May 31, 2020

Biz Quizzard 844

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. For the first time in which Indian business group’s history, the chairman of holding company and CEOs of all operating companies will take an estimated 20% cut in compensation as it initiates cost-cutting measures?

2. Which Bangladeshi firm said it has become the world's first company to start supplying the generic version of Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug Remdevisir for the coronavirus treatment?

3. Which Pune-based drug discovery research company will study the effectiveness of an anti-parasitic drug in the recovery of moderately ill Covid-19 patients?

4. Which company has acquired 25 per cent equity stake in Technologies rob0 through its Canadian subsidiary for 1 million Canadian dollar (about Rs 5.4 crore)?

5. Which company has elevated Mohit Gupta to the position of a cofounder?

6. Reliance’s JioMart has gone live in how many cities over the last weekend, after a pilot in Mumbai suburbs?

7. Which celebrity has launched the personal care brand ‘FRSH’?

8. Which fantasy football platform has roped in footballer Sunil Chhetri as brand ambassador?

9. Which Hollywood English channel has launched the campaign ‘#BroDaMan’ for International Brother’s Day?

10. Which company will acquire Kolkata-based spice maker Sunrise Foods for an undisclosed amount?

11. Which diapers brand has launched the film ‘#WelcomeToTheWorld’?

12. Which bank has launched the song “Oh jazbati Bhaarat waasi, Mann ki lagaam ko aaj tu kass le…Tere charan kamal kaabu Mein rakh le” urging us to slow down and learn from the crisis?

13. Which airline has launched the film ‘#FlightsOfImagination’?

14. Well, as long as it is not used fabric. Which Japanese casual clothing chain said it plans to sell face masks made of fabric used for its Airism underwear?

15. Which menswear brand has roped in actor Ayushmann Khurrana as brand ambassador?

16. Which beverage brand released the digital film 'Aisi Eid pehle kahan hui!'?

17. Which beauty products MNC has announced the appointment of Jayant Kapre as the new Managing Director for India operations?

18. Which multinational technology company has announced the appointment of Sudhir Pillai as Managing Director for India operations?

19. Which FMCG firm has unveiled its “Hand In Hand” hand sanitiser and instant hand cleanser containing 70% alcohol as per WHO standards?

20. Which business scion has joined the board of Jio Platforms as an additional director?

21. Which insurance company has launched the digital campaign ‘#SaveTheSaviour’, to show gratitude towards the doctors and thank them for their hard work and dedication?

22. Which lubricant brand has launched an animated video campaign featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni with the message ‘#NewWayForward’?

23. Which edible oil brand, in association with the Indian Ocean band, has relaunched its well known tune from the 90s?

24. Which spice brand has launched the film ‘Khushboo neki ki, Swaad rehmat ka’ for Ramadan?

25. Which Indian company has announced a strategic partnership with Zurich-based software company Avaloq to provide end-to-end (e2e) wealth management capabilities through digital platforms?

26. Which Tata brand has introduced high strength, modular and quick to install steel structures, which would help to combat COVID-19?

27. Which Mumbai-based company has sought the drug controller’s approval to manufacture and sell the generic version of Remdesivir without entering into a licensing pact with Gilead Sciences?

28. Which company has acquired Amsterdam’s electric scooter manufacturer Etergo as it looks to launch its own two-wheelers globally next year?

29. Which business group has sold its Czech Republic-based Praha Vaccines to Novavax for $167 million, helping the US biotech firm significantly expand its vaccine capacity?

30. Which Pune-based English newspaper has shut operations, May 27 being the last edition?

31. Brazil’s Marcos Troyjo will succeed India’s KV Kamath as president of which bank?

32. The Gujarat government is set to acquire which company’s 50% stake in GIFT City for Rs 32.7 crore by exercising its right of first refusal?

33. Which Coimbatore-based technical textile manufacturer has launched reusable masks with filters in the domestic market under the Smiley brand?

34. Which company last week apologised for the controversial ad campaign that insinuated that domestic helps can be carriers of the novel coronavirus while promoting its bread and atta maker?

35. Which hair colour brand partnered with the Bollywood personality Karan Johar for an instagram campaign?

36. You can work this out. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has rolled out an initiative titled ‘#BailMeOutBK’ for failed experiments of amateur chefs?

37. Which business personality has sold nutraceutical company Sanat Products to the Indian subsidiary of Germany’s Dr Willmar Schwabe GmbH for an undisclosed amount?

38. Which human and veterinary vaccines maker last week announced the launch of the Classical Swine Fever (CSF) vaccine?

39. ITC’s B Natural and which company have collaborated to launch the first of its kind B Natural+ range of products?

40. Which company last week announced the appointment of top Capgemini executive Thierry Delaporte as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD)?

41. Which smartphone maker is all set to foray into the laptop market in India next month?

42. Which hosiery segment brand has unveiled its new corporate brand identity with a fresh vision of ‘wear the change’?

43. Which ice cream brand has launched the digital campaign ‘Sabse pehle kya karega?’?

44. Which ceramics brand has launched a citizen movement campaign titled ‘#ZameenSeJudayEkSaath’?

45. Which footwear, clothing and accessories company has launched the anthem ‘Hain Taiyaar Hum' to promote its Supermask™ W95 masks?

46. Which energy drink brand has launched its latest campaign 'Bas thode dino ki baat hai'?

47. Non-Banking finance company, IIFL Finance has signed up which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

48. Which pain relief brand has launched the digital film ‘No Time For Pain’?

49. Which personal hygiene and wellness brand has launched ‘#bleedyourway’, an integrated campaign, marking Menstrual Hygiene Day?

50. Which company has announced the launch of NimWash Vegetable and Fruit wash?

51. On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, which homegrown sanitary napkin brand has announced Period Leave for all its female employees?

52. Which company has launched FOREST, India’s first Air Sanitizer which purifies and humidifies indoor air naturally?

53. Which company will acquire Cisco’s Self-Optimizing Network (SON) technology for $49 million, in an all-cash deal?

54. Sebi has warned which IT firm to be careful in dealing with disclosure of material information to investors after it found that it did not disclose the extent of damages related to a lawsuit in the US?

55. Which infrastructure investment trust has signed an agreement to acquire a power transmission asset at Jhajjar in Haryana for Rs 310 crore from current owners Kalpataru Power Transmission and Techno Electric & Engineering Company?

56. ITC Hotels has joined hands with which company to offer responsible dining experiences to the customers in the comfort of their home?

57. Which payments bank has released a new campaign based on the theme 'Ab nazdeeki dukaan, aapka bank'?

58. Which company s professional products division has launched ‘#LoveIsInTheHair’, a solidarity campaign to acknowledge the unique relationship between hairdressers and their clients that often goes beyond the salon?

59. Which airline has appointed Venkataramani Sumantran as an independent director for a period of five years?

60. Which airline said it has received permission to conduct drone trials that will allow it to deliver medical supplies and ecommerce products?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 844 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 24, 2020

Biz Quizzard 843

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 18 - 23. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which brand has launched hand sanitisers in sachets at 50 paise per sachet?

2. Which CEO has pledged to donate $10 million so that every Oakland kid has a computer and internet access?

3. Which private equity firm is set to invest Rs 6,598.38 crore in Jio Platforms for a 1.34% stake?

4. The Centre increased the borrowing limit of states to what % of the gross state domestic product (GSDP) in 2020-21, subject to certain conditions?

5. Which sportswear brand has announced the #HomeTeamHero Challenge - a virtual sporting event for the world’s athletes to unite and help make a difference by dedicating their workouts for good?

6. Which retailer has released a campaign called ‘Ibaadat Bhi, Hifaazat Bhi’ (prayers with safety) in the Holy month of Ramzan?

7. Which health supplement brand has launched a video campaign 'Iftar ki Thali' on the occasion of Ramadan?

8. On the occasion of IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia), which MNC launched the ‘#BeSomeonesHome’ campaign?

9. Which multinational technology firm has acquired Ahmedabad-based Byte Prophecy, an automated insights and big data analytics company?

10. Which company will acquire PepsiCo’s stake in NourishCo Beverages, a 50:50 JV between the two companies?

11. Which MNC last week said that Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma will resign from its board?

12. Which Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) has launched a new brand film ‘#InsaanHuaUnlock’?

13. Which mutual fund has launched its new video jingle campaign – ‘Smart Bano, Invest Karo’, a part of its investor awareness initiative, in Hindi and ‘Be Smart, Stay Invested’ in English?

14. Which packaged rice brand has launched a new film with the positioning ‘India ki Puraani Aadat’?

15. Which bank has become the first lender to introduce video-KYC facility for onboarding customers?

16. Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer will become the head of which app and chief operating officer of the app’s parent company?

17. Dilip Oommen, CEO, Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) has taken over as president of which industry body?

18. Which well known 107-room hotel in Mysuru last week announced it was suspending operations “indefinitely” citing losses arising out of Covid-19 crisis?

19. Which pharma company has launched FXR, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Ocaliva (obeticholic acid), in India?

20. The government, in a surprise move, has proposed to ban how many pesticides such as Carbendazim and Monocrotophos, which are widely used by the farmers across the country?

21. Which social media giant is launching Shops, a service that will allow businesses to display and sell products on its platforms?

22. Personal care company RSH Global has forayed into the personal hygiene segment by launching a herbal hand sanitiser under which brand?

23. Which beverage brand has launched the ‘#OruTeaSollunga’ campaign to support hot tea shops in Tamil Nadu during COVID-19?

24. Which business personality has picked up stake in emotional and mental wellness platform No Worry No Tension Healthcare (NWNT)?

25. Which company is in talks to sell 29% stake in its speciality steel joint venture (JV) back to its two existing partners, Japan’s Sanyo Special Steel Co and Mitsui Corp?

26. Which company, now owned by Reliance Industries, last week announced its foray into tele-medicine vertical with initial target to bring 1 lakh doctors on board in the next 3-4 months?

27. Which MNC last week announced it would stop selling its talc Baby Powder in the US and Canada?

28. Which company has put its lithium-ion battery project in India on hold amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a stricken auto market?

29. Which Indian company has announced signing of an exclusive agreement with Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia to develop a new vaccine candidate for Covid-19 invented at the US university?

30. Which ecommerce major has launched its food delivery service in select pin codes of Bengaluru?

31. Which company has put on hold its plan to acquire GMR Kamalanga Energy, three months after announcing the deal in February, due to the ongoing uncertainty?

32. Which locks brand has launched the video stories campaign ‘#AgentofSafety’?

33. Which condom brand has unveiled its latest digital campaign ‘#JustMarried’?

34. Which tourism board has launched an edutainment series ‘Try this at home’?

35. Which English daily has launched its ‘Spread Kindness’ campaign?

36. Which beverage brand has launched a digital film trilogy, including ‘A cup full of #PositiviTea’?

37. Which chocolate brand and Star India have together launched ‘#CrunchKaAttitude’ campaign to celebrate the confidence of young India?

38. Raj Gupta has stepped down as CEO of which advertising agency?

39. Which telecom company has clubbed its business in 22 telecom circles into 10 clusters, ostensibly to reduce costs and increase efficiency?

40. Online food delivery platform Swiggy last week started home delivery of alcohol through the ‘Wine Shops’ category on its app. Which location?

41. Which beer brand has launched a remake of its global advertisement ‘whassup’ in India?

42. Which telecom company has acquired a strategic stake in Voicezen, an early-stage startup focused on conversational AI technology?

43. Which company, which manufactures and markets cotton buds under the brand name Tulips, has forayed into manufacture and supplies of polyester based swabs that are used for COVID-19 tests?

44. Which Indian pharma company has received patent for its novel non-aqueous Topical Solution of Diclofenac, which is marketed under the brand name Dynapar QPS, by the U.S. Patent Office?

45. Which healthcare major last week supplied the first batch of 30,000 Covid Kavach ELISA tests to Indian Council of Medical Research?

46. Which solar power developer has decided to cancel a contract with government agencies to supply power at the country´s lowest tariff?

47. RBI last week cut the repo rate by how many basis points, taking it to a record low of 4%?

48. Which telecom MNC has named Heineken NV Chief Executive Officer JeanFrancois Van Boxmeer as its new chairman after more than a year of searching?

49. On the occasion of the United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which ad agency has created and released ‘#SOS Save Our Sentinels – The Blink Film’ for The Jimmy Nelson Foundation?

50. Which company has decided to recall 15,200 motorcycles from various international markets after it discovered a brake caliper corrosion related issue?

51. Which hand sanitizer brand has roped in actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra as brand ambassador?

52. Which mattress brand has launched its digital campaign BEDTalks, inspired by TED Talks but infinitely more boring?

53. Which biscuits manufacturer has launched its ‘#EkBadiDua’ Ramzan campaign?

54. Which cookies brand has launched a special music video with the message ‘A lot can happen inside’?

55. Which automobile company has paid a tribute to truckers, essential workers and their families with the video campaign ‘#CelebratingGoodness’ this Ramadan?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 843 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 17, 2020

Biz Quizzard 842

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 11 - 16. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which luggage giant is closing about a quarter of its India stores or more than 100 outlets as the company is severely stung by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic?

2. Which company has decided not to go ahead with the acquisition of Snowman Logistics, a cold chain company, after valuations in the industry fell sharply because of the ongoing pandemic?

3. Which security solutions company has announced the launch of its latest campaign ‘#FamilyMakesEverythingSafe’ to celebrate the spirit of ‘Family Safety Month’?

4. Which online insurance policy provider has launched the digital campaign ‘#ParkedCarsCanRunFamilies’?

5. Which health drink brand has launched a TVC highlighting how it, consisting of immunity supporting nutrients like Zinc, Vit C and Vit D, can help support the body's defences?

6. Which company’s medicine division has announced the launch of its new campaign ‘#MainDarpokHoon’ to encourage people to stay indoors and take preventive measures to stay healthy and safe?

7. Which private equity major will acquire a majority stake in Coty’s Professional Beauty and Retail Hair Businesses at a contemplated enterprise value of $4.3 billion?

8. Which premium food brand has forayed into the health and wellness space with the launch of ‘Reducol’, India’s first cholesterol-reducing fruit juice?

9. Which biscuit brand has created a crowd-sourced digital film titled ‘#ADayInTheLife’?

10. Which company will be acquiring Sumitomo’s stake in JJ Impex (Delhi) Pvt Ltd, a company engaged in automobile service and repair business?

11. Which mother and child care brand has launched the campaign ‘#ToughTimesTougherMoms’?

12. Which Indian company and US-based Gilead Sciences last week signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement for manufacturing remdesivir, a drug which has been identified as a potential therapy for Covid-19?

13. Which healthtech and consumer electronics MNC has said it will invest Rs 250-300 crore to boost its manufacturing and R&D facilities in India?

14. Which social media giant has granted an option to its staff to work from home 'forever' even after the Covid-19 pandemic subsides?

15. Which Mumbai-listed metals and mining company last week announced plans to offer Rs 16,200 crore in cash to become private?

16. Innovators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical professionals at Stanford University School of Medicine in association with which Hyderabad-based healthcare start-up are planning to make a billion masks for India?

17. Which tyre company last week said it had developed a hand sanitizer as part of its efforts to combat coronavirus pandemic in the country?

18. Which global technology company has announced the appointment of Taranjeet Singh as Managing Director, Southeast Asia (SEA) and India?

19. ITC Ltd has ventured into the packaged lassi market with launch in Kolkata under which brand?

20. Which business school has become the 100th business school in the world to receive 'Triple Crown' accreditation?

21. Which company has launched a series of eight videos titled 'Gold Loan is Good' across its integrated marketing channels?

22. Which wires brand has launched the digital film ‘Wise Little Birds’?

23. Which diaper brand has released a new digital campaign ‘Stay safe in mummy’s hugs’ that aims to reassure new moms and their babies, that the world outside would soon be safe to explore again?

24. Which smartwatch brand has launched a new video 'WHAT YOU HEART NOW'?

25. Which company is in the process of launching an ecommerce platform OrderMe to exclusively supply made-in-India products and swadeshi solutions?

26. Which OTT platform has acquired 7 Bollywood and regional films, including Amitabh Bachchan–Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ and Vidya Balan-starrer ‘Shakuntala Devi’ for direct-to-digital premier?

27. Which company has unveiled its iTurmeric FinCloud, a Cloud-ready, microservices-based platform available on IBM public cloud?

28. Which smart wearables and preventive healthcare platform has unveiled Vital 3.0, what it claims as the world’s first wrist band with sensors to detect body temperature?

29. Which health-technology primary care services platform has acquired FitMeIn, an on-demand fitness subscription service, for an unspecified amount?

30. This is refreshing. Which paints maker is raising salaries to boost staff morale?

31. Which beverage brand has launched its TVC ‘#DooriyonMeinApnapan’ to emphasise the importance of compassion?

32. Which online real estate platform has unveiled a crowd-sourced brand film ‘Ghar pe rehkar ghar ko dekha’?

33. Which health drink brand has launched the ‘#PlayAtHome’ campaign encouraging kids to play inside their home?

34. Which breakfast cereal brand has launched an all-digital user-generated content campaign ‘#PassTheBowl’ to exhort consumers to start their day with a bowl of breakfast even during the on-going lockdown?

35. Which technology brand has announced its 'Back to School’ campaign for 2020, primarily aimed at helping students and their parents to easily procure a new laptop and to ensure that learning never stops?

36. Which dining out and restaurant tech platform has announced the launch of ‘Home Masterchef’, the country’s first virtual cookoff with celebrity chefs?

37. Which smartphone brand last week announced the winners of its ‘Make in India’ logo contest?

38. Which edtech company has launched its new campaign ‘Ghar Ghar Ki Kahaani’?

39. Which beverage brand has launched an influencer marketing initiative ‘#GhulKeJiyo’?

40. Which farm derivatives exchange will offer trading of Agridex, its agri futures index, by the end of this month, making it the first such index to be available for trading?

41. VL Indira Dutt has been appointed as the CMD of which cement and heavy engineering company with effect from May 6, 2020?

42. Which paints company last week launched hand sanitisers under the ‘Breathe Easy’ brand?

43. Which paints manufacturer last week announced a foray into the hand sanitiser segment in the domestic market under brand ‘Securall’?

44. Which 118-year-old US-based retailer last week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy?

45. Which real estate and infrastructure development company has appointed Arvind Subramanian its managing director and chief executive officer from July 1?

46. Which multinational bikes manufacturer has launched home delivery for its motorcycles in India?

47. Which country’s central bank has appointed its first woman executive director in 138 years?

48. Which footwear brand has launched a social campaign ‘#WalkForGood’ with a video named ‘Kadam’?

49. Which furniture brand has stepped in to raise awareness on prevention against Covid-19 through the message 'stay home for a better tomorrow'?

50. Tata Starbucks, a joint venture between the Tata Group and Starbucks, crossed which milestone annual sales mark in the last fiscal?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 842 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 10, 2020

Biz Quizzard 841

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 04 - 09. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company’s CEO and MD TV Narendran has decided to step down as president of the Indian Steel Association (ISA)?

2. Which bike taxi aggregator is set to expand its footprint in the logistics segment with the launch of hyperlocal delivery services to take on the likes of Dunzo and Swiggy Genie?

3. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the licence of which Mumbai-based cooperative bank, with effect from the close of business on April 30, 2020?

4. Which tyre company has launched a new digital campaign 'Kuch makaan chalte hain', expressing gratitude to truck drivers for supplying essentials amid lockdown?

5. Raghuvir Srinivasan will be the new editor of which business daily from September 1, 2020?

6. Which FMCG major has announced the launch of the Bacto-V brand of disinfectant products?

7. Which company said it has terminated the deal with CLP India to sell its transmission project ALP for not fulfilling certain conditions?

8. Which beverage brand launched the campaign 'Fruits of Labour' on International Labour Day thanking farmers for their tireless efforts?

9. Which hair care brand has launched ‘#lockdownhairstyles’ video series for each day of the week?

10. International campaign. Which iconic brand has released a digital film ‘To The Human Race’ to thank the soldiers of humanity?

11. Which instant noodles brand has released a video, featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni, on social media to reassure the consumers of its availability amidst the extended lockdown?

12. On the occasion of Earth Week, which company has launched 'The Washout', a digital film to convey the message of washing hands while saving water?

13. Which skincare brand has launched the campaign ‘Best Face Mask This Season’ to encourage a positive attitude towards wearing masks?

14. Which US private equity firm will invest Rs 5,655.75 crore ($747 million) in Jio Platforms for a 1.15% stake?

15. Which Hyderabad-based on-demand cloud communication/ telephony solutions player has rolled out a new virtual work from home mobile solution, CloudAgent, that will enable call center agents to work remotely on their mobile phones?

16. Which MNC has bought Israeli public transit app maker Moovit for about $900 million to help it develop self-driving "robotaxis" that could take to the streets in early 2022?

17. Which payment solutions MNC has launched the campaign ‘#ThankYouVyapaariyo’ celebrating the contribution of merchant community amid lockdown, featuring brand ambassador MS Dhoni?

18. Which financial services company has launched its new social media campaign ‘#WeCountOnYou’?

19. Department of Agriculture Kashmir has been granted Certificate of Registration by Registrar of Geographical Indication, Chennai, for which produce?

20. Which brand has once again ranked as the world’s most valuable global retail brand in the third annual BrandZ ranking unveiled by WPP and Kantar?

21. Which antacid brand has launched a contextual digital campaign around staying at home?

22. Which English daily has launched the #MaskIndia movement, a country-wide call to all Indians, to make and wear their own masks?

23. IN10 Media Network has announced the launch of its first regional movie channel, a 24/7 linear broadcast channel for Bhojpuri cinema fans across the country. What has it been branded as?

24. Which holding company has entered into a deal with CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology to develop a Covid-19 rapid testing kit using the latter’s knowhow?

25. Which health insurer has appointed former CEO of Apollo Munich Health insurance, Krishnan Ramachandran, as its new CEO?

26. Which automobile company has developed the Wellness Mitra App, an in-house app that helps maintain the health log sheet of personnel working across all of its locations in the country?

27. Which automobile company has developed HOPE, an in-house app to monitor staff welfare real-time and ensuring health and occupational safety at the workplace?

28. India’s jobless rate shot up to an all-time high of what percentage in the week ended May 3, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, an independent think tank?

29. Which IT firm will acquire Collaborative Solutions, a privately-held US-based global consultancy specialising in Workday enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources?

30. Which company has decided to convert one of its offices in Pune to a 450-bed intermediary care hospital to treat Covid-19 infected individuals?

31. Which pain relief brand has launched ‘#LockdownWaaliLife’, a social media campaign to promote its OTC variant for headache relief?

32. Which hair care brand has announced ‘Padhai Par Lockdown Nahi, a campaign initiative with an aim to ensure students can keep learning English even at home through the ‘Phone Uthao India ko Padhao’ program that was launched last year?

33. Which hygiene brand has released a film ‘Chain of Protection’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Boman Irani?

34. Which company has released a film with the tagline ‘Maana Mushqil ki Ghadi Hai, Par Ummeed Uss Se Badi Hai’, an adaptation of its international campaign?

35. Which home appliances brand has launched a video campaign ‘#IAmEnough’ on the occasion of Mother’s Day as a tribute to the single mothers?

36. Which company has won the bid to produce rolling stock for the country’s first regional rapid rail corridor, the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)?

37. ELSA Corp (English Language Speech Assistant Corporation) India, a global edu-tech company, has roped in which cricketer as its brand ambassador for India, Middle East, ANZ and SAARC?

38. Which wellness company has launched the digital film ‘#ThePurestGreeting’ as an ode to Namaste?

39. Which hair care brand has launched the film ‘Saluting Brave Women’ to highlight the role played by women during the current pandemic period?

40. Which business personality has picked up a minority stake in 'Generic Aadhar', a unique pharmacy retail chain promoted by 18-year old Arjun Deshpande from Mumbai?

41. Which sportswear giant has launched its latest brand film ‘Ready for Sport’?

42. Which startup’s co-founder and CTO Rahul Jaimini is moving away from his active role to pursue another entrepreneurial venture later this month?

43. Which entrepreneur has named his new born child 'X AE A-12’?

44. Which MNC last week sold its entire 5.7 per cent stake in Hindustan Unilever (HUL) for more than Rs 25,000 crore?

45. Which US-based private equity fund has agreed to acquire about 36% in HealthCare Global Enterprises (HCG) through a preferential allotment of shares?

46. Which private equity firm will invest Rs 11,367 crore in Jio Platforms for a 2.32% stake?

47. Which air conditioner brand has launched the campaign ‘Maha-Adjustable’?

48. FMCG company Bajaj Consumer Care has marked its entry in the personal hygiene segment by launching a hand sanitiser under which brand?

49. Which bank has launched the digital film 'Zindagi rahe open'?

50. US-based private equity firm Carlyle Group has agreed to acquire 74% in which pure-play animal healthcare company for $210 million (Rs 1,587 crore)?

51. Which lifestyle brand has appointed Vasant Nangia as CEO?

52. Which men's grooming products company has launched a new campaign celebrating the quarantine beard?

53. Which home furnishing brand has launched a new integrated campaign in India, 'Home is full of possibilities'?

54. Which Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) is claiming to be the first Indian TV channel to stream live on Facebook?

55. Which country was the biggest market for Zoom in terms of the number of mobile application downloads in April?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 841 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

May 3, 2020

Biz Quizzard 840

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 27 - May 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) has recently announced the appointment of Rakesh Sharma as its President. He is a Executive Director at which company?

2. Which foodtech platform has entered the 'quick recipe' segment with the launch of InstaChef, for quick meals, along with recipes and videos?

3. Which DTH brand has launched the campaign ‘#DeshRechargeHoRahaHai’?

4. Which dairy company has associated with the writer, presenter, actor, and stand-up comedian Zakir Khan for its ongoing campaign ‘Rishton Ka Swad Badhaaye’?

5. Which watch brand has launched a new digital campaign ‘Make Every Moment Count’ to spread hope and positivity in these times of uncertainty?

6. Which Gurugram-based technology brand has unveiled its new visual identity and has roped in cricketer Rohit Sharma and actress Nora Fatehi as brand ambassadors?

7. Which smart device brand has launched a campaign ‘#ExpertForAnExpert’, that comprises two digital films featuring actor Vicky Kaushal and photographer Dabboo Ratnani?

8. Which chocolate brand has released a digital video, which covers stories of different people staying at home and celebrating, with the music of its well known jingle as background music?

9. Which business group has launched the campaign ‘#GoodnessNeverStops’ saluting the workforce and the front line warriors for their unwavering support?

10. Which Indian company, in association with an Oxford University-led consortium, plans to roll out Covid-19 vaccine shots by September–October?

11. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week opened a flexible liquidity window of how much amount to help mutual funds cope with redemption pressure?

12. US private equity firm KKR has agreed to buy five solar assets totaling 317 megawatt from which business group for Rs 1,554 crore, or about $204 million?

13. Which indigenously developed social media platform has acquired Kae Capital backed meme sharing app Memer?

14. Which mutual fund has launched audio-drama podcast series ‘Ishq Bhi Risk Bhi' Season 2?

15. Which watch and fashion accessory brand has launched a video series ‘#StayTheFIn’, featuring brand ambassador Ananya Panday?

16. Which watch brand has launched the ‘#StayHomeStayTough’ challenge, featuring brand ambassador Jacqueline Fernandez?

17. Which international tourism board has launched the campaign ‘Dream Now Travel Later’?

18. Which sports management group has announced the launch of its digital wing 'Influrate' to cater to a growing demand for social influencers in the market?

19. Which men’s apparel brand has launched ‘#RiseFromHome’ digital campaign?

20. Which Indian business personality has been ranked for the 6th consecutive year as one of the world's top 20 inspirational leaders in the field of biopharmaceuticals in The Medicine Maker Power List 2020?

21. Which cookies brand has hosted a virtual musical concert under ‘#StayStrongMoms’ campaign to pay tribute to mothers, who are keeping their families cheerful and safe during such challenging times?

22. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 29% stake in Max Life Insurance Company Ltd for Rs 1,600 Cr?

23. The Cabinet’s appointments panel last week cleared Shrikant Madhav Vaidya as the next chairman of which PSU?

24. Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), Daimler’s commercial vehicle subsidiary in India, has crossed which milestone sales mark for medium- and heavy-duty trucks in India?

25. Which beverage major has committed an initial support of Rs 100 crore towards helping the healthcare system and communities in India to combat the COVID-19 crisis?

26. Which telecom company and Nokia last week announced a $1 billion multi-year agreement to deploy Nokia’s SRAN solution across nine circles in India?

27. Which company last week said its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir helped improve outcomes for patients with Covid-19 in a clinical trial?

28. Which country last week launched its first drone delivery service, taking vitamins to a ship?

29. Which MNC has made its Meet app free for all users, with up to 100 people being able to connect simultaneously?

30. Which advertising agency’s global CEO-Chairman John Seifert has announced his plans of departure from the agency, after 41 years of service?

31. Which consumer products company has provided medical insurance cover for over 4,000 ‘extended’ people who are a part of its supply and distribution chain in India?

32. Which Indian end-to-end global supply chain management services provider for automotive, beverage, defence, industrial and utilities markets, has forayed into health and essential services sector and agriculture supply chain?

33. Which automobile company has kicked off an initiative called ‘Red Talks’ as part of its efforts to keep employees constantly engaged during the lockdown?

34. Which biscuit brand has launched a digital film with the message ‘Aap hai toh hum hai’?

35. Which digital marketplace for financial products has announced the launch of its new brand film, ‘We will come out stronger’?

36. The founders of which digital agency have announced the launch of Yellophant Digital to provide digital marketing solutions to startups and SMEs in India?

37. Which technology services company has elevated its India chief executive Kiran Bhagwanani as senior vice president of its newly formed Go-to-Market business in the Asia Pacific?

38. Which digital payments platform has named ex-Axis Bank CEO Shikha Sharma as an adviser?

39. Which Bengaluru-based contract research and manufacturing firm has developed an Elisa test kit to detect antibodies that fight Covid-19 infections?

40. Which chocolate brand has launched limited edition packs with its logo replaced with the words ‘Thank You’?

41. Which interstate perishable food delivery service has forayed into delivery of fresh vegetarian and non-vegetarian produce in Mumbai, especially for the senior citizens?

42. Which private sector lender has extended the tenure of present managing director and CEO (interim) S Sundar till May 31?

43. Which FMCG major last week announced its foray into the vegetable and fruit hygiene category, with the launch of ‘Veggie Clean’, a vegetable cleaner?

44. Which footwear major has committed to donate one million pairs of shoes to healthcare workers, volunteers and their families, the front liners workers fighting Covid-19?

45. Which life insurance company has launched a digital campaign ‘#GoalsNeverLockDown’, to encourage people to continue pursuing their life goals remotely?

46. Which hospitality company has named former Starbucks chief operating officer Troy Alstead as an independent board member?

47. Shares of which US company tumbled 9% on May 1 after its CEO tweeted that its high-flying stock was overly expensive?

48. The ministry of defence has, through a Presidential order, appointed Dr Sanjay Kumar Jha as chairman and managing director of which defence PSU with effect from May 1, 2020?

49. Atsushi Ogata has been appointed president, chief executive officer, and managing director of which automobile company in India with immediate effect?

50. Which company last week announced India’s biggest rights issue?

51. Which arm of the Ministry of Science and Technology will invest about Rs 1 crore in one of three startups working to build indigenous kits that will test for Covid-19 infections?

52. Which company last week released a collaborative song titled #HumHaarNahiMaanenge (We will not lose)?

53. Which traders’ body has launched an ecommerce marketplace for all retail traders across India?

54. Which company last week announced that it will start making hand and surface sanitisers under the Viroprotek brand?

55. Which wood panels manufacturer has launched the digital campaign ‘#InvisibleNoMore’ on the occasion of Labour Day?

56. Which video streaming service, a joint venture among Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros Entertainment, has shut down?

57. Which credit card brand announced the launch of its new brand campaign, “Ghar mein Khushiyaan” that inspires people to stay positive by finding new joy at home?

58. Which vanaspati brand has launched the campaign ‘#GharKiChampionKoSalaam’ for Mother's Day?

59. Which Indian Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing company has released a digital video titled ‘COVID-19 Warriors’ on the occasion of International Labour Day?

60. Which confectionery brand has undergone its first major rebranding in 50 years for its flagship bars, which includes a redrawn wordmark, new iconography and typography?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 840 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli