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January 31, 2021

Biz Quizzard 879

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

1. Which brand has emerged as the best selling car model in India in 2020 with 1,60,700 units?

2. Which bathware brand has launched the campaign ‘Thoughtful is Beautiful’?

3. Which family office has roped in Pramit Jhaveri, the former chief executive of Citibank India, as adviser?

4. Which men’s grooming brand has launched its new digital campaign featuring actor Hrithik Roshan?

5. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ to communicate the exciting possibilities of content delivered on a locked screen?

6. You can work this out. Which food company has launched the campaign ‘Weik Up Life’s Little Moments’?

7. Vishnu Mohan will step down as chairman and CEO of Southeast Asia (SEA), India and North Asia of which advertising major?

8. Which company has launched a digital video featuring actor Kareena Kapoor Khan for its live one-to-one English lessons?

9. Which fragrance brand for men has recently signed up Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeepa as its new brand ambassador?

10. Which Indian development economist is among 20 prominent personalities appointed by the United Nations to a high-level advisory board on economic and social affairs?

11. Which private equity major is set to become the largest mall operator in India with the acquisition of Prestige Group’s retail portfolio?

12. Which MNC has launched a new community-based pilot programme called Birdwatch that allows people to identify information in Tweets they believe is misleading, and write notes that provide informative context?

13. Health-tech player CallHealth and which dialysis chain have announced the launch of a joint initiative, ‘At Home Dialysis’, to offer dialysis services at the doorstep for chronic kidney patients in Hyderabad?

14. Which luggage delivery service provider has announced the launch of its app-based service in collaboration with the Indian Railways that aims to offer safe transit of luggage and parcel?

15. Apple had a record quarter in India, with iPhone shipments crossing which milestone mark for the first time in the October-December period?

16. Which MNC has acquired newsletter publishing platform Revue for an undisclosed amount, as it looks to foray into long-form content and subscription-oriented products?

17. Which smartphone maker has announced a new initiative – ‘#ShikshaHarHaath’, in collaboration with actor Sonu Sood?

18. Which spirits company launched a limited edition gaming pack for its premium offering - Sterling Reserve Blend 7?

19. Which online marketplace has launched its new campaign ‘Handcrafted, with love’, showcasing the journey of Karigars that romances the intricacies of finest detailing in every craft?

20. Which frozen foods maker has elevated its India managing director Vikas Mittal to also lead its businesses in South East Asia, Korea and Taiwan?

21. Which flexible shared workspaces provider has launched a video featuring comedian Rahul Subramanian as part of its ongoing campaign?

22. Which channel has launched 'Bewakoof Mat Bano' brand campaign to stress on the importance of knowing your democratic basics and not be blinded by authority?

23. Which company has signed an agreement with GlaxoSmith-Kline plc and non-profit global health organisation PATH to obtain technology from GSK to produce the world’s first vaccine against malaria caused by plasmodium falciparum parasite?

24. How many Indian CEOs are among the top 100 executives globally who have safeguarded their company's brand, according to the 2021 Brand Guardianship Index brought out by valuation firm Brand Finance?

25. How many Indian IT services companies have made it to top 10 most valued IT services brand globally, according to a report released last week by Brand Finance?

26. Which PSU last week filed draft papers for an IPO of its first InvIT (infrastructure investment trust) for nearly Rs 8,000 crore, making it the first state-run entity to monetise its assets through this route?

27. Which group has signed a $ 15 million deal with Israeli company Breath of Health (BOH) to distribute the company's swift COVID-19 breath testing system throughout India?

28. Which company, known for its point of sale (PoS) machines, has launched AllTap, a feature rich app that can accelerate digital payments adoption in India?

29. Which firm has announced the rebranding of its sports and lifestyle business to ‘RISE Worldwide Limited’ as it independently ventures into the burgeoning industry in India and globally?

30. Which company has acquired 51% in Sabyasachi Couture, the company founded by fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, for Rs 398 crore?

31. Which online beauty destination has signed actor Sara Ali Khan as its brand ambassador?

32. Which retailer has launched its new campaign ‘Bachat paane ki vaccine’?

33. Which Indian company has emerged as the fifth strongest brand globally, according to Brand Finance?

34. Which company has acquired Principal Mutual Fund, after the later decided to exit the asset management business in India?

35. Which global product engineering and lifecycle services firm has launched a train control and management system (TCMS) lab at its Hyderabad facility?

36. Which Hyderabad-based company’s mobile healthcare app, Qural, has launched two new mobile features - My Vaccine and Vaccine Monitor?

37. Which entity last week announced the launch of an Essential Digital Infrastructure and Services Network (EDISON) Alliance that will work towards ensuring global and equitable access to the digital economy?

38. Which automobile company last week commenced the commercial production and rolled out its first C5 Aircross Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) from its Thiruvallur manufacturing plant?

39. BITS Pilani last week announced to set up a new age global business school, BITS School of Management (BITSoM). Which city?

40. Apple’s reported quarterly revenue has crossed which milestone mark for the first time?

41. Which MNC has claimed to have become the world´s top selling automaker in 2020?

42. Which 2-wheeler brand has launched the campaign “Maxify Life”?

43. Which insurance company has released a video series on mental health as part of its ‘Health Inside Out’ campaign?

44. Which self-regulatory body has launched the campaign ‘#ChupNaBaitho’ asking the public to speak out against misleading ads?

45. Which Indian automobile company last week announced the launch of its first standalone flagship store in Tokyo, Japan?

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January 24, 2021

Biz Quizzard 878

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

1. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Scoop into chocolate heaven’?

2. Which mobile platform for educators has launched its latest campaign starring former cricketer and brand ambassador Sourav Ganguly in a triple role?

3. Which diagnostic chain will acquire Dr Ganesan's Hitech Diagnostic Centre Pvt Ltd in a cash and stock combination deal to strengthen its leadership position in southern India?

4. Which MNC has invested $2.5 billion (Rs 18,314 crore) for 20% in Adani Green Energy (AGEL) and 50% in a joint venture with it?

5. The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), after a probe that began last year, has banned the surrogate advertising of how many liquor brands for violating its code?

6. Which Indian company has shut down its messaging service, shifting focus to two new social products - Rush and Vibe?

7. Which real estate services firm has acquired 100% stake in society and apartment management platform ApnaComplex from NestAway Technologies for an undisclosed amount?

8. Which Japanese company will set up an airbag inflator manufacturing plant in Chennai with a planned investment of around Rs 230 crore in the first phase?

9. Which MNC has put its India business on the block, including the Thunderbolt beer brand, signalling the company’s intention of exiting the domestic market?

10. Which automotive components major has announced the acquisition of a 75% equity in two companies of the Plast Met group in Turkey through its subsidiary at an enterprise value of €21.78 million (Rs 193 crore)?

11. Which MNC’s venture arm has led a $15-million financing in Hyderabad-based HR-tech startup Darwinbox, its first investment in India?

12. Which health and fitness firm has acquired California-based Onyx, which builds digital training experience around fitness and specialises in body-tracking technology and personalisation of workout feedback?

13. Which home and lifestyle brand has announced actress Sara Ali Khan as its first brand ambassador for its home and watch categories?

14. Arun Alagappan has resigned from the post of Managing Director and Director of which financial services firm?

15. Which Kochi-based company has introduced what it claims as the first app for gold loans in the country?

16. Which nutrition-based healthcare company has raised Rs 5 crore from actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as part of its larger funding round?

17. Vishwanathan Shanta, India's leading oncologist and advocate for access to quality and affordable cancer care, passed away in Chennai last week. She was the chairman of which healthcare institute?

18. Which UK-based business banking fintech player, which set up its global development centre in Hyderabad in December 2020, is making a foray into the Indian market?

19. Which IT firm entered into an agreement to acquire Magenic Technologies, Inc., a privately-held custom software development services company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

20. Which MNC has launched it’s first-ever SUV, DBX, in India, priced at Rs 3.82 crore (ex-showroom)?

21. Which pan-India integrated fund, development and asset management platform has announced its first Alternate Investment Fund (AIF) product, claimed to be India’s first warehousing fund?

22. Which credit card issuer last week announced a grant of Rs 1 crore to Dastkar, a society of crafts and craftspeople, to support over 12,000 women artisans from 19 states in the country?

23. Which Indian auto component maker said it has acquired a strategic stake in U.K.-based transmission design technology firm Hewland Engineering for an undisclosed sum?

24. Radha Dhir will be the new India CEO and Country Head for which global property consultant?

25. Pharmaceuticals company Brinton has launched the campaign ‘No pHighting Please’ for which soap brand, nudging two FMCG biggies to not fight over PH levels alone?

26. Which biscuit brand has launched the next leg of its campaign ‘#GManeGenius’ with the message "Jo auron ki khushi mein, paye apni khushi"?

27. Which ice cream brand has appointed Komal Anand as Managing Director?

28. RB (Reckitt Benckiser) has relaunched which glass and household cleaner brand with the added benefit of germ removal?

29. Which lingerie and sleepwear brand has launched Botaniqa, its new line of solution-based personal care products?

30. Which company has signed an exclusive talent management contract with cricketer Rishabh Pant?

31. Which brand of doors and windows has launched its first influencer film, featuring former cricketer VVS Laxman, as part of its ongoing campaign?

32. Which automobile company has launched the campaign 'It’s a Human Thing to Evolve'?

33. Which non-banking finance company has appointed Rajiv Lochan as managing director, effective April 1, 2021?

34. Ride-hailing company Ola has partnered with which multinational manufacturing giant to help build its upcoming electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu?

35. Which MNC and cloud communication provider Tanla Platforms have announced launch of Wisely, a Blockchain-enabled communications platform-as-a-service (CPaaS)?

36. Which early-stage VC platform has appointed FirstPrinciples VC founder Nitin Sharma as Partner and co-lead for the Indian market?

37. Which state has retained its position as the most innovative state in the country for the second time in the Niti Aayog ranking?

38. Which group has agreed to buy Spain’s Air Europa for 500 million euros ($606.7 million) under an amended deal?

39. Bajaj Finance, the market leader in consumer loans, has said that it will be entering the payments space. What will the platform be branded as?

40. Which global consumer products giant has committed to ensure that everyone who directly provides goods and services to the company earns at least a living wage or income by 2030?

41. Which company is acquiring project management platform Wrike for $2.3 billion in cash?

42. The real estate private equity arm of which well known business group plans to set up its own brand of coworking spaces in its office properties to tap the future demand for such spaces?

43. Shyam Srinivasan is the Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2019-20. He is the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of which bank?

44. Which consumer food company has acquired 30% stake in the Netherlands-based organic speciality food company Leev(dot)nu?

45. Which snack brand has introduced 2 limited-time flavours Herby Crush and Cheesy Love  and launched the campaign ‘#YeWaalaYaadRahega’ to promote them?

46. Which dating app has launched a new campaign, ‘One by Two’?

47. Which quick service restaurant brand has launched the campaign 'choose good' to encourage people to keep up with their New Year resolution of staying fit and active?

48. Which sports broadcaster has launched a new campaign ‘#IndiaTaiyarHai’, featuring actor Boman Irani, ahead of the England's tour of India?

49. Which real estate developer has announced the appointments of S Baaskaran Deekshadar as the Group CEO?

50. Maruti Suzuki India last week said it has started export of which compact off-roader of Suzuki from India?

51. Which dips and sauces maker has acquired cash-strapped cold-pressed juices startup Raw Pressery?

52. Which automobile company in India has reported its highest-ever quarterly revenue and profit during the October-December period?

53. Which business personality from India has invested an undisclosed amount in OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s new venture?

54. Which MNC car maker opened its phygital (physical plus digital) showroom pilot in Ahmedabad last week?

55. V Narayanan passed away last week at the age of 83. He was the former Chairman and Managing Director of which company, which became part of Hindustan Lever Ltd (HLL)?

56. Which financial entity last week said it has acquired Cogencis Information Services, a provider of financial data?

57. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal to close which loss making state-owned automobile company?

58. Which toxin-free & natural mom & baby care brand has launched the campaign ‘#MaaKaExpertPartner’, featuring actress Genelia Deshmukh?

59. Which life insurance company has launched the campaign ‘#BhonduJustChill’, featuring actor Sanjay Mishra?

60. The Sensex touched which milestone mark intraday on January 21 for the first time ever?

61. Which intimate wear brand has launched the campaign ‘No Strings Attached’ for its Saree Shapewear, in collaboration with Prashasti Singh?

62. Which jewellery brand has launched the film 'Shine on, girl' in Tamil, featuring actress and brand ambassador Trisha?

63. Which online brokerage has launched a campaign with the tagline ‘Smart Bano, Smart Chuno’?

64. Which travel booking platform for armed forces personnel and their families launched the film ‘Salaam Veteran’ on the occasion of National Veterans Day on 14th January?

65. Which caller identification app last week launched ads in the print media as part of its ‘#ItsNotOk’ campaign?

66. Which edtech platform has roped in actor R Madhavan as brand ambassador?

67. Which beverage brand has unveiled a campaign that aims to create a new language for coffee – 'Shik-Shik-Shik'?

68. Which agri-supply chain startup has signed a three year MoU with Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, to develop antimicrobial food packaging material by using biopolymers?

69. Which South Korean internet conglomerate has acquired social storytelling platform Wattpad in a cash and stock transaction valuing the Toronto-based firm at more than $600 million?

70. Which Indian company will soon be foraying into the container manufacturing business and is setting up a manufacturing facility either at Odisha or in Chhattisgarh?

71. Which Aditya Birla group company is entering the paints business with an initial capital expenditure of Rs 5,000 crore over the next 3 years?

72. Which company and Torrent Gas have each acquired a 5% stake in the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX), a subsidiary of the Indian Energy Exchange, for a total of Rs 7.38 crore?

73. Arun Chandavarkar has taken over as the new managing director of which biotech company from January 21?

74. Google threatened to disable its search engine in which country if it’s forced to pay local publishers for news, a dramatic escalation of a months-long standoff with the government?

75. BMedical Systems, Luxembourg-based vaccine cold chain and medical refrigeration, has entered into an agreement with which group for the establishment of its manufacturing facility and technology initiatives in India?

76. Which financial services company has launched the campaign ‘Karz Nahi Farz Bhi’ to mark the launch of its new offering – Shubharambh Loans?

77. Cloud kitchen brand Rebel Foods has revamped its food ordering platform ‘Faasos’. What is it now known as?

78. Which diapers brand has launched the film ‘A father’s promise’ as part of its ‘#ItTakes2’ campaign?

79. Which online market place has launched its new campaign with the proposition of 'Wear The Next' for its fashion portfolio?

80. Hero MotoCorp has crossed which milestone cumulative production mark?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 878 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 17, 2021

Biz Quizzard 877

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

1. For the first time in the history of independent India, what will not be done this budget?

2. Latching on to the growing K-pop craze gripping the region, which beverage brand has recently named South Korean girl group Blackpink its brand ambassador for APAC?

3. Which life insurance company has launched a new digital campaign ‘#StartNow’, starring Rahul Subramanian aka Mr Kalse Re?

4. Which technology firm has launched a beta version of its chat app ‘Arattai’?

5. Which Hyderabad-based startup last week claimed to have become the first Indian ready-to-eat foods firm to enter the non-veg products segment?

6. Which IT firm has acquired Sydney-based digital consultancy firm Servian and US-based cloud-transformation company Linium specialising in the ServiceNow platform?

7. Which country last week announced its plans for a city with no cars, roads, and zero carbon emissions?

8. Which company has increased its shareholding in KUWY Technology Service Pvt. Ltd. by picking up a majority equity stake in the instant lending digital platform?

9. Which Indian pharma company has launched Febuxostat Tablets, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Uloric (Febuxostat) Tablets, in the U.S. market?

10. Which marquee US-based life insurer has opened its first global capability centre (GCC) outside the US in Hyderabad?

11. Which Hyderabad-based deep tech solutions startup will introduce Robot-As-A-Service (RaaS) in the country to help companies reduce cost of ownership?

12. Which company has launched the campaign ‘Don’t Stop the Fun, there’s #Mor2Go’ for its artisanal ice-creams?

13. Which agency has announced its exclusive partnership with ‘by The Network’ and will be the only independent agency representing India and South Asia in the global setup?

14. Which matrimony site has roped in Punjabi singer, actor, and music director Parmish Verma for its social media and digital brand promotions?

15. Which global financial major has named Sanjay Shah as the new head of its business in India?

16. Which company has reportedly signed a deal to acquire test prep leader Aakash Educational Services Ltd for $1 billion?

17. Which automobile MNC has said it will close three plants in Brazil and stop producing automobiles in the South American country?

18. Which Indian company has signed an agreement with GE to buy the latter's stake in their joint venture firm in Saudi Arabia, for $12,471 (about Rs 9.14 lakh)?

19. Which confectionery brand has unveiled Applaydu, a mobile app that brings its toys to life through augmented reality?

20. Which automobile MNC has incorporated a fully owned subsidiary in India as a first step to set up an R&D unit and a manufacturing plant for its electric vehicles in the country?

21. Which online higher education company has announced the appointment of  Zubin Gandevia as CEO for Asia-Pacific region?

22. Actor Anita Hassanandani has invested in which organic beauty marketplace?

23. Which oral contraceptive brand has launched the campaign ‘#ShhNotOkPlease’?

24. Which gadget accessory and consumer electronics brand has roped in actor John Abraham as its new brand ambassador?

25. Which power distribution company has unveiled its official brand mascot named ‘Roshni’?

26. How many Indian startups have made it to Y Combinator’s latest top companies’ list released last week?

27. Which electronics maker has bagged a contract to manufacture Nokia branded mobile phones and smart TVs, besides other agreements with TV companies including Intex, Lloyd and Toshiba?

28. Which MNC has appointed VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger as its next CEO, effective February 15, 2021?

29. UK Billionaire David Barclay has died at the age of 86. He is the owner of which newspaper?

30. Which ecommerce major last week launched an online academy to train students for the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) for entrance to the IITs?

31. Which vacation rental marketplace has said it will be blocking and cancelling reservations in the Washington, DC area during the week of the presidential inauguration?

32. Which US-based electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer said it plans to invest up to $1 billion (about Rs 7,300 crore) in India and is readying to launch its sedan Model N4 in the country at a price of Rs 35 lakh onwards?

33. Which IT firm will purchase assets and onboard employees of Carter Digital, an Australian experience design agency?

34. Inox Leisures last week launched three new multiplexes. Its multiplexes count has touched which number with this launch?

35. Which company and Progressive Energy have set up a venture to produce low carbon hydrogen at the former´s Stanlow Refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire?

36. Which health supplement over-the-counter (OTC) brand has launched the campaign ‘Jandaar Bano’?

37. Which MNC and Uday Shankar, former Chairman and CEO of Star India and President of Walt Disney Asia Pacific, are forming a new venture to explore technology and media opportunities in emerging markets?

38. Amazon has launched its first mobile-only video plan in India in collaboration with which telecom company?

39. Which online used cars marketplace has rolled out a digital film ‘Bhogi Car Melam’ to celebrate the first day of the Pongal festival, Bhogi?

40. Messaging service Telegram has crossed which milestone subscriber mark globally?

41. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has directed to liquidate which debt-ridden dairy firm after the company failed to finalise any bidder within the specified time-frame?

42. Which security solutions provider has signed an agreement to invest $2 million in Israel-based L7 Defense?

43. Which bank has entered into the credit cards business claiming an industry first perquisite by way of the lowest finance charges that would be synchronised with customer ratings?

44. Former Reliance Infra CEO has joined which US-based venture capital firm as India head?

45. Which eye wear brand has roped in actor Vikrant Massey for its ‘Blumax’ range, the advanced blue light protective product line?

46. Which dairy firm has announced the launch of packaged Mathura Peda and Mewa Atta Laddoo and frozen drumsticks, cut okra and Haldi paste cubes?

47. Japanese premium beauty brands manufacturer Kao Corporation has introduced its global brand Bioré in India in partnership with which lifestyle retailer?

48. Which bank has launched a digital campaign ‘ReachOutReachWithin’, on mental health awareness, with an objective to mainstream conversations around mental well-being?

49. Which fashion designer has launched what is being claimed as India's first-ever virtual store from an Indian design house?

50. Which city has emerged as the world’s fastest-growing mature tech ecosystem in the world since 2016, according to new research released in London last week?

51. Which beverages and snacks maker will achieve net zero emissions by 2040 and is targeting reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by decade-end?

52. China’s President Xi Jinping called on which MNC to help improve China-US ties, striking a business friendly tone as the Biden administration prepares to take over in Washington?

53. Which broking firm has announced the launch of an investor education platform ‘Smart Money’?

54. Sesa Football Academy has launched its new logo. It is the sports initiative of which business group?

55. Which firm has won a contract from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to set up a 1,000-seater global digital hub to develop capabilities around futuristic technologies?

56. Which FMCG and Ayurvedic products maker last week announced its foray into the cow ghee category as part of its plans to expand product portfolio?

57. Rajashree Nambiar has stepped down as the MD and CEO of which financial services company?

58. Which company has sold its stake in fintech company Seynse Technologies, held by wholly-owned subsidiary Nettle Infrastructure Investments?

59. Which health insurance company has rolled out a campaign featuring actor Divyenndu Sharma?

60. The Philadelphia Flyers, a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, have announced that Flyers players' helmets will feature a sponsorship logo of which Indian company?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 877 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 10, 2021

Biz Quizzard 876

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

1. Dabur India has entered the Mouthwash category with an ayurvedic mouthwash. What has it been branded as?

2. Which beer brand has released its debut music video ‘Always Summer’, featuring singer-songwriter and musician Prateek Kuhad?

3. Which cooking oil brand halted all advertisements featuring former cricketer and brand ambassador Sourav Ganguly?

4. Which hygiene and wellness brand has entered the female condoms category under the brand ‘DOMINA’?

5. Which financial services platform has launched the campaign ‘Har Ghar ka, Desh bhar ka’?

6. Which renewable energy company has named Srivatsan Iyer as its global chief executive officer?

7. Which luggage maker has appointed Anindya Dutta as its new MD?

8. Which MNC has acquired podcasting app Breaker for an undisclosed sum, a move that will cement its position in the booming sector?

9. Which business process outsourcing firm last week said it acquired Enquero, a firm that offers data engineering and data-led digital transformation services?

10. Which MNC will be globally premiering its B-SUV segment car Kiger in India on January 28?

11. Which Indian beer brand would be launched in the Japanese market before the Tokyo Olympics this year?

12. A group of employees of which MNC last week announced they have formed a union, creating a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry?

13. Which brand has launched a ‘Healthy New Year’ campaign that highlights the Neem Fresche technology and stresses on mattress hygiene?

14. Which MNC has selected Cristiano Amon to succeed Steve Mollenkopf as CEO, effective June 30, 2021?

15. Which automobile MNC last week revealed its new corporate logo and global brand slogan ‘Movement that inspires’?

16. Which company has become India's first urban co-operative bank (UCB) to transition to a Small Finance Bank (SFB)?

17. Which pharmaceutical giant has unveiled its most significant brand refresh in about 70 years, including a new logo - a double helix-inspired mark?

18. Which MNC will shut down its Minecraft Earth mobile game on June 30?

19. Which MNC last week announced it bought jets from a pair of airlines, bolstering its delivery network?

20. Which Indian conglomerate last week said it aims to completely meet its electrical energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 as a part of its sustainability goals?

21. Which environment management services provider last week unveiled south India’s largest plastic recycling facility at the JN Pharma City at Paravada of Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh?

22. Which Kerala-based soap manufacturer has launched ‘Elaria’ nano soaps packed in tablet strips for travellers to fight to COVID-19?

