June 24, 2018

Biz Quizzard 743

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has announced making India, Europe and the US as regional headquarters, a move that would provide more functional autonomy for its business activities in these regions?

2. Which company has acquired Delhi-based technology startup Cube26?

3. Munich prosecutors arrested Rupert Stadler in connection with diesel emissions probe. He was the CEO of which company?

4. The government will be setting up the country´s largest national data centre, with capacity for 500,000 virtual servers. Which city?

5. Which MNC has recently elevated Pradeep Parameswaran as new president of its India and South Asia operations?

6. Which MNC electronics maker has finally broken even in India?

7. Edtech company Byju’s crossed which monthly revenue milestone mark last month?

8. OYO Hotels last week announced its foray into which country with a strong focus on strengthening its hotel chain there?

9. Which health and wellness brand has ventured into ethnic wear, yoga wear and accessories with its new brand BYOGI?

10. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Amit Jain as its new India managing director?

11. Which company is making its first ever acquisition, with it agreeing to buy Saudi Arabia-based online travel aggregator Flyin?

12. Brian Krzanich has stepped down as the CEO of which MNC after a probe found his consensual relationship with an employee violated company policy?

13. Which company has entered the premium mobile handset market with ‘FindX’, a feature-loaded device that will compete with the high-end products of Apple and Samsung?

14. Arvind Subramanian has quit which position in the finance ministry?

15. Chinese tech giant Xiaomi last week announced the launch of its 1,000th service center in India. Which city?

16. Which French company, that manufactures flavoured syrups for use in foods and beverages, will be setting up its second unit in Asia after Malaysia in Telangana?

17. State Bank of India (SBI) MD B Sriram will be the new CEO of which bank for three months following a special order by the government?

18. Which pharma company has launched its new campaign ‘#SpreadingKindness’?

19. Which cricketer has been signed on to endorse Sharp television?

20. Which Indian company has been ranked among the top 100 most valuable U.S. brands for the fourth consecutive year by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation firm?

21. Clinique has roped in which actress for its latest ad campaign?

22. Which company, through its 100% subsidiary Insight Hotels & Leisure, has acquired an under-construction retail mall in Indore for Rs 234 crore?

23. Which company will buy fraud-prevention platform Simility for $120 million in cash?

24. Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) along with JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) has won lenders’ approval to buy which insolvent textile firm for about Rs 5,000 crore?

25. Which iconic fashion house has revealed its revenue and profits for the first time in 108 years?

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June 17, 2018

Biz Quizzard 742

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company and Amazon have co-developed a line of hair and male-grooming products that will be sold exclusively on the Web marketplace?

2. Which MNC has rolled out its new brand campaign “Badhte Chalein”, featuring Virat Kohli?

3. Which celebrity has been announced as brand ambassador for the male grooming product range for Philips India?

4. Which cement brand has launched a campaign featuring Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum?

5. Which biryani brand has launched its first campaign?

6. Which company will set up India’s first lithium ion cell production project by investing Rs 799 crore in three phases in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh?

7. Which company has bought a 75% stake in Tastetaria, which was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dhunseri Petrochem, for an undisclosed sum?

8. Which actress has been appointed as the newest Westin Well-Being Brand Advocate in Asia Pacific?

9. This should be easy. Which MNC has launched a new campaign with the focus on ‘naya note'?

10. Which MNC last week said Dhivya Suryadevara, currently vice president of corporate finance, will succeed Chuck Stevens on September 1 as chief financial officer?

11. Which celebrity has been announced as the brand ambassador of StayHappi Pharmacy?

12. Movie ‘Race 3’ has roped in which menswear brand as its official style partner?

13. Which financial services company has launched the campaign 'The joy of earning'?

14. Which Hyderabad-based tech startup has launched a voicebot - Darwin - that allows employees to share realtime feedback in a seamless manner?

15. Caller identification app Truecaller has acquired which payments startup to help it roll out credit and financial services to its Indian users?

16. Which MNC is launching the beverage brand ‘Rani Float’ in India?

17. Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri was last week named brand ambassador of which online fantasy sports platform?

18. Which Japanese company has acquired a majority stake in New Delhi-based creative advertising firm From Here On Communications (FHO)?

19. Pune-based decorative paint maker Indigo Paints has signed which celebrity as the company’s first brand ambassador for the next three years?

20. Which consumer durables firm last week bought non-stick cookware maker Nirlep Appliances for around Rs 80 crore, which includes equity and debt?

21. Which airline has become the first airline to implement zero fees for cancellation and ticket changes for a certain category of tickets, if done up to 72 hours before departure?

22. Which actress has been roped in as the brand ambassador of boat?

23. Which French BPO giant has announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Intelenet from Blackstone for $1 billion?

24. Which brand has kick started its Father’s Day campaign with an interesting video chat between Amitabh Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan?

25. Which railway station has become the first station in the country to be awarded the CII-IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Platinum rating?

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June 10, 2018

Biz Quizzard 741

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) last week said it has achieved which accumulated automobile production milestone in India?

2. Which company has acquired a 70% stake in Kenyan gaming company NZ World?

3. Which global private equity firm is buying a 60% stake in Hyderabad-based environmental and waste management solutions provider Ramky Enviro Engineers, in a deal worth $600 million?

4. Which company will acquire Orange Renewables Singapore for a total enterprise value of $922 million?

5. Flipkart-owned digital payments start-up PhonePe has crossed which user base milestone?

6. Which French apparel brand last week launched its online store in India to cash in on the e-commerce boom?

7. Prince Pipes and Fittings has announced the appointment of which actor as its brand ambassador?

8. Which MNC is buying GitHub, a software development company used by 28 million programmers, for $7.5 billion?

9. The government last week appointed Mahesh Kumar Jain as the fourth deputy governor of the RBI. He is the MD and CEO of which bank?

10. This is a brilliant campaign. Which company has partnered with the UN to fight plastic pollution and has launched the campaign ‘Useless people are useful.’?

11. Which FMCG major last week announced it will launch the first ever 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for its snacks products, this year?

12. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#TaliaByAlia’?

13. India’s market for premium motorcycles - those priced above Rs 1 lakh - crossed which annual sales milestone in fiscal 2018?

14. Which innerwear brand has launched ‘#KnowsMe’, its first ever campaign exclusive for women?

15. Which actress has been announced as the brand ambassador of the air hostess training institute Frankfinn Aviation?

16. Which MNC has made Gal Gadot its global brand ambassador for consumer notebook segment?

17. Rana Barua has stepped down as CEO of which advertising agency?

18. On World Environment Day, which brand released the digital campaign ‘#DoorwayToGreen’?

19. Which airline has announced the appointment of former easy-Jet executive Cornelis Vrieswijk as its new CEO?

20. Which advertising agency last week announced a new logo, organizational design, and brand identity?

21. Which Pune-based realty developer has acquired an eight-storey commercial building at Trafalgar Square in London for nearly £100 million, or Rs 900 crore?

22. Former SoftBank executive Nikesh Arora has taken over as the CEO of which company on June 6?

23. Which company has launched what it claims as the country’s first intelligent electric scooter?

24. The cumulative sales of eight of ITC’s FMCG brands crossed which milestone mark in the fiscal ending March 2018?

25. Which company last week announced the launch of its nationwide ‘Green Thumb initiative’ from the banks of Dravyavati river, at Jaipur?

26. Which insurance company has launched a new campaign titled ‘#Unplanned’, emphasising on the ‘unplanned’ occurrences that could take place when on a vacation?

27. Which Scotch whisky marker has finalised a local bottling deal with Modi Distilleries, part of the Umesh Modi group?

28. Which hospitality brand has launched its maiden TV campaign "Recharge. Refresh"?

29. Which protein brand has roped in U-19 Indian cricket vice-captain Shubman Gill as brand ambassador?

30. Which MNC has named Maggie Timoney as its CEO for USA?

31. Which company has acquired floor cleaning brand Nimyle from Kolkata-based Arpita Agro Products for an undisclosed amount?

32. Which company has unveiled anti-ageing and specialised hydrating creams under the brand name ‘Dermafique’, as part of its foray into the premium skincare segment?

33. Sunil Sood has been elected as the chairman of which industry body?

34. Which online healthcare platform and e-pharmacy has launched the campaign ‘Lafaddu Lal’?

35. Which retail major has appointed Rajiv Suri as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect?

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June 3, 2018

Biz Quizzard 740

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 28 - June 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mercedes-Benz reached which cumulative production milestone in India from its Chakan plant near Pune on May 27?

2. Which edible oil brand has launched the campaign ‘Zara sa badlav banaye life behtar’?

3. Which DTH operator has launched the campaign ‘Saadhey aath mein jeeto saare heart’?

4. I couldn’t make sense of this choice. Which actor has been signed on by India’s NITI Aayog as brand ambassador and collaborator for Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP)?

5. Which entertainment channel has roped in Alia Bhatt as the face of its new brand campaign?

6. Which snacking brand has launched a campaign for its new multigrain variant with the positioning 'neither boring or plain'?

7. Which MNC handset maker last week appointed Charles Wong as its new India president?

8. Which company has launched Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards, in alliance with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)?

9. Which MNC has elevated its India and South Asia President Amit Jain to head the Asia Pacific region?

10. Who has topped the list of highest-paid female CEOs, according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar done for The Associated Press?

11. Which company has formed Window Seat Films, LLP, a 50:50 joint venture with one of India’s most celebrated filmmaker, Imtiaz Ali, for production of movies?

12. Which company has developed India’s first Dispovan insulin pen-needle?

13. Which business group has launched a leadership programme for students of humanities to prepare them for recruitment in the cultural sector?

14. Coal India Ltd (CIL) will develop its first-ever thermal power plant in the country in which state?

15. Which hosiery brand has roped in actress Chitrangada Singh as brand ambassador?

16. Dabur India Ltd has roped in actress Kriti Sanon as the new brand ambassador for which brand?

17. Which homegrown internet media and news company has launched an exclusive womens wear collection for 'Unsanskaari' Indian Woman?

18. Vokal, which runs a knowledge-sharing platform, has acquihired which quizzing app firm in an all-stock deal?

19. Which company last week announced its foray into the internet-of-things (IoT) space with the acquisition of Gurgaon-based IoT solutions firm Zenatix?

20. Sudha Balakrishnan, a former vice president at National Securities Depository Ltd., assumed charge as the first Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of which entity on May 17?

21. Which airline will be assisted by a robot at its lounge in IGI airport from July?

22. The CEO of which Indian company has figured in the top 30 global CEOs list published by Barron’s?

23. Isobar India, the digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, launched India’s first voice-enabled mobile banner for which company?

24. Which company has acquired online events discovery platform Events High for an undisclosed sum?

25. Which entity last week announced a tie-up with business advisory firm Nangia Advisors LLP for its India foray?

26. Which business personality said he would invest £40 million ($53 million) of his own money into Derriston Capital?

27. Which PE major is backing former Genpact executives Mohit Thukral, Gaurav Sethi and Harpeet Duggal to launch Vivtera, a niche platform focusing on financial services and fast growth technology companies?

28. Which business group has sold its 60% stake in Codemasters, a British game-developing company, for Rs 1,700 crore?

29. Zee Entertainment Enterprises is launching a new English movie channel. What has it been branded as?

30. Samsung India crossed which sales milestone in 2016-17 as per the just published company filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC)?

31. Which fashion retailer has introduced the ‘Denim to Work’ campaign, a unique initiative encouraging working professionals to include denims in their work wear wardrobes?

32. GSK Consumer Healthcare has announced the launch of “Horlicks Mission Poshan” with which celebrity as the campaign ambassador?

33. Panasonic India crossed which sales milestone in the fiscal ended March 2018?

34. Warburg Pincus LLC has acquired 26% stake in which life insurance company from existing investor Legal & General Group for Rs 710 crore?

35. Ramesh Tainwala has stepped down as the global CEO of which MNC?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 740 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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