June 27, 2021

Biz Quizzard 900

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Global private equity fund KKR said it’s investing $625 million (Rs 4,600 crore) for a controlling stake in which consumer goods company?

2. Which MNC has reverted to its original structure in India of one executive head for the geography, elevating Gaurav Jain as the overall chief of the company in the country?

3. Which bank has reported the lowest fail rate for Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions processed in May, as per latest data published by NPCI?

4. US-headquartered MRCC Group has announced the acquisition of which digital learning firm in what it claims is the largest deal in the corporate learning space in India?

5. Which global payments company has sought the central bank’s permission to offer a new cross-border payments system to process trade flows to and from India?

6. Which water technologies provider said it plans to commence assembly of German joint venture partner Homa’s products at its Coimbatore facility in the next six months?

7. Which automobile company last week launched the Mobility Challenge to explore new-age technologies and help growth-stage start-ups scale up their business?

8. Which company has launched a new regional ad campaign, unveiled by actor Mammootty, with the aim of strengthening the brand's commitment towards the wedding photography segment?

9. Nissan India last week said it has commenced exports of which brand to Indonesia, South Africa and Nepal?

10. United Spirits is entering into the craft spirits segment by launching a new whiskey, its first local brand launch in nearly two decades. What has it been branded as?

11. Which company and Bayer (South East Asia) have decided to extend the operations of their joint venture by three years with effect from June?

12. Which global cybersecurity leader has signed a lease for its first large engineering office in India?

13. Which building materials firm has announced plans to invest Rs 100 crore towards building its aluminium window and door systems brand Alteza over four years?

14. Which 2 firms will merge their mobile operations in Malaysia in a $15 billion deal, forming a new market leader in the competitive Southeast Asian nation?

15. Which cooking oil brand launched the film ‘#HappyNewFathersDay’, urging consumers to legally adopt and support unaccompanied children in this pandemic?

16. Which pregnancy detection kit brand launched the campaign ‘#DadsWillBeDads’, featuring brand ambassador and actress Anushka Sharma?

17. Which grooming company launched a video with the message ‘Every Father Deserves This Timeless Gift Of Love’?

18. Which health & wellness portal for men released the video ‘#WeCareForMen’ for Father’s Day?

19. Which auto-tech company launched the video ‘Kyuki Papa Sab Jaante Hain’, featuring actor Varun Sharma?

20. Bharti Airtel will pilot and deploy 5G network solutions locally developed by which group as part of its fifth-generation mobile service rollout plans for the country?

21. Which diapers brand launched the video ‘#PapasWhoKnow’, highlighting the fact that in modern society dads are today equally trying to be involved in raising the child?

22. Which tyre brand launched the campaign ‘#TurnItAround’ for Father’s Day?

23. Which heath-tech company launched a song titled ‘PAPA’ to highlight the importance of fathers' health and wellbeing?

24. Which power technologies company has launched the campaign ‘#DadHeroes’?

25. Which mobile game company has signed in actor Kartik Aaryan as brand ambassador for its mobile title Brawl Stars, a multiplayer team action game?

26. Which life insurance brand released a digital film titled ‘#PapaHainNa’?

27. Which insurance company’s campaign ‘#NibhayeVaade’ encourages fathers to take the pledge of safety by wearing the helmet while riding a two-wheeler at the behest of their loved ones?

28. Which MNC has launched a microsite ‘Chase Your Dream' urging Indians to be a part of the spirit of the Olympic Games and chase their dreams even in these unprecedented times?

29. Which online grocery company’s ‘#BeDadToDad’ campaign sensitises fathers on the importance of a healthy lifestyle?

30. Which state has roped in Raghuram Rajan, Esther Duflo and 3 others as part of the Economic Advisory Council to the Chief Minister?

31. Which celebrity engagement platform released a video featuring former chess champion Viswanathan Anand sending his wishes to a father on behalf of his son and daughter?

32. Which company launched the campaign #MahaAdjustableDads’ for Father’s Day?

33. Which home appliances brand launched the campaign ‘Dad is Not a Superhero’?

34. Which mutual fund launched an animated campaign ‘#SamajhdaarLikePapa’ for Father’s Day?

35. Which beverage brand has launched its latest campaign ‘Iss Baar #SabKeLiye’, urging all to help support staff for Covid-19 vaccination?

36. Norwegian pension fund KLP is divesting from which company on the grounds the company’s links with the Myanmar military breach the fund's responsible investment policy?

37. Which state last week announced a new EV promotion policy with the most generous subsidy roll out announced by any state so far?

38. Which FMCG major has become the first company in the country to do away with paper cartons for toothpastes as the clamour for sustainable living grows louder among consumers?

39. Which end-to-end construction player announced plans to foray into new markets like Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mysore, Chennai and Delhi in 2021?

40. Which brand has remained the world's most valuable brand with an estimated value of $684 billion, according to a global ranking by Kantar's BrandZ?

41. Which pharma company has launched Icosapent Ethyl Capsules, 1 gram, in the US market as approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)?

42. Which business-to-business payment fintech firm has announced the expansion of its services to Saudi Arabia and Oman after entering the UAE market recently?

43. Which group has announced investment in fintech start-up Paymatrix through its flagship entity, and the associate company, The Thinking Machine Media Private Limited (TMM)?

44. Which company last week announced to partner Enlighted, a Siemens group firm, to provide an internet of things (IoT)-based solution for commercial buildings and make workplaces smarter?

45. Which air cooler major has announced the appointment of Amit Kumar as Executive Director (ED) and Group CEO of the company effective from August 2, 2021?

46. Which detergent brand has launched its latest commercial ‘Ab Waqt Hai Chamakne Ka’ celebrating the rise of India's first woman fencing champion, C.A. Bhavani Devi?

47. Which company has signed a pact with Cisco to automate its telecom network to support 4G and, in the future, 5G use cases for offering enhanced user experience to its customers?

48. Guenter Butschek would be stepping down as the managing director and chief executive officer of which company on June 30?

49. Which business personality was last week found dead in his cell in a jail near Barcelona, Spain?

50. Who has emerged as the biggest philanthropist globally in the last century by donating $102 billion, as per a list of top-50 givers prepared by Hurun Report and EdelGive Foundation?

51. Which telecom conglomerate has appointed Vijayaraman Subramanian as the VP and managing director of its India operations?

52. German car-parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) has divested its entire 49% stake in which company to its Indian joint venture partners for an undisclosed sum?

53. The debt resolution plan of Mumbai-based Suraksha Realty Limited along with Lakshdeep Investments and Finance Private Limited has emerged the winning bid to acquire which company?

54. Which MNC last week said it has taken control of India's largest brewer United Breweries Limited (UBL)?

55. Which airline last week announced that it will offer up to 10% discount to vaccinated customers from August 1?

56. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘#APadThatBreathes’ for its Prima sanitary pads, featuring digital creator Kusha Kapila?

57. Which brand has rolled out the ‘Barber Parivar Suraksha Programme’, aimed at protecting and providing resources to the barber community and their families as they return to business?

58. Which facewash brand has collaborated with music streaming platforms for its ‘#ThankYouHaters’ campaign?

59. Which bank has released a multi-film digital campaign promoting Grab Deals, its online shopping portal?

60. Microsoft Corp last week became the second US public company to reach which milestone market value?

61. Which grooming brand celebrated the special bond between fathers and sons through the launch of the ‘#KhulKeBolo’ campaign with TVF?

62. Reliance Jio, in partnership with Google, will roll out an ‘ultra-affordable’ 4G smartphone on September 10. What has it been branded as?

63. Which US-based company has announced setting up a manufacturing facility to produce electric buses in Telangana involving Rs 2,100 crore of investment?

64. Which Indian company will appoint Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of Saudi Aramco and governor of the Kingdom’s wealth fund, to its board as an independent director?

65. Which MNC last week said it had agreed to a 1.8 billion euro ($2.2 billion) takeover of European open banking platform Tink?

66. Which tyre company has launched SecuraDrive, a new range for compact SUVs?

67. Which premium lifestyle brand has launched its digital first sustainable brand Qisa on Flipkart?

68. Which global cosmetic major has announced the realization of the first cosmetic bottle made from plastic entirely recycled using Carbios' enzymatic technology?

69. Google has removed which indigenous social media app from Playstore on a copyright complaint made by music company T-Series?

70. Which Indian company last week unveiled plans to invest Rs 75,000 crore in renewable energy over the next three years?

71. Which MNC has launched a television commercial showing the grandeur of SUV life, with the positioning ‘India's No. 1 SUV maker’?

72. Which beauty retailer has released a new campaign 'All that you love' with actress Janhvi Kapoor as brand ambassador?

73. Which analgesic balm brand recently launched its ‘#ToughAsATiger’ campaign to pave the way for the release of Amazon Prime’s much-awaited upcoming thriller, Sherni?

74. Serum Institute of India has manufactured the first batch of which vaccine, its version of US firm Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate that has the potential to be administered to youngsters?

75. Which online pharmacy startup is acquiring a majority stake in diagnostics chain Thyrocare Technologies as it looks to diversify and bolster its testing business?

76. Which e-learning application has launched the campaign ‘Padhne Ka Sahi Tareeka’?

77. Network18 and which bank have launched ‘#TikaLagayaKya’, the Sanjeevani Anthem?

78. Which MNC last week said it was acquiring the encrypted messaging app Wickr which offers secure communications for businesses, government agencies and individuals?

79. Some 15 years after acquiring it, Tata Consumer Products is all set to launch which coffee brand in India?

80. Which brand has emerged as the strongest brand in the global hotels industry in 2021, according to a latest report by the UK-based brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 900 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 20, 2021

Biz Quizzard 899

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period June 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company will acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of HR Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startup Zwayam Digital for around Rs 61 crore?

2. Which automobile MNC recently launched a new era as a lifestyles brand?

3. The assets under management (AUM) of funds linked to the systematic investment plans (SIP) reached which record level at the end of May 2021?

4. Which lock screen content platform has acquired Mumbai-based social commerce startup Shop101 for an undisclosed sum?

5. Which renewable energy company has announced the appointment of Amit Jain as Global CEO?

6. Which regional language-based social network last week said it has successfully built and helped creators monetise a live audio product called Chatrooms?

7. Which Sajjan Jindal-led cement company has entered the construction chemical sector with the launch of a green product range?

8. Which contraceptive brand launched the campaign ‘Better Endings’ for Father’s Day?

9. Which beauty and skincare brand has roped in actress Nora Fatehi as global brand ambassador?

10. Which company’s subsidiary, Switch Mobility Ltd. of U.K., has acquired the entire shareholding in EV maker Switch Mobility Automotive Ltd. India (SMAL)?

11. Which edtech company has launched the campaign VIP, featuring brand ambassador and actor Aamir Khan?

12. Which MNC has filed a trademark violation case against Parle Agro over the use of ‘For the Bold’ tagline for its newly launched beverage B Fizz?

13. US-based flexible coworking booking platform Upflex Inc has entered into an agreement with which real estate services firm to deploy its services across tier 1, 2 and 3 cities in India?

14. Which multivitamin and minerals brand has launched an emotional campaign titled ‘#ExpressTheToughlove’, focusing on the father-son relationship?

15. Sony Pictures Sports Network (SPSN) has launched a series of campaign films for the launch of which new regional language channel, featuring actor Rana Daggubati?

16. Which beverage brand has unveiled a new tune, composed by composer and celebrated internet personality, Yashraj Mukhate?

17. Which social media platform last week launched 'Report it, don't share it', a new initiative that encourages people to report child abuse content on its platforms and not to share it?

18. Which bank last week launched its musical logo (MOGO), a versatile sound signature to greet and connect with customers across platforms and geographies?

19. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Cuelogic Technologies, a digital engineering and outsourced product development company, headquartered in Pune?

20. Which company’s founder and Chairman Emeritus Kochouseph Chittilappilly has offloaded 50 lakh shares valued at Rs 132 crore in the company to fund philanthropic activities?

21. Which short-video app is the number one app in Asia, according to the data from mobile app marketing intelligence firm Sensor Tower?

22. A 100-bed Covid-care hospital, supported by which aviation major and Selco Foundation, opened in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, last week?

23. Which MNC has said its new Spatial Audio feature will be coming to India soon?

24. Which MNC said it would collaborate with Tokyo Century Corp on its data centre business in India?

25. Which company has introduced Accula SARS-CoV-2 test in India?

26. Which company has launched ‘KyaTrade’, an instant trading idea and recommendation App that live streams actionable and high-conviction equity trading and investment ideas?

27. Which franchise-based Esports league has signed actor Tiger Shroff as its brand ambassador?

28. Which group has announced the acquisition of the digital agency, Stratton Communications?

29. Which general insurance company has launched the campaign 'Simple Hai'?

30. With an aim to create better products, which global smartphone brand last week announced that it has decided to further integrate with its sister smartphone brand OPPO?

31. Which OTT platform launched its new campaign ‘Dekhtey Reh Jaogey’, featuring actors Sara Ali Khan and Amol Parashar?

32. Which former cricketer has become the face of PUMA Motorsport in India?

33. Which French luxury eyewear brand has announced actor Athiya Shetty and cricketer KL Rahul as its brand ambassadors?

34. Which meat products and seafood company has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Apne aap se, Ya app se?’?

35. Which MNC bank has pledged Rs 15-crore financial assistance to support dabbawalas in Mumbai, in association with NGO United Way Mumbai?

36. Which fashion retailer posted its first-ever loss in India after sales shrunk 28% due to Covid-related lockdowns and strict restrictions?

37. Which company will acquire a majority stake in Arrakis Tanitim Organizasyon Pazarlama (Publishme), the largest mobile game publishing agency in the Middle East and Turkey?

38. Which international trade body for decentralised finance has announced its India chapter?

39. Which connected healthcare platform has claimed to have become the first such platform to go live with CoWin-approved vaccination slot booking?

40. Who was last week unanimously elected as executive chairman of Microsoft?

41. TVS Motor Company last week unveiled its electric scooter ‘TVS iQube’ in which city?

42. Which beauty and personal care brand last week announced the appointment of actress Shraddha Kapoor as its brand ambassador?

43. A Gururaj has been appointed as the managing director of which telecom manufacturing company?

44. Surf Excel launched a single-use soluble liquid detergent capsule with a unique three chamber design, specially designed for fully automatic washing machines. What has it been branded as?

45. Which men’s grooming brand has unveiled a campaign "Cheer in Whites” to solicit support for Test Cricket?

46. Which lingerie giant has signed a new roster of female brand representatives that includes actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas?

47. Which online grocery startup’s co-founder Saurabh Kumar is leaving the company?

48. Which UK-based OneWeb Group company is set to acquire up to 74% stake in OneWeb India Communications?

49. Hyundai Motor India last week launched which premium SUV in the country priced between Rs 16.3 lakh and Rs 19.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)?

50. Which 2 brands were in the spotlight, in what is being called ´Bottlegate´, last week in Euro 2020, the European football championship?

51. Which premium homeware brand has announced its foray into the glass category and also strengthened its steel portfolio with the launch of steel containers for the first time in India?

52. Which social media platform last week said it is launching advertisements on its short video format across the world?

53. Which company has forayed into B2C segment through its 100% subsidiary Speciality Chemicals, with the introduction of Fabritizer, a clothes sanitiser, through the digital channel?

54. Which company has announced its foray into e-commerce and is first launching its U.K. cookware brand Judge online?

55. Which company has signed an agreement to acquire 100% stake in home-automation firm Silvan Innovation Labs Pvt. Ltd. for Rs 18.2 crore?

56. Krishna's Herbal and Ayurveda has roped in which actor as brand ambassador?

57. Which online travel company has launched its new campaign ‘#WeWillTakeOffAgain’, featuring actor Anupam Kher?

58. Which edtech company has released a new film “Believe”, which expresses gratitude to its learners, educators and users - who the company terms as its ‘Believers’?

59. Which smartphone brand has roped in cricketer Jasprit Bumrah as the brand ambassador for its wearables category?

60. Paving the way for takeover of crisis-ridden Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC), RBI last week granted in-principle approval to which company to set up a small finance bank?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 899 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 13, 2021

Biz Quizzard 898

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 898 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those attempt the current edition within the given time.

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June 6, 2021

Biz Quizzard 897

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 897 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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