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April 11, 2021

Biz Quizzard 889

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

1. Which business personality has committed Rs 200 crore to launch SKAN, a not-for-profit trust for medical research into ageing and neurological disorders?

2. Which homegrown private equity fund will invest about Rs 670 crore ($90 million) to acquire close to 30% stake in Ahmedabad-based drug manufacturer Corona Remedies?

3. Which company from south India has forayed into Mumbai and Pune with ‘Mirakle’ - a vitamin C drink that it claimed can boost the immunity levels of consumers?

4. Which footwear and performance apparel brand has forayed into the personal care segment by introducing a range of deodorants?

5. Which air-conditioning company recently introduced a new brand tagline ‘Innovating For Change’?

6. Which content and media platform has acquired poker-related news platform Pokershots?

7. On the 10th anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup Victory, which lubricant brand has released a campaign featuring cricketer MS Dhoni in a conversation with his younger self from 2005?

8. Which brand, known for its stabilizers, has unveiled a new TV campaign to support its expanding Air Cooler portfolio, with the positioning ‘long-lasting cooling’?

9. Which company has purchased an additional 25% stake in Krishnapatnam Port for Rs 2,800 crore, making it a fully-owned port?

10. In the biggest residential property transaction in the country, who has purchased a bungalow property at Narayan Dabholkar Road in south Mumbai for a record Rs 1,001 crore?

11. Which cryptocurrency exchange has launched one of the first marketplaces for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) in India?

12. Which stock exchange will be establishing its offshore office at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFTCity) in Gandhinagar, according to an official release last week?

13. Which imaging technologies major announced the appointment of Manabu Yamazaki as its new president and CEO for India operations, effective April 1, 2021?

14. Which company has entered into an agreement to acquire Azure Power Global Ltd’s solar rooftop assets for Rs 36.5 crore?

15. Which company, that provides lending and transaction banking products to global financial leaders, has appointed Parag Bhise as the Chief Executive Officer?

16. Bharti Airtel has partnered with which health app in India to offer a wide range of e-healthcare services to its customers as part of their exclusive ‘Thanks’ benefits?

17. Hyundai last week said it has crossed which cumulative sales milestone of SUVs made in India?

18. Which Bengaluru-based social commerce platform became the latest startup to enter the unicorn club after raising $300 million in a fresh funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2?

19. Which MNC will wind down its loss making mobile division after failing to find a buyer, a move that is set to make it the first major smartphone brand to completely withdraw from the market?

20. The deal is finally done. Which company is acquiring tutorial chain Aakash Educational Services Ltd (AESL) in a cash and stock deal estimated at $950 million, sealing its largest buyout?

21. The market capitalization of Infosys crossed which milestone mark on April 5?

22. Which company has roped in actor Pankaj Tripathi as the new brand ambassador of Abzorb dusting powder?

23. Which short video app has launched a new brand campaign and has roped in actors Ananya Pandey and Vijay Deverakonda as brand ambassadors?

24. Which online gaming platform has announced associating with cricketer Chris Gayle as its brand ambassador?

25. Which credit card repayment platform has entered the Unicorn club with its latest funding round valuing it at $2.2 billion?

26. Which smartphone brand has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador?

27. Which OTT platform last week said it has acquired the digital broadcasting rights for the 2021 edition of the T20 cricket Indian Premier League in close to 100 countries?

28. Which IT company has appointed Sarah AdamGedge as managing director for its Australia and New Zealand operations?

29. Which ed-tech platform has announced actor Rajkummar Rao as the nationwide brand ambassador?

30. The market value of Adani Group companies crossed which milestone mark on April 6?

31. Which brand has launched the digital campaign ‘Ab Dil Ko Do Health ka Top-Up’ to raise awareness on preventing cholesterol?

32. Which company has roped in MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador prior to the launch of new range of artisanal chocolates and beverages under the brand Copter7?

33. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in Prithvi Shaw as its brand ambassador?

34. Which personal care brand has announced actress Sara Ali Khan as the new face of the brand?

35. Which batteries brand has rolled out a new ad film ‘Humse Roshan Hindustan’ that positions the brand as one that spreads happiness by empowering people and brightening their lives?

36. Which auto tech-company has launched the campaign '‘E’ for Elderly', to promote a safe driving environment for senior citizens?

37. Which commercial vehicles manufacturer in India has decided to form two new subsidiaries as part of its plans to strengthen green transport solutions?

38. Which automobile company has tied up with its vehicle recycling arm Cero to offer the option of scrapping to its customers trading in their vehicles older than 15 years at its showrooms?

39. Which company and Bharti Enterprises have signed a pact to form a joint venture (JV) to manufacture telecom and networking products such as modems, routers, set top boxes and Internet of Things (IoT) devices?

40. Which broadcaster has become the first television channel and the fourth entity globally to cross 100 million subscribers on YouTube?

41. Which company last week unveiled the country’s first indigenously developed hydraulic rigs for the oil and gas sector?

42. The Centre has decided to take Covid-19 vaccination to the workplace – government and private – by allowing inoculations in any office with minimum how many recipients of age 45 and above?

43. Which MNC acquired Core Compete, a Cloud analytics services firm headquartered in North Carolina, with additional offices in the UK and India?

44. Which beauty brand has launched the campaign ‘#WearYourColor’, a new manoeuvre for women to make their own rules of beauty?

45. Which US-headquartered global medical technology giant last week inaugurated its engineering and innovation centre (MEIC) at Hyderabad, its largest global centre outside the US?

46. Which mutual fund has launched the campaign 'Khud pe vishwas hai sabse badi investment' (“Self-Belief is the Greatest Investment”)?

47. Which fantasy cricket platform has launched the campaign “Ab Poora India Khelega” for IPL?

48. Who has topped the Forbes’ 35th annual list of the world’s billionaires?

49. Which actor-producer is set to launch a video streaming service, Nine Rasa, which will showcase plays and other performing arts on the digital platform?

50. Which renewable energy power producer from India has committed to become a net zero emissions by 205?

51. Pankaj Razdan, a financial services industry veteran, is joining which wealth management company as its vice-chairman and managing director?

52. Which ed-tech company is making its biggest push to expand internationally with the launch of a new product - Future School - that will become available in the US, UK, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico from next month?

53. According to a recent specification by the Bureau of Indian Standards, what will food companies have to label packaged fruit juices as when the product has sugar or syrup as an ingredient?

54. Which Hyderabad-based gaming startup last week said it has developed the first `Made in India’ virtual reality game Speedy Gun Savage for PC and Playstation VR?

55. Which group last week said its security services venture RAXA Security Services Ltd has joined hands with four security solutions providers from UK, France and Israel?

56. Which company has unveiled a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Kuvan (sapropterin dihydrochloride) Powder for Oral Solution, 100 mg, USP, in the US?

57. Which lifestyle brand has announced the appointment of cricketer Rishabh Pant as its brand ambassador for the smartwatch category?

58. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘think fresh’?

59. Which online fantasy sports platform has rolled out its IPL campaign ‘Asli Akhada’ with an aim to enhance sports engagement amongst fans this T20 season?

60. SBI Mutual Fund (MF) last week said its asset base has crossed which milestone mark in the March quarter, becoming the first fund house in the country to achieve such a feat?

61. Which smartphone brand has announced its partnership with Arjun Vajpai to support his quest to climb Mount Everest without any external oxygen support?

62. Which fantasy gaming platform has announced its association with cricketer Harbhajan Singh?

63. Which beverage brand has released a television commercial “Fursat Waali Chai”, featuring classical vocalist, Nirali Kartik?

64. Which glucose energy brand has roped in actor Pankaj Tripathi for its latest advertising campaign?

65. Which company has signed an agreement to sell its 220-bed high-end hospital in Klang in Malaysia to local healthcare provider Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care of Malaysia?

66. Which brand has released the first ad film for its new campaign ‘Great for the Good’, featuring actor Jim Sarbh and former cricketer Rahul Dravid?

67. Which wedding jewellery brand has unveiled a new brand proposition ‘A Jewel for every Tradition’?

68. Which imaging technologies MNC organised a multi-city campaign ‘X Stories of India’ in association with India Film Project to explore India in frames like never before?

69. Which cement brand has launched a new campaign with the message ‘Aa Strength Dikha’?

70. According to reports last week, Tesla Inc is scouting for locations to open showrooms in which three Indian cities?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 889 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 4, 2021

Biz Quizzard 888

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 29 - April 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Public procurement of goods and services has crossed which milestone value mark from government buying portal GeM, since the platform was launched in 2016?

2. Which company has signed definitive agreements with Essel Infra Projects Ltd (EIL) for the acquisition of Warora-Kurnool Transmission Ltd. (WKTL) at an enterprise valuation of Rs 3,370 crore?

3. Which fast food chain launched the campaign ‘#ColorIsForHoliNotFood’ throwing light on the substantial change of doing away with synthetic colours in its food?

4. On the occasion of Holi, which private life insurance company released a digital campaign ‘#BuraNaMano’ featuring Ayushmann Khurrana, its brand ambassador?

5. Which Indian company has partnered with Brazil’s Libbs Farmaceutica to launch generic drugs in the South American nation?

6. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has acquired the remaining 50% stake in its joint venture LNG terminal from which group?

7. Which online marketplace launched a digital-led campaign ‘#KhushiyanDelivered’ to celebrate Holi and salute the spirit of delivery associates, sellers and customers across India?

8. Which tourism board has roped in professional tennis player Roger Federer as brand ambassador?

9. Which non-life insurance company has launched a ‘Ride To Safety’ anthem, adding to its long-standing endeavour of bringing about a behavioural change towards road safety in India?

10. In what is being touted as a world first, which state government will help its employees buy more than 100,000 electric two-wheelers by arranging for domestic as well as global financing at attractive rates?

11. Which MNC last week said it will allow the use of the cryptocurrency USD Coin to settle transactions on its payment network?

12. Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has entered into an agreement to buy an IT-SEZ spread over 1.1 million sq ft in Hyderabad’s Gachibowli locality from which group for Rs 1,050 crore?

13. Beverage maker PepsiCo has re-worked the formulation of which brand for the first time in India, with higher carbonation seeking to make the drink fizzier and less sweet?

14. Which sports brand has signed a three-year strategic partnership deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)?

15. Which MNC has bagged the €220 million (Rs 1,854 crore) contract from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the manufacturing of 234 metro cars for Line 4 and 4A?

16. Singapore-listed Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT) has bought which logistics firm from a unit of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI) for Rs 455 crore?

17. Which broadcaster has launched a new network-wide television campaign (TVC), ‘Sirf dikhaane ke liye nahi, dekhne mein bhi real HD experience’?

18. Which paint brand has launched a film featuring Sima Taparia (of Matchmaker fame) as part of its existing campaign?

19. Which Hindi movies channel has roped in actor, talk show host and poet Atika Farooqui for its launch campaign?

20. Which company has unveiled a new brand statement, ‘Building on Belief’, to articulate its mission and relationship with customers as it embarks on its next decade of transformation-led growth?

21. Which watch brand has unveiled its new digital brand campaign, ‘We Don't Stop’, through a brand film featuring actor Sidharth Malhotra and global influencers?

22. Which media agency from India has exited its Sri Lanka business?

23. Which company has roped in actors Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh as brand ambassadors for ‘Health OK’, a multivitamin tablet, which is now under the OTC category as a food supplement?

24. Which OTT platform has rolled out a campaign ‘Entertainment Ka All-Rounder’ featuring actors Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah Bhatia?

25. The contract development and manufacturing organisation of which pharma company will acquire Hemmo Pharmaceuticals for an upfront payment of Rs 775 crore?

26. Which FMCG major has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Dr Urjit Patel as additional director of the company for a period of five years with immediate effect?

27. Which MNC will pay $9.6 billion to acquire US digital engineering services firm GlobalLogic, which has more than half its 20,000 employees in India?

28. Which technology firm from India aims to float an initial public offer on Nasdaq by this December and will seek a valuation of over $15 billion?

29. Which bank in India has informed the exchanges that it has agreed to sell its UK subsidiary to OpenPayd Holdings?

30. TVS Motor Company Ltd (TVSM), a leading manufacturer of two-and three-wheelers, has achieved which milestone mark in two-wheeler exports in March?

31. Which company has acquired 66% ownership interest in healthcare services player AIOCD Pharmasofttech Awacs Pvt Ltd (AWACS)?

32. Which airline from India has signed an initial pact with New York-based global investment firm Avenue Capital Group for financing, acquisition and sales & lease-back of up to 50 new aircraft to be ordered by the former?

33. Which hospitality MNC plans to add 24 new hotels in India over the next 36 months?

34. Which general insurance company has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador?

35. Which science-based skincare brand has introduced actor Parineeti Chopra as the official face of the brand in India?

36. In an attempt to make its presence felt in the non-musical audio market, which audio streamer has acquired Betty Labs, the company behind sports-focused social audio app Locker Room?

37. Which MNC has acquired Bengaluru-based retail tech startup Perpule's cloud-based point-of-sale asset called Ultra POS?

38. Which company has released a new TVC campaign ‘Summers mein kare cold, winters mein ho jaaye fold’ to support the launch of Snowcrest i-Fold air cooler?

39. Which payment ecosystem has launched its first-ever television campaign "B dikhe toh bindass bill pay"?

40. Who has been appointed as the chairperson of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB)?

41. Which packaged sugar brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Taaki Mithaas Khilti Rahe’?

42. Godrej Consumer Products Limited (GCPL) has expanded its detergent portfolio by launching a liquid detergent + fabric conditioner for regular clothes. What has it been branded as?

43. PhonePe has crossed which milestone transactions mark on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) infrastructure in March, making it the first player in the country to reach this milestone?

44. Which company and New York-headquartered Cerberus Capital Management LP have formed a partnership to create a fund that will focus on high-yield opportunities in Indian residential real estate?

45. Which infrastructure company has sold its Mumbai headquarters to its lender, Yes Bank, for Rs 1,200 crore?

46. Jeh Wadia has stepped down as the MD of which textile company?

47. Which company will buy Australia-based cyber security, DevOps and quality engineering services company Ampion for $117 million in an all cash deal?

48. Which MNC has ended support for its visual assistant Cortana on Android and iOS devices?

49. Amit Chadha last week took over as the CEO and managing director of which IT company?

50. Unified Payments Interface (UPI), the flagship digital payment platform, crossed which milestone transactions mark in terms of value in March?

51. Two decades after it acquired the food services business in the US, which Indian company has decided to exit the venture?

52. US-based investment firm Interups Inc has picked up a 49% stake in which airline in India through the foreign direct investment (FDI) route?

53. Which MNC has introduced ‘TV Plus’ service in India, which will allow its smart televisions to access free content, with ad-supported select live channels and on-demand videos?

54. Which global provider of data storage infrastructure solutions has launched its new Lyve Data Transfer Services for businesses?

55. Pilot Industries has signed which actor as the face of its brand Leader Batteries?

56. Which fantasy sports platform has announced actor Ranveer Singh as brand ambassador?

57. Which homegrown short video platform has roped in actor Salman Khan as brand ambassador and investor?

58. Which telecom company last week commissioned a 14 MW captive solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh to meet the energy requirements of its core and edge data centres in the state?

59. Which ring noodles brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning ‘Shaam Bane Yummy, Cool Bane Mummy’?

60. Which property has become the first hotel in the world to achieve the LEED Zero Carbon Certification?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 888 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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March 28, 2021

Biz Quizzard 887

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

1. In what is said to be the largest dividend till date from a listed company, which MNC will make a $75 billion payout for 2020 despite a slump in earnings and revenue?

2. Which company has bought out Sports Flashes’ radio business in an all-stock deal?

3. In what is possibly the first acquisition of an IT company by a real estate group, which company has acquired 14.78% in IT consulting and software company Majesco through a subsidiary?

4. According to reports last week, which well known MNC might close down its mobile phone business?

5. GV Ramakrishna, 91, passed away in Chennai on March 21. He was the former chairman of which regulatory body?

6. Zydus Wellness recently launched ghee and probiotic butterspread under which brand?

7. Which company last week announced that it has researched and developed a special toothpaste for people for diabetes?

8. Which MNC has launched "Books", its second television commercial of the second phase of its ongoing campaign, with the positioning 'Duniya tumhare saath hai'?

9. On World Sleep Day, which sleep solutions brand launched the ‘Sounds of Sleep’ campaign bringing popular lullabies across the country back into our consciousness?

10. In what is being termed as the largest known ransom to date, which well known MNC has been hit by a ransomware attack, with hackers demanding $50 million?

11. Jeh Wadia has stepped down as managing director of which airline?

12. Which company last week finalised the purchase of an additional 58.1% or the entire promoter’s stake in Gangavaram Port?

13. Anju Seth has resigned as the director of which business school?

14. Which company has agreed to acquire a 100% stake in an SPV holding a 50 MW operating solar project of the Toronto-headquartered SkyPower Global?

15. Which ride hailing company has launched the campaign 'Within Her Reach'?

16. Which mobile Accessories brand has announced the appointment of Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador?

17. Which snack brand has launched a new campaign ‘Jitna Bada Zig, Utna Bada Zag’, featuring brand ambassador Ranbir Kapoor and actress Bipasha Basu?

18. Which talcum brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Stay Beautiful & Fresh, Naturally’?

19. Which company launched a digital stand-up comedy clip about sleep apnea in association with Atul Khatri on World Sleep Day?

20. Which business group has launched Berryllus Capital, a joint venture focussed on investment management, investment banking and real estate advisory for ultrahigh net worth families around the world?

21. Which automobile company last week launched its maiden electric offering in India at a starting price of Rs 1.06 crore (ex-showroom)?

22. Which healthy foods platform has announced cricketer Devdutt Padikkal as its brand ambassador?

23. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in cricketer Ajinkya Rahane as a brand ambassador?

24. Which pain relief brand has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Seedha dard pe kare vaar’, featuring actor Tiger Shroff?

25. Which company has released its very first TVC for the newly launched Optimus Air Cooler range with the positioning ‘Hottest day mein bhi jaldi cooling’?

26. Which online rummy platform has launched a campaign with the theme ‘Champions yahan bhi bante hain’, featuring Harbhajan Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, Abhinav Bindra and Pankaj Advani?

27. Dipankar Das Purkayastha has decided to step down as the chief executive officer & managing director of which media group?

28. Which detergent brand has partnered with Dunzo to home-deliver personalised Holi hampers?

29. Which mustard oil brand has roped in actors Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pankaj Tripathi, the Gangs of Wasseypur fame trio, to endorse it?

30. Which company launched the film ‘Jal Jangal aur Jeevika’ to mark the World Water Day on March 22?

31. Which mattress brand has launched the second edition of ‘Sleeptime Stories' along with influencer and founder of Story Arts India, Deepa Kiran?

32. Which edtech company has launched its new ad film across all channels for its student-centric initiative V.O.T.E., with the tagline, “Yeh Sirf Exam Nahi, Comeback hai”?

33. Co-working operator BHIVE has ventured into fractional ownership of commercial offices under which platform?

34. Which company has emerged as the highest bidder to take over bankrupt Ariisto Developers’ stuck and only real estate project in Mulund suburb of Mumbai?

35. Which clinical research organization last week announced buying of a significant minority stake in Bioneeds, a Bengaluru-based preclinical CRO, for an undisclosed sum?

36. Which company has entered into an agreement with Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group) to acquire its 100% stake in two special purpose vehicles (SPVs) that own 75 mw of operating solar projects in Telangana?

37. Which MNC has named India-born semiconductor industry veteran Randhir Thakur to lead its newly formed foundry business?

38. Which MNC has appointed Rishit Jhunjhunwala as managing director for its India operations?

39. Which fintech startup has acquired Biz Analyst, a SaaS business management application, in a deal worth $10 million as a mix of cash and equity?

40. Ralf Speth, the former CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, has been appointed to the board of which company in India and will become its chairman from January 2023?

41. Which food services company last week announced to introduce American multinational chain of fried chicken fast food restaurants 'Popeyes' to India?

42. Which cement manufacturer has announced the appointment of Kiran Patil as Managing Director?

43. I loved this ad. Which jewellery brand has launched a new campaign ‘When It Rings True’ to promote its exclusive range of engagement rings?

44. Which tech-enabled home services marketplace has launched a new campaign for salon at home for men with the message ‘Apne time ka karo sahi use’?

45. Which chocolate brand has launched a ad featuring brand ambassador and actress Samantha Akkineni to promote its new variant ‘Fruit O Nuts’?

46. Which single malt Scotch whisky brand has rolled out its new global brand campaign ‘It’s kind of delicious and wonderful’ in India?

47. Which CEO from India has reportedly leased a 25,000 square feet property in London's Mayfair from Polish billionaire Dominika Kulczyk for a record 50,000 pounds ($69,000) a week?

48. Which company has announced its entry into the copper business by incorporating a wholly-owned subsidiary, Kutch Copper Limited (KCL)?

49. Which IT services provider will acquire Munich based ESG Mobility, a digital automotive engineering R&D company that works in the autonomous and electric vehicles space?

50. Who last week won the EY Entrepreneur of the year award?

51. Which MNC is picking up 50% stake in Hintastica Pvt Ltd, the water heater business of Somany Home Innovation Ltd (SHIL), for Rs 68.3 crore?

52. Amway India has introduced Chyawanprash under which brand to broad base its product offering?

53. Which IT firm last week announced the launch of a new cloud security offering called ‘CLOUDEFENDER’?

54. Which air-cooling company has launched a new campaign to introduce Movicool, its new commercial range of coolers designed for large indoor and outdoor space?

55. Jaipur-based premium home furnishings brand Bella Casa has roped in which actress as brand ambassador?

56. Which e-commerce company for mangoes has roped in actor Arbaaz Khan as brand ambassador?

57. ACC Cement has tied up with which Hindi movies channel to highlight the benefits of ACC Gold Water Shield Cement?

58. Which private lender has become a Unicorn after it closed a $234-million round that values it as around $1.4 billion?

59. Which online fashion marketplace and British design house Blue Saint have partnered to launch an affordable activewear brand for the etailer?

60. Who has joined BetterUp Inc, San Francisco-based employee coaching and mental health firm, as Chief Impact Officer?

61. Which global consultancy firm’s FDI Confidence Index did not include India for the second year in a row?

62. The Tata Group has set Rs 12,000 crore as the limit to make acquisitions and investment through its newly set up ecommerce entity. What is it called?

63. Which beverage brand has launched its summer campaign for 2021, featuring 2 characters ‘scientist’ and ‘clumsy’ alongside brand ambassadors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Allu Arjun?

64. Which power company’s retail consumers in Mumbai as well as industrial and commercial establishments in the state will soon be able to choose to switch to 100% renewable energy?

65. The Supreme Court last week upheld the ouster of Cyrus Mistry as chairman of which holding company?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 887 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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March 21, 2021

Biz Quizzard 886

Exactly 17 years ago, the first edition of Biz Quizzard was posted on Quinkie (i had compiled it and Murali Duggineni had posted it on my behalf). Never imagined it would run so long. Thanking each and every person who has been associated with Biz Quizzard for being part of this journey. 

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

1. Which company will acquire a 70% stake in Dublin-based Perigord Asset Holdings for €21 million (Rs 182 crore)?

2. Which cable TV and broadband service provider has roped in actor Boman Irani as it’s first-ever brand ambassador?

3. Which automobile company launched the campaign ‘#NotJustForaDay’ for Women’s Day?

4. Which Bengaluru-based skill-based, real-money gaming startup that has been flying under the radar for the past two years, was formally launched on March 14?

5. Which generic drugmaker plans to launch its first green label Pheromone product for management of Pink Bollworm in cotton crop during Kharif season this year?

6. Which sports property has launched the campaign ‘#IndiaKaApnaMantra’?

7. Which personal care startup has launched its national television commercial featuring Shilpa Shetty Kundra, highlighting the goodness of natural ingredients in its face wash product?

8. Which brand has launched what is claims is a ‘Made for India’ innovation, bringing plain oats with two different flavours - Homestyle Masala and Tangy Tomato – in one pack?

9. Which skincare brand has roped in actress Kajal Aggarwal as brand ambassador?

10. Which business personality has acquired a stake in the publicly-listed Pritish Nandy Communications, widening his portfolio of investments?

11. Which dating app has collaborated with actress and screen writer Sainee Raj to talk about dating stereotypes we still follow in 2021?

12. Which broadcaster has signed an exclusive multi-year TV and digital broadcast deal with India’s first professional Kho Kho league - Ultimate Kho Kho?

13. Which e-commerce brand has launched a multi-film campaign featuring Bollywood icons Karan Johar and Twinkle Khanna?

14. Which life insurance company has launched a campaign for its ‘Guaranteed Income Pro’ product?

15. Which business process management firm will indirectly acquire 26% in IT services firm CSS Corp for $30 million and have the option to take a controlling stake later?

16. Which company has rolled out Apterra Cross tyres for the compact SUV (CSUV) segment?

17. Which luxury carmaker has launched its new luxury SUV Bentayga in India, the first vehicle launched under its new Beyond100 business strategy aimed at sustainable luxury mobility?

18. Which personal care brand has rolled out a new digital campaign ‘Choice is Yours’ with actor Yami Gautam?

19. Which beverage brand has launched ‘Jeetne ki Aag aur Thanda Dimaag’, it’s first-ever TV campaign in India?

20. SBI and which PSU have sealed India´s first Libor alternative rate deal?

21. Viacom18 Media is all set to launch a Hindi movies channel on April 1. What has it been branded as?

22. Which packaged drinking water brand has launched a television commercial with the positioning ‘Taste the Success’, featuring actor Sonu Sood?

23. Which esports and mobile gaming platform has launched the campaign ‘Maidan Naya, Khel Wohi’, featuring Leander Paes and Geeta Phogat?

24. Which paint brand has launched the campaign with the theme of ‘budget wala paint’?

25. Which salt brand is invoking the influence of the father of the nation with an AR driven campaign, to rally the nation in a fight for freedom from Covid 19?

26. Which company has introduced Brivasure, an affordable drug for the treatment of epilepsy, in India?

27. NeoGrowth Credit Pvt. Ltd, a lender to small businesses, has roped in which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

28. Which smartphone brand has launched the campaign ‘Flaunt Your Nights’, featuring actor Varun Dhawan?

29. Which neobank for salaried millennials has rolled out a consumer awareness campaign called ‘Chief Broke Officer’ on LinkedIn?

30. In a landmark move for its India operations, which OTT platform has announced its association with the upcoming Hindi movie Ram Setu as a co-producer?

31. Which edtech company for higher and professional education has launched its new logo which represents its core philosophy of ‘guided growth’ for its learners?

32. Which UK-based group's India unit on last week announced the acquisition of a majority stake in online food-tech startup SmartQ that provides services in the digital cafeteria segment?

33. Which company last week unveiled its new range of ‘Mass Premium’ split air conditioners which are 10% cheaper than the earlier models?

34. Which air conditioning and commercial refrigeration company has released an ad campaign ‘Happiness is a fast-cooling AC’, starring brand ambassador Virat Kohli?

35. Which company is promoting its range of powerful air coolers in the latest ad campaign revolving around the thought of ‘Summer Lage Winter Jaise’, featuring brand ambassador Virat Kohli?

36. Which downloadable streaming platform (DSP) last week launched Loud & Clear, a website that aims for transparency and data about the streaming economy?

37. Which streaming platform has launched a five-film campaign in India to promote its podcast offerings?

38. Which proptech platform has acquired PropVR, an artificial intelligence-based platform specialising in creating digital property experiences using 3D technologies, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR)?

39. Which IT services firm has announced the appointment of Kunal Nagarkatti as CEO, effective April 1, 2021?

40. Which ecommerce major has rolled out a digital campaign ‘Pledge To Reuse’ that encourages customers to collectively engage in reducing packaging waste?

41. Which hair removal cream brand has launched an influencer marketing campaign ‘#NeverHaveIEver’, featuring brand ambassador Sara Ali Khan and others?

42. Which nutrition, health and sustainable living company has launched a digital-led campaign ‘Boost your ImmuniD’ in India?

43. Which multipurpose topical antiseptic brand has launched the campaign ‘Skin ka first aid’?

44. Which life insurance company has released a digital campaign ‘Promotion After Retirement’ fuelling the dreams of people pursuing retirement?

45. Which fashion brand, along with its franchise partner, Myntra, has roped in actor Vaani Kapoor, as its first brand ambassador in the country?

46. Which entity has hired senior Amazon executive Manesh Mahatme to head its newly launched payment service in India?

47. Which paper manufacturer has appointed Vivek Chawla as the new chief executive officer (CEO)?

48. Which IT firm is set to roll out salary hikes for all of its over 469,000 employees from April 2021 - the second raise in six months?

49. Which footwear brand has launched a new TVC for the launch of its ‘Relaxed Workwear’ collection?

50. Which company last week said that its CEO-designate Marc Llistosella will not be taking up the job?

51. Which housing finance company has unveiled a new ad campaign – Ummeedon Ki Unnati – to showcase the benefits of its home loan solution Unnati Home Loans?

52. Which sleep solutions brand from the house of Nilkamal has launched a campaign to commemorate World Sleep Day?

53. Which hair care brand has launched its new campaign with actor Kiara Advani?

54. Which pop culture brand has launched a video campaign with actor Jim Sarbh to introduce its new Supima Cotton collection?

55. Tata Motors has forayed into the compact ambulance segment by unveiling a patient-transport ambulance in the economy category. What has it been branded as?

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March 14, 2021

Biz Quizzard 885

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

1. Which business personality has launched a digital networking platform for women called “Her Circle”?

2. Which business personality is launching US-based Terra chips in India?

3. Which MNC will launch its fully electric SUV e-tron and crossover e-tron Sportback in India in the next 2-3 months to kick off its EV journey in the country?

4. A UK high court has ruled in favour of Canadian aircraft manufacturer De Havilland in a contractual dispute with which airline from India and said it is entitled to recover $ 42.9 million in damages?

5. Which travel portal has rolled out a campaign ‘#SehNa' highlighting challenges faced by women while travelling in India?

6. Which appliances brand has launched the campaign ‘#GharSabkaZimmedariSabki’?

7. Which fashion brand has unveiled its new season of the ‘#IShapeMyWorld’ campaign that has now evolved into a year-long digital initiative?

8. Which eCommerce platform launched the campaign ‘#LeadLikeHer’ for Women’s Day?

9. Which youth channel has launched the campaign ‘There’s more to a girl’s life than Shaadi’?

10. Which chocolate brand has roped in actor Alia Bhatt as its brand ambassador and has launched the ad “Udd Gaye”?

11. Which online investment app has launched the campaign ‘#OneStepCloser’?

12. Which social networking app for women has launched the campaign ‘All our moves’?

13. Which grooming products company has launched the ‘#FlexYourAwesome’ campaign with actor Shriya Pilgaonkar?

14. Which dating app has launched the campaign ‘Ijazat Hai’?

15. Which matrimony portal has launched the campaign ‘Take The Pressure Off’?

16. Which caller identification app has launched the video ‘Shabd’ highlighting the age-old problem of stalking and harassment faced by women?

17. Which community-based platform for elder care has launched a campaign ‘Celebrating the High Spirits of Women’?

18. Which company has launched the campaign “It's not just a fan, it's a ‘Feeling Fan’?

19. Which MNC has picked up a strategic stake in Indian esports company Nodwin Gaming for Rs 164 crore?

20. Which crowdfunding platform has launched Women Angel Network, a dedicated platform for women angel investors?

21. Which MNC will buy US supply-chain software firm Blue Yonder for 700 billion yen ($6.45 billion)?

22. Which energy company has appointed Alois Virag as its new chief executive?

23. Which telecom gear maker has appointed Li Jian Jun as its new chief executive for the Indian market?

24. Which French billionaire died in a helicopter crash on February 27?

25. Which Kerala-based Ayurvedic eye care chain last week announced its foray into Hyderabad with a new branch?

26. Which public policy agency has appointed Gaurav Sabharwal as chief executive officer of India and South Asia, based in New Delhi?

27. Which global sportswear brand has joined hands with Mumbai-based NGO Parcham to empower it in its efforts to break gender stereotypes?

28. Which business group has released a new digital video campaign ‘#ChallengeBiasesWithin’?

29. Which company has forayed into the feminine intimate care category with the launch of 'i-feel Gentle Intimate Wash' and has roped in actress Yami Gautam as the brand ambassador?

30. Hindustan Unilever will eliminate which word from all beauty and personal care brands’ packaging and advertising to demolish stereotypes?

31. Which skincare brand has announced the launch of its new campaign 'The Last Wash'?

32. Which ecommerce sleep solutions brand has launched the campaign ‘#PracticeSafeSleep’?

33. Which direct selling company has released a women empowerment campaign - ‘Sapno Ki Azadi’?

34. Which general insurance company has reiterated its commitment to diversity & inclusion in the workplace with the launch of its #BringingWomenBackToWork initiative?

35. Which social network has launched ‘#WeCanDoIt ‘, its first global integrated campaign for International Women’s Day 2021 with creators, content and community at its heart?

36. Which automobile company has launched the campaign ‘More than just cars’, saluting women who are driving many things in their own worlds?

37. Which consumer durables MNC has launched the campaign ‘#EqualLiving’ for Women’s Day?

38. Which tyre company has launched the campaign ‘#UthaoSawalBadloKhayal’?

39. Which food delivery company launched the ‘Desi masala’ campaign for Women’s Day?

40. Which MNC announced a commitment to support one million rural women entrepreneurs and a $500,000 grant to support 100,000 women agricultural workers with digital and financial literacy?

41. Which insurance portal launched the ‘#ClaimTheFuture’ campaign for Women’s Day?

42. Which studio launched the campaign ‘#ChooseToChallenge’ featuring actor Taapsee Pannu and cricketer Mithali Raj?

43. Which broadcaster launched the Women’s Day campaign ‘#WalaNahiWali’?

44. Which travel portal launched a digital film for Women’s Day, featuring actor Vidya Balan?

45. Which mobile-based solution for small business owners launched the campaign ‘#OutOfTheShadows’ for Women’s Day?

46. To mark International Women's Day this year, which MNC launched the online game FiftyFifty to help make our homes more gender-equal?

47. Which health insurance third-party administrator has fully acquired rival Vipul MedCorp Insurance TPA to become one of the top three TPAs in the health insurance segment?

48. Which asset reconstruction company has appointed Pallav Mohapatra as the new managing director and chief executive?

49. Which skincare and haircare brand has launched its maiden campaign ‘#HelloBeautiful’?

50. Tata Group´s market capitalization has crossed which milestone mark?

51. Which life insurance company has launched a new campaign, “#BaatonMeinMatAana”, featuring actor Anup Soni?

52. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#WorkPlayChill’ for its new Convertible 5-in-1 AC range?

53. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#StartAnywhere’ for its latest smart band offering?

54. Which online fantasy gaming platform has appointed Sunil Yadav as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

55. Which pregnancy detection kit has signed on Bengali actor Srabanti Chatterjee as the face of the brand in West Bengal?

56. Which food company has launched its latest campaign ‘#HandsOfAuthenticity’ to celebrate the women who add to their promise of authenticity?

57. Which fast food chain landed in controversy with its ‘Women belong in kitchen' tweet on International Women's Day?

58. Which private equity entity has acquired realty developer Prius Commercial Projects under the insolvency and bankruptcy code (IBC) for Rs 450 crore?

59. Bob Sternfels has been elected as the global managing partner of which consulting major?

60. Which company is set to unveil the country’s largest floating solar power plant of 100 mw capacity at Ramagundam in Telangana under non-PPA (power purchase agreement) mode?

61. Which plant-based nutrition brand last week announced the appointment of actor Deepika Padukone as its brand ambassador?

62. Nacho chip brand Doritos has signed on which actor as its first brand ambassador in India?

63. Which dhoop brand has launched a new campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Hrithik Roshan?

64. Which automobile company launched the campaign ‘#BrakeOnStereotypes’ for Women’s Day?

65. Which bank, in association with Tonic Worldwide, has launched a microsite silkmoneymatters(dot)com, a financial literacy platform for women?

66. Which short-video app is set to enter India after Nasdaq-listed Vinco Ventures and Zash Global Media recently acquired an 80% stake in the Singapore-based firm?

67. Which Indian IT company has appointed Pierre Bruno as chief executive of its European operations?

68. Swiss chemicals major Clariant AG has formed a 51:49 joint venture with which Indian firm to manufacture and market renewable ethylene oxide (EO) derivative products?

69. RBI last week removed which bank from its enhanced regulatory supervision, or the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework, after almost four years, on improved financial performance?

70. Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett’s wealth has crossed which milestone mark, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

71. Which Chennai-based company has launched an end-to-end digital platform - OIC - for the optical industry?

72. Which company last week unveiled three models – T.6, T.7 and T.9 - in its newest range of intermediate and light commercial trucks (I&LCV), the Ultra Sleek T-Series?

73. Which brand has roped in actress Shilpa Shetty as brand ambassador for its extensive range of flours, pulses and dry fruits?

74. Which protein supplement brand has announced the signing of cricketer Shreyas Iyer as the brand ambassador, ahead of the 14th season of the Indian Premiere League?

75. Which MNC has elevated its India head Sameer Aggarwal as the chief operating officer of the Sam’s Club unit’s US ecommerce vertical?

76. Which OTT platform has unveiled its latest integrated marketing campaign, ATM, acronym for ‘Any Time Manoranjan’?

77. Which insurance company has launched a new TVC campaign ‘Poochoge toh aapko milega sahi jawaab’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui?

78. Which water storage tanks brand has launched a television commercial titled ‘The Wedding’?

79. Sanjay Kaul, founder and chief executive officer of which marketing services company, has stepped down from his current position?

80. Which footwear brand has roped in actor Kartik Aaryan as brand ambassador?

81. Ittira Davis has resigned as the MD and CEO of which financial services company?

82. Voot Select, Viacom18’s subscription video on demand (sVoD) streaming service, has touched which milestone active direct paying subscribers count in one year after its inception?

83. Which caller ID app has elevated chief product officer Rishit Jhunjhunwala to managing director, with immediate effect?

84. Which healthcare and nutrition company has roped in Indian tennis star Sania Mirza as brand ambassador to unveil its signature breakfast and snack box collection?

85. Which tycoon has added more billions to his wealth than anyone else in the world this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

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March 7, 2021

Biz Quizzard 884

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

1. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) recently achieved which cumulative exports milestone?

2. This should be easy. Which detergent brand has launched the campaign ‘#RangAchheHain’ for Holi?

3. Which company has emerged as the first private sector player to join an Isro mission as the space agency successfully launched its PSLV C51 rocket on February 28?

4. Which bank will soon launch a co-branded credit card with LIC?

5. Which social media platform has launched a new experimental app called Bars for rappers?

6. Which two-wheeler brand launched a special Mudhal Kadhal (first love) edition in Tamil Nadu for Pongal?

7. Which milk brand has roped in actress Meena Sagar as its brand ambassador and has rolled out its launch ad in Tamil?

8. Which respiratory health brand from GSK Consumer Healthcare has further strengthened the launch of its Breathe Clean Daily Saline Wash with a new influencer campaign?

9. Which furniture brand has launched a new digital video campaign, ‘#WowWomaniya’, this International Women’s Day?

10. Which company has acquired a majority stake in skyTran Inc, a technology company that develops pod car transport systems?

11. Which business services provider has elevated Suraj Moraje, group CEO and executive director, to group CEO and MD with effect from April 1?

12. Which retailer has launched a campaign, ‘#WomenWearItBetter’ for Women’s Day?

13. Which consumer tech products brand has launched a music video ‘I'm A Rebel' with Universal Music India to celebrate Women's Day, featuring actress and endorser Kiara Advani?

14. IDBI Federal Life Insurance has unveiled its new name and launched a campaign featuring brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar. What is its new name?

15. The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV have now been merged into one single channel. What is it called?

16. Which company has come on board for Mumbai Indians as a principal sponsor and the official logistics partner, it’s first-ever cricket sponsorship, globally?

17. Which life insurance company has launched a new campaign highlighting the key attributes of the ‘iSelect Star Term Plan’ with a message ‘Raho Life Ke Har Twist Ke Liye Tayyar’?

18. Which fast food chain has launched a limited edition campaign for those born on 29 February, also known as leap day?

19. Which telecom brand has unveiled a new campaign titled ‘#SpeedSeBadho’?

20. Which celebrity last week launched her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions?

21. Which digital healthcare platform has revealed its revamped corporate identity with a new logo and tagline ‘Your Health Buddy’?

22. The maker of Oreo biscuits has moved the Delhi High Court against which company, alleging that the design of the Indian firm’s Fabio biscuits is “deceptively similar” to that of Oreo?

23. Which city has the maximum number of billionaires in India, according to Hurun Global Rich List 2021?

24. Swedish automaker Volvo last week said it will make only electric vehicles by which year?

25. Which consumer electronics company has unveiled its ‘#MeetTheFuture’ campaign, featuring veteran actor Rakesh Bedi?

26. Which pharma company last week said it has launched Penicillamine tablets, used to treat Wilson´s disease, in the US market?

27. Which e-learning platform has rolled out a new film titled ‘The Greatest Lesson,’ with brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar?

28. Marico has unveiled a television commercial for the launch of which chyavanprash brand?

29. Which asset management company’s co-founder, Jiten Doshi has bought two luxury duplex apartments in a marquee project on South Mumbai’s Peddar Road by paying Rs 61 crore?

30. India raced ahead of which company to reemerge as the largest two-wheeler market for Honda Motor Company (HMC) in the first nine months of FY21?

31. Which company is acquiring the 31.5% stake held by Warburg Pincus affiliate Windy Lakeside Investment in Gangavaram Port (GPL)?

32. Adani Enterprises crossed which milestone market capitalization mark on March 3?

33. Caller identity app Truecaller has launched a safety app for women. What has it been branded as?

34. Which airline in India last week said it has tied-up with WheelTug Plc for reserving 400 production slots for the electric taxi system?

35. Which US sportswear giant is planning to appoint a local distributor to manage its India operations, instead of continuing with a fully owned subsidiary in the country?

36. Which condom brand has rolled out a new campaign titled ‘#DontMessAround’?

37. Which ayurveda brand has launched a new digital campaign ‘Maintaining Synergy between Mind and Body to Accomplish Perfect Health’, featuring fitness icon Milind Soman?

38. India has surpassed which milestone count of registrations of .in, a localised domain name, according to the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI)?

39. Prashan Agarwal has stepped down as the CEO of which music streaming company?

40. According to a report last week, the number of domestic companies whose market value has exceeded a billion dollars has touched which all-time high count?

41. Which supply chain services provider has acquired Primaseller, a SaaS platform for omnichannel retailers?

42. Which general insurance company has launched a new campaign titled ‘Womentum’, with a special music video featuring Indie-pop, jazz, and playback singing legend, Usha Uthup?

43. Which pain-relief brand from GSK Consumer Healthcare has launched a new digital campaign 'Body Pain Expert' for its UltraGel offering?

44. Which brand has launched a video with standup comedian Mallika Dua highlighting lack of lingerie wear for women with curvy bust?

45. Which energy company has unveiled its latest campaign, ‘Great things happen when we move’?

46. Which city has been ranked first in the 2020 ‘Ease of Living’ index, for cities with population of over one million people, according to a Union housing and urban development ministry report?

47. Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL)’s compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) Vitara Brezza has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

48. Dabur India last week said it is launching a premium range of shampoos under which brand?

49. Dalda Vanaspati has signed which celebrity as brand ambassador and is launching the campaign ‘#JaanchParakhLo’?

50. Which company is acquiring Capco, a British IT consultancy, for $1.45 billion?

51. Which sportswear company has launched ‘Watch Us Move’, a campaign to celebrate womanhood and their freedom of movement?

52. Which publication brand will launch “She Slays”, a month-long campaign showcasing the spirit and resolve of women from all walks of life?

53. Which broadcaster has launched a special documentary 'Dream On: Sapno ki Udaan’, which follows the journey of 6 individuals who not only dared to dream but were crazy enough to pursue it?

54. Which online gaming platform has signed on former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Dale Steyn as brand ambassador?

55. Which nutrition brand has announced the signing of actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra as its fitness brand ambassador?

56. Which digital insurance company has launched a new campaign titled ‘Time Nahi Lagega’ to highlight the company’s quick claim settlement process?

57. Which elevator company has announced the launch of its new global brand, TKE?

58. MG George, 71, passed away last week in his New Delhi home after a fall. He was the chairman of which NBFC?

59. Which MNC last week launched what is being claimed as the world’s most advanced self-driving car licenced for the road?

60. Which country was the top source of foreign direct investment into India in the first nine months of FY21 at $15.71 billion?

61. Chinese tech major Xiaomi will soon introduce smart TVs under which brand in India as it looks to further expand its position in the burgeoning smart TV segment in the country?

62. Which brand has tied up with Yono-SBI bank to launch a smart fitness band?

63. Which pharma company has signed cricketer Rohit Sharma as brand ambassador for its product Candid Powder?

64. Which beverage brand has unveiled its ‘Sabse Thick Sabse Tasty’ campaign?

65. Which company will open India’s first all women-managed luxury residences, in Chennai?

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February 28, 2021

Biz Quizzard 883

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

1. The government has approved how many new toy manufacturing clusters at a cost of Rs 2,300 crore to boost India’s traditional toys industry?

2. Which company has slapped a legal notice on a tiny upstart, Daily Basket, over the use of the term ‘basket’ in the Coimbatore-based e-grocer’s brand name?

3. Bitcoin’s market value touched which milestone mark, a surge that’s helping cryptocurrency returns far outstrip the performance of more traditional assets like stocks and gold?

4. The Business Standard Annual Awards 2020 winners were announced last week. Who has won the Lifetime Achievement award?

5. Which dairy company has claimed to have become India’s largest exclusive brand retail network with 3,600 outlets?

6. Toshihiro Mibe will be the new CEO of which automobile MNC?

7. Which customisable mattress brand has launched the digital campaign ‘#EqualChoice’ that encourages women to be vocal about their needs and comfort and choose accordingly?

8. Which cosmetics brand has launched the campaign 'O Beauty Beauty'?

9. Which on-demand two-wheeler rental service has laid off 40-60% of staff, as the demand for mobility remains subdued 11 months after initial lockdowns?

10. Which company is set to launch a Global Chess League and has also roped in Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand as mentor and partner?

11. Which SUV will be the costliest passenger vehicle to date to sport the Tata badge?

12. Which group has appointed former Star Sports president and CEO Gautam Thakar as the global CEO of its pre-owned cars marketplace?

13. Which Indian auto components maker, owned by private equity fund Blackstone Group, is set to raise about Rs 6,000 crore ($825 million) through an initial public offering?

14. Which bank from India has tied up with JPMorgan to use the US bank’s blockchain technology to speed up overseas transactions?

15. Which AI-led fashion intelligence start-up is expanding to the UK, Australia and New Zealand and has appointed Gautam Kotamraju as its Country Head – United Kingdom?

16. Which Timex Group brand has launched its first smartwatch in India?

17. Which pharma company’s Swiss subsidiary has received marketing approval from the Russian health regulator for its nasal spray Ryaltris?

18. Which live learning platform has acquired Instasolv, a doubt solving app for students, its first acquisition in the edtech space?

19. Which business group has appointed former civil servant KP Krishnan as the chairman of the board of its holding company for the financial services and insurance entities?

20. Which celebrity has entered into a multi-layer partnership with online education technology company Unacademy to pick up a small stake in the platform and become its brand ambassador?

21. Which power company last week announced the appointment of former Coal India head Anil Kumar Jha as its chairman?

22. Which tyre company has agreed to buy Cooper Tire & Rubber for about $2.8 billion?

23. Which company has launched its first-ever pan-India digital and print ad campaign titled ‘Solaroof’- ‘Kamai Badhaye Dildaar Banaye’?

24. Which online direct selling company has launched vintage Swiss watch brand Mugnier, of king Napolean’s fame, in India?

25. Which premium soda water brand has launched its first digital commercial in India featuring a double wedding, bringing together the brand’s Scottish heritage with the traditions of India?

26. Which air conditioning company has rolled out a new campaign titled ‘It’s Time to Upgrade Your Air’?

27. Which the ed-tech company has launched a new video campaign titled ‘Kal Ke Liye Kabil’?

28. Which toothpaste brand has launched the campaign ‘#LoveNeedsLove’ on Instagram?

29. Which Indian manufacturer and retailer of innerwear, loungewear and socks has elevated VS Ganesh as executive director and chief executive officer for a period of 5 years, effective June 1?

30. Which company has inked a pact with global aerospace and technology firm Paramount Group to manufacture armoured vehicles in India?

31. Which non-banking finance company has announced the appointment of Shantanu Mitra as its new chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) with effect from April 2, 2021?

32. Which company last week said it will sell its fertiliser plant and the associated businesses at Goa to Paradeep Phosphates (PPL) for an enterprise value of $280 million?

33. Rahul Khullar passed away last week. He was the former chairman of which regulatory body?

34. Which sports property’s organiser Mashal Sports has agreed to auction the tourney’s media rights at a base price of Rs 900 crore for five years?

35. Which company and global data centre EdgeConneX have signed an agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture to develop and operate data centres in India?

36. Which company will replace GAIL India in the benchmark Nifty 50 index with effect from March 31?

37. Which airline’s freighter division has launched its scheduled cargo services to Singapore, connecting Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai?

38. Which pharma company has inked a pact to acquire 26% stake each in 2 Hyderabad-based solar power generating firms, NVNR (Ramannapet I) Power Plant and NVNR (Ramannapet II) Power Plant?

39. In what is being claimed as a first-of-its-kind product in the country, which Kerala-based company has launched ready-to-use coconut paste under the brand name MM Originals?

40. According to a report, which MNC is set to partner ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and Visa to create a national payments network to capitalise on India’s fast-growing digital payment ecosystem?

41. Which home pregnancy test kit brand has launched the campaign ‘#SheIsCompleteInHerself’ on the sensitive issue of infertility?

42. Which company has acquired Bengaluru-based AI solutions provider Cognirel Technologies for an undisclosed amount?

43. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a new campaign titled ‘Matched by You’ for its value combination offerings?

44. Which confectionery brand has launched a new campaign to take forward its fun and quirky positioning of Mood Ting Tong?

45. Which renewable energy company from India is going for a US listing through a reverse merger with the Nasdaq-listed blank-check firm RMG Acquisition Corporation II?

46. Which company has acquired a 33.5% stake in luxury apparel-to-jewellery company of fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani for Rs 67 crore, with an option to increase the stake to 51% in the next few years?

47. Which FMCG brand has launched the campaign ‘stop the beauty test’ to create awareness among consumers and not look at women as a commodity?

48. Which telecom company from India has entered the $10-billion digital advertising business, taking on the likes of Google and Facebook?

49. Which company has won the bid to acquire nearly 11 lakh demat accounts held by Karvy Stock Broking with assets under management of Rs 3.01 lakh crore?

50. Denim brand Levi’s last week said it has roped in which Indian celebrity as its global brand ambassador?

51. Which pure-play healthcare cloud company based in San Francisco with engineering centres in Noida, Chennai and Bengaluru has joined the Unicorn club after its latest funding round?

52. As part of its transition from fossil-fuels to a multi-source, clean energy play, which PSU plans to up two mega bio-refineries in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh?

53. Which PSU is setting up a joint venture with Israeli startup Phinergy to manufacture aluminium-air batteries for electric vehicles in India?

54. Which technology giant and Bosch have partnered to build a vehicle platform to streamline and accelerate development and deployment of vehicle software for cars?

55. Which pharma company’s US arm and Cyprium Therapeutics Inc have inked a development and asset purchase agreement for latter's Copper Histidinate product candidate?

56. Which paint brand has launched the campaign ‘Expert Ka Promise’ for its assurance program that assures perfect colour, uniform finish and coverage stated, else the paint will be replaced?

57. Which mobile satellite communications major has appointed former Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri as its new CEO from March 1, 2021?

58. Digital content creator Ranveer Allahbadia (aka BeerBiceps) is all set to turn investor by investing in which LA-based beauty brand founded by entrepreneur Shalini Vadhera?

59. Which spice brand has launched a year-long campaign titled ‘Umeedon Ka Saal’?

60. Which MNC’s 91-year-old chairman is stepping down after leading the automaker for longer than anyone else in the industry?

61. Home grown private equity fund Everstone Capital has sold which iconic bread brand to Mexico’s largest food and bakery company, Grupo Bimbo, in a deal worth Rs 700 crore?

62. Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) last week unveiled the name of its upcoming seven-seater premium sports utility vehicle. What has it been branded as?

63. Which rural fintech company has rolled out its first-ever mass brand campaign, featuring its brand ambassador and actor Sonu Sood?

64. Which hospitality brand has recently launched a new 360-degree campaign titled - ‘We Cover India, You Discover India.’?

65. Which home furnishing brand has launched a new integrated campaign in India as a part of its creative platform - ‘Home is where it all begins’?

66. Which US brewer will sell its Indian unit to Singapore-headquartered Inbrew Holdings for a deal size estimated to be about Rs 1,000 crore?

67. According to a report last week, which FMCG major in India will achieve 100% plastic waste collection this calendar year?

68. MG Motor India has achieved which production milestone for Hector SUV at the company’s plant in Halol, Gujarat?

69. Which Mumbai-headquartered technology firm, a one stop marketplace for construction material, has joined the unicorn club after raising $100 million in a Series C round?

70. Which company has said it has become the first seed producer in the world with more than one lakh acres under seed production in a country?

71. In what is being described as one of the most expensive recalls in auto history, which MNC last week recalled almost 82,000 electric cars and buses?

72. Which diamond jewellery brand has announced a new category to its portfolio by introducing 'Desired' collection, and has roped in actress Disha Patani as the brand ambassador?

73. Which property website has rolled out a new digital film titled ‘Is Plot Main Twist Hai’?

74. Which personal mosquito repellent brand has launched a new digital campaign ‘#SocialDistancingFromMosquitoes’?

75. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a new campaign for its range of Value Burgers, starring actor Anil Kapoor?

76. Emami has roped in which actor as the brand ambassador for its new launches BoroPlus Soaps and Hand Washes?

77. Which MNC, which provides services and digital products related to governance, risk and transparency, has announced plans to transition the company name to Kroll?

78. Which company has partnered Google and Facebook to set up a New Umbrella Entity (NUE) that will allow them to create a payment network similar to the Unified Payments Interface (UPI)?

79. Which online food delivery platform is in the process of folding up its office catering business, as the pandemic has forced most employees to stay away from work?

80. Which business group has taken over State Bank of India's bid for a New Umbrella Entity (NUE) payments licence?

81. Which pharma company last week announced the launch of Brivaracetam tablets under brand BRECITA in India?

82. Which biscuit brand has launched a new campaign featuring actor Sonu Sood?

83. Which business group has launched a digital campaign titled ‘#TheGoodPaper’ to showcase its environment friendly range of copier paper?

84. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign ‘When you take a step, we all move’?

85. Which automobile company said it has partnered with Indian Institute of Management Bangalore to foster and encourage innovative startups in the country?

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February 21, 2021

Biz Quizzard 882

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

1. Central Depository Services (CDSL), the largest depository in India in terms of number of demat clients, crossed which milestone accounts count mark last month?

2. A consortium, led by Asset Reconstruction Co. (ARCIL) and US distressed debt fund Avenue Capital, has agreed to buy the assets of which home finance company for Rs 1,800 crore?

3. Which company has revived its listing process and will become the first online travel firm to be listed in India?

4. Which tyre manufacturer has signed actor Rana Daggubati as its brand ambassador for promoting the ‘Puncture Safe’ range of bike tyres?

5. Which bathroom solutions brand has launched the ‘#LOOveFilter’ digital campaign to celebrate Valentine's Day this year?

6. Which quick service restaurant chain has launched a new campaign featuring Sima Taparia, popularly known as Sima aunty from the hit show Indian Matchmaking?

7. Which hospitality brand has launched the first film ‘Same Hotel’ of its digital campaign featuring Neena Gupta and Swanand Kirkire as the lead protagonists?

8. Which jewellery brand has launched a film for its ‘The Cupid Edit’ Valentine’s Day collection?

9. The count of Apple Watch users has crossed which milestone mark globally, according to Apple analyst Neil Cybart?

10. Photo messaging app Snapchat has crossed which user base milestone in India?

11. Which dating app has launched the campaign ‘#StartSomethingEpicAgain’, featuring Ananya Pandey, That Indian Chick, and Shreya Gupto?

12. Which gifting portal launched the campaign ‘Love Vaccine’ for Valentine’s Day?

13. New York-based private equity fund New Mountain Capital has acquired a significant majority stake in which cloud and digital product engineering services provider?

14. The venture capital arm of which company has invested an undisclosed amount in Onelife Nutriscience, which owns the consumer healthcare brand Onelife?

15. Which electric vehicle startup has unveiled ETRYST 350, its first electric motorcycle claiming to offer performance on par with conventional vehicle?

16. Which genetics startup has inked an agreement with Israeli genomics AI player NRGene for transfer of the latter’s 8-year-old crop breeding programme for maize, rice and chilli-pepper in India?

17. Which MNC automobile company has appointed Jyoti Malhotra as Managing Director of India operations from Match 1?

18. Which audio streaming service has launched 2 ads - 'Sangeet' and 'Trip' – for its Premium Mini plans?

19. Which voice assistant has launched the six-video campaign “Ek neeli si roshni, se kar li jo dosti” to celebrate its third anniversary in India?

20. Which international entity last week appointed Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its first woman and African head?

21. Amazon is setting up its first device manufacturing line in the country in partnership with Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn. What will be manufactured?

22. Which edtech startup has acquired TapChief, an online platform for professionals to earn incomes without full-time jobs?

23. IBM and which Indian firm have tied up to generate $1 billion of business each over the next three years by jointly offering solutions in 5G, cybersecurity and cloud services to customers globally?

24. Which Hyderabad-based software services startup last week announced the launch of an intelligent neo banking platform, Uluka, for financial institutions?

25. Which commercial vehicle manufacturer has picked up a 26% stake in Prathama Solarconnect Energy Pvt. Ltd. (PSEPL) by investing Rs 18.66 crore?

26. Which company completed the acquisition of Dighi Port on February 15 for Rs 705 crore under the corporate insolvency resolution plan (CIRP)?

27. Arne Sorenson, 62, died recently. He was the CEO of which hospitality MNC?

28. Which homeware brand has launched the campaign 'Choose Good Every Day' to celebrate its 25th anniversary in India?

29. Which company has launched the campaign ‘#MeetTheFuture’ for its nanoe™X ACs?

30. Which luxury car brand will become all-electric from 2025 and exit the diesel market by 2026?

31. Which jewellery brand launched the Valentine’s Day campaign ‘#StrongerInLove’, featuring celebrity couple Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar?

32. Which biscuit brand launched the campaign ‘Heartbreaks can be sweet’ for Valentine’s Day?

33. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in former cricketer VVS Laxman as brand ambassador?

34. Which beverage brand, as part of its relaunch campaign, has released a new television commercial in Malayalam celebrating the diversity in the language?

35. Which Indian company last week said it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary in the Netherlands to explore business opportunities in the food service industry in the European country?

36. Which hospital chain has teamed up with Anatomiz3D Medtech to establish India’s first hospital 3D-printing lab in Hyderabad?

37. Which MNC has acquired Selz, an Australia-based ecommerce platform that helps businesses to have their own online stores?

38. Which MNC last week announced the sale of its regional spring water brands, plus two of its other North American efforts, to One Rock Capital Partners and Metropoulos & Co for $4.3 billion (€3.5 billion)?

39. Which private equity major has agreed to an all-stock merger of its India lending unit with InCred, a shadow bank promoted by former Deutsche Bank officials?

40. Which conglomerate has signed a deal to acquire a 68 per cent stake in online supermarket bigbasket for nearly Rs 9,500 crore?

41. Which company last week said it would acquire 20% stake in its DTH arm from an affiliate of Warburg Pincus for Rs 3,126 crore?

42. MyGate, a security and community management solution provider for gated communities, last week announced its foray into community omni-commerce business. What has it been branded as?

43. Which robotic brand has introduced a new logo and launched a campaign in a bid to contribute towards a future with lesser human intervention in addressing daily chores?

44. Which beverage brand from PepsiCo has launched a new campaign, an extension of its ‘Electrifying energy, ultimate taste’ campaign from the previous year?

45. Which paint brand has launched a campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Ranbir Kapoor in a double role, with the tagline ‘Baarish, Dhoop aur Dhool ko Aane Do’?

46. Which life insurance company has launched a new brand campaign titled ‘Bounce Back’?

47. Which feminine care brand has come together with UNESCO to raise awareness and educate girls on menstrual hygiene management under its flagship programme '#KeepGirlsInSchool'?

48. Which WordPress hosting provider has launched a new campaign in India that aims to showcase its strength as the web host of choice for content creators like bloggers, web developers/designers?

49. IPL team Kings XI Punjab has been renamed. What is the new name?

50. Which FMCG major last week said it will spend Rs 300 crore towards driving gender equality in India by deliberately working with women-owned businesses in the country over the next 3 years?

51. Who has emerged as the first recipient of the ET Evoke Social Entrepreneur Award 2020?

52. Marico last week said it plans to enter which segment under the Saffola brand?

53. Which neobanking platform has acquired Optobizz, a goods and services tax and financial automation startup, for $5 million in a stock-plus-cash deal?

54. Which business group has received central bank approval to complete its acquisition of the debt-laden housing finance company DHF?

55. Which seed company last week said its India MD Dilip Rajan has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and member of the company’s managing board?

56. Which FMCG company, under its dairy wing, has introduced a new milk brand - H-Milk?

57. Which three-decade-old water purifier brand has unveiled its new visual identity?

58. Which smartphone company has announced a new brand campaign ‘Real People, Real stories’ that attempts to bring real stories of people who are making a difference with their work?

59. Which food and snack company has partnered with Africa's Futurelife to bring its nutritional food product range to India?

60. Which FMCG major has announced its commitment to achieve equal representation of female directors behind the camera for its advertisements across brands in India over the next three years?

61. Which online smartphone brand has unveiled the company’s refreshed visual identity, with a brand new logo ‘Made of Mad’ and brand mascot that aims to challenge the status quo?

62. Which in-game advertising platform has entered India, exclusively represented in APAC by mobile advertising platform AdColony and with key launch partner WCC2, India’s popular cricket game?

63. Which life insurance company has launched a new TVC and digital campaign titled ‘Hum Kar ke Rahenge’?

64. Which company has rolled out a new ad film ‘Shubh Ratri’ for its Naselin ColdPlus Rub?

65. Which smartphone brand collaborated with filmmaker Imtiaz Ali for promoting its latest launch in India?

66. Which consumer tech products brand has appointed former Godrej Consumer Products executive Vivek Gambhir as its CEO?

67. Which company will fully acquire Netherlands-based Fides Food Systems through its wholly-owned subsidiary for £24.8 million?

68. Which property technology platform has acquired data intelligence, asset management and real estate services firm PropsAMC in an all-stock-swap transaction?

69. Which business group plans to invest Rs 2,000 crore to build eight new air separation units in its existing joint venture with US-based Air Products & Chemicals?

70. Which Japanese firm, the world´s largest soy sauce maker, has entered India through a fully owned subsidiary?

71. Which MNC has signed an initial pact with the US-based helicopter transport services provider BLADE´s Indian subsidiary, FlyBlade India, to help develop the on-demand helicopter services market in South Asia?

72. Which tea cafe chain, operated by Mountain Trail Foods Pvt Ltd, has entered the instant tea market?

73. Which tea brand has launched a new ad campaign titled ‘Sangharsh Ka Saathi’ featuring Gujarati theatre and film actor Pratik Gandhi?

74. Which online poker platform has launched a new brand campaign titled ‘Life ko Ace karo’, featuring actor Ali Fazal and rapper Badshah?

75. SBI Cards and Payment Services´ market capitalisation crossed which milestone mark intraday on February 19?

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February 14, 2021

Biz Quizzard 881

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

1. Which engineering and construction giant is set to enter the online engineering education space in September?

2. Which Indian space startup is building a vehicle that will work as a “taxi in space” to ferry small satellites into multiple orbits?

3. Which app has once again emerged the top Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app in January, with 968.72 million transactions worth Rs 1.91 trillion, according to data from NPCI?

4. Sushil Kumar Gupta has resigned as Chairman and Managing Director of which hospitality company?

5. Which firm has announced the setting up of a ‘Young Digital Innovators Lab’ comprising digital natives from across the company’s businesses to crowd-source transformative digital strategies?

6. Global PE fund Advent International has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in which Mumbai-based pharmaceuticals company at an enterprise value of Rs 1,700 crore?

7. Which workplace technology company has announced to expand its growing software portfolio with the acquisition of CareAR, an augmented reality (AR) support platform company?

8. Which MNC automaker has invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin and signalled its intent to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment?

9. Which edtech company has signed a deal in the range of Rs 120-130 crore to become a global partner with International Cricket Council (ICC)?

10. Which Indian IT services firm will give out a one-time bonus worth Rs 700 crore to more than 150,000 employees to mark its $10-billion revenue milestone?

11. Which business group is set to sell the chlor-alkali business, housed under the publicly listed Mawana Sugars, to Bodal Chemicals for Rs 165 crore on a slump sale basis?

12. Which company has unveiled a fitness-focused smartwatch brand ‘TraQ’ to capture a share of an increasing market of customers looking to track their performance in sports?

13. Which Indian company said it has been named to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI)?

14. Which business school is the top ranked B school in the country in the latest Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking?

15. Which gadget accessory and consumer electronics brand has revealed a new logo and tagline “Born to Win”?

16. Piramal Pharma Limited’s consumer products division has announced its association with actor Manoj Bajpayee for which medicated soap brand?

17. Which MNC bank has launched a new global brand campaign with a film ‘Through Different Eyes’?

18. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘India Ka Sabse Bharosemand Pipe’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Ranveer Singh?

19. Which home services platform has launched the influencer-led campaign ‘#MySalonMyWay’?

20. The Economic Times Award for Corporate Excellence 2020 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader of the Year?

21. Which health and wellness platform has acquired fitness facilities aggregator Fitternity for an undisclosed sum?

22. Which two-wheeler taxi platform has launched an hourly rental service in Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur?

23. Actress Shraddha Kapoor recently announced that she has invested in which herb-infused zero calorie beverage brand?

24. Which U.S. video game developer will buy Glu Mobile Inc for $2.4 billion?

25. Which Indian aerospace startup has become the world´s first company to test a single piece, fully 3D printed rocket engine?

26. Which company has floated India´s first infrastructure investment trust (InvIT) in the green power space?

27. Which health insurance company has launched the ‘Hope Contact’ campaign to make people come together and spread hope for the times to come through a very common mode of contact?

28. Multi brand cloud kitchen organization TTSF Cloud One has tied up with which celebrity to launch his brand Prowl Foods in the health food space via cloud kitchen?

29. Which beverage giant will soon begin selling sodas in completely recycled plastic in the United States for the first time?

30. Sushant Dash will be the new CEO of which beverage chain from May 1?

31. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has released a new film ‘#AgainstSensationalism’?

32. Which advertising group has designed a holistic health and wellness programme called PubFit for its workforce?

33. Adar Poonawalla-controlled investment firm Rising Sun Holdings will buy a controlling stake in which Mumbai-based NBFC with an investment of Rs 3,200 crore?

34. Which company last week said it will buy out Oman Oil’s shares in the Bina refinery project for about Rs 2,400 crore?

35. Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra has invested in which rocket startup in his personal capacity?

36. Which electric vehicle electronics startup will supply battery management systems (BMS) to Barcelona-based Ray Electric Motors for the latter’s newly launched electric scooter?

37. Which real estate developer and coworking office space provider Awfis have entered into a strategic partnership to add six new flexible office centres to their portfolio in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad?

38. Which IIT Madras-incubated startup has launched an electric two wheeler ‘PiMo’, which it says comes with a range of 50 kilometres?

39. Which US-based company, best known in India as the maker of All Out mosquito repellent and Kiwi shoe polish, has agreed to sell a significant stake in the India unit to Bansk?

40. SBI last week said its home loan book has crossed which milestone mark?

41. Which American media and entertainment firm plans to bring its video streaming application Jungo+ to India this month?

42. The government has classified foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) from which country as eligible for taking up Category I licence, the second non FATF (Financial Action Task Force) country to be given the exemption?

43. Wedding marketplace MatrimonyBazaar has been rebranded. What is the new name?

44. Which online higher education company has partnered with content creator BeYouNick aka Nick to launch their first-ever comedy web series, The Office Canteen?

45. Which life insurance company has rolled out a new digital film titled ‘Sada Surakshit Rahe’ saluting the Indian Army?

46. Which biscuit brand has collaborated with online supermarket Grofers and will launch a new pack with the aim to bring affordable indulgence to the consumer’s doorstep?

47. Which life insurance company has elevated Satishwar Balakrishnan to be the managing director & chief executive officer?

48. To commemorate its 75th anniversary, which company has launched the Founders Edition of its new range of cars and SUVs, exclusively for employees across the group?

49. Which US-based shared space provider has ventured into the Indian co-living segment with plans to have 30,000 beds by end of 2023?

50. Which MNC has named Aditya Mittal as its new chief executive officer?

51. The board of which Murugappa Group company has approved of the company’s entry into complete automobile manufacturing?

52. PepsiCo India has launched which new variant of Mountain Dew?

53. Which branchless banking network has unveiled its new brand identity, including a new logo and brand slogan ‘Zidd Aage Badhne Ki'?

54. Which snack brand has released its 2021 UEFA Champions League global campaign ‘Apartment Arena’, featuring Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Lieke Martens?

55. Which Hyderabad-based firm has become the first medical imaging facility in the country to be granted accreditation by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL)?

56. Redcliffe Lifesciences has roped in actor Kareena Kapoor Khan as the brand ambassador for which fertility and pregnancy care brand for a period of one year?

57. Which automobile company has launched a new campaign titled ‘People Technology’?

58. Which instant noodle brand has rolled out a new TVC campaign for its Saucy Masala variant?

59. Which entity has rolled out the video ‘Nakal Karti Zidd’ on the occasion of ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, depicting a poem narrated by Pallavi Mahajan?

60. Which business executive is teaming up with American rapper Jay-Z to set up BTrust, an endowment which will fund bitcoin development starting with India and Africa?

61. Which perfume brand has launched a digital campaign featuring actor Rajkumar Rao and his partner Patralekha for Valentine’s Day?

62. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, which sleep solutions and furniture brand has launched ‘The Single Song’ by ‘The Piya Milan band'?

63. Which online beauty retailer has launched the campaign ‘#AddToHeart’, featuring actress Shreya Dhanwanthary?

64. Which watch brand has launched the campaign ‘#GiftOfLove’?

65. Marc Llistosella, former head of Daimler Truck Asia, will take charge as the new CEO & MD of which company from July 1?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 881 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 7, 2021

Biz Quizzard 880

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

1. In a first for the industry, which group will develop and manufacture a military aircraft in India, having acquired intellectual property rights for a German-origin platform?

2. Which online real estate portal has launched its new TV and digital advertising campaign 'Yahaan Search Khatam Karo', starring actors Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao?

3. Anurag Mehrotra has returned as the India head of which automobile MNC?

4. Goods and service tax (GST) collections totalled near which milestone mark in January, the highest since the introduction of the tax regime, according to official data?

5. Which fashion e-retailer is changing its logo following a complaint by a Mumbai-based activist who alleged that the brand's signage was offensive towards women?

6. Which IT firm will acquire US-based Pimcore Global Services for USD 8.25 million?

7. Which online insurance portal has rolled out its first brand exercise for television - "Aap insurance dekho. Baaki hum dekh lenge."?

8. Which real estate developer has unveiled its new campaign ‘Apna Ghar, Isse Accha Kya?’ featuring its brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar?

9. Which company has acquired a captive power plant of Essar Steel, Essar Power Orissa (EPORL), under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Securities Interest (SARFAESI) Act?

10. Which MNC has announced the elevation of its India Managing Director Herjit Bhalla to the global role of Vice-President, India and Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa (AEMEA)?

11. Which multinational professional services company has acquired US-based cloud and platform engineering firm Imaginea?

12. Which MNC has announced to shut down its in-house Stadia game development division, as it sees a great adoption of its technology by third-party developers and publishers to create world-class games?

13. Which US biopharmaceutical firm has entered into an agreement with Bharat Biotech International to co-develop, supply and commercialise Covaxin in the American market?

14. Which company is set to acquire Kottaram Agro Foods, maker of Soulfull cereals and millet-based snacks, for Rs 156 crore, entering into new categories in the packaged foods space?

15. Which Indian firm has launched anti-seizure medication Vigabatrin tablets 500 mg, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Sabril (Vigabatrin) tablets in USA?

16. Which company has introduced Petrol AutoSHIFT, its new auto transmission technology?

17. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed an external IT firm for carrying out a special audit of which bank’s IT infrastructure?

18. Which tyre company has inked a pact with National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) to develop a test track at Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh?

19. Which general insurance company rolled out a rap song ‘#SaveTax’ featuring its employees, as part of its ‘Sehat Aur Bachat Dono’ campaign?

20. Andy Jassy will be the new CEO of which MNC?

21. Amazon(dot)com Inc’s quarterly revenue crossed which milestone mark for the first time in the third quarter?

22. Which wires and cables brand recently unveiled its new influencer campaign ‘#HarTensionSaheChaltiRahe’?

23. Which cookies brand has rolled out a new TVC for its 'Learn from Home' campaign, through which children from all over the country stand a chance to win a free laptop?

24. Which automobile company announced its partnership with ALD Automotive India, the operational leasing and fleet management business line of the Société Générale Group, for its subscription programme?

25. Which robotic process automation major company has appointed Anil Bhasin as the managing director, India and South Asia?

26. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will help which Indian startup build its solid propulsion rocket to launch satellites in lower orbit?

27. The realty arm of which global art auction house has entered India to market luxury houses through an affiliate Himmat & Rohini Singh LLP based in New Delhi?

28. Which Indian automobile company’s Singapore subsidiary will be investing $1 million in the U.S.-based Altizon Inc. to further strengthen its partnership with the latter?

29. Dabur India has forayed into the organic space. Which product has it launched first?

30. The market capitalization of stocks listed on BSE crossed which milestone mark for the first time on February 4, 2021?

31. Which Hyderabad-based company has entered into a $200 million deal with UK-based Contec Global to meet the requirements of clean, potable and safe water in Africa and the Middle East?

32. Which online travel aggregator has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire 100% shareholding of Confirmtkt, a Bengaluru-based, online train discovery and booking platform?

33. Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with which airport operator to explore collaboration opportunities in India across aviation services, technologies and innovation?

34. Which automotive startup has introduced three electric two-wheelers - Glyde+, Evolve R & Evolve X - in the Indian market in a price range of Rs 92,000 - Rs 1,42,000?

35. Which MNC will split up into the world´s largest makers of luxury cars and commercial vehicles?

36. Which fantasy sports app and website has appointed cricketer Yuvraj Singh as its brand ambassador?

37. Which insurance company has launched a new digital campaign titled ‘Ye Sahi Toh Life Insurance Online Kyu Nahi?’?

38. Olx Group, the classifieds platform owned by Prosus, has decided to rebrand its job board Aasaanjobs. What will it be now known as?

39. Dishwash brand Vim from Hindustan Unilever Ltd. has announced its foray into the machine dishwash segment. What has it been branded as?

40. Who has retained the top position as the country’s most valuable celebrity brand for the fourth consecutive year with a brand value of $237.7 million (Rs 1,734 crore)?

41. Which smartphones brand has roped in actor Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador?

42. Which movie and events ticketing company is branching out to movie streaming with a transactional-video-on-demand (TVOD) service?

43. Which company’s arm has signed an agreement with Delaware-based Northern Oil and Gas for sale of shale gas assets in south western Pennsylvania in the United States?

44. Which Indian refiner has taken delivery of 2 million barrels of crude from Occidental Petroleum that the US oil producer says is carbon neutral?

45. Which US-based digital payments player will wind down its domestic payment operations in India this year?

46. Which pharmaceutical MNC’s CEO Kenneth Frazier will retire at the end of June and will be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Robert Davis?

47. Which general insurance company has launched a new campaign ‘#MakeHopeWin’, pledging to support the treatment of underprivileged kids suffering with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

48. Which career-focused alternative education startup has launched its first digital ad film campaign titled ‘Career hai, Compromise nahi.’?

49. Which cybersecurity startup is rebranding itself as ‘Safe Security’ that represents the company’s unified brand approach to helping businesses and consumers measure and mitigate cyber risk?

50. Which country has unveiled a plan to build the world’s largest wind power plant by 2030 as part of efforts to foster an environmentally friendly recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic?

51. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed small investors to buy what kind of securities online in yet another attempt to encourage them to participate in this market?

52. Which bank has launched its ‘Nayi Udaan Ki Nayi Zimmedari’ campaign?

53. Which jewellery brand has rolled out the sixth edition edition of its '#TrustIsEverything' ad campaign?

54. Which AI-driven dermatologically approved customised brand has announced the launch of its first ever campaign ‘#iammytype’?

55. Which airline will become the first in the country to use made-in-India Dornier 228 planes for passenger flights?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 880 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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