February 28, 2021

Biz Quizzard 883

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 883 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 21, 2021

Biz Quizzard 882

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 882 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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February 14, 2021

Biz Quizzard 881

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 7, 2021

Biz Quizzard 880

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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