January 28, 2024

Biz Quizzard 1035

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

1. Which group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, the AMM Foundation, has completed 100 years?

2. Which Australian menswear brand has introduced its products in India and hopes to source from Indian manufacturers in the future?

3. Which steel company has appointed Tarun Khulbe as its chief executive officer?

4. Which Indian company last week said it will acquire 60% stake in Dubai-based SKY 2.0 Club for $79 million (around Rs 650 crore)?

5. Which two-wheeler manufacturer will set up a facility for assembling products in Nepal in partnership with CG Motors, its newly appointed distributor in the country?

6. Which infrastructure company has approached the National Company Law Tribunal in Mumbai to recover funds from its associate New Tirupur Area Development Corporation (NTADC)?

7. Which multinational construction toy production company has announced the promotion of Bhavana Mandon, Marketing Director, India, to the role of Country Manager?

8. Which integrated learning, skilling, and workforce development platform has unveiled its new brand campaign, ‘Aage Ki Socho’?

9. Aditya Pande, former CFO of B2B ecommerce firm Udaan, will join which business group as group chief executive officer, effective March 1?

10. After two years of deadlock in negotiations, which MNC last week called off the proposed $10 billion merger between its India unit and Zee Entertainment Enterprises?

11. Which company, a leader in serving science, last week announced the appointment of Srinath Venkatesh as managing director, India, and South Asia?

12. Which small finance bank has unveiled a new brand campaign, ‘The Power to Dream Bigger’?

13. Which luggage brand has unveiled television commercials featuring celebrities Milind Soman, and Karun Chandhok, as part of the ongoing campaign?

14. Which company has unveiled its latest knife ad campaign, featuring managing director Rajesh U Pandya?

15. Which pharmaceutical company has unveiled a transformative brand identity under the theme 'better together'?

16. Which company will acquire Comic Con India for Rs 55 crore?

17. Which gifting brand last week announced the launch of MediJourney, a medical tourism vertical?

18. Gainwell Group, India dealer of Caterpillar heavy equipment, last week acquired which Kolkata-based construction equipment maker for Rs 120 crore?

19. Which tea chain has announced the launch of its tea brand, Maatea?

20. HDFC has become the first bank to achieve which milestone mark of credit cards in force?

21. Which real estate company has onboarded actor Amitabh Bachchan as an ambassador for the project 'The Sarayu in Ayodhya'?

22. Which confectionery brand has unveiled a campaign featuring brand ambassador and cricketer MS Dhoni?

23. Which omnichannel payments, and banking platform for businesses has launched its digital ad campaign featuring actors Gulshan Grover, and Urvashi Dholakia?

24. Which nutrition brand has launched a pan-India campaign, ‘#ThaknaNahiRuknaNahi’, ahead of Republic Day?

25. Which food-delivery platform, and international financial infrastructure provider are the latest entities to have received final approval from RBI to operate as online payment aggregators?

26. The wholly-owned subsidiary of which company will acquire a 10.4% stake in Annapurna Finance, a non-banking financial company headquartered in Odisha, for Rs 300 crore?

27. Which company in the UK has been rebranded as EET Fuels, as it delivers on its plan to become the United Kingdom’s first low carbon refinery?

28. Which pharma company said its Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Sanjay Murdeshwar will resign from the company, with effect from April 2, 2024?

29. Which digital-first home finance company has unveiled the film 'Saath Honge Kaamyaab', featuring actor Pawan Malhotra?

30. Which business group has forayed into the defence sector by acquiring a controlling 51% stake in Gecko Motors, a maker of extreme off-road vehicles?

31. Which brand has unveiled a campaign featuring actress Sobhita Dhulipala for its retro-glam eyewear collection?

32. Which company has roped in ‘Kantara’ movie actor Rishabh Shetty as the new face and brand ambassador of its Dhotis, Shirts, and Kurtas?

33. Which mobile accessories brand has launched the ‘#ApniSuno’ campaign, featuring actor Vijay Varma?

34. Which QSR chain has launched its Happy Bags initiative, repurposing its out-of-home marketing material into school bags for kids?

35. Which business group and European aerospace major Airbus will set up India’s first private helicopter assembly line?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 1035 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 21, 2024

Biz Quizzard 1034

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

1. Who has introduced his new venture - 'deKoder', aiming to provide election analyses and insights via digital platforms?

2. Which education company announced that its subsidiary would acquire 50% of Tapasya Educational Institutions Pvt. Ltd. (TEIPL) for Rs 120 crore?

3. Which interiors brand, specialising in Kitchen Cabinets, Wardrobes and TV units, has launched its latest television commercial, featuring actor Naga Chaitanya?

4. Which detergent brand has roped in actor Shah Rukh Khan as brand ambassador?

5. Which electric vehicle (EV) company has announced the launch of its 'Bharat ka Super Auto' campaign?

6. Which marketing technology company has made its first global acquisition with the full buyout of Poland-based digital agency WebTalk through a mix of cash and equity?

7. Which company’s subsidiary has entered into a share purchase agreement with Norway’s Elkem ASA for the sale of its 100% equity stake in REC Solar Norway AS for $22 million?

8. The number of domestic flyers crossed which annual milestone mark in 2023?

9. Which company is strengthening its toddler nutrition range with the national launch of AptaGrow?

10. Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (KABIL), a joint venture of state-run miners, has inked India’s first overseas lithium exploration and mining deal involving five blocks. Which country?

11. Which brand has launched the “Nayi Nazar Se Dekh” campaign for its BioTrue contact lenses – a solution mirroring the natural eyes?

12. Which company and Reliance Retail have partnered to launch the "Bhool Na Jana, Plastic Bottle Lautana" sustainability initiative?

13. Which brand has introduced its new campaign, ‘My Hair Color, My Expression’, featuring four digital stars - Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Kirti Kulhari, and Bani J?

14. Which toothpaste brand specially formulated for individuals with sensitive teeth has launched the campaign ‘Pata Hai Kyun - Meet the Mangals’?

15. Which company has signed an agreement with the Maharashtra government to set up the state’s first green ammonia plant with a capacity of 500,000 mtpa at a cost of $3 billion?

16. Italian super luxury automaker Automobili Lamborghini last week said it crossed which milestone annual sales mark for the first time in India in 2023?

17. Which chip-design company has agreed to buy software developer Ansys for about $34 billion in cash and stock, marking one of the largest deals announced worldwide in the past year?

18. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Praveen Kutty as the CEO of which bank for a period of three years with effect from April 29?

19. Which smartphone brand has unveiled ‘#TheUltimatePredator’ campaign, featuring cricketer Hardik Pandya?

20. Foxconn has formed a partnership with which group for semiconductor assembly and testing, the second attempt by the Taiwanese company to enter the chipmaking space in India?

21. Which financial services company has acquired beleaguered buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) startup ZestMoney in a fire sale?

22. Which international brand has unveiled the limited-edition B.zero1 Kada Bracelet for India?

23. Which eyewear brand has launched the campaign 'Glasses Badlo Vibe Badlo’ featuring celebrities Karan Johar and Kiara Advani?

24. The new edition of which automobile brand is being promoted through a film featuring actors Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, with the positioning ‘Undisputed. Ultimate!’?

25. Which cookies brand has launched the ‘#SeektheHiddenPrizes’ campaign?

26. Orion India, a South Korean snack company, has announced actress Palak Tiwari as the brand ambassador for which salty product line in India?

27. Which real estate developer has introduced actor Tiger Shroff as official brand ambassador?

28. Which company has launched 'Kaam Hamara. Credit Aapka' campaign for beautiful homes painting service?

29. Which calculator brand has unveiled a new ad with the positioning ‘'Har Engineer Ki Khaas Cheez’?

30. Which is the only Indian brand among the top 100 most valued brands of Brand Finance 2024?

31. Which financial services company has launched the ‘Ab Kahani Badlegi’ campaign, featuring cricketer KL Rahul?

32. Which jewellery retailer has unveiled the “Made to Celebrate You” campaign, featuring actress Sobhita Dhulipala as the face of the brand’s diamond range?

33. Which beauty retailer recently launched Berlin-based brand ‘Allies of Skin’ in India?

34. Which cement brand has unveiled a new campaign “banega toh badhega India”, featuring actor Shah Rukh Khan?

35. Which company last week said it will acquire the remaining 21.52% stake in Israel-based Taro Pharmaceutical Industries for Rs 2,891.7 crore?

36. Which company has replaced Procter & Gamble as India’s biggest diaper company by sales after its revenue expanded 28% during FY23?

37. Which IIT has partnered with Altair, a US-based provider of solutions in simulation, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence, to launch an e-mobility simulation lab?

38. Which Indian company is gearing up to launch its first international luxury hotel, which is coming up in Sri Lanka, within the next two months?

39. Which health drink brand has announced a new campaign featuring actresses Madhuri Dixit, and Sneha?

40. Which MNC has named Jagrut Kotecha as its new India CEO?

41. For the fifth consecutive year in 2023, which stock exchange retained its position as the world’s largest derivatives exchange group, based on the number of contracts traded?

42. Which financial services platform has unveiled a new brand film 'Aawaaz', featuring RJ Naved?

43. Which connected lifestyle brand released a new digital film, featuring content creator San Kalra, showcasing the fit and stability of its Pure Pods?

44. Google has released an ad, featuring actress Sobhita Dhulipala, for which offering, perhaps the first-ever ad communication for the Indian market?

45. Which motorcycle brand has launched the campaign “You Win When You Ride Safe” for national safety week?

46. Which home electrical company has launched the ‘#Dadtested’ ad featuring father-daughter actor duo Suniel Shetty and Athiya Shetty?

47. Which company has launched India's first artificial intelligence Precision Oncology Centre (POC) in Bengaluru to offer the fastest and best treatment options to doctors, patients, and caregivers?

48. Which electric vehicle manufacturer last week announced the upcoming launch of its new family-oriented electric scooter, ´Rizta´?

49. Which e-commerce marketplace has unveiled a campaign featuring actors Ranveer Singh and Rashmika Mandanna to introduce its curated collection ‘#Trendz’?

50. Which MNC launched its first electric vehicle, the Spectre, in India, priced at Rs 7.5 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)?

51. Which consumer lending app launched the ‘#BasBahane’ campaign?

52. Which home essentials company has announced its strategic partnership with cult(dot)fit, a fitness and wellness powerhouse, to introduce line of dynamic coloured bottles at cult(dot)fit gyms?

53. Which company last week announced that it has become the first Indian jewellery brand to join Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) Network?

54. Which feminine hygiene brand has roped in actress Sara Ali Khan as its new brand ambassador?

55. Which entity has launched India’s first indigenously-developed Hepatitis A vaccine, Havisure?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 1034 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 14, 2024

Biz Quizzard 1033

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

1. Which company recently announced the launch of ReStore, which it said is India's first and foremost refurbished battery brand?

2. Which tech-based construction project management services brand has unveiled its new film ‘Unforgettable’?

3. Which smart wearable brand has unveiled its ‘#GaleTohMil’ ad film featuring cricketer MS Dhoni and rapper MC Stan?

4. Which wearable brand has released a new digital film 'Rise to brilliance', showcasing the capabilities of its first smart ring, Luna Ring?

5. Which company announced the launch of ZOYA Special Batch Gin, the first of a strong innovation pipeline in its new premium brands vertical?

6. Which life insurance brand launched the campaign "This is My Climb"?

7. Which premium bottled water brand has released its new campaign featuring brand ambassador and actor Hrithik Roshan?

8. Which Ayurvedic preservative-free natural products brand has announced its collaboration with Pooja Bishnoi, a 12-year-old child prodigy, for its preservative free chyawanprash?

9. Which jewellery retailer said it will open its 250th showroom in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, in the current quarter?

10. Which cement manufacturer has announced a revamp of its corporate brand identity and launched multiple brand offerings, with ‘Bangur’ as the master brand?

11. Which electric scooter manufacturer has announced the introduction of 450 Apex, a special edition scooter at a price of Rs 1,89,000 ex-showroom in India?

12. Which decarbonisation solutions company has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with India Grid Trust to sell a 300 MW solar project in Rajasthan?

13. Which company has acquired the remaining 55% stake in Asian Concretes and Cements at an enterprise value of Rs 775 crore?

14. Which real estate company has announced the appointment of Pankaj Pal as its new Managing Director?

15. Which infertility treatment hospital network from India has forayed into Nepal with a hospital in Kathmandu?

16. Which personal care brand has launched the ‘#GoWithTHeFlow’ campaign, featuring actress Naysaa Nischal, to introduce "Flow Easy," a 100% organic Cotton Sanitary Pad?

17. Which smartphone brand has launched a campaign featuring the cast of the 2009 Bollywood hit ‘Wake Up Sid’?

18. International ad. Which brand is celebrating its 200th birthday by reworking the iconic ‘Mum’s Birthday’ ad?

19. Which consumer goods brand for everything Home & Kitchen announced the appointment of Kavitha Rao as its new Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer?

20. The Indian mutual fund industry’s assets under management crossed which milestone mark in December 2023 for the first time?

21. Which data cloud company has appointed former Microsoft executive director Vijayant Rai as its new managing director in India?

22. Which staffing firm has rebranded as Dexian India?

23. Franklin Templeton India’s Chief Investment Officer, Anand Radhakrishnan, is set to join which mutual fund as CEO?

24. Which online healthcare platform and UK’s Vitonnix have entered into an exclusive partnership to bring in a range of innovative vitamin sprays?

25. Which marketing services provider and market research services company has received SEBI approval for its proposed initial public offering?

26. Which entity last week announced the launch of Sagar Skimmed Milk across India?

27. Which appliances brand has roped in film director Karan Johar as the brand ambassador for its air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines business in India?

28. Which ayurvedic personal care brand has announced actress Genelia Deshmukh as its first-ever Indian brand ambassador for its face care range?

29. Which sarees and ethnic wear brand has unveiled the ‘Bachpan’ campaign for the launch of its ‘Bachpan’ collection?

30. Bajaj Auto´s market capitalisation touched which milestone mark for the first-time last week?

31. Which music streaming app of ByteDance will shut its service in India effective January 31?

32. Which IT firm will acquire semiconductor design and embedded services provider InSemi for an undisclosed amount?

33. Which global brand, customer experience and commerce company has announced Babita Baruah will join as Chief Executive Officer of India from March 1, 2024?

34. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has admitted which men’s grooming and personal care firm under the insolvency resolution process?

35. Which enterprise software firm announced the elevation of its India head, Kulmeet Bawa, to the global role of chief revenue officer for the company’s Business Technology Platform (BTP)?

36. Which business group announced the appointment of Gaurav Himkar as its Group CEO?

37. Which joint venture company last week launched its first data centre in India, at Ambattur in Chennai?

38. Which jewellery retailer has unveiled its digital ad campaign celebrating the occasion of Uttarayan, featuring brand ambassador for the state of Gujarat – Kinjal Rajpriya?

39. Which plywood manufacturer has released the song "Humein Aage Badhna Aata Hai", sung by Udit Narayan, as the official anthem for the second season of Hindustan ki Shaan awards?

40. Total deposits with the banking sector crossed which milestone mark in December 2023?

41. The gross new systematic investment plan (SIP) registrations hit which milestone mark during December 2023?

42. Which snack brand launched the campaign ‘#IseyKehteHainPyaar’, featuring actors and mother-son duo, Ranbir Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor?

43. Which confectionery brand unveiled its first digital campaign, featuring 3 influential mothers - actresses Karisma Kapoor and Subhashree Ganguly, and Allu Sneha Reddy from South India?

44. Which multinational tobacco company has appointed Navaneel Kar as the managing director of its India operations?

45. Which company has signed definitive agreements to fully acquire Capital Foods, owner of Ching’s Secret and Smith & Jones, and Organic India, the Fabindia-backed organic teas and health products maker?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 1033 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 7, 2024

Biz Quizzard 1032

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

1. Powered by SUVs, the car industry crossed which annual sales milestone mark for the first time in 2023?

2. Which eco-friendly home essentials brand launched the “Bharat Ki Parties Ka Naya Partner” campaign?

3. The Reserve Bank of India has enhanced the bulk deposit limit for scheduled urban cooperative banks having deposits above Rs 1,000 crore to what amount?

4. Harish Bhat has retired as the Brand Custodian of which business group after 36 years with the company?

5. Which personal care MNC has announced the appointment of Geetika Mehta as the new Managing Director for India?

6. Which global snacking firm has announced the appointment of Luigi Mirri as general manager, India, effective January 1, 2024?

7. Which automobile MNC announced the appointment of Gwanggu Lee as the managing director and chief executive of its India operations with immediate effect?

8. Which app-discovery platform’s cofounder, Rakesh Deshmukh, has stepped down from his role as chief executive and left the company?

9. Who has launched a new startup venture called OppDoor?

10. In a fresh milestone, total transactions processed through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) crossed which mark in 2023?

11. Which drugmaker has acquired 100 per cent shares of Libra Merger Ltd, a company incorporated in Israel?

12. Which IT company announced the appointment of Manjunath Kygonahally (Manju) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Rest of the World (ROW) region, effective January 2, 2024?

13. Which smartphone brand last week announced its new slogan ‘Make it real’?

14. Which MNC has appointed T M Narasimhan as the MD of its Mobile Business Group in India?

15. Which Amsterdam-based home appliances company last week opened its second factory in India at Ahmedabad to make air fryers, garment steamers, and hand mixers?

16. Which port operator has roped in former global COO of Nissan, Ashwani Gupta, as CEO of the company?

17. Which Fairfax Group company that offers agritech solutions to farmers in the United States, Canada, and Brazil, has entered the Indian market?

18. Which agri solutions provider last week launched its nano fertilisers - Nano Shakti Nano Urea and Nano Shakti Nano DAP?

19. Which home-grown B2B electronic manufacturing company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 60 per cent stake in Ascent Circuits Pvt Ltd?

20. Which pharma company has acquired MenoLabs’ business from Amyris through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for $3 million?

21. Which company last week launched the first biosimilar of popular antidiabetic drug Liraglutide in India to lower the cost of therapy by about 70 per cent?

22. Which steel major has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras to build “Asia´s first” Hyperloop test track facility in Chennai?

23. Publicis Groupe South Asia has announced the appointment of Amitesh Rao as South Asia CEO of which advertising agency?

24. Which motorcycle brand has launched the campaign ‘Live The Legend’, featuring actor Hrithik Roshan?

25. Which biscuit brand has unveiled what it claims as an industry first - 100% outer paper bag packaging?

26. Which personal care brand has launched the ‘Festival of Goodness’ campaign?

27. Which QSR chain has launched the “Aao Lunch Karein!” campaign?

28. Which organic food brand has announced its strategic partnership with renowned Chef Vikas Khanna, and has launched the ‘#BharatKaAsliSwad’ campaign?

29. Which general insurance company has unveiled its new campaign “Expect the Expected” featuring brand ambassador and actor Ranbir Kapoor, and filmmaker Rohit Shetty?

30. Which product engineering and digital services company has launched its gender-diversity focused hiring campaign ‘#Reignite’, targeting women engineers on a career break?

31. Which government-backed infrastructure fund has appointed Sanjiv Aggarwal as its chief executive and managing director?

32. American AI-powered cybersecurity company SentinelOne has agreed to acquire which Bengaluru-based cybersecurity startup for an undisclosed amount?

33. After a gap of five years, the Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India (Irdai) has issued a certificate of registration to which entity to set up a health insurance company?

34. Which ready-to-cook food brand last week announced the appointment of industry veteran Rajat Diwaker as its India CEO?

35. Which automobile company, through its subsidiary, has introduced its first advanced Pure EV architecture – acti(dot)ev (pronounced as active)?

36. Which firm has entered the gear and transmission oil segment under Revia brand to meet the growing demand in the lubricants space for passenger cars and commercial vehicle customers?

37. Which fintech major has appointed former Yes Bank Chief Digital Officer Ritesh Pai as CEO of its international payments business?

38. Which MNC has launched its CSR campaign 'Where Innovation Meets Care' to eradicate Tuberculosis?

39. Which dating app has unveiled its new film 'You Up'?

40. Brookfield has acquired 100% of the Indian unit of which tower company in a $2.5-billion (about Rs 21,000 crore) all-cash deal?

Please mail your answers before 12 noon next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 1032 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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