January 29, 2017

Biz Quizzard 670

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Dubai-based consumer electronics retailer has decided to exit India due to mounting losses?

2. Which direct marketing company has announced its entry into the consumer durables space with a premium cookware range?

3. Which MNC is bringing its secure networked crisis communication platform to India through its AtHoc division?

4. Struggling to make a turnaround in India, which automobile MNC has put on hold its investments on new models for the country as it undertakes a full review of its future product portfolio here?

5. Which watch brand has launched its new ad #MomByChoice?

6. Which company has purchased the Chattisgarh-based Durg Bypass road project for an enterprise value of Rs 800-850 crore?

7. Hugo Barra is stepping down as vice president of which MNC after a stint of three-and-a-half years?

8. Which MNC is celebrating its 25 years in India and has launched a campaign titled ‘Stories create books’?

9. Who has become the first South Asian to receive an honour from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York for her philanthropic work?

10. Sanjiv Puri will be the new chief executive of which company with effect February 5?

11. Which online ticketing portal has acquired Hyderabad-based online ticketing platform MastiTickets in an undisclosed, all-cash deal?

12. James Hogan will step down as CEO of which airline in the second half of 2017?

13. Which entity has bought Canadian artificial intelligence startup Meta as part of a mission to eradicate disease?

14. Chase Carey will be the new CEO of which sports property?

15. Which US-based customer relationship management (CRM) solutions provider last week announced the launch of its largest facility outside of the US at Hyderabad?

16. Which IT company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100% stake in US-based Certon Software Inc in an all cash deal valued at around $7.5 million?

17. Which global chemical major has entered the Indian rice market by launching three products, to help manage major rice diseases, weeds, and pests?

18. Which Kolkata-based business group has acquired Singapore-based food startup Twelve Cupcakes run by local celebrity couple Daniel and Jaime Teo?

19. Which global media group will be acquiring a majority stake in MediaCom India?

20. Which brand has topped Brand Equity's Most Trusted Brands 2016 list?

21. Which state is promoting itself as ‘The sweetest part of India’?

22. Budget hotel room aggregator OYO last week announced the launch of a new category of hotels targeted at the millennials. What has it been branded as?

23. Which company has agreed to acquire 51% stake in Creative Port Development, as part of its move to develop the proposed Subarnarekha port in Odisha's Balasore district?

24. Which MNC has agreed to acquire AppDynamics Inc for $ 3.7 billion, snapping up the fast-growing software maker just before it planned to go public?

25. Which automobile MNC will return to the Indian market by the turn of this decade through a manufacturing alliance with the CK Birla Group?

26. According to research firm Oxfam International, the world would get its first trillionaire in the next 25 years. Who?

27. Which company has created a division, Premium Cycles Group (PCG), to focus on building new models?

28. How did Nissan pay tribute to India’s Republic Day this year?

29. Which celebrity last week launched Deivee, an active wear brand for women who are comfortable in working out in Indian wear?

30. Which MNC will buy Swiss biotech company Actelion in a $30 billion all cash deal that includes spinning off Actelion's research and development pipeline?

31. Amway India has tied-up with which business school for a special course focused on entrepreneurship and leadership for its identified high potential direct sellers?

32. T K Kurien, who is exiting as vice-chairman of Wipro at the end of the month, will be the new managing partner and chief investment officer (CIO) of which family office, effective February 1?

33. Which Hyderabad-based food startup last week announced the launch of its first restaurant Jivati, serving organic vegetarian food in Hyderabad?

34. Arthur Sadoun will take over as chief executive of which advertising group on June 1?

35. Which two-wheeler brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Nature's Parade’?

36. Which IT company has appointed Nitin Rakesh as chief executive and additional director effective January 29?

37. Which Hyderabad-based company has entered into an agreement with EMCO GmbH of Austria for manufacture and sales of the latter's machines in India and export supplies?

38. Microsoft Corp's market capitalization topped which milestone mark after 17 years on January 27?

39. Which business group from Aurangabad has acquired French machine tool builder SPMS Suprematic, which boasts Renault, Jaguar and Ford as clients?

40. Which Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist is setting up India's biggest startup incubator in Hubballi, about 400km from Bengaluru?

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January 22, 2017

Biz Quizzard 669

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Premji Invest, the investment arm of Wipro billionaire Azim Premji, has acquired a 25% stake in which Bengaluru-based food company for Rs 170 crore?

2. Which MNC last week launched infant formula brand Aptamil in India, in direct competition to Nestle's Cerelac?

3. Which MNC has forayed into the home healthcare business in India after carrying out a pilot study under `Project Vijay' for operating the home healthcare business for over a year?

4. According to a report last week, who is India's highest paid consumer product CEO?

5. In another instance of the founder-CEO giving up a key management position, Richa Kar has distanced herself from the day-to-day business operations of which online retailer?

6. Which MNC has agreed to buy Luxottica Group SpA, the maker of Ray-Ban sunglasses, for about 22.8 billion euros ($24 billion) in stock?

7. Which education venture has acquired Bengaluru-based career guidance and academic profile builder Vidyartha for close to Rs 50 crore?

8. Which executive search firm has merged with the erstwhile Stanton Chase India?

9. Which MNC has acquired Canada-based startup Maluuba to add to the wonderful things that the company has been doing in the area of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning?

10. Which country has zipped past the US to become the top country that registered 6 billion downloads from Google's Play Store in 2016, according to analytics firm App Annie?

11. Which automobile MNC has launched a campaign featuring on-screen villains Prakash Raj, Gulshan Grover and Sudha Chandran?

12. Canada-based lingerie brand Blush and American brand Elegant Moments have made an entry into the Indian market through which lingerie aggregator?

13. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘None of a kind’?

14. Which online jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘Choose Your Twinkle’?

15. Which inner wear brand has revamped its brand identity with the launch of its new logo and has launched a television commercial featuring brand ambassador Ranveer Singh?

16. Which general insurance company has appointed Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO and Managing Director?

17. Which online food aggregator has launched its cloud kitchen, `The Bowl Company', in select areas in Bengaluru?

18. Which online-to-offline deals marketplace has acquired Stylofie, a curated platform for offers on salons and spas?

19. Which Delhi-based telematics solutions firm has acquired Heuristics Info Systems for an undisclosed sum?

20. Which country is the largest business travel market in the world, according to a report by consultancy KPMG and FCM Travel Solutions?

21. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a plan to reduce the government’s stake in how many general insurance companies by listing them on stock exchanges?

22. Which company has acquired Sentynl Therapeutics, a US-based speciality pharma company, focused on marketing of products in the pain management segment?

23. Which company has acquired Turkish farm equipment company Hisarlar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi for $19 million (Rs 129 crore)?

24. Which company has entered into a joint venture with Tilda Hain India, part of US' Hain Celestial Group, to manufacture and sell food products in the health and wellness space in India?

25. Multiplex chain operator PVR last week unveiled its theatre-on-demand service. What has it been branded as?

26. Which company has agreed to acquire Finnish wiring harness maker PKC Group Plc for 571 million (about Rs 4,150 crore)?

27. Which US-based telecommunications solutions provider, which considers India among its top 10 markets by turnover, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection?

28. Which Kochi-based company has launched India’s first solar ferry for public transport in Kerala?

29. Which online travel portal has unveiled a new logo?

30. Which city is world's most dynamic city, according to JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index?

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January 15, 2017

Biz Quizzard 668

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Starting with an easy one. Which film has become India's biggest box-office success of all times?

2. Nimbus Communications' founder Harish Thawani is launching an exclusive club in Mumbai for ultra-high net worth individuals. What is it called?

3. HMD Global, which now owns the right to the Nokia brand, has unveiled the brand’s first Android phone. What has it been branded as?

4. Which golf inventory aggregator is purchasing Singapore-based competitor GolfGreedy in a cash-and-stock deal?

5. Which company will be acquiring Portugal’s Generic Farmaceutica SA in a Rs 969 crore (€135 million) deal?

6. Which third party supply chain and logistics firm will acquire majority stake in integrated cold chain logistics company Kelvin Cold Chain for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which auto component company has acquired a majority stake in Moldex Composites at a valuation of Rs 100 crore?

8. HDFC Bank last week unveiled its human-shaped robot. What has it been named?

9. Ramesh Nair will be the new CEO and country head of which real estate services company?

10. Kalyan Krishnamurthy has been named the new chief executive officer of which company?

11. Which MNC has agreed to sell the bulk of its China and Hong Kong business to state-backed conglomerate CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group LP for up to $2.08 billion?

12. Which handset maker has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador?

13. Which healthcare and fitness startup, founded by former Flipkart executives Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, has entered into a strategic partnership with hyper local logistics company Opinio?

14. Adidas and which Indian celebrity have decided not to renew the three-year endorsement contract?

15. Which real estate portal has merged with Housing(dot)com in an all-stock deal?

16. Which Silicon Valley-based online education provider has appointed Ishan Gupta as managing director for India?

17. Which automobile MNC has appointed Vikram Pawah as the President of India operations with effect from March 1, 2017?

18. Which Bengaluru-based regional airline has signed a pact to purchase an up to 74% stake in its peer, grounded carrier Air Pegasus, in the first move of consolidation in the Indian aviation space?

19. Which MNC has become the first airline to launch commercial operations with Airbus A350 to India?

20. Yahoo will be renamed after the conclusion of Verizon deal. What will it be called?

21. Which cosmetics giant has agreed to buy three leading skincare brands from Valeant for $1.3 billion in a move set to give its US offering a face lift?

22. Which company will buy business process outsourcing company Denali Sourcing Services for about $40 million, to boost its finance and accounting business?

23. Which MNC has become the first bank to have a national tie-up with the India Post which runs over 1,55,000 post offices?

24. Which company has acquired promoters' share in Odisha-based Shiva Cement and has also launched an open offer to acquire 32% stake from public shareholders?

25. Which global travel search engine last week officially announced its entry into the Indian market, providing innovative travel tools to help people search, plan and manage their travel?

26. KM Philip, 104, passed away in Chennai last week. He was the former whole-time director on the board of which company?

27. Fashion jewellery brand Voylla recently launched its 100th retail store. Which location?

28. Asian Paints has launched a commercial featuring Ranbir Kapoor to promote which waterproofing paint?

29. The government will sell its entire 51% stake and transfer the management control of which joint venture with ONGC to a strategic buyer?

30. Who has been appointed the new chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of India's largest conglomerate by revenues?

31. Which hospitality major has bought a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels in India?

32. Which MNC has retained its position as the world's most innovative company on an annual top-50 list by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)?

33. Which business group last week launched Carworkz, a car workshop aggregator?

34. Assam government last week launched its e-wallet. What has it been branded as?

35. Hero MotoCorp last week forayed into which new country, the 35th market where the company has entered?

36. Which luggage brand has roped in cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin as brand ambassadors?

37. Which food services company has roped in former PepsiCo Executive Pratik Pota as its new CEO designate?

38. Maruti Suzuki last week launched which compact crossover brand?

39. Which airline last week placed an order for up to 205 Boeing aircraft, with a book value of Rs 1,50,000 crore, the largest Boeing aircraft order in the history of Indian aviation till date?

40. Rajesh Gopinathan will be the new CEO of which company?

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January 8, 2017

Biz Quizzard 667

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 02 - 07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Shapoorji Pallonji Group firm Eureka Forbes has launched its first 'Made in India' air purifier to consolidate its position in the segment. What has it been branded as?

2. Which brand has adapted its international #BrotherlyLove ad for desi market?

3. Anshu Jain, the former co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, has joined which New York-based investment banking and brokerage firm as president?

4. Which Indian realtor is foraying into UK market with its first affordable housing project on the outskirts of North East London, in alliance with a local builder?

5. Which hospital chain recently released a film titled 'Eager to get you home'?

6. Which automobile company last week launched Redditch Classic 350 starting at Rs 1.46 lakh, on-road in Delhi?

7. Sports marketing firm ProSportify, the promoter of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), has roped in which company as the title sponsor of the wrestling league for the next two years?

8. Which hair care brand has launched a new digital ad - #MagicOfWarmth?

9. Which printing solutions company has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘What’s your print?’?

10. Tata Motors last week launched its new pick-up vehicle. What has it been branded as?

11. Which company has acquired Pipemonk, a data integration platform that works on the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model?

12. The promoters of which auto components maker have acquired the shares held by Mahindra & Mahindra in a joint venture company for Rs 120 crore?

13. Which MNC has appointed Karan Bajwa as managing director of its India operations?

14. Which company has staked its claim to the world's fastest electric car with its FF91 production model, showing footage of it outracing Tesla Motors Inc's Model S in a glitzy event in Las Vegas?

15. Vikas Panditrao is the new managing director of the Asia Pacific region of which banking, mobile financial services and commerce platform?

16. Xiaomi India has crossed which revenue milestone in 2016?

17. Which company has appointed S Padmanabhan as chairman, effective January 4?

18. Which footwear company last week introduced a new logo to make the brand future ready?

19. Which US-based IT services provider, which has a global delivery center in Hyderabad, has announced the acquisition of US-based cloud services provider iMicron?

20. Which is the most reputed smartphone brand in India, according to a report by BlueBytes, in association with TRA Research?

21. Which company has forayed into mobile-based corporate learning and development offering with a smartphone-led learning and engagement solution, PalmLeaf?

22. Which Indian automobile company has inked a three-year global agreement with Castrol?

23. Which Indian IT services company has announced a joint venture with Saudi Arabia-based Midad Holdings, a part of diversified business conglomerate Al Fozan Group?

24. Vikram Pawah has exited as the managing director of which automobile company as of December 31, 2016?

25. Which smartphone maker last week opened its first 'Experience Store' in India, in Bengaluru?

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January 1, 2017

Biz Quizzard 666

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which realty major has tied up with private equity firm Macquarie Group to set up an Rs 2,000 crore fund to be used for its luxury housing projects?

2. Which Indian company is acquiring 51% stake in China-based Ningbo Wanglong Flavors and Fragrances Company (NWFFCL)?

3. Which messaging app is buying Israeli augmented reality startup Cimagine Media for an estimated $30-$40 million?

4. Which business personality is all set to launch India's first poker league?

5. Which hair care brand has launched a new campaign called ‘Load mat lo’?

6. ICICI Bank has filed a case in the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against Pune-based Innoventive industries, initiating corporate insolvency. What is special about this case?

7. Which beverage brand has launched a campaign with the message 'The cup that gets you going'?

8. Which fragrance brand has launched a new television commercial featuring Akshay Kumar?

9. Which brand has unveiled its new campaign 'Make A Bold Move', featuring Virat Kohli?

10. Which company is launching beverage brand Aquarius in India to tap into the nascent active hydration category?

11. Which bank has tied up with Niki.ai to bring in `conversational banking' - chatbots that facilitate commerce and banking transactions without getting out of the chat window?

12. Which bank last week unveiled cashless payments app Eazypay?

13. Which well known FMCG brand has launched 'Woh Din', a five-part web series reminiscence of the simplicity of the days gone by?

14. Which ecommerce player has launched a new campaign featuring PV Sindhu and Hrithik Roshan?

15. Tata Motors has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its commercial vehicle (CV) business unit?

16. Which company has acquired six brands from the Indian unit of US pharmaceutical giant Merck for an undisclosed amount?

17. Which MNC has stayed true to its promise and published its first academic paper on artificial intelligence?

18. Which advertising agency’s President and CEO Tadashi Ishii will quit to take responsibility for the Christmas Day 2015 suicide of an employee who had worked excessive hours?

19. Which MNC has launched its digital campaign #LiveYourDreams?

20. Viral Acharya was last week appointed to which position?

21. Digital payments company MobiKwik has touched which milestone merchants (shopkeepers) mark on its payment network?

22. Which cement company has launched a pan-India ‘Go Cashless’ campaign?

23. Which Bengaluru-based company will hive off its hotel business from real estate?

24. Which chain has launched Triple Treat Box in an exclusive partnership with foodpanda?

25. Tennis star Serena Williams has become engaged to the co-founder of which social media firm?

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