December 30, 2018

Biz Quizzard 770

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company will roll out a range of food and beverages products including green tea and coffee, high protein breakfast cereals, soups and protein shakes under Fittify sub-brand?

2. Which company has launched a new campaign - Ek Nayi Muskaan - as part of its social impact initiative - 'Muskaan'?

3. Which home décor brand has announced actor-writer Twinkle Khanna as Chief Style Officer (CSO)?

4. Which biscuit brand has launched its new campaign ‘no more excuse’?

5. Which baby care brand has launched the film ‘Fire Alarm’?

6. Which healthcare company, backed by global investment firm KKR, is to acquire a majority stake in Max Healthcare Institute from Max India?

7. Which beverage company has elevated Chacko Purackal Thomas as the managing director and chief executive officer?

8. ITC has entered the ready-to-drink milk-based beverages market in the country under which brand?

9. Which tyre company has launched its new campaign ‘#LetsRide’?

10. Which quick service restaurant chain has elevated India head Unnat Varma as the managing director for Asia Pacific operations?

11. Which Paris-headquartered global engineering company has appointed Sandeep Gulati as the new Managing Director for India?

12. Which hotel chain has formed a JV with an arm of global private equity firm Warburg Pincus to develop rental housing projects envisaging investments of Rs 3,000 crore over a period of time?

13. Which group last week became the most valuable business house in the country, surpassing Tatas, with the cumulative m-cap of its five listed companies surging Rs 10.4 lakh crore?

14. Which Bengaluru-based company has launched the first indigenously developed electronic chipset, which can be used for functions like direct TV broadcast on mobile devices and curbing call drops?

15. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of PV Bharathi as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of which bank?

16. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign ‘#WearYourSmile’?

17. Which processed food grains brand has launched a new campaign ‘Khao Fresh, Jiyo Fresh’ for its product, Whole Wheat Chakki Atta?

18. Which company has created a film ‘Start A Little Good’ on water conservation as part of its CSR initiative?

19. Which British luxury beauty and fragrance brand plans to foray into India's hospitality sector in the next fiscal and get into omni-channel retail here?

20. Indian-American Rajesh Subramaniam has been named as the president and chief executive officer of which MNC?

21. Which newspaper has partnered with an NGO ‘Communitree’ for new initiative to increase green cover of Chennai?

22. Which company has launched a new campaign ‘Never Compromise’, featuring cricketer Smriti Mandhana?

23. Which company has announced the launch of Ray NoSugar, a liquid natural sweetener made from pure Stevia extract?

24. Which ayurvedic hair care solution range will soon roll out a new TVC featuring Sania Mirza?

25. Which Thrissur-based small finance bank has received RBI approval to operate as scheduled bank?

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December 23, 2018

Biz Quizzard 769

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has acquired Chennai-based India Property, a full-stack real estate platform?

2. A private equity consortium of Motilal Oswal Private Equity (MOPE) and InvAscent acquired about 70% in which active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulation maker for $100 million?

3. Which MNC will acquire 80.1% of ABB’s power grid division for about $6.4 billion?

4. Sanitary ware firm HSIL's CMD Sandip Somany has been elected as the new President of which industry body?

5. Which portal has launched a TV commercial “Find Your Equal”, starring MS Dhoni?

6. Which broadcaster has unleashed an awareness campaign, ‘Sach Mein’, across its networks to educate the consumers about new packs?

7. Which sportswear brand will replace Nike as the official kit sponsor of the Indian football team starting with the 2019 AFC Asian Cup?

8. Which healthcare provider has launched its latest film 'Live after you leave'?

9. Which MNC has, for the first time, set up an advisory board for India led by former HP India head Neelam Dhawan to work with its current local head?

10. UAE-based Small Ventures and former president of the Oberoi Group Kapil Chopra have partnered to launch a new experiential luxury hospitality brand. Name it?

11. IDFC Bank and Capital First last week announced the completion of their merger following all requisite approvals to form a combined entity. What is it called?

12. Which MNC has picked up 49% stake in Cleantech Solar, a Southeast Asia and India-focused solar energy systems developer, for $100 million?

13. Which hospitality group has appointed Zubin Saxena as CEO for South Asia?

14. Mahindra & Mahindra is launching a compact SUV in early February 2019 to compete with segment leader Maruti Suzuki’s Brezza and Tata Motors’ Nexon. What has it been named?

15. Which IT MNC has appointed Ashwin Yardi as India CEO?

16. Which serial entrepreneur has unveiled his project to provide luxury smart homes at an affordable price under the brand UTOO Home?

17. Which firm has announced its foray into the branded dermatology segment in the United States?

18. Silk Mark Organisation of India (SMOI), in collaboration with Central Cottage Industries Corporation Ltd (CCIC), has launched an outlet for Indian silks. What has it been branded as?

19. Which low-cost airline last week launched four-times-a-week operations between Delhi and Bangkok?

20. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been appointed the India ambassador of which Italian luxury sports watchmaker?

21. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘Move together in Style’?

22. Which general insurance company (excluding crop insurance) has launched its first campaign ‘Milega Milega’?

23. Arjan Lulla, 85, passed away last week. He was the founder of which company?

24. Which airline has launched the campaign ‘Fly Higher’?

25. Which MNC has acquired Fortune Cookie UX Design, a Pune-headquartered digital consulting and user experience (UX) design firm?

26. Which MNC has appointed Mahesh Narayanan as its new country manager for India?

27. Which digital-only insurance platform has launched a bicycle insurance product that covers the cycle and the rider?

28. Mother Dairy has forayed into the organic food segment under which brand?

29. Honda Motorcycle has crossed which cumulative sales milestone across global markets in a span of 18 years?

30. The world’s third-biggest manufacturer of television panels, TCL Corp, last week commenced construction of its first overseas manufacturing facility for TV and mobile screens and smart TVs in India. Which location?

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December 16, 2018

Biz Quizzard 768

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which state has become the only state in the country to have four international airports?

2. Which financial entity has appointed Arundhati Bhattacharya, former chairman of State Bank of India, as its chairman?

3. Republic TV has announced the ambitious launch of its second news channel in Hindi. What will it be called?

4. Which online food ordering and restaurant reservation platform has forayed into the growing events space?

5. Which Indian denim brand has announced its expansion into the footwear category?

6. Which biscuit brand has launched the campaign ‘#KyunkiBahutKuchHaiKarna’ to promote its initiative lending a helping hand to women looking for financial independence?

7. Which company has formed a joint venture (JV) with Japan’s Kubota Corporation to produce high-end tractors for domestic as well as overseas markets?

8. Which MNC has acquired Bengaluru-based startup Sigmoid Labs, which runs the app, ‘Where is My Train’?

9. Which company is acquiring Mustache, a privately-held creative content agency based in New York?

10. Who was last week named the 25th governor of the Reserve Bank of India?

11. Which company’s arm has entered into a pact with Shandong Luoxin Pharmaceutical Group Stock Co to establish a JV firm in China to manufacture nebuliser inhaler and other products for China, the US and the EU?

12. Which Spanish brewing major has entered Bengaluru with wheat beer?

13. Which company has launched the country’s first-ever food accelerator to help start-ups in the $14 billion food services ecosystem?

14. Which company has forayed into the instant tea mix market with 'EVERYDAY Chai Life'?

15. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has roped in which Indian alcobev brand as an official sponsor for the next five years?

16. Which company has made its second acqui-hire in India with a machine learning startup called Int.AI?

17. Which agri-biotech company has tied up with Scotland-based James Hutton Institute to bring in 16 varieties and 600 clones of potato to India?

18. Skincare brand, Estée Lauder has appointed which actress as its first Indian brand ambassador?

19. Ajay Kapur has resigned as the MD and CEO of which cement company?

20. Visa has crossed which milestone count of contactless cards in India?

21. Which company has announced acquisition of aerospace and defence player Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd for Rs. 400 crore in an all-cash deal?

22. Which company has launched ‘Saluto’ (125 cc) and ‘Saluto RX’ (110 cc) motorcycles equipped with unified braking system (UBS) for all variants of both the products?

23. Which bath space products brand has signed Shraddha Kapoor as its brand ambassador to elevate brand awareness and visibility?

24. Which company has acquired 81% in Hitachi Procurement Service, Hitachi’s wholly owned subsidiary that handles indirect materials purchasing functions for the group?

25. Which MNC has launched social ecommerce platform Spark in India, which offers users a personalised, interest-based community experience?

26. Which state-owned company plans to venture into the electric vehicles (EV) segment?

27. Who is all set to launch a new startup called ‘xto10x Technologies’?

28. Google has announced the launch of its own shopping portal in India. What is it called?

29. Which Hindi news channel has been relaunched as an anchor-less channel?

30. The country’s first private unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturing facility took off last week. Which city?

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December 9, 2018

Biz Quizzard 767

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has agreed to acquire British healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline’s India consumer business, which includes the prized health food drinks brand Horlicks?

2. Which company has acquired branding rights of former Maruti Suzuki MD Jagdish Khattar-run Carnation Auto India, including some key assets, for an undisclosed sum?

3. Which cloud-telephony firm has appointed former Tata Teleservices executive Yatish Mehrotra as the CEO?

4. Which SUV brand will be the ‘Official Car of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019’?

5. Which US food major has appointed Simon George as its India President?

6. Which logistics major has unveiled its campaign ‘Where there is a will, we are the way’ for this year’s Hero Indian Super League (ISL), marking the fourth year of partnership with ISL?

7. Vivek Khanna has resigned from the position of CEO of which media group?

8. Which multi-sports app has picked up the global audio broadcast rights of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be played in England between May 30 - July 14, next year?

9. Foodpanda has reached which milestone in terms of number of cities covered in India?

10. An important campaign. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Share Joy, Not Rumours’?

11. Which tyre brand has released a television commercial, featuring actor Kunal Roy Kapoor?

12. Which home-grown private equity fund has acquired a controlling stake in US-based healthcare service provider GeBBS Healthcare Solutions, in a deal worth Rs 1,000 crore ($140 million)?

13. Seon Seob Kim has been appointed India MD and CEO of which automobile MNC?

14. Who is the richest Indian celebrity, according to the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list?

15. Which company has acquired drone start-up TechEagle Innovations?

16. Milan Paleja has decided to step down as the MD of which drug firm?

17. AION Capital Partners, the joint venture between global PE fund Apollo Global Management and domestic fund ICICI Venture, is acquiring which BPO firm for $230 million (Rs 1,600 crore)?

18. Which cryptocurrency exchange is foraying into blockchain solutions and is inaugurating a development centre in Bengaluru?

19. Which company has launched a cine-restaurant in Ahmedabad under the name of ‘Chhotu Maharaj’?

20. Who will be the new worldwide chief creative officer of the Ogilvy Group, one of the world’s oldest and largest advertising companies, effective January 1, 2019?

21. Which New York-based aviation start-up is set to start operations in India?

22. Which brand has released the campaign ‘#FreeToLove’, about the freedom to choose the person you want to be with regardless of caste, religion or gender?

23. How many Indian business personalities have been named among the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes?

24. IndiGo last week became the first Indian airline to have how many aircraft in its fleet?

25. Which leading women-first social networking platform has been launched in India?

26. Which company has started a new business called ‘Tour to Feast’ to promote food-related travel across India’s popular culinary destinations?

27. Which automobile company has appointed Biju Balendran as its MD and CEO?

28. Virat Kohli's athleisure brand One8 forayed into which segment last week?

29. Which brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘#DenimSideUp’ in collaboration with social media influencers from various walks of life?

30. This is reportedly a first. Which organisation has converted a diesel locomotive into an electric one?

31. Which company is acquiring seven software products from IBM for $1.8 billion?

32. Former Facebook India MD Kirthiga Reddy has joined which fund as its first venture partner?

33. How many Indian creators have crossed the 10-million subscriber mark on YouTube for the first time?

34. Which Indian SUV brand has been awarded a full 5-star adult occupant safety rating by Global NCAP, an internationally-renowned safety accreditation body?

35. Which Indian business personality has been bestowed with the ´Doctor Honoris Causa´ by ESCP Europe Business School, a leading global institution?

36. Which feminine hygiene brand has launched a web series ‘Girls Hostel’ in association with Girliyapa?

37. Which real estate platform has launched its new TV campaign “Ghar dhoondhna koi inse seekhe”, starring actors Vicky Kaushal and Kiara Advani?

38. Which MNC has acquired online retailer Art(dot)com for an undisclosed amount to boost its home decor business and expand its online offering?

39. Which cloud platform dedicated to small and independent ventures has launched its new campaign “Bijness Bhai”, starring MS Dhoni?

40. Krishnamurthy Subramanian, an associate professor of finance at the Indian School of Business, has been appointed to which position by the government for a three-year tenure?

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December 2, 2018

Biz Quizzard 766

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 26 - December 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has launched the Alturas G4 at a starting price of Rs 26.95 lakh to enter the luxury SUV segment, a first for any homegrown automotive major in that category?

2. FreeCharge founder Kunal Shah has launched his new venture, a financial services platform targeting consumers with high creditworthiness. What is it called?

3. Devadas Mallya Mangalore passed away recently. He was the chairman of which aviation company?

4. Which paint company has launched ‘KIDZ’, a child-friendly product?

5. Which health insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#ChaloKhelne’?

6. WPP merged two of its agencies - Wunderman and J. Walter Thompson - to form a creative, data and technology agency. What has it been named?

7. Bobby Pawar has joined which advertising and media group as chairman and chief creative officer?

8. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Japanese company Pola Pharma?

9. Which company has unveiled its brand new TVC ‘DeshKeTruck’?

10. Which Indian business personality will be conferred Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour) - the highest French civilian distinction - later this month?

11. Which bread and bakery brand has launched the campaign 'Har Ghar Modern Hona Chahiye'?

12. Which brand has announced its latest TV advertising campaign ‘Singh Saab’ for its Ceiling Secure downlighter?

13. Which e-commerce major has launched 'Brand Shield', an anti-counterfeiting programme to help brands report counterfeit products being sold on its platform?

14. Which life insurance company was recognized for a new Guinness World Records title for its Plankathon initiative conducted for promoting good health?

15. Which bank has announced the launch of a digital campaign #BeTheChamp?

16. Tokyo-based IT services provider NTT Data plans to acquire a majority stake in which Mumbai-based payment solutions firm?

17. Amway has entered the rapidly growing herbal skincare market under which brand, its first such foray into the category?

18. Which dining out platform has acquired Pune-based Torqus, a leading SaaS-based restaurant management software provider?

19. Neeraj Arora has quit as the chief business officer of which MNC?

20. Maruti Suzuki’s Swift has crossed which cumulative sale milestone?

21. Which retail software company has acquired Pune-based Roxfortech Infosolutions’ ERP product Zwing for an undisclosed amount?

22. Which agri-chemcial firm has bought Swiss-based Syngenta’s three brands - Proclaim, Tilt and Blue Copper, in India?

23. Which global health non-profit organisation has appointed Care Hospitals co-founder and cardiologist Dr Krishna Reddy as the new country director for India?

24. Tube Investments of India Ltd. (TII), a Murugappa Group firm, has rolled out TMT bars under which brand?

25. Which brand has launched a new campaign ‘Andar se Strong’, featuring Deepika Padukone in one of the 2 commercials?

26. Which mosquito repellant brand has rolled out a television commercial for its Fabric Roll-On?

27. Which food delivery platform has launched its fourth delivery partner-focused digital video – ‘#WhatsInAName’?

28. Which brand has announced a partnership between Simon Fuller’s new project, global pop group Now United, and Badshah, one of India’s favorite rappers?

29. Danish Ahmed, cofounder of companies such as Yebhi and Shopsity, and a former VP at Paytm, has launched his next venture in the medical tourism space in India. What is it called?

30. Which MNC is celebrating its 70th anniversary in the country with a limited edition vintage tin pack of its flagship brand?

31. Which company’s arm has acquired substantial stake in media startup New Emerging World of Journalism (NEWJ) with an initial investment of Rs 1.3 crore?

32. Which firm has become India’s biggest audit practice in the country by nearly doubling fees to touch Rs 216.4 crore in the FY18, as per Prime Database report?

33. Which company has acquired the retirement services business of US-based consulting firm BridgePoint?

34. Tata Trusts and which chocolate maker have launched their first nutritional product as a result of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in 2016?

35. Yi Wang has quit as the India managing director (MD) of which Chinese handset maker?

36. Which watch brand has launched its new campaign ‘Khudse Naya Rishta’?

37. Italy's small appliance maker, De'Longhi Group has entered into a strategic partnership with which company to bring its international premium range of small appliances to the Indian market?

38. Anil Arya, who cofounded mosquito repellent brand AllOut and sold it in 2005, is set to acquire which dairy tech startup?

39. Which firm’s subsidiary Drug Discovery and Development Solutions (DDDSL) Singapore has entered into an agreement to acquire 10% stake in Inipharm USA for around $28.5 million?

40. Paul Polman is “retiring” as the chairman of which MNC?

41. Auction house Sotheby held its inaugural India auction last week. Which city?

42. Which café chain is giving a fillip to its food business by opening restaurants under the same brand?

43. Which MNC is looking at pilot testing its `Enteligen’ app, which is already being used by poultry industry in Brazil, in India?

44. Which tractor manufacturer has joined hands with ISEKI & Co., Ltd. of Japan to make compact tractors?

45. Rasna has launched a new range of health products under its brand 'Rasna Native Haat' and has appointed which celebrity as brand ambassador?

46. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘#SparkingTheFuture’, featuring Sachin Tendulkar, that gives children an opportunity to play to their hearts' content?

47. Which brand has launched India's first Michelin-star chef curated frozen food range?

48. Which fashion brand has launched the ‘Always Hatke’ campaign, starring Varun Dhawan?

49. Which wood adhesive brand has launched the campaign "Kahani Zidd Ki"?

50. This is a nice film. On World AIDS Day, which brand launched the film ‘The Positive Move’?

51. Which portal has launched the campaign ‘#MannHaiTohDoneHai’?

52. Ajay Bhushan Pandey last week took over which position in the finance ministry?

53. Seon Seob Kim will be the new India MD and CEO of which automobile MNC?

54. Which automobile MNC has appointed has named Masakazu Yoshimura as managing director?

55. Which company has bagged India’s first large-scale floating solar project?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 766 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli