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July 24, 2016

Biz Quizzard 643

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

1. Which company recently released its long-format digital film 'Saroj - The Leader' as part of the 'Naam Hoga Toh Kaam Hoga' campaign?

2. Which FMCG company has tied up with DRDO to promote sustainable cultivation of high-altitude medicinal plants in Ladakh?

3. Which well known financial services giant has revamped its logo, a first in 20 years?

4. Which pen manufacturer is launching a series of new pens backed by a high visibility publicity campaign featuring its recently appointed brand ambassador Hrithik Roshan?

5. Which youth entertainment channel recently launched a brand campaign and has roped in Shraddha Kapoor as the new brand ambassador?

6. Cleartrip is promoting which sub-brand with a new television commercial with the tagline ‘what’s happening, lots happening’?

7. In what is a first for the brand, and probably a first for the Indian advertising industry, which fragrance brand has launched a new campaign entirely in French?

8. Which company has acquired South African cosmetics manufacturing and trading firm Discaria Trading for an undisclosed amount?

9. Which sports personality has been roped in as a brand ambassador Ambrane India, an IT brand in computer peripherals, mobile accessories and power banks?

10. Uber touched which milestone mark on June 18?

11. Shripad Nadkarni, a former marketing head at Coca-Cola India, has teamed up with three other former executives to set up a food startup. What is it called?

12. Which MNC has agreed to buy British chip designer company ARM Holdings Plc for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion)?

13. Which company has become the 6th stand-alone health insurer in the country, after being granted registration by IRDAI?

14. Which company has filed for the first IPO by an Indian insurance company?

15. Which business group has launched an ad for its dairy brand ‘Ksheer’ with the positioning ‘Ek acchi aadat’?

16. With a brand valuation of $13.7 billion, which brand was India’s most valuable brand in 2015-16, according to Brand Finance India?

17. Which airline has topped the ‘Most reputed aviation brands 2016’ report for domestic airlines in India, according to TRA (Trust Research Advisory) Research-BlueBytes?

18. Which brand became the highest-selling two-wheeler in the Indian market in the first half of 2016, breaking a 17-year reign by rival Hero MotoCorp’s long running number one Splendor series?

19. Which bath fittings and sanitary ware major has acquired a majority stake in the South Korea-based Joeyforlife?

20. Shree Siddhivinayak Ganapati Temple Trust, which manages the Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai, has tied up with SBICAP Securities. For what?

21. Which mobile phone maker has roped in Madhuri Dixit as a brand ambassador for consumer durables, primarily washing machines?

22. Which CEO is all set to make a cameo in the upcoming sci-fi action film "Star Trek Beyond"?

23. Mangalore-based Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative (Campco) last week launched a new chocolate. What is its USP?

24. Which MNC has acquired Dollar Shave Club in a deal said to be worth about $1 billion, gaining a firmer foothold in the burgeoning market for male grooming products?

25. Which California-based colour cosmetics brand, which has a presence in 36 countries, has announced its official launch in India?

26. Facebook Inc's Messenger has crossed which milestone user base?

27. Which lubricant brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning 'Har Mushkil Ka Hal'?

28. Which company has come out with a television commercial to promote its P66 Smartphone’s enhanced feature that supports 21 Indian languages?

29. Which radio station has launched a new jingle ‘Khushi Ki Nayi Duniya’?

30. Secured Venture Capital, an Australia-based venture capital company led by former Australian fast bowler Craig McDermott, has roped in which celebrity as its global brand ambassador?

31. Which online marketplace has launched a new campaign #AdjustNoMore?

32. Which toothpaste brand has just concluded 'Celebrating Life' campaign, for which it tied up with street photographer Siddhartha Joshi, who visited 10 cities and clicked 1,000 photographs?

33. American multinational hospitality chain Hilton Worldwide is keen to get its luxury brands, the legendary Waldorf Astoria and which two-year-old brand, to India?

34. Hyundai’s premium compact hatchback i20 had achieved which milestone mark in global sales?

35. Which MNC tyre maker has announced the launch of its first television commercial in India?

36. Which Japanese mining equipment maker has agreed to buy its smaller US rival Joy Global for about $ 3.7 billion including debt?

37. Which automobile brand has launched its 'Drive with Care' campaign' to raise awareness for road safety during monsoon?

38. Which MNC will buy InterOil Corp for more than $2.5 billion in stock, adding a gas field to expand its exports from Papua New Guinea?

39. Which jewellery company has launched a campaign featuring brand ambassadors Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupati?

40. How many Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world’s biggest corporations in terms of revenue?

41. Which marketing technology company has acquired a majority stake in Bengaluru-based data science and analytics company D- Square Solutions?

42. Which company will soon unveil its ‘Sunbean’ brand of premium coffee?

43. Which company last week unveiled a coffee table book, titled The Golden Quadrilateral?

44. Which entity has been ranked top among the 100 best startup incubators in India by the India edition of Entrepreneur Magazine?

45. Australian supermodel and beauty entrepreneur Miranda Kerr last week confirmed her engagement to the CEO of which company?

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July 17, 2016

Biz Quizzard 642

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

1. Which company has unexpectedly trumped bigger rivals Ajay Piramal and Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Cement to win Lafarge's 11 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) India portfolio?

2. Who has been ranked as the best banking CEO in Asia by the investor community, according to the Institutional Investor magazine?

3. Which company is set to become the first Indian company to sell masala bonds, a rupee-denominated bond sold to foreign investors and listed on an overseas exchange?

4. Former chief executive officer of Viom Networks, Syed Safawi, has joined which wellness services and personal care products maker as its managing director and group CEO?

5. Which media company has agreed to sell its Intellectual Property & Science division to Onex Corp and Baring Private Equity Asia for $3.55 billion in cash?

6. Which company has bought a majority stake in Peru-based bus ticketing platform Busportal for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which fashion etailer has acquired Bengaluru-based Cubeit for an undisclosed sum to focus on content aggregation on mobile?

8. Which Indian company has bagged the Industrial Designers Society of America award for its ‘Hobtop Gas Stove’?

9. Which talent agency will buy mixed martial arts promoter Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in a transaction a source valued at $4 billion, making it the world’s biggest-ever sports deal?

10. Which company topped the charts in a study on transparency in corporate reporting among emerging market companies by Transparency International?

11. D Rajkumar has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of which public sector entity, effective October 1, 2016?

12. Which MNC has launched a new music video titled ‘Da Da Ding’, featuring Deepika Padukone?

13. Which brand distributed one lakh branded 'Energy Pops' during the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri, Odisha, as part of its 'Sehat Ki Chuski' campaign?

14. Which celebrity has been roped in as the new brand ambassador for bags and shoes brand Lavie?

15. Which MNC last week launched its iconic sports car 'Mustang' in India, priced Rs 65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)?

16. Which US-headquartered IT firm has agreed to buy business process outsourcing (BPO) company Minacs from its private equity owners for $420 million?

17. Which MNC has acquired Anvato, a company with tools for streaming, editing, and delivering over-the-top (OTT) video?

18. Which company last week announced the acquisition of Grama Vidiyal Microfinance, a Trichy-based microfinance company?

19. Which hospitality group has been voted the world’s best hotel brand for a consecutive year by Travel + Leisure, USA, World’s Best Awards, 2016?

20. Who has topped the Forbes’ annual celebrity 100 list ranking of the world’s highest-paid celebrities?

21. Which automobile MNC has co-developed the world’s first hybrid car motor without using heavy rare earth metals?

22. Indian Hotels Company has sold which iconic property in the US for $125 million (about Rs 837 crore) to a consortium of real estate developers?

23. A joint forum of lenders will consider the recast of which company’s Rs. 12,000-crore debt pile, the first under RBI’s recently announced scheme for restructuring of stressed assets of companies?

24. Which British music record label will be making an entry in India through a tie up with the Tanaaz Bhatia-led Bottomline Media and Vishal Patel’s Be Seen?

25. Which company is to acquire 51 per cent equity in Privi Organics for Rs 370 crore ($ 55 million)?

26. Which US theater chain has agreed to buy Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group for 921 million pounds ($1.2 billion) in the biggest UK takeover since EU Vote?

27. Which logistics company has entered the dairy business with a premium milk brand - Freshmen’s Valley?

28. "Avatar" director James Cameron has made a rare appearance in front of the camera in a starring role in latest advertising campaign of which country’s tourism?

29. Which real estate company has unveiled its new brand positioning, ‘Outdo’, to external stakeholders with its first TVC campaign?

30. Which company has launched silver coins with Superstar Rajinikanth’s face embossed to promote the film ‘Kabali’, in Chennai?

31. Which former Reserve Bank of India governor is all set to release his memoir ‘Who Moved My Interest Rate?’?

32. Which travel and hotel bookings platform has merged with Nasdaq-listed Terrapin 3, a special purpose acquisition company, in a $230-million (or Rs 1,450-crore) deal?

33. A stress test of 50 large emerging markets banks by global financial major Morgan Stanley has placed which two Indian lenders among the top eight preferred ones?

34. Which Australia-headquartered company has acquired Hyderabad-based TenXLabs to foray into the Indian market and serve its global clients from a facility in the city?

35. Indian Railways last week signed its first station redevelopment agreement through the public-private partnership (PPP) route. Which station?

36. Why was Kolkata firm Madhu Jayanti International in news last week?

37. I have covered this earlier. Hero MotoCorp last week launched its first in-house developed motorcycle. What has it been branded as?

38. Mondelez India last week launched a new variant of Oreo. What has it been branded as?

39. Zespri India is promoting which fruit with the positioning 'Be Zurprised'?

40. Which state has launched SV.CO, purportedly world’s first digital student incubator?

41. Which liquor brand has launched a tri-series campaign documenting the inspirational life stories of Masaba Gupta, Robin Singh and Dualist Inquiry?

42. Dettol has associated with which celebrity chef for its new campaign ‘Dettol ka dhula’?

43. Which online marketplace has acquired Bengaluru-based startup Momoe as it looks to build a payments business?

44. Which Delhi-based golf inventory aggregator has announced the acquisition of a Dubai-based golf technology company, StayPrime, in a deal valued close to $1 million?

45. Which company has announced two Indo-China co-productions to be released in FY18 through its feature film studio Trinity Pictures?

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July 10, 2016

Biz Quizzard 641

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

1. Which company has topped the India's Best Companies to Work For study this year?

2. Which Indian whiskey brand is now the second largest spirits brand in the world, according to a July International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR) report?

3. Which Ahmedabad-based paints company has acquired 50 per cent equity shares in Ethiopia-based Jelaram Pvt Ltd, to form a joint venture to set up a manufacturing unit at Ethiopia?

4. Bajaj Electricals has launched a new range of premium kitchen appliances under which brand?

5. Which edible oil brand has launched a television commercial, sharing the secret behind turning a ‘kacche papa’ into a ‘acche papa’?

6. Dabur is launching fruit-based carbonated drinks to cater to customers wanting fizzy beverages without feeling guilty about consuming them. What has the range been branded as?

7. Which online pharmacy has acquired Medd, a marketplace for booking diagnostic and imaging tests?

8. Former Torrent Pharma executive director Ruchir Modi has set up a wellness venture that aims to develop nutritional supplements which are meal replacements. What is the venture called?

9. Which leading Chinese mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) is looking to shortly enter India?

10. Which ecommerce marketplace last week announced its entry into online services segment like flight and bus ticket bookings, hotel reservations and food ordering?

11. Which staffing company last week said it will acquire ASAP Info Systems for an enterprise value of Rs 67 crore?

12. Which superbike maker last week launched 'Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak' model in India?

13. Which Hyderabad-based IT services company has acquired digital education enterprise resource planning (ERP) product ­ QuickEdmin to boost its service offerings?

14. Which textile firm and France-based Lagardère Active Group have collaborated in a licensing agreement to launch an exclusive range of home textiles under French brand, Elle Decor, in India?

15. Which brand has launched Queen of Hearts - a high value diamond jewellery collection?

16. Which airline has launched an ad campaign with 4 television commercials, it’s first ever commercial?

17. Which Abu Dhabi-headquartered company has acquired New Delhi-based Rockland Hospitals?

18. Which personal lockers brand has launched the campaign ‘Keep it personal’?

19. Zee is coming up with a new Marathi youth channel to be launched in August. What has it been branded as?

20. Shailesh Rao has quit as the vice-president for Asia Pacific, Americas and emerging markets for which MNC?

21. Which digital content media company has acquired the youth Telugu YouTube channel Viva?

22. Which Danish luxury furniture maker has forayed into the Indian market by opening its first store in Delhi?

23. Ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar has introduced which feature in India as a measure to improve safety and security for its rides?

24. Which Hyderabad-based startup has acquired 91% stake in another Hyderabad-based food company Sukashree Agro Foods?

25. Which apex trade and industry body in south India is celebrating 100 years of existence?

26. NCR Corp has set up a pilot ATM machine at the Gurgaon branch of IndusInd Bank. What additional transaction can a customer carry out at this ATM?

27. Which luxury watchmaker will launch its own brand of sunglasses later this year as part of a partnership with Italian eyewear maker Marcolin Group?

28. Which fast food chain has launched its new campaign that has a new take on the bond of friendship with the message "Dost jitney alag hote hain, Friendship utni kamal ki hoti hai!"?

29. AETN TV18 last week launched a factual entertainment channel in the country. What has it been branded as?

30. Which MNC last week announced a deal to buy Moodstocks, a French startup behind technology that helps smartphones recognise whatever they are aimed at?

31. Which MNC has agreed to buy US organic foods producer WhiteWave Foods for $12.5 billion with a view to creating a world leader for organic produce?

32. Which MNC has agreed to buy anti-virus rival AVG Technologies NV for $1.3 billion?

33. Which entity last week unveiled India’s first centre of excellence focused on Internet of Things (CoE- IoT), in Bengaluru?

34. Which brand of pumps and motors has launched a campaign with two films - Rukmi Bai and Jasmine Aunty – with the positioning 'Aapke Paani Ka Pressure Hum Lete Hai'?

35. Viacom18 is launching its second channel in Kannada market. What has it been branded as?

36. Kal Sundaram is set to step down as CEO of which pharmaceutical company and return to India in an executive position at the parent company's headquarters?

37. Houghton International Inc, subsidiary of which Hinduja Group company, has acquired Wallover Enterprises, a North American metalworking fluid and industrial lubricant manufacturer?

38. Godrej Security Solutions has launched an animated digital ad ‘Daya Ki Aakhri Laath’ to promote which brand?

39. Which Indian hospitality company said its subsidiary Caribia Service Oy, Finland has been liquidated from July 4, 2016?

40. Which state in India has just introduced a ‘fat tax’ on junk food items such as pizzas, burgers and tacos?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 641 as the subject. Answers are mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
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