February 26, 2017

Biz Quizzard 674

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period February 20 - 25. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who has become the first Indian sportsperson to sign an Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a single brand?

2. Former Amul MD BM Vyas along with Shirish Upadhyay, an ex-senior vice-president of Parag Milk and nutritionist Dr Ravi Khimani has started a new venture. What is it called?

3. Which company has agreed to acquire the consumer durables business of Lloyd Electric & Engineering for Rs 1,600 crore?

4. Ultra-luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has appointed which company as its India franchisee?

5. Which consumer durable company has roped in Telugu actor Mahesh Babu as brand ambassador?

6. Which business group has partnered UK clothing and homeware retailer Laura Ashley for exclusive rights to make and sell merchandise as well as wholesale distribution in India?

7. Which country emerged as the world's largest crude producer in December 2016?

8. Reliance Jio has crossed which subscriber milestone?

9. Nestle last week launched which energy drink in a ready to drink format with less sugar?

10. Which company last week announced an Rs 16,000-crore share buyback, the biggest in the Indian capital market so far?

11. Which resort has become the first hospitality project in India to receive the IGBC Platinum certification?

12. Which company has launched India’s first Precision Inverter Split AC that allows temperature setting in decimals?

13. Two very nice campaigns. Which beverage brand has launched #ReleaseThePressure campaign to focus on the serious issue of exam pressure?

14. Which advertising agency has partnered with Haiyya, a New Delhi-based NGO, to launch the campaign #MyDaughterWill?

15. Which commodity has emerged as the largest-selling packaged food item in the country during 2016, according to Euromonitor International?

16. Govind Rajan has resigned as the chief executive of which digital payments platform?

17. Which company is entering offline retail space having bagged the rights to manage brick-and-mortar outlets of Spanish fashion label Mango in India along with exclusive online rights?

18. The health ministry has approved the country's first locally made bioresorbable cardiac scaffold, or naturally dissolving stent for clearing blockages in arteries that carry blood to the heart. Which company?

19. Which auto components manufacturer has inked a pact for creation of a joint venture with Japan-based Katolec Corporation to manufacture products including high-end electronics?

20. Which MNC last week forayed into the gaming devices market in India with the introduction of ‘Omen’ range of notebooks and desktop, priced between Rs 79,990 and Rs 1.40 lakh?

21. Which Danish player, which develops and manufactures pump solutions for various sectors, last week inaugurated its first manufacturing unit in India at Nadergul village, near Hyderabad?

22. Donald Paul Devlin will be the new Chairman and Managing Director of which paper and pulp manufacturer, effective April 28?

23. Land Rover last week teased images of the fourth Range Rover SUV, ahead of its world premiere on 1st March, 2017. What has it been branded as?

24. Which furniture and interior solutions brand has launched its healthcare range and the campaign #sleepAt10?

25. ITC has launched a range of basic and blended spices under which newly created umbrella brand?

26. Hiroto Saikawa will be the new CEO of which automobile MNC?

27. Why was Babulwadi, a small village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, in news last week?

28. Which beverage brand has launched an ad film titled ‘Pyarelal Ka Bachpan Ka Pyar’?

29. Rasna, a brand best known for making fruit juice concentrate, has entered into baked snacks category under which brand?

30. Which company has acquired the Indian operations of Telenor?

31. Which company has partnered with a young UK designer to create what they claim to be the world's only `really blue' jeans?

32. Which company has got the nod for India´s first tetravalent flu vaccine?

33. Which company last week announced the launch of 'MyAgriGuru', an advisory platform for farmers that has been introduced as a mobile app?

34. European multi-sport company Scott Sports last week announced the launch of which German sports brand in India?

35. Vivek Chaand Sehgal has been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 award. He is the chairman of which company?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 674 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 19, 2017

Biz Quizzard 673

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

1. India’s newest airline launched its inaugural flight on the Delhi-Durgapur route on February 12. What is it called?

2. Telugu general entertainment channel Maa TV last week announced its new brand positioning and refresh along with a new logo, brand tagline and channel theme track. What is the new name?

3. A consortium led by which company has won the bid to build Navi Mumbai airport?

4. Which company has announced an agreement with the US Navy for repairs and servicing of warships at the Pipavav shipyard in Gujarat?

5. Which company has entered into a joint venture (JV) with European arms manufacturing group MBDA to supply missiles and missile systems to the Indian armed forces?

6. Teleradiology Solutions and which company have entered into a partnership that would make remote radiology reporting services available to healthcare providers across India?

7. Which luxury car brand will make its official debut in India on 24th March, 2017?

8. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘Gift Full of Love’ for Valentine’s Day?

9. In a move aimed at globalising its brand, which company has tied up with Aokang International to sell footwear in China?

10. Shigenori Shiga is resigning as Chairman of which MNC after it said it would take a financial hit of more than $6 billion?

11. Which company has filed a criminal defamation case against the team of the film Jolly LLB-2 for using “derogatory remarks and defamatory reference” to the brand?

12. Which platform has picked up a 75% stake in Pune-based events registration and ticketing platform Townscript for an undisclosed amount?

13. Nokia will re-launch which model, perhaps the most resilient phone in history?

14. Why was the Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals township in Bharuch in news last week?

15. Which business group last week announced foraying into the apparel retail business, which will be initially sold under the 2Bme brand?

16. This should be easy. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign ‘United by Half”?

17. Which streaming service has launched the campaign 'India Ka Naya Primetime'?

18. Which streaming platform has announced that it is expanding its Premium service and offering a new format - CinePlay, under its Originals banner?

19. Which water purifier brand has launched the campaign ‘Ab India Peeyega Achcha’?

20. On Valentine's Day, which premium confectionery brand partnered with popular rom-com writer Anuja Chauhan for a campaign positioned as 'Love's Little Helper'?

21. Which international publication last week announced its reversal to original content strategy with the campaign #NakedIsNormal?

22. Who has formed a company, 11Even Sports (ESPL), with eight-time national table tennis champion Kamlesh Mehta to promote and develop table tennis (TT) in India?

23. Which company has acquired 64% stake in the Singapore-based technology service provider Comtel Solutions for an undisclosed sum?

24. Mobile distribution company Priyanka Communications has become the latest entrant in the competitive Indian smartphone market with the launch of which brand?

25. Which online lingerie retailer has launched its new campaign #GiftLingerie?

26. Which dairy company has forayed into whey protein range under the brand Avvatar Absolute?

27. Which company will launch a digital consumer credit product, LazyPay, next week?

28. Which company, through its subsidiary, will fully acquire Sri Lanka's Causeway Paints in an all-cash deal?

29. Which company has announced its foray into the pet nutrition category with `Healthytreats`?

30. Lloyd Electric and Engineering has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its social responsibility campaign?

31. Which confectionery brand has launched a new communication campaign ‘chhoti chhoti khushiyon ke liye’?

32. Lee Jeans last week roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

33. Which automobile brand has launched its new model and is being positioned as 'It's Wowsome!'?

34. Which brand has launched a campaign for its Rivaah wedding jewellery collection?

35. Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd has changed its name for the second time since its inception in 1989. What is the new name?

36. Leading food snacks company pladis India is widening its portfolio by entering in the cream sandwich biscuit segment under which well known brand?

37. Which travel services company has appointed Mahesh Iyer as its new CEO?

38. Which MNC will launch the world's first gigabit LTE smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona later this month?

39. Which online retailer has launched its brand new advertising campaign, ‘Specsy is the new Sexy’?

40. Which MNC has been named the most admired company in the world, in a list compiled by Fortune magazine?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 673 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 12, 2017

Biz Quizzard 672

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period February 06 - 11. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Arun Kumar, who was assistant commerce secretary in the Obama administration, is the new chairman and CEO of India office of which professional services firm?

2. Which French winemaker will create wine blends tailored for the Indian market in collaboration with its exclusive Indian partner, Fratelli Vineyards?

3. Uber has launched an on-demand cab service, which will let users hire a cab for up to 12 hours, like a city or local taxi service. What is it called?

4. Which fashion brand has started the hashtag #NotWhatIWear as part of its Lakme Fashion Week campaign?

5. Which company is bringing Sri Lankan ayurvedic beauty brand Spice Island to India to strengthen its portfolio?

6. Which jewellery brand has launched Dare, an exclusive jewellery line for men?

7. Discovery Networks has entered sports broadcasting in India with the launch of a sports channel. What has it been branded as?

8. Which innerwear brand has roped in actor Varun Dhawan as brand ambassador?

9. It is election season. Which edible oil brand has launched a campaign on 'milavati', centered on a topical issue, the funding for a political party?

10. Which airline last week launched the world's longest scheduled commercial service?

11. Which company, in association with Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), has launched the digital campaign ‘The Other Men In Blue’?

12. Which life insurance company has launched a campaign with the message ‘We’ll protect her tomorrow; you empower her today.’?

13. Which MNC has unveiled the global campaign 'Unleash Your Creativity'?

14. Which smartphone brand has launched a commercial for Valentine’s Day, featuring tinsel town couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover?

15. Which consumer goods company has entered into a distribution tie-up with Indo Nissin Foods?

16. Which Pune-based waste management company has acquired GET Water Solutions, a water-treatment-solutions firm backed by Clearwater Capital?

17. Which iconic London-based luxury jewellery brand is now available in India?

18. Which company will transfer ownership of subsidiaries in Mauritius, the Netherlands and Singapore to Network i2i (Ni2i) to simplify the group's holding structure?

19. Which automotive components manufacturer has appointed M Muthuraj as the Chief Executive Officer?

20. Vikram Limaye, former MD and CEO at IDFC, will be the new MD and CEO of which entity?

21. Vikas Kumar and Tashi Dorje of Keylinga Himalayan Adventures have opened a new hotel in Manali. What is its claim to fame?

22. Which MNC has unveiled a space called 'Bandstand' in its Mumbai office that can be used by celebrities and other personalities to shoot live videos?

23. Which beverage brand has launched a campaign featuring Sourav Ganguly, with the positioning 'Roz ke super humans ke liye'?

24. Which life insurance company has launched a campaign with the proposition ‘Apno ko apne dum pe jeena sikhao’?

25. Which soon-to-be launched factual entertainment channel has roped in Kareena Kapoor Khan as its ‘Feel Alive’ Ambassador?

26. On the occasion of World Cancer Day 2017, which company has released a film titled ‘Miscalculation’, on oral cancer awareness?

27. Tata Motors last week announced the name of its new compact sedan. What has it been branded as?

28. Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has decided to bring all its properties under which brand?

29. Which company last week signed a definitive agreement to sell its UK subsidiary's speciality steel business to the Liberty House Group for £100 million (Rs 839 crore)?

30. Which state has teamed up with private equity firm Cerestra Advisors to set up a first of its kind life sciences infrastructure fund in India with a corpus of Rs 1,000 crore?

31. S Rajendran will be the new MD & CEO of which tech company?

32. Which lingerie brand has launched its new campaign #FitForAll?

33. Which liquid detergent brand has launched its new campaign #FlauntKarBefikar, featuring renowned fashion designer Ritu Beri?

34. Myntra CMO Gunjan Soni will be the new head of which online fashion retailer?

35. Which MNC has agreed to buy US baby formula maker Mead Johnson Nutrition for $ 16.6 billion?

36. French carmaker Peugeot has bought which iconic Indian brand for Rs 80 crore?

37. IT giant Oracle Corporation will set up its biggest development centre outside its US headquarters in which Indian city with an investment of about Rs 2,500 crore?

38. Which last mile retail startup has merged with BeatRoute Innovations, a mobile application platform facilitating last mile retail by FMCG companies?

39. Which company has launched India's first VoLTE feature phone 4G Connect M1?

40. The government last week appointed Ajay Tyagi as the new head of which entity?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 672 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 5, 2017

Biz Quizzard 671

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period January 30 - February 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. State-owned India Post Payments Bank last week launched its operations by introducing pilot services in which two locations?

2. Which on-demand cleaning services provider has acquired peer TimeMyTask in an all-stock deal?

3. Which data analytics firm has launched an artificial intelligence-powered conversational analytics application, Maya, as its new offering within the range of analytics capabilities?

4. Which MNC launched the digital campaign #NazariyaBadlo on the occasion of National Girl Child Day, which is celebrated on January 24 in India?

5. Which company, through its UK-based critical care company, will acquire specialty products of US drug maker Mallinkrodt for $170 million in an all-cash deal?

6. Which MNC was the world's best-selling automaker in 2016?

7. Maruti Suzuki India Limited last week inaugurated a NEXA showroom at LB Nagar in Hyderabad. Which milestone did it touch with this launch?

8. Which company has launched its new campaign 'Cash Ki Aadat Badlo'?

9. Delhi-based Optiemus Infracom has bagged exclusive rights to design, manufacture and sell which smartphone brand in India and some neighbouring countries?

10. Tata Motors is creating a new sub-brand to house performance cars that are on its ambitious list of future products. Name it?

11. Pirojsha Godrej will be the executive chairman of which company?

12. Which diagnostics chain has acquired Rajkot-based Sanjivani Pathology Labs in an all-cash transaction for an undisclosed amount?

13. Madhu Kannan, former group executive council member at Tata Sons, will join which MNC as its chief business officer, India and Emerging Markets?

14. Which Hyderabad-based start-up has picked up an undisclosed equity position in Volta Motors, another Hyderabad-based start-up engaged in creating electric mobility solutions for masses?

15. Which bathroom products manufacturer has appointed K.E. Ranganathan as Managing Director (MD) for its India Business?

16. Adidas India has announced its collaboration with ‘Mirzya’ girl Saiyami Kher to endorse which brand?

17. Which company has launched the campaign 'Bank Hai Par Alag Hai'?

18. Which brand has launched its new campaign 'My Bathroom'?

19. Which omni-channel jeweler has launched the campaign #EveryDayLove for Valentine’s Day?

20. Culture Machine's digital channel Blush, in association with which MNC and Nanhi Kali has launched the video ‘Dhusra: Winds of Change’ on girl child education?

21. Which delivery and logistics service company has launched the campaign ‘Going Beyond the Parcels’, featuring former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly?

22. Which brand has launched its digital film 'Real Cosmetics for Real People'?

23. Ashok Mansukhani will be the new MD and CEO of which media group?

24. Which online house rental company has launched the campaign #HomesThatDontDiscriminate?

25. Which luxury diamond jeweller has appointed Priyanka Chopra as its global ambassador?

26. Which US-based gaming firm has acquired Nextbit, the startup that launched the "Cloud first" Android device Robin last year in India?

27. Which LED light maker has forayed into the FMCG segment by launching its range of personal care products?

28. Stefan Larsson will be stepping down as the CEO of which fashion brand?

29. Which MNC will sell its satellite imaging business, Terra Bella, to Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator founded by former NASA scientists?

30. Sanjeev Sanyal, former global strategist and managing director of Deutsche Bank, has been appointed to which position in the finance ministry?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 671 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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