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May 1, 2016

Biz Quizzard 631

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the April 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. India’s first small finance bank was launched in Jalandhar on April 24. Name it?

2. Which Italian eyewear company will launch Dior Eyewear in India this Year?

3. Which Mumbai-born tycoons have topped The Sunday Times Rich List 2016 for UK with a fortune of 13.1billion pounds?

4. Piramal Enterprise has launched the first television campaign for which recently acquired baby care brand?

5. Which logistics solutions platform has acquired YourGuy, a cross-category last mile delivery company in Mumbai?

6. Which beverage brand has launched its new commercial with the positioning 'har ghoont ras bhara aam'?

7. Which app-based cab hailing service brand recently withdrew one commercial from its campaign as it was being perceived as sexist?

8. Which company has announced its foray into sub-five tonne category of commercial vehicles with the launch of Pro 1049?

9. Which Singapore-based startup has partnered Virat Kohli to launch a 'fanbox' that will include a Moto G Turbo smartphone and a one-year subscription to Virat's exclusive fan club?

10. FMCG major Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) plans to roll out which mosquito repellent brand in Africa as part of its plan to expand presence in the continent?

11. European aerospace giant Airbus last week handed over an A321 passenger jet to US carrier JetBlue. Why did this make news?

12. Sirin Labs, a Tel Aviv-based startup, is set to rollout a smartphone called “Solarin” by May-end. What will be its claim to fame?

13. Which digital payments platform has launched its new brand campaign, ‘Lo Do Khatam Karo’?

14. Which MNC’s India managing director Amit Agarwal has been inducted into its CEO’s core S-team?

15. Which adhesives and industrial chemicals manufacturer has roped in Italy's Industria Chimica Adriatica Spa as a joint venture (JV) partner in its wholly-owned arm Wood Coat?

16. Which global private equity firm has acquired a 65% stake in India-focused Cancer Treatment Services International for $33 million?

17. Which Hyderabad-based quick service restaurant chain has acquired another Hyderabad-based startup - The First Meal?

18. Which innerwear brand has used Nina Simone’s voice singing ‘Feelin’ Good’ in its latest commercial?

19. Which MNC is acquiring French fitness gadget maker Withings for EUR 170 million or $191 million to strengthen its position in the Internet of Things market?

20. Which company has entered into an exclusive pact with Singapore-based TWG Tea to set up upscale tea lounges in India?

21. Which online handicrafts marketplace has acquired women's clothes rental platform F2SO4 in an all-stock deal that will also bring on board the team that ran the firm?

22. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, among others, have reportedly pledged to form a foundation in the name of which legendary Indian?

23. Which MNC has reached an agreement with ice-cream maker R&R Ice Cream to set up a joint venture to run most of the former’s ice cream business outside North America?

24. Which company has acquired majority interest in Italian engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor STC Power, marking its first overseas purchase?

25. Who has overtaken Dalian Wanda Group Co.'s Wang Jianlin as Asia's richest man, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?

26. Which company has elevated Deputy Managing Director Gautam Chatterjee as Managing Director and CEO?

27. Which MNC has launched its new digital campaign #DitchYourKeys?

28. Which fast food chain’s first intelligent robot concept store, "Original+", has been launched at Shanghai, China?

29. Zodiac Clothing Co. Ltd. (ZCCL) recently launched its spring – summer 2016 collection by bringing back which icon across its brands?

30. Which MNC last week rolled out its India-made D-Max V-Cross pick-up from the newly-launched facility in Andhra Pradesh?

31. A unit of which Chinese conglomerate has agreed to buy Carlson Hotels, the owner of several brands including Radisson and Country Inns and Suites?

32. Which company has picked up a strategic stake in Bengaluru-based engineering services firm Tessolve Semiconductor and plans a phased acquisition of a majority stake by the end of the year?

33. Which healthcare IT firm, backed by Infosys cofounder NS Raghavan, has bought Canada's Skura Technologies for $9 million (about Rs 60 crore)?

34. Which company will set up India’s first auto shredding plant, in partnership with state-controlled MSTC Ltd near a port, aiming to begin operations within a year?

35. Advitiya Sharma, a cofounder at Housing(dot)com, has launched his next venture, in the education sector. What is it called?

36. Which kitchen appliance brand last week announced its foray into the domestic home cleaning market?

37. Which detergent brand has launched its new ad film ad film #ReadyForLife?

38. Which online coupon platform has undergone a brand identity makeover and has unveiled its new logo, a customised piggy bank in the shape of an elephant?

39. Which ophthalmic lens maker has appointed cricketer and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly as brand ambassador?

40. How many Indian origin persons have been named among the 100 highest-paid CEOs globally, in a list compiled by Equilar?

41. Which mobile phone maker has launched its new smiling logo and tagline, ‘Make Smiles’?

42. Which IT major has launched a machine learning platform called Mana?

43. Country Club Hospitality and Holidays has roped in which sports personality as its new brand ambassador?

44. A new smartphone, Docoss X1, has been launched in India. Why is this making news?

45. Ashok Chawla, former chief of Competition Commission, will be the new chairman of which entity, subject to approval from market watchdog Sebi?

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April 24, 2016

Biz Quizzard 630

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

1. Airbnb has entered into a strategic partnership with which business group in a move aimed at expanding its operations in India and building a more localised network?

2. Which business personality has launched a new smartphone app called Itihaasa that aims to extensively narrate the history of India's IT revolution over the past six decades?

3. Which premium products and services discovery and purchase platform has raised an undisclosed amount in an angel round from Rajan Anandan, vice-president of Google for Southeast Asia and India?

4. NIIT last week launched a new retail training brand to help information technology service companies hire people with skills in digital technologies. Name the brand?

5. How many models from Maruti Suzuki feature in the top-10 list of best selling cars for the just concluded fiscal?

6. Which housing finance company has launched a television commercial to popularize its new tool trueworth(dot)co(dot)in?

7. Which brand has launched a television commercial to promote its DeoStick, a cream-based deodorant that can simply be smeared onto the skin?

8. Ratan Tata has invested in which online retailer that sells eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and eyewear accessories?

9. Patanjali Ayurved will launch a brand to take on the likes of big cosmetics brands such as L'Oreal and Maybelline. Name the brand?

10. Which film has become the top grosser among Hollywood movies released in India?

11. Stuart Gulliver will step down as the CEO of which MNC bank in 2 years?

12. Which ecommerce company has partnered IIT Delhi and Phoenix Medical Solutions to sell 'SmartCane' online, priced at Rs 3,500?

13. Which online fashion retailer has announced a new partnership with international fashion retailer Mexx?

14. English news channel CNN-IBN has been rebranded. What is the new name?

15. Which well known wellness guru has joined hands with former Nortel and Motorola executive Poonacha Machaiah to launch Jiyo, a health and wellness startup?

16. Nestle India last week relaunched which two variants of Maggi noodles?

17. Which company has become the first life insurer in the country to initiate IPO process?

18. Tata Consultancy Services has abandoned which performance appraisal system?

19. Which company has acquired five companies - Gale Solarfarms, Tornado Solarfarms, Abha Solarfarms, Aalok Solarfarms and Shreyas Solarfarms - for an undisclosed amount?

20. Mondelez India last week launched its second brand in the biscuits category. Which brand?

21. Which automobile MNC has appointed Frank Schloeder as acting president of its India operations?

22. Which food and grocery hyperlocal has decided to sell fruit, vegetables and staples under a private label – Freshbury?

23. Which brand is lauding women entrepreneurs in the television commercial for its jewellery collection Niloufer?

24. The government has issued a notification on renaming Department of Disinvestment. What is the new name?

25. Which company has acquired British lubricant firm Price Thomas Holdings Ltd (PTHL) for £9.59 million?

26. Which company has announced its foray into the dry fruit segment with the launch of a new brand 'KARMIQ- Food that celebrates your youth'?

27. Which MNC last week showcased its “supercar” LeSEE - touted as the world’s first driverless concept supercar?

28. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Javed Jaffery feature in the television commercial for which FMCG brand?

29. Which smartphone brand has launched its ad featuring MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and Kangana Ranaut?

30. Former Discovery Networks Asia Pacific executive VP Rahul Johri will be the CEO of which entity?

31. The founders of which Indian startup have been named in TIME magazine’s 2016 list of the 100 most influential people in the world?

32. Jaspal Bindra, former executive director and head of Standard Chartered's Asian operations, will be the executive chairman of which financial services company?

33. Which company has made a strategic investment in Advanced Structures India (ASI), a car testing and benchmarking company?

34. Which Indian company has been recognised as one of the UK's leading employers for women in a list published by The Times?

35. Twitter has introduced in India, a feature through which a brand can share its story via video and real-time public conversations on Twitter, for a 24 hour period. What is it called?

36. Which MNC has remained as the most attractive employer in the country, according to the 6th edition of Randstad Award 2016?

37. Victorinox, the makers of the Swiss army knife ensure, has appointed which celebrity chef as brand ambassador?

38. Ecommerce players Flipkart & Myntra have signed an exclusive deal with which Japanese sportswear brand to sell its merchandise in India?

39. Which MNC last week launched the world's fastest SUV in India?

40. Which is the most influential brand in India, according to the study by global research firm Ipsos?

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April 17, 2016

Biz Quizzard 629

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

1. Which handset maker has signed up MS Dhoni as its brand ambassador?

2. Which advertising agency has rolled out a recruitment campaign called ‘Troublemakers’?

3. Which MNC has acquired employee and manager feedback startup Peer founded by former Salesforce chief operating officer George Hu?

4. Which Indian actor has invested an undisclosed amount in Indi(dot)com, a global video social network that's set to launch in India?

5. Which company has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 9X Media, the company that runs a clutch of music channels including 9XM?

6. In the largest ever space transaction by any international retailer on high streets across the country, which brand has picked up 50,000 sq ft carpet space in South Mumbai's Flora Fountain?

7. Which television actor will soon launch TheBagTalk(dot)com in partnership with High Spirit Commercial Ventures (HSCV) in Mumbai?

8. Which MNC bank will close its corporate banking operations in India as part of a plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in?

9. Which company is coming out with an all-new Massey Ferguson (MF) SMART series of tractors in the 30 to 60 hp (horse power) segment?

10. Maruti Suzuki will launch a new compact car this year. What will it be branded as?

11. Which steel company will sell its long products Europe business to investment firm Greybull Capital for a “nominal” consideration?

12. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) last week unveiled a next generation technology in the money transfer space. What has it been branded as?

13. Which company has become the first entity to receive final approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a payments bank?

14. Suzuki Swift has crossed which global sales milestone?

15. Manna Foods, makers of Manna range of Health products, has roped in which cricketer as its global brand ambassador?

16. Which media buying and planning agency plans to bring two of its brands - Optimedia|Blue449 and Mediavest|Spark - to India within a year as part of its recent restructuring?

17. Which company has acquired UK-based Silampos for an undisclosed sum, through which it has gained full control of table and cookware supplier Horwood Homewares?

18. Which Indian train has been ranked among the top-rated trains in the world, according to a New World Wealth survey?

19. Media veteran Raghav Bahl’s Quintillion Media has forged a joint venture with which MNC to start a new business news channel and a website?

20. Gurgaon, the corporate hub of Haryana on the outskirts of Delhi, has been renamed. What is the new name?

21. Which company has joined hands with Tata Motors to launch IndiKarting National Series, which will kick off in Pune on 23 April?

22. Which MNC chip maker plans to makes inroads in India’s electronics sector and has tied up with HSMC for chip manufacturing in the country?

23. Which aggregator of beauty salon doorstep services, funded by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, will become a part of Naturals, the nation's largest salon chain?

24. Amazon has launched a new version of Kindle. What has it been branded as?

25. Which smartphone brand has unveiled a new logo and tagline `Nuts, Guts, Glory'?

26. Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC has decided to part ways with which Indian joint venture partner?

27. Which Chennai-based company has bought Delhi-based Airwoot, which uses machine learning to help brands deliver high-speed customer service on social media?

28. Mumbai-based errand-running service GetMyPeon, founded in 2012, has renamed itself. What is the new name?

29. Which handset maker has launched its new campaign with the theme ‘Faster than Faster’?

30. T-Series has claimed to have become the first South Asian channel to cross which milestone subscriber mark on YouTube?

31. Which American real estate firm has signed its first commercial office deal in India with private equity fund and developer IREO in Gurgaon?

32. Mr Satyanand Munjal, 98, passed away last week. He was the co-founder of which company?

33. Which country was the world's largest recipient of remittances from abroad in 2015, according to the World Bank?

34. Which Lithuanian start-up, which offers a public transport app to help people plan their journey, has entered the Indian market?

35. Which MNC last week launched its latest entry-level motorcycle, the Saluto RX, priced at Rs 46,400 (ex- showroom Delhi)?

36. Which online match-making service has released a new digital campaign titled #NotForSale in order to take forward its social initiative?

37. Which company has roped in rap artiste ‘Badshah’, to create a rap anthem for its air conditioners?

38. India's first airport mall may come up at which airport?

39. Which luggage maker has introduced Track&Go, a sophisticated beacon device that can be built into suitcases, allowing a case to be easily and privately tracked by its owner?

40. Which celebrity has resigned as brand ambassador of realty firm Amrapali?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 629 as the subject.

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