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January 22, 2017

Biz Quizzard 669

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

1. Premji Invest, the investment arm of Wipro billionaire Azim Premji, has acquired a 25% stake in which Bengaluru-based food company for Rs 170 crore?

2. Which MNC last week launched infant formula brand Aptamil in India, in direct competition to Nestle's Cerelac?

3. Which MNC has forayed into the home healthcare business in India after carrying out a pilot study under `Project Vijay' for operating the home healthcare business for over a year?

4. According to a report last week, who is India's highest paid consumer product CEO?

5. In another instance of the founder-CEO giving up a key management position, Richa Kar has distanced herself from the day-to-day business operations of which online retailer?

6. Which MNC has agreed to buy Luxottica Group SpA, the maker of Ray-Ban sunglasses, for about 22.8 billion euros ($24 billion) in stock?

7. Which education venture has acquired Bengaluru-based career guidance and academic profile builder Vidyartha for close to Rs 50 crore?

8. Which executive search firm has merged with the erstwhile Stanton Chase India?

9. Which MNC has acquired Canada-based startup Maluuba to add to the wonderful things that the company has been doing in the area of artificial intelligence and deep machine learning?

10. Which country has zipped past the US to become the top country that registered 6 billion downloads from Google's Play Store in 2016, according to analytics firm App Annie?

11. Which automobile MNC has launched a campaign featuring on-screen villains Prakash Raj, Gulshan Grover and Sudha Chandran?

12. Canada-based lingerie brand Blush and American brand Elegant Moments have made an entry into the Indian market through which lingerie aggregator?

13. Which automobile brand has launched the campaign ‘None of a kind’?

14. Which online jewellery brand has launched the campaign ‘Choose Your Twinkle’?

15. Which inner wear brand has revamped its brand identity with the launch of its new logo and has launched a television commercial featuring brand ambassador Ranveer Singh?

16. Which general insurance company has appointed Sanjeev Srinivasan as CEO and Managing Director?

17. Which online food aggregator has launched its cloud kitchen, `The Bowl Company', in select areas in Bengaluru?

18. Which online-to-offline deals marketplace has acquired Stylofie, a curated platform for offers on salons and spas?

19. Which Delhi-based telematics solutions firm has acquired Heuristics Info Systems for an undisclosed sum?

20. Which country is the largest business travel market in the world, according to a report by consultancy KPMG and FCM Travel Solutions?

21. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a plan to reduce the government’s stake in how many general insurance companies by listing them on stock exchanges?

22. Which company has acquired Sentynl Therapeutics, a US-based speciality pharma company, focused on marketing of products in the pain management segment?

23. Which company has acquired Turkish farm equipment company Hisarlar Makina Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi for $19 million (Rs 129 crore)?

24. Which company has entered into a joint venture with Tilda Hain India, part of US' Hain Celestial Group, to manufacture and sell food products in the health and wellness space in India?

25. Multiplex chain operator PVR last week unveiled its theatre-on-demand service. What has it been branded as?

26. Which company has agreed to acquire Finnish wiring harness maker PKC Group Plc for 571 million (about Rs 4,150 crore)?

27. Which US-based telecommunications solutions provider, which considers India among its top 10 markets by turnover, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection?

28. Which Kochi-based company has launched India’s first solar ferry for public transport in Kerala?

29. Which online travel portal has unveiled a new logo?

30. Which city is world's most dynamic city, according to JLL’s fourth annual City Momentum Index?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 669 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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January 15, 2017

Biz Quizzard 668

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

1. Starting with an easy one. Which film has become India's biggest box-office success of all times?

2. Nimbus Communications' founder Harish Thawani is launching an exclusive club in Mumbai for ultra-high net worth individuals. What is it called?

3. HMD Global, which now owns the right to the Nokia brand, has unveiled the brand’s first Android phone. What has it been branded as?

4. Which golf inventory aggregator is purchasing Singapore-based competitor GolfGreedy in a cash-and-stock deal?

5. Which company will be acquiring Portugal’s Generic Farmaceutica SA in a Rs 969 crore (€135 million) deal?

6. Which third party supply chain and logistics firm will acquire majority stake in integrated cold chain logistics company Kelvin Cold Chain for an undisclosed amount?

7. Which auto component company has acquired a majority stake in Moldex Composites at a valuation of Rs 100 crore?

8. HDFC Bank last week unveiled its human-shaped robot. What has it been named?

9. Ramesh Nair will be the new CEO and country head of which real estate services company?

10. Kalyan Krishnamurthy has been named the new chief executive officer of which company?

11. Which MNC has agreed to sell the bulk of its China and Hong Kong business to state-backed conglomerate CITIC Ltd and Carlyle Group LP for up to $2.08 billion?

12. Which handset maker has roped in cricketer Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador?

13. Which healthcare and fitness startup, founded by former Flipkart executives Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, has entered into a strategic partnership with hyper local logistics company Opinio?

14. Adidas and which Indian celebrity have decided not to renew the three-year endorsement contract?

15. Which real estate portal has merged with Housing(dot)com in an all-stock deal?

16. Which Silicon Valley-based online education provider has appointed Ishan Gupta as managing director for India?

17. Which automobile MNC has appointed Vikram Pawah as the President of India operations with effect from March 1, 2017?

18. Which Bengaluru-based regional airline has signed a pact to purchase an up to 74% stake in its peer, grounded carrier Air Pegasus, in the first move of consolidation in the Indian aviation space?

19. Which MNC has become the first airline to launch commercial operations with Airbus A350 to India?

20. Yahoo will be renamed after the conclusion of Verizon deal. What will it be called?

21. Which cosmetics giant has agreed to buy three leading skincare brands from Valeant for $1.3 billion in a move set to give its US offering a face lift?

22. Which company will buy business process outsourcing company Denali Sourcing Services for about $40 million, to boost its finance and accounting business?

23. Which MNC has become the first bank to have a national tie-up with the India Post which runs over 1,55,000 post offices?

24. Which company has acquired promoters' share in Odisha-based Shiva Cement and has also launched an open offer to acquire 32% stake from public shareholders?

25. Which global travel search engine last week officially announced its entry into the Indian market, providing innovative travel tools to help people search, plan and manage their travel?

26. KM Philip, 104, passed away in Chennai last week. He was the former whole-time director on the board of which company?

27. Fashion jewellery brand Voylla recently launched its 100th retail store. Which location?

28. Asian Paints has launched a commercial featuring Ranbir Kapoor to promote which waterproofing paint?

29. The government will sell its entire 51% stake and transfer the management control of which joint venture with ONGC to a strategic buyer?

30. Who has been appointed the new chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of India's largest conglomerate by revenues?

31. Which hospitality major has bought a majority stake in Sarovar Hotels in India?

32. Which MNC has retained its position as the world's most innovative company on an annual top-50 list by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)?

33. Which business group last week launched Carworkz, a car workshop aggregator?

34. Assam government last week launched its e-wallet. What has it been branded as?

35. Hero MotoCorp last week forayed into which new country, the 35th market where the company has entered?

36. Which luggage brand has roped in cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin as brand ambassadors?

37. Which food services company has roped in former PepsiCo Executive Pratik Pota as its new CEO designate?

38. Maruti Suzuki last week launched which compact crossover brand?

39. Which airline last week placed an order for up to 205 Boeing aircraft, with a book value of Rs 1,50,000 crore, the largest Boeing aircraft order in the history of Indian aviation till date?

40. Rajesh Gopinathan will be the new CEO of which company?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 668 as the subject. Answers will be mailed to those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli