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August 29, 2021

Biz Quizzard 909

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 22, 2021

Biz Quizzard 908

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

76. Which company will develop the Nagpur airport?

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

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

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

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

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August 15, 2021

Biz Quizzard 907

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 8, 2021

Biz Quizzard 906

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 906 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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August 1, 2021

Biz Quizzard 905

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 905 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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