August 27, 2017

Biz Quizzard 700

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company last week announced a new corporate brand identity ‘Connecting Aspirations’?

2. Which innerwear brand celebrated 141 years of legacy through a unique pop-up museum in Bengaluru last week?

3. Which retail chain has launched the campaign ‘Ghar aaiye na’?

4. Which company has acquired YouFirst Money Express, a subsidiary of YouFirst Ventures, promoted by former Citibanker and Reliance Capital executive Vikrant Gugnani?

5. Which company has announced the launch of ‘Judge’ brand of kitchen appliances in India?

6. Mercedes Benz has launched its fastest vehicle globally in India. Name the brand?

7. Which MNC has terminated the franchise agreement for all 169 fast-food outlets in north and east India run by Connaught Plaza Restaurant Ltd. (CPRL)?

8. Which e-home services company has launched the campaign #savetheday?

9. Which celebrity has been roped in to endorse deodorant brand Denver?

10. Which commodity has regained the tag of top commodity export from India, overtaking buffalo meat in the June quarter?

11. Which MNC has launched a new campaign with two television commercials 'Reinvent My Story' and ‘Last minute Laddoo’?

12. Which television channel has launched the first English language South Asian reality show, ‘Made in America’?

13. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘The Wolves of Lol Street’ in an attempt to present the serious personal finance space in a lighter way?

14. Which Hyderabad-headquartered multi-speciality hospital chain has announced diluting 51% equity stake in favour of European healthcare giant Medicover for Rs 320 crore?

15. Which MNC has introduced its chewy candy, Laban, in India?

16. Which MNC has launched the initiative #HungerFreeIndia, dedicated to help eradicate Food Wastage in India?

17. Which ecommerce platform has launched a first of its kind photography store called ‘Shutterbug Lounge’, which will feature the best camera brands for sale?

18. Which life insurance company has launched its new digital campaign ‘#TheCoach - Agar taiyaari sahi ho, toh jeet pakki hai’?

19. Which manufacturer of quality oil and grease solutions has launched its first ever digital campaign #ChaloDuniyaChalaye?

20. Which country has allowed the import of Indian bananas, pomegranate, custard apple and okra for the first time?

21. Which French fashion brand made its entry in India last week with an exclusive tie up with Le Mill?

22. Which company has entered into a strategic partnership with Saudi healthcare services and products player Cigalah to launch wellness centres in Saudi Arabia, starting with Jeddah?

23. Which celebrity management firm has joined hands with brand management and licensing agency Dream Theatre to create Mojostar - a celebrity-driven house of brands?

24. Which US venture capital firm has struck its maiden buyout deal in India by acquiring personal care, makeup and skincare company Faces Cosmetics from Everstone Capital for $40 million?

25. A book, titled ‘I Do What I Do’, is all set to be launched in Chennai on September 5. Who is the author?

26. Shailesh Tulshan, the personal investment adviser to the Flipkart's Bansals, is starting a fund named after Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel's book. Name the fund?

27. Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) major Burger King has announced crossing which store milestone in India?

28. Ferrari has revealed its much awaited sports car, which is a “perfect combination of sportiness, elegance and on board comfort”. What has it been branded as?

29. Which business group has roped in Banmali Agrawala as President, Infrastructure, Defence and Aerospace from October 1?

30. What has Indian Premier League (IPL) been valued at currently, as per global valuation and corporate finance advisory firm Duff & Phelps?

31. Who has been appointed as the new Railway Board Chairman?

32. Which company has launched ‘Darshan’, which facilitates pre-booked darshan, special pooja, and assisted temples visit in addition to logistics?

33. Which business group has appointed Roopa Purushothaman as chief economist and head of policy advocacy to drive macro-economic research as well as all policy and advocacy initiatives?

34. Which Mumbai-headquartered multiplex chain has acquired two new properties in Singapore, taking its total screen count in the Lion City to six?

35. Rajiv Bansal has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of which company?

36. Which airline has become the first Indian carrier to joins hands with Airbnb?

37. Asian Paints has launched a new television commercial, featuring Deepika Padukone leading a #MaskedLife. Which brand?

38. India has claimed the top spot in exports of which seafood to the global market in 2016, according to a trade report by FAO’s Globefish?

39. In the biggest FDI deal ever in India's real estate space, which entity has agreed to acquire a 33.34% stake in DLF's rental arm DLF Cyber City Developers for $1.39 billion (Rs 8,900 crore)?

40. Who has been appointed non-executive chairman of the board at Infosys?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 700 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

August 20, 2017

Biz Quizzard 699

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which country has the world's fastest mobile internet, according to global leader in broadband testing Ookla?

2. Which MNC has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Preferred Brands International, the US-based maker and marketer of ready-to-heat food products sold primarily under Tasty Bite brand?

3. Which Indian company will form a 50:50 JV with Bin Ablan Food Industry, a UAE-based bakery products maker?

4. Which company has sold its entire stake in its Chinese tractor joint venture to partner Yueda Yancheng?

5. Which Poland-based company, a platform for trade and exchange of cryptocurrency, has set up shop in India to expand its trading business and for sourcing IT talent to develop products for the world?

6. E Sankara Rao will be the new Managing Director & CEO of which government entity?

7. Which online make-up and beauty platform has launched Los Angeles-based makeup brand Smashbox Cosmetics on its platform?

8. Which fashion brand has collaborated with Terribly Tiny Talkies to launch a digital film titled ‘Hind’?

9. Brand Monk Licensing (BML), a Mumbai-based licensing company, has signed an exclusive deal with Atlantyca Entertainment for the India rights of which brand / eponymous character?

10. Tata Global Beverages will launch its premium natural mineral water brand 'Himalayan' in which country, through an agreement signed by its subsidiary with Talking Rain Beverage Company?

11. Which bank has appointed PR Seshadri as its new chief executive officer and managing director?

12. David Rasquinha has taken over as the managing director of which bank?

13. Which company has acquired health economics data and technology company Context Matters for an undisclosed sum?

14. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has divested its entire stake in its wholly-owned subsidiary, L&T Cutting Tools, to which company?

15. Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure-controlled Reliance Defence and Engineering is changing its name. What is the new name?

16. Which is the most liveable city in the world, according to the Global Liveability Report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?

17. Which entity said that it will launch the world’s slimmest gaming laptop powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 (Kaby Lake) processor, called Zephyrus?

18. Which home loans provider has launched a campaign based on the thought of “Sheher Mein Apna Ghar Ho toh Shehar Bhi Apna Latha Hai”?

19. Which business personality has hired Sameer Nair, the former group chief executive of Balaji Telefilms, to make content for telecom operators and digital platforms?

20. Which asset manager has filed draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi for an initial public offering (IPO)?

21. Which company has announced a new ad campaign for the launch of Silk Glamor Luxury Emulsion paint?

22. Which automobile brand has launched a campaign titled ‘Sexy and I know it’?

23. Which IT company has appointed Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as executive director of its India operations?

24. Which automobile MNC in India has elevated its CFO Sanjiv Gupta as president and managing director?

25. Which company has acquired 50% stake of its Australian JV partner Ansell in JK Ansell, the manufacturer of condoms and deodorants under the KamaSutra brand?

26. Which company has acquired the inward international remittance business of Mumbai-based Wall Street Finance (WSF) for $7.4 million?

27. Which cricketer has been roped in as brand ambassador for IPOL Lubricants?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has launched a campaign, playing on the Hindi phrase ‘Haathi mat paalo’?

29. Which US-based startup accelerator, which counts remote computing platform DigitalOcean and other startup successes among graduates, has launched operations in India?

30. Vishal Sikka has stepped down as MD & CEO of which company?

31. Which actor has been roped in as brand ambassador of Indostar TMT?

32. Which sanitary ware brand has launched its new campaign #StartWithTheExpert?

33. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘Why Settle For Less?’?

34. Which company has launched a new commercial as part of its #FarakPadtaHai campaign?

35. Which ecommerce company has launched a musical logo, as an expression of its brand essence – Transforming your World?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 699 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

August 13, 2017

Biz Quizzard 698

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 07 - 12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Economist Dr Rajiv Kumar has been appointed as the new vice-chairman of which entity?

2. Which jewellery major has roped in actress Kajol as brand ambassador for its India as well as overseas operations?

3. The Centre has appointed Mohammad Mustafa, a 1995 batch IAS officer, as Chairman and Managing Director of which entity?

4. Which company launched a television commercial for Friendship Day as part of its #LookUp campaign?

5. US-based Fox Networks group is slated to launch a new concept in product promotion and TV commercial on live television on August 13. What is it?

6. Former founder of ecommerce startup Yebhi(dot)com Manmohan Agarwal has kick started his second stint at entrepreneurship with a trucks aggregation platform. What is it called?

7. Britannia Industries said that it will set up its largest food park near which city?

8. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is set to launch a premium high definition English movie channel. What will it be branded as?

9. Which company has launched a premium gourmet gifting brand, Gruezi, in partnership with Switzerland based Chocolat Frey AG?

10. In what is being touted as one of the largest endorsement deals signed by an Indian Startup, health and wellness startup has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador?

11. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire bluO Entertainment, run by multiplex operator PVR, for Rs 86 crore?

12. Titan is all set to enter the United States through a partnership with which MNC?

13. Which MNC has named former Unilever executive Mohit Anand as managing director for its India and South Asia business?

14. Which MNC last week unveiled Skyactiv-X, claimed to be the world's first commercial petrol engine that uses compression ignition like diesel engines?

15. Which Belgium-headquartered company has signed an agreement to buy Bengaluru-headquartered AssetTrackr, a provider of fleet management solutions (FMS)?

16. Marking its foray into green energy, which Hyderabad-based Internet infrastructure company has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power Projects Ltd for Rs 30.5 crore?

17. Which MNC has launched its first television commercial for the Indian market, with the tagline ‘Isey Apni Hi Gaadi Samjho’?

18. Which MNC has roped in actress Taapsee Pannu to endorse its smartphone range?

19. Sanjay Sethi has resigned as managing director and chief executive officer of which hospitality company?

20. Which company and UK-based premium motorcycle maker Triumph have entered into a global alliance that could challenge Royal Enfield in the global mid-size motorcycle space?

21. Which financial services firm is acquiring UK-based Ocean Dial Asset Management?

22. Which 3 Indian companies are among this year’s Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative companies?

23. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) will launch a new video-on-demand platform. What will it be branded as?

24. Which luxury perfumery brand made in Spain has made its debut in the Indian market with the range of perfumes for both men and women?

25. Which MNC has launched a campaign titled '#LacedUp', featuring Virat Kohli?

26. Which MNC last week announced the world's first creator-based video relay, #EveryCharacterMatters?

27. The board of which company has approved the setting up of a joint venture with French player Novandie SNC for its foray into flavoured yoghurt market?

28. Which company and Skoda Auto have called off talks for a potential long-term partnership for development and production of passenger vehicles in India?

29. Which mattress brand has rolled out the campaign ‘Ready for Tomorrow’ to announce the launch of its latest mattress range Energise?

30. Which MNC has bought a fifth of India's most valuable startup - Flipkart - for $2.5 billion, in a deal that marks the biggest private investment in the country's consumer technology sector?

31. Harley-Davidson India has inaugurated its first concept store in India - Warrior Harley-Davidson. Which city?

32. Which denim and casual wear brand is foraying into the innerwear segment in India through a joint venture with Kolkata-based hosiery firm Dollar Industries?

33. Which messaging platform has acquired Creo, a Bengaluru-based technology startup?

34. Which Mumbai-headquartered group is diversifying into electric car manufacturing and aims to roll out its first such vehicle by 2020?

35. Which company has announced the appointment of Manju Deshbandhu Gupta as chairman?

36. Which mobile brand has roped in actor Sushant Singh Rajput as its new brand endorser?

37. Which brand has topped the list of the world's hottest fashion brands, according to data compiled by global fashion search engine Lyst and The Business of Fashion?

38. Which soap brand soap has announced actress Shraddha Kapoor as its new brand ambassador?

39. Which MNC has created world’s largest grain mosaic art spread across an area of 6,000 square feet at Thyagraj Stadium, New Delhi?

40. Which app has become the second Indian application on Google Store to cross the 100 million download mark?

41. Which handset brand has launched a film to #SaveTheTrianga from child labor and abuse?

42. Which company has launched the campaign #DoorsOfIndia to promote its new product line, Pravesh?

43. Which company and Smile Foundation have come together to support the cause of Girl Child Education by organising the ‘Ride for Freedom’ on 15th August across 14 cities in India?

44. Which ed-tech platform has adopted two villages as part of its 'Freedom to Shine' campaign?

45. Which advertising personality is the new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification?

Please mail you answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 698 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

August 6, 2017

Biz Quizzard 697

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 31 - August 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which is India’s top brand, according to the Brand Footprint study of Kantar Worldpanel?

2. TGI Fridays is bringing a second brand based on the bar model to India. Name it?

3. Flipkart has launched a new private label, which will be made for India and made in India. Name it?

4. Which two wheeler brand is being promoted with the positioning 'Style Hatke'?

5. SMAAASH, a gaming and entertainment centre, has roped in which celebrity as the face of their new TVC campaign titled 'Go SMAAASH It!'?

6. Which online jewellery store has appointed Alia Bhatt as its first brand ambassador?

7. Iconic American SUV maker Jeep last week launched its first locally-built model in India. Name the brand?

8. Arvind Vohra has stepped down as chief executive officer and managing director of which handset maker?

9. Which media company has acquired a controlling stake in Bengaluru-based marketing agency HiveMinds Innovative Market Solutions for an undisclosed amount?

10. Arvind Panagariya has resigned as vice chairman of which entity?

11. Which health technology startup has acquired Home Health Care, an agency that offers home healthcare services in Bengaluru, for approximately Rs 4 crore in an all-stock deal?

12. Which online entertainment ticketing company has acquired audio and video on-demand platform Nfusion for an undisclosed amount in an all-cash deal?

13. Who has elbowed past Li Ka shing to become Asia's second-richest man, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

14. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Sandeep Kataria as the Country Manager for India?

15. Which company has bagged an order worth Rs 3,375 crore to build a metro rail project for the government of Mauritius?

16. Which company has appointed Nalinikanth (Nal) Gollagunta as president of India & South Asia?

17. Which smartphone maker has made a comeback in the Indian market with the introduction of KEYone Limited Edition Black with a price tag of Rs 39,990?

18. Which domain registration and web hosting company has launched the digital video #NoDifference?

19. Which life insurance company has launched the digital campaign #LaterMayBeLate?

20. Which business group is the new title sponsor of Mumbai Marathon?

21. The world's biggest confectionery brand is being launched in India. Name it?

22. Cab-hailing platform Uber Technologies, which is present in 29 cities across India, has crossed which cumulative rides milestone in the country, after almost four years?

23. Which IT firm has bought Brilliant Basics, a London-based product design and customer experience (CX) company?

24. India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility was launched last week. Near which city?

25. Which MNC has set up its first Machine Learning (ML) Hub in India in Bengaluru that will provide hands-on training in these new technology areas?

26. Mumbai-based new age financial services group InCred has roped in which celebrity as rand ambassador?

27. Which actor has picked up majority stake in SkyLimit Integrated Wellness Solutions, a multi-discipline regenerative medicine and anti-ageing facility?

28. Which global private equity fund has purchased a significant stake in India's largest share registry company Karvy Computershare?

29. Which airport has become India's 1st airport to offer express security check?

30. The Narsapura plant in Karnataka of which automobile MNC has become its single biggest manufacturing plant in the world?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 697 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli