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October 23, 2016

Biz Quizzard 656

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the period October 17 - 21. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which business group has announced the sale of its India refining business and a port in Gujarat's Vadinar to a Russian consortium led by energy major Rosneft?

2. Which quick service restaurant (QSR) chain has launched the digital campaign “You eat, they eat” for its ‘add HOPE’ initiative?

3. Which company has acquihired Pyoopil Education Technologies, a mobile-based SaaS (Software-as-a-service) product used by companies to deploy online training programmes?

4. Which actor has come on board as an angel investor for Rooter, a first of its kind social platform that connects sports fans and engages them during live sporting events?

5. Technology giant Cisco’s India revenue has crossed which milestone mark?

6. Which fashion brand has launched its maiden TV campaign, based on the theme ‘Endless ways out’, after completing 10 years in the industry?

7. Which popular brand mascot in India has turned 50?

8. Which matrimony portal has launched a video for its initiative #FastForHer, on the occasion of Karva Chauth?

9. Piveta Estates, a private venture of which business personality, has acquired a majority stake in celebrity chef Ritu Dalmia's Riga Foods?

10. Which online baby products seller is acquiring offline retailer Mahindra BabyOye for Rs 362.1 crore in a primarily stock deal?

11. Which retail lender has become the first foreign-owned lender to raise Rs 500 crore through an issue of Masala bonds?

12. Which MNC has decided to make India a global hub for its smallest bike - the G310R, a 313cc motorcycle?

13. Which company last week unveiled its ‘Circuit’ series, comprising the first 100 per cent electric bus made in India?

14. Which company has unveiled Aero series of premium ceiling fans and has filed for patent?

15. Which telecom company, on 17th October, made a world record by creating the ‘largest voucher’ the world has ever seen?

16. Which US-based motorcycling experience provider last week announced opening of its first franchise outlet in India, in New Delhi?

17. Which English general entertainment channel (GEC) has announced its new brand positioning with the slogan ‘All Eyes On New’?

18. KV Sridhar, aka Pops, has resigned as the chief creative officer of which advertising agency?

19. Which Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC), along with the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), has launched a brand initiative titled 'Nayi Soch'?

20. Tata Trusts and which MNC last week announced a partnership to train 10,000 youth in various technical areas of healthcare over a three-year period?

21. Which retail company has launched its oats brand 'Kosh'?

22. Which online furniture retailer plans to set up offline stores and list on e-commerce portals?

23. Which two wheeler brand has rolled out a new television commercial (TVC) ‘Ye to Special hai Yaar’?

24. Which public relations, public affairs and digital marketing consultancy has announced the acquisition of Giga Health, a healthcare focused digital marketing and social media agency?

25. Twitter has launched a special emoji for which popular reality TV show in India?

26. Which cloud-based customer service software provider has acquired Chatimity, a social chat platform based on artificial intelligence used for integrating chat within mobile apps?

27. Alfred Kelly will be the new CEO of which MNC effective December 1?

28. Which Jaipur-based start-up has introduced an email address service under ‘DATAMAIL’ that allows people to create email IDs in eight Indian languages?

29. Which Dubai-based group is set to enter metros in India as part of its expansion plan to sell high-end furniture, furnishing and home accessories?

30. Which two online-focused travel groups are merging in an all-stock deal?

31. Westside, the flagship store of Tata Group’s retail arm Trent, has opened its 100th store in which city?

32. Which company has launched 'Knight', a water purifier-cum-dispenser that boasts of an eight-stage advanced purification system built inside a hot and cold dispenser?

33. This should be easy. Which cooking oil brand has launched the digital ad ‘Tyohaaron ki dhara’ (stream of festivals)?

34. Which radio network has relaunched in the Delhi market with a new 'Retro-Romantic' positioning “Sunte Hi Pyaar Ho Jaye"?

35. Which well known FMCG brand has launched its new ad #AbLagRahiDiwali?

36. Which global mobile technology startup has launched its first ever Diwali campaign, a film titled "The Journey"?

37. Which premium innerwear brand has extended the brand portfolio with the launch of ‘Casualz’, foraying into a range of casual wear with track pants, shorts, t-shirts and three-quarter pants?

38. Coca-Cola India has not renewed its endorsement contract with which celebrity?

39. Which company last week said it would buy 60% stake in Classic Legends (CLPL), a company engaged in manufacturing and marketing two-wheelers, for Rs 6 crore?

40. Chinese firm Xiaomi has sold how many smartphones in India in the first 18 days of October?

41. Which MNC is acquiring 49% stake each in two projects of Suzlon Energy in Telangana for an aggregate amount of Rs 26.4 crore?

42. Which well known multinational consumer electronics firm has entered into education space in India?

43. Which online bus ticket booking platform has roped in Telugu film actor Mahesh Babu to promote its brand?

44. Which two-wheeler brand has launched its new television commercial ‘Everyday Pride', featuring Rear Admiral SK Gupta, a Mahavir Chakra Awardee who served in the 1971 Indo-Pak war?

45. Which spirits brand has launched a new advertising campaign ‘Salute to Banta Hai’?

46. Which cosmetics major has roped in Ciara, entertainer, model and fashion icon, as the newest global brand ambassador?

47. Which cooking oil brand has unveiled its new TV campaign ‘one specialist to another’, featuring actor Boman Irani?

48. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput has been roped in as the brand ambassador of which apparel brand?

49. Which company last week introduced a new range of puncture-safe tyres for motorcycles?

50. Which company has agreed to acquire U.S.-based cloud services company Appirio for a consideration of $500 million (about Rs.3,338 crore)?

51. Which Italy-based messaging platform provider has acquired a 51% stake in Bengaluru-based cloud telephony and enterprise communication startup Solutions Infini for an undisclosed sum?

52. Which MNC last week said it had completed a deal to take a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors?

53. Which business services provider will buy out Singapore-based HR firm Comtel, and Bengaluru-based Terrier Security and Simpliance?

54. Which technology major last week announced its plan to roll out 5G services by 2018, which will be the first modem for cellular networks?

55. Which MNC has announced that it will phase out the use of Snoopy and Peanuts characters in its marketing?

56. Which MNC has launched the television commercial ‘Ulte ko seedha’ for its refrigerator?

57. Which fashion portal, in association with actor Shahid Kapoor, has launched SKULT, an athleisure fashion brand?

58. Actress Tabu is featured in the television commercial (currently on air) for which skincare brand?

59. Which MNC last week unveiled the Bonneville T100 bike with a price tag of Rs 7.78 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)?

60. According to Forbes India, the fortune of Mukesh Ambani is equal to the GDP of which country?

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October 16, 2016

Biz Quizzard 655

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the week October 10 - 15. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which advertising group is set to acquire Happy Creative Services, a Bengaluru-based creative agency best known for its work on brands like Flipkart, Ola and Diesel?

2. Which Malaysia-based chicken restaurant chain will open its first outlet in India later this month?

3. Which hospitality company plans to open its first hotel in India, in Goa, in early November, as it seeks to expand its global portfolio to 75 properties by 2020?

4. Which company has filed an application before the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for an in-principle approval to register a real estate investment trust (REIT)?

5. Which business scion has set up a hygiene startup called RogFree?

6. Which American content provider has signed a strategic alliance with China's Jack Ma-led Alibaba Group to co-produce and finance films for global and Chinese market?

7. Which bodybuilding supplement brand has roped in actor Sahil Khan as brand ambassador?

8. Reliance Jio has claimed that it has created “a world record” by crossing which milestone subscriber mark in its first month of operations?

9. Which Swiss medical products firm has announced the commencement of Indian operations with establishment of its 10th global affiliate?

10. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of Vizag Steel, has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

11. Which company will sell its entire stake in its US-based wholly-owned subsidiary King Maker Marketing (KMM) for an estimated consideration of US$ 24 million?

12. Which menswear brand has partnered with Pochampally Handloom Weavers Co-operative Society from Telangana to introduce Ikat into men’s work wear segment?

13. Britannia Industries has launched an initiative that enables consumers to pay for special edition Good Day biscuit packs through what, instead of the usual currency?

14. Which brand has launched a campaign for its new gold jewellery collection, Shubham?

15. Which English daily has launched the campaign #SayNoToJunk to promote its new avatar?

16. Why was Balwinder Sahani, owner of RSG International, a property management company with interests in the UAE, Kuwait, India and the US, in the news recently?

17. Which Indian group has said its transmission division has received order from Italy-based Ducati to manufacture bike gears for the superbike maker's premium offerings?

18. Which global leader in office furniture and workspace design has unveiled Navi TeamIsland, a new desking system to address the unmet needs of the Indian workplace?

19. Which company last week announced the introduction of new range of tractors specifically designed for potato farming?

