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December 27, 2020

Biz Quizzard 874

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company will build what it claims to be the world’s largest zoo?

2. Which Indian firm has taken Canadian aircraft and train maker Bombardier’s Singapore unit to court over what it alleged are serious technical glitches in a retrofitted component in its business jet?

3. Which company has bought out partner Sudhakar Shetty-led Sahana Group’s entire 50% stake in an upcoming five-star luxury hotel property in Mumbai’s plush Worli locality for Rs 1,040 crore?

4. Which company has acquired the air-handling business of Ahmedabad-based Citizen Industries, a move which will enhance its product positioning into the commercial air-conditioning market?

5. Amazon now works with more than which milestone count of small and medium businesses in India across its marketplace, logistics, ecommerce enablement, digital publishing and cloud computing operations?

6. Which automobile MNC last week shut down its last factory in India, the fallout of raging tension between India and China?

7. Which Italy-based global confectionery major has announced that it will acquire Eat Natural, the maker of high-quality cereal bars, toasted muesli and granola?

8. Which cooking oil brand has roped in actor Yash, famously known for K.G.F Chapter 1 & 2, and his wife Radhika as brand ambassadors?

9. Which investment company has made chief executive Sanjay Nayar the chairman of the firm, effective from December 31, 2020?

10. Which Indian company’s South Korean subsidiary last week filed for court receivership after defaulting on loans worth 90 billion won (Rs 602 crore) due to Korea Development Bank (KDB)?

11. Which connected lifestyle brand has announced its first offline presence by tying up with Vijay Sales, an electronics retail store chain, to retail its products?

12. Which company has unveiled a new rebranding exercise, including a new vision statement ‘A healthy world. A protected you. A happy us, revisited for the changing times’?

13. Which commercial vehicles company has launched a global competition, ´Startup Sparks´, for early stage startups?

14. Which foods company has named Navin Tewari as its new managing director and chief executive officer?

15. Which digital cinema distribution network and in-cinema advertising platform last week announced its foray into film distribution?

16. Which hair-care brand has launched the campaign ‘#DearWinter’?

17. Which smart devices brand has launched air conditioners in India marking the company’s entry into the home appliances segment in the country?

18. Which brand has rolled out an ad for its ‘Royal Biryani’?

19. Which general insurance company has launched the television commercial ‘Bharose Ka Vaada’?

20. Which IT firm has won a multi-year technology transformation deal with a revenue potential of over $1 billion from German wholesaler Metro AG?

21. Which nasal hygiene brand has launched the campaign ‘Naak wash kiya kya?’?

22. Which tile manufacturing company has launched a new campaign titled ‘#ByeBye2020’?

23. Which healthy food platform has undergone a 360-degree brand transformation, including new logo, mascot and tagline ‘Honestly Indian’?

24. Which global smart devices brand has set up its first 5G innovation lab at the company’s Hyderabad research and development centre?

25. Which sovereign fund and logistics firm ESR Cayman have entered into an 80:20 strategic partnership to set up a $750-million joint venture to develop and acquire industrial and logistics assets in India?

26. Which telecom company has inked a pact with story publishing platform Firework, which will give access to the telco’s subscribers to content in form of short video stories?

27. Which bank has launched ‘Infinite India’, an online platform for foreign companies that plan to set up business in the country?

28. Which snack brand has launched the campaign ‘Ab Laga Masala’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar?

29. Which skincare brand has launched its own shopping website in India, keeping in mind the changing shopping behavior of the customers in the times of pandemic?

30. Which company has launched India's first plant protein-based product called 'The Unthinkable Pizza'?

31. Which salon chain has appointed Vivek Bali of Sephora-fame as its CEO?

32. This should be easy. Which chocolate brand, in partnership with Google and conceptualised by Ogilvy, is introducing the ‘Do Nothing Assistant’, the first-ever AI that helps you do nothing?

33. Which notebook brand has released an ad film for its origami notebooks?

34. As part of its 20th anniversary celebration and, on the occasion of Farmer’s Day/Kisaan Diwas on Dec 23, which steel brand released the digital film ‘#ThankYouKisaan’?

35. Which paints company has launched the campaign ‘Desh ke Kone Kone Mein Rang Gungunaye’?

36. Which company has acquired a majority stake (58.1%) in France-based embedded-SIM (eSIM) firm Oasis Smart SIM Europe (Oasis)?

37. Japanese carmaker Honda will discontinue sales of which models with the closure of production operations at its Greater Noida facility?

38. Which instant messenger last week announced a major update bringing a new Voice Chats feature?

39. Which infrastructure financier will sell its Chinese JV Road Asset - Chongqing Yuhe Expressway Co Ltd (CYEC) - to PingAn Insurance (Group) Company of China?

40. An arbitration tribunal has asked India to pay which MNC damages of $1.2 billion plus interest and costs in a six-year-old retrospective tax dispute?

41. Which celebrity has sold most of her stake in the OWN cable channel to its majority owner, Discovery, for more than $36 million in stock?

42. Which contract manufacturer for consumer electronics is foraying into information & communications technology (ICT) hardware, including laptops, desktops, tablets and servers?

43. Which company last week said it has launched Ultra T. 7, a light commercial vehicle designed specifically for urban transportation?

44. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi’s market value crossed which milestone value last week?

45. Which MNC has released its maiden holiday ad film, ‘Hum Rukna Nahi Jaante’, celebrating the resilience of the human spirit?

46. Which face care brand has roped in actress Sanjana Sanghi as the brand ambassador?

47. Which single malt Scotch whisky brand has launched a new digital campaign, featuring Boman Irani and Manish Mehrotra?

48. Which beer brand has released a short film titled ‘Kings aren’t made overnight’ featuring the limited-edition Lionel Messi bottle, to mark the moment?

49. Which water-proofing brand has launched a new campaign featuring actor Amitabh Bachchan?

50. Which Indian company is developing the cold storage solution for vaccines that require ultra-low temperatures for safe storage and transportation?

51. Which life insurance company last week acquired an 8.99% stake in non-deposit taking NBFC Paisalo Digital for Rs 186.20 crore?

52. A US regulator ruled that which company’s new design for its Roxor off-road utility vehicle did not infringe the intellectual property rights of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Jeep brand?

53. Which company last week said the agreement to acquire 49% stake in Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC) from the affiliates of the AES Corporation is formally junked?

54. Which airline has signed an MoU with GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC), a GMR group company, for providing a seamless service to all vaccine manufacturers in the region?

55. Finland’s Salcomp has acquired which U.S.-based electronics maker which had been defunct for over a decade, within the Nokia Telecom SEZ in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai?

56. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, former Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant (India), will join which university in January as its first Pro Vice-Chancellor, responsible for professional learning?

57. Which company has become the first manufacturer to commercially launch a field-ready electric tractor for the domestic market with an introductory price of Rs 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom)?

58. Which confectionary brand has rolled out its new digital campaign ‘Fun Ka Booster’ which is rooted in its philosophy of ‘Fun is for life, and not just for kids’?

59. Which company last week said it has successfully 3D printed a ground plus one building, claiming it to be the first in India?

60. All lanes of National Highways toll plazas will accept only electronic payments through FASTag from which date?

61. Which company last week launched its ‘Trusme’ series of feature phones in India, comprising T1, T57, T75, R300, and R75?

62. Which e-learning app has unveiled its first brand campaign around the theme - ‘Bring Learning Alive’?

63. Which vernacular social-gaming platform has unveiled its new campaign with the tagline ‘Jeetne mein Kick hai’?

64. Which realty major last week said its rental arm has entered into an agreement to acquire the stake of US-based Hines in a premium commercial project in Gurugram for Rs 780 crore?

65. Which company has agreed to buy out IMG Worldwide LLC from their sports management joint venture?

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December 20, 2020

Biz Quizzard 873

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 14 -19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company is planning to build the world’s largest scooter factory in Tamil Nadu?

2. Which company is liquidating Pininfarina Engineering, a unit of its Italian subsidiary Pininfarina, citing strategic irrelevance of the business and poor market visibility?

3. Which IT firm has named Ajay Bhutoria as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director?

4. Global insurance giant Aon has acquired a 49% stake in which insurance broker in India?

5. Dirk Van den Berghe has quit as the Asia region CEO of which retailer?

6. Which brand has partnered with Cricket Australia and Big Bash League (BBL 2020) in a unique sponsorship deal that focuses on the umpire’s underarm?

7. Which MNC has launched a new campaign ‘Nayi shuruaat’ highlighting stories of small business owners?

8. According to an exchange filing last week, the Reserve Bank of India has approved the reappointment of current managing director and chief executive officer of which bank?

9. Bosch Power Tools India has achieved which cumulative production milestone at its Oragadam plant?

10. Which MNC has agreed to buy U.S. drugmaker Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $39 billion in cash and shares to bolster its positions in immunology and rare diseases?

11. Syska Group, which has presence in segments ranging from LED-based lighting solutions to personal care products, last week announced its entry into which segment?

12. Which online matchmaking service has launched its latest campaign with the theme ‘Pressure Hatao’?

13. Which skincare, haircare and wellness brand has launched a short video film starring brand ambassador and actor Disha Patani for its haircare line?

14. Which life insurance company has launched ‘#Decision2Protect’, a customer testimonial-based campaign?

15. Which laundry and fabric care brand has launched two new ad films featuring actor and brand ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana for its new offering?

16. Which company will launch its own microwave popcorn brand ‘Popmagic’, marking its foray into the F&B business?

17. Which company, which provides software services to insurers globally, last week said it would pay an interim dividend of Rs 974 per share, a record 19,480% on its face value of Rs 5?

18. Which Hyderabad and Seattle-based company, which makes software for large spas and salon chains, has become a unicorn (a privately held firm valued at $1 billion or more)?

19. Which firm has signed a pact with the Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC) in Tanzania, in continuation of its ´Mission 10 cents´, an affordable insulins programme for low and middle income countries?

20. Food major Mondelez is extending its Bournvita brand, best known for health food drinks, into the cookie space. What has it been branded as?

21. Amazon India last week announced the launch of a peer mentorship programme that will help sellers to exchange knowledge and best practices. What has it been branded as?

22. Which handbag and accessories brand has launched an ad campaign titled ‘Buy Indian Build India’?

23. Which entrepreneur has launched a new venture, Slow Products, which the company said will connect products created by farmers, honey keepers and artisans directly with consumers?

24. Which bank has launched its ‘Here For Good’ campaign, featuring brand ambassador and actor Anushka Sharma?

25. Which brand has launched an ad film for its Smart Spray, a newly launched one-stop solution which gives instant and 8-hour protection against mosquitoes?

26. Which brand has released an ad film 'LOVE. EVERY. INCH', featuring their new range of products like body mists, lotions, scrubs, oils and butters?

27. Which platform for teachers and coaching centers to go digital has announced former cricketer Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador and nationwide celebrity endorser?

28. Which toothpaste brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani as the brand ambassador?

29. Which lingerie brand has collaborated with Aishwarya Mohanraj for a humorous quirky campaign on T-shirt bras?

30. Which technology services provider has named Abhijit Dubey as its next global CEO?

31. Which MNC has acquired the bankrupt 0.25 million tonne SBQ Steels, culminating a three-year process in which the company was put into liquidation after initial efforts to sell it failed?

32. Which MNC is developing a global technology hub in Hyderabad by investing $150 million, or about Rs 1,100 crore, to develop proprietary technology for its vehicles?

33. Which company has launched its second company-owned food services brand ‘Ekdum!’, marking its debut in the Indian cuisine space?

34. In what is said to be a first, SBI has sought attachment of nostro accounts held by which state-owned foreign lender in India, citing an order from a debt recovery tribunal issued earlier this month?

35. As per the ‘Fairwork India Ratings 2020: Labour Standards in the Platform Economy’ report, what have Swiggy, Zomato and Uber scored (out of 10) for the working conditions for their gig workers?

36. Which MNC has signed a pact to acquire payments processor Poynt in a $365 million deal?

37. US-based Vanguard Group equity fund has become the first of its kind to eclipse which milestone value of assets, a testament to the rise of index-based investing over the past three decades?

38. Reliance’s ecommerce venture JioMart has hit which milestone average daily orders mark?

39. Which company has introduced Otrivin Breathe Clean, a clinically-verified saline spray formulation for daily nasal wash to prevent respiratory diseases?

40. Bitcoin surpassed which milestone value for the first time last week, another milestone in what’s been an eye-popping rally for the controversial digital asset this year?

41. Australia-based Truventor(dot)ai, a deep tech-led manufacturing company, has acquired which India-based B2B cloud manufacturing platform?

42. Which company has acquired 100% stake in Rekrut India, a recruitment and staffing solutions company for an unspecified amount?

43. Which blockchain start-up has launched ChitInsure, an insurance product designed to protect the subscribers of registered chit fund companies?

44. Which antacid brand has launched its new digital campaign ‘Gadbad Gadbad’?

45. Which Italian babycare brand has rolled out a new TVC series to build the awareness and reach of its baby moments range?

46. Which fabric brand has launched a new campaign ‘Thoughtfully Fashionable’ aimed towards influencing fashion enthusiasts and consumers towards conscious and thoughtful fashion choices?

47. Which toothpaste brand has launched the campaign ‘Desh ka Lal’?

48. Which company has emerged India’s largest manufacturer of cables for fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity with a capacity of 600,000 kilometres a year, after the opening of its Hyderabad facility?

49. Which MNC has acquired Neverware, a firm that turns old PCs into Chromebooks, for an undisclosed sum?

50. Divi’s Laboratories last week crossed which milestone market capitalization mark?

51. Which mining major last week named Chief Financial Officer Jakob Stausholm as its next chief executive?

52. Brazilian bus and coach body builder Marcopolo is exiting India by selling its 49% stake in local joint venture to which partner for around Rs 100 crore?

53. Which country has put India on ‘currency manipulators’ monitoring list?

54. Which 2 wheeler brand has launched a campaign for its 20th anniversary limited edition model with the theme 'Precious As Gold'?

55. Which water purification technology company has launched the ‘Water Saviours’ digital campaign for its new Smart RO water purifier?

56. GSK Consumer Healthcare has launched the ‘Eat, Speak and Smile with Confidence’ campaign for which brand?

57. Which salon chain has launched the 5th edition of ‘Happy New You’ campaign?

58. Which news network launched its refreshed identity with a nationwide campaign ‘being limitless’?

59. Which MNC is buying US remote cardiac monitoring firm BioTelemetry for $2.8 billion?

60. Which Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator launched 36 satellites last week from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia?

61. Which car manufacturer is shutting its Greater Noida factory this month and is transferring entire production to its larger facility at Tapukara in Rajasthan?

62. Which 2 companies last week announced their first gas finding from Asia´s deepest project?

63. Which MNC is expected to launch its smart clothing care solution called AirDresser in India?

64. Which company has launched the country’s first bottled mulled wine also blended with Indian kadha spices to woo millennials and young revellers this festive season?

65. Which designer label has launched a new campaign titled 'Equally Beautiful' celebrating India's diverse faiths, beliefs and practices?

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December 13, 2020

Biz Quizzard 872

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 07 -12. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The total value of all the listed stocks in the world crossed which milestone value for the first time ever on December 5, 2020?

2. Singapore-headquartered Everstone Capital will acquire about 51% stake in which Mumbai-based specialty ingredients player focused on the pharmaceutical, nutritional and personal care segments?

3. Which company’s Australia-based step-down subsidiary is selling the MAP Coffee Business to Buccheri Group for A$1.25 million (Rs 6.74 crore)?

4. The Times Group has decided to shut which publication in Pune?

5. Which commercial vehicles brand has launched the campaign ‘Respect Comes Naturally’?

6. Which company last week appointed Malavika Hegde as chief executive officer?

7. Which global investor has agreed to acquire Everstone’s Singapore-based ITeS firm Everise for $425-450 million?

8. Which metal firm will invest Rs 730 crore to set up a 34,000-tonne extrusion plant in Silvassa?

9. Which education technology company has acquired student assessment and practice platform QuizNext for an undisclosed sum?

10. Swedish furniture giant Ikea last week said it is ending which seven-decade tradition as customers moved to digital alternatives?

11. Which MNC has topped the list of the 25 largest arms companies in the world, as per annual sales, released by leading conflict thinktank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?

12. Which Hyderabad-based tech player last week announced the launch of its smart e-bike, tbike One Pro, which will cater to the B2B e-bike segment in India?

13. Who will offer scholarship to two Indian students every year to pursue research at the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University?

14. Which edtech firm has acquired Chennai Race, a coaching institute for Banking, SSC, and PSC exams?

15. The CSR arm of which company, in partnership with Nokia, has deployed a smart agriculture solution to enhance farming practices and improve productivity of farmers in India?

16. Which small finance bank has introduced Money Mitra, a new channel to make banking services accessible to customers in their neighbourhood?

17. Which confectionery brand has launched a campaign with stick figure animation, with 2 films ‘The Husband-Wife’ and ‘Recycle Bin’?

18. Which face wash brand has launched the campaign ‘#ThankYouHaters’?

19. Which beverage brand has rolled out a film celebrating the ‘chai chai’ phraseology employed by the ubiquitous chaiwalas at the station?

20. Foreign direct investment (FDI) equity inflows into India crossed which milestone mark during April 2000 to September 2020 period?

21. Which lingerie brand has launched the campaign ‘Feels So Fine’?

22. Which cake brand has launched its maiden pan-India TVC campaign titled ‘Paet Ko Do Kuch Great’?

23. Which healthcare company has announced its continued association with actor Hrithik Roshan as the brand ambassador for its flagship brand Flamingo?

24. Which esports and mobile gaming platform has roped in YouTube star Amit Bhadana as its brand ambassador to drive engagement on YouTube?

25. US fund Carlyle Group has sold its 55% stake in which Chennai-based outsourcing firm to company promoter Prabhakar Ram for about $40 million?

26. Which company is scaling down operations of its wholly-owned subsidiary Favre Leuba AG (FLAG) with immediate effect?

27. Which diagnostics company has released a film titled ‘One more step’ to acknowledge the work of phlebotomists during the pandemic?

28. UNCTAD has declared which government investment promotion agency as winner of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Award?

29. US-based Kontoor Brands has signed up e-commerce enabler firm Ace Turtle as its India licence partner for which denim brands?

30. Who has been ranked 55th in the Forbes 2020 list of 100 most powerful women in the world?

31. Which kitchen appliances firm last week said its UK subsidiary will sell 51% stake in Horwood Life Ltd and exit the joint venture (JV)?

32. Which MNC is inching closer to becoming the first Wall Street bank with 100% ownership of its securities joint venture in China?

33. Which jewellery brand for men has launched the campaign ‘Moments of Truth’?

34. Which platform-first martech company has announced its first acquisition with What’s Your Problem (WYP), a media-agnostic, problem-solution, truly integrated creative agency?

35. Which tech-enabled home services marketplace has unveiled ‘#WearASmile’ - an initiative wherein all service professionals will be issued face masks with a smile on it?

36. Which international dating app has launched a digital campaign titled ‘Love is…’ that reclaims love for Indian millennials?

37. Which electric vehicle manufacturer has launched a new TVC campaign ‘Break Through’?

38. Which Luxembourg-based vaccine refrigeration systems provider plans to set up a facility in India by March 2021?

39. In what is being reported as the largest land deal in the country in 2020, which company has spent Rs 800 crore to buy 25 acres with a tag-along joint development agreement in Hyderabad?

40. Which company last week launched “Smart Finance”, an online end-to-end realtime car finance service facility?

41. Which MNC has opened its open source operation system Fuchsia, in the works for nearly four years, to the contributors from the public?

42. YouTube Gaming has hit which watch-time hours milestone in 2020?

43. Which child rights organisation has announced Peppa Pig as their child ambassador to promote the right to play as fundamental to the health and well-being of children?

44. Which life insurance company has launched its new digital campaign ‘heroes of my city’, featuring actress Bhumi Pednekar?

45. Which bike taxi platform has launched a new 360-degree campaign, ‘Love The Chase’, to create awareness about the benefits of riding a bike taxi?

46. Which MNC has agreed to buy US anime streaming giant Crunchyroll, which has more than three million paying subscribers, in a deal worth $1.17 billion?

47. Which company will acquire Pune-based Precision Automation and Robotics India (PARI), which builds solutions for global clients such as Daimler, Ford and Fiat?

48. Which company last week said that it had won a $100 million five-year contract from a global oil and gas company, the largest such deal in the plant engineering space for an Indian company?

49. Which MNC will sell off its air transport unit to flying taxi maker Joby Aviation?

50. Which MNC is acquiring Piramal Glass for $1 billion?

51. Which company, in partnership with Skylotech India (Skylo), last week launched what it claimed as the world’s largest narrow band-Internet of things (NB-IoT) to benefit traditional sectors?

52. Which Singapore-based investment management company has announced an investment of $19 million in four waste management and recycling-focused companies in India?

53. Aisha de Sequeira, 50, passed away in New York last week. She was the co-head of which global financial major’s India arm?

54. Which 109-year-old Indian business group has decided to restructure its family holdings in the group companies?

55. Which detergent brand has launched the campaign “Bachaav Mein Hi Samajhdaari Hain” (It makes sense to save yourself) to remind everyone to wear a mask?

56. Which US-based cloud computing company has appointed VMware veteran Rajiv Ramaswami as President and CEO?

57. Tanishq has opened its 10th outlet in Chennai. With this launch, it has reached which milestone store count in the southern region?

58. Which food company’s Rs 541 crore initial public offer (IPO) is set to open on December 15?

59. Which steel manufacturer has roped in actor Sonu Sood as their ‘Build India Ambassador’?

60. Which company has appointed Hina Nagarajan as its first woman CEO with effect from July 1, 2021?

61. Which fragrance brand has released a digital campaign for its latest collection, Escapade for men?

62. Which online medicine and healthcare ordering app has launched a new 3-film campaign called ‘DanceEasy’?

63. Which incense stick brand has launched a new TVC campaign titled ‘The Tradition of Sandal’, featuring actress Bhumika Chawla?

64. Which health supplements brand has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador?

65. The Department of Telecommunications extended BSNL’s unified licence by how many years after the state-run telco submitted a bank guarantee for Rs 250 crore?

66. Which MNC and its chairman have agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal that values the US based robot maker at $1.1 billion?

67. Which bank has launched a campaign titled ‘#KhushiyanOnEMI’ to promote its EMI through debit card facility?

68. Which beverage brand has launched a West Bengal exclusive campaign, a celebration of the uniquely Bengali cultural code, ‘khutkhute-ness’ that is evident in everyday situations?

69. Which health insurance company has unveiled a new digital campaign ‘Savdhani Ke Saath, Health Insurance Zaroori Hai’?

70. P Subramanian, 78, passed away last week. He was the founder of which gear manufacturing company?

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December 6, 2020

Biz Quizzard 871

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 30 - December 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has appointed its India chief executive officer Sandeep Kataria as its global CEO?

2. Which Indian company has entered into a definitive agreement with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to acquire select anti-allergy brands in some CIS countries, including Russia?

3. Which beverage brand has introduced a new ‘Odisha -specific’ communication campaign with the proposition ‘Kadak Iraadon vale Odisha ke liye Kadak Assam Chai’?

4. Which aerospace firm will set up a joint venture with US satellite operator Saturn Satellites to build two communication satellites initially and launch them using ISRO’s PSLV rocket?

5. Which state has barred PricewaterhouseCoopers from participating in any state government information technology project for two years?

6. The head of which stock exchange has stepped down after accepting responsibility for an unprecedented daylong shutdown in October?

7. Which Singapore-based company last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Vibrant Energy Holdings, marking its entry into the Indian solar market?

8. Which company has agreed to buy IHS Markit for about $39 billion in stock, a deal that accelerates the wave of consolidation among the finance industry’s biggest data provider?

9. Which British lender has named Charlie Nunn, currently head of wealth and personal banking at rival HSBC, as its next chief executive?

10. Which company last week said it had signed a three-hotel deal with Ambuja Neotia Group as it seeks to make deeper inroads into eastern India?

11. Which milk brand has launched the campaign ‘Doodher Report Card’ in Kolkata, featuring actress and brand ambassador Rachana Banerjee?

12. Which home pregnancy test kit brand has announced actor Anushka Sharma as its brand ambassador?

13. Which pharmaceutical company has announced its association with Malayalam superstar Mohanlal as its corporate brand ambassador?

14. Which spices brand recently launched the festive campaign 'Hou Dya Gharcha' in Marathi?

15. Which ed-tech company has launched a new campaign for its application, ‘Dosti Ki Paathshaala’?

16. Which quick service restaurant chain has struck a deal with cloud kitchen business Rebel Foods, which runs Faasos, Behrouz Biryani, Mandarin Oak, to launch 250 cloud kitchens across India?

17. Which group last week announced its foray into the e-mobility space with the launch of Motovolt Mobility?

18. Which online travel company has launched Special Bubble Holidays, a new travel concept to give 'safe and all-inclusive' options to travellers to hit the holiday destinations?

19. Which MNC last week said it planned to acquire Kustomer, a customer relationship management startup, to help it build its e-commerce business?

20. Which Tata Group company has invested about Rs 10 crore for an undisclosed stake in Grameen e-Store, the government's rural ecommerce venture?

21. Which IPL team has picked up a stake in Major League Cricket in the United States?

22. PHL Sports India-owned Premier Handball League (PHL) is set to kick off on which date in Jaipur?

23. Which smart city enabler, which has operations in US and Hyderabad, has picked up a strategic, minority stake in Singapore-based cognitive multimedia analytics player Graymatics?

24. Which company has acquired Bengaluru-based Intellicar Telematics Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 15 crore?

25. Which writing-instrument brand has forayed into home and hygiene segment by introducing a range of nanotechnology-based products to protect home, skin and gadgets against bacteria and viruses?

26. Which brand introduced a new purchase plan, RivaahAashirwaad, to help customers buy jewellery ahead of the wedding season?

27. Which software as a service (Saas) digital ledger app has rolled out Pagarkhata, a solution to manage staff and their payments?

28. Which group has forayed into edtech space by launching Veranda Learning Solutions with an initial investment of around Rs 50 crore?

29. Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of which adult nutrition brand?

30. Which company has topped the Fortune India 500 list for the fiscal year 2019-2020?

31. Which cookies brand has launched a new campaign with the tagline ‘Paanch rupaye ka Chocolatey Punch’?

32. Which confectionery brand from Nestle has launched 3 new packs, including ‘Extra Strong’ and ‘Paan’?

33. Velnik India has roped in which actress to endorse its Kaveri Mehndi Cone brand?

34. Which brand has launched a new campaign titled ‘#StandTogether’ on World AIDS Day?

35. Which advertising network has launched ‘Women who Inspire’, an initiative to foster gender diversity and women leadership?

36. Which consumer durable brand has launched its new campaign 'Life’s Good when we better it’, featuring actor Kunal Kapoor?

37. Which ed-tech brand has roped in actor Hrithik Roshan for its latest campaign?

38. Which brand has achieved top spot as India's most trusted brand, for the second year in a row, in TRA's Brand Trust Report (BTR) 2020?

39. Which 109-year-old cocoa powder brand is being launched in India?

40. Sri Dharampal Gulati passed away last week at the age of 98. He was the owner and brand mascot of which company?

41. Which full-service digital insurance platform has launched a new brand campaign with the theme 'Khushiyon Ke Advisor'?

42. RBI last week asked which lender to halt launches of digital banking products and onboarding customers for the credit card business following repeated glitches on its technology platform over the last three years?

43. Which MNC is going to shut down Poly, its 3D platform, next year?

44. Frank Carney died last week at the age of 82. He was the co-founder of which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain?

45. Which company has signed a pact to sell its UK-based integrated marine automation solutions unit Servowatch Systems to Rolls-Royce?

46. Which country has become the first to approve sale of lab-grown meat?

47. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) last week said which IT firm is not ‘fit and proper’ to provide software services to market intermediaries?

48. In a first, the Department of Space (DoS) last week signed an agreement with which startup, allowing the latter to access Isro facilities to build a small launch vehicle?

49. Which retail company last week said it is appointing Kabir Lumba as chairman of its board effective April 1, 2021?

50. Which MNC last week said it will invest $3.6 billion over the next five years to fight climate change?

51. Which MNC last week announced a $27.7 billion deal to buy online collaboration firm Slack?

52. Which MNC last week stepped into the B-Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment with the introduction of Magnite at an introductory price of Rs 4.99 lakh until December 31?

53. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘#LoveLeadsUs’?

54. Radio Mirchi, the FM radio brand, has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

55. Home furnishings retailer IKEA will open its second store in the country at which location on December 18?

56. Which Mumbai-based luxury fashion house will acquire the late fashion designer Wendell Rodricks resort wear label for an undisclosed amount?

57. Which life insurance company has launched a new campaign with the message '#SirfSafeNahiSmartBhiBano'?

58. Which confectionery brand has launched the campaign ‘Dikha Battissi Kar Baat Achhi Si’?

59. Marico Ltd has forayed into the plant protein category with the introduction of a ‘differentiated product in the soya chunks segment.’ What has it been branded as?

60. With a net worth of Rs 54,850 crore, who has topped the Kotak Wealth Hurun list of India’s wealthiest women?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 871 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 29, 2020

Biz Quizzard 870

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has introduced Sakhi Drishtikon, an initiative to train and hire rural women in technical subjects and bring them into the mainstream workforce?

2. Which company will acquire 5.2% stake in solar power firm Avaada MHBuldhana for Rs 4.55 crore in an all-cash deal?

3. Unilever said it will bring to India its mouthwash formulation, which, it claims, will reduce 99.9% of coronavirus after 30 seconds of rinsing. What has it been branded as?

4. Which MNC has added a new X-Ray feature to its audio streaming service?

5. Which home pregnancy test kit brand has launched the campaign ‘#SundayIsMomDay’ to salute the indomitable spirit of ‘superheroes’ called ‘moms’ through pandemic?

6. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘All-In-One Term Plan’?

7. Which MNC has revealed its white-label laptop – M15, a premium, precision engineered device, designed for its channel partners to configure and sell under their own brands?

8. UK-based ZNZ Pharma 2 Limited, a newly incorporated biopharmaceutical player, has acquired majority stake in which Hyderabad-based specialty generics player?

9. Which healthcare company last week said it would conduct Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, known as the most decisive and crucial for COVID-19 testing, starting at Rs. 499 only?

10. In a first among central banks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has become the first monetary authority in the world to have more than which milestone count of followers on its official Twitter handle?

11. Which cross-border remittance and financial services player has acquired 70% stake in AssureEdge Global Services, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)?

12. Which industry body elected Rajkiran Rai G, chief executive officer of Union Bank of India, as the chairman for 2020-21?

13. Which white cement brand has launched the campaign ‘#MaxXHaiNa’?

14. Which fast-moving consumer electrical goods brand has roped in Mary Kom as its brand ambassador?

15. Which noodles brand has launched the ‘Choose India’s Most Loved Taste’ campaign?

16. Which health and wellness brand has roped in celebrity couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan as brand ambassadors?

17. Which spirits brand has launched the second chapter of its ‘Legacy Project’, an initiative that aims to support Indian art forms and artist communities?

18. Which content distribution and Pay TV platform has launched the campaign ‘#YahaSabDekha’ on account of World Television Day, featuring internet personality Yashraj Mukhate?

19. A social networking app for couples is all set to be launched in India in January 2021. What has it been branded as?

20. Solar tariffs recorded a new low of what price per unit in the latest auction by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI)?

21. Which Bengaluru-based realty group has ventured into serviced residences under the Olive Residences brand?

22. Which education technology startup has acquired The Gate Academy for an undisclosed sum?

23. Which IT firm said it has been awarded a US patent for its deep learning-based framework, Autocode.AI that automates software code development?

24. Which online used car marketplace has secured $200 million in Series-E financing at a post-money valuation of just over $1 billion, catapulting the company into the unicorn club?

25. Which Switzerland-based hygiene products maker has roped in former Indian cricket team captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador for its masks and gloves?

26. Which martech company has acquired Hansel(dot)io, a real-time, no code, Product Experience (PX) platform in a cash and stock deal?

27. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rejected which company´s proposal to acquire IDBI Asset Management Company (AMC)?

28. Which BSE-listed financial technology solutions provider has entered Oman to offer payment processing services and tied up with Bank Muscat?

29. Which online dating platform has launched the campaign 'In Our Own Way'?

30. Tesla crossed which milestone market valuation mark last week?

31. Which social networking app has launched a new campaign with the first film ‘For your eyes only’, aimed at empowering and supporting its community to navigate the new rules of dating?

32. Which whiskey brand has launched a new campaign ‘Always in to Mix in!' for its Indian audience?

33. Which MNC has rolled out a digital campaign ‘#DeliverThanks’ to celebrate and thank its delivery associates, pickers, packers, sorters and other associates working in its fulfilment and delivery network?

34. Which nasal spray brand and audio streaming platform Gaana have partnered to create the idea of a Shubh Ratri – a specially curated playlist?

35. Which sports and fitness nutrition brand has roped in actor and martial artist Vidyut Jammwal as its brand ambassador?

36. Which educational services company, which provides comprehensive test preparatory services, has appointed Abhishek Maheshwari as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

37. Which pharmaceuticals manufacturer has acquired a majority stake of 72.55% in biotechnology firm Richcore Lifesciences from PE firms Eight Roads and VenturEast for Rs 246.7 crore?

38. Which firm will set up the country’s second biosafety level (BSL) 3 viral antigen production facility in Telangana to produce a Covid-19 vaccine, for which it is working with Australia’s Griffith University?

39. ViacomCBS has agreed to sell Simon & Schuster to which company for more than $2 billion in a deal that will create the first megapublisher?

40. The market capitalisation of HDFC Bank went past which milestone mark in early trade on November 25, making it the first domestic lender to achieve the feat?

41. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign 'Precious Moments. Made More Beautiful'?

42. Which staff management solutions provider has signed on actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador till 2022?

43. Which shampoo brand has launched the campaign “Hair fall nahi, ab sirf zindagi meri mutthi mein”?

44. Which consumer healthcare products maker last week announced the launch of global oral care and denture care brand Polident in India?

45. Which housing finance company has launched the campaign ‘Ek laddoo hamaare taraf se bhi kha lena’ for its new digital home loan platform?

46. Which medical technology company has launched its ‘Don’t Wait for Life’ campaign?

47. Which edible oil and foods brands is celebrating two decades of gracing the shelves of Indian kitchens through its new campaign?

48. Which celebrity has announced her start-up, Ed-a-Mamma that specialises in children's clothing for boys and girls?

49. Disney India last week forayed into the e-commerce space with the launch of its online marketplace. What is it called?

50. Mr Fakir Chand Kohli passed away last week at the age of 96. He was the founder and first CEO of which company?

51. Researchers at which education institute have developed an autonomous vehicle that can minimise human intervention with Covid-19 patients at hospitals?

52. Mahindra & Mahindra last week said it would sell its entire stake in Mahindra First Choice Services and Auto Digitech to which automobile services firm?

53. Adani Gas, the city gas distribution firm of billionaire Gautam Adani's group, will change its name. What is the new name?

54. Which company is planning to introduce its European tyre brand Vredestein in India early next year?

55. Which scooter brand has completed 20 years in India and has launched a 20th year anniversary edition?

56. Which personal care and beauty brand has launched its first national television advertisement with its new film on Onion hair oil?

57. Which personal wellness brand from Kerala has roped in Indian cricketer Sanju Samson as brand ambassador?

58. Which construction, renovation, interiors and home maintenance company has unveiled its brand mascot Joe?

59. Which two industry associations have unveiled a campaign titled ‘#KhulkeBoloThankYou’ in line with the upcoming Retail Employees Day celebrated on 12 December?

60. Which city has dethroned London to become the world´s most connected city as the coronavirus shakes up international travel, according to The International Air Transport Association (IATA)?

61. The initial public offer (IPO) of which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain will open for subscription between December 2 and 4 with a price band of Rs 59-60 per share?

62. Which Hinduja Group-owned integrated digital delivery platform has jumped on to the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) wagon in a first and signed contracts with three large MSOs for offering managed services?

63. Shekar Viswanathan has stepped down as the vice chairman of which automobile company?

64. Which company has acquired 49% stake in Alipurduar Transmission Ltd. from Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTL) at an enterprise valuation of Rs 1,300 crore?

65. James Wolfensohn, 86, died in US last week. He was the former president of which entity?

66. Which engineering firm last week said it has set a new record by successfully manufacturing and testing India’s highest-rated auto transformer?

67. Which electric vehicle (EV) solutions company last week appointed Devender Singh Rawat, former CEO and MD of Bharti Infratel, as its India CEO?

68. Which athletic inspired footwear, apparel, and accessories brand has launched the international 'Her Heritage' campaign in India, featuring actor and author Soha Ali Khan?

69. Which tyre brand has launched the digital firm "Heroes on the Road"?

70. Which company has announced that its UK subsidiary Optare Group Ltd has been renamed Switch Mobility Ltd, as part of its drive towards electrification and new mobility services?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 870 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 22, 2020

Biz Quizzard 869

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has acquired a 96% share in online furniture retailer Urban Ladder through an all-cash transaction for Rs 182 crore ($24 million)?

2. Which newly setup digital payments venture, set up by industry veterans ItzCash founder Naveen Surya, and Infibeam Avenues’ executive director Vishwas Patel, is taking shape as the first prospective New Umbrella Entity (NUE)?

3. Global private equity investor TA Associates is all set to acquire a controlling stake in which Mumbai-based nutraceutical ingredients company?

4. Which brand has launched Anti-Bacterial Toothbrush and signed actor Ayushmann Khurrana as brand ambassador?

5. Which MNC sold most of its stake in Japan's Seiyu to investment firm KKR and e-commerce company Rakuten in a deal valuing the supermarket chain at 172.5 billion yen ($1.65 billion)?

6. Which pet care solutions brand launched the campaign ‘True Burst Of Happiness’ for Diwali?

7. Which food company launched the ‘Chashni Wali Diwali’ festive campaign?

8. Which chocolate brand launched the campaign ‘Precious Like The People We Love’ for Diwali?

9. Which security solutions company launched the campaign ‘#SafeToCelebrate’?

10. Internet connections in India breached which milestone mark as of August 31, 25 years after public service was launched on August 15, 1995, as per latest Trai data?

11. Which battery on-road service brand launched the ‘The Diwali Invite’ ad film?

12. Which real estate and infrastructure development company has launched the campaign ‘Ghar ko bolo Happy Diwali’?

13. Which Andhra Pradesh-based company has agreed to acquire Punjab-based Modern Steel for Rs 125 crore?

14. Navneet Munot, the chief investment officer of SBI Mutual Fund, will be the new managing director and chief executive officer of which mutual fund?

15. Which company last week it said will buy out its smaller, troubled rival Asiana Airlines in a $1.6 billion deal?

16. Which Spain-based company will sell its US business to PNC Financial Services Group for $11.6 billion in cash, in one of the biggest global banking deals this year?

17. Which Indian company last week said it may become the world’s first company that operates in the carbon markets space to go in for an initial public offering (IPO)?

18. Which state-owned company last week announced appointment of Mahua Acharya as the head of its new subsidiary Convergence?

19. AM Arun died in Chennai last week at the age of 52. He was the founder of which eye care chain?

20. Maruti Suzuki India has sold over which milestone count of cars through the online channel since April 2019?

21. Which bank has announced the launch of ‘Mooh Band Rakho’, a campaign to increase awareness on cyber frauds and preventing them?

22. Which small finance bank has announced cricketer Smriti Mandhana as its new brand ambassador?

23. Which personal hygiene and sanitation brand has appointed cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador?

24. Which MNC has sold its Honor budget phone line to a domestic consortium in a move it said was necessary to keep the brand alive amid "tremendous" supply chain pressures caused by US sanctions?

25. Which company has acquired Scapic, an augmented reality (AR) company, for an undisclosed sum?

26. Which company has acquired majority stake in TalentSprint, a tech-enabled education platform for working professionals?

27. Which MNC is all set to join S&P 500 as largest ever new member?

28. Which toothpaste brand has launched the campaign ‘Ab Daant Hamesha 10/10’?

29. Which company has launched a campaign for the launch of its range of specialised sanding paper brand ‘TruStar’?

30. Which company will take over ailing Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) in a bailout proposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

31. Which brand recently launched a television commercial for its Code range of body perfumes with the tagline 'Enjoy The Start'?

32. Which digital financial services platform has launched three new ads on social media, as part of its new ‘#MoneyTransferHuaEasy’ campaign?

33. Which fintech company has launched its online shop and has released the first campaign for it, 'Chanderi ki Diwali'?

34. Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine was recently transported into India for clinical trials. Which logistics company was involved?

35. Tarun Katial has quit as the CEO of which video streaming service?

36. Which company last week said has completed the Rs 1,000-crore acquisition of Chennai-based Chettinad Group’s port business?

37. Microsoft has unveiled a new security chip that has been designed to protect the future Windows PCs. What is it called?

38. Which MNC last week unveiled its compact SUV Kiger?

39. Jawa Motorcycles has been relaunched in which country?

40. YM Deosthalee, 74, died in Mumbai last week after prolonged illness. He was the first chairman and managing director of which financial services company?

41. Which digital payments firm last week claimed it emerged the largest platform for buying ´Digital Gold´´ with over 35 per cent market share?

42. Which Singapore-based food products company has entered India and has launched its first campaign with the positioning 'Too Good to Gift'?

43. Which automobile company has launched the campaign ‘India ki Doosri Diwali’?

44. Which gifting portal has forayed into the digital video content segment with the launch of FNP Media?

45. Which company last week announced its entry into the home hygiene and home care space under a new brand Emasol?

46. Which food delivery startup has announced actor Ravi Kishan as the brand ambassador to reach out to its target audience across the country?

47. Advertising executive Vishwajeet Singh Rana has launched an exclusive designer menswear fashion label. What is it called?

48. Which plant-based nutrition brand, has launched a new brand campaign to establish its core proposition of ‘a better you in every way’?

49. Which footwear brand has launched its new brand campaign ‘Comfort Dikhta Hai’ promoting its range of PU, EVA and printed slippers?

50. Deposits in small savings schemes in the country for the first six months of the fiscal year (2020-21, or FY21) crossed which milestone mark?

51. Which technology services provider will complete the integration of its three Indian business entities in January and has appointed Sharad Sanghi as the leader of the combined entity?

52. Which MNC is making a global entry into airport retail through a tie-up with Airbuy, an Indian ecommerce startup that will provide services in six Indian airports?

53. Which shipping and logistics major has announced the rolling out of an array of solutions, to help its customers lighten their environmental footprint and make their cargo carbon neutral?

54. Which IT firm has acquired UK-based next-gen data engineering and consultancy company Datalytyx for up to 13.3 million pounds (about Rs 130.4 crore)?

55. Which skincare brand has announced a new campaign for its winter-care product, Honey & Almonds Body Lotion, featuring Bengali actor, Mimi Chakraborty?

56. Which hair oil brand has launched the campaign ‘Ab Har Day New Hair Day’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Parineeti Chopra?

57. Which brand released a ‘Paani' anthem as part of its Mission Paani on World Toilet Day?

58. Which personal and home hygiene brand has unveiled new TVCs for Health Soap and Air and Surface Disinfectant Spray?

59. The Tata Group’s healthcare venture Tata Medical and Diagnostics is teaming up with which healthcare group to offer testing for Covid-19 across India?

60. Who has been appointed executive chairman of OneWeb, a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company that has now emerged from bankruptcy?

61. Which video streaming service will offer free access to non-subscribers in India on December 5 and 6 in another attempt to ramp up its user base?

62. Which group has exited its fledgling cruise business and sold the cruise line brand Jalesh Cruises to Waterways Leisure for an undisclosed sum?

63. Which company will sell 85.53% stake in its subsidiary Way2Wealth Securities to Shriram Credit Company at an enterprise valuation of Rs 65.07 crore?

64. Hamdard Laboratories India last week forayed into which food product business and will invest up to Rs 15 crore on branding and marketing?

65. Which MNC bank has rolled out a festive campaign with the thought ‘We Deserve to Celebrate’?

66. Which cooking oil brand has rolled out a campaign to champion the cause of women’s heart health and further its message of 'Rakhe Heart Ka Khayal'?

67. Which hair care brand has launched a film 'Good Men' on account of International Men’s Day?

68. Which automobile company has rolled out a film titled '#WeLoveYou4Million'?

69. Which camphor manufacturer has launched a freshener in a cone format under the brand CamPure and has released a new campaign called ‘Calm Kare’?

70. Which advertising agency has announced the appointment of Devika Bulchandani as the Chief Executive Officer of North America and global chairwoman of advertising?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 869 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 15, 2020

Biz Quizzard 868

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Retail holding in NSE-listed companies crossed which milestone value mark as on September 30, 2020, as per primeinfobase(dot)com data?

2. Companies will soon have to conduct free annual health checkups for all employees above which age, according to the new labour rules being prepared by the Union government?

3. Which energy company is planning to engage with 2530 startups every year from 2022, through its E4 Programme, to help them scale their business?

4. Indian Oil Corp (IOC) director pipelines Akshay Kumar Singh will be the new managing director and chief executive of which company?

5. Which online grocer has allegedly suffered a massive data breach in which details of over 20 million users have been leaked?

6. Which premium gaming destinations and casinos brand has launched a social media campaign named ‘Best Assured’, featuring actor Rajeev Khandelwal?

7. Streaming service Netflix has announced its foray into real-time, scheduled programming with its first linear content TV channel in which country?

8. Which footwear brand has launched the ‘Best Foot Forward’ campaign to showcase its Indo-fusion footwear collection?

9. Which beauty destination has launched a festive campaign titled ‘#TohKyaHua’?

10. India has surpassed the US to become which messaging app’s top market for new users?

11. Which company has sold a penthouse at London’s prestigious No. 1 Grosvenor Square for 140 million pounds (around Rs 1,400 crore), making it the world’s most expensive real estate sale in 2020?

12. Actor Kajal Aggarwal has picked up 15% stake in which online gaming platform for an undisclosed amount?

13. A consortium of private equity funds Investcorp, Norwest Venture Partners and Gaja Capital have invested about Rs 800 crore to acquire about 31% stake in which ecommerce-focused logistics company?

14. Which company has sold its Karnataka wind farms to UK government-backed Ayana Renewables for Rs 1,600 crore?

15. Which streaming platform has won the exclusive rights to New Zealand Cricket (NZC) matches, which had been with Star and Disney India since the 2017 rights cycle?

16. Which actor has ventured into content creation and has launched his newest platform South Bay - a channel featuring exciting and quirky content for the audiences?

17. Which auto tech company has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as brand ambassador and has launched its new television commercial?

18. Which cryptocurrency investment platform has launched the campaign ‘Smart Investing’, aired during the IPL final?

19. Which company has launched the second-leg of its marketing campaign, ‘Safer For Each Other 2.0,’ to reassure riders of various safety measures it is undertaking for rider and driver safety?

20. Which company has agreed to acquire Postbank Systems AG, the technology services unit of Deutsche Bank, for one euro?

21. Which financial services company has launched an Dream11 IPL 2020-focused integrated digital campaign to celebrate its 25 years?

22. Which smartphone brand has launched the ‘#SmileWalaDiya’ campaign?

23. Which business group has ventured into the financial services business through its newly-formed housing finance subsidiary and will commence operations in Mumbai, Bengaluru, NCR and Pune?

24. Fast food giant McDonald’s last week announced it was launching a new plant-based burger to cater to the growing number of people who do not eat meat. What has it been named?

25. Which company last week unveiled its 19.8-MW waste-to-energy project in Hyderabad?

26. Which company has announced its exit from Australian aerospace subsidiary Gippsland Aerospace as part of its evaluation process to reduce exposure to loss-making global subsidiaries?

27. French smart mobility giant Alstom last week achieved which metro rail car production milestone from its Sri City factory in Andhra Pradesh?

28. Which MNC will acquire Workfront, a leading work management platform for marketers, for $1.5 billion?

29. Which company will start providing telecom services, both wireless and fixed line, in Mumbai and Delhi from January 1 on a pilot basis for five to six months?

30. With a donation of Rs 7,904 crore, which business personality and family have topped the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020?

31. Which MNC last week said it would not take new projects for supply to coal-fired power stations in India?

32. Which union territory has invited bids to privatise its power distribution business, becoming the first UT to do so under the Centre´s Atmanirbhar Bharat plan announced in May?

33. Which skincare and grooming brand has announced Indian YouTuber and social media influencer, Sejal Kumar as its brand ambassador?

34. Which pet care brand has launched the campaign ‘#FeedtheStrays’, promoting the health and care of stray dogs?

35. Which dairy brand has rolled out a new campaign ‘#KhushbooApnepanKi’ for its ghee?

36. Which online marketplace for financial products has released its latest brand film, ‘My Father’s Dream’ in line with its brand philosophy ‘Paison Se Badhkar’?

37. Which Hindi movies channel has launched the campaign ‘Dekh Ke Chalo’ to increase public awareness on the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask?

38. Which brand has introduced a laundry product called PODs, sold in single-use tablets?

39. Global index services provider MSCI has included how many Indian stocks to its standard index as part of its semiannual review?

40. The market value of all Nifty companies topped which milestone mark for the first time on November 11 as stocks closed at an all-time high?

41. The chairman of which business group last week stepped down from leadership roles at three group companies to “pursue philanthropy and other interests”?

42. Which company has acquired the ATM business of Logicash Solutions (Logicash) in India?

43. The government has made it mandatory for companies with annual turnover of which value or more to go for GST einvoicing from January?

44. Which model from Maruti Suzuki India got zero star for adult occupant protection in a safety test conducted by Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP)?

45. Which cement brand has launched a digital campaign titled ‘Apni Personal Space’, which focuses on consumers’ lives during the pandemic induced lockdown?

46. Which US-based social media startup that helps professionals to connect within their companies and industries is launching in India to tap professionals from consulting and IT sector?

47. Which automobile company rolled out the ‘Silent Diwali Film’, encouraging viewers to celebrate a silent, safe and pollution-free Diwali with their loved ones?

48. Which technology-powered platform enabling elders to age with grace and relevance has launched its ‘#EldersFirstDiwali’ campaign?

49. Which fitness application has launched its festive campaign’ #SSGKeSaathChal’?

50. The number of FASTag users in the country has reached which milestone mark?

51. Which condensed milk brand has launched a campaign with the message “Apney haathon kee mithaas se banaye Diwali khaas”?

52. Which textiles brand has launched the campaign ‘#DonoTarafKhushiyan’?

53. Which cement brand has launched the campaign ‘#IssDiwaliApneGhar’?

54. Which cement brand has paid a tribute to doctors through its campaign ‘#YehPuccaHai’?

55. Which two automobile companies last week unveiled the logo of Stellantis - the company resulting from their planned merger?

56. Which math learning edtech platform has roped in actress Vidya Balan as its brand ambassador?

57. Which flowers and gifts retailer has launched its new digital campaign ‘Deepawali Apni Si’, with the narration by actor Naseeruddin Shah?

58. Which pest control brand has launched the campaign ‘Super HIT Diwali’?

59. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘Faida Fix Hai’?

60. Which company’s mortgage loan portfolio has surpassed Rs 2 trillion, making it the first private sector bank in the country to achieve the milestone?

61. Which Australia-based global major in Conversational AI launched its India operations on Diwali day through a joint venture partnership with Mogaé?

62. Which IT MNC has launched the campaign ‘YeDiwaliDilWali’ with the film ‘Umeed Ke Paon’?

63. Which company is divesting its fertiliser business by way of a slump sale to Indorama Corporation for a cash consideration of Rs 2,649 crore?

64. Which Coimbatore-based SaaS (Software as a Service) company recently acquired Cerebrata, a privately-held SaaS company based out of Udaipur in Rajasthan in a 100 per cent cash deal?

65. Which kids’ channel launched the campaign ‘#UnmutetheKids’ for Children’s Day?

66. Which fashion retailer is elevating Shailesh Chaturvedi to the position of chief executive?

67. Which immunity booster brand recently celebrated Karwa Chauth with the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) jawans and their families through its ‘Majboot Rishto ki Buniyaad’ campaign?

68. Which tractor brand has launched a new campaign with the theme ‘Josh’?

69. Which brand has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Always On! It's the LED for you’?

70. Which company will acquire certain assets and employees of Pramerica Systems Ireland from insurance firm Prudential Financial Inc (PFI)?

71. Craft beer entrepreneur Ishan Grover and former ad executive Jaideep Mahajan have teamed up to launch a range of hand sanitizers under which brand?

72. Which health and nutrition essentials brand has launched the campaign ‘#SehatKaJashn’ for Diwali?

73. Which consulting firm has acquired Spotmentor Technologies, an artificial intelligence (AI)-backed human resource technology startup founded by four IIT-Kharagpur alumni?

74. Which Indian company has invested $50 million in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a climate change company owned by Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates?

75. Strengthening its broadcast business, IN10 Media has forayed into kids’ space and has launched a new kids channel on the eve of Children’s Day. What has it branded as?

76. Which paints company has launched a new digital film as part of its brand campaign ‘Aaj Careful toh Kal Colourful’?

77. Which online travel platform has launched its latest campaign ‘#TravelManao’ urging people to do something different and celebrate the festivities by embarking on a journey?

78. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#KhushiyonKaReturnGift’?

79. Which mutual fund has launched the campaign ‘Iss Diwali Kuch Alag Karte Hain’, nudging audiences to do something new this Diwali?

80. Ending this edition with this beautiful ad film. Which company has launched the film ‘Pooja Didi’ as part of its ongoing campaign?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 868 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 8, 2020

Biz Quizzard 867

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 02 -07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has crossed which milestone transactions mark in October, the first time it has done so?

2. The BCCI has announced which brand as the title sponsor of the Women’s T20 Challenge?

3. Which retailer has become India's largest clothing brand by revenues in FY20, according to its latest filing sourced from Altinfo, a data insights firm?

4. Which product R&D and engineering major has acquired the India offshore delivery centre of Sweden-headquartered Semcon?

5. Which confectionery brand has launched the campaign ‘#KeepItFresh’?

6. Which market research firm will sell its consumer goods data unit for $2.7 billion to private equity firm Advent International?

7. Which MNC has hired Aditya Puri, former CEO of HDFC Bank, as a senior advisor in Asia?

8. Which company plans to foray into electric scooter manufacturing, switching gears from being a taxi aggregator to a vehicle manufacturer?

9. Which grooming solutions brand has launched ‘Defender for Her Women’s Razor’?

10. Which pharma company’s Rs 6,000 crore initial public offer (IPO) is set to hit the market on November 9, 2020?

11. Which business group is foraying into gifting solution space through a new venture, named The Gift Studio?

12. Which home-bred gear vendor will acquire Italy’s Optotec S.p.A., a company specializing in optical interconnect products, for 29 million euros?

13. Flipkart-owned fintech platform PhonePe last week said it has crossed which registered user milestone?

14. Which pharma company has launched the third chapter of its ‘#BerokZindagi’ campaign, featuring actor Ayushmann Khurrana?

15. Which water heating solutions brand has launched a new digital campaign, ‘Don’t Be A Heater Hitesh’?

16. Which pet care brand has launched the campaign ‘Bring Home Curiosity’, promoting cat adoption?

17. Which Mexican-inspired restaurant brand has launched a campaign for its new ‘Best of Bell’ menu offering consumers signature items at affordable prices?

18. Which MNC has elevated its former India consumer banking chief Anand Selvakesari as CEO global consumer banking?

19. Which company has acquired Columbia Asia Hospitals for Rs 2,100 crore in an all-cash deal?

20. Which company is launching a new brand, Nature Protect, under which it will sell more than a half-dozen products in the hygiene segment as part of its strategy to launch plant-based?

21. India’s apex direct taxes body has granted income tax exemption for four years to which sovereign wealth fund, the first such sovereign wealth fund to be given such a benefit?

22. Which company last week said it has strengthened its gaming strategy through the acquisition of Intellectual Property from Mech Mocha for an undisclosed amount?

23. Which company has partnered with Denmark's Tuco Marine Group to build advanced patrol boats in India?

24. Dilip Rath has been unanimously elected to the board of global dairy body International Dairy Federation (IDF). He is the chairman of which entity?

25. Which skincare and wellness brand has roped in actor Bhumi Pednekar as brand ambassador for its range of skincare products?

26. Which networking platform has launched its new campaign with the positioning ‘#InItTogether’?

27. Which bank has launched a new campaign, ‘Kona Kona Cricket’?

28. Which packaged sugar brand has launched a campaign with the promise of ‘5S guarantee’?

29. China last week halted which MNC’s IPO?

30. Titan Company last week announced the launch of its first international Tanishq store. Which location?

31. Which pharma company has launched the campaign ‘#SpreadingKindness’?

32. OnePlus last week unveiled its largest global experience store, in India. Which city?

33. Which PSU and Amazon(dot)in last week entered into a partnership to provide customers the option to book and pay for their gas cylinder refill?

34. Which company that establishes and operates global capability centres (GCCs) for large enterprises has announced the acquisition of AI-driven tech company FastNext in an all-stock deal?

35. Which company last week said it has launched credit cards in partnership with Paytm?

36. Which plywoods and veneers company has joined hands with CNBC TV18 and claimed to have developed India’s first virus-free news studio?

37. Which biscuit brand is now expanding its footprint in the cakes category with the launch of a new sub-brand ‘Caker’?

38. Which company, known for water purifiers, has ventured into the sleep and wellness segment with premium memory foam mattresses – Vital, Ortho-X, Regal and Naturale?

39. Which retailer has launched the campaign ‘#StopTheBias’ to break stereotypical beauty standards?

40. Which MNC has launched the ‘Iss Diwali Aap #KiseKhushKarenge?’ campaign, claimed to be India’s first hyper-personalized and ‘most generous ad’, promoting local retailers?

41. Which lifestyle gadgets brand has launched a digital ad film 'Unstoppable Every Day' for its new set of air buds?

42. Which brand has launched a new ad film 'Bhoolna Naamumkin' for its Cold Cream?

43. Which integrated travel services company and its group company have launched ‘Freedom Month’ to encourage travel?

44. Which dish washing brand has launched the campaign ‘What A Player’, featuring former cricketer Virender Sehwag?

45. Which snack brand has launched a campaign featuring actors Jitendra Kumar (Jeetu Bhaiya) and Manurishi Chadhha?

46. Which state last week inked a pact with Tata Technologies to upgrade 150 of the government-run industrial training institutes (ITIs) with the latest technological equipment and tools?

47. Which company has made a strategic investment in fashion brand Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) as part of USPL’s Series-F round?

48. Which eyewear brand has launched a new campaign titled ‘You’re On’, celebrating living life authentically in moments of uninhibited joy?

49. Which discount broking brand has launched a new digital video film, on the premise of ‘Paise Ped Pe Nahi Ugte’?

50. After facing regulatory hurdles and courtroom battles for months, which company has received approval in India to go live with a payment feature on its messaging platform using UPI?

51. FMCG brand Priyagold last week announced the appointment of which actress as its brand ambassador and celebrity endorser across its varied range of products?

52. Which high-end French baker and sweet maker is making its India debut and plans to open its first outlet in New Delhi next year?

53. Which beauty accessory and personal care appliances brand has announced actress Ananya Panday as the brand ambassador to endorse its range of products?

54. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Deewarein Sajengi Tabhi toh Tyohaar Ki Rangat Badhegi’ in support of painter community this Diwali?

55. Which Italian company last week announced multiple green energy partnerships with the Adani group, Indian Oil Corporation and Greenko, paving the way for its entry into the Indian market?

56. Which company is restructuring its operations by transferring the B2B (business-to-business) operations to a 100% subsidiary Rohini Industrial Electricals on a slump sale basis?

57. Which company last week unveiled its all-new cruiser bike Meteor 350 with prices starting at Rs 1.75 lakh (ex-showroom Chennai)?

58. Which company has announced that its newly launched HERO9 Black camera has gone on sale in India from November 6?

59. Which PETA certified cruelty-free vegan beauty brand has launched the campaign 'Talk Clean to Me’?

60. Amazon Web Services (AWS), a cloud services major, will invest Rs 20,761 crore to set up an AWS Region with three Availability Zones (AZs) in which city?

61. Which real estate developer has tied up with celebrity and fashion photographer Dabboo Ratnani for its new ‘Icon In The Sky’ campaign?

62. Which footwear and accessories brand has launched the campaign ‘Awesome Never Stops’ to introduce its new festive collection?

63. Which social media app, has announced a unique partnership with actor Kareena Kapoor Khan to engage with her thriving community in order to support small businesses in the country?

64. Which retailer has launched the campaign ‘Umeed Ka Jashn’?

65. Which online grocery retailer has launched the "Ek Diye Se Do Ghar Roshan" initiative to support local artisans and potters?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 867 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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November 1, 2020

Biz Quizzard 866

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Tata Motors’ passenger vehicle vertical has recently crossed which cumulative production milestone?

2. Which Pune-based IT services firm has appointed Sandeep Kalra as the chief executive?

3. Kamal Gianchandani has been appointed president of which industry body?

4. Which biscuit brand has launched a campaign celebrating its association with Royal Challengers Bangalore?

5. Which jewellery brand has launched its festive campaign ‘The Art of 24x7 fashion’, featuring actress Shraddha Kapoor?

6. Which financial services company has launched a new social media campaign ‘#MoneyInAction’?

7. Which telecom brand has launched its campaign featuring Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh?

8. Which digital payments platform has launched a Dussehra-themed fraud awareness campaign 'Faces of Fraud'?

9. Which retail brand has launched a festive campaign titled ‘Dil Se Diwali’, inspired by the joyful feelings that the festival of light ushers in?

10. Lee Kun-hee passed away on October 25. He was the chairman of which MNC?

11. Which Indian generic drug firm has reached a definitive agreement to sell its US wholly-owned stepdown subsidiary Natrol to New Mountain Capital and its affiliate Jarrow Formulas?

12. Bharti Airtel has rolled out a cloud-based platform for enterprises and small & medium enterprises in the country. What has it been branded as?

13. Which MNC has agreed to acquire US biotech company Asklepios BioPharmaceutical Inc for as much as $4 billion, bolstering its pharma division with experimental gene therapies before patents expire on some key drugs?

14. Which country’s head last week set a 2050 deadline for it to become carbon neutral, significantly firming up the country’s climate change commitments?

15. Maruti Suzuki India’s premium hatchback Baleno has crossed which cumulative sales milestone since its launch in 2015?

16. Which IT firm has launched ‘Get the future you want’, a new brand platform for its clients and communities?

17. Which online higher education company has launched the campaign ‘#KaamKiDegree’ to promote its MBA offerings for working professionals?

18. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign ‘Where Beauty Rises’ for its festive collection ‘Utkala’, an ode to Odisha's art and architectural history?

19. Which online gaming platform has signed on cricketer Suresh Raina as brand ambassador?

20. Which MNC has set terms for a dual listing aimed at raising up to $34.4 billion from the world’s largest stock market debut, with investors scrambling for a piece of the fast-growing company?

21. Which company has released a new festive film 'Iss Baar Ghar Par Tyohaar', featuring brand ambassador, Sachin Tendulkar?

22. Which insurance company has recently announced the launch of ‘#HealthInsideOut’ campaign to create awareness on mental health?

23. Which mutual fund has launched a new TVC, ‘Market conditions Dekh Kar Badhao bhi, Bachao bhi’?

24. Which automobile company has launched ‘India Rebounds’, featuring its anthem, re-composed and re-imagined by AR Rahman?

25. Who was voted as India’s most trusted celebrity in the TIARA Research Report on Celebrities as Human Brands, released by the Indian Institute of Human Brands (IIHB)?

26. Which omnichannel lifestyle retailer last week said actress Alia Bhatt has made a personal investment in it through a secondary transaction for an undisclosed amount?

27. Which MNC has agreed to buy Xilinx for $35 billion in stock, taking the chipmaker into more diverse and profitable markets and adding to its data center offerings?

28. Which state last week announced the floor price for 16 varieties of vegetables, becoming the first in the country to fix a floor price for vegetables?

29. Which IT firm has announced the acquisition of Australia-based Momenton and New Zealand-based Tenzing Ltd for a combined $39.7 million?

30. American bike maker Harley-Davidson has decided to partner which company to run its business in India?

31. Which business group is investing Rs 5,000 crore to set up a phone component manufacturing plant at the industrial complex in Hosur, Tamil Nadu?

32. Which company, in association with Microsoft Research India, has developed a smartphone-based technology for testing applicants seeking drivers license?

33. Which iconic toy company has announced its foray into the India market with its first campaign in India titled “The Little Red Brick”?

34. Which jewellery and fine-crafts brand from Baripada, Odisha, has launched the ‘Back to Being Beautiful’ campaign and will run it for 75 days?

35. Which hair colour brand has launched its new campaign featuring Bengali actress and MP Nusrat Jahan to promote its new fashion range?

36. Bharti Airtel’s board last week cleared the sale of its joint venture in which African country to the government there?

37. Which personal care brand has launched a new digital campaign, ‘Ageless Expression’, featuring actress Kalki Koechlin, to announce the launch of its new Natural Age Control Range?

38. Which home appliances brand has rolled out a new TVC and digital campaign, ‘Khushiyon Ka Homemaker’?

39. Which matrimony portal has launched a new campaign ‘#PerfectSathi’, featuring actors Debina Bonnerjee and Gurmeet Choudhary?

40. Which airport has become the first in the country to unveil end-to-end paperless e-boarding for international flights?

41. Which meat products and seafood company has rolled out a new ‘Ready To Game’ campaign, featuring actor Aparshakti Khurana and comedian Naveen Richard?

42. Which IT firm will acquire Encore Theme Technologies, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud solutions provider for the financial services sector, for up to Rs 95 crore?

43. Which MNC has forayed into automotive lubricants segment in India and has collaborated with Assurance International, a part of Satya Group?

44. Which IT firm has announced that Rajesh Nambiar has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of India and a member of executive committee effective November 9, 2020?

45. Which IT firm is doubling down on its Cloud services business, streamlining the practice into five strategic units to generate more revenue?

46. Which industry body last week launched meetha(dot)org, a portal that will be a source for right information and knowledge to be shared with consumers about sugar?

47. Which company last week operated its first seaplane between Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat?

48. Which MNC has unveiled two new smartphones – Wing and Velvet – in India?

49. Which ticketing and discovery platform for live events and livestreams has been launched across India, offering exclusive livestreams from local and international artists?

50. Which Indian company last week said that it had turned carbon neutral, 30 years ahead of the timeline (2050) set by the Paris Agreement?

51. Which brand from the J.G. Hosiery group has launched the campaign ‘#MenBeFlexi’?

52. Which brand has come up with a new video campaign, #ProtectChildhood, to curb a rise in child pornography?

53. Which brand has launched a campaign with the message ‘Can a world that thinks large, ever be small?’?

54. Which automobile brand has launched a new campaign with the theme 'Meet the other side of you'?

55. Which brand from Hamdard Laboratories (Medicine Division) has launched a new commercial with the positioning 'Sardi Ka The End'?

56. Which cookies brand has launched a new campaign to encourage individuals to pat themselves on the back and give some ‘#CookieCredit’?

57. Which fitness startup has released the ‘We Are Cult’ anthem, aiming to celebrate the very spirit of being better every day, as its centers open across cities?

58. Which health and wellness supplements brand has launched the campaign ‘#StopTheSearch’?

59. Which cryptocurrency investment platform has launched a digital campaign titled ‘#HarNukkadPeKuber’, to raise awareness around cryptocurrency investments in India?

60. Which MNC last week announced its electric bicycle ‘Serial 1’?

61. Which broadcaster has launched a new campaign film ‘Aaj Koi Nahi Soyega’ ahead of the UEFA Champions League?

62. Which company has signed a definitive agreement with Huntsman Group (USA) for acquiring a 100% stake in one of its subsidiaries in India - Huntsman Advanced Materials Solutions Pvt Ltd (HAMSPL) for Rs 2,100 crore?

63. Which global investment firm has launched Virescent Infrastructure, a new platform to acquire renewable energy assets in India?

64. Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has invested an undisclosed sum in which customised nutrition company?

65. Which group has entered into a collaboration with India Medtronic Private Limited for integrating the latter’s USFDA approved artificial intelligence (AI) platform for advanced stroke management at its hospitals?

66. Which company has unveiled electric 3-wheeler cargo model, TreoZor, in 3 variants – Pickup, Delivery Van and Flatbed?

67. Which FMEG company has roped in actor Rajkumar Rao as the new face of the brand?

68. Which chocolate brand is being launched with a campaign ‘#MakeTheMomentPerfect’?

69. Which power company has launched a series of nine short videos called ‘#StriPower' for Navratri?

70. Which Australian company has entered into a binding agreement to acquire controlling interest in Elara Technologies, which owns and runs Housing(dot)com, PropTiger(dot)com and Makaan(dot)com?

71. Which chip supplier has agreed to buy peer Inphi Corp in a $10 billion cash-and-stock deal aimed at broadening Marvell's footprint in data centers and 5G network infrastructure?

72. Which bank has announced the launch of a new campaign, ‘Har Indian ka comeback’, to celebrate the indomitable spirit of every Indian?

73. Which homeware brand has launched its global campaign ‘Always with You’ in India?

74. Which automobile brand has unveiled its launch campaign ‘The Selfless Car’?

75. Which company has released a new digital campaign ‘make WFH work’ for its furniture, appliances and home security solutions?

76. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement with Lubrizol Advanced Materials to set up India’s ‘largest’ chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) resin plant?

77. Which state has banned online gaming, online betting and gambling, and has urged the Centre to ban 132 apps?

78. Which MNC will buy Dunkin' Brands Group Inc for $8.76 billion?

79. Which technology brand has released a new film titled ‘Stop at Nothing’, featuring actor Kalki Koechlin?

80. Which Indian company has ranked among the Top 5 Global Biotech Employers for 2020 on the US-based Science magazine’s annual ‘Science Careers Top 20 Employers’ list?

81. Which plant-based nutrition brand has roped in actress Samantha Prabhu Akkineni to represent the brand in South India?

82. Which fashion etailer has launched a festive campaign featuring celebrity couple Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni?

83. Which electric scooters company has launched its latest campaign, ‘Unlock Life’?

84. Which brand has launched the campaign “Don’t Face Wash, Milk Wash!”, featuring brand ambassador and actress Taapsee Pannu?

85. Harpreet A De Singh will be the new CEO of which airline, becoming the first woman to head a desi airline?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 866 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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October 25, 2020

Biz Quizzard 865

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

1. Which MNC has topped the world's best employer rankings for 2020, released by U.S. business magazine Forbes?

2. Parle Agro has roped in which celebrity as the national brand ambassador for the newly-launched ‘B-Fizz’?

3. Which jewellery brand has launched a new campaign as a toast to the light inside every woman, featuring its new brand ambassador, actress Mithila Palkar?

4. Which company unveiled its latest collection of celebration wear jewellery Ameya, through the launch of a new digital video campaign, ‘Tradition of Togetherness’?

5. Which smart wearables and acoustic accessories brand has announced the signing of actor Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador?

6. Which hygiene and wellness brands have signed on Bhutanese actor Tandin Bidha as their regional brand ambassador?

7. Which tyre brand has announced a digital and social media campaign The Specialist League?

8. Which sports and lifestyle brand has launched a new campaign featuring actor Ananya Panday, who will represent both lifestyle and fashion collections?

9. Which company has launched a digital campaign 'Wake Up Call', aligned with its focus of creating awareness on sleep-health?

10. Which smartphone maker’s co-founder Carl Pei is leaving the company after nearly 7 years?

11. Which mattress brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftOfGoodSleep' for Diwali?

12. Which industry body has announced the appointment of Sushil Matey as its CEO?

13. Which retailer has appointed Venu Nair as the managing director & chief executive officer of the company, effective November 6, 2020?

14. Not a coveted ranking. Which was the most imitated brand by hackers in Q3, as per a new report by researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point?

15. SAIF Partners, one of the most successful venture capital investors in India, has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

16. Which Hyderabad-based startup has launched MIHIC, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to help predict maternal and infant health risks?

17. Which MNC has been selected by Nasa to build the first cellular network on the moon?

18. Which MNC has decided to discontinue its emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts from December?

19. Which state has joined hands with the Bombay Stock Exchange and Mumbai-based networking firm GlobalLinker to help MSMEs digitise, network and get listed on the bourse?

20. Tata group has released a typeface inspired by JRD Tata’s handwriting, as a tribute to the leader’s handwritten letters. What has it been branded as?

21. The New Delhi arm of the National Company Law Tribunal last week approved which company’s Rs 1,550-crore offer for the debt-ridden Asian Colour Coated Ispat?

22. ITC has rebranded its confectionery brand Jelimals. What is the new brand?

23. Which online reseller platform has launched its first television commercial with the tagline 'My Store. My Story.'?

24. Which bank has launched its festive campaign ‘Khushiyon ki karein Zimmedari se Tayyari’?

25. Which platform has launched ‘Do Your Thing’, its first consumer marketing campaign in India for its newest video format?

26. Which hospitality major has rolled out the first video commercial for its loyalty program, featuring players from the Mumbai Indians?

27. Which menswear brand has launched a campaign with the theme “Beginning of good things with the perfect festive look”, featuring brand ambassador and actor Ayushmann Khurrana?

28. Which health insurance company has launched the campaign ‘Ab Nahi Kharidoge Toh Kab?’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Boman Irani?

29. Which bank has rolled out a three-part digital campaign, introducing Vignesh Pande or ‘Viggy’ and his puppet ‘Victor’?

30. Which brand has launched Tru Seltzer, a blend of milk, real fruit juice and fizz?

31. Which brand has launched a film for its foot massagers, featuring actor Vinay Pathak?

32. Which logistics brand has launched the campaign ‘We Move So Your World Can Move’?

33. Which MNC has agreed to a $9 billion deal to sell most of its memory business to South Korea’s SK Hynix?

34. The government has banned producers of which two gasses from buying their own produce in the newly notified gas marketing freedom guidelines?

35. Which FMCG company has entered into the Chyawanprash category with the launch of Arogyam Chyawan Amrut Awaleha?

36. Which brand has launched a new campaign ‘#MainFarkNahiKarta’ centered around the theme of ‘Naye India Ki Nayi Battery’?

37. Which smart device brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Be The Light To Spread The Light'?

38. Which QSR chain has launched a digital campaign called ‘Ultimate Pan Satisfaction’ to promote its new range of pan pizzas?

39. Which auto tech company has announced its latest campaign under the theme ‘Karo India Forward, Karo Gaadi Forward’ with brand ambassadors Rahul Dravid and Mahesh Babu?

40. Which brand has topped Interbrand’s Best Global Brands annual rankings for 2020?

41. Which ed-tech platform has launched a new brand campaign ‘BeCurious’, encouraging young brains to learn coding?

42. WPP has sacked Nick Emery as the global CEO of which media agency?

43. Which hospitality company has launched its integrated campaign - SBYE - ‘Sanitised Before Your Eyes’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Sonu Sood?

44. Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Ltd (ŠAVWIPL) has announced that it had achieved which export milestone of cars manufactured in India?

45. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific Airways last week said it would cut 8,500 jobs and shut which regional airline as it grapples with the plunge in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic?

46. Which MNC and Reliance Jio announced they have aligned efforts on 5G in order to fast-track development and roll-out of indigenous 5G network infrastructure and services in India?

47. Reliance Jio has launched a new web browser, which uses the Chromium Blink engine. What is it called?

48. Which oil company has announced the appointment of Stein Ivar Bye as chief executive officer (CEO)?

49. Which social media platform is expanding its ‘fan badges’ feature to 11 countries, including the US?

50. Which MNC bank will soon have its largest global campus in Chennai?

51. Which MNC is partnering with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk-led SpaceX and others as it expands its cloud-computing platform into space?

52. Former BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri has joined which company as president, business, South Asia?

53. A newly formed employee trust of which public sector entity spent about Rs 15 billion to purchase treasury stock of the state-run company in a block deal?

54. Which auto tech company has launched a new campaign ‘Duniya Boli Lagayegi’ to empower sellers with a wide network of buyers and complete support?

55. Which advertising network has named Philippe Krakowsky as its chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2021?

56. Which company has launched the initiative ‘Hausla Program’, to provide resources and empower the dhobi community in overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic?

57. Fortune has announced its foray into personal care with which soap brand and has launched an ad featuring actress Bhumi Pednekar?

58. Which digital lifestyle and audio accessories brand has released a new ad featuring actor Aparshakti Khurana?

59. Which realty company has launched the campaign ‘Let your kids stumble, fumble and grow’ ('Ab Shararat Karne Do') for its Joyville project?

60. Which cloud technology company, founded by former Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan, has become the latest startup to jump on the unicorn bandwagon after raising its Series C financing round of $150 million?

61. Which Murugappa Group firm has named C Srikanth as CEO-designate with effect from November?

62. Which MNC will acquire US-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) firm Bright Wolf?

63. Which company last week introduced two new trucks - BOSS LE and LX - to strengthen its presence in the Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) segment?

64. Which automobile MNC has appointed Ashish Gupta its brand director for the Indian operations with effect from November 1?

65. Which spirits brand has launched its new global advertising campaign ‘Where Next?’ in India?

66. Which apple juice-based jeera masala drink from Xotik Fruju has got a new packaging and branding?

67. Which salt brand has launched its latest integrated marketing campaign, ‘Sawaal Desh Ki Sehat Ka’?

68. Which oral hygiene brand has launched Mouth Protect Spray to control germ build-up in mouth?

69. Which brand has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘India’s Thinnest Condom’?

70. Tata Starbucks last week launched its first store in Amritsar. Which milestone store count has it achieved with this launch?

71. Which Chennai-based startup has developed a non-alcohol-based disinfectant – Corban – that it claims can kill the Covid-19 virus on any surface?

72. Which automotive cable supplier last week announced the acquisition of UK based Magal Cables, a part of Arlington Group Engineering systems?

73. India’s first women-led manure cooperative society in Anand district has been granted which trademark by the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)?

74. Which group has announced the launch of its Queen’s Prime range through a film focusing on the range of faucets?

75. Which edible oil brand has signed actress Dia Mirza and chef Ranveer Brar for the digital campaign of its new cooking oil ‘Smart Balance’?

76. Which MNC has launched the film ‘Diwali ko Happy bana ke rahenge’ for its full range of products in India?

77. Which nutrition supplement brand has launched its latest television commercial, featuring actors Gajaraj Rao and Madhoo?

78. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Khushiyon Ki Ladi’ with the message that it’s only when you celebrate this festive season, that others will too?

79. Which ticketing and events platform has released its latest campaign film, themed ‘Unlocking Life’?

80. Which company will acquire 7.8% stake in Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail (ABFRL) for Rs 1,500 crore?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 865 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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