May 27, 2018

Biz Quizzard 739

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

1. Which automobile MNC recently collaborated with Mindshare to launch #MakeYourCitySafe, a campaign aimed at empowering women to take a stand on their safety?

2. Which brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘#AsliKhiladi’ with Delhi Daredevils, highlighting the importance of a homemaker in the life of a family?

3. Goodknight has launched its latest product that contains technologically powered TFT molecules in a gel format and is said to be safe to use around children and elders. What is it called?

4. Chinese bike-sharing giant Mobike is preparing to make its India debut over the next couple of weeks. Which city?

5. India is the sixth wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of $8,230 billion, according to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review. Which country is the wealthiest?

6. Which automobile brand has launched its new campaign with the positioning ‘Josh Hai Dil Mein’?

7. Which company has introduced ‘FurniSure,’ a certification that assures customers ‘quality and durability’ of furniture available on the e-tailer’s website?

8. Which company has forayed into cold vacuum-extracted juices segment by introducing fresh fruit and vegetable juices under the brand Second Nature?

9. A PE consortium including Partners Group and Kedaara Capital has agreed to buy which retailer from PE giant TPG Capital and Chennai-based Shriram Group for around Rs 5,000 crore?

10. Which company will acquire the cement business of Century Textiles and Industries through a share swap?

11. Which Pune-based fintech startup has acquired Mumbai-based checkout financing startup CashCare for an undisclosed amount?

12. Which ecommerce company has acquired Vavian, an online digital payment processing company in the Middle East for AED 4.32million (Rs 8 crore)?

13. Which MNC has launched its first national campaign in India “Reimagine Your Workspace”?

14. Which company has appointed Sunil Lulla, former Chairman and Managing Director at Grey Group India, as Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

15. Which automobile major has entered into an agreement with G-III Apparel Group to design and distribute its lifestyle apparel throughout Asia?

16. Flipkart has launched its first in-house brand for handbags and footwear meant for women in the age group of 18-25 years. Name it?

17. Which dairy company has forayed into retail segment wherein it would set up ‘Goodness Zones,’ a franchise-based chain of retail outlets, across Maharashtra?

18. Former U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement with which company to produce films and series?

19. Which wellness startup has acquired premium fitness chain Fitness First?

20. Tata Motors is scrapping which two passenger car models?

21. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign ‘Style Se Dil Jeet’ with brand ambassador Diljit Dosanjh?

22. Which private gold refinery has launched a new brand campaign with the tagline "Bharosa Hai toh Hum Hai"?

23. Which company has acquired TicketNew, a Chennai-based online ticketing startup, in an all-stock deal to strengthen its entertainment ticketing business?

24. Xiaomi has launched its first lending product in India. What is it called?

25. Which company is buying out its Egyptian partner’s stake in the joint venture Egyptian Indian Polyester Company SAE (EIPET) for roughly Rs 90 crore?

26. Which MNC is buying e-commerce services provider Magento Commerce from private equity firm Permira for $1.68 billion in cash?

27. Hyatt Hotels Corporation last week announced the entry of its seventh brand in India. Name it?

28. Which two-wheeler brand has rolled out a 360-degree campaign titled ‘Effortless style gets Sportier’?

29. Which brand has launched what it claimed as “IPL’s longest ad”?

30. How many Indian companies feature among the 100 largest luxury goods companies in the world, as per a Deloitte report?

31. According to a news report last week, India’s first cruise service (I am not sure it is the first) opened last week. Which route?

32. Kohler Company, the global leader in kitchen and bath industry, partnered with which celebrity for its latest campaign, ‘Colours by Kohler’?

33. Which company and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Ltd. have teamed up to float a joint venture company, Chhattisgarh Copper Ltd?

34. Which home services platform has become the furniture assembly partner in Hyderabad for the Swedish home furnishing brand IKEA?

35. Which company has entered in a partnership with 'PROLINE' to co-brand a range of sports apparel?

36. Multi-brand mobile retail chain Happi Mobiles last week announced which Telugu actor as brand ambassador?

37. Model Hailey Baldwin and model-activist Winnie Harlow have been announced as the global brand ambassadors of which fashion brand’s women’s collection?

38. Which media company has appointed Praveen Someshwar as chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD)?

39. Which payments bank has appointed Anubrata Biswas as its managing director and chief executive officer?

40. Which Indian e-logistics company has announced it will establish the world’s first digital freight corridor to enable Indian traders connect to European markets using the Netherlands as a gateway?

41. Which Ratan Tata-backed retail technology start-up has partnered Israeli start-up to help brands come up with personalised promotional offers at kirana stores?

42. Which actress is the new brand ambassador for Casio India’s women’s range of wrist watches?

43. Which company will become the first Tata flagship entity to offer ESOPs?

44. Which business group is planning to get into the quick service restaurants (QSR) segment under two distinct in-house brands - Aaheli Xpress and Tummy Time?

45. TCS last week became the first Indian company to cross (intra-day) which market capitalization milestone?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 739 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

May 20, 2018

Biz Quizzard 738

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

1. Which ecommerce company has appointed Amisha Jain as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

2. Which travel marketplace has launched a campaign with the theme “Koi match dekhega, koi duniya.”?

3. Which company has released the first television campaign for its portable, digital audio player, leveraging Mother’s Day?

4. Which MNC last week announced its plans to enter the used-bike business in India?

5. Which state-run Chinese bank has launched the country’s first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund?

6. Which brand launched a video for Mother’s Day with the theme ‘What if mothers behaved like government employees?'?

7. Which men's lifestyle brand launched a video ‘Motherhood’ for Mother’s Day?

8. Which Chinese smartphone manufacturing company plans to bring its home appliances brand Syinix to India?

9. Which 2-wheeler brand has launched the campaign ‘Badi bhi, Badhiya bhi’?

10. Which company has launched ‘Glycodab’ tablets for management of diabetes in association with the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of Ayush?

11. Which payment processor has acquired an online lending firm Z2P?

12. Which online pharmacy has roped in MS Dhoni as brand ambassador?

13. Which bag and accessories brand has signed up actor Shraddha Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

14. Which FMCG major has introduced its first digital exclusive brand, Studio X?

15. "Game of Thrones" actress Nathalie Emmanuel has been announced as a new brand ambassador of which fitness brand?

16. Actor Kartik Aaryan has been roped in as brand ambassador of which fairness cream?

17. Which AC brand has launched the campaign “Kabhi kabhi zyada ke liye, zyada nahi chaiye hota”?

18. Which MNC has acquired Mumbai-based, 4-yearold fintech startup Quantiguous Solutions to enable the financier to provide an open banking platform for its corporate clients across the world?

19. Vittorio Colao will resign as the global CEO of which company in October?

20. Which stock exchange has become the first Indian exchange to be recognised as a designated offshore securities market (DOSM) by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)?

21. Which company has claimed to have launched fibre cement roofs in colour for the first time in India?

22. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced the appointment of Shariq Patel as the chief executive officer of which group company?

23. Which Hyderabad-based pharma company’s Spanish arm will be acquiring a Hungarian contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) company, SONEAS?

24. Which company has announced its entry into the value added dairy products with the launch of ‘Jersey Thickshakes’ in the southern market?

25. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has unveiled the ‘#MeriDoosriCountry’ campaign for which sports property?

26. Which brand has announced the launch of its new campaign ‘#Unpose’, celebrating beauty and confidence of every woman?

27. Which bank last week divested MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian of all functional responsibilities with immediate effect?

28. Which Essel Group company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire up to 62 per cent equity stake in LKP Finance, a non-banking finance company (NBFC)?

29. Which semi-formal dressing brand has announced the launch of its ‘Open Work Culture’ campaign?

30. Which MNC has launched the campaign 'Celebrating the new' to celebrate 21 years in India?

31. Which tyre brand has launched the campaign 'Comfort made more comfortable'?

32. Which West Indian cricketer last week launched his apparel brand in India?

33. Marking its second innings in India, which US-based hospitality consulting firm has entered into a joint venture with Anuj Puri’s ANAROCK Property Consultants?

34. Which business group has launched a campaign featuring 4 films with their brand tagline ‘Hello Happiness’?

35. Which actor, in partnership with serial entrepreneur Varun Mathur, has made his entrepreneurial debut with the launch of Innsaei Ventures Pvt Ltd?

36. Which Indian company last week finalised the deal to acquire Italy’s second largest steel plant Aferpi from Algerian conglomerate Cevital for Rs 441 crore?

37. Which MNC has acquired 49% in joint venture with Mukand Steel for Rs 1,181 crore?

38. Which auto component maker has acquired 51% stake in Emoss Mobile Systems B.V. of the Netherlands for Rs 58 crore?

39. Which company on May 18 became the most valued FMCG firm in India?

40. In the first IBC resolution, which company has formally taken control of Bhushan Steel, settling about Rs 35,200 crore, or nearly two-thirds, of the loans the bankrupt steelmaker owed to lenders?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 738 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 13, 2018

Biz Quizzard 737

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

1. Which MNC last week announced its high profile acquisition of 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion, making it the largest ecommerce acquisition in the world?

2. Which international fashion maternity wear brand is set to enter India with its first store in the national capital in August this year?

3. Which brand has launched India’s first mayonnaise range with vitamins?

4. Which MNC will transfer the India rights of its television brand to Hong Kong’s $9.6-billion TPV Technology?

5. Which company is acquiring Snapdeal’s wholly-owned subsidiary Unicommerce, a cloud-based inventory management company?

6. Which MNC will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to sell the US coffee chain’s products around the world?

7. Which hospitality franchise management company has acquired three brands - Umraan, Wok This Way and Health Juice Centre?

8. Which company has made its first investment from its Rs 50 crore seed fund in early stage start-up FirmRoots Pvt. Ltd., mainly for the latter's children-packaged food brand Timios?

9. Which cement brand has launched its new campaign ‘#PapaBeteKiKahani’?

10. Which business scion will marry Anand Piramal, son of top industrialist Ajay Piramal, in December?

11. Which life insurance company has launched a branded content initiative in the form of a web series, #GameOfLifeGoals, which shows how two people go about their life goals?

12. Which MNC launched the campaign ‘#MomsLoveNonStop’ ahead of Mother’s Day?

13. Which fashion brand has launched the digital film ‘#ImperfectlyPerfect’?

14. Which e-commerce company has announced the elevation of Vikas Purohit as the CEO with effect from July, 2018?

15. Which Japanese apparel retailer will foray in India next year with the first store in the national capital?

16. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Allianz Capital Partner will pick up 55% units in India’s first private infrastructure investment trust, sponsored by which company’s subsidiary?

17. Heinz India, part of the global food company KraftHeinz Company, has roped in former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly to endorse which brand?

18. Which doors brand has launched the campaign ‘#StrongLikeMom’?

19. Ajai Jhala has put in his papers as CEO of which advertising agency?

20. Parle Agro has roped in Salman Khan as brand ambassador for which brand?

21. Which company has agreed to buy London-listed Shire for over 45.3 billion pounds ($62 billion)?

22. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#MaaKehtiHai’?

23. Lycos Internet Ltd, formerly Ybrant Digital, is in for yet another name change. What is the new name?

24. Which brand launched a digital campaign for Mother’s Day with the theme ‘Celebrating the love of Mom in all of us!’?

25. Policybazaar(dot)com and Paisabazaar(dot)com has launched their biggest-ever marketing campaign, roping in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 737 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

May 6, 2018

Biz Quizzard 736

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 30 - May 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has appointed Lynn Laverty Elsenhans to its board of directors, the first woman director in its history?

2. Which veteran singer-songwriter has launched his own signature line of whiskey called 'Heaven's Door'?

3. Which brand has launched the campaign titled ‘Beat The Crave’, claiming it to be a first-ever audio driven digital initiative that aims to distract the audience from unhealthy food cravings?

4. Which retail chain store has launched a campaign, roping in actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar as brand ambassadors?

5. Which luggage brand has launched the campaign ‘Hard to Let Go’?

6. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘Chadha Le Taazgi’?

7. Which brand has launched ‘#ProjectFreePeriod’ to help women step out of the sex trade?

8. Which company's co-founder Jan Koum is quitting as the CEO?

9. Premium menswear brand Blackberrys has created three different brand identities. Name them?

10. Production of three-wheelers in the country crossed which milestone mark in 2017-18?

11. The Indian Patent Office has revoked a patent of which earth moving equipment manufacturer on a challenge by Chinese manufacturer GuangXi Liugong Machinery?

12. Uday Kotak, executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank, has been redesignated with effect from 1 May, 2018. What is the new designation?

13. Which automobile MNC has launched an original web series – Rushes?

14. Which MNC bank has roped in actress Anushka Sharma as brand ambassador?

15. Which MNC has entered into a definitive agreement with Larsen & Toubro to buy its electrical & automation business for an all-cash consideration of Rs 14,000 crore?

16. Which business process management firm is acquiring SCIOInspire Holdings in a $240-million deal?

17. The government has appointed former civil services official Subhash Chandra Khuntia as chairman of which regulatory body for 3 years?

18. Which Italian fashion and lifestyle major is planning to bring in its range of furniture in India to tap the fast-growing luxury market here?

19. Which super bike maker last week launched an all new version of ´Monster 821´ in India at an introductory price of Rs 951,000 (ex-showroom)?

20. India’s monthly goods and services tax (GST) collections crossed which milestone mark in April?

21. Which company has appointed Anil Sardana as its managing director and chief executive officer with effect from May 1, 2018?

22. Amar Abrol has stepped down as the chief executive of which airline?

23. Which entity, the Indian arm of leading apparel exporter V3 Exports, has made TV actor Gaurav Chopra as its brand ambassador?

24. Which electronics and white goods retail chain is launching a smaller format – Gadgets of Desire?

25. Which luxury fan brand has roped in Perizaad Zorabian as its brand ambassador?

26. Which swimwear brand has announced actress Parineeti Chopra as their new fitness ambassador?

27. The American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in India has announced Krish Iyer as chairperson of its National Executive Board. He is the India President & CEO of which MNC?

28. Truebil, an online marketplace for used cars, has crossed which annualised revenue run rate milestone as of March this year?

29. Which media agency has appointed Sameer Singh (Sam Singh) as CEO of its South Asia operations?

30. Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has crossed which monthly sales milestone for the first time in April?

31. Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting (WCCL), part of the unlisted entity Wipro Enterprises, has touched which revenue milestone in 2017-18?

32. Which IT company has acquired Belgium-based privately-held Hedera Consulting?

33. Which MNC has launched Weavesmart, the e-commerce store for handlooms in India and an e-marketing partner for the Ministry of Textiles, on its marketplace?

34. Which company has launched six television commercials for this year's IPL season, featuring voices of Harsha Bhogle and former cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra?

35. Which airline celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first flight on May 5th?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 736 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli