December 26, 2021

Biz Quizzard 926

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 20 - 25. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which Mumbai-based group has acquired the distribution rights for global fashion brand Esprit’s watches segment?

2. Which vaccine maker recently announced the launch of a goat pox vaccine to help control goat pox disease in the country?

3. Adani Enterprises Ltd has formed a wholly-owned unit to set up alumina refinery and aluminium smelter. What is it called?

4. Which subsidiary of ONGC has reported its first ever profit?

5. Tablez has opened the first store of ‘House of Toys’. Which city?

6. Which online beauty and personal care startup has acquired an undisclosed majority stake in feminine hygiene startup Sirona in an all-cash deal worth Rs 100 crore?

7. Which company has picked up a 60% stake in couturier Anamika Khanna’s brand AK-OK?

8. Which company has signed an agreement to acquire Austin, Texas-headquartered transformational cybersecurity consulting provider Edgile?

9. Which company has bagged the contract to build India’s longest expressway project - the Rs 17,000-crore and 594-kmlong Meerut-Prayagraj E’way - in UP?

10. Which company has acquired Nicomet, a nickel and cobalt producer based in Goa, which will make the former the sole producer of nickel in India?

11. Which fitness and wellness start-up has acquired at-home cardio equipment brands - RPM Fitness, Fitkit and Onefitplus - along with outdoor bicycles brand, Urban Terrain?

12. Which beauty brand has launched a new  campaign ’Reinventing Beauty’ featuring actress Ileana D’Cruz?

13. Which health tech firm has announced the appointment of Prabh Singh as the CEO for its India operations?

14. Which Japanese plant-based company has partnered with Indian food-tech start-up Vegan Meat India to launch meat-free alternatives in the country?

15. Which juice brand has added Chia and Pumpkin seeds to its portfolio?

16. Which Ayurveda-based beauty and wellness brand has announced Shreya Chaudhary as its brand ambassador?

17. Which coconut oil brand has introduced an exclusive pack in Tamil Nadu and has launched a campaign for it?

18. Which beverage brand has launched a regional campaign for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana echoing the ‘Ghanam’ outlook of Telugus?

19. Which financial services company has launched a new campaign 'Cashless Confidence'?

20. Which enterprise software maker will buy electronic medical records company Cerner Corp for $28.3 billion in its biggest ever deal?

21. Which dessert brand from the house of Curefoods India has announced actress Megha Akash as its brand ambassador for the coming year?

22. Which business visa immigration consultancy has announced former Australian pacer Brett Lee as brand ambassador?

23. Which online payments processing service has launched the campaign ‘You have it, you just didn’t know it’?

24. Which watch brand has appointed actress Ananya Panday as its celebrity brand ambassador?

25. Which biscuit brand has launched the campaign ‘Kayi Smiles, Nayi Smiles’ to introduce its new identity?

26. Which Pro Kabaddi League team has announced Borosil as its principal sponsor for the upcoming edition?

27. Which online real estate platform recently launched a song as an extension to its "#YahanSearchKhatamKaro" campaign on social media?

28. Which edtech and skilling startup has acquired Delhi-based Prepleaf, an end-to-end placement preparation company that focuses on data analytics, for $1 million, or about Rs 7.5 crore?

29. Which business personality has picked up a 20% stake in Wakau Interactive, a subsidiary of digital entertainment and technology company JetSynthesy?

30. The National Stock Exchange has launched a framework that allows listed companies to sign-up for higher governance standards than what is required under the law. What has it been branded as?

31. Which company has picked up a significant minority stake in Hyderabad-based contract development and manufacturing organisation Yapan Bio for an investment of Rs 101.77 crore?

32. Which Kolkata-based road developer has sold its entire 40% stake in the 67-km-long Shree Jagannath Expressway in Odisha to an arm of the marquee Canadian infrastructure-focused fund CDPQ for Rs 2,100 crore?

33. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain reinforced its commitment towards inclusivity through its latest campaign for EatQual initiative?

34. Which payments and API banking solutions company has announced the launch of its brand campaign, ‘Yeh Mera Idea Tha’?

35. Which business group has launched its new corporate ad film ‘Many Reasons to Smile’?

36. Which senior living community operator has launched the Christmas campaign ‘Ms Santa’?

37. Which beverage chain has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Chai + Snacks = Relax’?

38. Cough and cold brand, Vicks announced that it has roped in which actor as its new brand ambassador?

39. Which automobile company launched the campaign 'Conquering the Unconquerable' to commemorate its 20 years?

40. Which dish topped the list of most-ordered dish in Swiggy’s annual StatEATstics report, released last week?

41. Which realty group has unveiled the “Joyful Living Forever” campaign?

42. Which airline last week unveiled its logo along with the tagline, ‘It’s Your Sky’?

43. Which FMCG major last week announced its foray into the quick service restaurant (QSR) segment with the launch of a new brand - Jango’z?

44. Which bank’s subsidiary last week announced that it has acquired the passenger vehicle finance portfolio of Ford Credit India (FCIPL)?

45. Private equity (PE) major Advent International has acquired a majority stake in which global digital engineering services company with innovation labs in India and the US, for $1.5 billion?

46. Which merchant commerce platform has launched ‘Plural Tokenizer’, a tokenisation solution that works across leading card networks?

47. Which ecommerce marketplace announced the appointment of a former Arvind Lifestyle Brands units executive Himanshu Chakrawarti as president of the company?

48. Which skincare brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani as its brand ambassador and has launched the ‘#SwishDabDab’ campaign?

49. Which snack brand has launched the campaign ‘For The Bold' featuring actor and brand ambassador Kartik Aaryan and actress Sanjana Sanghi?

50. Which MNC will acquire its joint venture Prione Business Services, subject to requisite regulatory approvals?

51. Which pain relief brand has launched an Instagram Influencer campaign with Bani J and Sunil Chhetri amongst others?

52. Which multi-brand e-commerce platform has launched the ‘#BeTheSanta’ campaign?

53. Which brand from Hamdard Laboratories has released its latest campaign- ‘Shine Like No One’?

54. Which financial services marketplace has launched the campaign ‘#AbChoicesHueAasan’ featuring actor Sumeet Raghavan?

55. Which food brand has launched its new campaign ‘#AapkaTastePartner’ for its pickles and papads, featuring actress and brand ambassador Madhuri Dixit?

56. Which insurance broker and risk adviser has increased shareholding in its Indian arm, a joint venture with Rampart Trust, to 92% from 49%?

57. Which company is investing Rs 1,600 crore in setting up its largest integrated wood panel manufacturing unit at Gopavaram in YSR Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh?

58. Which institute last week launched the ‘Surendra and Dorothie Shah Chair’ for research on sustainable construction?

59. Which business group’s Vulcan Minerals will buy the coal assets of Brazilian mining company Vale for $270 million?

60. Which MNC will acquire the mutual fund business of L&T Finance Holdings for $425 million (Rs 3,250 crore)?

61. Which QSR chain has launched the campaign ‘‘Bhook ke chhakke chhudao’ featuring actor Ranveer Singh as part of its association with the movie 83?

62. Which men’s fragrance brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Randeep Hooda?

63. Which brand has launched a television commercial on Milky Soft Baby Care range featuring actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra?

64. Which online healthcare company launched its latest campaign ‘Let’s call it a wRAP’ in collaboration with musician and rapper Baba Sehgal?

65. Which online furniture company is celebrating its tenth anniversary with ‘Big 10 Bash’ campaign?

66. Which company has launched its campaign ‘#TheGoodChocolate’ to take chocoholics on a journey of bliss with the unique taste of its exclusively premium range of Camel Milk Chocolates?

67. Which brand has launched its new campaign ‘Solar ka Simple Solution’?

68. Which health tech brand has roped in Australian cricketer Pat Cummins as brand ambassador and investor to offer its services to a wider consumer base across India?

69. Which MNC will buy privately owned footwear label Heydude for $2.5 billion?

70. Tata Motors has completed the formation of an electric vehicle subsidiary following the successful incorporation of the new company. What is it called?

71. Which IT firm has signed an agreement with UK-based Ardonagh, wherein its subsidiary has acquired 51% stake in a shared services entity Mrald?

72. The wholly owned subsidiary of which bank and the Indian Navy have introduced a co-branded credit card for the personnel of the Indian Navy?

73. Which personal care brand owned by Emami has forayed in the offline retail space and looking to strengthen its distribution footprint with exclusive retail outlets?

74. Which Bengaluru-based company has acquired UK-based manufacturer Westwire Harnessing Limited for an undisclosed amount?

75. Which company has won the financial bid for resolution of the ailing Lavasa Corporation, which is constructing the country’s first privately-built smart city near Pune?

76. Which company launched high-speed escooter Faast at an introductory price of Rs 89,999 (before subsidies) at the EV Expo 21 held at Greater Noida?

77. Which company, on the occasion of National Consumer Rights Day, launched a new campaign for its smart care number 1800 209 5511?

78. Which home and sleep solutions company has launched a new campaign, 'The Honest Office-goer's Rant' featuring actor Sumeet Vyas?

79. Which company has acquired women-oriented content platform Momspresso along with its associated influencer engagement platform Momspresso MyMoney?

80. 10 years after it exited the sector by selling Cinemax India to PVR, which Mumbai-based real estate player is set to re-enter the cinema exhibition space under the Cineline brand?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 926 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli

December 19, 2021

Biz Quizzard 925

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period December 13 - 18. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which MNC has piloted a project in India called WoW, or Wireless over Wire, that takes internet through electricity wires?

2. Samsung Electronics Co. named its newly merged mobile phone and home-appliances businesses “DX Division” as the tech giant moves to strengthen its corporate structure. What does DX stand for?

3. PepsiCo India is foraying into the flat-cut and wafer-styled potato chips segment across the country under which brand?

4. Which Indian startup has made it to this year’s global list of 35 elite unicorns with valuations of over $10 billion?

5. Which brand has rolled out an out of home (OOH) campaign, ‘The Unending Noodle Strands', across Delhi and Kolkata?

6. Which brand has launched its first brand film with the tagline ‘100% cotton shirts’, featuring actor Lalit Prabhakar?

7. Which personal care brand has commemorated its fifth anniversary by creating ‘Good Book’- a notebook made from discarded papers?

8. Swiggy has introduced a new gifting feature on its app. What has it been branded as?

9. Swiggy has launched a multi-film digital campaign showcasing its new membership program. What has it been branded as?

10. Grocery delivery startup Grofers has rebranded itself. What is the new brand?

11. The Shriram Group will consolidate its lending arms into a single entity. What will it be known as?

12. Which beauty and personal care company has acquired celebrity and influencer talent management network MissMalini Entertainment in a cash and stock deal?

13. Singapore-based Keppel Corporation will invest $150 million to acquire a 51% stake in the holding company of which solar power producer?

14. The cumulative inflows from systematic investment plans (SIPs) in a year have crossed which milestone mark for the first time, as per data from the Association of Mutual Funds in India?

15. Which destination has become the world’s first government to turn 100% paperless?

16. Which company’s board has cleared a proposal to acquire up to 70.1% stake in Myloancare?

17. Mensa Brands has acquired which online kids wear brand?

18. Nipun Marya, Vivo’s director of brand marketing, has taken over as the India CEO of which smartphone brand?

19. Which edtech company has launched the “Zindagi Ka Syllabus” campaign, featuring brand ambassador and actor Aamir Khan?

20. Which business personality has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2021?

21. Which brand has roped in actress Malaika Arora as the brand ambassador for its range of natural, anti-ageing skincare products?

22. Which online travel company launched the campaign ‘Book abhi. Cancel kabhi bhi.’ for its EzCancel plan?

23. Which incense sticks brand has roped in actress Juhi Chawla as brand ambassador?

24. Which washroom automation accessory brand has signed actor Hrithik Roshan as their brand ambassador?

25. IndianOil has roped in which former cricketer to endorse its ‘Chhotu’ LPG refill?

26. Which diabetes care and management digital app-based platform has launched its first television commercial (TVC) campaign, based on ‘Unbeatables’, which are true stories of members?

27. Which company acquired BRG Iron & Steel for Rs 530 crore last month at an auction held by the liquidator?

28. Which neo-bank has acquired consumer neo-banking platform Finin in a $10 million cash-and-stock deal?

29. Which company last week said it has signed an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to supply 4,667 MW of green power?

30. Which French luxury group has picked Leena Nair as its new global chief executive?

31. Which Indore-based green consultancy will float a joint venture with the oil major Royal Dutch Shell?

32. Which youth-focused direct-to-consumer firm is adding a marketplace business called Bazaar to its platform?

33. SBI Card has announced the introduction of a fitness and wellness-focused credit card, targeted at customers across the country. What has it been branded as?

34. Which company last week announced the entry of its German skincare brand Creme 21 into Indian markets?

35. Which 2 locations have shared the title as the world’s most expensive office market in 2021, as per JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker (PORT) report?

36. Which online-to-offline used car retail platform has roped in former cricketer Sachin Tensulkar as brand ambassador and investor?

37. On the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day, which company unveiled the campaign ‘#FutureInvestmentPlan’, featuring brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar?

38. Which spirits company has launched an animated video series, titled '1971 War Chronicles', to mark 50 years of India-Pakistan war?

39. Which MNC last week said it had bought virtual sneaker company RTFKT for an undisclosed sum?

40. Which company has acquired the India and Southeast Asia distribution and manufacturing rights for the Reebok sports brand?

41. Which face talcum brand has launched two new variants - Radiant Pink and Pearl White, and has roped in actress Tanya Hope as brand ambassador?

42. Which health insurance company has launched a new campaign “Ek Baar Lo, Accha Lo”?

43. Which company has rolled out ‘India’s No. 1 Electric Two-Wheeler Company’ campaign?

44. Which company’s board of directors have approved the acquisition of Dash Pharmaceuticals LLC, USA, through its subsidiary company for a cash consideration of $18 million?

45. Thailand’s Siam Cement Group has entered into a joint venture with which company to manufacture autoclaved lightweight concrete panels, the group’s patented product, in Gujarat?

46. Which company and the BMW Group have expanded their 9-year-old motorcycle-manufacturing alliance into joint development, production and exports of electric vehicles from India?

47. Gurpratap Boparai has resigned as the MD of which automobile company?

48. Which Indian company said its EV arm will set up a manufacturing and technology centre in Castilla y León, Spain, and invest about €100 million in the region over the next decade?

49. Which Hyderabad-based contract research and development organization last week said it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pune-based Intox Pvt Ltd?

50. Which company was the biggest wealth creator for the third successive year, according to Motilal Oswal 26th Annual Wealth Creation Study?

51. Which company has announced the introduction of Tagra, a premium range of performance footwear for safety, manufacturing, military and security sectors?

52. Which company has acquired 100% of the share capital of Singapore Telecommunications Limited’s (“Singtel”) delivery center in Malaysia - Global Enterprise International Malaysia Sdn. Bhd?

53. Former Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari is launching an ed-tech start-up. What is it called?

54. Which e-tailor has launched its new campaign ‘Ridiculously Comfortable’, featuring brand ambassador and cricketer Rishabh Pant?

55. Which plant-based meat company has roped in Olympian Neeraj Chopra as its brand ambassador?

56. Which company announced the acquisition of Femcy, a femtech brand focused on personalised menstrual wellness solutions?

57. Which ghee brand has launched the campaign ‘Thand Padi’ emphasizing on the importance of  consuming ghee during winters?

58. Which digital platform engineering company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nggawe Nirman Technologies (NNT), a cloud-native app development company?

59. Which IT firm has signed an agreement to acquire LeanSwift Solutions, US-headquartered system integrator of Infor Products?

60. Amazon India has crossed which milestone count of sellers on its platform?

61. Kia India last week unveiled the look of its new recreational vehicle (RV) manufactured at its Anantapur facility. What has it been branded as?

62. Which Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) has launched its maiden brand campaign titled 'Sabse Alag, Sabke Liye.'?

63. Which online travel company has acquired the brand name and technology platform of bus-ticketing and intercity travel provider YoloBus for an undisclosed sum?

64. Which private equity firm has acquired a majority stake in US-based GAVS Technologies Limited (GAVS), which has a large presence in India, including Chennai?

65. Which online beauty platform has acquired cosmetics and skincare brand, Faces Canada, previously owned by Sequoia Capital India and run by a management team?

66. Which Rs 9,000 crore poultry major last week announced the launch of its first click and mortar brand, Delfrez?

67. MTR Foods Pvt. Ltd last week announced its foray into the fresh Idli and Dosa batter category under which brand?

68. Which footwear company has launched the digital campaign ‘Unlimited Sneakers’ to offer its latest collection?

69. Which beauty and personal care company has appointed Sukhleen Aneja as CEO, beauty and FMCG brands?

70. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) has named which business personality as the Global Entrepreneur of the Year in Business Transformation?

71. Which brand has launched flavoured coffee cans in six flavours, including Tender Coconut?

72. Which company providing certified organic herbal and Ayurvedic health products has launched a campaign ‘#TowardsHealthyEating’?

73. Which smartphone brand has launched the third edition of the ‘#SwitchOff’ campaign?

74. Which jewellery brand has launched the campaign 'Very Rare, Very You'?

75. Which brand has appointed actress Lara Dutta as the brand ambassador for its range of olive and multisource cooking oils and has launched a campaign with the positioning ‘Behtar Kal Ki Shuruaat, Aaj Se’?

76. Sameer Gehlaut will resign as promoter of which housing finance company at the end of the current fiscal after selling 11.9% stake in the firm?

77. Which industry body has elected The Times Group’s Mohit Jain as president for 2021-22?

78. Which automobile company has appointed Unsoo Kim as Managing Director for India from January 1, 2022?

79. Which company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Norway-based Hydro’s aluminium extrusions business in India for an enterprise value of Rs 247 crore located in Kuppam, AP?

80. Indian Hotels Company Ltd. (IHCL) has collaborated with Tata Projects Ltd. for the construction of a new hotel for which brand at Santacruz, Mumbai, by an all-woman engineering team?

81. Which New York-based social platform for investors and traders has partnered with Times Bridge to expand its offerings to the Indian market?

82. Which life insurer has become the first Indian insurance company to sign the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)?

83. Which MNC last week said executive vice president and power business chief Katsuya Nakanishi will become its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 1, 2022?

84. Which edtech firm has acquired UPSC-focused edtech platform StudyIQ Education for about $20 million (around Rs 150 crore) in a cash and stock deal?

85. Which group said its 2 properties have become first hotels in the world to achieve net-zero carbon status?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to with Biz Quizzad 925 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

December 12, 2021

Biz Quizzard 924

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

1. Which IT company has decided to do away with the role of COO after the retirement of incumbent Pravin Rao?

2. Which shopping destination has launched the ‘Back to Work, Back to the World’ campaign to announce the launch of Autumn Winter collection across brands?

3. Which bank has sold its loan exposure in Chenani Nashri Tunnelway (CNTL) to an Ares SSG Capital-backed asset reconstruction company at a discount of 25%?

4. Which firm has acquired education infrastructure including K12 Schools and Student Housing assets in South for around Rs 350 crore to further strengthen its leadership position in the market?

5. Which online higher education company is set to acquire Talentedge, India's fourth largest online higher education company, for around Rs 350-400 crore?

6. Which realty company has released the film ‘Kitaab’ highlighting trust and relationships?

7. Which company released its latest film ‘Fashion for All’ to celebrate the ‘International Day of Persons with Disabilities’, in collaboration with Atypical Advantage?

8. Which automobile company, in collaboration with Universal Music India (UMI), has launched a platform for budding artists across India to showcase their talent to the nation?

9. Which personal care brand has launched the campaign ‘#NoConditionsApply’ for its hair care portfolio?

10. Which state has named industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata for its highest civilian award?

11. Which company last week announced the acquisition of the home textiles business of GHCL for Rs 576 crore?

12. London-based private equity fund Greater Pacific Capital (GPC) has picked up around 14% stake in which microfinance company for $50 million (Rs 375 crore)?

13. Which retail company last week announced the launch of its new retail chain in the toys segment called House of Toys?

14. Mensa Brands, a Bengaluru-based e-commerce roll-up company, has acquired which home décor label, which caters mainly to the US and UK markets?

15. Which IT company will acquire ‘farm-to-store’ retail chain Polimeraas valued at Rs 250 crore in a cash and stock deal?

16. Which Indian IT firm last week announced its entry into blockchain and crypto ecosystem through print ads?

17. Which mortgage lender in the US was in news last week for its CEO firing around 900 employees over a Zoom meeting?

18. Which faucets & sanitaryware brand has launched a new television ad campaign 'Freedom 3.0' featuring actors Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma?

19. Which influencer marketing platform has announced the launch of India’s first Meta-influencer ‘Kyra’?

20. How many Indian entities figure in the list of the top 100 arms-producing companies around the globe, released by Swedish think-tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI?

21. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) recently launched India's first indigenous server. What has it been branded as?

22. Which menswear brand has launched the campaign ‘Honestly Made’ for its latest wedding range for the Autumn-Winter 2021 season, featuring brand ambassador and actor Ayushmann Khurrana?

23. Which PC and smart devices brand has launched the campaign We’ve Got Your Back” to showcase the impact that the brand has on different aspects of India?

24. Which company and Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Co have announced plans to set up a $2-billion joint venture to produce industrial chemicals at the latter’s industrial chemicals zone in Ruwais, UAE?

25. Which automobile company will invest Rs 4,000 crore to launch half a dozen electric vehicles (EV) by 2028?

26. Sharon Bowen was last week named chair of which stock exchange?

27. Which private sector lender, in collaboration with NPCI and manufacturing partner Seshaasai, has unveiled ‘On-the-Go’ contactless wearable keychains for debit cards?

28. Furlenco’s parent, House of Kieraya has launched a luxury furniture and lifestyle brand. Name it?

29. Which company has acquired MediaMint, which offers digital consulting and operations services, for Rs 566 crore?

30. Which company has set up a 50:50 joint venture with Belgium’s John Cockerill for setting up a giga factory for electrolysers as part of its green hydrogen and ammonia manufacturing plans?

31. Which beverage brand has launched its 'Safaltaa Ka Kadak Swaad' hyper-local campaign to connect at a deeper level with its discerning customers in Saurashtra?

32. Which pet food brand has launched ‘#BeIndieProud’ its all-new stray adoption campaign?

33. Which confectionery brand has launched the campaign ‘#WhatsYourKidsWay’?

34. Which company has acquired Austria-headquartered GeoGebra that runs an interactive mathematics learning tool with a community of over 100 million learners spread across some 195 countries?

35. Which Indian IT firm and German’s apoBank will buy IT consulting company Gesellschaft für Banksysteme GmbH (gbs)?

36. Jio-BP and which automobile company last week announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly develop electric vehicles-related products and services, including charging solutions?

37. Which MNC has acquired Quill, a messaging app for collaboration and communication with teams, for an undisclosed amount?

38. Ikea has opened its first small format outlet in the country at Worli, Mumbai. What is the format called?

39. Which state has retained top position in the list of states with most employable talent, according to the India Skills Report 2022?

40. Which new age logistics services provider has acquired California-based Transition Robotics Inc, which develops Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platforms?

41. IndiGo has been ranked at which position in the world in terms of number of flights scheduled in the month of December, according to global travel data provider OAG’s monthly report?

42. Which FMCG company has acquired Third Umpire brand partnership for all home matches of the Indian cricket team in the 2021-22 season?

43. Which communications group has launched its global employee-first programme - 'Work Your World'?

44. Which realty company has roped in actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar as its new brand ambassador?

45. US Polo Assn has announced which actor as the India brand ambassador for its new 'Play Together' campaign?

46. Which men’s grooming brand has launched the ‘Hall of Gentlemen' campaign celebrating extraordinary deeds of ordinary men?

47. Which creator driven, live, entertainment commerce platform has launched the campaign ‘Own It Now’?

48. Which couple has topped the Power Couples survey released by the Indian Institute of Human Brands (IIHB)?

49. Which Indian financial services group has turned down its Japanese partner Tokio Marine’s bid to gain controlling stake in their decade-old life insurance joint venture?

50. This should be easy. Which company is the country’s most valuable company according to the Burgundy Private Hurun India 500 companies list?

51. Prakash Manjanath Telang died last week at the age of 74 from cancer in Pune. He was the former MD of which automobile company?

52. Meta, formerly Facebook, last week opened one of its largest offices in Asia in India. Which city?

53. Which community management app has acquired Bengaluru-based community commerce platform MyCommunity Genie in a cash and equity deal?

54. Maruti Suzuki India’s premium hatchback Baleno has crossed which cumulative sales milestone?

55. Which footwear brand has launched a new ad campaign with the tagline 'Feet Hai Confuse, Kise Kare Choose.'?

56. Which general insurance company has launched the ‘#Care4Hockey’ campaign that focuses on supporting the game of Hockey in the country?

57. Which DTH operator and Pay TV platform has launched the campaign ‘Ki Darun’ for West Bengal?

58. Which brand has launched a video for its recently introduced little millet noodles, featuring actor Rannvijay and his 5-year-old daughter Kainaat?

59. Which company has shuttered its plants following a directive from the Haryana Pollution Control Board, triggering concerns of a possible shortage of syringes and needles in India?

60. Which company last week launched its diagnostics business in India, as part of its diversification effort?

61. Which Indian company has made a strategic investment in RIGImmune, a biopharmaceutical research company co-founded by two prominent Yale University professors?

62. Which law firm from India has announced the opening of its first overseas office in Singapore as a licensed foreign law practice offering Indian law expertise, including international arbitration?

63. Which remote healthcare services provider said it has become the first ever organisation in the world to attain the certification of ISO 13131:2021 presented by the British Standards Institution?

64. Which digital transformation services provider has acquired U.K.-based software solutions firm SLR Dynamics for an undisclosed sum?

65. Which company last week announced that it will market its electric vehicles under ‘Montra’ brand across three segments - last-mile commute, last-mile delivery and personal mobility?

66. Which auto components maker has entered into a joint venture agreement with FRIWO AG Germany to manufacture and supply various electric vehicle components in the Indian subcontinent?

67. Which bank has launched an integrated campaign, Saath Mein Baat Hai, to drive mass awareness of its family banking proposition?

68. Which energy drink brand has roped in actor Akshay Kumar its first-ever brand ambassador in India?

69. Which baby care brand has launched a campaign for its new Milk + Rice lotion?

70. Which company is setting up the country’s biggest electric bus factory with a capacity of 10,000 units on the outskirts of Hyderabad?

Please mail your answers before 12 pm next Sunday to with Biz Quizzard 924 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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rajeev kondapalli

December 5, 2021

Biz Quizzard 923

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period November 29 - December 04. Hope you enjoy it.

1. India-born Parag Agrawal took over as the chief executive officer of which MNC last week?

2. Parksons Packaging has acquired which Mumbai-based specialist in alcobev packaging?

3. French gaming company Gameloft has entered into a partnership deal with which Delhi-based social gaming platform?

4. Which Singapore-based virtual currency exchange has begun operations in India at a time when the government is preparing legislation to effectively bar most private cryptocurrencies?

5. French hospitality group Accor has just introduced a new portfolio of luxury boutique hotels. What has it been branded as?

6. Which electric two-wheeler maker is setting up a second plant at Hosur, in Tamil Nadu, which will increase its manufacturing capacity to 400,000 units a year from 120,000 at present?

7. Which company has marked its return into sports broadcasting by signing a 10-year media rights deal with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for their upcoming UAE T20 League?

8. The government has approved strategic sale of which entity to Delhi-based Nandal Finance and Leasing Pvt Ltd for Rs 210 crore?

9. Which Silicon Valley-based fund, an early backer of Nasdaq-listed Coinbase, is entering India amid regulatory uncertainty around the future of blockchain technology and crypto trading?

10. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) last week sacked the board of directors of which financial services company and appointed an administrator to recover debt of about Rs 20,000 crore?

11. Which 128-year-old company, known for its pain management brand, has entered the Direct-To-Customer (D2C) channel with its first physical store in Chennai at Mylapore?

12. Which edtech company will acquire Global Study Partners (GSP), Australia's largest study abroad company, for $16 million?

13. Which German SaaS (software as a service) major last week said it will invest $100 million over the next two-three year to mark its India entry?

14. Which femtech startup has launched the ‘#BeTheChange’ campaign for its menstrual cups?

15. Which brand has launched an animated ad, featuring iconic comic book characters Chacha Chaudhary and Suppandi, to promote financial responsibility and independence?

16. Which mouth freshener brand has launched a new film ‘Achchai that warms your heart’ featuring brand ambassador and actress Anushka Sharma?

17. Which two-wheeler brand has launched the campaign ‘#FightForWhatsRight’ on the occasion of International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women?

18. Which asset light healthcare startup has launched the digital campaign ‘Surgery ka Naya address’, featuring brand ambassador and actor Rajat Kapoor?

19. The United Kingdom’s antitrust watchdog has blocked which MNC’s acquisition of Giphy?

20. Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) last week opened its first Vivanta property in which state in North East India?

21. Marta Ortega, 37, will be the new chairwoman of which MNC next year?

22. Singapore-headquartered Xcelerate Pte Ltd. has acquired a controlling stake in which Madurai-based compliance services solutions provider?

23. Restaurant discovery and food delivery platform Zomato has announced a new programme to help restaurants secure funding. What has it been branded as?

24. Digital music company, Believe has announced the acquisition of which South India-based music label?

25. Which D2C fashion brand has announced the launch of its first ever streetwear collection - Seedhe Gully Se?

26. Which gifting solutions brand has launched the campaign ‘Touch Nahi Karna Touch Karta Hai’ to break the stigma built around HIV?

27. Which company has agreed to acquire Happay, a corporate expense management platform, in a cash-and-stock deal to add to its suite of fintech offerings?

28. Which company is set to become the first Indian Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) firm to list on the local bourses on December 17?

29. US-based deep-impact fund TFCC International will invest $4.14 billion for a 46% stake in which Chennai-based company, making it the largest-ever clean energy-related investment in India?

30. Which industry body has elected Srinivasan Swamy as Chairman for a term of four years?

31. Which city is the world’s most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)?

32. The number of registrations on e-shram portal, launched by the labour ministry to create a national database of unorganised workers, crossed which milestone mark on December 1?

33. Which MNC has completed the purchase of 74.9% stake in Fullerton India Credit Company Limited (Fullerton India) from Fullerton Financial Holdings Pte Ltd (FFH)?

34. Which tech-enabled home services marketplace has launched free video consultation for consumers for all its appliance repair services?

35. PE firm Advent International has announced completion of merger of its portfolio companies Dixcy Textiles and Gokaldas Intimatewear. What is the merged entity called?

36. Which advertising agency has announced the appointment of Swapan Seth as executive director effective December 7, 2021?

37. Which hair care brand has appointed actress Kareena Kapoor Khan as its brand ambassador?

38. Which motorcycle maker last week said it has joined hands with British brand Belstaff to market an exclusive range of apparel?

39. Which company has announced that its companies, including CareTech Solutions and Ciber Inc., are uniting under one name and one brand?

40. Which MNC has named Susan E Arnold as first woman chairperson in its 98-year history, effective December 31, 2021?

41. Which ceramic wall and floor tile manufacturing company has launched its new commercial as a part the ‘Zameen Se Judey’ campaign, featuring actors Salman Khan and Manoj Pahwa?

42. Which media network in India has signed a three-year deal with the American professional basketball league, the NBA (National Basketball Association)?

43. Which hospitality company has appointed former SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar as strategic group advisor?

44. Which company and ReNew Power last week signed an agreement to tap $2 billion green hydrogen business opportunities in two years in India and the neighbouring countries?

45. Which company is starting a Portfolio Management Scheme (PMS) in an alliance with PMS Bazaar, a Mumbai-based startup that would devise investment strategies?

46. Pradip Shah, founder of IndAsia Fund Advisors, has been appointed as chairman of which entity?

47. Sanjay Jain, MD of Aditya Birla Asset Reconstruction Company, will be the chief executive of which entity?

48. Which FMCG major last week said it has eliminated coal usage across its operations, replacing it with green alternatives such as biomass and biodiesel?

49. Which MNC and WhatsApp last week announced a partnership that will allow people in the country to book a ride via WhatsApp, a global-first initiative by the ride-hailing platform?

50. Monthly credit card spends crossed which milestone mark for the first time in October, as per the latest figures released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

51. Which automobile MNC has established a subsidiary in India to offer battery sharing service for small mobility, which will accelerate the penetration of electric vehicles (EVs)?

52. Which bank has signed a master agreement with Adani Capital for co-lending to farmers?

53. Which bike-taxi start-up has partnered with multi-modal transit application Tummoc to woo public transport users while offering a seamless transit solution to its existing users?

54. Which digital payments major has launched a health insurance plan, Health@999, for first-time health insurance buyers?

55. LinkedIn last week launched which language edition, the first Indian regional language on the professional network?

56. G Subramonia Iyer has resigned as the part-time chairman of which bank?

57. Which edtech company has announced a two-year partnership with Olympic medallists Neeraj Chopra and PV Sindhu as the brand ambassadors?

58. Which company has unveiled a series of TV commercials for its advanced pain relief body range, featuring Olympic medallists Mirabai Chanu and Bajrang Punia?

59. Which sanitary pads brand has launched the ‘stained screen’ campaign, featuring brand ambassador and actor Radhika Apte?

60. Which Indian entity last week said it has been ranked number one cooperative among the top 300 cooperatives in the world?

61. Which multiplex chain has elevated Vishal Sawhney, who makes a return to the company, to the rank of Chief Executive Officer?

62. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has roped in former athlete PT Usha to endorse its new 'Express Pick-up' service?

63. Which fashion e-tailer has launched European fashion brand DeFacto on its platform to strengthen its international brands’ portfolio?

64. Which homegrown athleisure brand for women has launched its winter campaign ‘Embrace’ to showcase its new range of products?

65. Which women’s grooming brand has launched the ‘#SmoothAFfection’ campaign to celebrate its first anniversary together with the birthday of its brand ambassador, Alaya F?

66. Which men’s grooming brand has launched its new campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Yash?

67. Which pay TV platform has roped in actors Shaheer Sheikh and Sana Makbul for the launch campaign of its Romance channel?

68. Which West Indies cricketer is venturing into fashion with the launch of his clothing line Djb47?

69. Which IT firm has acquired Florida-based work-at-home (WAH) customer experience management (CXM) solutions firm Activus Connect for $62 million?

70. Who has been promoted as the First Deputy Managing Director at IMF?

71. Which company has entered into a share purchase agreement with NV Pune Technology Park and has acquired 100 per cent of the equity and preference shares of the company?

72. Who has taken a 51% stake in Lupa India, an investment entity set up by media mogul James Murdoch through his family office?

73. The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) has revoked a plant variety protection (PVP) certificate granted to which company on a potato variety (FL-2027)?

74. Which beverage brand has roped in actor Mahesh Babu as the brand ambassador?

75. On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which honey brand launched the campaign “Shuddhata Sabke Liye”?

76. Which dish wash brand has launched its latest campaign "Nazariya Badlo, Dekho Bartano Se Aage"?

77. Which edtech company has launched a special brand film, 'Celebrating A Decade Of Learning, Unlearning, Relearning'?

78. Which fintech company has signed cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its brand ambassador on the occasion of its 10th anniversary?

79. Which end-to-end home construction company has onboarded cricketer Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador?

80. The monthly electric vehicle sales in India crossed which milestone mark for the first time in November 2021?

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rajeev kondapalli