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October 4, 2015

Biz Quizzard 601

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 28 - October 03. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Land Rover has come out with its first armored vehicle, priced at a whopping €4,00,000. What has it been branded as?

2. Switchgear products and fan maker Standard, a part of Havells India, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

3. Which chat-based personal assistant app will acquire Mumbai-based startup Niffler for an undisclosed amount?

4. According to a report last week, India Inc’s equity fund raising has already crossed which mark in 2015 so far?

5. Which online marketplace has rolled out a new communication campaign ‘Get Real’ to educate the stakeholders on the negative effects of selling or promoting fake products?

6. Not sure if I have covered this before. In what could be the first listing of an Indian software products company in nearly one and half decade, which security software firm plans to raise Rs 1,000-1,200 crore through an initial public offer?

7. Which lingerie and nightwear brand has released a new digital campaign about women innerwear taboos, featuring copywriter-turned-comedian Neeti Palta?

8. Which MNC has ended its 12-year third-party manufacturing contract with Kolkata-based SAJ Food Products?

9. Online hotel aggregator Goibibo[dot]com has launched a budget accommodation platform. What has it been branded as?

10. China's largest transportation app Didi Kuaidi has invested in which Indian ride hailing app?

11. According to a report last week, India has overtaken which country as the largest consumer of cashew?

12. Which company has launched a new television commercial for its latest diamond jewellery collection offering, Zuhur?

13. Which information technology services company has acquired the IT business of Blue Star Infotech for Rs 181 crore?

14. Which Indian company has declared its Brazilian unit bankrupt and has filed for protection in the country?

15. Which US-based IT services company has acquired Chennai-based Sybrant Technologies for an undisclosed amount?

16. Which online furniture marketplace has announced the acquisition of 53central[dot]com, a crowd bargaining platform that enables group buying options for sports enthusiasts worldwide?

17. Which German publisher will buy a further 88 percent of news website Business Insider for $343 million?

18. Which online ethnic store has rolled out an integrated campaign, with the soundtrack 'Aaj Jane Ki Zidd Na Karo'?

19. Zee is launching a television channel for French-speaking African audiences. What has it been branded as?

20. In what is claimed to be the biggest transaction for any single end-user commercial real estate sale in India, which MNC has bought 4.35 lakh sq ft in Godrej BKC at Mumbai for Rs 1,479 crore?

21. Which American fashion designer is stepping down as chief executive officer in his namesake company?

22. Which MNC has agreed deals to expand sales of its Cailler premium chocolate brand worldwide, marking its entry into the global super-premium chocolate segment?

23. Which company has signed a three-year bat endorsement deal with Indian cricketer Suresh Raina?

24. Which company has acquired the business assets of the pharmaceutical manufacturing unit of Acacia Life sciences located at Visakhapatnam on a going concern basis?

25. Looks like it is raining records in commercial real estate. Which business group is claiming to have struck the country's biggest-ever single asset real estate deal when it bought over Larsen and Toubro's Elante Mall in Chandigarh for Rs 1,785 crore recently?

26. Which MNC, in partnership with filmmakers Ridley Scott, Richie Mehta and Anurag Kashyap, will come out with a film project titled ‘India in a Day’ that will capture the essence of evolving India over a 24-hour period?

27. In a first, auto-major Maruti Suzuki is planning to send cars manufactured in Gurgaon and Manesar, near Delhi, to Kolkata via which transport mode on a pilot basis in October?

28. Which personality from the automobile industry has been honoured with the lifetime achievement award at the Forbes India Leadership Awards (FILA), 2015?

29. Which Taiwanese smartphone major has partnered with Foxconn and will start local manufacturing of smartphones at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh?

30. Which bank has become the first institution worldwide to launch mVisa - a card-less and device-less solution the payments company is betting on in the mobile space?

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September 27, 2015

Biz Quizzard 600

Biz Quizzard has touched a new milestone with this edition - 600 weeks without a single break. Would like to thank each one of you for being part of this journey.

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 21 - 26. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Delhi-based real estate firm CDR Group has teamed up with which celebrity and family to buy the Punjab team in the Pro Wrestling League, an IPL-style wrestling event involving top Indian and international wrestlers?

2. Anand Mahindra, Punj Lloyd founder Uday Punj, BookMyShow's Ashish Hemrajani and New York-based Sanjeev Mehra are investing in which mobile-only food marketplace application?

3. Which MNC has shut down Movida India, its mobile payment venture in India?

4. In what is said to be the biggest single asset acquisition in India's hospitality sector, which company is selling its marquee property in Goa to Malaysia’s MetTube Sdn Bhd for Rs 725 crore?

5. Which state is set to house India's first national investment and manufacturing zone?

6. Which real estate portal has ‘acqui-hired’ Plat and BigBHK to strengthen its products and rope in talent from the industry?

7. Taxi-hailing app Uber is launching its carpooling service in India. What has it been branded as?

8. Which Swiss banking group has finally set up shop in India, almost three years after acquiring DSP Merrill Lynch's domestic wealth management business?

9. Which company has secured the high-profile contract to develop and operate the technology platform for the proposed goods and services tax (GST)?

10. Which company last week elevated SN Subrahmanyan as the deputy managing director and president?

11. Kerala-based luxury property developer Prime Meridian has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

12. Which MNC has launched a new commercial, titled 'A part of India's life for 100 years', celebrating 100 years in India?

13. Which automobile MNC has appointed Vikram Pawah as the new Managing Director (MD) of its India operations with immediate effect?

14. Which company has signed a binding agreement with Lighthouse Minerals Holdings Pty to sell the Mt Gordon Copper mine in Australia for A$5 million (about Rs 23 crore) cash?

15. Who has been elected as the new chairman of the US India Business Council (USIBC), the apex advocacy group for India and American companies in the US?

16. Which brand has become the first to get a custom Twitter emoji?

17. Which matrimony portal has recently unveiled its brand new identity and launched a new campaign ‘My conditions apply’?

18. Which media group has unveiled the first look of its e-commerce portal, Gadgets 360?

19. According to a report last week, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan will endorse a textile showroom brand. Which brand and why is this news special?

20. Which bank has launched a campaign highlighting its positioning ‘Aapka Bhala, Sabki Bhalai’?

21. Which Bengaluru-based company has acquired the four-star business hotel Aura Grande in Mumbai for Rs 100 crore?

22. Which e-commerce firm has partnered with educational loans provider Credila to offer customised educational loans to students at the click of a mouse for the first time in the country?

23. US-based Retail Royalty Company has filed a trademark infringement case in the Delhi High Court against which company?

24. Which textile manufacturer has entered into a joint venture with Scotland-based clothing merchant Holland & Sherry for trading and distribution of premium fabrics in India?

25. Which optic fibre and telecom cable maker has agreed to acquire Elitecore Technologies in a deal that puts the telecom software product firm's enterprise value at Rs 180 crore?

26. Martin Winterkorn has stepped down as the CEO of which MNC?

27. Telecom service provider Uninor has been rebranded. What is the new brand?

28. Which brand last week offered what it claimed as the world's biggest ladoo at Andhericha Raja Ganesh Pandal in Mumbai?

29. Which company will be included in the NSE’s Nifty Midcap 50 index, replacing Aditya Birla Nuvo from the next month?

30. Who has been named India’s richest in Forbes magazine’s latest India rich list?

31. Instagram has crossed which user base milestone?

32. Which personal care manufacturer has announced a strategic partnership with Cartoon Network Enterprises to launch 'DENVER Superman' Deodorants in India?

33. Which company has rolled out an integrated brand campaign, featuring Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for LED lighting?

34. Which company has launched a range of professional salon facial products under the Oxlife brand for men and women?

35. In a rare management buyout deal in the country's corporate landscape, the head of which MNC bank’s India wealth management operation is buying the business from it?

36. Which company has announced the sale of its indirectly owned subsidiary in Malaysia - Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd - for an enterprise value of $500 million to Pandawa Sakti?

37. Italy's Enel Green Power has bought a controlling stake in which wind power generation company for Rs 220 crore, marking its entry into India?

38. Which Kolkata-based group is buying the 65-room Pearl Inn Hotel in Hyderabad for Rs 27 crore?

39. Which company has announced the appointment of R S Sharma, former CMD of NTPC and MD of Jindal Power, as its managing director?

40. Facebook has renamed Internet.org, its free Internet platform. What is the new name?

41. Which natural blood purifier brand has launched a campaign titled 'I Hate You Mom'?

42. Which domestic textile player has announced a joint venture with leading Italian lifestyle brand Cadini?

43. Digital wallet payment service provider Oxigen Services India has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

44. The government has firmed up plans to bring down its holding in which bank to 49%?

45. Bajaj Auto last week launched its much-awaited quadricycle, meant only for export markets for now. What has it been branded as?

46. Which private equity entity has picked up a minority stake in Creative Lifestyles, the flagship company of the Mumbai-based Creative Garments group?

47. Which company has signed an agreement to buy the exclusive intellectual property rights (IPR) of fondaparinux sodium for $17.5 million in cash, from its current owner Alchemia Ltd?

48. Actors Swara Bhaskar, Tena Desae and Rajkumar Rao can be seen in the latest ad of which dairy brand?

49. Aamir Khan has donned the role of a ‘shayar’ in the new campaign for which brand?

50. Which brand was last week launched with the claim of being the costliest locally assembled car in the country?

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September 20, 2015

Biz Quizzard 599

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week September 14 - 19. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which business personality has bought the US consulate's South Mumbai property, Lincoln House at Breach Candy for Rs 750 crore?

2. Online lingerie retailer Zivame has become the latest startup to get funded by which business personality?

3. Which online healthcare platform has acquired hospital information management company Insta Health for $12 million (Rs`80 crore)?

4. Which New York-based private equity (PE) major's real estate division has agreed to buy 100% equity stake in Gurgaon-based builder Alpha G: Corp for Rs 1,600 crore?

