October 29, 2017

Biz Quizzard 709

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

1. Which brand has launched the ad ‘Cool Mom’ featuring Sridevi to promote its recently launched 'Snacky Oats'?

2. Flipkart's former chief operating officer Nitin Seth has joined which technology services firm as its chief executive officer?

3. Which MNC bank has appointed Jayant Rikhye as its next India chief executive?

4. Which beverage brand has launched the film titled ‘The Man who planted a Forest’ showcasing the journey of Jadav Payeng, the forest man of India?

5. Assam Tourism has launched its new multimedia campaign with its brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra. What is the tagline?

6. Which footwear brand has unveiled its new logo and has roped in Varun Dhawan and actress Aisha Sharma as brand ambassadors?

7. Which paint brand recently launched an on-ground campaign titled ‘Making our world #AShadeBetter’ at the Terminal 1 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport?

8. Which MNC has launched energy drink Sting, one of its global brands, in India?

9. Which MNC recently launched its snack/cereal hybrid Chocos Fills in India?

10. Tata Starbucks last week inaugurated a new store in Mumbai. What was special about this store?

11. Bollywood couple Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover are endorsing which condom brand?

12. Which sports drinks brand has roped in javelin throw athlete and junior world record holder Neeraj Chopra as brand ambassador?

13. PepsiCo India has launched its vitamin-fortified water product. What has it been branded as?

14. Mr Rasiklal M Dhariwal passed away in Pune last week. He was the CMD of which business group?

15. Which business services provider last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Mumbai-based Vedang Cellular Services?

16. Which contract research and development company has launched a mobile application, e Cule, for drug discovery services?

17. Which Indian Super League franchise last week announced actor Arjun Kapoor as the new co-owner of the club?

18. Which condom brand has launched its new campaign #ShutThePhoneUp targeted at young couples across the country?

19. Which business group-backed allAyurveda(dot)com, a health portal providing holistic solutions towards natural living, has appointed Sandeep Bali as its new CEO?

20. Which company last week became the first Indian company to touch Rs. 6-lakh crore in market capitalization?

21. Which country has become the first country to give a robot citizenship?

22. Which MNC has recently changed its name in China from Maidanglao to Jingongmen?

23. Which company in India has decided to launch chopper bikes (modified bikes)?

24. Saudi Arabia last week announced plans for a $500 billion mega-city that will ultimately be listed on financial markets. What has it been named?

25. Which footwear brand has launched its new campaign ‘Find Your Pair’, with two films featuring Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra as brand ambassadors?

26. Which security solutions company has launched a multi-city consumer awareness campaign #IAmSecure?

27. Mr Gautam Adhikari passed away in Mumbai last week. He was the chairman and whole time director of which media group?

28. A watch that once belonged to Paul Newman last week became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold in an auction as it fetched $17.8 million in New York. Which brand?

29. Which Indian automobile company has entered into an exclusive partnership with Motoplex S.A.S of Grupo Bonanza, a leading automobile business house in the Dominican Republic?

30. With current brand value of USD 37.2 million, which sports personality has topped this year’s Forbes Fab 40 list?

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October 22, 2017

Biz Quizzard 708

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

1. Which bank is acquiring micro lender Bharat Financial Inclusion in an all-stock deal?

2. You can work this out. Mohey from the house of Manyavar has signed on which actress as brand ambassador?

3. Which television channel has donned a new logo and an all-new tagline – Aaj Likhenge Kal?

4. Which healthy and innovative kitchen appliances brand has launched the campaign "Gift Heath this Diwali"?

5. Which think-tank and lobby group set up by internet companies like Flipkart and Ola has roped in former IAS officer and economist Gyanendra Badgaiyan as the CEO?

6. Which mobility solutions company has appointed former VP of Nihilent Technologies, Ravi Teja as its new CEO?

7. Which mattress brand has launched the campaign 'Ek Koshish, Ma Jaisa Aaraam Dene Ki'?

8. Which air conditioning and engineering services provider has elevated COO Pradeep Bakshi as the managing director and chief executive officer from February?

9. Actress Jyothika has been announced as which television channel’s first-ever brand ambassador?

10. Which brand has topped the 2017 Authentic Brands Study for India, released by global communications agency Cohn & WolfeCohn & Wolfe?

11. Which full-service law firm and Delhi-headquartered multi-speciality firm Arthe Law are set to merge on November 1?

12. Which MNC is acquiring a 74% stake in Yoho - the student living business of Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG) - for Rs 350 crore?

13. Which company has entered into an agreement with Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) to acquire the latter's packed tea brands at a total consideration of Rs 20 crore?

14. Which MNC has acquired anonymous teen compliment app tbh?

15. Which MNC has unveiled its new brand identity that builds on its well established reputation and 50-year technology heritage?

16. Which smartphone maker has launched a campaign with two television commercials - 'Mom's Bothie' and '#UniteForLove'?

17. Which hypermarket chain has launched its new digital campaign, #HarDilRoshanKaro?

18. Which independent power producer last week said it has commissioned the country's tallest and Asia Pacific's second tallest met mast at Maniyachi in the KayatharTuticorin belt of Tamil Nadu?

19. Which US spirits maker has acquired a significant strategic stake in John Distilleries (JDL), India's fifth-largest liquor company and owner of Paul John Single Malt?

20. Which entity last week launched India’s first commodity options in gold, giving stakeholders a new set of financial instruments to hedge their price risks?

21. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has rolled out a polyester brand. Name it?

22. Which manufacturer of paper packaging materials has diversified into production of biodegradable and eco-friendly tableware under the brand ‘Chuk’?

23. Which apparel retailer has launched the campaign #NayiWaliDiwali with the thought "Who needs fireworks, when your family is full of fireworks!”?

24. Which online jewellery retailer has launched the campaign #GetDiwaliReady?

25. Kenneth I Chenault will retire next year as the chairman and chief executive of which MNC?

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October 15, 2017

Biz Quizzard 707

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

1. D Shivakumar has reigned as the chairman of the Indian operations of which MNC?

2. At $3,80,000, which brand has broken the world record for the most money ever paid for a handbag at an auction?

3. As part of its strategic brand repositioning exercise, which ice cream brand has released its latest #MadeOfMilk series with two cool ‘gai’ (cows)?

4. Which Dutch luxury audio electronic brand is making a foray into the Indian market?

5. Which celebrity is Lenskart’s first-ever brand ambassador?

6. Britannia recently released a new campaign ‘A day in the life of a Royal Indian Guard’ for Good Day. What was special about this campaign?

7. In a first for any IPL team, which franchise has decided to explore retail merchandise of licensed products globally, as a potential revenue stream?

8. Which infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) has made a Rs 1,490-crore acquisition by snapping up three transmission lines from its sponsor Sterlite Power?

9. Which automobile group has launched a new bike in India, as part of its partnership with (Red)® and commitment to the fight against AIDS?

10. Who has won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for his work on how human nature affects supposedly rational markets?

11. Which UK-based Indian-origin tycoon has acquired Shand Cycles, a Scottish bicycle firm?

12. Which MNC has filed a patent application in India for exclusive rights on multiscale fiducials, which are marks on any object to help aerial vehicles to identify them from different distances?

13. Which insurance company has appointed Ashish Kumar Srivastava as managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO)?

14. Actress Emma Stone will become the new face of which French fashion brand for the next two years?

15. Which Indian fintech firm is buying Singapore-based GoSwiff for around $100 million (Rs 650 crore) in a deal that will provide it a quick access to 20 new markets?

16. Volvo Cars rolled out its first assembled in India car at a factory in Karnataka last week. Which model?

17. This is a tongue twister. India is set to auction mines of which metal for the first time in its history?

18. Which company has partnered Japan's Kameda Seika to launch premium rice based snacks brand 'Kari Kari' in India?

19. Umang Bedi has quit as the Managing Director, India and South Asia of which MNC?

20. Which celebrity has been roped in as brand ambassador for Grasim?

21. Mobile retailer Poorvika Mobiles has roped in which actress as its brand ambassador?

22. Which company has appointed Brata Rafly as CEO for its Indonesia arm Oto(dot)com?

23. Which self-driving car service provider has launched PEDL, the country’s first technology enabled cycle sharing facility in three cities?

24. Which celebrity will endorse Mercedes-Benz's Laureus Sport for Good initiative?

25. Hamdard Laboratories, maker of RoohAfza, has announced a strategic tie-up with which coffee chain?

26. Which company has acquired Symbiomix Therapeutics, a US-based company specialising in drugs for gynaecological infections for $150 million, or about Rs 980 crore?

27. Which company has made a foray into the electro mechanical and electronic switches for the two and three wheeler industry through an equal JV with US-based Carling Technologies?

28. Apple has entered into a partnership with which celebrity to set up two Mac Labs that will teach students in the country how to create music using its proprietary software?

29. Swarovski Lighting has partnered with the Elite Group to open its first mono-brand lighting store in India. Which city?

30. The Tata Group has agreed to sell its mobile business to which company on a cash-free, debt-free basis?

31. Which MNC has launched a new initiative “From Farm to Plane” to significantly enhance sustainability practices in its in-flight food and beverage offerings?

32. Which Indian origin business personality and his family have donated $25 million to establish an endowment at Harvard University's South Asia Institute?

33. German insurer and asset management company Allianz and which company have tied up to set up a $500million real estate fund, SPREF II, which will invest in commercial office properties in India?

34. Alok Sharma, former CEO of Air Sahara, has tied up with owners of 100 business jets in the country to start a charter aggregator company. What is it called?

35. Which company will shortly roll out Service@Home, a comprehensive car service at customers’ sites - be it home or office?

36. Which company last week entered the home coffee segment with the launch of premium pure filter coffee Il Mattino Vivace?

37. Which automobile company has been restrained by a court from using “Monte Carlo” name after Ludhiana-based clothing and apparel company Monte Carlo Fashions alleged infringement of its trademark?

38. Which beauty retailer has joined hands with actress Taapsee Pannu to launch #BreakTheHashtag, a social awareness initiative to celebrate the multi-dimensional Indian woman?

39. Kwon Oh-hyun last week announced his decision to step down as CEO and vice chairman of which MNC?

40. Flipkart mobile application has crossed which downloads milestone on Google Play Store?

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October 8, 2017

Biz Quizzard 706

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

1. Who was last week appointed the new chairman of State Bank of India (SBI), replacing Arundhati Bhattacharya, who completed her one-year extended term?

2. Which company has launched the Indian Pale Ale (IPA), its fifth beer in India?

3. Which fast moving electrical goods (FMEG) company has launched a new ad campaign titled ‘Lighting-Making a difference in your life’?

4. Which hospitality major is bringing its luxury brand Raffles to India?

5. Hero MotoCorp crossed which monthly sales milestone mark for the first time in September 2017?

6. Which venture debt provider has named Ashish Sharma as the new CEO of its Indian operations?

7. Jaideep Khanna will become the sole head in Asia Pacific of which MNC bank, less than a year after he was elevated as its co-head for the region?

8. Atul Singh, the former CEO of Julius Baer in India, will head the maiden private banking venture of which company?

9. Which company has forayed into the road construction equipment segment with the introduction of its first motor grader, RoadMaster G75 in the Indian market?

10. Two-wheeler industry in India has crossed which sales milestone mark in September 2017?

11. Which company has acquired Hyderabad-based SAP software reseller and services provider vCentric Technologies Private Limited?

12. Which business group has acquired HyperCity chain of hypermarkets from Shoppers Stop for Rs 655 crore?

13. Which company has tied up with VF Corporation, one of the world's largest denim makers, to make moisture control products for the latter's Wrangler brand to be sold in the Asian market?

14. Which IT company’s digital unit has acquired San Francisco-based design consultancy Cooper for $8.5 million to grow its digital innovation capabilities?

15. Who has topped Forbes magazine's annual `India Rich List 2017'?

16. Which MNC has appointed Daniel Mazon as vice chairman and managing director for the Indian subcontinent with effect from October 3?

17. Which MNC has entered into a MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Electronics IT Agency (APEITA) to enable the adoption of safe and secure digital solutions in AP across sectors?

18. Flipkart is introducing an in-house label for its large appliances. What has it been branded as?

19. Which MNC is opening a pop-up liquor bar in Tokyo for 10 days?

20. YouTube has announced setting up India's first pop-up Space, providing access to high-end sets and equipment to YouTube creators. Which location?

21. Czech automaker Skoda is re-entering the SUV space in India with the launch of its seven-seater SUV. Name the brand?

22. Which company last week said it has agreed to acquire 9X Media and INX Music for Rs 160 crore in cash?

23. Which UK-based designer will debut in the Indian luxury market through a tie up with K Raheja Corp for their super premium project Artesia in Worli, Mumbai?

24. Which food delivery platform is opening its first offline store, at the Bengaluru International airport, this year?

25. Maruti Suzuki Baleno has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in the Indian market?

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October 1, 2017

Biz Quizzard 705

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

1. Which MNC has established a joint venture with the Ashok Patni Group to strengthen its customer service unit or call centre targeted at supporting the growing number of local-language customers?

2. Which Russian conglomerate is making a retail foray into India with one of former Soviet Union's largest clothing brands – Acoola?

3. Which MNC is picking up 5% stake in Shoppers Stop?

4. Which is the world's most valuable brand in the 2017 Best Global Brands ranking by Interbrand?

5. Which jewellery firm has launched the film ‘Daughters of Clay’ in a tribute to women clay sculptors of Kumartuli in West Bengal?

6. Reebok India last week roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

7. Which company has agreed to buy the forex and travel services businesses of Tata Capital?

8. Which company has developed ‘Rangoli Rekha’, its first mobile game that is “made in India for India’?

9. Which company has acquired mobiles and IT repair services company F1 Info Solutions?

10. Which state has launched its latest tourism campaign, positioning itself as the ‘warmest place on earth’?

11. Which FMCG major is entering the e-commerce business with premium tea and teaware?

12. Hong Kong-based mobile technology company Chilli International Holding (HK) last week launched the phone `K188' in India. What is its claim to fame?

13. TVS Jupiter has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

14. Which company, in partnership with HCL Technologies, has opened its Global Customer Remote Operations Centre (ROC) in Bengaluru?

15. Which logistics company has opened India’s first port-based cold storage at its Sonepat inland container depot (a dry port) in Haryana?

16. Which is the world’s most competitive economy, according to the latest Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum?

17. Which 3 Indian metros have emerged as the top prime office yields earners in the world, as per Knight Frank Global Cities report for 2018?

18. The board of which company has agreed to divest its entire stake in its 50-50 joint venture with Kimberly-Clark?

19. Which mutual fund plans to launch India's first artificial intelligence (AI)-driven fund?

20. Which charity cum corporate entity is starting a project to eradicate malaria from India completely by exploring the new gene-editing technology that modifies the DNA of Indian mosquitoes?

21. Hugh Hefner, 91, died last week near Beverly Hills, California. He was the founder of which well known publication brand?

22. Rajiv Sabharwal will be the new CEO and MD of which financial services company from April 1, 2018?

23. Japanese auto maker Nissan has launched its pre-owned car business in India. What has the initiative been branded as?

24. Which jewellery company has roped in Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna as brand ambassadors?

25. Which Pune-based NBFC has roped in actor Riteish Deshmukh as its brand ambassador?

26. Which watch company has roped in actors Varun Dhawan and Shruti Haasan as brand ambassadors?

27. Which footwear retailer has roped in actors Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra as new brand ambassadors?

28. Which actress has been roped as the brand ambassador of Hindustan Unilever's new skincare brand Citra?

29. This should be easy. Which MNC will launch the ‘Durathon’ – Mumbai’s first family run, on Sunday, November 12, 2017?

30. Which company last week launched ECSTAR, the global brand of lubricants, coolant and car care products in India?

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