April 26, 2020

Biz Quizzard 839

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

1. Which automobile company has entered into a partnership with Air Liquide Medical Systems to scale up production of ventilators at the latter’s facility in Chennai?

2. Which Bengaluru-based fruits and vegetable delivery startup has acquihired Bengaluru-based meat delivery startup Royale Fresh in all equity deal?

3. Randall Stephenson is stepping down as the CEO of which telecommunications giant after leading it for 13 years?

4. Which company and STX Filmworks have entered into a definitive stock-for-stock merger agreement?

5. Which matrimonial site has introduced ‘Weddings from home’, an initiative to help couples across all communities, cultures and religions to get married during the lockdown period?

6. Which advertising agency has created an anti-coronavirus campaign titled ‘Mask Force’ for the Government of India?

7. Rudratej Singh passed away last week at the age of 46. He was the India CEO for which MNC?

8. Which social media giant last week launched its own gaming app that will be free and allow billions of users to watch and stream live games from their smartphones?

9. Which Indian lender has a $100 million exposure to Singapore-based oil trading company Hin Leong Trading Pte, which has filed for bankruptcy protection in the Singapore courts?

10. Which iconic annual beer festival has been cancelled for the first time since World War II?

11. Leading European infra player A&M Development Group has inked a joint venture with which Delhi-based engineering and construction player to enter the country?

12. Paytm Payments Bank (PPBL) said it has crossed which milestone amount in deposits through over 57 million savings account holders?

13. Which Mumbai-based facial technology and computer vision startup has acquired US-based research startup Gemia for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which disinfectant brand has launched a nationwide awareness campaign ‘#DisinfectToProtect’?

15. Jyothy Labs Limited last week announced the launch of its hand-sanitiser under which brand?

16. Which mutual fund and its top management have paid Rs 4.2 crore to the market regulator Sebi to settle the case of the fund’s investments in the debt instruments of Essel Group?

17. Which beverage maker will write off the value of surplus inventory of its bottling partners, with large quantities of soft drinks and juices left unsold during the lockdown?

18. Jennifer Morgan is stepping down as the co-CEO of which software MNC after just 6 months in the job as the company switches back to a solo boss to steer it through the coronavirus upheaval ?

19. Which consumer food company has launched the campaign “Ghar Baithe Baat Badal Do”?

20. Which MNC has announced the signing of binding agreements for an investment of Rs 43,574 crore into Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms?

21. Which mutual fund has launched the campaign ‘Ghar Bhaite Kuch Smart Karo, SIP Start Karo’?

22. Which global content production and distribution hub is all set to enter the OTT space with its newly launched app called “Playflix”?

23. Which hospitality company has rolled out three digital films, including 'Everyday Heroes' and 'Ditch the handshake, do the Namaste'?

24. Which live online tutorial platform has launched a film with the theme 'India's learning's won't stop'?

25. Which automobile MNC has created a ‘song of solidarity’ titled ‘Raftaar Wahi Hogi’?

26. Which ad agency, in collaboration with Networkbay, has announced launched ‘Retail: Day 1,’ a special initiative to work with brands and retailers to ‘manage, redefine and transform’ their retail experiences in the post-COVID era?

27. On the occasion of World Earth Day, which business group launched the digital film ‘Let's Restart The Right Way On Earth Day’?

28. Which jewellery and lifestyle brand has launched 'Discover Your Love', a global musical retreat?

29. Which brand has launched a campaign to raise awareness on ‘safe and untouched’ packaged sugar?

30. Which brand has launched a pocket sanitiser perfume?

31. Which packaged rice company has launched the campaign ‘#MenAtWork - The New Normal’?

32. Which mutual fund has voluntarily decided to wind up six of its fixed-income debt schemes effective April 23, 2020?

33. Which automobile company has launched the film 'Warriors On Wheels'?

34. Which broadcaster has launched a special nationwide campaign with consumer safety as its theme – ‘TV Entertainment Recharge Ka Safe Tareeka’?

35. Which Bengaluru-based real estate company has become the only Indian company to get featured in the FT ranking: Asia-Pacific High-Growth Companies Report 2020 list among other construction companies?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 839 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 19, 2020

Biz Quizzard 838

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

1. Which Pune-based firm is the first to get financially backing from the government for coronavirus vaccine efforts?

2. After the initial uncertainty over export of hydroxychloroquine from India, which company shipped India’s first consignment of the drug to the US?

3. Which life insurance company has announced the appointment of Parag Raja as MD and CEO, subject to requisite IRDAI approval?

4. Which smartphone brand launched the “HyperTaskers” campaign for the launch of its new series?

5. Which life insurance company has unveiled ‘We Can, We Will !’ anthem campaign that reiterates the power of collective unity and solidarity to fight the spread of Covid-19?

6. Andhra Pradesh has awarded the contract to build a greenfield international airport at Bhogapuram to which company?

7. Which online higher education company and Big Bang Music have come together to create the anthem ‘#AageKiSoch’?

8. Sudhanshu Vats has quit as the group chief executive and managing director of which media company after eight years at the helm?

9. Which Dubai-based group, which set up its first home furnishings outlet in India at Hyderabad in 2018, said it will not be laying off a single employee on account of the Covid-19 pandemic?

10. After recently invoking force majeure, which automobile company last week said it has decided to make full payments to its suppliers from the next cycle to ease liquidity woes?

11. Which denim retailer in the US last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming another corporate casualty of the coronavirus outbreak that has ravaged the retail sector?

12. Which ecommerce firm last week named Walmart executive Jamie Iannone as its top boss?

13. Which lubricant company has launched the consumer awareness campaign ‘#HangUpYourKeys’?

14. Which credit card rewards platform is all set to launch digital lending options beyond allowing users to earn points and rewards from credit card payments?

15. Which health insurance company has launched an integrated campaign ‘#IgnoreNahiInsureKaro’?

16. Which packaging company has appointed Sudhanshu Vats as MD and CEO effective April 16?

17. Which MNC’s experimental app group team has launched a messaging app called Kit for Apple Watch?

18. Which staffing body has urged the labour and finance ministries to take immediate steps to protect the livelihood of 3.3 million temporary workers?

19. How many Indian-American corporate leaders have been chosen to be on Donald Trump’s list of economic advisers?

20. Which MNC last week committed to donate 71 tonnes of biscuits and chocolates for distribution in 12 major cities in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic?

21. Which bank has launched a Safety Grid campaign to encourage social distancing?

22. This is bizarre. Which sports property has resumed live broadcasting of bouts after gaining “essential services” status in Florida?

23. Which paint company has released a new digital film titled ‘Planet Home’?

24. Which ecommerce company and actor Varun Dhawan recently announced the launch of ‘Entertainer No. 1’, a unique stay-at-home reality show?

25. Which direct-selling beauty brand has launched the ‘#FitFamilyChallenge’ to inspire families to exercise together and stay fit during the lockdown?

26. Which beverage brand has launched the social initiative, ‘Iss baar #BadonKeLiye’ towards spreading awareness and facilitating change for the cause of the elderly?

27. Which Indian cricketer has become brand ambassador of 'CricKingdom', a Dubai-based cricket academy, which will also facilitate coaching through its online platform?

28. Which fitness brand has launched ‘#WorkOUTfromHome’, a series of home workouts to harness the power of fitness?

29. Which health insurance company has launched a new digital brand campaign “Health ke saath, Health Insurance Zaroori Hai”?

30. A lot of firms are diversifying into making sanitisers. IndianOil has come up with an ethyl alcohol-based hand-rub solution to sanitise hands. What has it been branded as?

31. FMCG major Marico Ltd last week announced its foray into the hand sanitizer category under which brand?

32. Emami has forayed into the hand sanitiser space under which brand?

33. If not sanitisers, then it is delivering groceries. Which fitness and health startup has started grocery delivery service in Bengaluru, NCR, Hyderabad, and Chennai?

34. Which home appliances maker has launched the film ‘#HumSabHomeMakers’?

35. Which company has acquired UK’s iconic sporting motorcycle brand Norton in an all-cash deal for a sum of 16 million British pounds (about Rs 153 crore)?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 838 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 12, 2020

Biz Quizzard 837

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

1. The sale of BS-VI passenger vehicles in India has crossed which milestone mark?

2. Which Italian luxury shoemaker has died aged 85 after being hospitalised with the coronavirus?

3. Which budget hotel chain last week rolled out a paid voluntary resignation scheme (PVRS) for its 400 employees, citing loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic?

4. Which textile manufacturer has switched capacities to produce disinfectant wipes and surgical masks in order to meet increased demand for personal protection items?

5. Infosys chief operating officer UB Pravin Rao has taken over as the chairman of which industry body for fiscal 2020-21?

6. Which entity has become the first state-owned major port trust to invoke the force majeure clause in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus that has roiled trade?

7. Which user-generated content platform has rolled out a joint initiative ‘#IndiaCraftingMemories’ in association with Fevicreate, a platform by Pidilite Industries?

8. Which advertising network has appointed Wendy Clark as its Global CEO?

9. Which Hyderabad- headquartered vaccine manufacturer has commenced research in partnership with Australia’s Griffith University to develop a vaccine for Covid-19?

10. Hindustan Unilever crossed which milestone mark in market value on April 7?

11. Which automobile MNC has launched the ‘#TheEssentialPeople’ campaign?

12. Which FMCG major is set to launch Tulsi Drops?

13. On World Health Day, which healthcare company launched ‘#ConsultFirst’, a digital campaign to reiterate the importance of consulting a doctor first?

14. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked which private lender to wait until a new CEO is in place before elevating executives to board level?

15. Which FMCG major has announced a collaboration with the UNICEF to undertake a mass communication campaign ‘#BreakTheChain’ / #VirusKiKadiTodo’?

16. Which short video streaming service made its debut in India on 6 April?

17. Which MNC is partnering with the World Health Organization to make and donate 25 million soap bars to several agencies in the U.S. as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread?

18. Which engineering conglomerate is using new technologies, artificial intelligence and its digital platforms to support local authorities in 20 cities so that they can monitor and implement measures to help combat the spread of Covid-19?

19. Which city has been voted best city for IT professionals, according to TechGig’s survey?

20. Which entrepreneur last week said he was committing $1 billion of his personal fortune to coronavirus relief through his philanthropic fund?

21. Who has made a debut on the latest Forbes billionaires list at No. 22 with a total net worth of $36 billion?

22. Which general insurance company appointed Anamika Roy Rashtrawar its managing director and chief executive officer?

23. Which tyre company has introduced a social media campaign ‘#DistanceOKPlease’ to educate people about the importance of staying at home?

24. Market research group, Strategir and which Mumbai-headquartered consumer insights and market research agency have joined forces to create a partnership in India?

25. Which wood panels manufacturer is encouraging people to make the most of their ‘stay home’ time with the ‘#21daysofFitAtHome’ campaign?

26. Which regional social media platform has announced the appointment of Rohan Mishra as its India head?

27. Which jewellery chain has launched a 'Goldsmith Relief Fund', in association with its brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan's 'We Are One' initiative?

28. Which dining out and restaurant tech platform has launched 'Project Thali' with the aim to make food available to those struggling to make ends meet during this lockdown?

29. ITC has launched a liquid hand sanitizer under which brand?

30. Which Indian banker said that he will forego compensation for FY21 and will take a notional salary of only Re 1?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 837 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 5, 2020

Biz Quizzard 836

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 30 - April 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Wanted to cover this news 2 weeks back but forgot, one of the first corporate responses in India. Which retailer set up a quarantine centre in its facility at Hyderabad?

2. Which automobile company in India last week became the first from the industry to say it is invoking force majeure to suspend full payments to vendors, since it has “no visibility of receivables”?

3. Which Mumbai-based brokerage has closed down its portfolio management services (PMS) business, probably the first casualty of the turmoil in the stock market in the past 40 days?

4. Which commodities exchange is offering up to 3x more salaries to select few employees, who are working from its office in Mumbai?

5. This is really sad. The finance minister of a state in which country reportedly committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus?

6. Global banking regulators have delayed the Basel Capital Rule by how much time period?

7. Which entity has acquired 67% stake in Kamarajar Port Ltd. (KPL) from the Centre for Rs 2,383 crore, making the latter its wholly-owned subsidiary?

8. Which financial services company has appointed V George Antony as executive vice-chairman for India?

9. Which doors brand has launched a digital film with the message ‘Only a closed door can open up roads to fight corona virus’?

10. Which business group has committed a total of Rs 1500 crores to fight the COVID-19 crisis in the country?

11. Which ratings firm has slashed its forecast on India’s economic growth to 3.5% for the coming fiscal year from 5.2%?

12. Which company last week announced it will donate Rs 500 crore to 'PM-Cares Fund' and Rs 5 crore to Gujarat's CM Fund?

13. Which trampoline park has launched the campaign ‘#GetHighAtHome’?

14. Which tech company and smartphone brand has launched a new ad film ‘#HeroesWhoCare’, which salutes the people who are still working in this Coronavirus pandemic just to help others?

15. International distribution and media agency Quintus Media has undergone a brand review and unveiled its new name, logo and website. What will it be now known as?

16. Which independent digital marketing agency launched the campaign ‘#StaySafeSaveWater’ to create awareness to conserve water during the times of the global pandemic, 'Covid-19'?

17. Which company has launched a platform, Phrazor Insights to provide live data and insights on Covid-19 cases in India in Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Telugu, apart from English?

18. Which MNC has acquired British company Plessey, a maker of Micro-LED displays for Augmented Reality (AR) devices, for an undisclosed sum?

19. Which online beauty and cosmetics seller has raised a total of Rs 100 crore, or $13 million, from hedge fund Steadview Capital at a valuation of Rs 9,200 crore, or over $1.2 billion?

20. You can work this out. Which FMCG company is launching sanitisers at Re 1 in sachets?

21. D Lakshminarayanan has been elevated as managing director of which finance company from April 1?

22. Uber is providing a new service to help transport frontline healthcare workers to medical facilities and other critical areas across India. What has it been branded as?

23. Which sports nutrition brand has launched a campaign encouraging consumers to work out while staying in, with the message ‘Staying home to stay safe’?

24. Which wires and cable brand has launched its new integrated marketing campaign ‘#serialkiller’?

25. Which real-life entertainment streaming app has launched its maiden campaign with the positioning 'App Interesting Toh Aap Interesting'?

26. Promoters and other insiders won’t be able to buy shares of companies between April 1 and up to which date?

27. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) has acquired the Horlicks brand for the Indian market from GlaxoSmithKline for what amount, in an effort to avoid recurring royalty cost?

28. Which talcum powder brand has diversified into the sanitiser business?

29. Which ByteDance-owned company has made its digital collaboration suite free in India as it competes with incumbent players, which are vying for increased business in the locked-down country?

30. Which business personality has, through his foundation and company, committed Rs 1,125 crore to tackle the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

31. Which company, the first Indian firm to get permission to make and sell coronavirus testing kits, bagged Rs 1 crore from Action Covid Team Grants – set up by top fund managers and VC firms?

32. Which healthcare tech firm has partnered with Italian San Raffaele University hospital to deploy new solutions that automatically read and interpret chest X-ray scans for Covid-19 in seconds?

33. Which food and grocery retailer has appointed Vinod Nambiar as managing director?

34. Which MNC has acquired popular weather app Dark Sky and will shut down the Android and Wear OS apps in July?

35. Which multinational pharmaceutical company has announced the appointment of Koki Sato as the Country Head for India business?

36. Advertising veteran Mr Goutam Rakshit passed away last week. He was the co-founder of which advertising agency?

37. Which company last week said its $900-million deal to acquire Sandoz’s US generic oral solids and dermatology businesses has been mutually called off?

38. Which company has announced a free tractor rental scheme through its JFarm Services platform?

39. Which business group has pledged a sum of Rs 500 crore to combat the Covid-19 pandemic with plans of donating to the PM-Cares fund and supplying ventilators and masks?

40. Which MNC has announced that it will set up a 1,500-bed temporary hospital near Pune with isolation wards and medical facilities for treating Covid-19 patients?

41. Which furniture solutions brand has released its exclusive guide: ‘Stay Healthy. Be Productive’ – a ‘Work From Home’ guide that reveals the challenges and solutions for the modern day home-office setups?

42. Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd has rolled back plans to infuse fresh funding into which subsidiary?

43. Which smoking cessation brand has introduced a ‘21 Days to Quit Smoking Challenge’ exhorting smokers to quit smoking?

44. Which social singing app has launched the campaign ‘India Jam Karega’?

45. For the first time in the history of the Indian capital markets, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) have sold securities worth over which milestone mark in a single month?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 836 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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