March 25, 2018

Biz Quizzard 730

Biz Quizzard completed 14 years on March 21st and starts its 15th year with this edition.

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 19 - 24. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Chinese handset maker Vivo has roped in which celebrity as its new brand ambassador for the Indian market?

2. Which joint venture company has acquired 90% stake in Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Ltd. (CWCNSL), an integrated multimodal logistics player in India?

3. Which company has acquired Chennai-based service apartment operator Novascotia Boutique Homes, marking its first major buyout?

4. Which MNC last week announced the appointment of Sunil Nayyar as its Managing Director (MD) in India?

5. Which Indian American businessman has donated USD 5 million to the University of Chicago to launch a student entrepreneurs programme after his name at the Polsky Center?

6. Which omni-channel agency has announced its foray into Mar-Tech and launched the beta version of its first product, PROBITEC?

7. Which company has appointed Pankaj Balachandran as the India brand ambassador for Monkey Shoulder?

8. Which French small domestic appliance maker has announced the appointment of Kapil Agarwal as the chief executive officer of its India operations?

9. Which MNC has announced Enam Securities and DP Jindal Group as the new Indian promoters in its insurance joint venture in place of its former promoter, Videocon Industries Limited?

10. Which company has said it intends to change its name to Signify?

11. Which hospitality major last week announced an expansion of its portfolio in India, following the signing of management agreements with Embassy Group to develop two hotels in Bengaluru?

12. Which company has signed Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as its brand ambassador for its new business initiatives and lubricants?

13. Which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has signed on actor Bradley Cooper for a global advertising campaign?

14. Which company launched the campaign ‘Sleep Jasoos’, leading up to World Sleep Day on the 16th of March?

15. Which writing instrument brand has launched the ‘#bestpensforexam’ campaign?

16. Which branded fabric and fashion retailer has launched the campaign ‘It All Begins with Black' to promote its new range, the 'All Black Collection’?

17. Which company has elevated Hiren Gada as the chief executive officer (CEO) in addition to his existing role as CFO?

18. Which company has acquired UK-based Edina, which provides combined heat and power based applications and services, for £55 million (Rs 493 crore)?

19. Flipkart’s standalone fashion business has achieved which milestone sales mark for the year ending March 2018?

20. Rolls-Royce Power Systems AGhas signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with which Indian company for production and supply of its high powered MTU 1600 series diesel engines?

21. Which company has formed a joint venture with US automotive seating maker Adient to produce high-performance fabrics for use in the automotive industry?

22. Which media agency has promoted Amrita Randhawa as chief executive, Asia Pacific?

23. Which fashion marketplace has launched the campaign ‘Fresh It Up’, featuring actors Yami Gautam and Saqib Saleem?

24. Which IT company has acquired insurance-tech company Cynosure for $33 million?

25. Which business personality is buying a controlling stake in a distressed real estate company called City Storage Systems for $150 million and installing himself as CEO?

26. TVS Motor Company has achieved which scooter sales milestone mark this fiscal?

27. Which auto component maker has announced that its founder Suresh Krishna will step down as Managing Director?

28. Consumer electrical goods maker Havells has appointed Shashi Arora as the CEO for which brand?

29. Which celebrity has been appointed Tourism Fiji's brand ambassador for the India market?

30. Which company has launched Medikarb, India’s first branded pharmaceutical grade sodium bicarbonate, used as pharma ingredient and formulation manufacturing?

31. Charles P. Lazarus died last week at age 94. He was the founder of which iconic retail chain?

32. Which brand has launched the campaign 'Play or Relax' for its Athleisure range?

33. Which airline has launched its new ‘#SayYesToTheWorld’ brand campaign in India?

34. Which Singapore-headquartered Fintech company that provides digital cross-border money transfer services for individuals and businesses launched its product in India last week?

35. Which mattress brand has launched a sleep song on the occasion of World Sleep Day?

36. Balesh Sharma will be the CEO of which merged entity?

37. Adlabs Entertainment, which runs Indian theme park Imagica, has signed a licensing deal with Green Gold Animation, creator of which popular Indian kids franchise?