20. Why were British-born Oliver Hart and Finland's Bengt Holmstrom in the news last week?

21. Which company will acquire five injectable anesthesia and pain management products of Janssen Pharmaceutica for about $175 million or Rs 1,164 crore?

22. Which foreign lender has announced a tie-up with Uber under which its credit cardholders, across six countries, will get a cash-back of up to 25 per cent for hailing cabs from the app?

23. Which online fashion retailer has launched its festive brand campaign - "You Are The Festival"?

24. Which media company has extended its maternity leave benefits to an unprecedented nine months of paid leave from the current three months?

25. Which NBFC has acquired digital lending platform FlexiLoans Technologies?

26. Which Chennai-based company has formed a technology tie-up with New Zealand-based SPL Ltd, engaged in manufacture of hygiene products, to make and sell hand dryers in the Indian market?

27. Sunil Lalvani has quit as the India President of which MNC?

28. Which company has reached an agreement with Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Broadcast Networks (RBN) to acquire the latter for an enterprise value of Rs 1,872 crore?

29. Which company has signed a letter of intent to form a 50-50 joint venture with Shaanxi Automobile Group of China to set up a 1.5 lakh-unit plant in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province?

30. Which bank has executed India’s first transaction on blockchain?

31. Which company has picked up 75% stake in Mumbai-based healthcare startup Puro Wellness?

32. Which global chemicals manufacturer has appointed Harshad Naik as Managing Director, India Subcontinent?

33. John Stumpf has resigned as CEO of which American bank?

34. Which state-owned entity plans to lay the nation's longest LPG pipeline from Gujarat coast to Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh to cater to growing demand for cooking gas in the country?

35. Which MNC, in collaboration with the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), has launched the campaign ‘Ek Heera Aapke Heere Ke Liye’?

36. Which online destination for jewellery has launched a new brand campaign ‘Choose Your Twinkle’?

37. Tata Sky has launched a curated music channel on its Pay TV platform in partnership with digital entertainment company Hungama. What has it been branded as?

38. Which MNC has said it set a new record for cable transmission capacity for communications traffic, doubling its previous levels?

39. Which Tata group firm last week said it will foray into women's ethnic wear segment on a pilot basis?

40. Which organization has launched its new campaign ‘A Cut Above’?

41. Which MNC has bought FameBit, an online technology platform that connects brands with YouTube stars to create promotional content?

42. Which Swiss luxury watch brand is coming to India through a partnership with Mumbai-based retailer Regalia Luxury?

43. UK's JLT (Jardine Lloyd Thomson) group has acquired the business of which broking company in India?

44. Which British luxury fabric maker has launched its operations in India through a joint venture with SK Birla Group?

45. Bank deposits in India crossed which milestone mark for the first time ever in September, according to data released by the RBI?

46. Which MNC has said it would buy a controlling stake in privately held Brazilian food group Parati for about 1.38 billion reais ($428 million) in cash to expand in emerging markets?

47. Which e-commerce giant has launched 'Global Store' in India that will allow its customers here to buy products sold on the US website and pay in local currency?

48. Which consumer durables company has launched a campaign with the theme of “Hawa Happy”?

49. Which media group has launched inUth(dot)com (in beta), a video-first, multi-platform digital destination for Indian millennial?

50. Which bank has signed a principal sponsorship contract with badminton Olympians P V Sindhu and K Srikanth?

51. Which celebrity’s year-old company ‘The Live Love Laugh Foundation' has launched the digital film #DobaraPoocho?

52. Which beverage brand has unveiled its ready-to-drink packs and has launched a campaign with the brand line - ‘Go Red’?

53. Which US-based home cleaning solutions and floor care major last week announced its foray into the Indian market?

54. Which nicotine replacement therapy brand has launched a new television commercial titled 'Friends'?

55. Baba Ramdev will be launching his autobiography “Being Baba Ramdev” next year. Which company is the publisher?

56. Sri Sri Ayurveda, promoted by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation, has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador for its Ojasvita range?

57. Valvoline Cummins India has roped in which celebrity as brand ambassador?

58. Yuvraj Singh’s premium fashion label, YWC, has inked an exclusive deal with which online fashion store?

59. FMCG conglomerate CavinKare has launched Kali Mehandi, a powdered hair colour product, under which brand?

60. Which Indian company has signed a nonbinding pact with Canada's Brookfield Infrastructure Group to sell a majority stake in its tower unit for Rs 11,000 crore?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 655 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli