?

7. Which brand recently launched an integrated campaign called 'Namak Ke Waastey' that aims to catalyse conversations and generate mass support for the Indian Olympic squad?

8. Which online marketplace has launched a new campaign showing how fashion has become a unifier and a language that bonds Indian youth into a cult called ‘Citizens of Fashion’?

9. Which edible oil brand has launched a campaign in South India with the positioning 'Live healthy-rich'?

10. Which MNC has agreed to sell its main web businesses to Verizon Communications for $4.8 billion?

11. Which telecom MNC has sacked its CEO Hans Vestberg, a move led by major shareholders after disappointing results?

12. Which MNC has agreed to sell Donna Karan International to G-III Apparel Group for an enterprise value of $650 million?

13. Bajaj Auto last week said its 150-cc bike Bajaj V has crossed which sales milestone within four months of its launch in the country?

14. Which company has topped the list of largest IT-BPM employers for 2015-16, released by industry lobby Nasscom?

15. Which company has acquired Bengaluru-based recruitment platform Hiree(dot)com for $9 million (around Rs 60 crore)?

16. Harvard economist Gita Gopinath was appointed Economic Advisor to which state’s Chief Minister last week?

17. Red FM last week launched a new radio station in Mumbai. What has it been branded as?

18. Which big data analytics company has acquired London-based firm Big Data Partnership to broaden its open source analytics services across international marketplace?

19. Which taxi aggregator has launched its new campaign ‘True Rupees Per Km’?

20. Which online fashion retailer will acquire rival Jabong in a $70-million all-cash deal that creates India's largest online fashion destination?

21. Which OTT platform has launched its campaign ‘Life gives you tough choices’ for Rio Olympics?

22. The diversified Bird Group has terminated its retail agreement with which Swiss luxury leather goods maker?

23. Amazon last week launched its Prime subscription service in India. How many cities?

24. Yamaha Motor Research & Development India, an arm of two-wheeler major Yamaha, has set up its second R&D (Research and Development) centre in the country. Which location?

25. Which business group’s auto component arm has appointed Ander Arenaza Alvarez as the chief executive officer of the company with immediate effect?

26. Daimler's mytaxi said it will merge with which British rival in an all-share deal, creating Europe's largest smartphone-based taxi-hailing business?

27. Which Chinese tech firm is breaking into the U.S. TV market by buying Vizio, a manufacturer of budget-priced sets?

28. Pidilite has launched a television commercial (TVC) to promote which new variant of Fevikwik?

29. Domino’s has launched a television commercial telling the tale of a mythical oven to promote which new innovation?

30. Which MNC has unveiled its marquee Olympic advertisement, called the ‘The Anthem’?

31. It is finally here. Maruti Suzuki India will enter the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment with sales commencing at the end of August. What has the model been branded as?

32. Which business group will acquire a `substantial majority' in MCC PTA India (MCPI), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation?

33. Which messaging and voice interface company has acquired its 14-year-old Mumbai-based competitor Cellent Technologies as part of its effort to size up before it files for its IPO?

34. The electronics and technology arm of which business group has acquired the India business of Germany-based TES DST Holding Europe?

35. Which company has signed an agreement to acquire seven prescription brands from Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., along with its subsidiaries for Rs 41 crore?

36. Which MNC has unveiled its second Android phone DTEK50, touted as ‘world’s most secure Android phone’?

37. Mahindra & Mahindra has set up a company for operation and management of aircraft. What is it called?

38. Which MNC will buy fellow chipmaker Linear Technology for about $ 14.8 billion?

39. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi last week rolled out its first laptop, testing the waters in a market that has been flooded with premium tablets. What has it been branded as?

40. Which MNC is set to acquire 86% stake in Hyderabad-based injectables specialist Gland Pharma?

41. Which automobile brand has launched a commercial with the theme ‘safety in your hands’, starring Kalki Koechlin?

42. Which brand has launched its new integrated marketing campaign #SomethingMissing to create awareness about protein inadequacy in Indian diets?

43. Amazon India has started a pilot project of which global variant in India, primarily to push sales of bulk packs of monthly and weekly grocery and household essentials?

44. Which IT firm has bought Idea Couture, a digital strategy and design firm, as it continues to bulk up its digital offerings through acquisitions?

45. Which taxi aggregator last week announced the 'Mi Pan Malak' scheme in Mumbai to encourage taxi and auto drivers across the megapolis to join its platform?

46. The real estate development arm of which business group has forayed in the commercial real estate segment with the launch of a corporate park located in Kurla suburb of Mumbai?

47. Sunil Munjal won't return to which company's board after his current term ends in August?

48. Which MNC has agreed to buy NetSuite Inc for about $9.3 billion?

49. T Nanda Kumar has resigned as chairman of which entity from August 1, about 30 months ahead of the end of his tenure?

50. E-commerce marketplace eBay India has claimed which milestone in terms of number of product listings?

51. In a first, which housing finance company is launching India's maiden Consumer Price Index-linked bonds through public offering route?

52. Which cookie brand has appointed Shruti Haasan as its brand ambassador?

53. Which home UPS brand has launched its latest campaign with the positioning ‘Jis pe desh kare bharosa’?

54. Which ready-to-drink flavoured milk brand has launched a television commercial, urging consumers to #RunWithIt?

55. Which MNC ad network has acquired Gyro, one of the largest independent ad firms that specializes in business-to-business advertising?

56. International jewellery association 'Leading Jewellers Of The World (LJW)' has launched a new age precious metal with higher lustre, which is affordable than gold and platinum. What is it called?

57. Karan Bajaj has been appointed the country head for which media and entertainment MNC, with effect from 17 October 2016?

58. Spicejet last week launched the Smart Check in facility with the help of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies. Which airport?

59. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has launched its dedicated Bollywood movie channel for the German market. What has it been branded as?

60. Which public sector entity has decided to pick up 21 per cent stake in Fino Paytech, an entity which had received a licence to start a payments bank, for Rs.251 crore?

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July 24, 2016

Biz Quizzard 643

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the July 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company recently released its long-format digital film 'Saroj - The Leader' as part of the 'Naam Hoga Toh Kaam Hoga' campaign?

2. Which FMCG company has tied up with DRDO to promote sustainable cultivation of high-altitude medicinal plants in Ladakh?

3. Which well known financial services giant has revamped its logo, a first in 20 years?

4. Which pen manufacturer is launching a series of new pens backed by a high visibility publicity campaign featuring its recently appointed brand ambassador Hrithik Roshan?

5. Which youth entertainment channel recently launched a brand campaign and has roped in Shraddha Kapoor as the new brand ambassador?

6. Cleartrip is promoting which sub-brand with a new television commercial with the tagline ‘what’s happening, lots happening’?

7. In what is a first for the brand, and probably a first for the Indian advertising industry, which fragrance brand has launched a new campaign entirely in French?

8. Which company has acquired South African cosmetics manufacturing and trading firm Discaria Trading for an undisclosed amount?

9. Which sports personality has been roped in as a brand ambassador Ambrane India, an IT brand in computer peripherals, mobile accessories and power banks?

10. Uber touched which milestone mark on June 18?

11. Shripad Nadkarni, a former marketing head at Coca-Cola India, has teamed up with three other former executives to set up a food startup. What is it called?

12. Which MNC has agreed to buy British chip designer company ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion)?

13. Which company has become the 6th stand-alone health insurer in the country, after being granted registration by IRDAI?

14. Which company has filed for the first IPO by an Indian insurance company?

15. Which business group has launched an ad for its dairy brand ‘Ksheer’ with the positioning ‘Ek acchi aadat’?

16. With a brand valuation of $13.7 billion, which brand was India’s most valuable brand in 2015-16, according to Brand Finance India?

17. Which airline has topped the ‘Most reputed aviation brands 2016’ report for domestic airlines in India, according to TRA (Trust Research Advisory) Research-BlueBytes?

18. Which brand became the highest-selling two-wheeler in the Indian market in the first half of 2016, breaking a 17-year reign by rival Hero MotoCorp’s long running number one Splendor series?

19. Which bath fittings and sanitary ware major has acquired a majority stake in the South Korea-based Joeyforlife?

20. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust, which manages the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, has tied up with SBICAP Securities. For what?

21. Which mobile phone maker has roped in Madhuri Dixit as a brand ambassador for consumer durables, primarily washing machines?

22. Which CEO is all set to make a cameo in the upcoming sci-fi action film "Star Trek Beyond"?

23. Mangalore-based Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) last week launched a new chocolate. What is its USP?

24. Which MNC has acquired Dollar Shave Club in a deal said to be worth about $1 billion, gaining a firmer foothold in the burgeoning market for male grooming products?

25. Which California-based colour cosmetics brand, which has a presence in 36 countries, has announced its official launch in India?

26. Facebook Inc's Messenger has crossed which milestone user base?

27. Which lubricant brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning 'Har Mushkil Ka Hal'?

28. Which company has come out with a television commercial to promote its P66 Smartphone’s enhanced feature that supports 21 Indian languages?

29. Which radio station has launched a new jingle ‘Khushi Ki Nayi Duniya’?

30. Secured Venture Capital, an Australia-based venture capital company led by former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott, has roped in which celebrity as its global brand ambassador?

31. Which online marketplace has launched a new campaign #AdjustNoMore?

32. Which toothpaste brand has just concluded 'Celebrating Life' campaign, for which it tied up with street photographer Siddhartha Joshi, who visited 10 cities and clicked 1,000 photographs?

33. American multinational hospitality chain Hilton Worldwide is keen to get its luxury brands, the legendary Waldorf Astoria and which two-year-old brand, to India?

34. Hyundai’s premium compact hatchback i20 had achieved which milestone mark in global sales?

35. Which MNC tyre maker has announced the launch of its first television commercial in India?

36. Which Japanese mining equipment maker has agreed to buy its smaller US rival Joy Global for about $ 3.7 billion including debt?

37. Which automobile brand has launched its 'Drive with Care' campaign' to raise awareness for road safety during monsoon?

38. Which MNC will buy InterOil Corp for more than $2.5 billion in stock, adding a gas field to expand its exports from Papua New Guinea?

39. Which jewellery company has launched a campaign featuring brand ambassadors Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupati?

40. How many Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue?

41. Which marketing technology company has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based data science and analytics company D- Square Solutions?

42. Which company will soon unveil its ‘Sunbean’ brand of premium coffee?

43. Which company last week unveiled a coffee table book, titled The Golden Quadrilateral?

44. Which entity has been ranked top among the 100 best startup incubators in India by the India edition of Entrepreneur Magazine?

45. Australian supermodel and beauty entrepreneur Miranda Kerr last week confirmed her engagement to the CEO of which company?

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July 17, 2016

Biz Quizzard 642

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the July 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has unexpectedly trumped bigger rivals Ajay Piramal and Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Cement to win Lafarge's 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) India portfolio?

2. Who has been ranked as the best banking CEO in Asia by the investor community, according to the Institutional Investor magazine?

3. Which company is set to become the first Indian company to sell masala bonds, a rupee-denominated bond sold to foreign investors and listed on an overseas exchange?

4. Former chief executive officer of Viom Networks, Syed Safawi, has joined which wellness services and personal care products maker as its managing director and group CEO?

5. Which media company has agreed to sell its Intellectual Property & Science division to Onex Corp and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion in cash?

6. Which company has bought a majority stake in Peru-based bus ticketing platform Busportal for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which fashion etailer has acquired Bengaluru-based Cubeit for an undisclosed sum to focus on content aggregation on mobile?

8. Which Indian company has bagged the Industrial Designers Society of America award for its ‘Hobtop Gas Stove’?

9. Which talent agency will buy mixed martial arts promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in a transaction a source valued at $4 billion, making it the world’s biggest-ever sports deal?

10. Which company topped the charts in a study on transparency in corporate reporting among emerging market companies by Transparency International?

11. D Rajkumar has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of which public sector entity, effective October 1, 2016?

12. Which MNC has launched a new music video titled ‘Da Da Ding’, featuring Deepika Padukone?

13. Which brand distributed one lakh branded 'Energy Pops' during the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha, as part of its 'Sehat Ki Chuski' campaign?

14. Which celebrity has been roped in as the new brand ambassador for bags and shoes brand Lavie?

15. Which MNC last week launched its iconic sports car 'Mustang' in India, priced Rs 65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)?

16. Which US-headquartered IT firm has agreed to buy business process outsourcing (BPO) company Minacs from its private equity owners for $420 million?

17. Which MNC has acquired Anvato, a company with tools for streaming, editing, and delivering over-the-top (OTT) video?

18. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Grama Vidiyal Microfinance, a Trichy-based microfinance company?

19. Which hospitality group has been voted the world’s best hotel brand for a consecutive year by Travel + Leisure, USA, World’s Best Awards, 2016?

20. Who has topped the Forbes’ annual celebrity 100 list ranking of the world’s highest-paid celebrities?

21. Which automobile MNC has co-developed the world’s first hybrid car motor without using heavy rare earth metals?

22. Indian Hotels Company has sold which iconic property in the US for $125 million (about Rs 837 crore) to a consortium of real estate developers?

23. A joint forum of lenders will consider the recast of which company’s Rs. 12,000-crore debt pile, the first under RBI’s recently announced scheme for restructuring of stressed assets of companies?

24. Which British music record label will be making an entry in India through a tie up with the Tanaaz Bhatia-led Bottomline Media and Vishal Patel’s Be Seen?

25. Which company is to acquire 51 per cent equity in Privi Organics for Rs 370 crore ($ 55 million)?

26. Which US theater chain has agreed to buy Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group for 921 million pounds ($1.2 billion) in the biggest UK takeover since EU Vote?

27. Which logistics company has entered the dairy business with a premium milk brand - Freshmen’s Valley?

28. "Avatar" director James Cameron has made a rare appearance in front of the camera in a starring role in latest advertising campaign of which country’s tourism?

29. Which real estate company has unveiled its new brand positioning, ‘Outdo’, to external stakeholders with its first TVC campaign?

30. Which company has launched silver coins with Superstar Rajinikanth’s face embossed to promote the film ‘Kabali’, in Chennai?

31. Which former Reserve Bank of India governor is all set to release his memoir ‘Who Moved My Interest Rate?’?

32. Which travel and hotel bookings platform has merged with Nasdaq-listed Terrapin 3, a special purpose acquisition company, in a $230-million (or Rs 1,450-crore) deal?

33. A stress test of 50 large emerging markets banks by global financial major Morgan Stanley has placed which two Indian lenders among the top eight preferred ones?

34. Which Australia-headquartered company has acquired Hyderabad-based TenXLabs to foray into the Indian market and serve its global clients from a facility in the city?

35. Indian Railways last week signed its first station redevelopment agreement through the public-private partnership (PPP) route. Which station?

36. Why was Kolkata firm Madhu Jayanti International in news last week?

37. I have covered this earlier. Hero MotoCorp last week launched its first in-house developed motorcycle. What has it been branded as?

38. Mondelez India last week launched a new variant of Oreo. What has it been branded as?

39. Zespri India is promoting which fruit with the positioning 'Be Zurprised'?

40. Which state has launched SV.CO, purportedly world’s first digital student incubator?

41. Which liquor brand has launched a tri-series campaign documenting the inspirational life stories of Masaba Gupta, Robin Singh and Dualist Inquiry?

42. Dettol has associated with which celebrity chef for its new campaign ‘Dettol ka dhula’?

43. Which online marketplace has acquired Bengaluru-based startup Momoe as it looks to build a payments business?

44. Which Delhi-based golf inventory aggregator has announced the acquisition of a Dubai-based golf technology company, StayPrime, in a deal valued close to $1 million?

45. Which company has announced two Indo-China co-productions to be released in FY18 through its feature film studio Trinity Pictures?

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July 10, 2016

Biz Quizzard 641

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

1. Which company has topped the India's Best Companies to Work For study this year?

2. Which Indian whiskey brand is now the second largest spirits brand in the world, according to a July International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR) report?

3. Which Ahmedabad-based paints company has acquired 50 per cent equity shares in Ethiopia-based Jelaram Pvt Ltd, to form a joint venture to set up a manufacturing unit at Ethiopia?

4. Bajaj Electricals has launched a new range of premium kitchen appliances under which brand?

5. Which edible oil brand has launched a television commercial, sharing the secret behind turning a ‘kacche papa’ into a ‘acche papa’?

6. Dabur is launching fruit-based carbonated drinks to cater to customers wanting fizzy beverages without feeling guilty about consuming them. What has the range been branded as?

7. Which online pharmacy has acquired Medd, a marketplace for booking diagnostic and imaging tests?

8. Former Torrent Pharma executive director Ruchir Modi has set up a wellness venture that aims to develop nutritional supplements which are meal replacements. What is the venture called?

9. Which leading Chinese mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is looking to shortly enter India?

10. Which ecommerce marketplace last week announced its entry into online services segment like flight and bus ticket bookings, hotel reservations and food ordering?

11. Which staffing company last week said it will acquire ASAP Info Systems for an enterprise value of Rs 67 crore?

12. Which superbike maker last week launched 'Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak' model in India?

13. Which Hyderabad-based IT services company has acquired digital education enterprise resource planning (ERP) product ­ QuickEdmin to boost its service offerings?

14. Which textile firm and France-based Lagardère Active Group have collaborated in a licensing agreement to launch an exclusive range of home textiles under French brand, Elle Decor, in India?

15. Which brand has launched Queen of Hearts - a high value diamond jewellery collection?

16. Which airline has launched an ad campaign with 4 television commercials, it’s first ever commercial?

17. Which Abu Dhabi-headquartered company has acquired New Delhi-based Rockland Hospitals?

18. Which personal lockers brand has launched the campaign ‘Keep it personal’?

19. Zee is coming up with a new Marathi youth channel to be launched in August. What has it been branded as?

20. Shailesh Rao has quit as the vice-president for Asia Pacific, Americas and emerging markets for which MNC?

21. Which digital content media company has acquired the youth Telugu YouTube channel Viva?

22. Which Danish luxury furniture maker has forayed into the Indian market by opening its first store in Delhi?

23. Ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar has introduced which feature in India as a measure to improve safety and security for its rides?

24. Which Hyderabad-based startup has acquired 91% stake in another Hyderabad-based food company Sukashree Agro Foods?

25. Which apex trade and industry body in south India is celebrating 100 years of existence?

26. NCR Corp has set up a pilot ATM machine at the Gurgaon branch of IndusInd Bank. What additional transaction can a customer carry out at this ATM?

27. Which luxury watchmaker will launch its own brand of sunglasses later this year as part of a partnership with Italian eyewear maker Marcolin Group?

28. Which fast food chain has launched its new campaign that has a new take on the bond of friendship with the message "Dost jitney alag hote hain, Friendship utni kamal ki hoti hai!"?

29. AETN TV18 last week launched a factual entertainment channel in the country. What has it been branded as?

30. Which MNC last week announced a deal to buy Moodstocks, a French startup behind technology that helps smartphones recognise whatever they are aimed at?

31. Which MNC has agreed to buy US organic foods producer WhiteWave Foods for $12.5 billion with a view to creating a world leader for organic produce?

32. Which MNC has agreed to buy anti-virus rival AVG Technologies NV for $1.3 billion?

33. Which entity last week unveiled India’s first centre of excellence focused on Internet of Things (CoE- IoT), in Bengaluru?

34. Which brand of pumps and motors has launched a campaign with two films - Rukmi Bai and Jasmine Aunty – with the positioning 'Aapke Paani Ka Pressure Hum Lete Hai'?

35. Viacom18 is launching its second channel in Kannada market. What has it been branded as?

36. Kal Sundaram is set to step down as CEO of which pharmaceutical company and return to India in an executive position at the parent company's headquarters?

37. Houghton International Inc, subsidiary of which Hinduja Group company, has acquired Wallover Enterprises, a North American metalworking fluid and industrial lubricant manufacturer?

38. Godrej Security Solutions has launched an animated digital ad ‘Daya Ki Aakhri Laath’ to promote which brand?

39. Which Indian hospitality company said its subsidiary Caribia Service Oy, Finland has been liquidated from July 4, 2016?

40. Which state in India has just introduced a ‘fat tax’ on junk food items such as pizzas, burgers and tacos?

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July 3, 2016

Biz Quizzard 640

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the June 27 - July 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Starbucks Corp is expanding its partnership with Tata Group beyond India by launching the latter's single-origin coffee in the US. What has it been branded as?

2. Which Japanese listed mobile marketing adtech company has acquired Android-incentivised app Pocket Money for an undisclosed amount?

3. Which soap brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning 'Suraksha bhi, Sundarta bhi'?

4. China Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corporation and Malaysia's Isomeric Holdings have teamed up with which group to build a gas-based fertiliser plant near Krishnapatnam Port in AP?

5. Mr Xerxes Desai passed away last week. He was the founding managing director of which company?

6. Ulf Mark Schneider has been named as the CEO of which MNC, effective January 1, 2017?

7. Which company has selected 7 young athletes from across India as part of its ‘Ab Daudega Hindustan’ campaign and will now fund their training to help them excel at national and international sports competitions?

8. Which smartphone brand has roped in Priyanka Chopra as its brand ambassador?

9. Which personal care brand has launched its new campaign ‘Ab samjhauta nahi’?

10. Which state has continued to be the richest state in the country, according to Reserve Bank of India’s first edition of the Handbook of Statistics on Indian States?

11. The tourism authority of which country has roped in former MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar as a brand ambassador?

12. Which Italian luxury menswear maker has formed a partnership with Mumbai-based Regalia Luxury to enter the Indian market?

13. Mohit Kampani has resigned as the managing director of which retail company?

14. Which sports personality last week announced a new fitness venture in a joint venture with Stepathlon Lifestyle?

15. Which company has said that Liquid Telecom Group will buy its South African telecom unit Neotel for South African Rand 6.55 billion (Rs 2,903 crore)?

16. Which business process management firm has entered into an agreement to acquire Israel-based PNMsoft, a case management and work optimisation solutions provider?

17. This is a funny ad. To promote its fans, which company has launched a television commercial featuring the characters Babloo Astronaut and a flying Ramu Kaka?

18. Which drug firm has forayed into the cosmetic segment by collaborating with an Italian cosmetic firm Labo Cosprophar and will launch two products for hair and skin care?

19. Shigehisa Takada will be resigning as the CEO of which auto parts supplier, after a “new regime” is found?

20. You can work this out. CarDekho(dot)com, India’s largest auto portal, has announced the launch of a automobile battery research and discovery portal. What has it been branded as?

21. Which company has formed a strategic partnership with Eros Entertainment to offer the latter’s video-app Eros Now on its smartphones?

22. Ashok Bhattacharya will be the new head of Indian operations of which Japanese drug maker?

23. Sanjay Bhandarkar has stepped down as the India head of which global investment bank?

24. Toshihiro Suzuki will be the new CEO of which MNC?

25. Which MNC has said it plans to acquire CloudLock for $293 million in cash and assumed equity awards?

26. Berlin-based DCMN has acquired which Kochi, India and US-based startup, which offers a SAAS-based platform for advanced mobile attribution analytics capabilities to mobile app developers?

27. Which MNC watch maker has appointed Niladri Mazumder as president and chief operating officer of its India subsidiary?

28. Which smartphone maker has launched a campaign to promote its new models with the positioning ‘Angrezpanti ko dikhao Angootha’?

29. Which CEO’s debut book `Hit Refresh' will hit stores next year with the writer saying it is neither a `how-to-succeed' book nor a memoir but about change?

30. Which state has topped the popularity charts for both domestic and foreign tourists for the second year in a row, according to tourism ministry data?

31. Which human resources software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup has raised an undisclosed amount in early-stage seed funding led by Mohandas Pai's 3one4 Capital, Endiya Partners and Tracxn Labs?

32. Mr Alvin Toffler died last week in Los Angeles. He was the author of which best-selling book?

33. Which pharma company’s subsidiary has launched its new visual identity and corporate brand - The Power of Humans Being?

34. Which news channel has launched its new television commercial featuring Bollywood couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu to promote its mobile app?

35. Which two wheeler brand launched a digital campaign on June 30, celebrated as Social Media Day globally, asking people to stay away from the online world and get close to self?

36. India Today is set to launch a brand new television quiz show on news and current affairs on July 24. What has it been branded as?

37. Which MNC has agreed to acquire a one-third stake in the video-streaming unit of MLB Advanced Media, in a deal that values the business at about $3.5 billion?

38. Which Indian company has picked up a majority stake in Turkey-based healthcare firm Bome Sanayi Urunleri Dis. Tic. Ltd. Sti, which mainly makes in-vitro diagnostic devices?

39. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed which US-based bank to open three more branches in the country?

40. Which company and Phantom Films have forged an alliance to set up a production firm to create entertainment content across television and digital media?

41. Cab aggregator Ola has quietly launched a membership service that offers a host of additional features to regular commuters at a fixed monthly fee. What has it been branded as?

42. SBI last week launched a social media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users on the occasion of 61st State Bank Day. What has it been branded as?

43. Which company last week announced stake sale in two of its transmission projects to Adani Transmission for equity consideration of Rs 100 crore?

44. Which company surfaced as the most trusted and preferred e-commerce brand in India in a nationwide survey, titled 'The Indian e-tailing Leadership Index'?

45. Which airline last week unveiled its all new re-branded aircraft featuring a livery dedicated to the upcoming Rajnikanth movie – Kabali?

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