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May 22, 2016

Biz Quizzard 634

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

1. Tata Group is set to board the ecommerce bus with the launch of its online marketplace by the end of this month. What has it been branded as?

2. Which on-demand autorickshaw aggregator has restarted hyperlocal delivery by launching a service called Fatafat?

3. Which MNC will buy Anacor Pharmaceuticals in a deal valued at $5.2 billion to gain access to Anacor's experimental gel for treating eczema?

4. Which IT firm and sound-based proximity communication provider ToneTag have announced a partnership to provide a range of digital banking solutions for the banking and retail industries?

5. Which IT firm has partnered with California-based Xactly Corporation to offer cloud-based solutions to organisations to improve sales performance and drive growth?

6. Which IT firm and Siemens have partnered to expand and enhance the delivery of big data analytics to the global manufacturing industry?

7. Which MNC has announced the appointment of Nitin Prasad as its new chairman for India?

8. Which company has entered the honey market through its FMCG brand i-Flo?

9. Which MNC game maker is planning to make movies, using cash from the sale of its stake in the Mariners baseball team?

10. Which Quick Serve Restaurant chain (QSR) recently launched its new digital campaign 'Plate of Hope' under the theme 'add Hope', an initiative to fight hunger in the country?

11. Chaitali Moitra will be the new managing director of which publishing company?

12. Emami Ltd has launched a new variant of deodorant and appointed Hrithik Roshan and Vir Das to launch a campaign. Name the brand?

13. Which company has officially forayed into the Indian market with its mobile brand itel and will roll out feature phones, smartphones and mobile accessories?

14. Which MNC has bought out Indian partner Chanakya Hotels' stake in their joint venture Country Development and Management Services for an undisclosed amount?

15. Which American health and wellness group is inking a franchise partnership with Chandigarh-based hospitality and food services firm KWalls Hospitality?

16. Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in which San Francisco-based medical emergency response start-up company?

17. Which Gujarat-based milk ice cream brand last week announced its entry into Delhi NCR?

18. Fruit juice company Manpasand Beverages Limited last week announced its foray into coconut drink segment. What has it been branded as?

19. Which agrochemicals company has decided to give its chairman Vijay Mallya three months to resolve his debt-repayment dispute with banks after which the company will seek to replace him?

20. Which e-commerce company’s logistics unit is set to launch a courier service that will take on the likes of DTDC Express and First Flight Courier?

21. Which company will invest Rs 130 crore to buy a controlling stake in CCI Logistics?

22. Which MNC is set to acquire 74% stake in Tata Communications' data centre business that is primarily located in India and Singapore for Rs 3,330 crore ($497 million)?

23. Nokia has signed an exclusive 10-year licensing deal with Finnish company HMD Global Oy to create phones and tablets under which brand, manufactured by a subsidiary of Taiwan's Foxconn?

24. Tetsuro Aikawa will step down as the president of which automobile MNC?

25. Which Indian company has announced a five-year partnership with Lidingöloppet, the Swedish sports event, widely regarded as the world’s largest cross-country run?

26. Which hair oil brand has launched its new campaign ‘Dikho Khoobsurat , Karo Khoobsurat’?

27. Which artificial intelligence-powered chat app has received undisclosed funds from Tata Sons chairman emeritus Ratan Tata?

28. Mayank Ashar has quit as the CEO of which company?

29. Which cement company has launched a campaign christened 'Swach Jal Sabka Haq' to provide clean and cold drinking water?

30. Which MNC has deployed its Smart City solution at Rashtrapati Bhavan, utilising connected technologies for the efficient management of utilities across the 330 acre property?

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May 15, 2016

Biz Quizzard 633

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

1. US-based pen maker Reynolds' Indian licensee GM Pens International has decided to go solo and plans to become a global player with its own brand. Name it?

2. Hyperlocal logistics player Roadrunnr and which food-ordering platform are merging in an all-stock deal?

3. Which cloud telephony company has acqui-hired Delhi-based customer engagement platform Smartwards?

4. Which handset maker has roped in Deepak Kabu of Intex Technologies as its CEO?

5. Spencer’s store at Chennai’s CP Ramaswamy Road celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 9. What is its claim to fame?

6. The owner of which famous sweet shop (now closed) in Delhi has sued Shahrukh Khan for featuring its box of sweets in the movie Fan?

7. Which brand launched its campaign #SayItWithHugs for Mother’s day?

8. Which radio station has launched 'Candy Class' project to educate slum kids?

9. Which US-based hotel tech firm has entered the Indian market by setting up its second global delivery centre outside the US in Hyderabad?

10. Which London-based start-up has launched its operation in India and has set up its pilot project - a “super budget” hotel with tariffs of Rs. 100 per day?

11. A small tech company, MGT Capital Investments, an investor in fantasy sports and mobile games, shot into limelight last week after naming its new CEO. Who?

12. Which beverage brand has launched its new digital film 'Rizwan'?

13. Which fast food chain has launched its new campaign #SabPeBhari?

14. Which automobile brand has tied up with consumer electronics company Bullitt Group to develop a bespoke smartphone and range of accessories?

15. Which online classifieds player has acquired Salosa, an on-demand in-home beauty services provider?

16. Sebi last week imposed a 4-year ban on Sai Multi Services and pulled the plug on a ponzi scheme involving purchase of what?

17. Which Chennai-based on-demand chauffeur provider has acquired Mumbai-based startup Driven?

18. Which education start-up has acquired ThinkLABS, a science and technology education provider for an undisclosed amount?

19. Which San Francisco-based start-up has forayed into India with its app Simkarma?

20. Maharashtra Ex-servicemen’s Corporation (MESCO) has launched a military tourism initiative for civilians. What has it been branded as?

21. Which MNC has launched a digital film called #SoundOfWork that has no dialogues, just a soundtrack that's an amalgamation of sounds generated in its factories?

22. Which sanitary ware brand has launched its new campaign ‘Looks good, works great’?

23. Realty developer Kanakia Spaces has roped in which football legend as brand ambassador for its project Kanakia Paris in Mumbai's business district in Bandra-Kurla Complex?

24. Which MNC has acquired a controlling stake in Turmeric Vision, which operates specialty channel Food Food?

25. Which two-wheeler maker in India last week forayed into motor cycle rally racing by forming a strategic partnership with German off-road racing specialist Speedbrain?

26. Which Italian superbike brand, part-owned by Mercedes-Benz's AMG unit, last week launched the most expensive two-wheeler in the Indian market?

27. Which IT firm has acquired Hatstand, a global financial services consultancy and capital markets specialist for an undisclosed amount?

28. Which company is all set to unveil its omni-channel venture Nnnow(dot)com?

29. Which iconic brand will rebrand itself as “America” from May 23 through to the Nov. 8 presidential election to “inspire drinkers to celebrate America”?

30. Which two-wheeler company has launched a campaign titled 'A salute to the stars behind the stars'?

31. Which iconic soap brand from India is celebrating 100 years of existence?

32. Which real estate company has entered the senior living sector with the Primus brand?

33. Ukraine-based Antonov Company’s wide body cargo aircraft-MRIYA last week landed at the Hyderabad airport. Why did this make news?

34. Which Hyderabad-based personal care company has entered the skincare sector with two herbal products Skin +ve beauty cream and Skin+ve body lotion?

35. Which US-based early smartwatch maker last week announced its foray into India's nascent but growing wearables market?

36. Which automobile brand is being advertised with the positioning ‘Let the hunt begin’?

37. Which two-wheeler brand has launched its new campaign, with the tagline ‘Meelon Chalti Muskaan’?

38. ITC Foods has forayed into digestive biscuit segment. Name the brand?

39. Which company is claiming to be “India’s first video medicine company” and is gearing up to establish the world’s largest virtual medical clinic?

40. Which Mumbai-based company is acquiring four brands of US drug maker Pfizer for Rs 110 crore?

41. Which online coupon and cashback firm has launched Sorted, a last minute hotel booking mobile application?

42. Which company has signed an exclusive deal to bring London-based designer brand Simon Carter to India?

43. Which online apparel rental start-up has shut shop within six months of raising its maiden round of funding?

44. Which India-based messaging app last week launched its App store to integrate frequently used apps and services into its platform?

45. Which MNC wants to digitally map the interiors of buildings in 3D down to a resolution of a few inches, and make money in virtual reality along the way, through a project named Tango?

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May 8, 2016

Biz Quizzard 632

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

1. Which company, along with Saudi Aramco and Princess Nourah University (PNU), last week inaugurated Saudi Arabia's first all-women business and technology park (WBP)?

2. Which retail chain has appointed Viney Singh as its director and CEO?

3. Which Swiss watch maker has signed an endorsement deal with cricketer Rohit Sharma?

4. Which company will launch four new channels by March next year, including a comedy channel christened ‘Happii’?

5. Levi Strauss' managing director for India, Sanjay Purohit, is set to join which India-focused private equity fund as partner for consumer and retail practice?

6. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) last week announced the launch of an all new version of its popular multi-purpose vehicle Innova. What has it been branded as?

7. Sergio Marchionne has been named CEO of which sports car maker?

8. Australian businessman Craig Wright last week claimed to be the inventor of which online cash system?

9. Who has assumed the role of MD at Bharti Retail?

10. Which beverage brand has roped in Priyanka Chopra as brand ambassador?

11. Which apparel brand has launched its new campaign with ‘Blue is Blue’ as a tagline?

12. Which digital and entertainment company has forayed into the jewellery retailing business under the franchise model and is looking to open 500 stores under brand 'Bjewelz'?

13. Bharti Airtel has renamed its mobile commerce arm Airtel M-Commerce Services Ltd. What is the new name?

14. Which MNC has acquired Synergyse Training, a business technology start-up founded by Indian-origin entrepreneur Varun Malhotra and his business partners?

15. Which company has acquired virtual reality startup Volob Technologies in an all-cash deal?

16. Which wallet’s users will be able to pay for their Uber cab rides abroad in Indian rupees by the end of May?

17. Maruti Suzuki has crossed which sales milestone for cars with automatic gear shift technology since it was introduced in early 2014?

18. Which airline in India is launching its first large scale multimedia campaign in nearly a decade, with the tagline “Get More”?

19. What would be the entity formed after the record-breaking merger of Dell and EMC be called?

20. Which celebrity-promoted fund is venturing into the fast-moving fashion casual wear space under the YWC label?

21. Which MNC has said it would aim to sell off its golf brands TaylorMade, Adams and Ashworth?

22. Which Swiss hearing aid maker is buying Dutch-based AudioNova for 830 million euros ($953 million), its largest acquisition till date?

23. Google has said it would expand its testing of autonomous vehicles by installing its technology in a fleet of minivans made by which MNC?

24. Which company will acquire a 1,000-mega watt power plant in Chhattisgarh from Naveen Jindal's JSPL in an Rs 4,000-crore deal?

25. Air-cooler maker Symphony Ltd has created a wall-mounted air cooler for household customers. What has it been branded as?

26. Which MNC has for the first time set up a global public policy advisory board and has appointed an Indian, Adil Zainulbhai, as part of the eight- member board?

27. Which company has launched a new campaign for its air conditioners, with the positioning ‘Let there be Chill’?

28. Which brand has launched a nose pin collection called Caprici in India?

29. Which fast food chain has launched its new campaign ‘Ab nahin koi ajnabi’?

30. Which business group last week said it has developed a watch exclusively for factory workers which can provide critical real-time safety data?

31. Ex-Tata Starbucks CEO Avani Davda will be the new managing director of which retail chain?

32. Which ecommerce company has acquired TargetingMantra, a move that will help it enhance personalisation of shopping experience of customers?

33. Which company has forayed into the super-premium chocolate segment with a luxury offering branded Fabelle?

34. Mr Pralhad P Chhabria, 86, passed away last week. He was the founder and chairman of which business group?

35. Which MNC has reportedly named company executive Sanjay Kaul as its new India country manager?

36. Which fast food chain is launching two limited edition flavoured nail polishes in Hong Kong to help promote its food?

37. Which well known chef has been roped in by Gill Capital, owned by Punjab-born, Singapore-based billionaire Jagdev Singh Gill, to whip up the fine-dining business?

38. Which automobile company has come out with its latest communications campaign - a series of eight films on road safety?

39. Which entity has become the first public sector bank to open its IFSC Banking Unit (IBU) at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT)?

40. Which company is picking up a majority stake in online jewellery brand and retailer Caratlane?

41. Syed Safawi has quit as the CEO of which telecom infrastructure company?

42. Who has topped The Forbes Five club of hip-hop's wealthiest artists list released last week?

43. In a move aimed at hampering cash transactions by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the European Central Bank last week announced an end to which denomination bank note?

44. Which beer brand is all set to hit the market in a brand new avatar, along with a new packaging of the tallest and most curvaceous bottle in the category?

45. Which well known Hindi news channel has now become a Free-To-Air (FTA) channel?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 632 as the subject.

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