5. Which company has announced its decision to sell its tyre business at Haridwar to JK Tyre & Industries and JK Asia Pacific Singapore Pte Ltd. for Rs.2,195 crore?

6. Which airline has signed a 1-year deal with BCCI to fly the Indian cricket team on their domestic and international travel?

7. Which hybrid managed marketplace for Stays in India has unveiled a new brand campaign, ‘Make Room for Something New’, along with the launch of its mobile app?

8. Hindustan Unilever (HUL) is bringing back which Ayurveda brand and going mainstream with its first exclusive e-commerce launch in India?

9. Which company has become the first to commercially deploy indigenously developed energy monitoring technology by Telecom Center of Excellence (TCOE) at 500 mobile towers?

10. Who has topped the list of ‘25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific’, prepared by the global magazine Fortune?

11. Budget hotels marketplace OYO Rooms has launched a new brand, a women's exclusive for women travellers with all-women staff and special amenities for women. Name the brand?

12. Federal Brands has filed a suit against which US apparel company for infringement of copyright and sought damages of Rs 75 crore after the latter launched a global marketing campaign?

13. Talent management company WMEIMG has acquired The Miss Universe Organization from which business personality?

14. The $17-billion Mahindra Group has forayed into e-commerce with the launch of its virtual mall. What has it been branded as?

15. Murugappa Group company EID Parry India will introduce a new sugar brand, described as 100 per cent natural cane sugar. Name the brand?

16. Which networking major has embarked on Project IndiaG (G = Growth) to more than double its India revenue over the next three-five years?

17. Which Indian company has signed a deal with Australian pharmaceutical company Hatchtech, to develop Xeglyze lotion, a head lice product?

18. Which paint brand has launched a digital campaign ‘Make Room for the NEU’?

19. Which Indian fabric manufacturer last week announced a tie-up with Pakistan's ethnic designer brand Sana Safinaz?

20. Which state has topped the World Bank’s first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India?

21. Cross platform note-taking app Evernote has crossed which milestone user mark in India?

22. Which automobile brand has roped in Telugu actor Prabhas (of Bahubali fame) as brand ambassador?

23. Which mobile point-of-sale (mPoS) technology solution has been acquired by payments and remittances company, Suvidhaa Infoserve, in an all-cash deal estimated to be close to Rs 3 crore?

24. Fred DeLuca, 67, died last week. He was the co-founder of which fast-food chain?

25. Which hospitality major is planning to introduce Tribute Portfolio, its upscale brand targeting independent hotels, in India by next year?

26. Which business personality has made a personal investment in Bengaluru-based startup Mubble that offers solutions to help users track and control their telecom spends?

27. Which wires and cable company has rolled out a new TV campaign with positioning ‘Connection Bachat Ka, Connection Zindagi Ka’ and featuring actor Paresh Rawal?

28. Which MNC has launched a new video, 'Shout', based on the famous 'toga party' scene from the movie 'Animal House'?

29. Which company last week rolled out an online-specific credit card SimplyCLICK in association with seven partners including Amazon India, BookMyShow and Cleartrip?

30. Super luxury car maker Rolls-Royce last week unveiled its new open-top model that is likely to be launched in India next year. What has it been branded as?

31. Which MNC has increased its stake in UEM India, an international water services company based in Noida, to 80%?

32. Which MNC is reacquiring Serco BPO, India's third-largest business process outsourcing company, for a consideration of £250 million (Rs`2,558 crore)?

33. Which business group has hired Cynthia Carroll, the former head of Anglo American, as chairwoman of its holding company?

34. Which pharmaceutical company will acquire US-based eyecare firm InSite Vision for around $48 million (around Rs 300 crore), plus related debt and other transaction costs?

35. Which Bengaluru-based venture, backed by Indian-American entrepreneur & investor Vinod Khosla, last week launched a consumer mobile wallet?

36. Apus Group, one of the world’s biggest Android application development companies, has formed a partnership with which Indian mobile advertising network?

37. Which company is planning the launch of a new colouring initiative named ‘Express Painting’?

38. Which MNC has signed an agreement with L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Ltd (LTMRHL) for ‘pouring rights’ at all Hyderabad metro rail stations?

39. Which beverage brand has launched a video, resurrecting an old footage of tennis ace Serena Williams, with the message 'win from within'?

40. In a move seen as one of the most far-reaching initiatives on financial inclusion since bank nationalisation in the late 1960s, RBI last week granted small bank licences to how many companies?

41. Which company and BBC Worldwide have entered into a joint venture to bring BBC Earth, a new premium factual channel, to the Indian audiences?

42. Which jewellery e-tailer has launched its first advertising campaign 'My First Time'?

43. Which cloud computing services provider has announced the takeover of US-based NexAge Technologies, which specializes in the life sciences sector, for $3 million?

44. Sunil Duggal will take over as the new CEO of which company with effect from October 1, 2015?

45. Which company has bought out Firefox Bikes for an undisclosed sum in an all-cash deal, to tap into the growing premium bicycle market in the country?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 599 as the subject.

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