April 24, 2022

Biz Quizzard 943

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

1. N Sankar, 76, passed away in Chennai on April 17. He was the chairman of which business group?

2. Which regional airline will sell tickets with "9I" code and has shifted to its own cloud-based passenger service system (PSS) from April 15?

3. A community radio station (CRS) dedicated to animal husbandry was launched last week. What has it been branded as?

4. Which education lending fintech platform launched its new campaign 'Potential Hai Toh Possible Hai', featuring players of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)?

5. Which luggage brand has launched the ‘Pyaar wahi par soch nai’ campaign featuring actress and brand ambassador Vaani Kapoor?

6. Which footwear brand has launched the campaign ‘Pairon Ki Suno’ featuring brand ambassadors – former cricketer Sourav Ganguly, and actress Parineeti Chopra?

7. Which sports nutrition brand has launched a video featuring actor Arjun Kapoor?

8. Which pan masala brand has roped in actor Akshay Kumar as its newest brand ambassador?

9. Which skincare brand has launched the ‘#BeingEqual’ campaign as part of its association with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)?

10. TVS Motor Company’s bike exports in FY22 crossed which milestone mark for the first time?

11. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) last week provisionally attached assets worth Rs 757 crore belonging to which MNC, accusing the company of “running a pyramid fraud”?

12. Which drugmaker has appointed Rodolfo Hrosz as the new managing director of India unit with effect from June 1 2022, subject to regulatory approvals?

13. Which IT company has appointed Satya Easwaran as the Country Head for India?

14. Which company has signed an agreement with Mahindra First Choice Wheels (MFCW) to introduce an exclusive hybrid ecosystem for the former’s used commercial vehicle (CV) business?

15. Which pigments major has forayed into the pharmaceutical manufacturing space with the acquisition of Ahmedabad-based active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) maker Atlas Life Sciences?

16. Which company has announced the acquisition of a 64.98% equity stake in Maharashtra Transmission Communication Infrastructure (MTCIL) from Sterlite Technologies?

17. Which business personality has launched a healthcare and diagnostics platform called Flebo in his personal capacity?

18. Which company has launched a new multimedia campaign 'Fan Nahin Fantastic' to unveil its technologically superior range of fans?

19. Which healthcare start-up has launched a new campaign featuring actors Anup Soni and Prakash Raj?

20. Which company has been ranked as India’s most sustainable company in the debut 2021 Capri Global Capital Hurun India Impact 50 list?

21. Disney Star is geared to enter a new market – Odisha, with its new Odia general entertainment channel in the first week of June 2022. What has it been branded as?

22. Which brand has launched its new range, Bright Boost, for Indian consumers, to address the increasing problem of skin dullness?

23. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has floated its first IPL campaign ‘RuPay. Be On-The-Go’ featuring which cricketer?

24. Which wellness brand has launched the campaign “Home Pure, Aap Sure”, introducing its new Pure Homes Sanitizing Floor Cleaner?

25. Which skincare brand has launched ‘#CelebSquad’ campaign with actors Kajal Aggarwal, Pulkit Samrat, and Sanjana Sanghi?

26. Which healthy foods company has roped in actress Anushka Sharma as an investor and brand ambassador?

27. Which fantasy sports platform has roped in Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan as its new brand ambassador?

28. Which edtech company has launched the campaign ‘Teacher Hona Asaan Nahi Hota’?

29. Which private general insurer has appointed Jasleen Kohli as the MD and CEO, effective from 20 April, 2022?

30. Which FMCG major last week announced the appointment of LV Vaidyanathan as the Chief Executive Officer of its India operations effective July 1, 2022?

31. Which footwear brand has announced the onboarding of cricketer Shardul Thakur as its new brand ambassador?

32. Which company signed a definitive agreement to take a controlling 51% stake in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla (AJSK)?

33. Which company has acquired direct-to-consumer (D2C) Software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform ANS Commerce for an undisclosed sum?

34. Which US sportswear giant’s former India MD Tushar Goculdas has taken over its domestic operations?

35. Shriram Group is planning to introduce a super app for its financial products during the first quarter of next fiscal. What will it be called?

36. Which forging company has acquired 26% stake in Avaada MHVidarbha (AMHVPL) to purchase solar power on a single captive user basis?

37. Which FMCG major last week said it plans to induct a fleet of 100 electric vehicles (EVs) in its supply chain for last-mile product distribution in the next 12 months?

38. Which bike-taxi platform has launched the campaign ‘#EkdumAaramSe’ with actors Rajkummar Rao and Jiiva?

39. Which brand has signed actors Rashmika Mandanna and Varun Dhawan as brand ambassadors and has launched the 'Spread the Cheer’ campaign?

40. California-based start-up Biliti Electric Inc (Biliti) will soon set up arguably the largest electric three-wheeler manufacturing facility in the world in which Indian state?

41. Which beverage brand has unveiled a new campaign ‘Thand Rakh’?

42. Which brand has brought onboard actress Anita Hassanandani as brand ambassador for its range of new mom and baby products?

43. Which dating app has launched a new campaign ‘Real Dating App’?

44. Which digital healthcare marketplace launched its first pan-India advertising campaign ‘Laughter is the best medicine’?

45. Which electric and electronic equipment maker has launched a new digital campaign 'Helping Build Smart Infrastructure Systems' in India?

46. Which instant noodle brand has launched a campaign featuring cricketer Suresh Raina?

47. Which social eSports mobile cloud gaming platform has launched the campaign ‘Just Beat It’?

48. Which paints brand has launched the campaign ‘Feels Like Home’ featuring actors Mrunal Thakur and Ronit Roy?

49. Which personal care brand has unveiled a new brand film ‘Palak ke Pakaude’ to celebrate World Earth Day?

50. Which bank from India has entered the list of the top 50 banks in the Asia-Pacific by assets in 2021 for the first time, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence?

51. Which non-fiction television channel announced the launch of its one-of-its-kind initiative titled ‘One for Change’ on Earth Day?

52. Which beverage brand has roped in cartoon character Chhota Bheem as brand ambassador?

53. Which D2C home to baby brand has roped in actress Kalki Koechlin as brand ambassador and has launched the ‘Your Beautiful New World’ campaign?

54. US-based food technology startup Perfect Day Inc has emerged as the successful bidder to acquire which Gujarat-based company, following the latter’s liquidation process?

55. Which global fintech player last week said it has appointed Sheenam Ohrie as the managing director of India operations?

56. Royal Enfield has added three new colours - Supernova red, blue, and matt green – to which cruiser bike brand?

57. Which conversational commerce unicorn has acquired AskSid for an undisclosed amount?

58. Which rural technology start-up has announced the acquisition of GullyBuy, a digital marketing technology platform, based out of Pune?

59. Which learning app has launched the campaign ‘Jeet Pakki’ featuring cricketer Rohit Sharma?

60. Which beauty and wellness retailer has forayed into the salon business by partnering with Estee Lauder’s haircare brand Aveda?

61. Which basmati rice brand has launched its new digital campaign celebrating ‘#EmotionCalledBiryani’ this Ramadan?

62. Which food company has launched the ‘Tasty khana ready in Mmmm..Minutes!’ campaign for its Minute Range products?

63. Which air cooler brand has launched the film “Ek Samose ke kharche mein poore din ki Cooling” as part of its new campaign?

64. Which laptop brand has launched the campaign 'The Alisha & Garima Diaries' featuring social media celebrities, Yashaswini Dayama and Ahsaas Channa?

65. Which online bus ticketing platform has announced actor Allu Arjun as its brand ambassador?

66. Which online ticketing and entertainment platform has made a strategic investment for a majority stake in TribeVibe, a one-stop solution for college festival entertainment?

67. Which health food drink brand is foraying into the gummies segment with the launch of Nutri Gummies?

68. Which company has acquired women-focused social-commerce startup Glowroad in its attempt to get a foothold into this buzzy segment?

69. Business Process Management firm WNS has crossed which annual revenue milestone?

70. Which company will launch a new format called Swadesh that will sell handmade textiles, handicrafts, agriculture items and other products sourced directly from artisans?

71. Which conglomerate is set to acquire a 10% stake in Blupin Technologies, parent of direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand Mylo for around Rs 39 crore?

72. Which Hyderabad-based cloud-based no-code business process automation and application development platform has introduced a new ‘Snap2App’ feature?

73. Singapore-headquartered digital customer experience solutions provider, TDCX last week marked its India foray with the opening of its new 45,000 sq ft office. Which city?

74. Which internet commerce company launched its new campaign 'Apna Cricket Adda’ to celebrate small, hyperlocal businesses?

75. Which silver jewellery brand has launched an advertising campaign featuring brand ambassador and actress Anushka Sharma?

76. Which men’s grooming brand has released a new campaign ‘Doctor – Dancer’ for its deodorants?

77. Which web hosting provider has unveiled a campaign with the positioning "Website made Easy'?

78. Which professional network has launched a global integrated campaign ‘Flexibles’ which is running across India, UK, France, Germany and Australia?

79. Japanese auto major Nissan last week said it is discontinuing which brand in India, nine years after the company kicked off the marque's global relaunch in the country?

80. To mark the occasion of World Earth Day this year, which business group has released a book called 'The Last Cloud, Ray, Drop, Mangrove and Bee'?

81. Which omnichannel beauty retailer has made strategic investments in the brands Earth Rhythm, Nudge Wellness, and Kica?

82. Suman Bery, former director-general of the NCAER, will be the new vice-chairman of which entity?

83. Which company has said its pan-India inter-city electric mobility coach service will operate under the brand name NueGo?

84. Which IT firm said it would acquire a portion of Boston-based tech firm PTC’s product lifecycle management (PLM) implementation services business and create a new unit - DxP Services?

85. Which automobile MNC has officially launched the Black Badge Ghost for commissions by Indian customers?

86. In what could have a devastating impact on edible oil prices and supplies in India, which country has decided to ban export of palm oil from April 28 till further notice?

87. Which fashion brand has roped in actress Kiara Advani as its new brand ambassador in India and has launched the campaign ‘enjoying the bloom’?

88. Which edtech brand has launched the campaign ‘#AbFuturePeSabkaHaq’ featuring actor Ranveer Singh?

89. Which country has launched the tourism campaign ‘A Girl & Her Magic Binoculars’ in India?

90. Which company is set to acquire the country’s largest marine services company Ocean Sparkle for Rs 1,530 crore?

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April 17, 2022

Biz Quizzard 942

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

1. In one of the biggest brand changes for an iconic Indian hotel, which company will take over the management of Goa’s Leela Hotel on October 6, 2022?

2. India has recently got market access for exporting fresh banana and baby corn to which country?

3. Which cleaning tools brand has launched the campaign ‘Safai Ka Saathi’?

4. US private equity firm KKR & Co has agreed to buy a 9.9% stake in which general insurance company for around Rs 1,800 crore?

5. 3 months after teaming up, which group and Belgium’s John Cockerill have finalised the terms of a 50:50 joint venture to set up two alkaline electrolyser factories of a gigawatt each in India?

6. Which state has topped the NITI Aayog's first State Energy and Climate Index (SECI) among larger states?

7. Which company has acquired Convergence Acceleration Solutions (CAS Group), a US-based consulting and programme management company?

8. Godrej Industries has set up a financial services subsidiary company, which will be the holding entity of Godrej Housing Finance and Godrej Finance. What has it been branded as?

9. FMCG major CavinKare has strengthened its dairy portfolio by offering ‘protein-rich’ cheese under which brand?

10. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has crossed which milestone quarterly revenue mark?

11. Indore-based Ruchi Soya will be rebranded. What will be the new name?

12. Manisha Kapoor has been elevated to the post of CEO at which advertising body?

13. Which specialty chemicals maker last week announced the acquisition of Ahmedabad-based Khyati Chemicals as part of its diversification strategy?

14. Which company will transfer two of its commercial assets - Intellion Park Chennai, and Intellion Edge Gurgaon, to a joint venture with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP)?

15. The board of which payments bank has approved a minority strategic investment in fintech Paysprint?

16. Which auto-tech company has appointed Sharad Saxena as CEO of the used car business?

17. Which ice cream company has launched the ‘#seizetheyay’ campaign to unveil its new logo?

18. Which natural food brand has launched the campaign ‘Strength is in Nature’?

19. Which online astrology platform has launched a digital campaign featuring actress Mouni Roy?

20. Which company’s research and development arm Makes Lab announced the launch of ‘Meta Village’, a digital twin of Pargaon in Maharashtra to gamify learning on the Roblox platform?

21. Which company has launched the “India ka Forex Specialist” campaign?

22. Which tyre brand has launched the campaign “Whistle Through Every Turn” featuring cricketer MS Dhoni?

23. Which dairy company is rolling out its first-ever vernacular campaign focusing on its Mishti Doi, featuring actor Abir Chatterjee?

24. Which music streaming service has launched the campaign ‘Find Your Dhun’, led by a music video with singer Shankar Mahadevan?

25. Which innerwear brand has launched the campaign ‘Play Your Way’, featuring cricketer KL Rahul?

26. Which platform-first mar-tech start-up has acquired data-driven influencer marketing platform Opportune?

27. Which direct-to-customer (D2C) online casual sneakers brand has on boarded actor and cricket presenter Gaurav Kapur as its brand ambassador?

28. Which financial services company has launched a new cricket themed campaign ‘Play the flexi game’ to promote its Flexi Plus Loan offerings?

29. Which lubricants company has launched a campaign targeted specifically at the southern markets, featuring cricketer MS Dhoni?

30. Who has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021?

31. Which digital payments and financial services provider has picked up a majority stake in payments solution provider Mosambee?

32. Which edtech company has acquired 100% stake in YouTube influencer Hitesh Chaudhary's learning platform Learn Code Online (LCO) in an all-stock deal?

33. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has allowed WhatsApp to increase its user limit for digital payments through UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to what count?

34. Which copper wire & cable maker has agreed to acquire the Luminous brand of lighting & fans from French major Schneider Electric?

35. India’s services exports touched which milestone mark for the first time for the just concluded financial year?

36. Who is the richest healthcare sector billionaire in the world, according to Hurun Global Healthcare Rich List 2022?

37. Which condom brand has launched the ‘#Intensegasm’ campaign?

38. Which grooming brand has come up with a new ad film in collaboration with actor Shakti Kapoor to promote back and chest shaver - Back Pro?

39. Which education company has launched the campaign ‘#JeetegaSparkHi’ featuring Lucknow Super Giants players?

40. Digital payments platform PhonePe last week announced that it has recorded which milestone transactions count in a single day?

41. Shemaroo Entertainment has announced the launch of a new free-to-air Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC). What has it been branded as?

42. Which dating app has launched a campaign to promote its new feature 'All New Explore' allowing members to choose from users based on shared interests?

43. Which consumer durables brand has roped in former cricketer Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador for Eastern Indian markets?

44. Which business personality last week offered to take Twitter Inc private in a deal valued at $43 billion?

45. Which real estate developer is setting up a Mumbai-focussed development fund named Mt. K Kapital?

46. Which audio brand has roped in actress Mrunal Thakur as its official brand ambassador?

47. Which jewellery company has launched two brand films celebrating Poila Boisakh and Bohag Bihu featuring actress Madhumita Sarcar, and actress and dancer, Sunita Kaushik respectively?

48. Britannia Industries has launched a campaign featuring Bengali celebrities Sabyasachi Chakraborty and Anirban Bhattacharya to promote which West Bengal exclusive cracker brand?

49. Which jewellery company has launched a campaign for its collection “Rannkaar”?

50. The road transport and highways ministry has approved two hydrogen-powered buses manufactured by which company for roadworthiness trials?

51. Which cloud kitchen brand has launched a national film on Kolkata style Biryani, as part of a broader multi-series campaign - ‘BanglarBaireo Bangaliana’?

52. Which mother and child care brand has launched the ‘#ParentYourWay’ campaign?

53. Which paint manufacturer last week released a TVC ‘Inspired by You’ to celebrate another year of association with the Royal Challengers Bangalore?

54. Which out-of-hospital healthcare brand has unveiled its brand mascot ‘Chiron’, an angel who assures keeping all the health woes at bay for the users?

55. Which broadcaster has launched its ‘Bundesliga – Football ka blueprint’ campaign, featuring siblings Athiya and Ahan Shetty?

56. Viacom18 has launched the campaign ‘#MusicKaMadhouse’ for which artist-first label and platform?

57. Which company has appointed Vimal Sumbly, the former head of Triumph India and APAC region head of Royal Enfield, as head of premium two-wheeler business?

58. Which company has informed the bourses of its plan to make a strategic investment in UAE-based RAK White Cement Co, which is listed on the Abu Dhabi and Kuwait stock exchanges?

59. Which realtor has entered into an equal joint venture with Hyderabad-based Vishwa Samudra Group (VSR Group) to float a residential development firm, Akhinta Enterprises?

60. Which company’s subsidiary Swiss E-Mobility Group (SEMG) has acquired 100% stake in Alexand’Ro Edouard’O Passion Velo Sarl (PV) for 2.79 million Swiss francs ($3 million)?

61. Which Hyderabad-based EV player last week said it has commenced trials of a heavy-duty electric tipper that can run up to 220 km on a single charge?

62. Viacom18 last week announced the launch of its dedicated sports broadcasting channel. What has it been branded as?

63. Ahead of World Earth Day, which cosmetics major announced its manufacturing facility in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, has reached 100% carbon neutrality?

64. Which jewellery company has installed what is being claimed as India’s first immersive 3D anamorphic installation, for its season of bloom collection - Live a Dream?

65. VR Rajesh will be elevated to Group President, India, at which advertising agency, effective June 1, 2022?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 942 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 10, 2022

Biz Quizzard 941

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

1. In the biggest merger in Indian corporate history till date, which two companies last week announced their merger?

2. A Brookfield private real estate fund will purchase 51% stake in four properties of which company for an enterprise value of Rs 5,000 crore?

3. Which fashion brand from the house of Rupa & Company has announced actress Kiara Advani as brand ambassador?

4. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Furniture Safe Toh Family Safe!’ featuring actress Dia Mirza to promote its latest range of E-0 (zero formaldehyde emission) plywood?

5. Which salt brand has launched a campaign with the message ‘Namak Badalne Ka Socho’ featuring actress Supriya Pathak?

6. Which health food drink brand has launched the campaign ‘The Stamina Stars’?

7. Which jewellery brand has launched a new film featuring cricketer KL Rahul?

8. Which water park has opened once again for the general public and to promote its reopening, it has launched a new campaign ‘Paani pe sabka haq hai’?

9. Which state-run company, construction major L&T, and renewable energy firm ReNew have formed a joint venture to develop green hydrogen?

10. Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur has received a donation of Rs 100 crore from which business personality to set up a school of medical sciences and technology?

11. Which business personality last week revealed a 9.2% stake in Twitter Inc, worth nearly $3 billion?

12. Which pharma company last week announced its foray into the agri-tech segment, with plans to invest up to Rs 200 crore in the first two to three years?

13. Volkswagen India last week said it has launched a special edition of which brand to mark 12 years of the model in the country?

14. Which hospitality player has appointed Vikram Lalvani as its new Managing Director and CEO with effect from April 1, 2022?

15. Mahindra Electric Mobility last week launched new passenger and cargo variants of which brand with price starting at Rs 2.57 lakh (ex-showroom Lucknow)?

16. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘It's All That Matters’?

17. Which online jewellery store has unveiled its new television commercial with actress Shraddha Kapoor?

18. Which QSR chain has launched the campaign ‘#BeOneWithTheGame’ featuring cricketer Hardik Pandya?

19. Which meat and seafood etailer has launched a campaign for its ready-to-cook (RTC) range of products with the theme 'Be a great host'?

20. Which men’s innerwear and loungewear brand has got cricketer KL Rahul as its first ambassador as well as an investor in the company?

21. Which hiring platform has launched the campaign 'Main Bhi Ban Gaya, Tu Bhi Bada Ban Jayega'?

22. Which handbag brand has launched a campaign to announce its new brand positioning '#Forever Resilient'?

23. Which European influencer management platform has formed a joint venture with IMP Marketing Services to introduce its products and services in India and Southeast Asia?

24. Which online multi-gaming platform has launched its latest campaign ‘Winning Move’ featuring celebrities Bobby Deol, Sunil Grover, and Regina Cassandra?

25. Which company has acquired Tidilan, a leading women’s health brand, from Jagdale Industries?

26. Which integrated diagnostic service provider has acquired Hyderabad-based Medcis Pathlabs in deal worth Rs 100 crore?

27. Which diagnostic chain last week said it would deploy drones for transporting blood samples?

28. Which MNC last week said it has launched the INDovation Program to back healthcare innovation start-ups in India in the areas of oncology and digital health?

29. Which global advisory and investment firm last week said it acquired Crest Steel & Power out of bankruptcy for a total consideration of Rs 600 crore (around $80 million)?

30. Which steel company last week said that it has managed to achieve its highest ever production in India in FY22 at just over 19 million tonnes despite Covid-19related disruptions?

31. Which company and TVS Motor said they have agreed to explore the creation of a public EV charging infrastructure for electric two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the country?

32. Which conversational messaging platform has acquired Active(dot)Ai, a conversational AI firm, in an all-cash deal?

33. Which property consultant has acquired a 75% stake in flexible workspace platform myHQ in a cash and stock deal of Rs 125 crore?

34. Mukesh Ambani, promoter of India’s most valued company Reliance Industries, is the richest Asian, according to the latest billionaire list released by Forbes. Who is the world’s richest?

35. Which Hyderabad-based company will be acquiring Casper Pharma for a cash consideration of Rs 155 crore?

36. The Board of which company has approved its merger with Canopy Finance Ltd?

37. Private sector lender Karur Vysya Bank’s (KVB) total business for FY22 has crossed which milestone mark?

38. Which toy manufacturer last week announced acquisition of rights from the international brand Goliath to manufacture and distribute their popular board game ‘Sequence’ in India?

39. Which company’s fintech arm, TripMoney has acquired a majority stake in BookMyForex – an online foreign currency exchange services provider – for an undisclosed sum?

40. Which carbon black company, in joint venture with Nasdaq-listed The Metals Company Inc, plans to set up the world’s first commercial polymetallic nodule processing plant in India?

41. Sebi last said individual investors applying in public issues of equity shares and convertibles can use Unified Payments Interface (UPI) for application amount up to which limit?

42. Which film production company has appointed Srishti Behl Arya as its new CEO?

43. Which learning company has unveiled its first digital brand film on the core theme of ‘Preparation’, featuring actor Vicky Kaushal?

44. Which brand has launched the campaign ‘Future of fragrance is here’ featuring actress Kareena Kapoor Khan?

45. Curefoods, India’s fastest-growing cloud kitchen company, has secured funding from which actor and inked a long-term association with him, making him the brand ambassador for EatFit?

46. Which payment service provider for online merchants has released the digital campaign ‘The Time Is Now’?

47. Which brand from Nestle, focused on diabetic people, has launched a campaign with the theme 'Start the day by taking care of yourself', featuring actress Jyoti Gauba?

48. Which company last week announced its return to the film exhibition business with the launch of nine theatres across Maharashtra under the MovieMax brand?

49. Which bathroom solutions brand has launched a new campaign ‘YouRooms’, to strengthen its positioning of ‘always in fashion’?

50. Which Noida-based company is setting up the world’s largest mobile robotics factory with a capacity to manufacture 0.5 million robots annually?

51. Which Bengaluru-based savings and investment app has released 2 ads featuring actors Nana Patekar and Prakash Raj respectively?

52. Which telecom company will offer a jobs and education platform for the youth in partnership with three homegrown startups - Apna, Enguru, and Pariksha?

53. Which company has acquired a 51% stake in Switzerland-based B2B accommodation wholesaler BookaBed AG?

54. Which airport has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to establish a joint innovation centre that will drive the development and adoption of digital solutions in aviation?

55. Which Japanese trading and investment company has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in the country’s first round-the-clock renewable energy project being developed by ReNew Power?

56. Which company last week showcased its Electric SUV Concept – Curvv – which is expected to be in the market within the next two years?

57. Which electric vehicle maker has inked an initial pact with the U.S.-based battery technology firm C4V to set up a Lithium-ion cell manufacturing facility in the country with an investment of $150 million?

58. Which bulk cargo operator last week stepped into the container cargo business by commissioning its first container terminal at New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT)?

59. Which online community for older adults has launched a campaign ‘#WhatsYourHealthy’ for World Health Day?

60. In the largest deal to date in the Indian asset management space, a consortium led by which company won the bid to buy IDFC Asset Management Company in a deal valued at Rs 4,500 crore?

61. Which firm last week said it got a grant of Rs 60 crore from the government's Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council to manufacture Covid vaccine under Mission Covid Suraksha?

62. Which company last week announced a partnership with leading designer and couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee to launch limited edition lifestyle drinkware?

63. Which cloud kitchen company has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based luxury chocolate brand Smoor?

64. Which state government last week inked a pact with Taiwan-based sports footwear major Hong Fu for setting up a manufacturing unit at an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore?

65. Which entity has launched two brand films featuring cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actor Anil Kapoor under the ‘Pudhe Chala’ campaign?

66. Which brand has launched the campaign “Your Kind of Stunning” to promote its collection of sarees?

67. Which appliances brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Ayushmann Khurrana to showcase its air conditioning expertise with the theme 'Things made thoughtfully'?

68. Which beer company has launched its ‘Imagined in India’ portfolio with four limited release flavours?

69. Which FMCG brand has launched an ad featuring actress Kareena Kapoor Khan to promote its range of sauces?

70. Which US-based buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm shut down its India operations from April 9 as part of a restructuring exercise in line with its parent company?

71. APAR Industries has announced which actor as its brand ambassador?

72. Which online jewellery brand has launched a new campaign 'Taiyari Poori Hai' to promote its customisation feature during Akshaya Tritiya?

73. Which collaborative commerce platform has launched the ‘Khushiyan Multiplied’ campaign to promote its new offering in the BNPL (Buy Now, Pay Later) category?

74. Which brand has launched a special toothpaste for diabetics and has launched a campaign featuring cricketer R Ashwin?

75. Which GST billing & accounting software has launched the campaign ‘Business ka achha time shuru’?

76. Arvind Krishnan has quit as the managing director of which advertising agency?

77. Which fintech platform last week announced the launch of its first brand campaign ‘Loans Anytime, Anywhere’?

78. Which fintech platform has unveiled its new brand identity, including a new logo and tagline 'Fast. Flexible. Friendly.'?

79. Sai Lakshmi Industries last week launched what it claimed as the “first luxury handbag brand from India” in New York. Name it?

80. International Holding Company (IHC) of Abu Dhabi will invest $2 billion (Rs 15,400 crore) in three companies owned by which business group?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 941 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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April 3, 2022

Biz Quizzard 940

 Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period March 28 - April 02. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which two companies will merge to create the country’s largest film exhibition company - with 1,546 screens in 341 properties across 109 cities?

2. Reliance has reportedly begun the pilot of instant grocery delivery in Navi Mumbai. What has the service been branded as?

3. Founders and senior executives of several startups, including unicorns, have come together to launch a fund, which will invest in pre-seed-stage companies. What has it been branded as?

4. Amid heightened geopolitical tensions and inflation concerns, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) outflows have crossed which milestone mark in 2022?

5. Which city gas distribution player has announced its foray into the electric mobility business as it launched its first electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) in Ahmedabad?

6. Which telecom company has entered into an agreement to acquire over 7 per cent in Avaada KNShorapur for Rs 1.74 crore as cash consideration?

7. The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has imposed fine of Rs 1 lakh each on which two e-commerce firms for selling non-standard pressure cookers?

8. Which food brand has launched a television commercial for its Desi Szechwan, under its 'Life ko Spicy Banao' campaign?

9. Which media company has appointed Vinay Maheshwari as its Group Chief Executive Officer?

10. The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence 2021 were announced last week. Who is the Business Leader of the Year?

11. Which internet commerce firm has launched its latest campaign 'Arrey Waah!'?

12. QSR chain Lassi N Shakes recently entered which state and launched its first outlet there, its 145th outlet till date?

13. Viacom18 launched which new movie channel on April 1, 2022, with a brand promise of ‘Superrr Hai’?

14. Which company, that owns a mobile app that helps users track buses across cities and book tickets online, has acquired two-wheeler shared-mobility startup Vogo, in a consolidation move?

15. Which drug maker last week said it has acquired the domestic formulations business of Veritaz for Rs 171 crore on debt and cash-free basis?

16. Which jewellery company has announced board approval for the appointment of Vinod Rai as Chairman and Independent Non-executive Director on the board?

17. Leo Puri, a financial sector veteran, and chairman of JP Morgan India, South and Southeast Asia, has been inducted on the board of which holding company?

18. ReNew Powers founder chairman and CEO Sumant Sinha has taken over as the president of which industry body?

19. Which appliances brand has onboarded actor Ayushmann Khurrana as brand ambassador?

20. Which Tata Group company last week approved the appointment of Noel Naval Tata as an additional director and designated him as vice chairman?

21. Which chocolate brand has launched the ‘Thaalam’ campaign featuring actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu across all Southern markets?

22. Which cough and cold brand has launched a new campaign film starring brand ambassador and actor Ranveer Singh and actor Ronit Roy?

23. Which bridal wear brand has launched a new commercial under its ‘#DulhanWaaliFeeling’ campaign featuring actress Alia Bhatt? 

24. Which life insurance company has launched its new digital brand campaign ‘#KaroLifeKiSearchShuru’?

25. Which bathroom solutions and bathroom fittings brand has released two ads on its lighting range?

26. Which brand has launched a campaign featuring actor Naresh Gosain (the lovable 'Swiggy Uncle', who craves sweets and treats) to promote its new gourmet range of ice creams?

27. Which MNC has launched the campaign ‘Look to Speak’?

28. Which pet care company has appointed Salil Murthy as managing director, India?

29. Which fintech brand has released an ad featuring actress Karishma Kapoor, resembling the vintage ad of Nirma that featured Ramayan fame actor Deepika Chikhlia?

30. Which ecommerce firm from Singapore has decided to shut its operations in India just about six months after entering the country?

31. Which paints company has launched the campaign ‘Sawalia’ featuring brand ambassador and actress Alia Bhatt?

32. Which fantasy sports platform has launched the campaign ‘Khel Tumhara Akhada Humara’ featuring cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle and actor Ali Fazal?

33. Which food and nutrition brand has launched “India’s first ready-to-serve prebiotic milkshake - Prebiotic Break Shake”?

34. Which MNC will buy audio and video products maker Poly for $1.7 billion in cash, a move that would help it take advantage of the electronic products boom sparked by hybrid working?

35. Which online fantasy sports platform has launched the campaign ‘Cricket ka bhoot’ featuring cricketer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and comedian Kiku Sharda?

36. Which consumer neo-banking platform has launched a new campaign ‘Aapki Salary Kitna Kamati Hai’?

37. Which US-based conversational artificial intelligence platform for HR and IT issues, founded by Bhavin Shah, is entering the Indian market?

38. Which pharma company last week said its founder-promoter Arun Kumar will be assuming executive role as executive chairperson and managing director effective April 7, 2022?

39. Which TV ratings and marketing data company is being acquired by a group of private equity investors led by Brookfield Business Partners $16 billion, including debt?

40. Which logistics major last week named Raj Subramaniam as its new chief executive officer?

41. Uday Kotak will step down as the Chairman of the board of which company after his term ends on April 2?

42. The board of directors of which bank approved sale of the bank’s entire 25% stake in Ageas Federal Life Insurance Company Limited (AFLI) to Ageas Insurance International NV (Ageas)?

43. Which pharma company has acquired the balance 40% stake in Aleor Dermaceuticals from its joint venture partner Orbicular Pharma for an undisclosed sum?

44. In its second major restructuring of its foods and beverages play in recent years, the Tata Group will merge which company with Tata Consumer Products?

45. Which fitness technology company has launched health metaverse in partnership with Animoca Brands?

46. Which gaming laptop brand has launched the ‘#PlayLikeAPro’ campaign in association with Indian Hockey Team players Mandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh?

47. Which sunflower oil brand has launched the campaign ‘Very Very Light’ featuring actress Samantha Prabhu?

48. Which IPL team has launched the film ‘One Dream’ as part of its ‘Khelenge Dil Kholke’ campaign?

49. Which dating app has released a limited edition, capsule collection of 10 sneakers with FILA, hand illustrated by artists from across India?

50. Who has retained the top position of India’s most valuable celebrity for the fifth consecutive year with a brand value of $185.7 million, as per Kroll’s latest report on Celebrity Brand Valuation?

51. Which electrical manufacturing company has roped in actors Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez as brand ambassadors?

52. Which beverage brand has launched its latest summer campaign ‘#bebold’ positioning itself as a drink for the brave, featuring brand ambassador and actor Arjun Kapoor?

53. Which water tank brand has launched the campaign ‘India ka sabse thanda water tank #SochAageKi’ featuring the Great Khali and actors Govinda and Rajpal Yadav?

54. Which company has entered into an exclusive patent licensing agreement with Danish drugmaker Lundbeck to market and distribute its own version of antidepressant medication Vortioxetine in India under brand name Vortidiftm?

55. Which company will acquire ferro alloys producing assets of Odisha-based Stork Ferro and Mineral Industries (SFML) for Rs 155 crore in an all-cash deal?

56. The world’s largest electric cruise ship has made its maiden voyage. Which country?

57. Which company’s Dapada factory has joined the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Global Lighthouse Network’?

58. Which generators and water pumps manufacturer last week announced its foray into the marine outboard business?

59. Which matrimonial platform has announced filmmaker Karan Johar as its brand ambassador?

60. Citibank has agreed to sell its entire retail business in India - including credit cards, savings accounts and wealth management - to which company for $1.6 billion?

61. Which perfumes manufacturer has launched the campaign "One Day Wala Deo" featuring brand ambassador and cricketer Shikhar Dhawan?

62. Which kids’ entertainment channel has revealed a new brand positioning and tagline - ‘Redraw Your World’?

63. Which QSR chain has launched its IPL campaign ‘#MemePremierLeague’?

64. On the World Idly Day, which consumer brand launched a trust-based campaign ‘TransparenSee’?

65. Which brand has partnered with Mumbai Cricket Association to celebrate and support the often-unnoticed heroes of the league, the ground staff?

66. Which investment platform has launched its IPL 2022 campaign ‘Own Your Future’?

67. Which QSR chain has launched a campaign to celebrate the 600-restaurant landmark in India?

68. Which customised Ayurveda beauty brand has entered the body care segment and has also launched international operations in the US, UK, Canada and Australia?

69. Bain Capital has agreed to acquire a 24.98% equity stake in which wealth management firm from General Atlantic and Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Holdings for around Rs 3,679.95 crore?

70. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) crossed which milestone monthly transactions count for the first time in March 2022, two days ahead of the month end?

71. The Centre last week invited expression of interest for the privatisation of which state-run company, a 100% subsidiary of MSTC Ltd?

72. Which agri-inputs platform has acquired Mumbai-based INI Farms Pvt Ltd, an exporter of fruits and vegetables from India?

73. Targeting the decorative and feature rich premium fans, which company has unveiled its new dust repellent Romanza Art fan in the market?

74. Which company has acquired the ferro-alloy business of Stork Ferro and Mineral Industries for Rs 155 crore?

75. Which company last week launched the Destini 125 XTEC scooter with price starting at Rs 69,900 (ex-show room Delhi)?

76. Which life insurance brand launched its latest campaign ‘#CakeForThought’?

77. Which edtech company last week announced the launch of a special initiative titled “LeadHER” for its employees?

78. Which paint manufacturer has launched a new ad 'Yellow is the new hello' in line with its 5th year of partnership with Chennai Super Kings?

79. Which imaging technologies company has launched the ‘Aao Padhai Karein’ CSR campaign?

80. Which FMCG major last week said it has become ‘plastic waste neutral’ in the past year - April 2021–March 2022?

81. Which western wear fashion brand has signed up actress Tara Sutaria as brand ambassador?

82. Which skincare brand has unveiled a new campaign 'Beauty in Safety', with the aim to raise awareness about transgender rights?

83. Which online insurer has launched its new campaign, featuring The Great Khali?

84. Which diagnostic services provider has launched a new campaign ‘Aap Jahan Test Wahan’ for IPL?

85. Which consumer appliances brand has launched the campaign ‘Cools like ice, looks so nice’ for its air coolers range?

86. Consumer goods company Marico has launched mayonnaise and peanut butter under which brand?

87. Which MNC has acquired a 14% stake in Zeliot Connected Services, a Bengaluru-based startup that offers connected mobility solutions for enterprises and automobile manufacturers?

88. Which managed accommodation provider has acquired enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) platform company Singularity Automation for an undisclosed amount?

89. Which company has entered into an agreement with Swiss major Novartis to acquire its cardiovascular brand Cidmus in India?

90. Which Indian IT firm is reportedly moving services from Russia to its other global delivery centres?

91. Which paints company last week announced that it is acquiring majority stake in two companies - White Teak and Weatherseal Fenestration?

92. Which steel company has launched the campaign 'Apna Ghar’ to promote its app?

93. Which internet commerce company has partnered with Nukkad By Stage for a new show - Digital Didi Ki Online Bazaari?

94. Which on-demand convenience platform has launched its IPL campaign “Aap Kiske Saath Dekhoge?”?

95. Which consumer healthcare ‘super app’ has launched its latest campaign ‘#GharBaitheBaitheTakeItEasy’ starring actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador?

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