June 28, 2020

Biz Quizzard 848

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

1. Which MNC has initiated a complete recall of all its fairness products in India as part of its global plan to exit the product category?

2. Which pharma company has become the first Indian company to receive approval for manufacture and marketing of Favipiravir for the treatment of mild-to-moderate symptoms of Covid-19?

3. Which company has decided to sell off its fertiliser plant in Goa to unlisted joint venture company Paradeep Phosphates (PPL) for a total consideration of $280 million (about Rs 2,135.06 crore)?

4. Which company’s pharma solutions business has entered into a pact with G&W Laboratories Inc. to acquire its solid oral dosage drug product manufacturing facility located in Sellersville, Pennsylvania?

5. The summer issue of US magazine Town & Country has featured which Indian personality among the top philanthropists of 2020?

6. Which business group has entered into the cloud kitchen business with launch of a wholly owned subsidiary Purple Foods & Beverages?

7. Which brand has launched a social media campaign ‘your traditions our pickles’?

8. Which lubricant brand has launched the campaign ‘India ka Engine, Andar se Strong’ paying tribute to truckers and farmers for their efforts during these unprecedented times?

9. Which company’s hydrocarbon arm has signed an agreement with US-based engineering company KBR for construction of modular process plants for refinery and petrochemicals projects?

10. A group of 100 organisations have come together to set up a not-for-profit telemedicine initiative to tackle Covid-19 in India. What has the initiative been branded as?

11. In the first major office leasing transaction since the Covid-19 outbreak, which global consulting firm’s India arm has leased 3 lakh sqft space across eight floors in Embassy NXT in Bengaluru?

12. The former CMD of which renewable energy company has initiated insolvency proceedings against the company at the Chennai bench of the NCLT over non-payment of financial settlement upon his exit?

13. Which company and DKSH Business Unit Healthcare signed an agreement under which DKSH will sell and distribute seven of former’s generic formulations in Singapore and Thailand?

14. Which grooming brand last week launched an initiative to provide health insurance cover for barbers and is promoting it with a campaign featuring Sachin Tendulkar?

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

16. Which agarbatti brand has roped in Odia actor Babushaan Mohanty as brand ambassador?

17. Which beverage chain last week announced its foray in the handcrafted packaged take-away beverage segment aimed at in-home consumption?

18. Which food company, known for its custard powder and pasta, announced a new brand identity and positioning “Giving life to life’s little celebrations”?

19. Which salon chain has launched a video ‘Love Begins With Us’ using poetry to build rapport with customers?

20. In an effort to curb ‘benami’ businesses under the GST regime, which state has become probably the first state to introduce second level verification of registration granted on or after June 1?

21. Which automobile MNC has appointed Vikram Pawah as president for India operations, in addition to his current role?

22. Which automobile brand has launched the ‘#JustCantWait’ campaign to introduce its new brand and corporate identity?

23. Which beverage brand has launched Indian classical music content series ‘Sur Ke Saath'?

24. Which MNC has launched the ‘#PrintPlayLearn’ campaign making lockdown constructive for little ones?

25. Hershey India has launched a new film ‘Rediscover your passion’ for which brand?

26. Which adhesive brand has launched a new video communicating the new brand message - ‘Repair is better than replace’?

27. Which company last week rolled out what it said was the world's first ayurvedic cure for Covid-19 called Coronil and Swasari?

28. Which MNC has acquired a security startup CyberX to accelerate and secure its Internet of Things (IoT) deployments?

29. Which institute has set up an endowment fund with an initial corpus of Rs 100 crore, the first business school in India to institute such a fund?

30. Which advertising agency has announced the appointment of Andy Main as Global Chief Executive Officer?

31. Which US food major is partnering with a manufacturer in India to launch its first chocolate manufacturing operation in Asia?

32. According to a Hurun report on wealth impact 4 months after the Covid-19 outbreak, which Indian billionaire was one of the fastest gainers in the world with his net worth rising 25%?

33. Which mutual fund has become the first fund house to cross the Rs 4 trillion mark, according to industry estimate?

34. Which Indian motorcycle brand recently launched it’s first-ever apparel and riding gear line for women?

35. Which mobile gaming and e-sports platform has released a fresh set of television commercials (TVCs) as part of its ‘Har Game Mein Jeeto’ campaign?

36. On World Music Day, which music streaming platform launched an innovative Twitter campaign ‘#PlayThis’?

37. Which life insurance company has unveiled its latest ad campaign 'Bharose Ka Number', highlighting the company’s performance in claims paid ratio in the last five years?

38. Which nutritional supplement brand from Procter & Gamble Health has announced the launch of ‘#RahoStrongIronStrong’ campaign?

39. Which MNC has partnered with online food delivery platform Swiggy and National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) to launch a programme ‘#SaveOurRestaurants’?

40. Diesel prices exceeded that of petrol in which state on June 24, a first for the country?

41. Which spirits maker has announced an Rs 75 crore fund under its global “raising the bar” programme for restaurants and bars?

42. Which MNC has surpassed Alibaba Group Holding Ltd as Asia’s most-valuable company, with its shares rising above HK$500 ($64.50) in intraday trading on June 24 for the first time ever?

43. Which Japanese company last week said it is selling its struggling camera division to focus on medical equipment - now the major portion of the storied firm’s business?

44. Which company last week launched Chhattisgarh’s largest solid waste management plant at Raipur?

45. Textile manufacturer RSWM Ltd. of the LNJ Bhilwara Group has tied up with Swiss firm HeiQ to offer antiviral fabric under which brand?

46. Which ice cream brand has launched a unique range of ice creams having immunity-boosting ingredients, starting with Haldi (Turmeric) Ice Cream and Chyawanprash Ice Cream?

47. Which talent management firm will manage Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza’s commercial associations?

48. Which confectionery brand has rolled out special edition “Salute our Heroes” packs as a mark of respect and gratitude to the frontline workers who have been relentlessly fighting the real coronavirus war?

49. Which ecommerce platform has released “#AaoFirPakdeRaftaar” campaign to mark the beginning of the new phase post the nationwide lockdown?

50. Gold of 24-carat purity (999) crossed which milestone price per 10 gm-mark for the first time on June 24?

51. Which personal care brand has roped in actress Mithila Palkar as the brand ambassador of its newly launched mineral sunscreen?

52. Which matrimonial portal has removed a skin colour filter option that pandered to racial stereotypes, departing from the usual Indian practice of avoiding taking sides on controversial matters?

53. Which aviation major has appointed Rémi Maillard as President of India and Managing Director of South Asia region, effective September 01, 2020?

54. Which company is launching a new culinary service called Qmin, which will allow people to order dishes from the restaurants of its hotels?

55. Which payments platform has launched Smart Stores, an initiative that allows customers to scan a QR Code to explore products within offline stores and pay for them using various payment instruments available on it?

56. Online grocer Bigbasket has crossed which milestone annualised gross sale runrate for the first time in May?

57. Which air conditioner manufacturing joint venture has appointed Sanjay Mahajan as Managing Director?

58. Which MNC announced the launch of ‘Fast Track Automation’, a proprietary technology innovation for the life sciences industry that will help expedite vaccine production?

59. Which F&B retail company has started its own app named Foogo that will allow customers to order food from restaurants under the brand?

60. HUL will be rebranding which flagship brand?

61. Which MNC has acquired Fleetsmith, which offers popular software for firms to manage their Apple devices?

62. Which health and wellness supplements company has launched a new campaign ‘#IamPositive’, featuring actor John Abraham?

63. A micro, small or medium enterprise in the country will now be known by which new term, as per a government notification issued last week?

64. Public sector telecom equipment maker ITI has signed a partnership with which information technology services firm to jointly develop next-generation wireless solutions?

65. Which MNC has agreed to pay over $1 billion to buy self-driving startup Zoox?

66. Which investment fund is buying two floors from Jet Airways in the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai for Rs 490 crore?

67. Former Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian will join which university as a professor in the department of economics beginning July?

68. Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) last week said its compact SUV Venue has crossed which milestone sales-mark since its launch last year?

69. Which company has acquired Vapi II North Lakhimpur Transmission, a special purpose vehicle (SPV), from PFC Consulting for an undisclosed amount?

70. Which PSU has launched a battery swapping facility for electric vehicles (EVs) at its petrol pumps, offering to replace discharged batteries with fully charged ones in just couple of minutes?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 848 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 21, 2020

Biz Quizzard 847

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

1. Which broadcasting major is building over 100 ICUs and donating over 200 ambulances as well as 40,000 PPE kits to help states that are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic?

2. Which Singapore-headquartered real estate development and investment company has acquired an under-construction logistics park in Pune’s Chakan area from KSH Infra Industrial Park for Rs 300 crore?

3. Health insurance companies will not be allowed to contest claims once the premium is paid for a continuous period of how many years, regulator Irdai said in a fresh set of guidelines?

4. Samir Bangara passed away on June 14 following a motorcycle accident. He was the cofounder and CEO of which digital music platform?

5. The board of directors of which mutual fund elevated its acting CEO of nearly two years, Imtaiyazur Rahman, to the position of full-time CEO?

6. Which skincare brand has launched ‘#SharetheCare', its debut campaign on TikTok?

7. Which company has signed an agreement to purchase 50% shareholding of Jayem Automotives in JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (JTSV) for an unspecified amount?

8. ByteDance has decided to shut down which short video sharing platform in India by October 31?

9. Which Hyderabad-headquartered multi-disciplinary infrastructure conglomerate has announced its foray into defence weapons manufacturing?

10. Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) last week launched the country’s maiden trading platform for which commodity?

11. Which company last week announced the launch of Perfect Homes Junior, its private label furniture brand for children in the age group of 2-16 years?

12. Which company is partnering with ITC Ltd’s Agri Business Division to extend the reach of its crop protection products through the ITC’s e-Choupal 4.0 platform?

13. Which general insurance company has launched the country’s first drone cover?

14. Which car brand has become the best selling model for the 16th year in a row clocking sales of 1,48,000 units in 2019-20?

15. Which payments bank last week launched ´Suraksha Salary Account´, designed specifically for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME)?

16. Which automobile finance company has launched the film ‘The Sounds of Lockdown’?

17. Which tech platform has announced the acquisition of the media-tech company, Adorithm?

18. Which digital audio player has launched the campaign ‘Ghar Le aayein’, focusing on the elderly’s need for entertainment in lockdown?

19. Which dairy brand has launched the campaign ‘#BuildYourImmunity’?

20. Which FMCG major will invest €1 billion in a new dedicated Climate & Nature Fund?

21. Which Chinese automaker last week signed an initial pact with Maharashtra to invest $1 billion in modernising a former General Motors plant and generate employment for 3,000 people?

22. Which MNC bank has decided to shut down its wealth management business in India?

23. Which digital lender has acquired fintech platform Qbera?

24. HCL Technologies said it has commenced operations in which country, and plans to create over 1,500 local employment opportunities in the next 18 months?

25. A majority of shareholders of which company have voted in favour of changing the company´s name to ´COFORGE Ltd´, according to regulatory filings?

26. Which edtech company has announced bachelor´s and master´s programmes with Jamia Hamdard University and OPJindal Global University?

27. Which brand from Maruti Suzuki India’s stable has completed 15 years in the market?

28. Which ecommerce company has launched ‘#LocalToGLobal’ campaign to encourage Indian MSMEs to expand their businesses globally?

29. Hamdard Laboratories India last week announced its foray into the ready-to-drink segment with the launch of fruit juice flavours and milkshake under which sub-brand?

30. Which Indian IT firm has joined the Climate Pledge, a commitment cofounded by internet giant Amazon and environment firm Global Optimism to meet the Paris climate agreement goals 10 years early?

31. Which company last week launched electric scooter Magnus Pro priced at Rs 73,990 (ex-showroom, India)?

32. Pankaj Chaddah, Zomato's Co-founder, and Pooja Khanna, ex-Zomato Chief of Staff, last week announced the launch of a mental wellness startup. What is it called?

33. Which company has acquired a 10% stake in edtech startup Lattu Media for an undisclosed sum?

34. Emma Watson, the actress and activist who made her name as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, joined the board of which French fashion giant last week?

35. Which Bengaluru-based startup has introduced India’s first commercially approved premium Motorhome, LuxeCamper, and offers vacation on wheels?

36. Freshworks has signed a partnership with which IT major to jointly build tools in marketing and sales and IT services solutions on top of the former’s cloud software and take it to its customers globally?

37. Which company has announced the introduction of the BS VI Supro ambulance, developed in-house on the company’s Supro van platform?

38. Which Swiss hygiene company with operations in India has come up with a face mask that can directly inactivate bacteria and viruses, including 99.9% of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2?

39. This is interesting. Which airline last week launched a door-to-door baggage service for its passengers in India?

40. Which FMCG major is embracing work from home (WFH) in a big way, shutting its corporate headquarters and renting out the office space?

41. Which bank has launched ‘#ReverseTheKhata’ campaign?

42. Which personal care appliances and beauty accessory brand has roped in actress Amyra Dastur as the brand ambassador for the launch of SÉRY Cosmetics in India?

43. Which rigid plastic packaging company has launched a “Born Again” initiative to deliver recycled packaging material to its customers?

44. Which MNC IT major is planning to discontinue lease agreements at nearly half of its offices in major cities across India?

45. Which electrical cables and wires manufacturer has announced its entry into two-wheeler electric vehicle (EV) segment by introducing products under the BGAUSS brand name?

46. Which car rental company has appointed Sudarshan S Sarma as its chief executive officer?

47. Emami Ltd last week entered the soap and hand wash categories under which brand?

48. Which telecom brand has launched its new campaign ‘Open to questions’?

49. Which cooking oil brand has launched #MaskBanaoMovement with a new campaign named ‘Waqt Kuch Auro Ke Liye Banane Ka’?

50. Which energy major will set up global business service operations in Pune, employing about 2,000 people?

51. Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urijit Patel has been appointed as the chairperson of which organization?

52. Former Google executive Sunil Rayan has been appointed the president of which video streaming service?

53. Streaming platform ZEE5 is working on launching a short video service. What will it be branded as?

54. Which company has announced the introduction of its certified pre-owned vehicle business ‘SELECTEDforYOU’?

55. Parryware has rolled out a digital platform for buying bathroom products. What has it been branded as?

56. K Paul Thomas has been elected as the Chairman of Sa-Dhan, the largest association of community development finance institutions in India. He is the MD and CEO of which small finance bank?

57. Super Plastronics Pvt Ltd (SSPL) is set to foray into the consumer appliance segment with the launch of its washing machines range under which licensed brand?

58. Which MNC has acquired Swedish startup Mapillary that is building a detailed, accurate and up to date global street-level imagery platform, for an undisclosed sum?

59. Which cement brand is launching the campaign 'Leader’s Choice', featuring brand ambassadors Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Chhetri?

60. Reliance Industries became the first Indian company to cross which milestone mark in market cap last week as its shares soared after it declared itself net debt free?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 847 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 14, 2020

Biz Quizzard 846

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

1. Which infra fund, along with its portfolio company Sekura Roads (SRL), has acquired two annuity road assets of Navayuga Engineering Group?

2. Which realty company, a 100% subsidiary of Puravankara Limited, has forayed into plotted development in a bid to diversify its business?

3. Which Hyderabad-based mobile handset maker has diversified into the healthcare devices segment with the expansion of its existing mobile manufacturing facility?

4. Which online Travel Agency (OTA) has announced that it has terminated its pending merger with Ebix Inc because the latter has allegedly "breached the agreement"?

5. Which power solutions company launched a campaign using ‘reverse poetry’ on World Environment Day?

6. Which apparel brand is launching the ‘circles’ campaign to celebrate its human connection?

7. Which MNC, in collaboration with Stree Mukti Sanghatana and RECITY, has released a poetry film, ‘Let’s imagine a healed world’ as part of Project HILLDAARI this World Environment Day?

8. Which steel brand released a digital film ‘Plant for the Planet’ on World Environment Day?

9. Which life insurance company has created an animated digital video which says, 'Don't let garbage travel the world, throw it in the bin'?

10. Which company plans to shut its premium food delivery services platform in Mumbai, Scootsy, and integrate the operations within its own app?

11. Which business group released a song titled 'Ek Soch Hai Jaagi' in collaboration with playback singer, Kailash Kher to commemorate the World Environment Day?

12. Which Chinese SUV and electric vehicle maker will delay its India entry by at least a year because of the Covid-19 disruptions?

13. Which pharma company has, along with its partners MAIA Pharmaceuticals Inc (MAIA) and Athenex Pharmaceutical Division (Athenex), launched a ready-to-use (RTU) Bivalirudin Injection in the US market?

14. Which ride-hailing MNC last week launched ‘Hourly Rentals’ on-demand service in 17 cities?

15. Which automobile MNC has appointed its COO Ralf Brandstaetter as its new CEO?

16. Which digital classroom solutions provider is looking to enter the healthcare and wellness segment by providing technology driven solutions for early detection, isolation and management of suspected pandemic cases?

17. MG Motor India has joined hands with which power company to set up superfast chargers for EVs at the firms´s select MG dealerships?

18. Which automobile company has launched an integrated online sales platform, eSHOP, in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic?

19. In a first, which foreign airline group has sought India’s nod to operate ferry flights (without passengers) to the country and fly out passengers from here till regular services are allowed?

20. Which company has bagged the world's largest solar bid, which entails building a photovoltaic (PV) power plant of 8,000 MW and setting up a domestic solar panel manufacturing capacity of 2,000 MW?

21. USA Table Tennis, USATT, the national governing body for the sport of table tennis in the United States, has signed up which Indian sports tech startup as analytics partner?

22. Which lubricants and automotive services brand and professional European football club, Sevilla FC, have announced a new long-term partnership, which includes the brand appearing on the sleeve of the Men’s First Team?

23. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#RishtonKiImmunity’ to promote its butterscotch-flavoured Haldi Milk?

24. Which toy manufacturer has announced the appointment of R Jeswant as its Chief Executive Officer?

25. Which FMCG company has launched its new campaign “Mitti se judey hum, barsoon se saath khadey hain hum”?

26. The wholly-owned subsidiary of which company has acquired Japanese telco NTT Do-CoMo’s 6.3% stake in Robi Axiata for an undisclosed sum in an all-cash deal?

27. Which IT major will no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software?

28. Which social media giant last week announced to bring Fleets feature in testing phase to India?

29. The Nasdaq 100 topped which milestone mark for the first time on June 9?

30. Vivek Gambhir has resigned as the MD and CEO of which company citing personal reasons?

31. Which brand has launched a digital-first direct-to-consumer innerwear brand with the positioning ‘#handsfreecomfort’?

32. Which footwear brand owned by Relaxo Footwears has unveiled a new visual identity?

33. Which brand has launched its ‘#PutImmunityFirst’ campaign, urging people to focus on boosting their immunity through adequate intake of nutrients?

34. Which gaming platform has unveiled a new digital influencer campaign features actors and influencers Mandira Bedi, Aparshakti Khurana, Varun Sharma, Vir Das, Manjot Singh, Danish Sait, and Sathish Muthukrishnan?

35. Greg Glassman has quit as the CEO of which fitness company after his tweet about George Floyd sparked a backlash?

36. Which company has introduced anti-viral fabrics, garments under its “Intellifabrix” brand?

37. Which pharma company last week said it will acquire 21.85% stake in GoApptiv on a fully-diluted basis in two phases?

38. Which lighting company, in association with Dutch company Mapiq, has launched Office Shifts, a smart office technology software, in India?

39. In a sudden move, US private equity giant Apollo Global Management has parted ways with which company in their joint venture AION Capital Partners, which specialises in stressed assets?

40. Which business personality has invested USD 1 million (about Rs 7.5 crore) in Gurugram-based Hapramp, a startup working on technologies like blockchain and social media?

41. Which fashion brand has launched a campaign 'Swadesi 2.0'- like the original Swadesi movement urging Indian consumers to 'be Indian and buy Indian'?

42. Which ride-hailing company has launched ‘Safer For Each Other’ campaign?

43. Which education company has launched a television campaign titled 'Padhai Hamari Jaari Hai'?

44. Which brand has co-created a "The Fit-Outs Collection" with actress Ananya Panday?

45. Which hygiene and wellness brand has launched a string of new products, including reusable sanitary pads, oxo-biodegradable disposable bags, an undergarment sanitiser spray and intimate hygiene powder?

46. Which hygiene brand last week launched multi-purpose Germ Protection Wipes?

47. Which company has tied up with US-based Tellus Power Green to set up electric vehicle charging stations in the country?

48. The strategic investment arm of which company has invested in open source database company Yugabyte and security software firm for cloud infrastructure, CloudKnox Security?

49. Which MNC last week said it will combine its Dutch and British arms in a single London-based company, two years after a failed bid to move the firm’s headquarters to the Netherlands?

50. Which company last week held what is being claimed as India’s first virtual annual general meeting (AGM)?

51. Which European food-ordering firm said it had agreed to buy US peer Grubhub Inc in an all-stock deal that, if completed, would create the world’s largest food delivery company outside China?

52. Which IT services firm founded by Ashok Soota has submitted a draft prospectus for an initial public offering (IPO)?

53. In its discussion paper on governance in commercial banks, the RBI has sought to cap the promoter’s role at the helm of a bank at how many years?

54. Which MNC bank’s Indian Depository Receipts (IDRs) will no longer be traded on the Indian bourses after June 15?

55. Milind Barve will be stepping down as MD of which mutual fund in October 2020, after 20 years at the helm?

56. Which entity has filed an application with Sebi for the first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) from a government entity?

57. Which chocolate brand has released a new TVC on the proposition of ‘How Far Will You Go for Love’, launched earlier in the year?

58. Which MNC has collaborated with the Times of India (TOI) to launch PC Paathshala, a unique industry-wide initiative aimed at enabling India to adapt to teaching and learning online?

59. Which brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Recharge Revolution’?

60. Which entity has introduced a first-of-its-kind India standard gold and silver delivery, under the ´futures and options´ (F&O) bullion contracts?

61. Which company’s Singapore arm Trust Energy Resources has signed definitive agreements to sell 3 ships to Oldendorff Carriers of Germany for an estimated $212.76 million (about Rs 1,615 crore)?

62. Which beer brand is diversifying into apparel and face masks and has partnered fashion marketplace Myntra to sell the brand?

63. Which pharma company has roped in actor Boman Irani as brand ambassador for its Circa range of devices?

64. Which chocolate and snacking company has launched a digital campaign encouraging its fans to create and share from over 100 recipes created by celebrity chef Ranveer Brar using its products?

65. India’s forex reserves rose by $8.22 billion during the week ended June 5 to cross which milestone mark for the first time?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 846 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 7, 2020

Biz Quizzard 845

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

1. Which iconic brand has taken a stand against racism with a "Don't do it" campaign?

2. The Banks Board Bureau has recommended PP Sengupta as MD and CEO for which bank?

3. The Banks Board Bureau has recommended Matam Venkata Rao as MD and CEO for which bank?

4. Which brokerage has rolled out 2/3/5-days work-from-home model for its employees?

5. Which business group has entered into a partnership agreement with the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) in Thiruvananthapuram for commercial production of Covid-19 testing kits?

6. Which media agency has appointed Anita Kotwani as its Chief Executive Officer?

7. Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has decided to bring the curtains down on which English general entertainment channel from July 1, 2020?

8. TV Today Network’s which Hindi news channel will cease to exist from the midnight of June 30?

9. Which travel app has launched a new campaign ‘Naye Safar Ki Shuruaat’, featuring actor Sanjay Mishra?

10. In a first for the private sector, which company’s Crew Dragon capsule carrying two Nasa astronauts docked on May 31 with the International Space Station?

11. On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, which brand unveiled the campaign ‘#ItsJustAPeriod’?

12. Which company has released a new TVC named 'Naye India Ka Naya Josh'?

13. Which bank has acquired 24.19% stake in Dish TV, India's largest direct-to-home (DTH) company in terms of subscribers, by invocation of 44.53 crore pledged shares?

14. Which European denim brand, in collaboration with Cosmopolitan India, has launched a new campaign with brand ambassador and actress Ananya Panday?

15. Which MNC has completed its purchase of Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre?

16. Rajiv Srivatsa, the cofounder of Urban Ladder, has been named partner and India head for which Singapore-based early-stage venture capital firm?

17. Which global ratings agency last week downgraded India’s sovereign rating to the lowest investment grade?

18. Which cement brand has roped in Tollywood actor Varun Tej Konidela as brand ambassador?

19. Which gaming platform has roped in Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh as its first-ever brand ambassador?

20. Tata Group has become the first Indian brand to breach which milestone mark in brand valuation, according to a report released by Brand Finance last week?

21. Which MNC has agreed to buy Turkish mobile game maker Peak for $1.8 billion, marking its biggest acquisition yet?

22. Which paints company has launched a television commercial promoting its newly launched safe and hygienic, Safe Painting Service?

23. Which beverage brand signed actor and man-of-the-moment Sonu Sood for a one-off Instagram campaign that centers around contactless greetings and encourages people to adhere to physical distancing norms?

24. Which company has launched a high-end, hospital-grade hand sanitiser ‘HandKleen’ for the retail segment?

25. Which snack brand has launched a new campaign 'Heartwork' to recognise the efforts of people who are contributing their services during the Covid-19 pandemic?

26. Which sanitary napkin brand has launched a film to acknowledge the efforts of female corona warriors, featuring actress and brand ambassador Kriti Sanon?

27. Which Singapore-headquartered advertising technology company will acquire Ahoy, an ad-tech company that has built a proprietary location-based advertising platform?

28. Which smartphone brand has launched a campaign ‘#NoStringsAttached’ for its newly launched ear buds?

29. Which European infrastructure development company has committed Rs 100 crore to a Mumbai metro project along with RCC Infra Ventures through its recently formed Indian arm?

30. Which Indian music label has announced a global deal with Facebook to license its music for video and other social experiences across Facebook and Instagram?

31. Which container glass products manufacturer has announced launching India’s first antibacterial range of food storage glass jars and water bottles infused with ‘germ guard technology’?

32. Which MNC is launching a $100 million fund to invest in “companies led by founders and entrepreneurs of colour”?

33. The R&D engineers of which company, along with their global team, have come out with an innovative solution to operate elevators using WhatsApp?

34. Which automobile company last week introduced its upgraded online end-to-end automotive retail platform 'Click to Buy' curated to provide future retail experience to customers?

35. Which ecommerce major has launched a dedicated store for masks on its platform?

36. Which entertainment app has launched its new campaign ‘Atrangi Dekho. Atrangi Raho’?

37. Which FMCG company has launched a new ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign, showcasing its Indian roots and the 135-year-old heritage of being dedicated to the health and well-being of every household?

38. Which bicycle brand has unveiled a refreshed brand logo and has also launched its new range ‘NX-30 HD’ on World Bicycle Day observed on June 3?

39. Which networking platform has rolled out the ‘#InItTogether’ brand campaign?

40. Which MNC will elevate president and MD of its India unit - Anand Stanley - as the president for Asia-Pacific from July 1?

41. Which edible oil brand has joined hands with Radio Mirchi for ‘Be Vocal Buy Local’ initiative with its campaign to nudge Indians for ‘#ZaraSaBadlaav’?

42. Serum Institute of India has signed a licensing agreement with which company to supply one billion doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine to middle and low income countries including India?

43. Which digital payments giant has tied up with Axis Bank and French payments service provider Worldline to bring the functionality of point-of-sale devices onto Android smartphones of small merchants in India?

44. Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and which Mysuru-based hygiene products manufacturer have signed an MoU to develop personal hygiene and cleaning related products and solutions?

45. Which mid-sized IT company said its board will meet on June 12 to discuss on the proposal by the promoter to acquire all the equity shares held by the public and then subsequently delist?

46. Which well known business personality from the real estate sector last week stepped down from the chairmanship of his company at the age of 90?

47. DocsApp has merged its services with which cashless digital healthcare platform´s digital consumer health business to create an entity for end-to-end services in digital healthcare?

48. Which sportswear brand has roped in former Miss World Manushi Chhillar as brand ambassador?

49. Which brand has launched the second leg of its digital campaign, reinstating the importance of adopting healthy towel hygiene practices in the light of the current virus outbreak?

50. Which brand has been ranked No. 1 in the list of the strongest Indian brands by Brand Finance in its ‘India 100 2020’ report?

51. Which company last week rolled out AVTR, a new range of trucks on the modular platform using the i-Gen6 BS-VI technology?

52. Which automobile company has introduced a new range of ‘Health and Hygiene’ genuine accessories for car and personal care?

53. Which FMCG company last week announced the launch of brand SaaFoo washes for vegetables and fruits in an easy to use sachet format?

54. Which celebrity topped the annual Forbes list of the highest paid celebrities?

55. The number of patents filed in India over the past 5 years crossed which milestone count, according to a report by the National Association of Software and Services Companies?

56. Private equity firm CVC Capital is set to buy about 30% stake in which cancer care chain for about Rs 625 crore?

57. Which bicycle company has shut its last manufacturing unit in Sahibabad, just outside the national capital, citing lack of funds to run the factory?

58. Which Adar Poonawalla-backed clean tech startup is acquiring Swiss fuel cell company Hexis AG from the Viessmann Group?

59. Which mattress brand from the house of Nilkamal has rolled out a digital campaign highlighting the importance of sleep, in collaboration with some comic influencers, including Vir Das?

60. Who was last week named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2020?

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