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August 28, 2016

Biz Quizzard 648

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Presenting the current affairs quiz for the August 22 - 27. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Who will be the new governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?

2. Which company has recently obtained an automobile freight train operator (AFTO) licence from the railways, becoming the first car maker in India to do so?

3. Which company signed a MoU with the Indian Army to construct a state-of-the-art hostel building for 30 students of the Army Institute of Management Kolkata as part of its CSR initiative?

4. Titan has launched a campaign for which brand with the tagline 'One Watch, Many Faces'?

5. Which plywood brand has launched a new television commercial featuring termites performing mushaira?

6. The Apple Store is being rebranded. What will it be called?

7. Which MNC recently released Lifestage, a new iPhone app that allows teens to watch clips about the lives of their classmates?

8. Which company is claiming to have become the first herbal brand to launch a complete range of alcohol-free mouthwashes?

9. IKEA has appointed which agency as its creative agency on record in India for both offline and digital campaigns?

10. A consortium of Chinese investors has acquired which ad-tech venture for about $900 million in a rare reverse merger deal being touted as the largest in the sector?

11. Which recruitment firm and its joint venture partner for Asia Pacific, Temp Holdings, have launched a venture capital fund for startups focused on human resources?

12. Which MNC has agreed to buy U.S. cancer drug company Medivation Inc in a deal that values the company at about $14 billion?

13. Which company last week announced that it has become the first Indian tyre company to produce 10 million truck / bus radial tyres?

14. Which state now ranks number one for commissioned capacity in both wind and solar, according to Bridge to India, a global solar energy consulting firm?

15. Myntra has become the first online fashion portal in India to achieve which net sales milestone?

16. Which ethnic wear brand has launched its latest film, titled 'The Move’?

17. Who has topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's highest-paid actress for the second straight year, earning some $46 million?

18. Telecom companies have petitioned the government to defer the country's biggest-ever spectrum auctions by a few days. Why?

19. Which MNC has acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse, founded by two Indian-origin entrepreneurs?

20. India is ranked at which position in the list of top 10 wealthiest countries in the world, in terms of total individual wealth held, according to a report by New World Wealth?

21. Which MNC has bought a smart scheduling app Genee, as part of its effort to embed artificial intelligence (AI)?

22. US-based provider of contact management platform FullContact announced the acquisition of which Startup Village (Kochi)-based provider of technology enabled human verified data research platform?

23. Which photo-sharing app has acquired the article bookmarking website Instapaper?

24. Which MNC has launched Doublemint©Mints, marking its entry into the freshening space in India?

25. Which company has launched HiOwna Momz, a nutritional health drink for to-be and new mothers?

26. Which global professional services company has entered into an agreement to acquire Redcore, a privately-held Australia-based security company for an undisclosed sum?

27. Which motorcycle brand has launched its campaign ‘Jhatka Mana Hai’?

28. Which telecom company has launched content delivery network 'Fast Edge' for faster delivery of web content to users?

29. Which leading wellness and healthcare company has adopted a crowd sourcing path to discover a brand new identity, claiming a global first in its category?

30. Which airline has launched its first television commercial with brand ambassador Deepika Padukone?

31. Which beverage brand has launched a new commercial with the tagline "Phir Ho Ja Shuru"?

32. Which beverage brand has become the first fizzy drink in the country to use stevia, said to be the world's most sought-after natural sweetener?

33. Which company has acquired ZapLuk, provider of on-demand beauty and wellness services, to scale up its 'AtHomeDiva' business?

34. Which low-cost carrier from the Middle East is offering Indian passengers the option of paying for their tickets in monthly instalments?

35. Which company has launched the country's first software-defined wide-area network solution-in-a-box for its enterprise customers located in India, including banks and government departments?

36. Which MNC last week unveiled what it claims as the world’s fastest production car?

37. Which MNC has agreed to buy an antibiotics business from AstraZeneca Plc for $725 million as well as other payouts?

38. Google last week announced the general availability of its newest Android smartphone operating system. What is it called?

39. Which healthcare and fitness startup has invested $3 million for a controlling stake in Cult, a company that provides training without using machines?

40. Jaw-dropping feat or plain ridiculous, you decide. Which brand has launched its new ad, claimed to be “the most expensive ad film ever made", featuring Ranveer Singh and Tamannaah Bhatia?

41. Which Mumbai-based company last week announced its foray into the domestic bed linen market with the launch of `Boutique Living' range of bed linen products?

42. Which footwear company has appointed Deepak Chhabra as the new Chief Executive Officer?

43. Patanjali Ayurveda will roll out more than one hundred products under which brand to stake claim in the Rs 8,000-crore organised home worship category?

44. Which condom brand has roped in popular West Indies cricketers Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle as brand ambassadors?

45. The Reserve Bank of India last week retained the tag of “too big to fail” banks for which two banks, second year in a row?

46. Which country has become the first to try out public self-driving taxis?

47. The Taparia family has picked up a majority stake in which pharmacy chain?

48. Which company last week appointed noted industrialists Venu Srinivasan and Ajay Piramal and Bain Capital MD Amit Chandra as Non-Executive Directors?

49. Which business group has announced a joint venture with CCI Logistics Group to consolidate its contract logistics business in India?

50. This is salute worthy. Which Indian chief executive last week pledged to devote 75% of his lifetime income to charity?

51. Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power firm, has crossed which consumer base milestone mark in the country?

52. Bengaluru-based startup Zzungry last week introduced two dishes, ulundu kozhukattai and kova kozhukattai, to celebrate the legacy of which personality?

53. Which 2 Tata entities are partnering Smile Train, an international children’s cleft charity, to raise awareness and extend support for cleft lip, palate repair and comprehensive cleft care?

54. Which jewellery retailer launched a new campaign celebrating sisterhood this Rakshabandhan?

55. How many Indian companies feature in the Forbes’ world’s 100 most innovative list?

56. Punit Misra, HUL’s Executive Director and Vice-President – Customer Development, is slated to join which media company as CEO from October 1, 2016?

57. Which global digital agency, owned by GroupM, last week announced it has established operations in India via the opening of a new location in Delhi?

58. Which bank has signed a strategic collaboration with Amazon Internet Services to setup a co-working hub at its Innovation Lab facility `Thought Factory' in Bengaluru?

59. Hyundai Motor India, the nation's second largest car maker, has set an internal target of producing more than how many vehicles a year by 2020-2021?

60. SN Subrahmanyan will take over as the new chief executive of which company on October 1, 2017?

61. Which MNC last week introduced America’s legendary tyre brand Firestone in India, with the Firestone FR500 for cars and Firestone Destination LE02 for SUVs?

62. Which business group has won the bid to develop and operate the Rs 3,000 crore Mopa airport in Goa on public private partnership with the state government?

63. Which MNC telecom gear maker last week launched its largest global service centre (GSC) in India with an initial investment of Rs 136 crore?

64. Which air purifier gear maker, along with UK-based Cambridge Mask Co, has launched military grade anti-pollution mask for the Indian market to strengthen its presence in the segment?

65. Which company last week launched a digital technology platform called DiGiSense to mark its foray into fleet management for commercial vehicles, tractors and construction equipment?

66. Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard will buy which US convenience store chain in a deal valued at about $ 4.4 billion, boosting its presence in southeast United States?

67. Siddharth Roy Kapur will reportedly step down as MD of which company, once his contract gets over by January?

68. Which French fashion designer, known as the Queen of Knitwear, died last week at the age of 86, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease?

69. Several multinational seed companies in India have grouped to form a new seed association. What is it called?

70. How many Bollywood stars made it to the latest Forbes’ list of world’s top 20 highest-paid actors?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 648 as the subject. Answers will be mailed back to all those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

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August 21, 2016

Biz Quizzard 647

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the August 15 - 20. Hope you enjoy it.

1. For the first time in history, India's passenger vehicle production is expected to cross which milestone mark in 2016, according to a forecast report by PwC Autofacts?

2. Which Indian digital cinema services provider has expanded its footprint to Bangladesh, in partnership with Jaaz Eskay MultiMedia, the largest film production company there?

3. Orkut Buyukkokten, founder of Orkut(dot)com, has now launched another social network. What is it called?

4. Which MNC is reportedly working on launching a new operating system called ‘Fuchsia’?

5. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has set up an Rs 100-crore startup fund to nurture new ideas related to the sector. What is it called?

6. Which Pune-based family enterprise is gearing up to launch the country's first electric motorcycle under brand T6X?

7. Siti Cable has been renamed. What is the new name?

8. Which MNC has bought out the entire stake of local partner Knowledge Fire and converted their joint venture in India into a fully-owned subsidiary?

9. Which German wind turbine maker has agreed to buy the wind turbine inventory and service operations of Kenersys, a company owned by Pune-based Kalyani Group?

10. Which chat app has become the newest Indian startup `unicorn', with a valuation of $1.4 billion?

11. Which company has acquired the United States-based Ash Stevens, a contract development and pharmaceutical manufacturing company in an all-cash deal valued at nearly $43 million?

12. Which company has agreed to buy out Praxair India's entire 74% stake in their joint venture for Rs 240 crore, making the industrial gases supplier its wholly-owned subsidiary?

13. Which auto components and services provider has said it will acquire engine cooling solutions supplier TitanX for an undisclosed amount?

14. Which MNC will acquire Swedish air-purifier company Blueair for an undisclosed sum?

15. Which MNC has forayed into the domestic breakfast cereals market with Ceregrow, a breakfast cereal aimed at kids?

16. Which Dutch apparel brand, which was being sold exclusively on Myntra(dot)com, has struck a long-term partnership with Reliance Brands to open its stores in India?

17. Which MNC has launched a new video chat application called Duo?

18. Which Massachusetts (US) headquartered data protection platform to stop data theft, last week announced the launch of its operations in Hyderabad?

19. Ola has shut down which business / brand and has reportedly laid off 700 employees?

20. Pidilite Industries has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador of which brand?

21. Kellogg India has signed on which celebrity as brand ambassador for Kellogg’s Oats?

22. Which fashion brand has roped in actress Malaika Arora as the face of their autumn-winter 2016 collection Star Struck?

23. Which luxury brand has launched its exclusive made to order shoe services in India for the first time?

24. Online marketplace Snapdeal has shut down which premium online fashion and accessories platform it acquired in February last year?

25. Which company has been named as the most reputed pharmaceutical brand in India, as per ‘India’s Most Reputed Brands’ list by BlueBytes?

26. Which hospitality company has launched a luxury hotel 'Feathers' in the western part of Chennai?

27. Which well known international lifestyle brand last week announced a tie up with William Penn Pvt Ltd (WPPL) for distribution of its products in India?

28. Which advertising agency from Eastern India has forayed into tea business with the launch of its new group company?

29. I have covered this earlier. Which company last week launched a range of baby care products - hair oil, massage oil, body lotion and body wash gel - under a new sub-brand called Sishu Care?

30. In one of the largest global celebrations ever, which MNC has hidden 150 liquor barrels around the world to celebrate its 150th anniversary?

31. Which MNC has unveiled its Mission Million Books, inviting Indian citizens to donate textbooks and educational material for the benefit of the underprivileged?

32. Japanese two-wheeler maker Yamaha's Indian arm India Yamaha Motor (IYM) has achieved which production milestone?

33. Which 2 Indian companies have been recognised by Fortune magazine in a list of global firms changing the world for the good and having a positive social impact through their activities?

34. Which company is said to have begun working on what is being pegged as the most affordable electric SUV in the world, codenamed S107?

35. Which MNC has announced that it has acquired “Otto”, a technology startup whose aim is to make trucks self-driving?

36. Which MNC has unveiled Project Alloy, a virtual reality headset that doesn’t require a cable connection to a computer and can integrate objects from the real world via on board cameras?

37. Which security and business-support company has bought a significant majority stake in Dusters Total Solutions Pvt Ltd, a leading facility management company, for Rs 175 crore?

38. Which company has decided to demerge its diagnostics business, including the business of its majority owned subsidiary SRL Ltd?

39. Which ecommerce on-demand delivery service has applied for a retail trading licence?

40. Which well known business group in India unveiled its new logo on August 15?

41. Anand Krishnamurthy has resigned as the managing director and chief executive of which bank, a year after taking over the posts?

42. How did Pizza Hut celebrate India's wins at Rio last week?

43. Which Silicon Valley-based artificial intelligence solution provider has launched its Indian subsidiary in Bengaluru?

44. Which Pune-based global consulting and IT services firm has acquired ICRA Techno Analytics (ICTEAS) for Rs 68.75 crore?

45. Which company launched its new corporate campaign ‘Ragon Mein Raftar’ on August 15?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 647 as the subject. Answers will be mailed back to all those who attempt the current edition within the given time.

Happy learning!
rajeev kondapalli