23. What will Tata Motors brand its upcoming seven-seater SUV, codenamed Gravitas, as?

24. Which company has roped in Milind Soman as brand ambassador for its newly launched product Amrit Kalash?

25. Which brand has roped in cricketer MS Dhoni and his five-year-old daughter Ziva Dhoni for its latest ad?

26. Which doors and windows brand has launched the campaign 'Akela Hi Kaafi Hai', featuring actor Gajraj Rao?

27. Which spirits company has announced the appointment of Ipsita Das as Managing Director, India?

28. For its return to Formula One six decades later, which luxury sports car maker has roped in technology services provider Cognizant as its title and technology partner this year?

29. Which debt arranger has started a mutual fund that would be launching a banking and PSU debt fund?

30. Who has overtaken Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the richest person on the planet?

31. Which iconic designer, known for giving the sari a contemporary look, passed away in Coimbatore at the age of 79 last week?

32. Which compressed biogas player last week said it has set up Telangana’s first poultry litter based compressed biogas (CBG) project at Udityal village, near Balanagar?

33. Which company has launched Formula DIN-Rail - a complete range of Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs), Residual Current Circuit Breakers (RCCBs) and Isolators for the electrical retail market?

34. Which company last week said it would launch its midsized SUV Kushaq in the second quarter of 2021?

35. Which Marathi news channel has unveiled a new look and brand positioning - “Kaalji Tumchi Hith Maharashtrache” (Viewer’s Concern and In the Interest of Maharashtra)?

36. Which mutual fund has launched its first investor awareness campaign of the year ‘#PaisonKoRokoMat’?

37. Which fast food chain has redesigned its brand including its logo, food packaging and restaurants in order to reflect improvements such as eliminating preservatives?

38. Tech Mahindra´s market capitalization crossed which milestone mark last week?

39. Rishi Vasudev has quit as the CEO of which retailer?

40. Which brokerage platform will commit $100 million over the next few years to fund climate entrepreneurs and support individuals and organisations working on solutions for climate change?

41. Which division of Emmbi Industries, a manufacturing company in the field of packaging, water conservation, human safety and crop protection, has roped in actor Sayaji Shinde as its brand ambassador?

42. Which streaming platform has launched a campaign ‘Play More Browse Less’, featuring actors Tiger Shroff and Ananya Panday?

43. Hennes and Murtitz AB (H&M) launched its latest store in Bhubaneshwar last week. Which store count has it touched in India with this launch?

44. Which German personal care brand has launched its latest campaign in India ‘Filmstars kee nahi, science kee suno’?

45. Honda Activa has claimed to have become the only scooter brand in the history of Indian two-wheeler industry to achieve which milestone customer count mark?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 876 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 3, 2021

Biz Quizzard 875

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 28 - January 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) became the second Indian firm to hit which milestone market capitalisation mark during intra-day trade on December 28?

2. Which group has announced plans to foray into healthcare through a chain of assisted-telemedicine clinics called Ashvin Care?

3. In what would be the first PE buyout of an Indian software company, Apax Partners has agreed to buy the software business of which listed IT services company for Rs 1,000 crore?

4. Which oral health brand has launched ‘Effective and Gentle Care', it’s first-ever TV campaign for its toothbrush portfolio?

5. Which sleep and home solutions company has launched a rewind qawwali ‘Bhaad Mein Jaa 2020'?

6. Which digital healthcare company has released a new rap song, titled ‘Flashback2020’, marking the end of a year, that saw the entire world in the grip of a pandemic, on a positive note?

7. Which brand has launched a new campaign for its moisturising gel bars, featuring brand ambassador and actress Sara Ali Khan?

8. Which Indian electronics maker has entered into an agreement to manufacture smartphones for phone brand Motorola?

9. FMCG maker Godrej Consumer Products last week said it has forayed into home cleaning products under which brand?

10. Who was the top celebrity endorser on television this year, according to a report by TAM Media Research?

11. Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) crossed which milestone market capitalisation (Mcap) mark for the first time intraday on December 28?

12. Which company has tied up with global investment manager AMP Capital for the development of power transmission projects in India?

