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September 12, 2021

Biz Quizzard 911

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

1. The value of Mukesh Ambani’s family’s stake in Reliance Industries recently crossed which milestone mark?

2. Two-wheeler rental company Vogo’s operations in which city have turned profitable?

3. Which pharma company has sold all rights to E7777 (an engineered IL-2-diphtheria toxin fusion protein) and certain related assets to Citius Pharmaceuticals Inc?

4. Which Aditya Birla Group firm has appointed Hari Krishna Agarwal as its Managing Director with effect from December 1, 2021?

5. Which digital solutions provider for dairy supply chain has diversified into milk procurement and has started sourcing milk for large brands such as ITC and CavinKare?

6. Which MNC, in partnership with United Way Delhi, has launched "Tidy Trails" - a special initiative to sustainably manage post-consumer plastic waste in Mathura-Vrindavan?

7. Which edtech company launched the film ‘Out of Syllabus’ for Teacher’s Day?

8. Which sweetener brand has launched a campaign ‘Fitness ka Pehla Kadam’, featuring actress Katrina Kaif?

9. Which personal care brand has unveiled its latest campaign ‘#GetSCENTY’?

10. Which company is set to launch a chain of stores under the brand name of Avantra to take on Tata Group’s Tanishq and Aditya Birla Fashion Retail (ABFRL) in the ethnic wear and saree space?

11. Which sportswear brand has brought in a subsidiary of apparel exporter Shahi Exports to operate stores in five top markets?

12. Which Kolkata-based power infrastructure firm said it is planning to invest $1 billion (about Rs 7,310 crore) in setting up data centres across key Indian cities?

13. Which FMCG major has partnered the Indian government for an academic-based research study which will help understand the factors impacting Covid-19 vulnerability and vaccine efficacy?

14. The government last week named Arun Kumar Singh as the next Chairman and Managing Director of which company?

15. Which bank, which holds 25 per cent stake in Dish TV, has proposed to oust the company’s entire board, including Jawahar Lal Goel, the promoter and Managing Director?

16. Which private lender last week filed a draft red herring prospectus with the Securities Exchange Board of India to raise funds through an initial public offering?

17. Mumbai-based venture capital company, Ventureland Asia Advisory Services, owned by ad man Sajan Raj Kurup, has acquired the controlling stake in which publisher?

18. Which general insurance company has launched the campaign ‘No bhoot kaal. Optima Secure hi hai sabse bada sach.’?

19. Elara Technologies, the operator of digital real estate portals Housing(dot)com, PropTiger(dot)com and Makaan(dot)com, has unveiled its new brand. Name it?

20. Amazon Pay has crossed which milestone subscriber count for its UPI platform?

21. Which men’s apparel brand has launched its festive collection with Hello Earth, a campaign that celebrates the journey of a man who is embracing his roots?

22. Which condom brand has launched the campaign ‘#EndBedroomDistancing’, featuring actors Prateik Babbar and Elnaaz Norouzi?

23. Santosh Padhi has resigned as the co-founder and chief creative officer of which advertising agency?

24. Which advertising group has announced the elevation of Vidyadhar Wabgaonkar as the CEO of its independent consulting arm Cogito?

25. Which content distribution and pay TV platform has launched the ‘Vera Level’ campaign in Tamil Nadu?

26. Which camphor brand has launched the campaign “Phool ya Fool?” for air fresheners, featuring actress Girija Oak?

27. Which company launched the ‘Progress Limitless’ digital campaign to celebrate more than 60 years in the education business?

28. Which mobile platform for coaching institutes, educators, and content creators to launch their online teaching apps, has launched a video campaign, ‘Guru Dakshina’?

29. Which career-success platform launched the Teacher’s Day campaign, ‘#MyTeacherMySuperHero’?

30. In a global first, which MNC will offer wealth management services in India, in partnership with homegrown investment advisory services startup Kuvera?

31. Which edtech company launched the digital film ‘#LearnUnlearnRelearn’ for Teacher’s Day?

32. Which edtech company has acquired online exam preparation platform Gradeup?

33. Which nonbank ATM operator last week filed its draft red herring prospectus with Sebi?

34. Which customer engagement and loyalty solutions provider has acquired US-based customer experience firm Persuade in an undisclosed cash and stock deal?

35. The government has appointed Harsha Bhupendra Bangari as the managing director (MD) of which bank?

36. Which fit-tech company has launched India’s first multiplayer fitness gaming version within Fitwarz app and has launched a campaign featuring actors Kiara Advani and Siddharth Malhotra?

37. Which online travel agency announced tennis ace Sania Mirza as its India Explorer for its new international campaign?

38. Which sleep solutions brand has launched its new campaign “Choice of Champions”, featuring brand ambassador and tennis ace Sania Mirza?

39. Which company selling various electronic products such as LED TV, mobile, and mobile accessories has roped in actress Raveena Tandon as brand ambassador?

40. Which state government has appointed former SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar as its economic advisor?

41. Which biscuit brand launched its latest campaign with 3 Indian cricketers – Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, and Deepak Chahar?

42. Which pregnancy detection brand has launched its new campaign ‘#MyChoiceToGoodNews’?

43. Which life insurance company has announced the signing of a multi-year brand partnership with Indian athlete and Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra as its brand ambassador?

44. San Francisco-based work collaboration company Notion has acquired which Hyderabad-based integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) firm in a cash and stock deal?

45. The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) has recommended UCO Bank CEO Atul Kumar Goel as the next managing director and CEO of which bank?

46. Mondelez India, the makers of Cadbury Dairy Milk, Bournvita, and Oreo, last week announced its entry into the snack bar category with the unveiling of which brand?

47. Germany’s building products maker Schueco International KG has acquired a majority stake in which facade maker for an undisclosed sum?

48. Which company has launched a new fertiliser GroShakti Plus targeting farmers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh?

49. Which company has launched the campaign 'Gustakhi maaf, Gustakhi saaf' to highlight the distinctive features of its HD Gloss and customised digital laminates?

50. Which MNC has appointed Prativa Mohapatra as VP and MD for its India operations?

51. Which asset backed digital lending firm has launched its first brand campaign 'Ghar Baithe Baithe Gold Loans', featuring actors Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani?

52. Jio-BP, the joint venture between Reliance Industries and UK’s energy giant BP, has tied up with which all electric ride-hailing platform to set up a network of electric vehicle charging stations?

53. Which financial services company has appointed Sanjeev Barnwal as its new chief executive officer?

54. Which edtech company has appointed Vivek Sunder, the former chief operating officer of food delivery app Swiggy, as CEO?

55. Which company has won a 10-year contract from the UK government’s Transport for London (TfL) to design, implement and operate a Cloud-based smart mobility system?

56. Which automobile company has rolled out a subscription-based car ownership model, in association with ORIX, a mobility solutions provider?

57. Which energy solutions company, launched under the aegis of state-owned EESL, will launch the country’s first grid scale battery storage program?

58. Which IT firm last week formally launched its 'Equinox' suite of solutions to help enterprises modernize and, upgrade digital commerce capabilities?

59. Which real estate company has roped in former cricketer Rahul Dravid as a brand ambassador for its portfolio of four residential projects and one commercial project?

60. Which automobile MNC last week announced the closure of local manufacturing in India and the curtailment of the Indian business?

61. Which personal care brand has launched a campaign for its Onion Black Seed Oil Hair Care Range, featuring actors Pratik Gandhi and Shreya Chaudhry?

62. Which dating app has launched a new film ‘Closure' dwelling on the importance of consent in modern dating?

63. Which social media platform has introduced ‘Communities’ to bring people closer to those who get them?

64. Which homegrown tech-driven lifestyle electronics brand has on-boarded cricketer Rohit Sharma as brand ambassador?

65. Which Bhojpuri general entertainment channel (GEC) has roped in Bhojpuri superstar Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua to drive its grand brand campaign?

66. Which sleep solutions brand has launched it’s first-ever campaign ‘The Greatest Mattress Ever’, featuring actor Kunaal Roy Kapoor?

67. Which personal care brand has unveiled its latest campaign with the positioning 'Good for Nature & Great for Skin', featuring actress and brand ambassador Taapsee Pannu?

68. Which company has roped in actress Aamna Sharif to promote their personal care range, Botaniqa?

69. Which small finance bank has unveiled its new positioning ‘Beyond Banking’?

70. Which company has set up the “world's first water-from-air bottling water plant” with a capacity of generating 2.5 million litres and bottling 3.4 million bottles per annum in Hyderabad?

71. Which B2B ecommerce platform said one of its co-founders, Vaibhav Gupta, will be designated as the company chief executive?

72. Which social media company last week launched its first smart glasses?

73. The government last week extended the Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for Specified Agriculture Products Scheme to which category?

74. Dabur India Ltd has expanded its Hajmola digestive portfolio with the launch of which variant?

75. Which digital transformation company headquartered in Canada and with a presence in Goa, will acquire Cycloides Technologies in Kerala, and Cycloides Inc. Canada?

76. Kabir Suri, Co-Founder & Director, Azure Hospitality, last week took over as the new President of which industry body?

77. Which stem cell bank and diagnostic solutions provider has released a digital campaign – ‘Hope is Life’, for its unique community stem cell banking program?

78. Which men’s fashion & lifestyle brand has launched its official soundtrack ‘#HeroNahiVillain’, featuring choreographer Tushar Kalia?

79. Which kitchenware brand has announced actress Kriti Sanon as its brand ambassador?

80. Maruti Ciaz has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 911 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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September 5, 2021

Biz Quizzard 910

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 30 - September 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC bank is set to appoint Sanjay Singh as the new chief executive officer of its Indian operations?

2. Which edtech startup has acquired online coding platform Coding Elements in an all-cash deal worth about $1 million (close to Rs 8 crore)?

3. Which battery storage and charger development firm will soon provide on-demand mobile charging solutions EzUrja (easy oorja) for electric vehicles at the locations chosen by consumers?

4. Former State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar has been appointed as an independent non-executive director to the board of which MNC bank?

5. Which airline in India has appointed Canadian budget airline Westjet’s former CEO Gregg Saretsky as a special advisor?

6. Which two-and-three-wheeler manufacturer last week unveiled its ‘Built To Order’ (BTO) platform that will empower customers to customise and personalise their machines?

7. Higher education startup Upgrad’s learners base has crossed which milestone mark?

8. Bank of Baroda’s executive director Shanti Lal Jain has been appointed as the managing director & chief executive of which bank?

9. Anand Bhadkamkar has stepped down as the India CEO of which advertising major?

10. Who will be the first Indian celebrity to roll out his NFT collection through BeyondLife(dot)club, a first-of-its-kind NFT platform in India?

11. Apple’s first company-owned-and-operated store will open in India on which date?

12. Which fresh meat and seafood brand has rolled out a campaign titled ‘#FasterChef’, featuring actor, director and podcaster Kunaal Roy Kapur?

13. Which crème biscuit brand has released two television commercials to highlight the new avatar of its product portfolio, which is now infused with Glucose?

14. Which specialty chemicals company has launched a new campaign called ‘#OldHabitsNewForm’?

15. Which ecommerce major last week announced the launch of Karigar Mela in partnership with Tribes India, featuring a dedicated storefront for traditional tribal and local Indian handicrafts?

16. The market valuation of Tata Consultancy Services last week breached which milestone mark?

17. Beverage and snacks maker PepsiCo has signed a brand association agreement with which streaming platform, one of the first and biggest such deals across OTT platforms in India?

18. Shoppers Stop has sold a controlling stake in which entity to owners of Agarwal Business House (ABH) at a valuation of Rs 41.6 crore as part of its wider strategy to exit non-core businesses?

19. A government affiliated testing agency has allowed the registration of how many models of Tesla cars in India?

20. Prosus Ventures, the global investment arm of South African multinational Naspers, said it would acquire which Indian payments gateway firm for $4.7 billion in an all-cash deal?

21. Which company last week said it has launched Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride and Clidinium Bromide Capsules USP, 5 mg/2.5 mg in the US?

22. Which company and U.S.-based 24M Technologies Inc. are setting up a Rs 2,500-crore factory near Chennai for making semi-solid lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cells?

23. Tata Motors last week announced the launch of the electric vehicle variant of which model, at starting price of Rs. 11.99 lakh?

24. Which California-based company has introduced its first mass-market product, the eZeeTM swappable battery for light mobility vehicles in India?

25. TVS Srichakra, a leading manufacturer of two and three-wheeler and off-highway tyres, last week announced its entry into which country with the Eurogrip range of tyres?

26. Which handwash brand has launched '#HaathDhokePeeche', a social awareness campaign that asks people to wear mask properly?

27. Which hospitality major has launched the campaign ‘Dekho Apna Desh’, inviting travellers to explore the undiscovered beauty of the country?

28. Which chocolate brand has launched its new campaign, featuring actor Vinay Pathak?

29. Which digital banking fintech company has collaborated with playback singer Benny Dayal to create a millennial money anthem?

30. Messaging platform Telegram has surpassed which milestone downloads mark globally?

31. Which group last week announced the acquisition of Mayur Fabrics and PV Suiting Global distribution network from RSWM?

32. Which B2B e-commerce platform has announced its association with actor Randeep Hooda as the brand ambassador?

33. Which online gaming company has roped in former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir as its brand ambassador?

34. Which e-cycle brand has launched a television commercial to showcase its latest proposition ‘Want it. Flaunt it.’?

35. Which online brokerage firm has got in-principle approval from markets regular Sebi to start an asset management company (AMC)?

36. Which IT consultancy has acquired Google Cloud Premier Partner g-company for €24 million?

37. Which tech-based brokerage-free real estate platform has launched an ad campaign that highlights the issue of information asymmetry faced by homebuyers in India?

38. Which general insurance company has launched its musical ID / logo, designed to succinctly convey and resonate it’s brand presence and underline the brand promise of ‘Suraksha Aur Bharosa Dono'?

39. Which professional cosmetics brand has named actress Bhumi Pednekar as its first brand ambassador in India?

40. ICICI Bank has become the second lender in the country to cross which milestone market capitalization mark?

41. Which media production company has launched its unique blueprint of clothing line - Adventures X Roadster Life Co, in collaboration with its licensing agent in India Black White Orange?

42. Which non-fiction television channel has teamed up with director Karan Johar to celebrate the incredible art of photography with the launch ‘Your Lens’?

43. Which online life insurance and general insurance aggregator has launched three TVCs, which are a part of the campaign ‘No Insurance Day’?

44. Which health food drink brand has launched a new campaign aimed to break stereotypes around girls and cricket, featuring cricketer and brand ambassador MS Dhoni?

45. Which online health and fitness brand has launched the digital campaign ‘#NoMoreExcuses’?

46. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a new campaign, featuring The Great Khali, showing him use a sewing machine and also mastering the art of embroidery?

47. Which agarbathi brand has announced its partnership with the Sri Lanka Premier League 2021, as the title sponsor partner for the tournament?

48. Which content and marketing company has acquired 101India brand, its content library, its digital and social platforms?

49. Which personal grooming brand has announced Shanaya Kapoor, Vir Das, Divyendu Sharmaa, and Rohit Saraf as brand ambassadors and has launched an integrated campaign ‘#NeverFitIn’?

50. Which MNC will host its first-ever Career Day in India on September 16, with over 8,000 direct jobs ready?

51. Which payments platform last week launched a digital payments market insight platform called Pulse?

52. Which real estate developer has bought out the entire equity stake of Actis TREIT Holdings No. 2 (Singapore) in its commercial project Intellion Square in Goregaon suburb of Mumbai?

53. Which MNC has increased its stake in its Indian insurance broking joint venture from 49% to 100%, acquiring the remaining share from N R Narayana Murthy’s Catamaran Ventures?

54. Which snacks and packaged foods brand has launched a new campaign 'Hum Se Behtar Bhujia Ko Jaane Kaun' to strengthen its position in the market as 'bhujia specialist'?

55. Which life insurance brand has launched a new television commercial ‘#TermInsuranceKaLevelUp’, highlighting the need to ‘level-up’ financial safeguards?

56. Which watch brand has unveiled Big Boss 13 runner up Asim Riaz as the new face of the brand?

57. Which men’s fashion brand has launched its first advertisement featuring dancing star, Salman Yusuf Khan?

58. Which roofing solution brand has launched the campaign ‘Tarakki ke pakke rang’ to announce its new range of coloured roofing sheets?

59. Which company has launched the ‘Kaamal ka LED’ campaign for its new range of LED lights?

60. Which ecommerce company has launched the Kisan (farmer) store that will make agri-inputs such as seeds, farm tools and accessories, available to buyers at competitive prices?

61. Which data centre firm has appointed Manoj Paul as the managing director of its India operations?

62. Which advertising agency has appointed Kedar Teny as its CEO?

63. Which global premium smartphone brand has launched its new brand slogan ‘Stop At Nothing’ in India?

64. Which confectionery brand has launched what it claims as India’s first ever dual colour, dual flavour lollipop?

65. Which diaper brand has launched a video featuring actress and model Mahhi Vij?

66. Which stationery brand has launched the campaign ‘#Teachersarethebest’ for Teacher’s Day?

67. Which mobile wallet has launched the campaign ‘Spend Now, Pay Later’ to promote its Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) product ‘Zip’?

68. Which glue stick brand has launched the campaign ‘Dil se Chipkaoge to Dimag me Chipkega’?

69. Which ed-tech firm has shut down Mastree, a year after acquiring a majority stake in the startup?

70. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Exide Life in a stock and cash deal that values the enterprise at Rs 6,687 crore?

71. Which quick commerce platform has launched an ad featuring Kannadiga actor Puneeth Raj Kumar, as part of its ongoing campaign?

72. Which food delivery company has closed its UK and Singapore subsidiaries, according to an exchange filing last week?

73. Which company’s subsidiary has acquired majority stake in genomic testing firm Strand Life Sciences Pvt Ltd for Rs 393 crore?

74. Which industry body has elected Partha Sinha, president-response at Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd, as president at its 67th annual general meeting last week?

75. Which company last week unveiled Springboard, a virtual platform to accelerate its digital reskilling initiatives and expand it to over 10 million students and professionals by 2025?

76. YouTube has crossed which milestone count of Music and Premium subscribers, including trailers?

77. World-Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India) and which industry body have joined hand to develop a platform, called the ‘India Plastic Pact,’ to promote a circular system for plastics?

78. Which agrochemical firm has announced the acquisition of Best Crop Science Pvt Ltd in a Rs 101.6 crore deal?

79. Sun Pharma has decided to extend which health food supplement brand to the nutrition bars category, marking its entry into the healthy snacking segment?

80. In what would be one of the largest product recalls in the Indian passenger vehicle market, which company will recall more than 180,000 cars due to potential electrical defects?

81. National foods regulator FSSAI has directed e-commerce platforms to delist plant-based products as what?

82. Which MNC has released a special short film ‘Ladoo ki Khoj’ (translates into Laddu’s discovery) to celebrate India’s teachers?

83. Which women’s intimate wear brand has launched a television campaign with the positioning ‘Knows me’?

84. Which small finance bank has announced women hockey player Rani Rampal and cricketer Smriti Mandhana as the company’s brand ambassadors?

85. Reliance Industries’ market capitalization crossed which milestone value for the first time last week?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 910 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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August 29, 2021

Biz Quizzard 909

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 23 - 28. Hope you enjoy it.

1. India’s largest floating solar power project became commercially operational on August 21. Which location?

2. Two senior executives of Reliance Industries (RIL) have joined the board of which subscription-based hyperlocal grocery delivery platform?

3. Which smartphone major is bringing in offerings like gold loans, credit line cards and insurance products as it looks to provide the full spectrum of financial in India?

4. Star Sports has launched the ‘#AsliPictureAbhiBaakiHai’ campaign for which sports property?

5. Which fragrance brand has released a digital video for Raksha Bandhan, featuring pageant winner and upcoming actor Manushi Chhillar and her sister?

6. Which rice brand has launched its new campaign ‘Banega Toh Farq Dikhega’, featuring actor Paresh Rawal?

7. Which pest control service provider has launched its brand campaign series “Cherish”?

8. Which company has announced the launch of its new brand campaign, “Khushiyon ka Credit Card”?

9. Which health insurance brand has launched a new digital campaign ‘Saath Dijiye - Fark Padta Hai’?

10. Media veteran Pradeep Guha passed away on August 21. He was the managing director of which company?

11. Which life insurance company launched the digital campaign ‘#HumKarkeRahenge’, featuring actress Mona Singh?

12. Which hyperlocal delivery service launched its new campaign featuring actor Sunny Deol?

13. Which food brand has roped in actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene as brand ambassador and has launched the campaign “Aapka Taste Partner” for its pickle and papad product range?

14. Which mutual fund launched the film ‘Someone at the door’ for Raksha Bandhan?

15. Which cement brand launched the film ‘Bhuj ki Bhujayein' for Independence Day?

16. Which mutual fund has launched the investor education campaign '#BarniSeAzadi'?

17. Which food brand launched the campaign ‘#SwaadKiAazadi’ for Independence Day?

18. Which healthcare company has elevated chief operating officer Vaibhav Tewari as CEO, while founder Meena Ganesh will move to the Chairperson’s role?

19. Parle Agro has unveiled the launch campaign of which brand and has roped in actor Varun Dhawan as national brand ambassador?

20. Which oral care leader is launching recyclable toothpaste tubes in India?

21. Which company has launched the campaign ‘The Right Heat’, featuring actress and brand ambassador Alia Bhatt, to promote its ThermoProtect Hair Straightener?

22. Which fashion marketplace has on-boarded London-based online clothing brand Urbanic, expanding its range of apparel offerings targeted towards younger shoppers?

23. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘phirse #Jeetkahalla’ to celebrate the achievements of para-athletes?

24. Which sleep solutions brand launched its first brand campaign ‘#GoSmartGRID With AK!’, featuring actor and brand ambassador Anil Kapoor?

25. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign 'Gifted on a special day, made special every day'?

26. Which sleep solutions brand has launched a new nationwide cross-platform digital campaign, ‘#OwnYourComfort’?

27. Which beverage brand has announced its partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and has launched the campaign ‘#TaanePalatDe’?

28. Which life insurance brand has launched the campaign ‘#YoungAndResponsible’?

29. Which Voice AI company has changed its name to Skit?

30. Tata Motors last week unveiled its first SUV built on ALFA-ARC (Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture), developed under Impact 2.0 design language. What has it been branded as?

31. Which advertising conglomerate has acquired Satalia, a technology company offering artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for clients?

32. Which non-profit organization related to eSports has announced its launch in India?

33. India Inc’s corporate social responsibility cumulative spending crossed which milestone mark, just seven years after it was made mandatory, according to a CRISIL report released last week?

34. The 1st batch of multi-mode hand grenades - the country’s first ever fully indigenous ammunition made by a private company - was handed over to the Army last week. Which company?

35. Taiwanese global contract supplier Wistron has announced a strategic manufacturing partnership with which homegrown company?

36. The Indian subsidiary of which Warren Buffett-backed EV maker is planning to unveil an electric MPV (multipurpose vehicle) for the B2B segment from Q4 of 2021?

37. Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA last week said it is going to open it’s first-ever city store in India in which city?

38. Which US-based renewable energy company, through its Indian subsidiary, has started India’s first green hydrogen electrolyzer manufacturing unit at Bengaluru?

39. Which steel company last week announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) to develop and deploy an environment friendly bulk carrier?

40. Which company last week became the fourth Indian company to touch the $100 billion market capitalization mark?

41. Which homegrown assisted payments fintech company last week announced the appointment of Nipun Jain as chief executive officer?

42. Which performance marketing solutions provider has elevated deputy managing director Shaan Raza to the position of CEO of the company?

43. Which biscuit brand has launched its new campaign ‘Din khatam, fantasy shuru’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Alia Bhatt?

44. Which bathware brand has launched the second leg of its campaign - ‘Thoughtful is Beautiful’, featuring its newly launched touch free products?

45. Which edible oil brand has launched the campaign ‘#EkRishtaShudhtaKa!’, featuring its newly appointed brand ambassador and actor Sonu Sood?

46. Which general insurance company has launched the health super saver campaign, featuring rapper Slow Cheetah and actor Anil Kapoor?

47. Which digital health platform has launched its TVC and film ‘#SochMatPoochLe’?

48. Which technology firm plans to shut down its news websites in India due the new FDI regulations that prohibit foreign funding of more than 26% in digital news media outlets?

49. Sadashiv Nayak has been appointed as chief executive officer of which retail company, effective August 25?

50. Tata Consumer Products Ltd (TCPL) last week said it has launched which brand in the UK market?

51. Which sportswear brand has announced Olympic silver medallist in women’s weightlifting Mirabai Chanu as the face of ‘Stay In Play’ campaign for its TechFit Period Proof tights?

52. Which earbuds brand has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Pop it. Fit it. Groove it’?

53. Which producer and manufacturer of TMT Bars has appointed Olympic medallists Lovlina Borgohain and Manpreet Singh as their brand ambassadors?

54. Which consumer durables brand has launched a campaign featuring actress Keerthy Suresh for its range of kitchen appliances?

55. Which re-commerce marketplace has launched its first TVC ‘Old Phone Means Cash’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Rajkummar Rao?

56. Which social media platform plans to launch a digital wallet called Novi this year that would let users store cryptocurrencies?

57. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement for acquiring a controlling stake in PLUSS Advanced Technologies, a specialty materials research and manufacturing company?

58. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation last week cleared the decks for operating which airplanes upon satisfactory compliance to applicable requirements for return of service?

59. Which biscuit brand has launched the campaign ‘Har Ghar Chahta Hai Ek Strong Team’?

60. Which logistics and supply chain startup has acquired Spoton Logistics to strengthen its business-to-business (B2B) capabilities?

61. Which personal care brand from ITC has launched the campaign ‘#RespectWorkForHome’ on Women’s Equality Day?

62. Which eye care brand has launched the campaign ‘#AankhonKaInsurance’?

63. Diamond jewellery brand Forevermark has been renamed. What is the new name?

64. Which chocolate brand partnered with Chhota Bheem and YouTube kids’ sensation ‘Aayu and Pihu’ to host a one-of-its-kind virtual birthday party, inviting parents with their kids?

65. Which real estate company launched its new campaign ‘#ReserveMemories’?

66. Which ecommerce major has launched the campaign ‘Bachon ka khel hai’ aimed at sellers?

67. Which smartphone maker has launched three digital films capturing the chronicles of ‘Sharma-Verma’ to highlight its after-sales services?

68. Which one-stop solution for pet food and supplies has released a video campaign ‘The language of love’ for International Dog Day?

69. Which fitness platform has launched the campaign ‘Fitness is not an option’?

70. Which company has acquired the licence to manufacture and market consumer durable products under BPL and Kelvinator brands?

71. Which dairy brand has launched a film ‘Right Teeka, not the rumours’ to tackle vaccine hesitancy?

72. Which cashback site launched the digital campaign, ‘#DabbaMatDo’ to celebrate Raksha Bandhan?

73. Which lubricant company has launched a digital film ‘Vachan Suraksha Ka’ to appreciate the role of truck drivers in ensuring an uninterrupted supply of essentials and medical supplies?

74. Which company will offer elevators on equated monthly instalments to housing societies and apartment owners’ associations?

75. Which electric vehicle manufacturer has announced Bhuvan Bam as one of its celebrity brand ambassadors?

76. Which men’s lifestyle brand has unveiled its new campaign for Whisky Smoke EDP fragrance, featuring actors Chitrangada Singh and Kunal Kapoor?

77. Which company has delivered its new campaign ‘Har Customer Hai Star’, featuring actors Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif?

78. Which women’s innerwear, loungewear, and personal care brand has launched a video for its ‘The Fashion Bralette Collection’, featuring actress Chetna Pande?

79. Which edu-tech company has launched its campaign with the tagline ‘Aapka Next, Aapka Right’?

80. Who has quit the boards of Britannia Industries and Bombay Burmah Trading Corp., withdrawing from all listed businesses of the $15-billion Wadia Group?

81. Which gaming and sports media platform has acquired Hyderabad-based skill-based gaming company Open-Play for about Rs 186 crore?

82. Which platform has launched the campaign “Smart Generation Ki Smarter Ride” to highlight the new convenient and hassle-free way of buying pre-owned bikes?

83. Which business group has rolled out a video featuring Meera Shenoy, change maker and founder of Youth4Jobs, as part of its digital campaign ‘Bravehearts’?

84. Which realty brand has launched a brand first campaign ‘#WhatAreYouWaitingFor’?

85. Which company has roped in para-athlete and Arjuna Awardee Deepa Malik as the voice of the personal AI assistant in its next SUV?

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August 22, 2021

Biz Quizzard 908

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 16 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Mahindra & Mahindra has unveiled its latest SUV, priced from Rs 11.99 lakh. What has it been branded as?

2. Which cement brand launched its new digital ad film ‘#IndiaAbSoschBulandKaro’ to celebrate the country's 75 years of Independence with a unique insight on freedom?

3. Which homegrown social commerce platform has announced its new initiative ‘#AzaadHoAzaadRaho’?

4. Which mutual fund brand launched the campaign ‘#DeshKaNivesh’?

5. Which business group launched the campaign ‘#FreedomIs’ for Independence Day?

6. Which ride hailing major released a video featuring Esther Hnamte, a five-year-old singer from Mizoram, performing a rendition of “Maa Tujhe Salaam”?

7. Which shoe and sports apparel company has presented Mirabai Chanu branded shoe to celebrate her Tokyo Olympics Silver medal in Weightlifting?

8. Which curated network for cashless outpatient services launched the digital film 'Fight for Freedom' for Independence Day?

9. Which writing instruments brand launched the Independence Day campaign ‘#AzaadiJoKalamUthaKaiMile’?

10. South Korean video game developer Krafton last week announced that its battle game Battlegrounds Mobile India has clocked which milestone count of downloads on Play Store?

11. Which company launched the campaign ‘#SolarKeSainik’ to recognise and thank the fighters who understand the importance of and spreading awareness about solar energy?

12. Mahindra World City, Chennai, has entered into a partnership with which electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery swapping solutions provider to enable EV-readiness of the township?

13. Which company and KKR & Co last week said they have entered into a strategic transaction to merge their non-banking finance companies (NBFC) in an all-stock transaction?

14. Which packaging company last week announced the acquisition of Classy Kontainers, India’s largest custom-molded rigid packaging supplier, for an undisclosed sum?

15. The private investment firm of which business family has set up a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Jupiter Acquisition Corporation, along with two partners?

16. Which homegrown company has introduced its range of military grade phones with a campaign?

17. Which chocolate gifting brand, in partnership with Social Hardware, launched a special campaign titled ‘#MyFirstRakhi’ for this year’s Raksha Bandhan?

18. Which brand celebrated lipstick day with the ‘#LeaveAMark’ campaign on social media?

19. Which fit-tech company has roped in actors Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra as brand ambassadors?

20. Which mortgage lender has announced the introduction of ‘Green & Sustainable Deposits’ to safeguard the environment from climate change?

21. Which deodorant and fragrance brand launched the film 'Elephant', based on the often used idiom 'Haathi toh nikal gaya, bus pooch baaki hai'?

22. Which direct-to-consumer daily essentials brand has released an anthem "Good Morning India” to mark the 75th Independence Day?

23. Which brand launched the campaign 'Savings Karo Without Compromise' for its new energy-efficient range - Energion ceiling fans?

24. Which agarbatti brand has launched the campaign ‘#prarthnahogisweekar’, featuring brand ambassador and cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni?

25. Which biscuit brand has launched its first TVC-led campaign ‘Ummeed Se Kahin Zyada’, featuring actress Rasika Dugal?

26. Which entertainment ticket booking service launched the video ‘Independence Through Sports’?

27. Which company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Maharashtra Border Check Post Network (MBCPNL) from Sadbhav Infrastructure Project for Rs 1,680 crore?

28. Which company has announced cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the face of its Covid-19 self-test kit, CoviFind, and has launched the campaign ‘Doubt Ko Karo Out'?

29. Which pharma company’s consumer products division has announced its association with actor Subodh Bhave for Naturolax-A?

30. Which bank, in association with the Karnataka government, has launched ‘Farmer Registration and Unified Beneficiary Information System’ (FRUITS) portal?

31. Which honey brand has roped in actor and model Milind Soman as brand ambassador?

32. Which company will buy resort company Apple Leisure Group from its private-equity owner KKR & Co and travel-and-leisure specialist KSL Capital Partners for $2.7 billion in cash?

33. Which company has launched the campaign 'Big Bull of Business Destinations' on its latest offering, Stratum, featuring film and theatre actor Pratik Gandhi?

34. Which cashback site launched the campaign ‘#HumIndianHain’?

35. Which insurance aggregator launched the video ‘#AapkaAsliSupportSystem’?

36. Which direct selling company has roped in Olympian Mirabai Chanu as its brand ambassador?

37. Which discount broker launched the film 'The First Step' for its campaign ‘#StartKarkeDekho’?

38. Which short videos platform joined hands with popular singer-actor Arjun Kanungo to bring audiences a new inspirational track, ‘Jaya Hey’?

39. RBI last week lifted an eight-month ban on which company from issuing new credit cards?

40. Tata Consultancy Services crossed which milestone market capitalization mark on August 17?

41. Which company has acquired the 50% stake in Schott Kaisha held by Kaisha Manufacturers from its former co-owners Kairus Dadachanji and Shapoor Mistry?

42. Which beauty and personal care start-up has announced the acquisition of BabyChakra, a parenting platform?

43. Which jewellery brand has launched its latest digital film ‘#SistersByChoice’ on Raksha Bandhan?

44. Which soap brand has launched the campaign ‘#BackToNormal’ with a song by singer and composer Shekhar Ravjiani?

45. Which detergent brand has launched the campaign ‘TeekaUmeedKa’ (‘Vaccine of Hope’)?

46. Which fashion brand has launched the campaign 'Unapologetically You' with the positioning 'Celebrate You'?

47. Which chip maker last week unveiled 'Arc', a new brand for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products?

48. Which sexual wellness brand has launched the ‘Cliteracy Drive’, a campaign to spread awareness about women’s orgasm?

49. Which diagnostics laboratory chain has roped in cricketer MS Dhoni as a brand ambassador for the next two years?

50. Which lender last week cut India’s first set of ‘swaption’ deals with HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank?

51. Which NCR-based healthtech player has acquired Hyderabad-based transition care player SuVitas Holistic Healthcare for an undisclosed amount?

52. MG Motor India last week unveiled its upcoming mid-size SUV that will come with a personal artificial intelligence (AI) assistant. What has it been branded as?

53. Pune-based boutique consultancy firm is launching the country’s largest agri-collective under an initiative called Lighthouse Accelerator Program (LAP)?

54. Which agri-tech start-up has forayed into unstructured agriculture equipment rental business by launching a tech-enabled platform rent4farm?

55. Tamil Nadu-based Kauvery Group of Hospitals has roped in which cricketer as its brand ambassador?

56. Honda Cars India (HCIL) has launched the ‘Jeete Hain Shaan Se’ to announce the launch of the second generation of which brand?

57. Siddhartha Lal’s reappointment as managing director of which company has been voted down by shareholders?

58. Nitin Chugh has resigned as the managing director and chief executive officer of which small finance bank?

59. Which MNC, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) at IIT-Bombay and more than 50 other organisations have joined hands to form Plugin Alliance?

60. Samsung has announced its partnership with which actress for its premium Galaxy Z Series foldable smartphones?

61. Fintech startup Cred will enable peer-to-peer (P2P) lending for its members. What has the product been branded as?

62. Which company has launched Metro Special Milk aimed at the tea vendors in West Bengal?

63. Which cement brand has launched a new digital social media campaign titled 'Yeh Yaarana Pucca Hai' in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of an inclusive society?

64. Angel Broking has been rebranded. What is the new name?

65. Which hospitality brand has launched the campaign ‘Jaana Kahaan Hai’, featuring celebrity couple Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu?

66. Which fashion retailer for kids has launched the campaign ‘#FussyisFantastic’?

67. Which furniture subscription service has released its first brand campaign titled ‘Live Limitless’?

68. Which lifestyle digital accessories brand has launched its new campaign, starring actress Pooja Hegde?

69. Which pharma company has launched a new campaign “Vaccinate my India” that spreads awareness about the importance of vaccination?

70. Which company’s three-dose vaccine last week received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the regulator Drug Controller General of India (DCGI)?

71. Which joint industry body of TV broadcasters, advertisers and ad agencies has appointed Nakul Chopra as its chief executive?

72. Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) will acquire which BPO from Swiss private equity firm Partners Group?

73. NK Singh, the chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, has been elected as the president of which entity?

74. Which healthcare giant has named Joaquin Duato as its new CEO?

75. NPCI International Payments (NIPL) has partnered with which company to enable acceptance of the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform in the UAE?

76. Which company will develop the Nagpur airport?

77. Which soap brand has launched its all-new baby care campaign 'Pratham Snan Se’?

78. Which company launched the ‘#ReplyDontReject’ campaign on World Senior Citizen’s Day, featuring actor Boman Irani?

79. Kia India has crossed which milestone cumulative sales mark of its flagship product – the Seltos?

80. Which company last week commissioned its first steel-recycling plant with a capacity of half a million tonnes at Rohtak in Haryana?

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August 15, 2021

Biz Quizzard 907

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 09 - 14. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which e-tailer and Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy-owned Catamaran Ventures have decided not to continue their joint venture (JV) when it comes up for renewal next year?

2. Which business family has decided to buy out its partners, the Shah brothers Suketu and Rajesh, from the 84-year old steel venture Mukand Ltd, ending months of negotiations?

3. Which FMCG major will cover logos of its key brands with masks to sensitise individuals about masking up and reinforce Covid-appropriate behavior?

4. Which fintech startup has acquired stock broking firm Moneylicious Securities for an undisclosed sum?

5. Which group will offer around 16 million shares worth about Rs 1,000 crore in a comprehensive employee stock option plan (Esop) to reward all the employees of its steel and energy businesses?

6. Which electric vehicles maker has opened the patents for its proprietary fast charger to all its peers in a bid to push for a common charging pin for electric two-wheelers in India?

7. Which Dorf Ketal group company has launched a unit to manufacture Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)?

8. The government last week launched the local chapter of which global multi stakeholder governance group for policy dialogue on issues of Internet governance?

9. Which edtech company has turned a unicorn after a new funding round of $185 million, the 21st Indian unicorn this year?

10. Which company last week announced that it will debut its first N Line of cars for India in 2021, subsequently followed by additional model launches over the next few years?

11. Which industrial and automotive batteries major has invested $5 million (approx. Rs 37 crore) in Bengaluru-based advanced battery and fuel cell startup Log 9 Materials for a 11.36% stake?

12. MG Motor India last week launched the new seven-seater version of which SUV model with a price tag of Rs 37.28 lakh (ex-showroom)?

13. Which small finance bank has introduced an unique programme ‘Equitech’ to help budding fintech entrepreneurs to be mentored by industry experts and venture capitalists?

14. Which company last week unveiled its new visual identity, including a brand-new logo that will differentiate its SUV portfolio?

15. Which soap brand has roped in actor Siddharth Suryanarayan as brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘#HaiTaiyaarHum’?

16. Which content distribution and pay TV platform is celebrating its 15-year milestone with ‘#15YearsConstant’ campaign?

17. Which company has rolled out the campaign ‘Bandhan Pyar Ka’ featuring siblings Huma Qureshi and Saaquib Salim on the occasion of Rakshabandhan for the launch of its rakhi label ‘Sneh’?

18. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has joined hands with Indian musician Osho Jain for the music video ‘Kitna Kuchh Karna Hai’ to urge citizens to get vaccinated?

19. Which alcobev major has showcased solidarity towards bar staff across India by undertaking a holistic development program, Heal?

20. Which company has announced the introduction of booking and sale of elevators online in India?

21. Swedish apparel retailer H&M last week announced its global collaboration with which Indian fashion designer brand?

22. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘#DeshKaKulhad’ for Independence Day?

23. Which brand has launched a new campaign for Lucida - its range of high-gloss laminates?

24. Which company has launched a campaign with the tagline 'Ye E Sahi Hai' positioning electric scooters as right choice for Indian consumers?

25. Which commercial beers and artisanal chocolates brand has launched the campaign ‘#GoOneMoreRound', featuring brand ambassador and cricketer MS Dhoni?

26. Which music streaming app has named Sandeep Lodha its new chief executive officer?

27. Which supply chain solutions provider has announced the appointment of Pirojshaw Sarkari, former chief of Mahindra Logistics, as its CEO?

28. Japanese technology-focused staffing and services firm TechnoPro Holdings has bought which Udupi-based digital transformation solutions provider for an estimated Rs 805 crore?

29. Which entity has unveiled ‘Digital Prayaas’, an app-based digital-lending platform to facilitate loans to entrepreneurs from low-income groups?

30. Which company has made its first strategic move in the renewable energy sector with an investment of $50 million in US-based energy storage company Ambri Inc?

31. Which company has become India’s first cryptocurrency unicorn?

32. Which tiles-maker has divested its entire stake of 18.87% in paper and paper products-maker Astron Paper and Board Mill?

33. Which online rummy platform has launched a campaign with the positioning 'One Love, One Game'?

34. Which biscuit brand has launched a Marathi campaign, evoking the frolic nature of ‘Adda Baazi’, i.e., casual everyday gatherings?

35. Which multivitamin and minerals tablet brand has signed south superstars Mahesh Babu and Sudeep Sanjeev as brand ambassadors?

36. Which re-commerce marketplace has signed actor Raj Kumar Rao as its first brand ambassador?

37. Which company has announced a joint venture with Japan-based Rexxam Co for manufacturing Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) for Air-Conditioners for the domestic and international market?

38. Which plywood brand has released a new campaign ‘India Jaisa Strong’, featuring actor Ranveer Singh?

39. Which jeweller has launched the 9th edition of its Brides of India campaign with a special wedding anthem ‘#MakeWayForTheBride’, featuring Anil Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan?

40. In the largest BPO buyout in India to date, Baring Private Equity Asia has agreed to buy the healthcare services vertical of which company for an enterprise value of Rs 9,000 crore?

41. Which jewellery retailer has launched the ‘#DosesOfTrust’ campaign across showrooms in India and Middle East?

42. Which IT solutions provider has unveiled its brand transformation campaign – “Engineering is in our DNA”?

43. Which luxury brand unveiled a shop window art showing suitcases designed by its global ambassador BTS?

44. Which cyber security giant is to buy Czech rival Avast for over $8 billion to create a leading consumer business?

45. Global private equity fund Warburg Pincus has sold its stake in which rooftop solar power producer to Augment Infrastructure, a US investment firm?

46. PepsiCo Inc is planning to launch a alcoholic beverage in the United States early next year under which brand?

47. Pernod Ricard's 100 Pipers blended scotch, aged 12 years, a premium variant, has crossed which annual sales milestone (in terms of number of cases) in India for the first time?

48. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has unveiled a new digital campaign titled ‘#TheRealDeal’ to promote the launch of its brand App?

49. Which pesticide brand from Corteva™ has launched a campaign with the positioning "Badle jeet ki paribhasha', featuring actor Sonu Sood?

50. Which company has forayed into the hydropower sector by acquiring engineering major Larsen & Toubro’s 99 megawatts (MW) run-of-the river hydroelectric power plant in Uttarakhand?

51. The assets under management (AUM) of systematic investment planning (SIP) accounts of mutual funds crossed which milestone mark in July 2021, as per data from AMFI?

52. Which jewellery brand has announced actress Vaani Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

53. Which small finance bank has roped in actors Aamir Khan and Kiara Advani as brand ambassadors and has launched the campaign ‘Badlaav’?

54. Which edtech company has signed on cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni as its brand ambassador?

55. Which company working on radiation protection technology and products has unveiled its new brand logo in humanoid shape with a brand tagline ‘Your WellBeing. Our Concern.’?

56. Adidas is selling which brand to Authentic Brands Group for up to €2.1 billion ($2.46 billion)?

57. Vinod Dasari has stepped down as the chief executive officer of which two-wheeler manufacturer?

58. Which company has acquired 65% stake in Chennai-based Skyesports, one of the largest esports organisations in India with a grassroots play?

59. Which company has introduced a ‘direct customer to customer’ selling platform called ‘Marketplace’ to provide buyers and sellers of luxury pre-owned cars multiple benefits?

60. India’s renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydroelectric projects, hit which milestone mark last week?

61. Which fashion retailer has launched a new brand campaign with the roll out of ad films starring actors Hrithik Roshan and Kiara Advani?

62. Swiss private equity fund Partners Group will acquire about 75% stake in which broadband service provider from its current PE owners, True North and TA Associates, for Rs 6,750 crore?

63. Lenders have finally sold which property near Mumbai airport to Hyderabad-based Saturn Realters for Rs 52.25 crore after eight failed attempts to auction it?

64. Which MNC is moving its India MD Manish Maheshwari to its US operations in a new role?

65. Which Bengaluru-headquartered scooter rental startup will train at least 100,000 women across Indian cities and towns over the next two years to operate electric two-wheelers?

66. Jayadev Galla has taken over as the chairman of which group?

67. Which company last week unveiled the Envy portfolio of laptops targeted at content creators, priced from Rs 1,04,999?

68. TPV Technology last week forayed into the Indian handset market under which brand, in association with Padget as its manufacturing partner?

69. Which insurance brand has launched the campaign ‘Bas Ek Call’, featuring brand ambassador and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?

70. Adi Godrej is stepping down as chairman and director of which company, making it the last of the listed firms of the group where the 79-year-old patriarch has passed on the baton to his successors?

 Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 907 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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August 8, 2021

Biz Quizzard 906

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period August 02 - 07. Hope you enjoy it.

1. India’s monthly exports crossed which milestone mark in July as higher oil prices and improved demand for gems and jewellery and textiles helped boost shipments from the country?

2. Which French electric vehicle company will foray into India’s electric two-wheeler market with three e-scooters later this month?

3. Which snack major has taken the license for one of India's most popular kids-show characters, Chhota Bheem for the launch of its extruded products range under the sub-brand 'Fatax'?

4. ABP Network has announced its entry into the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana markets with the launch of its new digital platform. What has it been branded as?

5. Which streaming platform has launched its global brand campaign “Welcome to South Asia: Stories from our world”, capturing the intriguing reality conundrum that is South Asia?

6. Which brand has launched the ‘#TeamBreastfeeding’ campaign to celebrate world breastfeeding week?

7. The owners of which IPL franchise last week announced that they have acquired a majority stake in the Barbados Tridents, Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side?

8. Which entertainment company has finalised the acquisition of the video streaming technology platform FoundationTV?

9. Which tyre maker has acquired marketing rights of Dunlop brand in India?

10. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) crossed which transaction value milestone in July?

11. Which food company has launched its ‘#SimpleYetAdipoli’ campaign on digital media to connect with Keralites?

12. Which MNC last week unveiled a record $29 billion deal to snap up Australia’s fast-growing buy-now, pay-later firm Afterpay?

13. Which Hyderabad-based health tech startup last week announced the launch of its ambulance aggregator app, which has tie ups with local service providers?

14. Renault India has commenced exports of which model to South Africa?

15. Canadian biotech firm SaNOtize Research & Development Corp has inked a pact with which company to produce and market Nitric Oxide Nasal Spray (NONS) in India?

16. Which home interiors brand has entered into a three-year strategic partnership with former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as an equity partner and brand ambassador?

17. Which beauty and personal care brand has launched its first-ever national TVC, featuring newly appointed brand ambassador and investor Shraddha Kapoor?

18. Which ad agency has released an ad featuring ad agency Mullen Lowe Lintas India’s Group CEO Virat Tandon?

19. Which Gujarat-based university has announced cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador?

20. The government last week launched a purpose-specific digital payment solution. What has it been branded as?

21. Which Roman high jewellery house has roped in actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas as global brand ambassador?

22. Which tyre brand and Royal Enfield celebrated their long-standing association with the ‘#FriendsOntheRoad’ campaign?

23. Which soap brand has launched the campaign 'Chand sa Roshan Chehra', featuring celebrity couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli?

24. Which e-commerce startup for beauty products has filed a draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with Sebi to raise funds via an initial public offering (IPO)?

25. Which tech major last week said it will begin exporting India-made smartphones to Nepal in the third quarter of 2021?

26. International e-commerce enabler, Shopmatic has successfully on boarded which milestone count of merchants on its platform?

27. Which electronics major has elevated its India business CEO Manish Sharma to the position of chairman?

28. PepsiCo is to sell Tropicana, Naked and other juice brands in the US, Canada and Europe to which French private equity firm for about $3.3 billion?

29. Which telecom company has inked a partnership with carmaker MG Motor India to power the latter’s next mid-sized SUV with it’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions?

30. Infosys surpassed which milestone mark in market capitalisation on August 7, the fourth Indian firm, after Reliance Industries, Tata Consultancy Services and HDFC Bank, to do so?

31. Which edtech company has acquired KnowledgeHut, which provides short-duration upskilling and reskilling courses to professionals?

32. Months after being rolled out, which MNC has shut down its Instagram Stories-like ‘Fleets’ feature?

33. Which company has acquired Bengaluru-based computer vision and AR startup Whodat Tech?

34. Emami Ltd has roped in actor Sonu Sood as a brand ambassador for which brand and has launched the campaign ‘Chale chalo’?

35. Which sleep solutions company has roped in actor Anil Kapoor as its first-ever official brand ambassador?

36. Which glassware brand has launched the campaign 'Life Ke Har Din Ke Liye'?

37. Which fashion e-commerce brand has signed up Hrithik Roshan, Vijay Deverakonda and Dulquer Salmaan as its newest brand ambassadors?

38. Which socio-commerce app is celebrating its first anniversary with a campaign, and an anthem ending with voice over from actor Salman Khan?

39. Which musical instruments company has roped in popular singers and musicians including Shaan, Salim Merchant and Benny Dayal for a campaign to celebrate its 25 years in India?

40. Ola Electric will launch its first scooter on which date?

41. Which 2-wheeler brand has rolled out a new digital film 'Home' capturing the joy of returning home after a long journey alone?

42. Which lubricant brand has launched the campaign ‘#3XProtectionKeepsEngineFit’?

43. Which Punjab-based company last week announced to make a foray into the laundry business through its 'Tri-Safe' washing powder?

44. Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej will step down from the board of which group company with effect from September 30?

45. Karan Bajaj is leaving which company he had founded?

46. Which Hyderabad-based digital healthcare startup last week announced the rollout of its virtual clinic called Health ATM?

47. Which company has entered into a agreement with BioDelivery Sciences International Inc (BDSI) for the sale of its US and Canada territory rights for ELYXYB celecoxib oral solution 25mg/mL?

48. Which bank has reported its highest quarterly net profit of Rs 6,504 crore for the three months ended June 2021?

49. Which company has opened a network of over 3,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Hyderabad, making it one of the largest free public Wi-Fi networks in the country?

50. Kumar Mangalam Birla has resigned as non executive chairman and director of which company?

51. Which online payments startup has elevated Suhail Sameer as CEO?

52. Abhinay Choudhari has exited which company he had co-founded?

53. Which brand has launched the television commercial ‘What's the Mattress?’ featuring brand ambassador and actress Alia Bhatt?

54. Which nutrition supplements company has roped in fashion designer and actor Masaba Gupta as its first ever brand ambassador?

55. Which company will acquire a 26.23% stake in Agillos E-commerce for Rs 26 crore in an all-cash deal to boost its software as a service portfolio, according to a regulatory filing?

56. Which jewellery retailer has launched the ‘Rishton Ka Dhaga’ campaign for its Aabhar collection?

57. Which company has agreed to acquire Firescore Interactive, the hyper-casual game development studio based in Mumbai?

58. Which over-the-counter (OTC) brand has launched the campaign ‘Sar Dard Chupao Nahi, Mitao’, positioning itself as the first line of defense for relieving headaches?

59. Which alternative credit platform and the former India-team of US-based realty investment adviser Walton Street Capital have joined hands to acquire Walton Street India’s real estate debt business?

60. Which company has forayed into the electric vehicle (EV) space with its fuel retailing joint venture signing an agreement with Swiggy to deploy electric vehicles for the latter?

61. Which pharma company’s subsidiaries have entered into agreements with subsidiaries of Endo International plc (Endo) to acquire its manufacturing facility at Chestnut Ridge, New York?

62. Which Indian company will now make fan cowls for the Boeing 737 aircraft, strengthening its association with the US aerospace major?

63. Which global agrochemical major is expanding its footprint in the Indian agriservices market with Nurture(dot)Farm digital platform?

64. An affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a US-based alternative investment firm, will acquire 75% stake in which wholly owned subsidiary of the Chennai-based TAKE Solutions for $101.63 million?

65. Which state last week said it has bagged the AI Gamechanger Award in the Xperience-AI Summit organised by Nasscom?

66. Which celebrity last week launched Travel Union, a rural business to business (B2B) travel tech platform, to democratise travel services?

67. Which MNC will buy apparel maker Beyond Yoga as it looks to expand its presence in the lucrative leggings category that boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

68. Which food and beverage major has signed an agreement with Disney to be the national licensee for Disney foods?

69. Which mom and baby care D2C brand has launched a new nationwide cross-platform digital campaign, ‘#MakeBreastfeedingEasier’, to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?

70. Which travel app has bought the business and operations of the Hyderabad-based bus ticketing and aggregation platform, AbhiBus, as a going concern on a slump sale basis?

71. Eurosport India and discovery+ strengthened their foothold into their motorsports programming by onboarding which actor as the India ambassador for their flagship Motorsport property – MotoGP?

72. Which atta brand has launched its new campaign ‘Bachhon Jaisi Bhookh Jaga De’?

73. Which brand has launched a new campaign promoting its 3-in-1 hair styler, featuring brand ambassador and actress Ananya Panday?

74. Which 65-year-old Kolkata based footwear brand has launched the campaign 'Ready to step out' for the 2021 Royalz Collection?

75. Which agarbatti brand has roped in actress Madhuri Dixit Nene as its brand ambassador?

76. Which all-in-one platform that helps entrepreneurs take their business online has roped in actor Vinay Pathak as its digital brand ambassador?

77. Which messaging platform has launched the India edition of its global consumer marketing campaign - ‘Message Privately’?

78. Asian Paints has launched a campaign for which brand with the positioning 'Ultra Sheen pain that steals your spotlight' and featuring brand ambassador and actress Deepika Padukone?

79. Which company has partnered with celebrity chef Sarah Todd to curate a range of microwave popcorn under the theme ‘World of Flavours' for its PopMagic brand?

80. Which watch brand last week launched its new sub-brand ‘Epic', a value-fashion range of watches, in partnership with Flipkart?

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August 1, 2021

Biz Quizzard 905

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period July 26 - 31. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which mortgage lender has tied up with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to promote green housing in India through lending for affordable and low-income housing?

2. Which company has acquired Kolkata-based full service digital agency, Crow’s Nest?

3. Which company has approved the acquisition of 51% stake in Pune-based software technology firm, K2V2 for Rs 40 crore to help build a proptech ecosystem?

4. Which MNC spirits major is exiting from its investment in Chennai-based startup HipBar at around a 98% loss?

5. Which Japanese drone manufacturer is entering the Indian market in collaboration with Delhi-based Arc Ventures?

6. Which Japanese apparel retailer, which entered India in 2019 through the single brand FDI retail route, is launching its full-fledged e-commerce operations in the country?

7. Which global shipping line has redesigned its ocean network to introduce a new direct ocean service, ME7, from Chennai to Europe and the Mediterranean?

8. Which entity unveiled a multi-media campaign ‘You are gold’ in partnership with Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC)?

9. Which adult diaper brand has launched the ‘#BreakTheFall’ campaign to educate viewers about the risk elders face in attempting to use the toilet alone at night?

10. Which Indian group and Canadian satellite communications services provider Telesat are in the process of finalising their strategy to take a slice of the satellite broadband market?

11. Which company has signed an in-licensing agreement with Italian drug company Cassiopea SpA to sell topical cream Winlevi (clascoterone cream 1%) in the United States and Canada?

12. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) Group has invested Rs 916 crore in which Kerala-based bank?

13. The promoter of which small finance bank will merge with it on November 1?

14. Which edtech company has announced the acquisition of Rheo TV, a platform that helps professional game streamers livestream their gameplays and monetise those feeds?

15. Which Finland-based premium watchmaker last week announced that it has entered the Indian market with the launch of three premium sports watches for targeted consumers?

16. Which hair colour brand has roped in actor Saif Ali Khan as the brand ambassador and has launched the campaign ‘Raho Style Mein 5 Minute Mein’?

17. Which edtech company has unveiled its latest ad film ‘Kya Degree Milegi?’ highlighting the importance of online degrees?

18. With an average visibility of 33 hours per day across all channels, who has topped the list of the most visible celebrities, according to TAM reports?

19. Which government entity has for the first time signed a licensing deal for apparels, toys and stationary, with brand management and licensing company Black White Orange Brands?

20. Which company announced the acquisition of professional and higher education platform Great Learning in a $600 million cash-and-stock deal?

21. Which edtech company has acquired rival Toppr in a cash-and-stock deal for $150 million?

22. Which re-commerce marketplace has acquired UniShop, a platform that helps neighbourhood retailers sell online, for an undisclosed amount in cash and stock?

23. The Bombay High Court has restrained Siddhant Icecreams LLP and Kamaths Ourtimes Icecreams Pvt. Ltd. from using which word for its ice-cream or any other related product until further order?

24. Which realty major will soon enter the Mumbai market, according to its newly appointed chief executive Ashok Tyagi?

25. Which Singapore-based fintech startup has become the first B2B payments unicorn from Southeast Asia?

26. Which company will swap a 46.5% stake in KTM AG for a stake in PTW Holding, which holds 60% share in PMAG?

27. Grofers has launched a 15-minute delivery service in which city?

28. Which company last week announced the launch of 'IZOTM Financial Cloud, a purpose-built community cloud platform, in India?

29. Britannia has announced its foray into salty snacks with launch of a fusion product – combining the potato chip and the biscuit. What has it been branded as?

30. Which retailer plans to start supplying products such as soaps, sanitisers, and home disinfectants under Puric InstaSafe brand to other retailers and kiranas nationwide in the coming months?

31. In a bid to boost its ease of doing business quotient, which state launched the ‘Pink Book’ that will serve as a guide for existing as well as prospective investors keen on investing in the state?

32. Which quick service restaurant chain launched a campaign for its Double Down Burger, featuring actors Seema Pahwa and Ratna Pathak Shah?

33. Which beverage brand has launched an ad with the positioning ‘Kadak Mumbai Ke Liye Kadak Chai’?

34. Which Bengaluru-based jewellery startup has announced its association with Anushka Sharma as the brand ambassador?

35. Which card issuer is set to partially resume its business in India from August 7, even as it works to fix the issues of compliance related to data localisation of its card users?

36. Which company, an authority on workplace culture, has appointed serial entrepreneur Yeshasvini Ramaswamy as CEO, effective 15 July 2021?

37. Which electrical manufacturing company has launched the campaign ‘#SwitchToTheAmazing’, featuring actors Mohanlal and Honey Rose?

38. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd. (PBBL) last week said it had achieved which milestone of issuing FASTags?

39. Which company launched the campaign 'EveryDayIsASUNday’ on the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day on July 28, featuring brand ambassador and former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar?

40. IndiGo’s former president Aditya Ghosh will join hands with ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and Jet Airways’ former CEO Vinay Dube as a co-founder of which to-be-launched airline?

41. Which bill payments platform has appointed former PayU and Airtel Payments Bank executive Noopur Chaturvedi as its new chief executive officer?

42. Which food brand has launched its new TV commercial which focuses on the theme ‘Life ko Spicy Banao’?

43. Which end-to-end manufacturing supply chain solutions provider has unveiled a new brand identity and logo, with its new tagline – 'Maximise Manufacturing'?

44. Which multinational hotel group is finally opening its first Raffles hotel in India at the historic lake city of Udaipur?

45. Which edtech company will offer stock options to educators on its platform?

46. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved which company’s interchangeable insulin glargine injection Semglee in the US market?

47. Which engineering, manufacturing and digital technology solutions company is acquiring WorkForce Delta, a consulting firm in mobile workforce management for $2.7 million?

48. Sachin Tendulkar has made an equity investment of $2 million in which digital entertainment and technology firm?

49. Which soap brand has launched its new television campaign ‘Wake up Alive’?

50. Which holding company will acquire a controlling stake in telecom equipment maker Tejas Networks to help it access 5G technology and take on the likes of Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei?

51. Which social media platform last week launched a Parents Guide in Tamil for people across Tamil Nadu to learn from?

52. Which company’s Australian subsidiary Generic Health has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of privately-held Southern Cross Pharma Pty (SCP)?

53. Which business-to-business (B2B) commerce platform is now the 18th Indian unicorn - startups valued over $ 1 billion - for the year?

54. Times Network will launch which Hindi news channel on August 1?

55. Which company’s wholly-owned subsidiary ECU Worldwide, a multi-modal logistics major, has acquired the business of Swedish logistics company Nordicon Group?

56. Which Hyderabad-based company last week said it has become the largest India partner for Apple with the current acquisition of 11 iWorld stores in Delhi NCR and Ludhiana?

57. Which Hyderabad-headquartered dialysis chain has rolled out a ‘Dialysis on Call’ service that allows patients to undergo dialysis in the comfort of their home, in Hyderabad and Pune?

58. Which airline has become the first from India to release environment social governance (ESG) report?

59. Aiming to cater to the fashion needs of 'modern India', Fabindia announced the launch of its sub-brand for women. Name it?

60. Shailesh Jejurikar will take over as chief operating officer at which MNC in October as part of a global succession plan?

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July 25, 2021

Biz Quizzard 904

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

1. Which company has signed an agreement with HPCL to provide end-to-end EV charging stations at HPCL’s petrol pumps in multiple cities and at major highways across the country?

2. Which business group has appointed Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) chief Rajeev Jain as the chief executive officer (CEO) of its airports business?

3. Renault will soon pull the plug on the current generation of which SUV model in India?

4. Which speciality chemicals company has acquired Tristar Intermediates for an enterprise value of Rs 120 crore?

5. Which jewellery retailer has launched the campaign ‘Little Big Moments’?

6. Which MNC announced a $14.7 billion all-stock deal to buy cloud-based call center operator Five9 Inc in it’s largest-ever acquisition?

7. Which stationery brand has launched a campaign 'Get Well Soon India' where kids are seen creating a ‘Get Well Soon’ card for the country?

8. Which sleep solutions brand has roped in actress Alia Bhatt as it’s first-ever brand ambassador?

9. Blackstone has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in which edtech startup for $250 million (about Rs 1,870 crore)?

10. Shiv Nadar has stepped down as managing director of which company he founded along with seven others in 1976?

11. Which Chinese social media and gaming giant has agreed to buy the rest of Sumo Group it doesn’t already own?

12. Which company has appointed ex-UB MD Shekhar Ramamurthy as executive deputy chairman of the company?

13. Which financial services startup has acquired Bengaluru-based TERA Finlabs, an AI-based risk tech SaaS platform, for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which healthcare firm has launched a campaign 'Know your Body Inside out, then workout', featuring celebrities Milind Soman and Gul Panag, for its body composition monitors?

15. Which soya brand has announced the launch of its very own e-cookbook, specially curated by celebrity chef Kunal Kapur?

16. Which MNC has acquired video-based social commerce app simsim?

17. Tower Infrastructure Trust (Tower InvIT) has acquired which shared telecom infrastructure solutions provider for Rs 900 crore and other milestone-based consideration?

18. Which wealth management entity has filed a draft prospectus for an Rs 800-900 crore initial public offering?

19. Godrej Appliances has forayed into the Indian dishwasher market under which brand?

20. Which company last week announced setting up a 1.3-Gw solar PV module manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu, making it the largest such firm in India?

21. Reliance Retail plans to open around 5,000 all-in-one outlets across the country under which brand?

22. Which analytics company has appointed Amish Mehta, Chief Operating Officer since 2017, as the new CEO and MD for five years from October 1, 2021?

23. Which IT firm’s strategic investment arm has sold off around 20% stake in IntSights Cyber Intelligence Ltd for $19.17 million?

24. Nachiket Pantvaidya has returned to which company as the Group Chief Executive Officer?

25. Which personal hygiene brand has launched its first-ever digital campaign for its toilet seat disinfectant spray, featuring actress Delnaz Irani?

26. Which group has launched a new version of its campaign titled 'RuknaNahiHai' to celebrate the undying spirit of the Indian contingent to Olympics?

27. Which telecom brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Vinay Pathak for its 'Hero unlimited plan'?

28. Which startup, cofounded by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, has acquired Indian food tech firm Zelish for an undisclosed sum?

29. How many India-based companies are in the world’s top 10 business process management (BPM) providers, as per a ranking by research firm Everest of the top 50 BPM firms?

30. Which company has acquired US-based kids learning platform Epic in a $500 million cash-and-stock deal?

31. Which professional services and investment management company has appointed former JLL India chief Ramesh Nair as its CEO for India and MD, Market Development for Asia?

32. Which offline-to-online commerce platform has announced a ‘free-delivery’ initiative for businesses?

33. Which automobile company has announced the implementation of new brand design and logo across all its 150 dealerships in India?

34. Which bike taxi platform has announced the launch of its new digital marketing campaign ‘#NoStressSawari’?

35. Which oral contraceptive brand has launched a campaign titled ‘#UnwantedGyaanSeSavdhaan’?

36. Which eyewear brand has launched its new ad film 'be who you are'?

37. Which paint company has launched an advertising campaign for Weatherbond PRO, an exterior emulsion for extreme weather conditions?

38. Which logistics major has launched a global brand campaign ‘keep up with the clicks’?

39. Which company has launched its Olympics campaign ‘Jeet Ka Padak’?

40. Which company has signed an eight-year contract with the New York Road Runners (NYRR) to extend its title and technology sponsorship of the New York City Marathon through 2029?

41. Which advertising agency has announced Debarpita Banerjee as CEO?

42. Asia-focused PE firm PAG has acquired a controlling stake in which contract development and manufacturing outsourcing (CDMO) company with a focus on complex pharmaceutical products?

43. Which online trucking platform has become the 16th Indian startup to enter the coveted unicorn club after its latest funding round?

44. Which luxury carmaker last week drove in its first set of green cars in India under the e-tron badging, costing Rs 1 crore and above (ex-showroom)?

45. Which broadband technology company will acquire Clearcomm Group, a leading Network Integration company in the UK, at an enterprise valuation of around Rs 160 crore?

46. Which value fashion retailer has signed definitive agreements to acquire assets of Unlimited retail business from Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd (ALBL) for a cash consideration?

47. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched its nationwide campaign, ‘#HaathBadhaoIndia #VaccineLagaoIndia’?

48. Dabur India last week announced its foray into the syrups and spreads category with the launch of which brand?

49. Which intimate wear brand announced the launch of its new brand campaign ‘#DekhoMaineKyaKiya’, encouraging women to give shape to their inner desires?

50. Maruti Suzuki India last week said it has crossed which cumulative sales milestone in rural markets of India?

51. Which electric vehicle manufacturer has launched the ad ‘Many Colours. All Green.’?

52. Which US solar equipment maker has earmarked at least $350 million for investment in a manufacturing facility in India, drawn by the government’s incentive schemes for local production?

53. Which matrimony portal has roped in Punjabi actress Sonam Bajwa for its ‘#FixYourMatchYourWay’ social and digital media campaign?

54. Which company has rolled out its latest digital film 'Dates or Best Rates Film' that aims to create awareness for benefits of organised car buying and selling?

55. Which brand has directly named rival Reckitt’s Harpic in a new campaign, claiming superiority on the specific aspect of tackling malodour?

56. Max Bupa Health Insurance has rebranded itself. What is the new name?

57. Which sports apparel and accessories brand has partnered Indian mixed martial arts athlete Ritu Phogat, furthering its mission of engaging, empowering, and inspiring athletes everywhere?

58. Which sports brand has launched ‘celebration of sports’ campaign, featuring actor Tiger Shroff and brand athletes?

59. Which MNC’s secretive research unit last week said it will launch Intrinsic, its new robotics software and artificial intelligence project?

60. Zomato made a stellar debut on the bourses last week with its market capitalisation briefly crossing which milestone value on the first day?

61. The ministry of foreign affairs of which country last week launched the video game ‘Land of Wonders’ in India?

62. Which company has announced the acquisition of an 8.9-MW distributed solar portfolio from Statkraft India, marking its first acquisition this fiscal?

63. Which group has launched the campaign ‘Together, we are limitless’ to communicate and take further its new vision "limitless", inspired by the teachings of its founders?

64. Which navigation app has launched the ad ‘Baraat In A Funeral’ with the positioning ‘Finding Address Made Simple’?

65. Tata Boeing Aerospace (TBAL) last week announced which delivery milestone for the fuselage it has fabricated for the AH-64 Apache combat helicopter?

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July 18, 2021

Biz Quizzard 903

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

1. Amazon India recently launched its first Digital Kendra, a brick and mortar resource centre that will assist kiranas and small enterprises to go digital. Which city?

2. Which luxury watch brand has collaborated with Nintendo to launch a limited edition Super Mario Watch?

3. Which Kolkata-based group has bought a 108-year-old prime commercial building owned by HSBC at Horniman Circle in South Mumbai’s Fort locality for over Rs 83 crore?

4. Which company has acquired a majority stake in The Real Kashmir News and consolidated its presence in the Kashmir Valley?

5. Which advertising agency has elevated Kulvinder Ahluwalia as CEO?

6. The number of SIP account registrations in June crossed which milestone mark?

7. Amul recently won its first trademark violation case outside India. Which country?

8. Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) has shifted the production of which model from the Manesar facility to Suzuki Motor Gujarat´s (SMG´s) plant in Ahmedabad?

9. Which digital broker has become the first in the country to launch a feature that allows users to apply for initial public offerings (IPOs) before the actual IPO opening in the markets?

10. Which MNC has appointed Daisy Chittilapilly as its new president of India and SAARC region?

11. The market capitalisation of Adani Group’s listed entities crossed which milestone mark in the first week of FY22?

12. Which MNC has agreed to acquire Risk-IQ, a security software maker?

13. Which food delivery platform has elevated Phani Kishan, the company’s vice president of strategy and investments, to the position of cofounder?

14. Which global sportswear major has signed 15 Indian athletes and three para-athletes, who will represent the country in national and international events at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics?

15. Which jewellery retailer has launched its latest campaign 'Fair Price Promise', outlining the benefits of standardised pricing?

16. Which homegrown caffeinated personal care brand has launched the ‘#GetTheGoodDose’ initiative to encourage millennials to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

17. Which electrical appliances manufacturer has roped in actor Tiger Shroff as brand ambassador?

18. Which oil and gas logistics company and Dutch tank storage provider Royal Vopak have formed a new joint venture in the LPG, chemicals storage and handling business?

19. Thailand-based utility Global Power Synergy Public Company (GPSC) has acquired a 41.6% stake in which Indian green energy company for 14.82 billion Thai baht (Rs 3,388 crore)?

20. Which country will become the first to adopt UPI standards for its QR deployment?

21. How many private-sector lenders have agreed to pick up 9.9% each in a company that will manage and eventually resolve stressed assets owned by a state-initiated bad bank?

22. Which FMCG company has announced the appointment of Naveen Pandey as its Chief Executive Officer?

23. Which entity last week announced its ‘Public Sector Startup Ramp’ in India with an aim to help early-stage public sector-focused technology start-ups build solutions on its platform?

24. State-run power giant NTPC last week said its arm, NTPC REL, will set up the country’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project in which region?

25. Which dating app is partnering with Netflix as its official casting partner for the Indian dating reality show titled IRL: In Real Love?

26. Which direct-to-consumer (D2C) firm is entering into beauty products market under the Cosmos brand?

27. Which snack brand has introduced special ‘@ Home’ packs and has launched a campaign featuring actor Ishaan Khatter?

28. Which Ayurvedic antacid brand has roped in actors Rakesh Bedi and Guddi Maruti in its new campaign?

29. Which laptop brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning 'Bilkul Dost Jaisa'?

30. Which cooperative has launched a new product – ‘Jackfruit Eclairs’ – in the market?

31. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week barred which MNC from signing on new debit, credit, or prepaid customers to its card network in the country from July 22?

32. Which NYSE-listed real estate investment trust and Brookfield Infrastructure Partners are planning to jointly invest more than $2 billion in institutional data centres across India?

33. Which FMCG major has acquired a 60% stake in Apcos Naturals, which owns the ‘Just Herbs’ brand of Ayurvedic hair & skin products, for an undisclosed consideration?

34. Which company last week unveiled ‘XPRES,’ an exclusive brand for the fleet segment?

35. Which direct-to-consumer women’s wellness brand has forayed into nutraceuticals segment by announcing the introduction of ‘Uplift’, a nutrition drink mix?

36. Which company is diversifying its tobacco business as it gets into the manufacture and export of nicotine and nicotine derivatives (like nicotine salts) to the European Union and the US markets?

37. Which entity has acquired a majority stake in cloud services start-up cloudxchange(dot)io?

38. Which Unani blood purifier brand has unveiled the second phase of ‘Sachai Andar. Achchai Bahar’ campaign?

39. Which beverage company has announced its diversification into the dairy category with the launch of a range of flavoured milk products named Smoodh?

40. Which conglomerate has said it will enter the boutique lifestyle hotels segment with brand ‘Storii’?

41. Which social content hub from Zee has rolled out a front runner game on web, ‘Happu Ki Nikali Savaari’ for Zee’s show ‘Happu Ki Ultan Paltan’ airing on &TV and streaming on Zee5?

42. Which eyewear brand has roped in actress Taapsee Pannu as its new face in India?

43. Which Finnish smartwatch maker has roped in former HMD Global executive, Ajey Mehta’s venture Gamsa as a go-to-market partner to re-enter India’s wearable market?

44. Which company last week announced the launch of the 'Spotlight North East' storefront on its marketplace?

45. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched a new ad campaign for its ‘Stunner Menu’?

46. Which networking platform for professionals has launched a digital campaign with the positioning 'Grow like you are meant to'?

47. Which lifestyle consumer electronics products manufacturer has roped in actress Jacqueline Fernandez as brand ambassador?

48. Which edtech startup has acquired a majority stake in AI-enabled personalised learning platform Pedagogy?

49. Which carmaker last week launched the Huracan STO model in India priced at Rs 4.99 crore (ex-showroom)?

50. Which packaged water company has announced its foray into the personal hygiene segment with the launch of hand purifiers and has launched the campaign ‘#ForTheLoveOfHands’?

51. Which online furniture rental start-up has launched what it claims to be the world’s first furniture subscription service, named UNLMTD?

52. LT Foods has expanded its product portfolio in the health segment with fortified everyday basmati rice with the positioning ‘Poshan Waala Chawal’. What has it been branded as?

53. Which bicycle brand has launched the ‘#FunTurns25’ campaign to celebrate its 25 years?

54. Which business group has unveiled the ‘Aayega India’ campaign to support and cheer Team India at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

55. Which audio accessories brand has signed a one-year endorsement deal with actress Pooja Hegde?

56. Which mutual fund has launched the campaign ‘#DateyRaho’ saluting the resilience of investors?

57. Which audio-only social networking app has launched its new direct messaging feature, Backchannel?

58. Private equity firm Mandala Capital has bought out which cold chain solutions firm, increasing its stake from 30% to more than 99%?

59. Which social media platform last week announced that it is rolling out emojis with sound, called “Soundmojis”?

60. Which company last week filed its draft prospectus with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to raise Rs 16,600 crore ($2.2 billion) through a public issue?

61. Which MNC has become the world’s second biggest smartphone maker over the past quarter following an 83% jump in shipments, according to preliminary estimates by Canalys?

62. Which tech major said it is working closely with the Malaysian government to help that country develop a digital economy by offering training for the creation of more digital jobs?

63. Which company has acquired a controlling 50.1% stake in Bengaluru-based Bioneeds India Private Limited, after acquiring a significant minority stake earlier in March?

64. Which gift and greeting cards major last week announced its foray into the beauty and personal care products segment as part of business expansion plans?

65. Which company will be buying as much as 67% in homegrown search provider Justdial for about $700 million or Rs 5,222.8 crore?

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July 11, 2021

Biz Quizzard 902

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

1. Which beverage brand has inked sponsorship deals with wrestler Bajrang Punia, boxer Vikas Yadav and ace archers Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das, and will feature at the Olympic Games for the first time?

2. Which broadcaster in India has picked up exclusive media rights for Spain’s globally followed football league, LaLiga?

3. Which ecommerce giant has launched the intellectual property (IP) accelerator programme in India?

4. Which cookie brand has roped in Tollywood director Gautham Menon, Karan Johar, Udit Narayan, Baba Sehgal and south Indian entertainer RJ Balaji for its new campaign?

5. Which PE firm has sold its stake in Varsity Education back to the company’s promoters for Rs 1,100 crore?

6. Which digital entertainment firm said that its cofounder Aditi Shrivastava would be elevated to the position of chief executive office?

7. Which MNC will acquire Highway Concessions One (HC1), the road platform of seven highway assets with a total length of 487 kilometres owned by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)?

8. Which footwear brand has launched the campaign ‘Sar Utha Kadam Bada’?

9. Mumbai-based Beginnen Media has announced the launch of a Hindi General Entertainment Channel, positioned as India’s first ‘rural entertainment channel’. What has it been branded as?

10. Which broadcaster has acquired the rights for the Indian adaptation of the globally successful business reality format – Shark Tank?

11. Which clothing brand has roped in LinkedIn influencers for its ‘#SemiPresentable’ campaign?

12. Which online learning platform has launched the film ‘Struggles of a UPSC Aspirant'?

13. Which laundry and fabric care brand has launched its new campaign asking the question ‘Are we spending our time on what’s really important?’?

14. Which global residential real estate brokerage franchise network has forayed into Indian property market by forming an alliance with brokerage firm Orenda?

15. Which Singapore-based company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire fraud-hit Wirecard’s foreign exchange unit in India, as part of the latter’s insolvency process?

16. Which bank last week said it has launched its flagship ‘Business Mentoring Programme’ - MSME Prerana - in Telangana?

17. Which company has introduced COVID-19 RT-PCR test in India at Rs 299, which it expects to lead to a price correction within the diagnostic industry?

18. Which company has started producing the test batch of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at an exclusive facility in Himachal Pradesh?

19. ICICI Bank and Amazon Pay last week announced that the lender has crossed which milestone mark for issuing ‘Amazon Pay ICICI Bank’ credit cards?

20. Which MNC last week entered the country’s retail financing industry by acquiring 74.9% in Fullerton India Credit Company?

21. Bajaj Group last week joined the list of family-promoted business houses that have hit which milestone market cap mark - the fourth to do so?

22. Which brand has released a digital video to promote its latest fragrance collection, ‘Tales’ – a collection of four happy scents that will uplift your spirits with just a spray?

23. Which beverage brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Yaadon Bhari Pyaali’?

24. Which imaging technologies MNC has announced the appointment of Koji Wada as the new Managing Director for India?

25. Which lubricants brand has launched its new TVC, 'Baccho Jaisa Junoon' to celebrate its 150-year-old legacy?

26. Which textile and apparels firm last week said CEO of its lifestyle business Joe Kuruvilla has decided to step down?

27. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has entered into a strategic partnership with which OTT streaming platform to help create a business model enabled by digital technologies?

28. Bewakoof(dot)com has roped in which actress for its new campaign?

29. Which company has consolidated its farm equipment business in Turkey by acquiring the entire stake of its subsidiary Hisarlar while relinquishing its stake in other businesses of the latter?

30. Which ecommerce major said it has eliminated all single-use plastic packaging used across its fulfillment centres in the country?

31. Which company has acquired enterprise payments startup yBANQ in a cash and stock deal?

32. Which company has acquired Vendaxo, an ecommerce platform for buying and selling of used machinery?

33. Travel channel Travelxp had launched its own OTT. What has it been branded as?

34. Which start-up providing AI infrastructure for marketing has announced the appointment of Neel Pandya as the new chief executive officer of its APAC business?

35. Which doors brand has launched a new campaign called ‘#AloneButTogether’ to empower people for making wise choices in the face of the pandemic?

36. Which bank has launched an anthem ‘Hum Saath Hai’?

37. Which mobile game has unveiled its launch campaign with the positioning of ‘India ka Game’?

38. What will the position of chairman of LIC now be designated as?

39. Demat accounts at Central Depository Services (CDSL) crossed which milestone mark in June?

40. TCS has crossed which milestone employee count?

41. Which telecom MNC last week said it is selling its subsidiary in Myanmar, where it is one of the major operators, as a result of the military coup there?

42. The government has brought Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) under which ministry in a bid facilitate its ambitious disinvestment programme?

43. Which German consumer electronics brand is re-entering the Indian market through an exclusive licensing agreement with homegrown contract manufacturer Super Plastronics?

44. Which Unani brand has launched a digital marketing campaign ‘Sehat Hai to Watan Hai’, to help people rejuvenate, restore and revitalise the lost energy?

45. Which technology company that empowers buyers of advertising has announced the launch of its new trading platform – Solimar?

46. Which steel wire manufacturer has launched ‘#RozaanaKiDhun’, an ode to a stronger India and its resilience?

47. Which sports platform has announced the signing of cricketer Daren Sammy as its brand ambassador?

48. Which global sportswear brand announced the launch of its app in a continued bid to accelerate its digital transformation in Southeast Asia and India (SEA&I)?

49. Which bakery food brand has unveiled its fresh visual identity with a new logo and packaging to strengthen its brand positioning?

50. Which company unveiled its initial public offer (IPO) plan to raise as much as Rs 9,375 crore, the first such share sale by a major consumer internet startup in India?

51. Which paint brand has roped in music composer A R Rahman as its brand ambassador?

52. Which consumer tech brand last week named Abhilash Panda as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Spokesperson for India?

53. Which company has become the first Indian electric vehicle maker to export to Africa as deliveries of its flagship Kridn motorcycle begin in Kenya?

54. The Reserve Bank of India has approved the reappointment of Shyam Srinivasan as the MD & CEO of which bank for a period of three years?

55. Rahul Joshi has been re-appointed as the managing director of which media company for a period of three years?

56. Which homegrown fashion footwear retailer has announced the appointment of Nissan Joseph as its chief executive officer, effective 1 July?

57. Which company had acquired Cipla Ltd.’s wholly owned subsidiary Meditab Specialities Ltd.’s oral liquid dosage and nasal product manufacturing facility located in Satara, Maharashtra?

58. Which platform for fashion and textile businesses has entered into a collaboration with U.S.-based fashion tech firm Tukatech Inc for 3D solutions?

59. Which FMCG major has launched its first 'Smart Fill' machine, an in-store vending model for its home care products to reuse, reduce and recycle plastic?

60. Iraq, Saudi Arabia and UAE were the 3 largest suppliers of crude oil to India in 2020, according to BP’s latest report. Which country was the fourth largest supplier?

61. LafargeHolcim, the parent company of building materials companies – ACC and Ambuja Cements has been officially rebranded. What is the new name?

62. Which group has rolled out a new campaign ‘#ForABetterKal’ through its flagship project, Nand Ghar, focused on key areas of health, education, nutrition, women empowerment and hygiene?

63. Which bank has launched the campaign ‘Girl Power is Gold Power’ with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (Gopichand Academy)?

64. Which marketplace for longtail products has launched the campaign 'Chhote Paise, Badi Shopping!' targeting consumers from small towns and cities?

65. Which beverage brand has launched the campaign ‘Toofan wahi jo sab palat de’?

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