August 25, 2019

Biz Quizzard 804

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 19 - 24. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Amazon last week opened its largest campus building in world. Which location?

2. Which Shapoorji Pallonji-backed fintech player is seeking to enter an unprecedented ecommerce segment – exclusive clearance sales?

3. Which software major has announced the divestment of 73.38% stake in its subsidiary FixStream Networks to US-based Resolve Systems for $2 million (approx Rs 14.22 crore)?

4. Which international dating app has launched its first 360-degree campaign in India titled ‘Find My Kind’?

5. Emami’s 7 Oils in One Non Sticky Hair Oil has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

6. Which Bengaluru-headquartered coworking space provider has acquired Gurugram-headquartered The UnCube for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which lifestyle brand has launched its denim campaign “tough jeans for a tough day at work”?

8. JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has launched a brand shop in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Which milestone count has it reached with this launch?

9. Which paint brand has rolled out a new digital campaign titled ‘#NayiSochNayaRang’?

10. Swedish home furnishings retailer Ikea last week announced the rollout of its e-commerce operations in India with the launch of online sales in which market?

11. Balesh Sharma has resigned as the CEO of which telecom company with immediate effect?

12. Which company has announced the launch of its new electric scooters, Optima ER priced at Rs 68,721 and Nyx ER at Rs 69,754?

13. Which shampoo brand has launched the campaign ‘#AapkeBaalAapkiMarzi’?

14. Which automobile brand has launched a branded content film ‘Chase the Sun’?

15. Which contemporary line of fusion wear for the modern women of today from Surat has recently signed actor Bhumi Pednekar as its brand ambassador?

16. Which veteran journalist has invested in product review startup Mishry?

17. Which company has announced the launch of Bengaluru’s "first" restaurant where food service is done by robots?

18. Which film exhibition company has introduced a new sub-brand ‘Utsav’ for tier II and III cities in India?

19. Which omni-channel distributor has announced that it has expanded into IoT products and has recently launched a global brand YI Technologies in India?

20. Which well known brand in India is celebrating its 60 years and has launched a 90-second commercial, it’s longest till date?

21. Which telecom company and STARZPLAY, the international premium subscription platform from STARZ, have joined hands to launch Lionsgate’s premium service Lionsgate Play in India?

22. Which agency recently announced the restructuring of its rural marketing under its shopper marketing agency, Hyperspace?

23. Which water heating solutions provider has announced the appointment of Mohit Narula as the new managing director?

24. Which smartphone brand recently did a collaboration video with Mumbai-based visually challenged photographer Bhavesh Patel?

25. Which non-resident Indian businessman is set to buy Andromeda Sales and Distribution from Wadhawan Global Capital, which owns cash-strapped Dewan Housing Finance Limited?

26. Which MNC has clinched the purchase of Bayer AG’s animal-health unit in a deal valued at $7.6 billion, creating one of the biggest stand alone veterinary medicine companies in the world?

27. Which integrated container logistics firm has roped in BlackBuck, an online marketplace, for trucking?

28. Which two- and three-wheeler tyre manufacturer last week announced the launch of ‘Eurogrip’, a brand targeted at meeting the needs of the millennial customer?

29. Which company has announced the launch of a digital marketing campaign ‘More to healthcare’?

30. Which company will stay the title sponsor of the domestic and international matches organised by the Indian cricket board for another four years?

31. Mumbai-based mobile gaming startup Nazara Technologies has invested Rs 44 crore for a 67% stake in which sports content website?

32. Which FM radio network has launched Scribbled, an exclusive platform for poetry, spoken word and storytelling?

33. Online pharmacy Netmeds last week said it has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Karnataka. Which location?

34. Cartoon Network has partnered with which lingerie and sleepwear brand to unveil a unique collection inspired by The Powerpuff Girls?

35. Which FM radio has launched a new brand jingle, in tune with the brand’s philosophy of 'Aaj Kuch Accha Sunte Hai'?

36. Which realty portal has signed up actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon as its brand ambassadors?

37. Which company will acquire 58.2% stake in Ideal Finance Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of leading Sri Lankan conglomerate, Ideal Group?

38. Which toothpaste brand has launched a song called ‘Brush Them Well’?

39. Which home furnishings brand has unveiled its new campaign - ‘Beautiful Homes tell Beautiful Stories’?

40. Which MNC last week launched its latest processor, its first using artificial intelligence (AI), designed for large computing centres?

41. Which notebook brand last week announced the launch of its latest innovation, ‘pulse 3D notebooks’?

42. Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has rebranded its over-the-top (OTT) platform Airtel TV. What will it be now known as?

43. Which Japan-based electric motor maker will buy out its Indian partner and chief executive Mukund Padmanabhan?

44. Which company has bought The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf India franchise from private equity fund Everstone Capital?

45. Which MNC has agreed to acquire an indirect minority stake in Future Retail, ahead of an option to buy all or part of the promoters’ shareholding in the company after three years?

46. Amazon has brought which online grocery store to India, and it will deliver fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy, meat and other packaged food to customers in two hours?

47. Which dairy brand recently launched a commercial, ‘#YourHappyBalance’, on digital platforms?

48. Celebrating its 30 years partnership with Indian farmers, which MNC has launched ‘#AwaazMittiKi’ programme?

49. Which confectionery brand is celebrating its 25th anniversary in India this year and has launched a new product and has roped in south actress Samantha Akkineni as brand ambassador?

50. Which payments service has launched its latest film - 'Celebrating India's Biggest Payments'?

51. Garnier has roped in which actress as the new face of the brand to promote its latest product?

52. Which watch and accessories brand has recently launched a new brand campaign called #DWMoments, featuring actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte?

53. Which bank has teamed up with Standard Chartered Bank to launch a cobranded credit card that would be the first in India for the UK bank?

54. Which US toymaker is acquiring studio Entertainment One, which owns popular cartoon series Peppa Pig among other children’s content, for approximately $4 billion?

55. Which MNC has teamed up with the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, to create an Artificial Intelligence Digital Lab for research using AI and machine learning?

56. Which smartphone major is poised to launch a consumer lending business in India in the coming weeks?

57. Which media agency last week unveiled Datask, its proprietary consumer-based targeted marketing and insights platform?

58. What has Google officially named the next Android version as?

59. Which baby care brand has launched its first India campaign with two TVC series ‘Wherever there’s a baby’ and ‘Everyday Moments of Care’?

60. Which hospitality company has partnered with Highgate to create its first key flagship property in Las Vegas?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 804 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

August 18, 2019

Biz Quizzard 803

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 12 - 17. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has agreed to buy 20% in the oil-to-chemicals division, the core business of Reliance Industries for an enterprise value of $75 billion (around Rs 5.3 lakh crore)?

2. Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has touched which milestone count of exclusive Mi Stores across the country?

3. Which app has launched its first integrated campaign, ‘Find Real Friends’, in India to celebrate its friendship-finding mode?

4. Which energy drink giant has announced the launch of a limited festival edition can to elevate the upcoming festival spirit?

5. Which chocolate brand has launched its latest campaign of Rakshabandhan 'The Golden Bandhan'?

6. Which short video creation platform has announced the launch of 'No matter where I am, #IAMINDIAN' campaign?

7. Which FMCG major has joined hands with Robin Hood Army, the volunteer-based organisation, for its ‘#Mission5’ campaign this Independence Day?

8. Which company has acqui-hired Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence startup, as it looks to focus on utilising advanced analytics and deep technology to build futuristic mobility solutions?

9. Which fintech company, promoted by Rajiv M Ranjan, has been awarded a nonbanking finance company (NBFC) licence by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

10. Reliance Industries is partnering with which MNC to offer cloud-based solutions to small enterprises?

11. Which holding company has named Rajesh Sud as its managing director for financial services?

12. Cars24 has announced a partnership with which celebrity to elevate and strengthen its brand as it continues to expand across markets?

13. Which MNC will formally launch its SUV Triber in India on August 28?

14. Which European home appliances manufacturer has elevated its India managing director & CEO Gunjan Srivastava as Asia-Pacific Head?

15. Which sportswear and lifestyle brand has collaborated with Indian fashion designer Masaba Gupta to launch a limited edition range of sneakers?

16. Which MNC has entered into an agreement to acquire INSITUM, a service design and strategic research firm focused on innovation through a human-centered approach?

17. Which diagnostics chain has launched a digital video campaign ‘#DoctorKnowsBest’, with brand ambassador Shilpa Shetty?

18. Which startup in the technology space has announced the onset of its new campaign ‘#AzadiPlasticSe’ this Independence Day?

19. Which sports and active nutrition brand has appointed celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija as its brand ambassador?

20. Who has topped the list of Most Googled Celebrities in India for this year?

21. Which retailer has launched the “Celebrating Sisterhood” campaign for Raksha Bandhan?

22. The Blackstone Group and developer Salarpuria Sattva have agreed to buy which IT-focused property in Bengaluru for about Rs 2,775 crore?

23. Stock market veteran Dharmesh Mehta is acquiring the stock broking and merchant banking arm of which group?

24. Which business group released a digital film ‘#SoundsOfMakingIndia’ to commemorate India’s 73rd Independence Day?

25. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign ‘#UnitedByHarmony’?

26. Which health insurance company launched the ‘#SabKiSister’ Rakshabandhan campaign to celebrate the contribution of nurses?

27. Which QSR chain has launched the ‘#TrulyIndianBurger’ campaign for Independence Day?

28. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘#Evolution’?

29. Which online pharmacy launched a digital campaign ‘#GoodHealthIsFreedom’ ahead of the Independence Day?

30. Which chocolate brand launched a limited-edition Unity bar for Independence Day?

31. This has been running for some time now. Which cookie brand has launched the campaign 'New Meetha', featuring Alia Bhatt?

32. Which menswear brand has unveiled a limited edition Mission Mangal Collection across stores in the country?

33. On the eve of India’s 73rd Independence Day, which hotel in Delhi launched the 'Nourishing the Nation' drive?

34. Rupert Hogg resigned as the CEO of which airline last week?

35. Which airline last week became the first Indian airline to operate commercial flights overflying the North Pole?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 803 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

August 11, 2019

Biz Quizzard 802

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 05 - 10. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is buying a majority stake in Mumbai-based retail-focused startup Fynd?

2. Which digital payments startup has acquired Gurugram-based fraud analytics startup Thirdwatch in an all-cash deal?

3. India’s stock market capitalisation recently fell below which milestone mark for the first time in six months?

4. Which company has introduced a robotic locker ‘Autovault’?

5. Which MNC bank last week abruptly ousted its chief executive officer John Flint after just 18 months, citing an “increasingly complex” environment?

6. Which internet names and registrations management major has named Aman Bhutani as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, effective from September 4?

7. Which Hyderabad-based livestock technology company has announced the launch of its patented technology platform, Tropical Bovine Genetics (TBG)?

8. Which mouth freshener brand has launched the ‘Shauk badi cheez hai’ campaign, featuring Manoj Bajpai, Jameel Khan and Elli Avram?

9. Which home services provider has unveiled its Independence Day sale campaign ‘#AsliFreedom’?

10. Which online pharmacy startup has appointed former Myntra CEO Ananth Narayanan as co-founder and CEO?

11. Which food company has launched the campaign ‘#ThankYouBhaiya' ad campaign?

12. Which audio streaming platform has launched a cross channel marketing campaign called ‘Made By’?

13. Which audio product has launched the ‘#KyaHaiIsme’ campaign?

14. Which chocolate brand has launched the campaign ‘#HeartTheHate’ for Friendship Day?

15. Which pharma company’s healthcare subsidiary has announced the appointment of Shivam S Puri as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

16. Which MNC has agreed to buy a payments platform owned by Denmark-based Nets for $3.19 billion, it’s biggest-ever acquisition to help extend a push into faster payments?

17. Which Indian broadcaster has stitched a deal with Canadian live-streaming service Tablet-Stream to offer its popular channels on the platform for South Asian viewers in the region?

18. Which steel company has agreed to divest 70% of its stake in its Thailand arm to Dubai-based Synergy Metals and Mining Fund?

19. Which Bengaluru-based real estate developer is venturing into the co-living and warehousing segments to expand its business?

20. The annual Brand Equity Agency Reckoner was published last week. Which agency has topped the list?

21. Which watch brand has launched the ‘Mission Mangal Ladies Collection’?

22. Which cooking oil brand has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Aapke Family ka Cholesterol Cutter’?

23. Which telecom brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘#SabKaTimeAaGaya’?

24. Online food delivery service Swiggy has tied up with which scooter-sharing startup for a bike taxi pilot in Indore and Ahmedabad?

25. Which Bengaluru-based digital mutual funds distribution startup has acquired Upwardly, another mutual funds distribution firm for an undisclosed amount?

26. Which small finance bank last week announced it has got the status of a Scheduled Bank from RBI?

27. Which footwear brand has launched a new campaign, featuring actors Kangana Ranaut and Farhan Akhtar?

28. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘#DuaKaSona’?

29. Which  US-based enterprise software solutions provider last week announced the opening of its largest development centre in Asia at Hyderabad with a new facility spread over 2 lakh sq ft?

30. Which two companies last week expanded their relationship and announced a joint venture to open 5,500 petrol stations and sell jet fuel in India?

31. Which company has acquired Binge Digital, a Delhi based food tech platform that helps restaurants upsell and increase ticket size with the help of analytics and video menus?

32. Which MNC last week started selling Starbucks-branded coffee in mainland China?

33. Which food brand has announced the launch of its new ad campaign 'Iska Taste Mile, Toh Sab Milein’, featuring actress Dia Mirza?

34. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftOfTime’ for Raksha Bandhan?

35. Which airline has announced its association with Diljit Dosanjh for a new brand campaign 'Har dil bole udippa'?

36. Which travel platform has tied up with upcoming multi-starrer movie, Mission Mangal, becoming their official brand partner in the travel segment?

37. Which airline and edutainment theme park, KidZania India have announced a partnership for the Kidzania Aviation Academy at their Indian theme parks in Mumbai and Delhi NCR?

38. Which spirits brand has launched ‘Born Colourless’, an India-first campaign featuring stories on discrimination?

39. Which MNC celebrated its 70th anniversary on August 9 by opening a new building resembling a football stadium and housing 2,000 employees?

40. Which sports brand has roped in athlete Dutee Chand as brand ambassador?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 802 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

August 4, 2019

Biz Quizzard 801

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 29 - August 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Flipkart recently announced its foray into the offline space with its decision to set up its first Furniture Experience Centre. Which city?

2. Which premium beauty brand has launched ‘Mettle’, a premium range of lipsticks along with a digital ad campaign titled ‘All That Matters Is Mettle’?

3. Who has been re-elected as President of the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) for the year 2019-20?

4. Which automobile MNC has set up a new technical centre in the country ahead of its brand rollout?

5. Amazon’s seller base has crossed which milestone mark in India?

6. Which Indian pharma company has entered into a joint venture with China's Sihuan Pharmaceutical Holdings Group?

7. According to a report last week, sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures has signed a long-term deal with which Indian pacer?

8. Which MNC has announced its foray in the non-alcohol beer segment in India with the launch of its first non-alcohol beer?

9. Which bath fittings, kitchen sinks and sanitaryware brand has roped in actress Karishma Sharma as its brand ambassador?

10. RuPay reported which milestone number of transactions through both online and offline merchant payment modes in financial year 2019, according to data sourced from the NPCI and RBI?

11. Royal Philips has launched its latest product in male grooming technology, which combines capabilities for styling, trimming and shaving in one hybrid tool. What has it been branded as?

12. Which business personality, who sold IT services company Hexaware to private equity firm Barings in 2013, has started a new educational technology company, Azent Overseas Education?

13. Which former RBI deputy governor passed away last week?

14. Which company has launched ‘Grow Right’ campaign to support parents in the healthy growth of their kids?

15. Which food company has unveiled three new digital films under its ‘Great Khana, No Drama’ campaign?

16. Which actor last week revealed that he is all set to launch his clothing brand called Humbl on August 7?

17. The promoters of which media company will sell an 11% stake to US-based financial investor Invesco Oppenheimer Developing Markets Fund for Rs 4,224 crore?

18. Debashis Chatterjee has taken over as the chief executive of which IT firm?

19. What will DHFL Pramerica be renamed as?

20. Food delivery platform Zomato is now serving users in how many cities across India?

21. Which MNC has agreed to buy GrandVision NV in a deal that values the smaller Dutch eyecare retailer at as much as 7.3 billion Euros ($8.1 billion)?

22. Which Kerala based jewellery retailer has appointed actor Anil Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

23. Which marketplace has launched ‘Samarth, an initiative aimed at bringing India’s artisans, weavers, and handicrafts producers onto e-commerce?

24. Which company has launched the AYURVEDA Clear Skin Soap, with the goodness of Kanakataila?

25. Which company has launched the ‘I Can’ initiative for climate change?

26. Which omni-channel platform for buying and selling of pre-owned cars has launched ‘#RescueAssamChallenge’ campaign to help flood-affected people?

27. In a first-of-its-kind deal, which hospitality company will house 500 students of a blue chip higher education institute, IIT Delhi?

28. Which private equity real estate entity has acquired 100% interest in Weikfield IT Citi Info Park in Pune’s Viman Nagar for $130 million, or Rs 900 crore?

29. Dilipkumar Khandelwal has quit as the India MD of which IT MNC?

30. Apple last week opened its largest India store. Which city?

31. Which billionaire is hitting the Street for the first time with an Rs 3,125-crore initial public issuance of solar unit, Sterling & Wilson?

32. Which MNC has joined hands with Apollo Hospitals Group to set up a National Clinical Coordination Committee (NCCC) for the AI-powered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score API?

33. Which protein supplement brand has launched its new integrated campaign, ‘#DontMissOut’?

34. Which protein supplement brand has launched the initiative ‘#RiseUpChallenge’?

35. This year’s Advertising Agencies Association of India’s AAAI Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to which ad personality?

36. Which manufacturer of elevators and escalators has announced the launch of its new brand campaign ‘We Elevate’?

37. Which job site has launched a campaign for recruitment solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India, featuring actress Radhika Apte?

38. Which organic personal care brand, on the occasion of completing its 6 years, has announced the start of its campaign ‘#fixwithsix’?

39. Which automobile MNC has launched the new pan India brand campaign ‘The Call of the Blue 2.0’?

40. India has been ranked at which place in the global GDP rankings in 2018, as per the data compiled by the World Bank?

41. Which MNC last week announced its largest battery product, ‘Megapack’?

42. Which airline in India last week announced it had entered into a partnership with Skyscanner, a global travel aggregator?

43. Which jewellery retail chain last week rolled out a new brand campaign 'Shine On', featuring former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly?

44. A Euromonitor study has ranked which company on top of India’s retail companies?

45. Reliance Brands last week opened a Hamleys store in MGF Metropolitan Mall in Gurgaon. Which milestone store count did it touch for Hamleys in India with this launch?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 801 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli