July 28, 2019

Biz Quizzard 800

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

1. Which general insurance company celebrated its centenary on July 23, 2019?

2. Which celebrity is set to launch a men’s innerwear range under his ‘one8’ brand in association with Artimas Fashions, a subsidiary of Lux Industries?

3. Which company has bagged the Startup of the Year award from The Economic Times?

4. Within 18 months of starting operations, which payments bank has decided to wind up operations citing ‘unanticipated developments in business landscape’?

5. Which state will set up what is touted to be the country’s first Space Systems Park?

6. Hit by regulatory curbs and stress in the sector, which telecom brand has shut down its mobile phone-based banking service in India with effect from July 15?

7. Which automobile brand has launched its latest ad 'Galiyan'?

8. Which automobile brand has unveiled a new integrated campaign, ‘Superior by Nature’?

9. Which company has become the youngest company on the Fortune Global 500 list for 2019, ranking 468, with a revenue of $26,443.50 million and a net profit of $2,049.10 million?

10. Which company has become the top-ranked Indian company to feature in the latest Fortune Global 500 list?

11. Which FMCG brand and RoadAds Pvt Ltd have featured in the Limca Book of Records for 'Saarthi', the CSR road safety campaign for truckers?

12. Which business personality has invested Rs 25 crore in Chaitanya India Finance, a microfinance company run by Chaitanya Rural Intermediation Developments Services?

13. Which consumer durables company has launched ‘Racer’, a new range of fans with Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan as the brand ambassador?

14. Which matchmaking site has launched a brand new campaign that celebrates ‘60 lakh success stories’?

15. Which Hindi movie channel has launched the campaign ‘Yeh Hai Desh Ki Deewangi’ to mark 20 years of movie entertainment?

16. Which media investment group has announced that Christian Juhl will become global CEO on October 1, 2019?

17. Prashant Gupta has resigned as the CEO of which realty company?

18. Which fintech firm and Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services (BRS) India have merged their corporate and meal benefits operations into a single entity?

19. Which brand will reportedly replace Oppo on Team India jersey from September?

20. Which hospitality property has been voted as World’s Best Hotel by Travel + Leisure USA, Readers Award Survey 2019?

21. Which 2 public sector enterprises have formed a joint venture to build the world’s cleanest generation unit of 800MW capacity?

22. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, which hosiery company / brand held its flag right on the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest?

23. Which on-demand ride-sharing company has launched a public awareness campaign, Check Your Ride, to all riders across the globe where the company operates?

24. Which business personality’s son-in-law has been appointed as the chief secretary to the treasury in British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new cabinet?

25. Which professional services firm has acquired C Centric, a provider of CRM (customer relationship management) solutions and services?

26. Peter Vesterbacka has joined hands with Hyderabad-based Malaxmi Group to set up an Artificial Intelligence Entrepreneurship University in India. He is the creator of which well known game?

27. Which company has introduced Oyster, an air-conditioned midi-bus in the premium category in India?

28. Which company last week unveiled Cruzio, a new range of buses?

29. Which market and opinion research company has revealed a new brand identity and has launched the campaign ‘Be Sure’?

30. Which video streaming platform has introduced its mobile only plan for India at Rs 199 per month?

31. Which MNC’s co-founder JB Straubel is leaving the chief technology officer job?

32. Which user-generated content platform has recently introduced its micro-influencer platform called MyMoney?

33. Which billionaire is divesting his nearly 20% stake in Anglo American, ending months of speculation that he would launch a bid for the South African miner?

34. Which company has emerged as the country’s largest mobile operator?

35. Which fantasy sports company has acquired the title sponsorship rights of the India tour of West Indies 2019?

36. Which company has introduced ‘Infinity Dining’, a first-of-its-kind initiative for users dining out?

37. Which menswear brand has unveiled the Permapress collection of clothes and has launched the campaign ‘Stay Uncrushed’?

38. Which telecom brand has announced the launch of ‘#LiveMoreChallenge’ as a part of their ongoing ‘#LiveMore’ campaign?

39. Which bathroom solutions brand has introduced a new range of colours that encapsulate the vibrancy and grandeur of India’s diversity and has launched a campaign featuring Twinkle Khanna?

40. Which MNC is purchasing the majority of Intel’s modem business in a deal valued at $1 billion?

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July 21, 2019

Biz Quizzard 799

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

1. Which company has acquired 51% stake in Finesse International Design, which runs bespoke apparel retail brand Shantanu & Nikhil, for Rs 60 crore?

2. Which MNC has reportedly filed a trademark application with the EU Intellectual Property Office for a new operating system called Harmony?

3. Which retailer has recently launched its own liquid detergent brand Voom?

4. Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, along with her mother Vrinda K R, has invested Rs 1 crore in which Bengaluru-based environment startup?

5. Which MNC has acquired a majority stake in Ugam, a data and analytics company serving both business-to-business and business-to-consumer enterprises?

6. Which eye care solutions provider has launched its latest campaign, ‘#BlameTheFrame’, featuring actress Nargis Fakhri?

7. Which MNC has joined hands with Apollo Hospitals group to drive India’s health narrative through ‘#HealthierIndiaTogether’?

8. Which Bangalore-based agency is now a part of the Publicis Group under L&K Saatchi & Saatchi?

9. Which drug maker’s European unit has formed a joint venture with Shanghai-based Jiangsu Acebright to manufacture respiratory products in China?

10. Which is India’s most valuable brand, as per the 2019 study by UK-based Brand Finance?

11. Which company has signed a deal to bring iconic American jewellery brand Tiffany & Co to India?

12. Which country would be the first recipient of local currency financing by the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB)?

13. Which bank and Common Services Centres (CSCs) last week launched a co-branded ‘Small Business Money Back Credit Card’ for small traders and village-level entrepreneurs (VLEs)?

14. CSC Academy, part of Common Services Centres (CSCs), joined hands with which MNC to start ‘Digital Beti’ initiative to train women rural entrepreneurs?

15. Sandeep Sinha has resigned as the India MD of which MNC?

16. Future Consumer (FCL) has set a target to have five Rs 1000-crore plus food brands in its stable in the next five years. Name at least 3?

17. Which fitness brand has roped in actor and fitness enthusiast, Varun Dhawan, as its new brand ambassador in India?

18. Which multi-vitamin and mineral brand has launched its first television campaign in India, featuring Virat Kohli?

19. Which bank has launched the ‘#AlwaysYouFirst’ campaign?

20. Which US software services firm has agreed to acquire Yatra Online for $239 million (Rs 1,645 crore) in an all-stock deal?

21. Which Chinese digital accessory brand last week announced its entry into the India market with its entire range of accessories?

22. Which fast food chain has tied up with Mumbai-based The Souled Store to make its debut in the branded merchandise space?

23. Aishwaryaa R Dhanush, daughter of Rajinikanth, has become the latest celebrity to invest money in which yoga and wellness start-up?

24. Which online travel aggregator has launched ‘weekend getaways’ as a new category as it sees a business opportunity in last minute domestic travel?

25. Which company has acquired Lymbyc, a Bengaluru firm with capabilities in the advanced analytics space?

26. Cognizant’s Global Head of Digital Operations Vipul Khanna will be the new MD & CEO of which customised Business Process Management (BPM) services provider?

27. Which company has become the latest software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm to be valued at more than $1 billion, after it raised $115 million in fresh funding led by US-based VC firm Greycroft and Premji Invest?

28. Which Japanese apparel retailer last week announced plans to enter the Indian market and open three stores in the Delhi-NCR region?

29. Which bank has recently launched InstaBIZ, a comprehensive business banking app for all its current account holders, and has roped in Shah Rukh Khan as brand ambassador?

30. Who has overtaken Bill Gates to become world’s second-richest person?

31. Which hospitality chain last week announced its foray into co-working spaces with a new brand?

32. Which paint manufacturer has launched a campaign, ‘Har Rang Khoobsurat’ (HRK), underlining its vision to celebrate oneness and harmony across India?

33. Which MNC has appointed its Asia Pacific division's marketing vice-president Ram Raghavan as India managing director?

34. In a global first, Swedish furniture chain Ikea will launch online shopping services in which market (city) before opening physical stores?

35. Which air conditioning brand has teamed up with Barista Coffee Company to launch a special summer drink?

36. Which online gifting store has partnered with advertising agency The Womb to roll out its first multi-platform international campaign for the upcoming festival of Raksha Bandhan?

37. Which ice cream brand has launched the campaign “ICE CREAM KA SHORT FORM” for its newest offering?

38. A consortium led by Brookfield Asset Management has agreed to acquire the tower arm of which company?

39. Which company last week named Amit Burman as its new chairman?

40. Which business personality is undertaking one of the largest stock buybacks by an Indian entrepreneur, in a $2.2 billion transaction?

41. Which brewer is selling off its Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) unit in Australia for 16 billion Australian dollars ($11.3 billion) following a failed IPO?

42. Which MNC has struck a deal to buy South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group for $1.7 billion?

43. ITC is entering the healthy snacks segment by launching a range of baked chips made of healthy products under which brand?

44. Which automobile MNC has named Oliver Zipse as its new chief executive?

45. Which car maker has launched a contest for the Indian market, ‘#InspiredByIndia’?

46. Which chocolate brand has launched MOOSHA Cocoa Crispies, packed with unique combinations of white and brown, crispy and creamy texture?

47. Which ceramic company has announced actor Salman Khan as its new brand ambassador?

48. Which steel pipes manufacturer has been announced as the principal sponsor of Haryana Steelers for the seventh season of the Pro Kabbadi League?

49. Pitchai Rajagopal died last week in Chennai. He was the founder of which restaurant chain?

50. Manjushree Khaitan has been redesignated as chairman of which company with immediate effect?

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July 14, 2019

Biz Quizzard 798

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

1. Which company has acquired Feeding India, a not-for-profit organisation with an aim to serve at least 100 million underprivileged people every month?

2. Which company has launched the campaign “Flicker nahin, toh ankhein sahi” to introduce its new range of EyeLuv LED lights?

3. Pradeep Dwivedi has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of which media company?

4. Which social network has named Ashutosh Gupta as country manager for India?

5. Which company has tied up with Turkey’s textile manufacturer Kivanç Tekstil to manufacture and market its sustainable and eco-friendly fabric brand in that country?

6. Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) has bought a $100 million stake in which consulting and engineering company set up by former Wipro executives a decade ago?

7. Which sportswear brand has taken on board India’s women football star Dalima Chhibber as its new brand ambassador?

8. Which company has entered into an agreement to divest its stilbene-based Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) business for paper and powder detergent applications to Archroma India?

9. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its Ahalya collection?

10. Which company last week said it has emerged as the world's third largest hotel chain as per room count with 8,50,000 rooms in its portfolio?

11. The technology arm of which MNC has acqui-hired health tech startup FloCare and B2B wholesale trading platform BigTrade, for undisclosed amounts?

12. Which MNC has launched India-first ROI measurement solution for digital media to help FMCG advertisers?

13. Which grocery and milk delivery startup has acquired PSR Supply Chain for an undisclosed sum?

14. Ashok Venkatramani has resigned as the managing director of which media company?

15. Which MNC last week drove in its first electric vehicle Kona SUV in India at Rs 25.3 lakh (ex-showroom)?

16. Which feisty Texas technology billionaire, who rattled US politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s, died last week at the age of 89?

17. Vistara plans to start its maiden overseas flight next month. Which destination?

18. Deposits in bank accounts opened under Jan-Dhan scheme have crossed which milestone mark?

19. Which celebrity has launched her innerwear brand “Infamous by Starstruck”?

20. According to reports last week, which MNC has started exporting its phones to some European markets from India?

21. Which MNC has bought Israeli-US company Elastifile, a provider of scalable enterprise storage for the cloud?

22. Which brand for supplementary study material and other education products has announced the launch of it’s first-ever TVC in Hinglish and Marathi, #ConfidentHarDum and #ConfidentNehmi?

23. Which group has agreed to sell its entire stake in its non-banking finance company along with its housing finance unit to Kolkata-based Chatterjee Group?

24. Baring Private Equity Asia has signed a definitive agreement to acquire which healthcare analytics company?

25. Which e-commerce company has launched a co-branded credit card in partnership with Axis Bank and Mastercard?

26. Which automobile MNC has appointed Balbir Singh Dhillon as its India head?

27. Which real estate developer is foraying into the shared data centre space under the brand Yotta, where it will build and lease buildings to corporates to store their data?

28. Which shampoo brand has roped in actress Sonakshi Sinha as brand ambassador?

29. Which watch brand has launched the campaign 'khushiyon ki ghadi’?

30. Kumar Mangalam Birla has created an annual £15 million (Rs 129 crore) endowed scholarship programme at which business school to honour the legacy of his late grandfather and veteran industrialist BK Birla?

31. Which fragrances brand has unveiled a new digital campaign with the insight of ‘happy bathrooms’?

32. Which GroupM agency has named Toby Jenner as Global CEO?

33. Which general insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#CoveredHai’?

34. Which brand has associated with e-commerce platform Flipkart for their digital campaign on its Smart AC ‘#ThinksLikeYou’?

35. Which Hindi general entertainment channel has launched a brand campaign with a new tagline ‘Khushiyon Wali Feeling’?

36. Which Indian telecom company has joined hands with Thales, a global digital security firm, to develop a secure global IoT connectivity solution?

37. Which consulting and outsourcing services provider last week named Julie Sweet as its new chief executive officer, effective September?

38. WPP is offloading a majority stake in which market-research unit to Bain Capital Private Equity in a deal that should bring the ad holding company $3.1 billion in proceeds?

39. Which Kanpur-based company has launched new sanitary napkin brand Senitta?

40. Which company last week launched the country’s first ethanol-based motorcycle, priced at Rs. 1.20 lakh (ex-showroom)?

41. Which fashion denim brand has entered Himachal Pradesh with an exclusive brand store in Kangra?

42. Which brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Modern Kitchens for Modern Minds’?

43. Which company has launched the film 'Sachin – Dil Se' to celebrate its long association with him?

44. Indian boxing is getting its official league. What has it been branded as?

45. Anshula Kant, managing director of the State Bank of India, has been appointed as managing director and chief financial officer of which entity?

Please mail you answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 798 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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July 7, 2019

Biz Quizzard 797

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

1. Which airline last week launched what it claimed as currently the world’s shortest flight?

2. Jitendra Gupta has resigned as the managing director of which digital payments company?

3. Which company is selling nine operational road projects to IndInfravit Trust, an infrastructure investment fund sponsored by Larsen & Toubro, for Rs 6,611 crore?

4. Which networking systems and software company has appointed former IBMer Rajesh Nambiar as chairman and president for India?

5. Which company has acquired Eveready’s packet tea business and its brands, including Tez Red, Premium Gold and Jaago, for Rs. 6 crore?

6. Which brand has unveiled two new films for its ‘Made Differently’ campaign, featuring celebrity brand ambassadors Rana Daggubati and Radhika Apte?

7. Which digital marketing agency has acquired SocialGIZ, a boutique social media and website development agency?

8. Which laptop maker has launched a campaign ‘#PlayAtFullSpeed’, featuring Virender Sehwag?

9. Which bank has launched the song ‘Nayi Zindagi' to promote its ‘Recycle more, Waste less' initiative?

10. Which MNC has partnered with ESPN to launch ‘Office Sports Quiz'?

11. Which audio streaming subscription service has launched a television commercial, featuring actors Anil Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar?

12. Harish Shriyan has decided to step down from his role as CEO of which media agency by the end of 2019?

13. Vinod Kumar has resigned as the managing director and group chief executive officer of which telecom company?

14. The Landmark Group, the largest retail conglomerate in the Middle East, is shutting outlets of which fast fashion brand in India?

15. Which spirits major has named Thibault Cuny as its new CEO for India?

16. Who has been nominated to be the new president of European Central Bank (ECB)?

17. Which MNC has appointed Ashok Ramachandran as President of India and South Asia operations with effect from July 1, 2019?

18. Which communications consultant has launched his first book ‘Be Social: Building Brand You Online’?

19. Which OTT platform has launched the campaign ‘#SoWhatAreYouWatching’?

20. Which MNC and ASEAN National Tourism Organisations (ASEAN NTOs) have joined forces to promote Southeast Asia through the campaign 'Feel the Warmth'?

21. Which well known industrialist passed away in Mumbai on July 5th at the age of 98?

22. Lee Iacocca, 94, passed away in Bel Air, California last week. He was the ex-CEO of which company?

23. Kuwait-based Markab Capital has bought a stake of about 21% in which Chennai-based interiors and building solutions company in a deal valued at about Rs. 321 crore?

24. Which company has partnered with Facebook Inc to launch a countrywide digital literacy drive, christened, Digital Udaan?

25. Which fitness brand last week announced actor and wellness enthusiast Katrina Kaif as its new brand ambassador in India?

26. Which consumer electronics major last week forayed into the ceiling fan segment in the Indian market?

27. Which media group has roped in Salman Khan to be the face of its circulation expansion initiative with the theme ‘Life Badal Jayegi, Boss’?

28. Which business group last week launched the ‘#NurtureYourCuriosity’ campaign centered around innovation?

29. Which dating app launched its ‘#LoveAtFirstPride’ campaign on the occasion of 'Pride Month 2019'?

30. According to reports last week, the Indian Rupee will now be accepted for transaction at all airports in which international destination?

31. Which beverage brand has signed vuvuzela-blowing octogenarian Indian cricket fan Charulata Patel as the latest face of its campaign?

32. Which Hyderabad-based traditional sweets maker last week announced its foray into the fine dining space with its Masala Republic chain of contemporary cuisine restaurants?

33. Walmart India last week opened its second cash-n-carry store in Indore. Which store count did it touch in India with this launch?

34. Which company has signed a definitive share purchase agreement with GMR Infrastructure Ltd. (GIL) to buy its 47.62% stake in GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd. (GCEL)?

35. Which beverage chain has launched the campaign ‘#MentalAboutChai’?

36. Coca-Cola India has introduced Fanta Juicy+, a new variant of its orange flavoured sparkling beverage, and has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

37. Which jewellery retail chain launched a special ‘PRIDE Collection’ as a gesture of support for the LGBTQ community?

38. Which dairy company has appointed Venkat Shankar as Chief Executive Officer?

39. Which MNC has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Italian technology-driven creative agency, AQuest?

40. Ola last week got a licence to operate in which new city in UK?

41. Which long-running international satirical magazine will be leaving newsstands after its August issue?

42. Which snack brand has rolled out a new challenge called, ‘Wavez4India’ on Chinese video sharing app – TikTok?

43. Which Mumbai-based advertising and marketing agency and Dubai based entertainment channel, Imagine Movies have announced their merger?

44. Which MNC has launched what it claimed as India's first ever programmatic OOH weather banners?

45. Rostow Ravanan has quit as the CEO of which IT firm?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 797 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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