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?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 642 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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