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June 13, 2021

Biz Quizzard 898

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

1. Which biscuit manufacturer is entering the packaged wheat flour (atta) market?

2. Which germ protection brand will replace its logo with photos and stories of unsung Covid-19 protectors for a limited period in a special promotion drive?

3. Which MNC has agreed to sell its Chinese baby-formula business to Primavera Capital Group for $2.2 billion as the company seeks to exit from the struggling sector?

4. Which Wadia Group company plans to exit the plantation sector in the country due to management issues and competition?

5. A consortium of private equity firms has reached a deal - reportedly worth about $34 billion - to acquire which US-based family-run medical supply and equipment company?

6. On World Environment Day, which company launched the campaign ‘Shuruvaat Ek Nayi Duniya Ki’, featuring brand ambassador and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?

7. Which consumer durables brand has unveiled its latest digital campaign ‘#HumSabKaGhar’ (our one home) to mark the occasion of World Environment Day 2021?

8. Which MNC bank has promoted Hitendra Dave as India CEO, subject to regulatory approval?

9. Which multinational hospitality chain has temporarily shut down its property in Mumbai citing non-payment of dues from Indian owner Asian Hotels (West)?

10. Which company will invest $75 million in fitness startup Curefit and has roped in its CEO as president?

11. Which social media platform is set to launch ‘Super Follows’ feature that will enable users with at least 10,000 followers to charge for providing exclusive content?

12. A dedicated bankruptcy court in Mumbai last week allowed which company to take over debt-laden mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL)?

13. Which French defence and technology group last week announced the appointment of Ashish Saraf as vice-president and country director for India with effect from June 1?

14. Which smartphone brand has roped in actress Sara Ali Khan as its ‘Chief Style Icon’ to promote its upcoming Y-series smartphones?

15. Which company’s founder Keerti Melkote is retiring from the company he started after a two-decade innings at the helm?

16. Which financial services company for merchants last week announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with International Cricket Council (ICC) for all global events till end of 2023?

17. Dabur India Ltd last week launched ‘Germ Protection shampoo’ under which brand?

18. Which Indian platform for sports fans has announced a collaboration with Italian football expert Fabrizio Romano, ahead of an action-packed season for football fans across the globe?

19. On World Environment Day, which steel rebar brand launched the campaign ‘Home Safe Home’?

20. Markets regulator Sebi last week barred which company from launching new debt schemes for two years for mismanaging some of its fixed income funds?

21. Which online payments processing service has launched ‘Ummeed Ke Chehre’, a digital-led campaign to salute the unseen and unsung heroes of the ongoing pandemic?

22. Which bike taxi and delivery services company has launched the campaign ‘Zaroori Hai Kya’, urging consumers to re-think before stepping out?

23. Which gadget accessory and consumer electronics brand has roped in bodybuilder Sangram Chougule as its brand ambassador?

24. Which hospitality major has rolled out a 'Feel Good Menu' with a strong focus on artisanal local ingredients and season and healthy recipes?

25. Which bank has received RBI nod to reappoint Chandra Shekhar Ghosh as its MD and CEO for 3 years, lower than the 5-year tenure approved by the company’s board in November last year?

26. Which business personality has backed Ignite Life Science Foundation (Ignite LSF), a Bengaluru-based non-profit scientific research institute launched by Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan last year?

27. Which fintech startup, a full-stack digital solutions provider for MSMEs, has entered the e-commerce space?

28. Which e-commerce major said its wholesale entity in India has formed a joint venture with Ace Turtle to bring Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us to its platform?

29. Which company has launched the ‘#UdharAbhiBaakiHai’ digital campaign to help small and medium businesses recover from a severe cash crunch?

30. Which company will be the title sponsor of the London marathon - the fourth biggest in the world - from 2022 onwards for six years?

31. Which pizza chain has unveiled a new television brand campaign ‘The Standout Pizza’?

32. Ranveer Allahbadia has become the first ever independent creator from India to get an exclusive deal with which audio streaming platform?

33. Which diagnostics company last week announced model and actor Milind Soman as its brand ambassador?

34. Which company launched a social media campaign titled ‘#ThePeriodTalk’ on World Menstrual Hygiene Day, May 28?

35. Which inverter and inverter battery brand has extended its endorsement deal with cricketer Virat Kohli for another three years?

36. US-based real estate firm Hines has entered into a long-term strategic partnership with which realty developer to develop a large IT park in Pune’s Kharadi locality?

37. US firm One Medical will acquire which PremjiInvest-backed US-based primary healthcare startup?

38. Which food delivery platform has elevated long term executive Akriti Chopra to the position of cofounder, ahead of its $1.1 billion initial public offering (IPO?

39. Which business school from India has entered into a comprehensive five-year partnership with the University of Sydney Business School (USBS)?

40. Which is the strongest brand in India, according to the latest report on Indian brands by Brand Finance?

41. Which education startup has acquired Design Shift Academy, an institute that provides guidance on user interface and user experience design?

42. Which 2 former Indian cricketers have donned the entrepreneurial hat as they take the wave of online learning to cricket with the launch of their new platform Cricuru?

43. Which Abu Dhabi-based retail and F&B group, which has a presence in India, will rebrand its existing toy stores and unveil a proprietary toy retail brand in the country in the coming weeks?

44. Which commercial cold chain appliances player is partnering Dr Reddy´s Laboratories (DRL) to enable the storage of Sputnik V in India through its vaccine freezers?

45. Which edtech company for higher and professional education has launched its new brand campaign ‘#NayeZamaaneKiDegree’?

46. Which food company has expanded its product portfolio by entering the beverages category with ‘Cheers!’?

47. Which company has acquired 100% of Payback India, a multi-brand loyalty programme, from American Express and ICICI Investments Strategic Fund for an undisclosed amount?

48. Which fitness platform has acquired Bengaluru-based fitness startup Tread, in a bid to expand its home fitness hardware vertical?

49. Which neo-banking startup last week announced the acquisition of personal finance startup Index for an undisclosed fee?

50. Which company is acquiring a majority stake in epharmacy 1mg?

51. Technology-based hospitality and travel companies such as Oyo, Airbnb, Yatra and EaseMyTrip have joined hands to form a new industry association. What is it called?

52. Which country last week became the first in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender?

53. Which automobile MNC has named microchip expert Benedetto Vigna as its next CEO?

54. Which company last week launched a drug under the brand name Posaforce 100 to treat black fungus?

55. Which broadcast company has forayed into audio streaming with the ‘Go-Beyond Podcast’?

56. Which toxin-free personal care brand released its first national television commercial featuring mother-daughter and actress duo Sara Ali Khan and Amrita Singh?

57. Which digital strategy, digital engineering and IT services and solutions provider has announced the appointment of Santosh Thomas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?

58. Which contraceptive brand has launched Year 2 of the The Birds and Bees Talk programme, which is directed towards the adolescents in the six states of North-Eastern India?

59. Which commercial vehicle brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Kamyabi Kal, Aaj aur Kal’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar?

60. Which business group has retained the title of India's most valuable brand with a brand value of $21.3 billion, according to the latest report on Indian brands by Brand Finance?

61. Which home and kitchen appliances brand has roped in actor Arjun Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

62. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has asked which cryptocurrency exchange to explain transactions worth Rs 2,790.74 crore that the agency alleged were carried out in violation of foreign exchange rules?

63. Which company has announced creation of a new global design organisation for automotive and farm equipment sectors and named Pratap Bose to lead the initiative?

64. Buyout private equity fund Apax Partners has agreed to acquire which Silicon Valley-based digital engineering company from its existing shareholders including ChrysCapital?

65. Which bank as introduced a collateral-free offering called ‘Kavach Personal Loan’ for Covid treatment?

66. Mylab Discovery Solutions has announced which actor as its brand ambassador?

67. Bewakoof(dot)com has roped in which actor for a new campaign?

68. Which senior living community operator has launched a awareness and support campaign ‘#CallOutAbuse' on the side-lines of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, observed on June 15?

69. Which professional rehydration brand of Cipla Health Ltd has launched a television commercial with the positioning 'Asli ORS'?

70. Which IT firm will take over end-to-end operational management and digital transformation of Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic?

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June 6, 2021

Biz Quizzard 897

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 31 - June 05. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The Carlyle Group is set to become a majority owner in which housing finance company?

2. Which company has sold its entire stake in IT services provider Ensono for $76.24 million, as part of the latter’s acquisition by private equity giant KKR?

3. Which textile company named Harmohan Sahni as the chief executive officer of its real estate business?

4. Which germ protection brand has launched an anthem ‘Mil ke Harayenge’ to spread the message of positivity and hope during these tough times?

5. Which 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler manufacturer has opened a 3S (sales, service and spares support) showroom in Baghdad with its distribution partner Ritaj International General Trade LLC?

6. Which non-bank lender has appointed Abhay Bhutada as its managing director and Vijay Deshwal as chief executive officer?

7. Which innerwear manufacturer and retailer has reappointed Sunder Genomal as managing director for a further term of five years with effect from August 1?

8. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the licence of which Pune-based cooperative bank?

9. Which quick service restaurant chain last week launched BTS Meal for its customers in India?

10. Which neem beauty soap is celebrating 100 years of its existence?

11. Canadian pharmaceutical company Providence Therapeutics Holdings has signed a term sheet with which Indian vaccine maker to transfer its proprietary messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine?

12. Which company last week said it has received permission for emergency use of its antibody drugs combination, bamlanivimab 700 mg and etesevimab 1400 mg, used for Covid19 treatment?

13. Which company has entered into a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire influencer marketing company Chtrbox (Chatterbox Technologies) in India?

14. Which pharma company has launched the ‘#MaskMyIndia’ campaign, urging people not to step out without mask?

15. On June 1, World Milk Day, which company launched a commercial, featuring actress Madhuri Dixit, with the positioning 'Naturally Acha, Naturally Sacha'?

16. Which pet food brand has launched a campaign with the tagline “Small dogs, live large”?

17. Digital payments network PhonePe has crossed which milestone count of lifetime registered users?

18. Which auto MNC is testing a mobile battery pack used for powering electric three-wheelers or rickshaws in India as part of its project on swappable battery technology for electric vehicles?

19. Which IT company last week said it has sold its entire stake in Denim Group for a consideration of $22.4 million (about Rs 160 crore)?

20. Netflix is setting up its first global post-production facility in which city?

21. Which IT firm has invested $1.2 million in Squadcast, as part of a business partnership with the Software-as-a-Service startup to provide IT incident response and site reliability engineering services?

22. Which company has sold its Tanzanian tower operations for $175 million (Rs 1,313 crore), in a bid to focus on asset-light and core subscriber-facing operations, as well as reduce debt?

23. Which US-based cloud data protection solutions provider has acquired another US-based cloud player, Nimmetry, which has a significant presence in Hyderabad?

24. Which pre-owned luxury sports car player last week announced its foray into the south market with its first outlet in Hyderabad?

25. Hindustan Unilever has set up a new fully owned subsidiary to save on corporate tax. What has it been named?

26. In a bid to encourage people to avoid non-essential travel, which airport has launched a social media campaign with a series of #TravelTomorrow quotes?

27. Which white cement brand has collaborated with singer Shaan to release a song of hope ‘Ummeed'?

28. Which hospital chain has agreed to acquire Bengaluru-based multi-specialty facility Vikram Hospital from private equity firm Multiples Alternate Asset Management?

29. Packaged food companies will have to display the quantity of sodium, sugar and fat present in each serving size of their product on its packaging, starting from which month?

30. Which state retained the top rank on Niti Aayog’s Sustainable Development Goals India Index, data for which was released last week?

31. Which tech firm’s new vision is to build the world’s largest business community, enabling customers to easily connect with companies across supply chains?

32. With a mission to strengthen the fight against the pandemic, which jewellery retailer has decided to contribute one lakh free Covid-19 vaccines?

33. Which brand has launched a new campaign 'For the Love of Meat', featuring actors Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor?

34. Which e-cycle brand has launched its upbeat soundtrack ‘#WantIttoFlauntIt’ on the occasion of World Bicycle Day on June 3?

35. On the occasion of World Bicycle Day, which company launched the campaign ‘#WeWillRideAgain’?

36. This should be easy. Which 2 digital payments firms are finally headed for a full trial over the use of the word ‘Pe’ (pronounced as pay) after nearly two years of court proceedings?

37. Ankur Bhatia, 48, died last week. He was the executive director of which group?

38. Which global life sciences firm last week said it has launched its Consumer Health division in India comprising 10 brands across the categories of allergy, dermatology, nutrition and analgesics?

39. Which battery swapping company has launched a digital campaign called ‘#TheBigSwap’ ahead of World Environment Day?

40. Which automobile company will discontinue dealer discounts in India as the company has set up a direct sales network?

41. Which IT MNC has named Rajesh Nambiar, chairman and managing director of its India unit, to replace digital business & technology president Malcolm Frank?

42. Which fashion retailer has appointed Ramprasad Sridharan as its new CEO and MD?

43. Which personal care MNC has announced actress Kate Winslet as global ambassador?

44. Which footwear brand has launched a new ad campaign, titled ‘#MazbootiBemisaal’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Salman Khan?

45. Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) has made a foray into the premium roast and ground coffee segment with the launch of which brand?

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May 30, 2021

Biz Quizzard 896

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 24 - 29. Hope you enjoy it.

1. BSE’s market capitalisation crossed which milestone mark for the first time on May 24?

2. Which company has acquired Bengaluru-based video enabled learning solutions provider Impartus for Rs 150 crore?

3. Roche India and which company last week announced the launch of Roche's antibody cocktail in India, priced at Rs 59,750 per dose, for the treatment of high risk Covid patients?

4. Tata Sons is reviving telecom entity Tata Teleservices in a new avatar, which will cater to small and medium enterprises. What is it called?

5. US-based semiconductors and wireless technology giant Qualcomm is setting up a mega facility spread over nearly 1.6 million sq ft at a SEZ in which city?

6. Which banking technology startup is the latest entrant to the unicorn club after raising $250 million in its Series C round?

7. According to a Forbes report last week, with an estimated net worth of $186.3 billion, who is the world’s richest person?

8. Which early childhood and K12 education company has unveiled its new identity 'Lighthouse Learning Private Ltd'?

9. Which FMCG company has announced the launch of ‘KoviRakshak Kit’, a combination of time-trusted Ayurvedic medicines that help in faster recovery from respiratory infections?

10. Captain D Bose, 92, passed away on May 22. He was the former managing director of which airline?

11. Which hospitality company has revealed “Unveil the World” campaign – a celebration of the return to travel, the approach of summer, and the joy of great hotel stays?

12. Which company has acquired smaller rival Medlife, in the largest consolidation deal in India’s fast-growing online pharmacy sector?

13. Who has resigned as managing director of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC)?

14. Which audio and wearable brand has roped in actor Vicky Kaushal as its brand ambassador?

15. Which global smartphone company last week announced the first consumer tech brand under its TechLife ecosystem - DIZO - that has made its debut as a global brand from India?

16. Which life insurance company has launched a campaign ‘#TheRightStep’ to celebrate stories of kindness?

17. In what might be the biggest vaccination drive by a company, which company has signed contracts for sourcing vaccines from Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute for potentially 1.3 million persons?

18. Which cement company is acquiring a majority stake in Bhavya Cements, which has around 1.4 million tonnes a year of cement-making capacity?

19. Which Indian economist has been conferred with Spain’s top Princess of Asturias Award in the social sciences category, the Spanish prize foundation announced last week?

20. Which company said that it became the first hotel chain in the world to receive the platinum level certification in infection risk management from Norway-based DNV?

21. In an unprecedented move, which chat messenger took the Centre to court over its new rules to trace the origins of “unlawful” messages and breaking its famed end-to-end encryption?

22. Which logistics giant last week announced it was exiting its cold chain solutions business to focus entirely on express distribution and e-commerce?

23. Which electric mobility startup has bought employment transportation software platform SmartCommute?

24. Which home and sleep solutions brand has launched a campaign ‘Sabke ghar ki baat’, featuring actor Sonu Sood?

25. Which realty major has launched the video ‘Thank you to the Little Big People’?

26. Amazon executive Andy Jassy will take over the CEO role on which date?

27. Online grocer Bigbasket and packaged fresh food brand iD Fresh Food have partnered to launch a ready-to-cook (RTC) label. What has it been branded as?

28. Sanjiv Kapoor, former senior executive at Vistara and at SpiceJet, will take over as president of which hospitality company from June 1?

29. Which furnishing retailer last week announced the launch of its shopping app in India, in a bid to expand its omni-channel approach in the country?

30. Which MNC is buying MGM, the US movie studio home to the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion?

31. Which startup was last week in news after it passed a special resolution to pay annual salaries of Rs 100 crore each to both the founders as well as to whole-time director?

32. French energy major Total will be rebranded. What is the new name?

33. Which certified organic herbal and Ayurvedic health products provider has launched a campaign ‘Fight Right’, featuring actress Soha Ali Khan and cricketer Mithali Raj?

34. Which women’s intimate wear destination has launched its new campaign ‘Kuch New Ho Jaye’ featuring its own employees and customers?

35. Which iconic modeling clay brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year and has joined forces with the Museum of Modern Art in Paris to celebrate the reopening of cultural venues?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 896 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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May 23, 2021

Biz Quizzard 895

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 17 - 22. Hope you enjoy it.

1. In a first of its kind move globally, Amazon is launching an ad-supported video streaming service only for its Indian audiences. What has it been branded as?

2. According to a report last week, Warburg Pincus has ended a two-year-old joint venture (JV) with which hospitality company for student housing and coliving spaces?

3. Which company has announced a new initiative to support new tractor customers, with provisions for health insurance of Rs 1 lakh and preapproved emergency financial support to farmers?

4. The wholly owned subsidiary of which cloud communications company has appointed John Owen as chief executive officer of its Europe and Americas operations?

5. Which commercial vehicles manufacturer celebrated the month of Ramadan with the film ‘Celebration of Sharing’?

6. Which cookware company launched the campaign ‘#HanosMomsCan’, acknowledging its Hanos range and mothers as superheroes?

7. For Mother’s Day, which food brand launched the campaign ‘#MaaIsMoreThanACook’ in collaboration with actress Sameera Reddy?

8. Which smart device brand has launched the 'sleep sign-in' campaign to emphasis the need for continuous blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitoring?

9. Siddharth Shriram, 76, passed away last week due to Covid-19. He was the former chairman of which company?

10. WPP’s creative agency Ogilvy has elevated whom to the position of chairman, global creative?

11. Which business-to-business (B2B) commerce platform has become the latest entrant into the coveted unicorn club - those startups with valuations of $1 billion or more?

12. Which 2 companies have agreed to merge to create the largest internet company in Indonesia, before seeking a stock-market debut at home and in the US?

13. Which life insurance company has announced the appointment of Abhay Tewari as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer?

14. Inbisco India, a subsidiary of global food and beverage giant Mayora, has roped in which celebrity as the brand ambassador for its flagship brand Malkist?

15. Which senior living community operator has partnered with Fortis Healthcare to launch a mental wellness initiative titled ‘#ReachOut’?

16. Which online grocery retailer has announced change in its logo, changing its name to lowercase?

17. Which company has purchased the assets of biopharmaceuticals firm Vitane Biologics for Rs 90 crore to scale up production of Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V in India?

18. Twitter is all set to launch a paid subscription service. What will it be called?

19. Which MNC’s UK subsidiary, Earlyguard, is commencing arbitration under the India-UK Bilateral Investment Treaty after I-T authorities raised an Rs 2,400-crore demand related to a 2007 transaction?

20. Which MNC has agreed to spin off its media operations in a $43 billion deal with Discovery Inc that will create a new entertainment company?

21. Which generic drug maker has entered into a royalty-free, limited and non-exclusive voluntary licensing agreement with Eli Lilly & Co to manufacture and distribute Baricitinib?

22. The private equity division of which Wall Street investment bank has taken a significant minority stake in contract research firm Aragen Life Sciences, formerly known as GVK Biosciences?

23. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a kit for home testing for Covid-19 infection, developed by which Pune-based company?

24. Online grocery startup BigBasket crossed which milestone gross sales mark in financial year 2021?

25. Which digital payments company is set to acquire homegrown content and app discovery platform Indus OS in a deal valued around $60 million?

26. Which group is acquiring Silicon Valley-based online education company iD Tech for $200 million?

27. Which company last week recalled about 237,000 bikes sold between December and April due to a defect in the ignition coil that causes the engines to run suboptimally?

28. Which automobile company, in partnership with Zydus Hospitals, has announced the start of a multi-speciality hospital at Sitapur in Ahmedabad, Gujarat?

29. Which cryptocurrency exchange and liquidity aggregator has launched a digital campaign titled ‘#BitcoinLiyaKya’?

30. Which company has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire SB Energy India from its shareholders, Soft-Bank Group and Bharti Enterprises?

31. Which company has received the approval from the country's drug regulator CDSCO to manufacture and market Liposomal Amphotericin injection, which is used to treat mucormycosis?

32. Which IT company will acquire NxT Digital Business, a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence platform, from the parent group for Rs 198 crore?

33. Which startup’s founder Zhang Yiming is stepping down as CEO ahead of a highly anticipated mega IPO?

34. Which drug major has announced the commercialisation of its RT-PCR test kit ‘ViraGen’ for COVID-19 in India, in partnership with Ubio Biotechnology Systems?

35. Which Bengaluru-based tech-enabled supply chain platform for the healthcare sector has acquired Vardhman Health Specialties (Vardhman) for $40 million?

36. Apurva Purohit has quit as the president of which media group?

37. Which online marketplace for longtail / unbranded products has launched a new brand campaign with the positioning ‘Humara mission sabse kam commission’?

38. Alphabet Inc's Google last week said it would open its first physical store in which city this summer?

39. Which company collaborated with stand-up comedian, writer and YouTuber Biswa Kalyan Rath to launch a campaign titled 'Mast aadmi' to bust myths around using robot vacuum cleaners?

40. Microsoft will shut down which browser in 2022?

41. Which real estate developer has launched a new campaign ‘Feeling Boxed in your home?’ featuring brand ambassador and actor Akshay Kumar?

42. Which advertising agency has announced the appointment of Kamlesh Pandey, as ‘Legend in Residence’?

43. Which global data and measurement-driven media agency, which is part of GroupM, has appointed Sonali Malaviya as the agency’s Managing Director for India?

44. Which generic drug maker last week launched a drug Posaconazole to treat the deadly black fungus?

45. Bhaskarrao Govind Sandu, 81, passed away last week. He was the chairman of which pharmaceutical company?

46. Which fintech firm, through its group company ZikZuk, has introduced Founders Card, a credit card for SME owners?

47. Which bank has launched ‘Phir Jeetenge’, an anthem against Covid-19?

48. Which personal hygiene brand has forayed into the female grooming segment with sub-brand Furr?

49. Which fitness brand has roped in actress Nora Fatehi as its brand ambassador?

50. Who last week joined the board of drug firm Sun Pharmaceutical as an additional independent director and the board of technology and engineering company Bosch as an independent director?

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May 16, 2021

Biz Quizzard 894

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 10 - 0815. Hope you enjoy it.

1. The market value of Tata Sons´ direct stake in group listed companies crossed which milestone mark for the first time on May 8?

2. Which consumer goods major said it will provide 4,000 oxygen concentrators to India to help meet the medical oxygen requirement of home-bound patients and hospitals?

3. Which is the only Indian company to feature in the 2021 ranking of global retail power houses by Deloitte?

4. Which life insurance company launched its Mother’s Day digital video with the theme ‘#MummyKahanHain’?

5. Which retailer launched the campaign ‘#MyFirstLove’ encapsulating a few of the many ‘first’ special moments shared between a mother and her child?

6. Which food brand launched the campaign ‘#MaaHaiTohJahanHai’ paying tribute to every mother's undying love and all the foods that connect us to them?

7. Which mutual fund launched the campaign "Sahi Baat Mummy Ne Kahi Thi" for Mother’s Day?

8. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘#MomsOnDuty’?

9. Which edtech firm launched the campaign ‘#HerFreshStart’ encouraging mothers to reboot their careers and get back to work?

10. Which MNC has acquired Embassy Industrial Parks at an enterprise valuation of Rs 5,250 crore from Warburg Pincus and Embassy Group in the largest yet logistics and warehousing deal in the country?

11. Which company last week said Srinandan Sundaram will be its new executive director for foods and refreshment business from July?

12. Which skin and hair care brand launched the ‘#JustLikeMom’ campaign focused on offering simple personal care regimes with products useful for mothers as well as the child?

13. Which grooming products company launched the campaign ‘Wave of Love’ for Mother’s Day?

14. Which bank has bought 1.5% stake in CSC Grameen eStore for about Rs 10 crore?

15. Amitabh Chaturvedi has quit as the CEO of which financial services group?

16. Which Ayurveda-inspired functional chocolate brand has been launched in the country?

17. Which retailer has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘India ki Asli Dukan’?

18. Which airline from India has announced the launch of flight services to Tokyo starting June 16?

19. Which company has announced its entry into the pain relief spray market with the launch of Ayurvedic ‘Rheumatil Spray’?

20. Which ecommerce firm last week launched a platform ‘Sanjeevani’ to connect COVID-19 patients with potential plasma donors?

21. Which automobile company launched the campaign ‘mother in all of us’?

22. Which beverage brand has partnered with audio streaming app Gaana to curate an exquisitely picked selection of the finest of classical music?

23. Which job-specific skilling and employment marketplace for high-tech job seekers and employers has roped in cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin as brand ambassador?

24. Which individual investor last week bought a 2.3% stake in Solara Active Pharma Science worth Rs 135 crore?

25. Which CEO has donated $15 million in his personal capacity to three non-profits working in India, as the country grapples with a deadly second Covid-19 wave?

26. Which online investment platform has signed an agreement to acquire the asset management company of Indiabulls Housing Finance for Rs 175 crore?

27. Which fintech firm has acquired 17% stake in insurance tech startup Artivatic(dot)ai for an undisclosed sum?

28. Dubai-based family office Mark AB Capital will take over which engineering procurement and construction contractor by picking up 26% stake for Rs 350 crore?

29. Which Coimbatore-based company has launched Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) that can be used by doctors and frontline workers?

30. Hindustan Unilever’s (HUL) foods and refreshments leader Sudhir Sitapati is joining which company as MD and CEO?

31. Which company last week announced the acquisition of biscuits business from Patanjali Natural Biscuits (PNBPL) in a slump sale at Rs 60.02 crore?

32. Integrated health and wellness platform cure(dot)fit has announced that it has completed an extensive rebranding effort to change its brand name. What is the new name?

33. Which online grocery retailer launched its digital campaign ‘#HeroesRaiseHeroes’ for Mother’s Day?

34. A consortium of financial investors, led by Multiples Alternate Asset Management, will acquire the animal health business of which group for Rs 2,921 crore?

35. Which executive has set up a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) called Seven Islands Inc with his former employer to explore acquisition opportunities in India, South Asia and Southeast Asia?

36. Which digital Payments platform is likely to get about 7% stake in Japan’s PayPay, two years after the Indian company was given a call option to convert its holding into shares?

37. Which investment giant last week reported an annual net profit of $45.8 billion, the best ever for a Japanese company?

38. Rajeev Karwal, 58, passed away last week due to Covid. He was the founder and CEO of which company?

39. Mohan Kumar succumbed to the coronavirus last week. He was the India head for which MNC?

40. Which American cloud computing and virtualization technology company has named India-born company veteran Rangarajan (Raghu) Raghuram as its next CEO from June?

41. Which company last week announced the US launch of Ertapenem for injection, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Invanz approved by the US Food and Drug Administration?

42. Which Bengaluru-based company has rolled out 'ViraNorm' - ayurvedic immuno-modulator, which helps treat Covid-19 patients?

43. Which Indian group has opened its regional headquarters office in Singapore with focus on the energy, infrastructure and technology portfolios?

44. Which auto-tech company has appointed Mayank Jain as CEO of its new auto business?

45. Which menstrual hygiene brand has launched the campaign ‘'Mud ke nahin, ud ke dekho!’, featuring actress Shraddha Kapoor, and with the positioning 'The power to be you'?

46. Which short video platform’s India chief executive Nikhil Gandhi has resigned?

47. Which billionaire last week donated cryptocurrency worth over $1 billion to India’s Covid-19 relief fund?

48. Which MNC terminated an agreement to sell its 80% stake in its joint venture renewable business in India to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board?

49. Which Hyderabad-based generic drug maker has entered into a royalty-free non-exclusive voluntary licence agreement with US-based Eli Lilly to manufacture and market Baricitinib?

50. Indu Jain passed away last week. She was chairman of which group?

51. Which Indian company last week named Robert Hentschel as CEO of UK-based Norton Motorcycle Company?

52. Which mutual fund has decided to merge Value Fund-Series 19, one of its largest closed-ended funds, into the Value Discovery Fund, an open-ended scheme?

53. Which country has become the first country to seek flexibility in the TRIPS Agreement to import 15 million doses of Covid vaccines from countries that have laws allowing production and export of medicines using the compulsory licence window?

54. Non-profit organization, Impact Guru Foundation has joined hands with which group to launch a Covid-19 warrior upskilling programme – Advance Nurses Growth Excellence and Learning (ANGEL)?

55. Which motorcycle company appointed Satoshi Uchida as its new company head?

56. Which company has appointed Mandira Bedi as the brand ambassador for its smartwatches and accessories?

57. Actor Varun Dhawan has stepped up to help the frontline workers amid coronavirus pandemic by partnering with which nutrition brand?

58. Which homegrown social media application last week rebranded itself with the launch of a modified logo?

59. Which incense stick brand has launched the initiative ‘#PrayForEveryone’, a short video with a universal prayer?

60. GoAir is rebranding itself as an ultra low-cost carrier. What is the new name?

61. Which airline last week filed preliminary papers for an initial share sale worth Rs 3,600 crore?

62. Which entity has launched a new campaign ‘Wahi Rivaaz Naya Andaaz’ honouring Akshaya Tritiya’s rituals in a different manner?

63. Which cement brand has launched ‘#HumSeHaiSuraksha’, a social movement for plasma donation?

64. Which hospitality major has launched the digital campaign ‘Good Food = Good Mood’?

65. Which MNC has appointed Gunjan Shah, the former chief commercial officer of Britannia Industries, as its new India CEO?

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May 9, 2021

Biz Quizzard 893

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period May 03 - 08. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Integrated marketing and communications investment company Mogae has acquired a controlling stake in which advertising agency?

2. Which MNC has filed a complaint over Kanye West’s proposed trademark for his Yeezy brand, saying it looks too similar to the former’s sun-like symbol?

3. Which MNC last week announced it was selling faded internet stars Yahoo and AOL to a private equity firm for $5 billion?

4. Which food delivery app has implemented a four day work week for this month?

5. Which Hyderabad-based startup, an EV charging aggregator platform, said it has launched its services in the country?

6. Which MNC’s Vice Chairman Greg Abel will succeed the founder as CEO?

7. Which global pharma major is sending its medicines worth $70 million (over Rs 510 crore), from its distribution centres in the U.S., Europe and Asia, to India?

8. Which mustard oil brand has launched the campaign 'Safar' with the positioning 'Naam hi pehchaan hai'?

9. Which company’s US-based subsidiary has signed an agreement with Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI) to convert carbon steel slabs into hot rolled coils?

10. Which billionaire couple filed for divorce last week after 27 years of marriage?

11. Netherlands-based conglomerate SHV Energy has acquired a majority stake in which Noida-headquartered solar solutions provider, marking its foray into India’s solar energy space?

12. Which digital banking fintech has launched two ad communications – ‘#JustCantWait’ and ‘#WantMore’, promoting its recently-launched two-in-one savings and wealth account?

13. Which omni channel grocery shopping app and website has launched its first brand campaign showcasing its proposition of #AasaanGrocery in a click?

14. Which media company has announced the appointment of Nachiket Pantvaidya as Managing Director?

15. Dabur India Ltd has signed which actress as the new brand ambassador for its brand Dabur Pudin Hara, the ayurvedic medicine for gas, indigestion and stomach ache?

16. Which sanitaryware brand has launched an integrated marketing campaign #TapToPOT’?

17. Which agency has announced the launch of its specialised consumer research and analysis wing called Red Lab?

18. Which MNC has bought news technology company Scroll, which it will use as part of an upcoming subscription offering?

19. Which Mumbai-based fintech start-up has announced its expansion in the European continent by launching its services in the United Kingdom?

20. Which detergent brand has launched its latest campaign ‘#MakeItPossible’, featuring Kerala’s first transgender doctor?

21. Sameer Garde has quit as the president (India and Saarc) of which MNC?

22. Which financial services company has unveiled a corporate film based on its brand promise ‘Count on Us’?

23. Which food brand has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Sadharan Chodo, Nutrition Chuno’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Shilpa Shetty?

24. Which networking platform has released a new ad film, ‘Let’s step forward, together’?

25. US-based ThoughtSpot has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire which Hyderabad-based data integration solutions provider?

26. On the occasion of World Dance Day on April 29, which hair care brand launched an Instagram campaign with actress Mithila Palkar?

27. Which cement brand has launched a new TVC, ‘Kal Ki Mazboot Tayari Ke Liye’, with a jingle score titled ‘Yaariyaan’, composed by AR Rahman, as a musical track?

28. Sajan Raj Kurup, chairman and founder of Creativeland Asia has made close to a million USD investment in which gaming company?

29. Russia has approved a single-dose version of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine after it showed almost 80% efficacy. What it been branded as?

30. Which popular game will be relaunched in India in a new avatar called Battlegrounds Mobile India?

31. Which Mumbai-based information and communication technology (ICT) firm has agreed to buy a controlling stake in Bengaluru’s Inflow Technologies?

32. Which IT firm is offering a Rs 30-lakh insurance cover and an additional Rs 7-lakh employee deposit insurance cover to employees for Covid?

33. Which company has launched its public awareness campaign, ‘Savdhan Rahein. Safe Rahein’ to educate customers and the public at large on financial fraud risks and how to stay protected?

34. Which company has launched the ‘Your Salon at Home' campaign, a musical by its employees, for its beard trimmers?

35. Which mutual fund has launched an investor education film ‘#TheInvisibleVoice’ for Mother’s Day?

36. Which global consulting and change management organization has launched a new multimedia brand campaign - 'Humanizing Technology’?

37. Which tyre brand has launched the campaign ‘Tyres For a Country full of Turns’?

38. Which digital healthcare platform unveiled its new campaign ‘#EverySingleBreath’ to commemorate World Asthma Day on 4th May?

39. Which community-first online health and fitness brand has launched its digital campaign – “Ab Nahi Toh Kab”?

40. How many Indian-American CEOs last week joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response?

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May 2, 2021

Biz Quizzard 892

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 26 - May 01. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Vartika Shukla will be the next chairperson and managing director of which navratna public sector enterprise?

2. Which agri commodity exchange has appointed Arun Raste, currently an executive director with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), as its next managing director and CEO?

3. Paytm is launching a video-based feature, as part of its digital wealth management platform in a bid to tap young users interested in investing in capital markets. What is it called?

4. Which company has released a digital video commercial featuring veteran actor Sanjay Mishra to promote its packaged coconut water?

5. Global private equity fund Warburg Pincus has acquired a significant majority stake in which independent folding carton manufacturer?

6. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has capped the tenure of bank chief executives at how many years?

7. Which company has entered the personal hygiene category with the launch of a new product, ‘Safekind toilet seat disinfectant spray’?

8. Which dating app has deployed its matchmaking algorithm to help Covid patients match plasma donors with patients?

9. Which Indian wear brands have launched their latest campaign ‘Apno waali shaadi’?

10. Jagdish Khattar, 78, passed away last week. He was former managing director of which automobile giant?

11. Which cryptocurrency investment platform for retail investors has launched an ad campaign ‘Trade Kar, Befikar’, featuring actor Kunaal Roy Kapur?

12. Which playschool chain has launched a digital campaign ‘Right Start, Flying Start’, comprising a series of three videos urging parents to resume learning for their young ones?

13. Which cement brand has rolled out the campaign ‘Hain Tayyar Hum’ with brand ambassador Akshay Kumar?

14. Which smartphone maker has collaborated with Discovery to launch the campaign ‘Life Unscene’?

15. Which company has brought in Uli Stuhec, with significant expertise in autonomous and EVs, to steer its ambitious ‘born-EV platform’?

16. Which omni-channel eyewear brand has acqui-hired Hyderabad-based Daily-Joy to enhance tech and innovation capability?

17. Private equity firm ADV Partners and Azim Premji’s family office Premji Invest have acquired a majority stake in which Bengaluru-based plastic molding company?

18. Kia Motors India last week announced a relaunch in India, adopting a new brand identity, a redesigned logo, a new brand slogan, and changing its name. What is the new name?

19. Which automobile MNC has appointed Roland Bouchara as CEO and MD of its India operations?

20. Which startup last week filed its much-anticipated draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with markets regulator Sebi, seeking to raise more than a billion dollars?

21. Which automobile MNC will acquire Lyft Inc´s self driving technology unit for $550 million?

22. Which MNC has announced the launch of Choreograph, a new global data company?

23. Which sport performance brand has roped in cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as brand ambassador?

24. Which omnichannel children’s retailer will launch Global Bees, India’s largest Thrasio-style investment venture with $75 million in capital commitment from investors?

25. Which company will invest Rs 150 crore in Revolt Intellicorp for a 43% stake in the electric motorcycle maker?

26. How many Indian companies have figured in the Time Magazine´s first ever list of 100 most influential companies?

27. Which business personality was last week accorded ‘Y’ category security across India by the CRPF in view of “potential threats”?

28. Which brand merchandising and marketing firm has acquired Hyderabad-based digital marketing agency Digital Ozone to further expand its digital marketing capabilities?

29. To celebrate Mother’s Day, which pregnancy detection card brand has launched a campaign titled ‘#CoolHaiMeriMaa’?

30. Rahul Bajaj assumed which role at Bajaj Auto from May 1?

31. The shareholders of which financial services company have voted against the appointment of founder Samit Ghosh as managing director and chief executive officer?

32. Which communication platform company has agreed to acquire artificial intelligence platform provider Phonon Communications for Rs 29 crore in cash?

33. Which company has launched a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline Albenza brand of Albendazole tablets, 200 mg, in USA?

34. Which company has introduced ‘Merchant Stack’, a set of comprehensive digital banking services for retail merchants?

35. Olusegun Ogunsanya will take over as the new MD and CEO of the African operations of which company in October?

36. The board of which bank has approved the re-appointment of Amitabh Chaudhry as its managing director and CEO?

37. Which fashion e-commerce platform has launched the digital film ‘The World's Best Brands Play Here’ for the IPL season?

38. Which fantasy cricket app has released a series of films, featuring Pappinder Singh, the puppet, to create awareness around its offerings?

39. Which MNC has elevated Shailendra Katyal to managing director of its PC and smart devices business group (PCSD) India?

40. Which company last week announced it has bought the remaining 56.8% share in Meru Cabs to take its holding to 100%?

41. Which state government has been permitted to conduct experimental delivery of Covid-19 vaccines using drones over short distances?

42. The government has raised the maximum sum assured payable under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme, 1976 of EPFO to what amount?

43. Which MNC has agreed to acquire Turbonomic, a provider of software that helps companies monitor the performance of their business applications for over $1.5 billion?

44. Which smartphone maker has roped in Hollywood actor Chris Evans as its new brand ambassador?

45. Which MNC has agreed to buy vitamin maker Bountiful Co for $5.75 billion, becoming a world leader in the field of minerals and supplements?

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April 25, 2021

Biz Quizzard 891

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

1. Amazon India has registered which milestone count of merchants through Amazon Pay - its payments unit?

2. Charles “Chuck” Geschke died at the age of 84 on April 16. He was the co-founder of which software company?

3. Which steel manufacturer has launched its new TVC campaign "Maksad Toh India Ko Banana Hai", featuring actor Sonu Sood?

4. Beetel Landline and FLiX has announced the appointment of which cricketer as its brand ambassador for its products across categories?

5. Which company last week said it successfully completed safety as well as pharmacokinetic, or absorption, studies using an oral formulation of remdesivir?

6. Which Bengaluru-based company has acquired Ubico Networks for about Rs 100 crore?

7. Which Indian-origin billionaire brothers have acquired a popular British fast-food chain, Leon, as part of what they described as their goal to grow their foodservice operations in Britain?

8. Which company last week handed over 100 Point of Sale (PoS) machines to BBMP to help the civic body collect fines from citizens violating Covid-19-related protocols in Bengaluru?

9. Which online marketplace has roped in celebrity couple Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza for its new campaign 'Brand Waali Quality, Bazaar Waali Deal'?

10. Which IT services firm has acquired DigitalOnUS, a hybrid cloud and DevOps services provider, for up to $120 million (about Rs 900 crore), including retention bonus and earnout?

11. Which energy exchange last week kicked off cross-border daily electricity trading on its platform?

12. Sivasubramanian Ramann has taken charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of which financial institution?

13. Which company last week said it has launched a new super long range ecycle, Roadlark, which has the capability to run up to 100 km in a single charge?

14. Which fantasy cricket app has launched a new IPL campaign featuring brand ambassador KL Rahul, which revolves around the thought, "Play Fantasy Cricket Hatke”?

15. Which jewellery brand has launched a campaign for its ‘Muhurat’ wedding collection, featuring brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Jaya Bachchan and Prabhu Ganesan?

16. T.V. Scaria, 81, passed away last week in Kochi. He was the founder of which popular umbrella brand in Kerala?

17. Which former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) died last week at the age of 94?

18. Which esports and skill gaming platform has acquired New Delhi-based esports gaming platform GamingMonk?

19. India’s oldest credit assessment company TransUnion Cibil has launched an eligibility score for which category of customers?

20. Which company last week said it has completed 75 years of its construction and mining machinery business (CMB), which is one of its oldest businesses?

21. Which formal wear brand has roped in actress Jacqueline Fernandez as the face of its new sub-brand Denim Labs?

22. Which company last week announced incorporation of a wholly-owned arm 'Mundra Petrochem Ltd' (MPL)?

23. Which fantasy sports platform has launched the campaign ‘#TeamHaiTohMazaaHai’?

24. Which global sports brand has signed a long-term partnership deal with cricketers Washington Sundar and Devdutt Padikkal?

25. MMA, formerly known as the Mobile Marketing Association, has announced the appointment of Amit Jain as Chairperson of its India Board of Directors. He is the India MD of which MNC?

26. Adidas has brought back which global content initiative?

27. Which smart baby camera brand has launched a digital campaign featuring actress and new mom Kareena Kapoor Khan?

28. Apple last week unveiled which new colour for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini?

29. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) brand has launched the campaign ‘Just can’t get enough’ featuring actress and brand ambassador Rashmika Mandanna?

30. Procter & Gamble last week said it has commissioned its first in-house solar power plant in India at its manufacturing facility in which city?

31. Which snack brand has launched a new television commercial highlighting the launch of two limited-time innovations – Out of Control Chaat and Uncensored Tadka flavours?

32. Which group has announced the launch of its new ad film campaign ‘Khayal Apno Ka’?

33. Which Kerala-based food brand is set to launch India’s first cold water ice-cream mix, with which aficionados can prepare their favourite flavours at home without milk, and within five minutes?

34. Which lender from South Africa will exit India?

35. Which UK-based fintech unicorn has appointed Paroma Chatterjee as its CEO in India ahead of a planned expansion in the country this year?

36. Which tech-enabled, multi-brand car service company is planning to foray into servicing of Electric Vehicles (EVs), mainly two wheelers, three wheelers and delivery vans?

37. Roger Lias has stepped down as the chief executive officer of which Indian pharmaceutical firm?

38. Which Chinese electronics company has roped in cricketer Washington Sundar as its brand ambassador?

39. Which pipes brand has launched a campaign featuring former cricketer Virender Sehwag, with the positioning ‘Ek baar lagwayyie, aur hamara naam bhool jaayie’?

40. In a global first for the steel industry, which company has used a blockchain platform pioneered by HSBC to complete a trade finance transaction with a UAE-based company?

41. Which diversified technology company has announced the launch of the new Spatial Solutions Division as part of its strategic expansion for Smart Home Solutions?

42. Which FMCG brand has launched the digital video campaign ‘#SehatKaSaath’ during the month of Ramadan?

43. Which bicycle brand has launched a new campaign ‘Boys are Back’?

44. Warburg Pincus’ affiliate Baskin Lake Investment has acquired which company’s 24.48% stake along with a primary investment in on-campus student housing assets company Good Host Spaces?

45. Which stock broking company has appointed Narayan Gangadhar as its chief executive officer?

46. Which company last week announced its plan to setup a 100,000 strong network of EV chargers, which it is calling Hypercharger Network, across 400 cities in India over the next five years?

47. Which mail room management and logistics company said it had received an unspecified amount as investment from Ratan Tata?

48. Which company last week announced a partnership with Taiwan’s Gogoro Inc., a provider of battery swapping platforms, to accelerate the shift to sustainable electric mobility in India?

49. New York-based Tiger Global has made its first investment in an Indian cryptocurrency company. Name it?

50. Rekha M Menon has been appointed chairperson of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom). She is the India chairperson of which MNC?

51. Which media network will be venturing into the kids' space with the launch of Bal Bharat channel in 12 Indian languages on 27 April, 2021?

52. Which online medical and healthcare ordering app has launched a new campaign 'Sab uparwale ke haath mein hai’?

53. Which company last week issued an apology to the state government of Meghalaya for wrongly depicting Manipur's Keibul Lamjao national park on packs of its brand?

54. Which automobile MNC last week set what it called a challenging target for all of its sales to be electric vehicles by 2040?

55. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week barred which 2 MNCs from issuing new cards?

56. Which company will be foraying into the gum-care segment in India with the unveiling of its global toothpaste brand Parodontax?

57. Which company last week said its joint venture firm Kameda Seika has started exporting premium rice-based snack brand 'Kari Kari' to Australia and the UAE?

58. Which company last week unveiled its most expensive handset at a price of Rs 69,999 in India to compete in the premium segment?

59. K-pop BTS was announced as the new face of which fashion label?

60. Which company will acquire supply chain and AI software provider Blue Yonder, founded in 1985 and led by CEO Girish Rishi, in a $7.1 billion deal?

61. Which paints brand has launched its new marketing campaign 'Sachche Rang' featuring its brand ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana?

62. Which beverage brand has announced the launch of its new ad film led integrated marketing campaign 'Wish it never gets over'?

63. Which fantasy sports platform has entered into a partnership with the global sports brand, PUMA to launch its first athleisure collection in India?

64. Which women’s apparel brand has unveiled its new campaign ‘Hope is Trending’?

65. Which company has bought Stoke Park, an iconic sporting and leisure estate in the UK, for 57 million pounds (Rs 592 crore) from the International Group?

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April 18, 2021

Biz Quizzard 890

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period April 12 - 17. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which technology entrepreneur and his wife have committed Rs 340 crore for a palliative care unit at a cancer hospital in Odisha?

2. Which Indian business group has called off its proposed renewable power deal with Malaysian state-owned oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas)?

3. Which company is discontinuing its line of Harmony universal remotes?

4. Tata Sons is building a marketplace for small and medium enterprises in India, offering digital tools and solutions to scale up their business. What has it been branded as?

5. Which company has launched a new campaign, featuring actor Boman Irani, to highlight the risk of formaldehyde emission from plywood and showcase its Zero Emission (E-0) product range?

6. Which agriculture finance and value chain startup last week said that it had completed the acquisition of logistics and agri-supply chain firm Kamatan in a share swap deal?

7. Which company has agreed to acquire a 60% stake in Pune-based SLK Global Solutions for Rs 918.32 crore?

8. Which business group has launched a new edtech startup, Vired, aimed at tapping students who have completed schooling and has launched the campaign ‘be made for Big things’?

9. In a first, which bank has said that it will offer depositors who vaccinate against Covid, 25 basis points higher return under a special scheme?

10. Which MNC will acquire artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Nuance for $19.7 billion, bolstering its healthcare offerings?

11. Which company and Adani Group will partner to set up one of India’s largest warehouses for online commerce along with a data centre?

12. Anil Kapoor, 73, passed away in Mumbai on April 12. He was the chairman emeritus at which advertising agency?

13. Which automobile company has emerged as the largest exporter of UVs from India in FY21?

14. Which multibrand fashion ecommerce platform last week said it has acquired online jewellery brand Pipa Bella?

15. Which life insurance company has elevated its COO Kalpana Sampat as the Managing Director and CEO?

16. Which processed food company has launched the campaign ‘Isme Pyaar Mila Hai’, featuring actor Pankaj Tripathi?

17. Local search company Just Dial has roped in which actor as brand ambassador for its newly launched b2b marketplace portal JD Mart?

18. Which paint company has launched a new campaign ‘Nayi Umeedon Ke Rang Gungunaye’ that reciprocates the idea of hope and better tomorrow?

19. Which fantasy gaming platform unveiled its rebranding, including a new logo and tagline, ‘India ka Naya Maidan’?

20. Which MNC has named Alessandra Galloni as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history?

21. Which company has acquired Kuala Lumpur-based payments and discovery platform Fave in an all cash deal worth $45 million?

22. Which fashion brand has entered into a strategic licensing deal with Timex India to introduce an exclusive line of watches in the Indian market?

23. Which company has acquired 17 solar rooftop assets of Sterling & Wilson totaling 7.2 megawatt (MW)?

24. Which ride hailing and food delivery giant is going public in the US through a merger with blankcheck company Altimeter Growth Corp in what is the largest ever deal of its kind?

25. Which investment platform has launched its Indian Premier League campaign ‘Start Karke Dekho’?

26. Which media giant has named K Madhavan as president with immediate effect?

27. Which digital-first insurance company has launched its latest campaign featuring actor Arshad Warsi as the face of the campaign along with players from the Mumbai Indians IPL team?

28. Which gaming platform has launched a new campaign and video song ‘Cricket Machao’ with the onset of the 14th season of IPL, featuring actor Divyenndu?

29. Which health supplement over-the-counter (OTC) brand has launched a new campaign for Ramadan that salutes the Farzdaar Rozedaar?

30. S&P Dow Jones Indices last week said it will remove which Indian company from its sustainability index following reports of its business ties with Myanmar's military?

31. Nobuaki Kurumatani resigned as the CEO of which MNC last week  as a buyout offer from a private equity fund stirs turmoil inside the storied Japanese company?

32. Which company has won a first-of-its-kind tender floated by Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) to supply LED bulbs for homes in rural India?

33. Which personal care MNC launched its global initiative 'Stand Up Against Street Harassment' in India in November last year with NGO Breakthrough as its on-ground training partner?

34. Which lighting products company has rolled out its latest campaign for EcoLink lights and fans?

35. Mondelez India has set foot into the fast-growing and innovative sub-segment in the confectionery category, Lollipop. What has it been branded as?

36. Which antacid brand has launched a new television commercial, which marks the television debut of its digital campaign, ‘Gadbad Gadbad’?

37. Which skin and personal care brand has launched digital campaigns featuring actors Vaani Kapoor and Tara Sutaria?

38. Which confectionery brand has launched a new campaign for its limited edition ‘Say Hello’ packs across its entire rolls portfolio?

39. Which ed-tech company has unveiled its latest marketing campaign for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in the form of a hijack of the commentary box?

40. Which Indian company last week announced its foray into the truck and bus tyre segment in the US and Canada, following the launch of its passenger vehicle range in the two markets?

41. Which MNC will shut its India retail banking business, as part of a global decision to exit 13 markets?

42. Which toys and school and office-stationery brand is planning to set up a toy lab in India to enhance play-and-learn value in children of different age groups?

43. Which social media giant has signed a deal to buy renewable energy in India from a local firm´s wind power project, it´s first such deal in the country?

44. This is a great ad. Which 96-year-old Kerala-based jewellery brand has launched the film 'Pure as love'?

45. Which company has elevated Puneet Das as president - packaged beverages, India and south Asia?

46. Which smartphone maker has roped in actor Ayushmann Khurrana as its brand ambassador for the current calendar?

47. Britannia has relaunched which biscuit brand as ‘100% Atta Biscuits’ and unveiled an ad with the promise of “Doodh Roti ki Shakti”, featuring actor Pankaj Tripathi?

48. Which company has launched a series of TVCs featuring its brand ambassador, Sachin Tendulkar, for its latest range of designer energy efficient fans?

49. Which cement brand has launched a campaign, exclusively for the Kerala market, with a film titled "Naattil Evideya?"?

50. Which company will acquire 100% of online travel firm Cleartrip?

51. Which security solutions brand has unveiled its new fire safety prevention campaign ‘I am Fire Safe’, featuring actor and brand ambassador Ayushmann Khurrana?

52. Which chocolate brand has launched an innovative augmented reality-based 'Wonders of Ocean' campaign across millions of packs in April?

53. Which dietary supplement brand has roped in actress Shraddha Kapoor as brand ambassador and the face for its Hair and Nails Vitamin Gummies?

54. Which beauty brand has appointed actress Dia Mirza as the brand ambassador for its range of skincare and hair care products?

55. Which paints brand has roped in actress Preity G Zinta as its brand ambassador?

56. Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma is sporting a unique design on his cricket shoes in every match as part of which brand’s '#SuperstarsofChange’ campaign?

57. Which content distribution and pay TV platform has launched a new campaign aligned with its new brand purpose “making tomorrow better than today for family & home”, in Gujarat?

58. Which business services firm said it has acquired the remaining 30% stake in back-office provider Conneqt Business Solutions for Rs 208 crore, pursuant to the ‘put option’ notice by Tata Sons?

59. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) company has roped in actress Rashmika Mandanna as brand ambassador?

60. Which country’s central bank last week banned the use of cryptocurrencies and crypto assets to purchase goods and services?

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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?

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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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