May 26, 2019

Biz Quizzard 791

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 20 - 25. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which aviation software provider has entered into an agreement with Massachusetts-based Kronos to acquire AD OPT, a market leader in aviation software that provides crew management solutions to global airlines?

2. Which cosmetics brand has appointed actress Tara Sutaria as its first-ever Indian brand ambassador?

3. Which cleaning brand has launched a campaign ‘Let Your Love Shine On’?

4. An affiliate of private equity firm Warburg Pincus and which property developer have formed a $1-billion joint venture to create a retail mall platform?

5. Which group has partnered with Suresh Vaswani, who was previously the president of Dell Services and co-CEO of Wipro, to coinvest in the IT sector?

6. Which menswear brand has signed cricketer MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador?

7. Which bank is set to acquire a 9.9 per cent stake in India International Exchange (INX) for Rs. 30.5 crore?

8. Which real estate company has entered the furniture business with Metercube brand?

9. Which tyre brand will enter the passenger car tyre segment within four months?

10. Electronic and electric auto components player Flash Electronics India has filed a lawsuit against which company alleging patent infringement in the US?

11. US-based Enemetch Capital Inc has made an investment in which Pune-based company for a slice of blockchain action?

12. Coca-Cola has roped in actors Rana Daggubati and Radhika Apte as brand ambassadors for which brand?

13. ITC’s personal care and shower gel brand, Fiama, has announced the launch of Fiama Scents and has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

14. Which US-based women's clothing chain that's been around for nearly 60 years is closing all 650 of its stores?

15. Which South India based realtor has launched an ad campaign featuring their brand ambassador MS Dhoni as a part of the group’s upcoming brand campaign ‘#HomesYouDontWantToLeave’?

16. Which company has acquired Natero, a customer success management software company based out of San Francisco?

17. Which middle market and growth equity platform will sell its portfolio company Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to New York-based Varian Medical Systems for $283 million (Rs 1,972 crore)?

18. Which media company has appointed Prasanth Kumar as its CEO, South Asia, with immediate effect?

19. The Board of Directors of which hospitality company has appointed Ramesh Ramanathan as the Chairman of the company with effect from May 16?

20. Which fantasy cricket platform has taken on board former Indian cricket team captain Saurav Ganguly as the brand ambassador?

21. Which contemporary clothing brand has launched its new ad campaign “Summer or Nothing”, establishing a strong connect between the brand and millennials?

22. Which ad agency has announced the appointment of Suraja Kishore as CEO?

23. Which two-wheeler tyre brand has launched the campaign titled ‘#PaanchSaalBemisaal’?

24. TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment) Ltd. has roped in which actor as brand ambassador for Massey Ferguson tractors?

25. Which footwear company has announced appointment of Sumit Dhingra as the new General Manager for India, Sri Lanka and Nepal?

26. The Kotak Group and Ronnie Screwvala’s U Sports have bought Pune and Mumbai franchises in which sports league?

27. Which luggage brand has launched the campaign 'Born to travel'?

28. Which company is all set to exit the mutual fund business by selling its entire stake in its joint venture to its foreign partner Nippon Life Insurance?

29. Which company has acquired 76% stake in Kribhco Infrastructure Ltd. (KRIL), an integrated multi-modal logistics operator for an unspecified amount?

30. More than 30 years after it started business, Titan Company will shift gear and move up the value chain by making what in-house for the very first time?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 791 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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May 19, 2019

Biz Quizzard 790

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 13 - 18. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The board of which company last week appointed managing director Sanjiv Puri as chairman of the company?

2. Which chemical engineering firm has agreed to sell its engineering plastics business to Dutch conglomerate DSM for Rs 320 crore as part of a strategy to focus on core operation?

3. Which company last week announced its entry into the Rs 7,000 crore child nutrition segment under a new brand VNourish?

4. Which MNC has launched a snack bar with Meetha Paan flavor?

5. This should be easy. Which peer-to-peer real estate platform recently launched a multicity campaign that underlines the absurdity of paying brokerage in residential real estate?

6. Which company launched digital campaign ‘#OrderForMom’ for Mother’s Day?

7. Which sleep solutions startup rolled out a Mothers’ Day campaign, ‘#MaaKyaChahtiHai’?

8. Which merchant service and UPI payments app has roped in actor Salman Khan as its brand ambassador?

9. Which smartphone brand has introduced its new brand identity and has also introduced its Reno series in India to strengthen its position in the premium segment?

10. Which celebrity has made an investment in Drum Foods International Pvt Ltd, the maker of flavoured yogurt brand Epigamia, as part of a strategic partnership that will also see her endorse the brand?

11. Fork Media Group's women’s digital publication, The Hauterfly, has roped in which celebrity as an angel investor in the publication?

12. Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha Motor has achieved which cumulative production milestone in India?

13. Which online funding platform for startups is launching a specialised healthcare investment programme called Healthcare Council?

14. Paytm has tied up with which bank to launch credit cards?

15. Vinay Dube last week quit as the CEO of which airline?

16. Which premium Italian denim brand has forayed into the Indian market through a strategic distribution partnership with Reliance Brands?

17. Which company will take over Maiyas Beverages and Foods, founded by ready-to-eat food pioneer Sadananda Maiya, as per a resolution formula approved the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)?

18. The CSR program of which MNC has launched the campaign ‘#DontLetDreamsWait’, featuring a 75-year-old 'student'?

19. Which Mexican cuisine chain owned by Yum! Brands has named Burman Hospitality as its exclusive India franchise partner?

20. Tata Global Beverages is being transformed and renamed. What will it be known as?

21. Online grocery firm BigBasket last week launched its operations in which city?

22. Mahindra Partners, the private equity company of the Mahindra Group, has announced an investment of Rs 206.5 crore in which New Delhi-based eye care chain?

23. Snacks brand Bingo! has roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

24. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign “Aapke apne hain hum”?

25. Infosys’ former CEO Vishal Sikka has been elected to the supervisory board of which automobile MNC?

26. Which smartphone brand has unveiled a marketing and brand campaign featuring Robert Downey Jr?

27. Which digital and social media agency has launched a new campaign, ‘#FlauntTheGap’?

28. Tata Sky has launched an innovative platform that offers digital content from multiple apps to its viewers. What has it been branded as?

29. Which small finance bank has roped in HDFC Bank’s digital banking head Nitin Chugh as its next managing director and chief executive officer?

30. Which company has acquired Grodrej group’s premium food retailing venture, Natures Basket, for around Rs 300 crore in an all-cash deal?

31. The Himalaya Drug Company has signed which two cricketers to endorse ‘Himalaya Men Face Care Range’?

32. Which company and Sri Lanka-based Dutch Lanka Trailer Manufacturers (DLTM) have signed a pact to sell their 50: 50 joint venture stake in trailer manufacturing company to Canyon Point?

33. Which footwear brand has come up with ‘Catch the Colour Mania’ campaign to push its spring summer 2019 collection?

34. According to reports last week, which popular yester-year beverage brand in India is being revived?

35. Which company has entered into a strategic partnership with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC to set up an investment platform to the tune of Rs 4,000 crore or $600 million over a period of three years to acquire fully operational hotels across India?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 790 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 12, 2019

Biz Quizzard 789

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 06 - 11. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has partnered with Getty Images and Girlgaze to launch Project #ShowUs, the first publicly accessible photo library to shatter beauty stereotypes by showing women as they are, not as others believe they should be?

2. Which online pharmacy has acquired Bengaluru-based medicine delivery start-up Myra Medicines?

3. Which smartphone brand has launched the campaign ‘Shine in Any Light’?

4. Which financial services company has unveiled its new brand identity, including a logo, at the centre of which is the ‘Sri Yantra’, which is made of nine interlocking triangles, which together creates 43 unique triangles?

5. Which chain of multi-specialty clinics has entered into a partnership with Mumbai-based ReLiva Physiotherapy & Rehab to offer physiotherapy treatment at its centers?

6. Which company has acquired the brand licence of Japanese consumer electronics brand Sansui for the Indian market, marking its entry into the television and white goods segment?

7. Which brand will be the official sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup hosted by England and Wales?

8. Which company will merge its broadband satellite, or VSAT, business with that of market leader Hughes Communications India to create a stronger No 1 service provider in the space?

9. Which fragrance brand has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as the new brand ambassador?

10. The shortage of which beverage brand in the peak of summer and in the beginning of the holy month of Ramzaan has created a flutter on social media?

11. Which business group last week released an advertisement with the tagline ‘Co-Founders of The New’?

12. Which actor has turned co-investor for a home food delivery company Foodcloud(dot)in, which will be empowering women?

13. Which smartphone brand has launched a new television commercial, featuring actor Aditya Roy Kapur?

14. Which Swedish watch brand has signed Ayushmann Khurrana as its new brand ambassador?

15. Which online pharmacy has released a television commercial with its new tagline “Health comes Home”?

16. Which company has launched Hitweed Maxx, an herbicide that controls most of the major weeds in cotton, giving the crop weed-free growth of 25-30 days?

17. Edtech company BYJU’S last week unveiled its latest regional ad campaign, targeting Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, featuring which celebrity?

18. Vivafit India, the Portuguese based global chain of boutique gyms for women only, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

19. Which oats brand has launched the third film under the campaign ‘Fuel for the Real Fit’, saluting the energy and zeal of women?

20. Tata Motors Ltd. has developed a new compact truck that will find application in intra city and intercity transportation of goods. What has it been branded as?

21. Which French communications network major has picked up a majority stake in Think Design, an independent user-experience consultancy and design studio, for an undisclosed sum as part of its expansion plans for India?

22. Low-cost carrier SpiceJet will introduce which new offering on key domestic routes from May 11?

23. Which company will sell 19% of its shareholding in the Oman-based limestone mining company, Al Rimal Mining LLC, to Oman National Investments Development Company (Tanmia)?

24. Which food company has launched the television commercial ‘#TasteOfMotherhood’?

25. Which home solutions brand has launched the campaign ‘kuch pal ghar ke naam’?

26. Which company will be the official title sponsor for the inaugural edition of newly launched Indo International Premier Kabaddi League (IPKL)?

27. Which footwear brand has roped in Aamir Khan as brand ambassador?

28. MR Jyothy has been appointed managing director of which FMCG company with effect from April 1, 2020?

29. Which actor and producer has picked up minority stake in Pune-based online fitness community Squats at a valuation of Rs 350 crore?

30. Which company will acquire iconic British toy maker Hamleys for nearly 68 million pounds (around Rs 620 crore) in an all-cash deal?

31. Which futures exchange in UK has appointed Standard Chartered and ConocoPhillips board member Gay Huey Evans as its new chairwoman, the first in its 142-year history?

32. French luxury goods group LVMH is launching a new brand with Barbadian singer Rihanna, building on a previous joint venture in cosmetics. What will the label be called?

33. Which MNC has launched its ‘SHE BREAKS BARRIERS’ India edition campaign to celebrate Mother’s Day?

34. Which life insurance company has launched the ‘#MummyKahanHain’ campaign as part of Mother’s Day celebrations?

35. Ending this edition on a sad note. YC Deveshwar died early on May 11 after prolonged illness. He was the chairman of which company?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 789 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 5, 2019

Biz Quizzard 788

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 29 - May 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has bought Splash, a Philippines-based personal care company?

2. Corteva Agriscience has launched a new seed brand, Brevant seeds, in India. It is the agriculture division of which MNC?

3. Which business school has launched the Centre for Business Markets (CBM) in collaboration with the Institute for Study of Business Markets (ISBM), USA?

4. Which Chennai-based company and US-based $50-million Carr Lane Manufacturing have formed a 30:70 joint venture to make aerospace components (non-flying) for both domestic and export markets?

5. In its first investment in a digital startup, which automobile company has picked up 14.14% in California and Pune-based internet of things company Altizon Inc for $2.5 million?

6. Which denim wear brand has launched a digital-first campaign featuring brand ambassador Tiger Shroff?

7. Which poker site has launched its first-ever integrated brand campaign ‘#BanaoDimaagKoAmeer’, featuring brand ambassador Chris Gayle?

8. Which deodorant brand has launched a campaign for its latest offering, Magic Duo?

9. Which household insecticide brand has launched the campaign ‘#KhatarnaakEmojis’?

10. Which entity last week appointed its first independent woman director M Jayshree Vyas?

11. Brij Mohan Khaitan has stepped down as Chairman of which company?

12. Swiss fragrance and flavour company Firmenich has acquired a majority stake in which company from Indian private equity fund True North?

13. Which company has picked up a majority stake in internet-based corporate travel management company Quest2Travel (Q2T)?

14. Which cricket commentator has invested in Chqbook(dot)com, a marketplace for personalised financial services?

15. Which US-based alternative asset major is taking a 74% stake in Sterlite Investment Managers Ltd, which manages an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT)?

16. Indian Oil Corporation’s Research & Development centre has crossed which milestone in terms of number of patents filed?

17. The family office of Pirojsha Godrej has invested $1.2 million in which home-technology start-up in Pre-Series A round?

18. The Board of Directors of which dairy company last week appointed Sangram Chaudhary as the new Managing Director?

19. Which company last week launched a music application Wynk Tube – an extension of its existing Wynk Music app?

20. Amazon India sellers hit which cumulative global sales milestone recently?

21. Which hospital information management system (HIMS) solutions firm has acquired laboratory information management solutions firm MedPrecinct Solutions for an undisclosed amount?

22. Which facilities management services firm has acquired a 75% stake in Matrix Business Services, another Chennai-based firm which is operating in the business assurance and background verification services space?

23. Eric Schmidt will be leaving the board of which MNC in June?

24. Very interesting ad for a male talcum brand. Which brand has launched the ‘#GoodChoiceSister’ campaign?

25. Which brand has launched the ‘#ShavingStereotypes’ campaign, featuring the Barbershop Girls of India?

26. Which MNC has announced the formation of cross-industry Institute for Real Growth (IRG), the first program of its kind to help CMOs and other senior business leaders to drive more effective growth strategies?

27. Which child nutrition brand has unveiled its first-ever digital campaign ‘Confidence Inside, Active Outside’?

28. Asia Healthcare Holdings (AHH), a healthcare operating platform founded by TPG Growth and backed by Temasek Holdings, has acquired which network of infertility centres?

29. Which actress has been signed on as the brand ambassador for Ceriz, a stylish handbag brand that is designed to celebrate the woman of today?

30. Which company last week announced its acquisition of the 2.2-acre land in Mumbai’s Chembur, housing the iconic RK Studios?

31. JSW Group last week forayed into which new business segment in the country?

32. German sportswear and lifestyle brand Puma India has named which actress as its new face?

33. Which company has launched ‘Equals’ Day’ campaign to change the way we look at elections?

34. Mark Tutssel will retire as the executive chairman of which agency?

35. Bharti Airtel last week re-launched its customer rewards programme. What is it called?

36. Which company last week said it had completed the acquisition of 100% stake in Jajpur Cements Private Ltd (JCPL)?

37. Online fashion platform Myntra last week announced the launch of ‘Go Myntra-la-la’, starring Myntra’s first official brand ambassadors. Who?

38. Which money transfer services provider has announced a campaign that will help Indians across the world get closer to the “Men in Blue” during the upcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2019?

39. Which Chinese MNC outsold Apple’s iPhones in the first quarter of this year, seizing the second place spot in a market dominated by Samsung, according to preliminary data from the Chinese-owned International Data Corporation?

40. Warren Buffett last week said Berkshire Hathaway Inc has bought shares of which MNC for the first time, though he has not been the one doing the buying?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 788 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli