April 28, 2019

Biz Quizzard 787

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. A union of five tea-growing and consuming countries was launched recently in Guizhou in China. What is it called?

2. Which car freshener brand has unveiled its new contextual campaign ‘#TwistZarooriHai’?

3. Which company has launched a new sports bike CBR650R in the country, priced at Rs 7.7 lakh (ex-showroom)?

4. Which MNC has appointed former Network18 Digital CEO Manish Maheshwari as MD of its India operations?

5. Which company has emerged the winning bidder for IL&FS’ wind assets portfolio?

6. Which food major has roped in longtime Anheuser-Busch InBev executive Miguel Patricio as its CEO from July 1?

7. Which company has partnered with the Department of Posts to modernise over 1.5 lakh post offices?

8. Which airline in India and Dubai-headquartered airline Emirates have signed a memorandum of understanding to enter into a reciprocal codeshare agreement?

9. Which business school in India last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo?

10. Private equity firm Blackstone will acquire which leading specialty packaging company in a deal worth $460 million (Rs 3,200 crore)?

11. OYO Hotels & Homes has launched an initiative through which it will curate unique experiences for customers. What is it called?

12. Which company has recently launched a new marketing campaign ‘Aspire to More’ for its range of premium home appliances?

13. Which online pharmacy and e-diagnostic player has unveiled the ‘#HealthForTheNation’ campaign?

14. Which brand has unveiled its first ever media campaign, ‘Fun at Work’ for women's wear Range?

15. Which Chinese consumer electronics company is launching intelligent home appliances like air-conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators in the country?

16. Which FM radio station has launched its ‘Mera Manifesto’ campaign, which intends to bring out people's manifestos instead of that of political parties?

17. The House of McNROE has unveiled a new packaging for which male grooming brand range of deodorants and launched the second TVC of the popular ‘#JustFriendsNoMore’ series?

18. Which company has launched theatre channel Spotlight on Airtel Digital TV?

19. Which Indian med-tech firm has become the world’s largest producer of chitosan medical sponges, a promising bio-material that has potential applications in wound care management?

20. Which company is buying Dhunseri Tea & Industries' branded packet tea business along with its brands 'Lal Ghora' and 'Kala Ghora' for a total consideration of Rs 101 crore?

21. Gaana has said it has become the first music app in India to cross which monthly active users’ milestone?

22. Which celebrity management firm has become the first such Indian company to enter China in partnership with local company E Stars Films?

23. Amit Jain is quitting as the Asia Pacific head of which MNC after a four-year stint?

24. Snack brand Kurkure has unveiled its mascot. What is it called?

25. Which ice-cream brand has launched its summer campaign, #WakaoMoment, focusing on celebrating moments of happiness?

26. Which oral-care brand has added more characters like Peppa Pig, Angry Bird, and Hello Kitty to its present range of kids’ toothbrushes and toothpaste that appeal to Indian children aged 3-14?

27. Which portal has acquired online pre-owned goods seller startup Zefo in a Rs 200-crore stock-and-cash deal?

28. Which company has launched its OTT platform ‘Watcho’, which will primarily focus on short-form content, including original series and user-generated content, besides live and ‘catch-up’ content?

29. GS Caltex India, a 100% owned subsidiary of GS Caltex Corporation, South Korea, has signed which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

30. From when will Maruti Suzuki stop selling diesel-powered vehicles?

31. Which brand has announced a new category of denims called GYMJNS?

32. Which fantasy sports platform has launched FanCode, an ad-free multi-sport aggregator platform, offering content, commerce and community engagement?

33. Which retail company will launch Go Sport, the French multi-sport brand, in India next month?

34. Which company has appointed Ravi Uppal, chairman and managing director of Steel Infra Solutions Private Ltd., as chairman of its subsidiaries Ring Plus Aqua Ltd. and JK Files (India) Ltd.?

35. Microsoft hit which market capitalisation mark for the first time on April 25, becoming the third technology giant to reach the symbolic milestone?

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April 21, 2019

Biz Quizzard 786

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Reliance Jio has crossed which milestone customer mark in two-and-a-half years of its operations?

2. Which Indian company last week announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a portfolio of 42 approved, non-marketed abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) in the US?

3. Which advertising group has agreed to buy digital marketing firm Epsilon from Alliance Data Systems for $4.4 billion in cash?

4. Which business personality has been appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium in Hyderabad?

5. Which online lingerie brand has announced the launch of its new television campaign ‘#PairItRight’?

6. Which menswear brand has announced the launch of a Mint collection, a range of formal shirts in refreshing shades of green through its campaign ‘Fresh Mints’?

7. RA Sankara Narayanan has been appointed MD & CEO of which bank until January 2020?

8. Karnam Sekar will take over as MD and CEO of which bank from July 1 until June next year?

9. Japanese material handling systems player Daifuku Co Ltd has acquired 100% stake in which Hyderabad-based manufacturer of conveying, material handling and automation systems?

10. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘#Just25’ to commemorate the completion of the bank’s journey of 25 years?

11. redBus has roped in which cricketer as brand ambassador?

12. Tanishq has roped in which actress as the new brand ambassador for South India?

13. Which MNC consumer electronics retailer has named chief financial officer Corie Barry as the next CEO?

14. Which online grocery delivery platform has launched its new campaign with the tagline "SuperMrs ka SuperMarket"?

15. Which general insurance company has launched its first campaign ‘#TheUnusualGift’ for health insurance?

16. Scentials Beautycare and Wellness Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of a skin care range crafted by former Miss Universe and actress Lara Dutta. What has it been branded as?

17. Which oil and gas company has appointed Ajay Dixit as its chief executive officer?

18. Which company’s South Africa-based subsidiary will acquire 30% stake in the connected healthcare firm Brandmed for an upfront cash consideration of ZAR 65 million (Rs 32 crore)?

19. Which company has acquired Spring Air, one of the top 10 manufacturers of bedding products in the world, for an undisclosed amount to expand its presence across India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Pakistan?

20. Which 3 Indian companies have entered the list of top 20 fastest growing luxury brands globally, according to a study by Deloitte?

21. Which brand has launched a new product in its innerwear category by presenting India’s first scented vest range?

22. Which domain registration and web hosting company has launched a new digital advertising campaign for the .CO domain name?

23. Which smartphone brand has launched the ‘#BeBrilliant’ campaign starring actor Vicky Kaushal?

24. Which brand has launched the ‘EkDinKiChutti’ campaign for elections?

25. Which health drink brand has appointed cricketers Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer as its brand ambassadors?

26. Which personal care brand has launched a campaign for Hello Sun, its sunscreen range of products with natural extracts?

27. Which glass manufacturer has released its ad campaign, ‘Subway Baby’?

28. Which company is acquiring majority stake in Chennai-headquartered business solutions provider and listed enterprise Allsec Technologies in a transaction worth around Rs 270 crore?

29. Which company’s Singapore-based subsidiary has entered into a pact to sell stake in its fleet of six very large ethane carriers (VLECs) to Japanese shipping group Mitsui OSK Lines?

30. Which Indian business personality has been named by TIME magazine in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world?

31. Reliance Retail has become the first Indian retail company to clock more than which annual revenues milestone?

32. Reliance Retail has become the first Indian retailer to cross which stores count milestone?

33. Which company last week posted the highest quarterly net profit by any Indian private sector firm?

34. Which spirits company has launched the video 'Born Colourless'?

35. Which company has signed an agreement to sell a 49% stake in its airports business to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)?

36. The Times Group has forayed into beauty segment and will be launching salons across India under which brand?

37. Hyundai last week unveiled its new SUV ‘Venue’ at 2 venues across the world. One was on-board a cruise ship sailing the waters between Mumbai and Goa. Which was the other?

38. Which alcohol brand has launched a new campaign, ‘Be A King’, a narrative that bolsters individuals to seize their opportunity to shine?

39. Which Indian automobile company last week said it has forayed into the South Korean market?

40. Mondelez India and HUL have partnered to launch two new premium frozen desserts. Which 2 brands of Mondelez?

41. Tata Sponge Iron Ltd., a subsidiary of Tata Steel, is planning to change its name. What will be the new name?

42. Which Indian business personality has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, U.K. for his service to the cause of science?

43. Which engineering and geospatial solutions company has launched MedTechConnect platform to bring medtech stakeholders together to address the country’s last-mile challenge in healthcare?

44. Which hotel chain last week launched the OPEN initiative for stronger interaction and engagement among the asset owner community in India?

45. Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. last week touched which milestone production mark from its Pune assembly line?

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April 14, 2019

Biz Quizzard 785

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 08 - 13. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has crossed which cumulative tractor sales milestone?

2. Which air conditioner brand has launched its new campaign ‘It doesn’t just cool, it cleans’?

3. Which entity has announced the launch of 'CatchUp', a social infotainment start-up that will give users the opportunity to stay on top of trends online via an audio-visual format?

4. Which media company has roped in Roger Lynch, former CEO of Pandora, as its first global CEO?

5. Which MNC has teamed up with singer Beyonce and will relaunch her Ivy Park brand?

6. Which media company has announced a quiz program titled Mind Wars for school students across India?

7. Canadian-owned company Bata has partnered with which MNC for a new line of shoes, which will be part of the 'Heritage collection’?

8. Coca-Cola will launch which global sports drink in India within the next two months ahead of the ICC World Cup to compete head-on with PepsiCo’s Gatorade?

9. Home-grown private equity fund Everstone Capital will acquire a controlling stake in which hospital chain?

10. Baring Asia is buying about 30% stake in which IT firm for about Rs 2,627 crore ($381 million)?

11. Which chain has announced the launch of Wow Everyday Value, a bold, new value proposition across the entire Pan Pizza range?

12. Machani Infra Development Corporation (MIDC) has announced the rebranding of Machani Ananda. What is the new name?

13. Which fantasy sports platform has launched a new ad campaign 'Bro Code'?

14. Kolkata-based QSR start-up, Wow! Momo launched its sister brand, a fast-food Chinese cuisine format in December. What is it called?

15. FMCG firm Emami has roped in actor Varun Dhawan to endorse which brand?

16. Which company has launched Ecovera, an eco-friendly range of fabrics manufactured using R|Elan, a technology from Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)?

17. Which luggage brand has announced a brand re-launch and has roped in celebrity couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan as brand ambassadors?

18. Unikorn, the one-stop online platform for pet parents, has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

19. Which retailer has launched the ‘#ShareMyNewYear’ campaign?

20. Which country has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market?

21. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its "Swayahm" collection?

22. Which health insurance company has roped in Remo D’Souza for its latest campaign ‘#JumpForHealth’?

23. Sudhir Mathur has resigned as the CEO of which company?

24. Which two-wheeler brand in India has completed 25 years on the roads?

25. Which Bengaluru-based startup, in association with True Blue, promoted by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Arvind Ltd, has launched 'handcrafted' range of shirts?

26. Spirits company Radico Khaitan has announced which actor as the brand ambassador for its brand 8 PM Premium Black Music CDs?

27. Which online lingerie brand has unveiled its new brand identity with a new logo and tagline - 'Love Yourself Inside Out.'?

28. Which tech company has appointed Disney India country head Abhishek Maheshwari as president of international business?

29. Which digital payments major has acquired payments security and mobile payments technology company Wibmo for $70 million?

30. Indian Hotels Company last week announced the launch of which new brand, with a dozen hotels in India under this portfolio in the first phase?

31. Which restaurant company has acquired a 20 per cent stake in Milan-based fine-dining restaurant company Alicette SRL for an undisclosed sum?

32. Which company has purchased 3% stake of Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (TIDCO) in its ship building subsidiary for Rs 32.74 crore?

33. Asia’s largest certified refurbished and excess inventory brand is now all set to launch its large format stores in India. Name it?

34. The centralised know your customer registry, which is accepted by all the financial sector regulators like RBI, Sebi, IRDAI, PFRDA and others, crossed which major customer milestone last month?

35. Maruti Suzuki’s compact car Celerio crossed which annual sales milestone in 2018-19?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 785 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 7, 2019

Biz Quizzard 784

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Sensex topped 39,000 for the first time ever on Monday, April 1. It was a special day for the index for another reason. What was it?

2. Which luxury men’s grooming brand has launched its first perfume, ‘Origin’?

3. Amar Chitra Katha has recently announced the launch of ACK Alive, a centre for learning with areas designated for art and design, life skills, performing arts and Vedic sciences. Which city?

4. Which business personality, in his personal capacity, will be launching the IPL-like franchise-based league, ‘Ultimate Kho Kho’?

5. Which automobile company last week appointed Vinod Dasari as its CEO?

6. Which company has signed an agreement with South Korean firm CJ 4DPLEX to bring in ScreenX, the multiprojection technology, to India?

7. Which company has said it has completed the formation of its joint venture with Hitachi, Panasonic and Pasona, strategically enhancing presence in Japan?

8. Which MNC is buying the biscuit and snack businesses of the American Kellogg Company for $1.3 billion?

9. Which business personality last week released a song called “RIP Harambe”?

10. Which MNC made $111.1 billion last year, meaning it was probably by far the world’s most profitable company, according to Moody’s Investors Service?

11. Which MNC will soon roll out the ‘BlueLink’ connectivity feature in India that will allow users to interact with their cars using voice, while enabling them to remotely switch on/off the car or its AC?

12. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Gurugram-based rental brokerage platform FastFox(dot)com?

13. Mid-market buyout private equity fund Samara Capital has signed an agreement to acquire a 50 per cent stake in which cosmetics company?

14. Which luggage brand has launched its ‘#GoSwagPackin’ campaign, featuring Virat Kohli?

15. The industrial automation business of which company has acquired Bengaluru-based Incite Cam Centre’s automation business?

16. Which Hindi movies channel has launched its new positioning ‘Seene mein cinema’?

17. Bajaj Consumer Care Ltd (formerly known as Bajaj Corp Ltd.) has roped in cricketer Ravindra Jadeja to endorse which brand?

18. Which music app has unveiled its first campaign across the country, 'There’s A Playlist For That’?

19. Which company has acquired a majority stake in chat-bot platform Haptik?

20. Rajan Anandan has quit as the vice-president, Southeast Asia and India for which MNC?

21. Which Pune-based company is launching the generic version of Eisai Pharma’s breast cancer medicine Eribulin and it will be 40% cheaper than the innovator’s drug?

22. Which company has signed an agreement to sell its entire 51% stake in its joint venture to its Japanese partner in the company, Kobe Steel, for Rs 43.5 crore?

23. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘Only the tough can’ in Tunisia?

24. Which MNC has entered into an agreement to acquire one of the world’s most innovative and influential creative agencies Droga5?

25. Which brand has launched ‘#ChallengeAccepted’, a campaign that challenges gender-based stereotypes in cricket?

26. Which MNC has launched its latest innovation in the personal care category - ‘Persona Germ Protection and Moisturizing’ liquid hand wash?

27. Which travel platform has announced the launch of its new Twitter campaign ‘#SocialMojo’?

28. Which company has acquired Hyderabad-based electronics retail chain, TMC Electronics?

29. Which Indian company is taking its hotel business to Japan ahead of Olympics next year?

30. Which company is the most preferred workplace in India, according to a list compiled by professional social media network LinkedIn?

31. Which automotive component manufacturing company has entered into a joint venture with Chinese company Guoxuan High-Tech to manufacture battery packs for electric cars?

32. Which business personality is looking to raise $100 million as growth capital for Revolt Intellicorp, the venture that marks his foray into the personal mobility space?

33. Which company has ventured into the steel furniture business with the launch of Forma?

34. What has French auto major Renault named its upcoming multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), code named RBC, as?

35. AIPL ABRO has roped in which former cricketer as brand ambassador?

36. Which digital marketplace for financial services and products has launched its new digital campaign ‘Sirf App Nahin, Appreciation’?

37. Which food brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftofTime’?

38. Vikram Kirloskar has been appointed the president of which industry body for the current fiscal?

39. Top Trump administration official David Malpass was last week selected as the 13th president of which entity?

40. It has been dubbed as the costliest divorce settlement in history. Which business personality?

41. Keshav Murugesh, group CEO of WNS Global Services, has been appointed chairman of which industry body for 2019-20?

42. Amazon India last week launched a new initiative to help its sellers raise funds through the crowdfunding platform Ketto. What is it called?

43. Which company, founded by healthcare entrepreneur GSK Velu two years ago, is planning to foray into Europe and the U.S. by investing in local pathological labs to access know-how in the area of genetic diagnostics?

44. Japan's biggest retail group Seven & I Holdings Co Ltd said it is replacing the head of which business, amid pressure to abandon its 24-hour store policy due to a shortage of workers?

45. Which company will merge south-based Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with itself through a share-swap deal?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 784 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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