13. SoftBank has agreed to sell its entire 80% holding in SB Energy Holdings to which entity for $425 million?

14. Which airline has agreed to sell a 32.7% stake in its India venture to partner Tata Sons for 153 million ringgit (about Rs 278 crore)?

15. Which Indian company has been rated as Asia’s most sustainable in textile segment in the 2020 edition of S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment?

16. Which start-up last week said it has partnered with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to open battery swapping centres across India?

17. Which blockchain-based fintech has joined hands with United Multistate Cooperative Society, a credit cooperative society, to launch crypto bank joint venture UNICAS?

18. According to a report last week, Phaneesh Murthy, former CEO of iGate, has joined which company as the CEO of IT Services and Healthcare IT Services?

19. India was overtaken by which country to become Google Pay's largest generator of new users, according to app intelligence firm Apptopia?

20. Which famed French designer has died at the age of 98?

21. Which TV brand has announced the launch of its new ad film titled ‘No Jhoote Vaadein’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Hrithik Roshan?

22. Which mutual fund has launched the AI-driven geo-targeting campaign ‘#ApneFutureKoResetKaro’?

23. Which power dressing brand has launched the digital campaign 'The Winter Edit' for its Winter Collection 2020?

24. Which content distribution and Pay TV platform has launched a campaign featuring actor Vinay Pathak for its new platform service Astro Duniya?

25. Which media brand has launched a film with the message 'Saal Khatam Hua Hai, Khatra Nahi, Continue Staying Safe’?

26. Which edtech startup has acquired test preparation platform NeoStencil for an undisclosed sum?

27. Which Indian IT company’s’ joint venture partner in Saudi Arabia has filed a lawsuit in a California court alleging that the former violated US law on corruption?

28. Which business school has announced the appointment of renowned management academic Professor Madan Pillutla as its sixth dean?

29. Which company last week announced the rollout of its new cargo e-bike - tbike flex - and cargo delivery platform for last mile deliveries and connectivity?

30. Which city has emerged as India’s most affordable housing market with an affordability ratio of 24% in 2020, according to Knight Frank India’s Affordability Index 2020?

31. Which oral care company last week announced the launch of ayurveda-based oil pulling, extending its portfolio in the naturals segment?

32. Ranjan Bargotra has quit as the president of which advertising agency after heading it for 24 years?

33. Which media veteran has resigned as managing director of Quint Digital Media Ltd?

34. Which hair oil brand has launched a new festive campaign ‘Pongal-O-Pongal’ in Tamil?

35. Which brand has launched the digital campaign 'Breaking News' for its new Choco Spread?

36. Which ice-cream brand has rolled out a new digital video featuring actor Yami Gautam for its ice cream cake?

37. Which MNC bank has launched a campaign for the festive season featuring actor Rajkummar Rao?

38. Which company last week said it will invest Rs 92 crore in Barbeque-Nation Hospitality (BNHL) for a 10.76% equity stake?

39. Which MNC has acquired podcast publisher Wondery, one of the last major independent podcast networks, for an undisclosed sum?

40. Tata Sons has overtaken which entity as the largest promoter of listed companies in the country?

41. Which neo-banking platform has unveiled a rap music video titled 'Kya Seekha', paying homage to the resilience of SMEs during a tumultuous 2020?

42. Which home appliances brand has launched the campaign ‘Live Your Resolution’?

43. Which phone brand joined hands with HelpAge India to roll out a nationwide campaign, ‘#KhamoshiKhatam’, featuring singer Alka Yagnik?

44. Goods and services tax (GST) collections touched their highest ever in December 2020. How much was collected?

45. Which MNC and Mahindra and Mahindra last week called off a deal to form a joint venture company that involved the acquisition of the former’s India business?

46. Soma Mondal has taken over as first-ever woman head of which public sector enterprise?

47. Adobe has bid goodbye to which software?

48. Zynga has shut down which popular game?

49. Which bank has launched an ad campaign titled ‘Ek Forever Rishta’?

50. Which company last week said it has become the first two-wheeler company globally to cross a market capitalisation of Rs 1-lakh crore (around $13.6 billion)?

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