38. Which company has appointed Praveer Sinha as its new chief executive officer and managing director with effect from May 1, 2018?

39. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has signed a pact to merge which music app with its own digital music service JioMusic in a cash-and-stock deal?

40. Which airline has made legendary Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos as its new global brand ambassador?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 730 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 18, 2018

Biz Quizzard 729

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 12 - 17. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Peter Betzel as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its India business?

2. ChrysCapital will buy a significant minority stake in which emerging dermatology products maker, marking its tenth investment in the Indian pharmaceutical sector?

3. Which company has launched its new campaign 'Penguin Dads'?

4. Which company is in the process of repositioning its brand, called 'Naye India ke Saath'?

5. This should be easy. Which brand has launched its new campaign with the tagline 'Asli Waterproof Adhesive'?

6. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#RoamShantiSeRoam’, featuring Ranbir Kapoor?

7. Which life insurance company has launched a new campaign, featuring actress Konkona Sen Sharma?

8. Which brand has launched its new campaign ‘#KyunSookheSookheHi’, featuring the cast of the movie Fukrey Returns?

9. Which IT firm will buy Bolder Healthcare Solutions for an undisclosed amount to expand its revenue cycle management (RCM) services for healthcare providers in the US?

10. Which company has decided to shut down the personal utility vehicle division set up as an equal joint venture with American firm Polaris, with immediate effect?

11. Which airline has released ‘Airborne’ – a first-of-its kind comic book designed to educate and sensitize its young travellers to the nuances of air travel?

12. Which company has bought two floors in Mahindra Towers in Mumbai’s Worli area?

13. US-headquartered payments solution company Wibmo has acquired which Gurgaon-based peer-to-peer (P2P) payments company in a cash-and-stock deal?

14. Which business group has announced installing the largest wind turbine generator ever manufactured in India with rotor diameter of 128 metres?

15. Digital agency DigitasLBi has changed its name. What is the new name?

16. Which analytics-based sporting platform has roped in five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand as part of its sports experts board and also as brand ambassador?

17. Which Brazilian brand, famed for its "fashionable shoes", opened doors to its first ever flagship store in India, at the DLF Promenade Mall?

18. Wearables major Fitbit has launched a smartwatch for Rs 19,999 in India that will help track women's menstrual cycle. What has it been branded as?

19. Actress-singer Selena Gomez will design clothes for a ready-to-wear line in collaboration with which brand?

20. Aptech Ltd., the global education and training company with presence in over 40 countries, has roped in which celebrity as global brand ambassador?

21. Tissot has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador in India?

22. Which writing instruments brand has launched the campaign “Surprise Test”?

23. Fevicol has launched an innovative format of spray adhesive that offers convenience and speed for pasting laminates. What has it been branded as?

24. Amazon(dot)com Inc launched its first-ever debit card last week, part of a push to encourage shoppers without bank accounts to buy online. Which country?

25. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to sell its hosted data centre services business to US-based firm Ensono for $405 million?

26. Which private equity major has acquired 70% controlling stake in a 4.25-lakh-sq ft mall Esplanade in Bhubaneswar for about Rs 500 crore?

27. Which Hyderabad-based gaming firm will be investing $1million to buy a majority stake in FanFight?

28. Which brand has topped the 13th edition of India's Buzziest Brands list?

29. Sarveshwar Foods listed on National Stock Exchange’s platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) last week. Why did this make news?

30. Which IT firm’s chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan and his wife Akila Krishnakumar have sold shares worth over Rs 32 crore to fund the initial corpus of a charitable foundation MELA?

31. Which Jaipur-based manufacturer of home textile products and designer ethnic wear has roped in actress Jacqueline Fernandez as its brand ambassador?

32. Which US-based children’s lifestyle start-up brand has made its India foray with a special collection of designer clothes to be available on FirstCry-BabyOye?

33. Which American bicycle brand has launched in India with 34 bicycle models in premium and super premium category?

34. Appy Fizz, an aerated fruit drink from Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd., has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

35. Which US-listed BPO company said it had agreed to a deal with Capital Square Partners to buy the private equity firm’s portfolio company Aegis in a stock transaction worth $230 million?

36. Which French childcare group has acquired a majority stake in Chennai-based Amelio Early Education as part of its foray into the Indian market?

37. Which New Jersey-based firm with huge presence in India will acquire Linium, a New York-based consultancy firm?

38. Which home shopping network has announced the appointment of Manish Kalra as chief executive officer?

39. Centuary Mattresses has crossed which cumulative production milestone from its plant at Hyderabad?

40. Which well known Hong Kong billionaire has announced his retirement in May?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 729 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 11, 2018

Biz Quizzard 728

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 05 - 10. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has launched the ‘#WomenOfGold’ campaign?

2. The polymer division of which business group has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based automotive accessories maker Team Concepts?

3. Which MNC wants to launch a second-hand business for its Swiss watch brands?

4. Which HR technology platform has been acquired by San Francisco based private equity firm Turn/River Capital in an undisclosed all cash deal?

5. Hrithik Roshan has essayed the role of real life mountaineer Arjun Vajpai in an ad campaign for which brand?

6. Mars Wrigley Confectionery has roped in which cricketer as brand ambassador of Snickers?

7. Dream11, the sports gaming platform, has announced which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

8. Which after-sales car services provider has acquired MotorWhiz in a part cash part stock deal?

9. Which bank has become the first bank in India to launch a home loan product linked to the three-month Government of India Treasury Bill benchmark rate (T-Bill)?

10. Who has topped the Forbes magazine's annual billionaires list published last week?

11. ITC last week said its Aashirvaad atta has crossed which milestone sales value mark?

12. Which company has acquired Digitalabs, a Noida-based digital marketing agency?

13. Melbourne-based Akaal Pharma has entered into a joint venture with which Bengaluru-based company?

14. Which company has formed a joint venture with Golden Harvest QSR Ltd to launch Domino’s Pizza in Bangladesh?

15. The auto-components arm of which business group has acquired a strategic stake in the UK’s MCT Engineering through its arm Moldex Composites, for an undisclosed sum?

16. Which company last week launched #HerStoryOurStory campaign ahead of International Women's Day?

17. Which 2 airports have been jointly adjudged the ‘World’s Best Airport’ for customer experience in the 40 mppa (million passengers per annum) category by Airports Council International (ACI)?

18. Which US-based vertical e-commerce marketplace is all set to enter India following a strategic partnership with Indian company Indian Gifts Portal (IGP)?

19. Lots of ads for Women’s Day (covering some in this edition), i liked this one. Which ethnic-wear brand has released its latest digital film titled '#ChangeForProgress’?

20. Which MNC has announced plans to launch an alcoholic drink for the first time in the company’s 125-year history - with an alcopop-style product in Japan?

21. Which jewellery brand has launched the ad film 'Let's Un-celebrate Women's Day’?

22. Which brand has launched the ad 'Ziddi Chhoriya'?

23. Which intimate-wear brand has come up with a new video titled, '#WomenForWomen'?

24. Which cooking oil brand has launched a video titled '#PehleTum'?

25. Which company has launched the video titled’ #RukJanaNahi’ for Women’s Day?

26. Royal Enfield last week forayed into the pre-owned motorcycle segment with the launch of first such store in Chennai. What is it called?

27. Actor Sidharth Malhotra will endorse which denim wear brand?

28. Which media agency has appointed Rathi Gangappa as chief executive officer?

29. Which real estate company has signed a deal to buy 80% stake in Sterling Urban Infraprojects, which holds land parcels in Bengaluru, for Rs 336 crore?

30. Which business personality is going to start an investment fund called 10100?

31. Which well known brand is celebrating its 35th birthday in the country and has launched a new campaign titled ‘Kuchh Achha Pak Raha Hai?

32. Global PE major Blackstone Group has appointed Dalip Sehgal as the chief executive officer of which fully-owned subsidiary?

33. Which direct selling brand has launched the campaign ‘#PressForConfidence’?

34. Narendra Murkumbi has resigned as the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of which sugar producer?

35. Which business group has agreed to buy 50% stake in Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils?

36. Bottled water major Bisleri International will be launching a fizzy mango drink in April. What will it be branded as?

37. Which 96-year-old German clockmaker has launched its range of clocks in India?

38. Which MNC has launched a new film 'Paro'?

39. Which MNC launched the campaign ‘#BruisesCanBeGood’ on International Women’s Day?

40. Uber has roped in which celebrity as its first brand ambassador in India?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm to with Biz Quizzard 728 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

March 4, 2018

Biz Quizzard 727

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period February 26 - March 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is forming a joint venture with XL Catlin to enter the Rs 1.3 lakh crore general insurance market in the country?

2. Which Italian luxury kids wear brand is set to enter India later this year with its first outlet in Delhi?

3. Which company has launched a digital film titled ‘Naamkaran' for its micro, small and medium lending business (‘SME Lending’)?

4. Which MNC has unveiled world´s first commercial 5G modem with claim that it could deliver peak speed of over 2,000 megabit per second on next generation network?

5. Which fashion brand has created the “world's first shoppable graphic novel” ‘#OnceUponARoad’?

6. Hospitality group Treebo Hotels has forayed into the premium segment under which brand?

7. Rasna has launched a new variant of its orange flavor, with Kareena Kapoor Khan as its brand ambassador. What is it called?

8. Which doughnut chain is celebrating 10 years in India?

9. Protinex has roped in which Telugu actor as its brand ambassador?

10. Diageo is launching a U.S. limited edition of its Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch featuring a woman on the label. What is it called?

11. Indian cashback company CashKaro(dot)com is expanding its base to which country with ZoBucks?

12. Which MNC is now the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title-holder for the largest billboard in the world after unveiling a 5,265 m2 advertisement in central Madrid, Spain?

13. Which company has launched its WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) awareness initiative targeting school children in Tezpur?

14. Which mosquito repellent brand has launched a new digital campaign ‘#StandByToughMoms’?

15. Which Indian automaker and Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem have signed a deal to collaborate in the field of advanced lithium-ion power storage technology?

16. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has crossed which cumulative production mark in 17 years of operations in India?

17. Sparsh Gupta has been appointed as the chief executive officer of which software as a service company?

18. Google has partnered with which company to roll out a new feature ‘Symptom Search’ to provide better results to users querying for medical symptoms?

19. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has recently launched the all-new Super Charger, a bigger burger priced at Rs 99 only?

20. Maruti Suzuki’s entry-level car Alto has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in the domestic market since its launch in 2000?

21. Which company has announced the launch of its new independent brand ‘Amaze’ and has roped in Virat Kohli as brand ambassador?

22. Reliance Retail’s apparel and accessories specialty chain Reliance Trends has roped in which Telugu actor as its brand ambassador?

23. Which retail chain has launched the ‘#ShadiKaGhar’ campaign for its wedding-ready range?

24. Which sanitary napkin brand has announced its campaign ‘Dreams of Progress’ with badminton player PV Sindhu as brand ambassador?

25. Which hair colouring brand has launched the campaign ‘#ShaadiKiTaiyaari’?

26. Which British luxury clothing retail company has expanded its operation to India with the opening of the first store in New Delhi's Chanakya Mall?

27. Rangarajan Raghavan has been appointed as a director and the new managing director of which IT company?

28. Which company has acquired SecondShaadi(dot)com for an undisclosed sum?

29. Which company last week announced its entry into the Indian fast food market with the launch of its first fast food brand ‘BURGERS'N'FRIES’?

30. Mr T Thomas passed away last week. He was the former chairman of which company?

31. Which two wheeler brand has launched a campaign with the theme of finding a ‘funtwin’?

32. Pankaj Chaddah, co-founder of which company, has resigned from the company after serving 10 years?

33. Smartphone brand Xiaomi last week opened its first ever Mi Home Experience Store in India. Which city?

34. Which travel services firm has completed 260 years?

35. French fashion brand Lacoste last week swapped the crocodile logo on its shirts for the first time in its history. What was the logo swapped with?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 727 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli