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February 7, 2016

Biz Quizzard 619

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the February 01 - 06. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which investment fund focused on educational infrastructure is acquiring the real estate portfolio of K-12 schools from Bengaluru-based Jain Group of Institutions (JGI)?

2. Mobile phone production in India has reached which milestone mark, according to a recent statement by the Telecom Minister?

3. Which MNC has elevated Vishal Agrawal as the managing director of India and SAARC operations?

4. Which company has launched a social campaign titled 'Muskaan', in association with Smile Train India?

5. Which company is all set to build the world's tallest free-standing clock tower at its campus?

6. Which MNC will buy diagnostics company Alere for $5.8 billion to boost its global diagnostics business and enter into new markets?

7. Which global insurance broking has partnered NR Narayana Murthy's private investment firm Catamaran Ventures to set up a new broking entity?

8. Which telecom MNC is acquiring marketing technology firm Tapad, a New York-based startup established in 2010 by Norwegian entrepreneur Are Traasdahl, for $360 million?

9. Ambiga Dhiraj will be the new chief executive of which data analytics firm?

10. Which MNC last week surpassed Apple Inc as the most valuable company in the United States?

11. The spread of Zika virus in many countries has forced which MNC to change the name of its newly developed but yet-to-be-introduced hatchback?

12. India has surpassed which country to become the world's second largest smartphone market, according to a statement by Counterpoint Research?

13. Which MNC has introduced a new appraisal system called “Checkpoint” for its employees in India?

14. Chennai-based Royal Enfield last week introduced what it claimed as the country's first adventure motorcycle. What has it been branded as?

15. Which company and film-maker duo Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia’s Friday Filmworks have formed a strategic alliance to launch Plan C Studios?

16. Messaging service WhatsApp has reached which user milestone, according to an announcement by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg?

17. ITC Ltd is planning to set up its first overseas hotel. Which country?

18. Which airline has launched a new video titled ‘Fuelled by love’, inspired by a real story?

19. Which Indian company has claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus?

20. Which MNC has been rated as the world’s most powerful brand in information technology services by Brand Finance, a leading global brand valuation firm?

21. Adani Wilmar Limited has launched what it claims as India's first diabetes care oil. What has it been branded as?

22. Which MNC is all set to buy software keyboard and SDK application maker SwiftKey?

23. Hero MotoCorp last week unveiled its first in-house developed motorcycle. What has it been branded as?

24. Which two-wheeler brand is being advertised with the positioning 'Whatever it is, IT'S FUN'?

25. Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL) last week unveiled a compact sports utility vehicle (SUV). What has it been branded as?

26. Colgate-Palmolive last week inaugurated its first Indian toothbrush production unit. Which state?

27. Which MNC has said it will wind down its Scion brand in the United States, ending a 12-year effort to create a separate identity for small cars aimed at young buyers?

28. Which low cost brand from Singapore Airlines will launch services to India from March?

29. Which company will acquire Reliance Cement Co Pvt Ltd (RCCPL) for an enterprise valuation of about Rs 4,800 crore?

30. Which company, through a subsidiary, has acquired a majority stake in Kenya-based home and personal care company, Canon Chemicals?

31. Which company is coming out with the country's first certified `climate bonds' to secure Rs 300 crore for funding expansion of its wind power portfolio?

32. Which business personality and the University of California (UC) have tied up to fund Indian ventures?

33. Aditya Birla group has carved out the real estate business of Century Textiles to make a foray into Mumbai’s lucrative commercial property market. What is it called?

34. Which bank has partnered with travel firm Thomas Cook to offer a recurring deposit to the bank’s customers to save for their future holidays?

35. E-commerce giant Amazon has launched its grocery business in India. What has it been branded as?

36. Which MNC is buying Jasper Technologies Inc, a startup that connects devices like cars and medical devices to the Internet, for $1.4 billion in cash and equity award?

37. Leather accessories brand Hidesign is preparing to launch its second luxury collection of leather bags for women in the next two months. What has it been branded as?

38. Which company has entered into a strategic partnership with Canada-based Process Research ORTECH to launch Automated Variable Filtration (AVF) technology-based water purifiers in India?

39. Which MNC is claiming to have become the largest 'single' micro insurance policy provider in the country?

40. Which global travel site last week expanded its instant hotel booking service to nine countries, including India?

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January 31, 2016

Biz Quizzard 618

Presenting the current affairs quiz for the January 25 - 30. Hope you enjoy it.

1. Which company has appointed Alice Vaidyan as its chairman, the first woman to take up that position in a state-run insurance company?

2. Nearly nine months after quitting Ogilvy India, Kawal Shoor and Navin Talreja have announced the launch of their new agency. What is it called?

3. Mumbai and Delhi have been named among the top Asia Pacific cities for HNIs, according to the Asia Pacific 2016 Wealth Report by New World Wealth. Which city has topped the list?

4. Which mobile tech solutions firm has acquired a controlling stake in its Latin America-based competitor Advanced Technology Solutions (ATS) for an undisclosed amount?

5. Which condom brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning ‘Bolder. Better. Naughtier.’?

6. Bloomberg L.P. and which Indian media company have announced that their media licensing agreement will conclude at the end of the contracted period on March 31, 2016?

7. Which snack brand has launched its new campaign ‘Love to Love it’?

8. Which sports property has roped in Telugu actor Rana Daggubati as one of its brand ambassadors for Season 3?

9. Which tyre brand launched its new campaign 'Our Grip, Your Stories'?

10. Public sector oil firms IOC, BPCL, HPCL and EIL will invest Rs 1.5 lakh crore in setting up a refinery on the west coast. What will be its claim to fame?

11. Which company has acquired US-based Precision Die Casting (PDC) Inc through its wholly-owned subsidiary in the Netherlands for an enterprise value of $8.9 million?

12. Which company has acquired 2 UK-based firms Point to Point and Point to Point Products, jointly known as P2P and owned by a common set of shareholders, for 8 million pounds?

13. Which automobile MNC last week said it will close all operations in Japan and Indonesia this year?

14. Which US-based maker of car batteries and heating and ventilation equipment has agreed to acquire Ireland-based peer Tyco International Plc in a $16.5 billion deal that will lower its tax bill?

15. Which advertising agency has elevated Nitin Karkare as its new CEO?

16. Jagatjit Industries Limited has rolled out three video commercials for which vodka brand with its brand ambassador Kalki Koechlin?

17. Which online matrimony portal has rolled out its latest campaign with a new brand positioning - 'Be Found'?

18. Which beach is being claimed to have become the first in India to have Wi-Fi connectivity?

19. Bajaj is reportedly all set to launch a new 150cc bike, Bajaj V, on February 1st. What does the V stand for?

20. Ratan Tata has invested in which specialty tea firm?

21. Which advertising group is bringing its New York-based lifestyle marketing agency MKTG to India?

22. Which business group has launched its affordable housing brand Joyville?

23. Which Hyderabad-based IT solutions provider has bought US-based enterprise, cloud and analytics firm Bokanyi Consulting for an undisclosed consideration?

24. Which MNC has acquired KBACE Technologies, a global consulting and technology services company for an undisclosed amount?

25. Which hospitality major has made its first investment in India, in an integrated property in Bengaluru that houses two of its popular brands?

26. Which company, founded by Indian Institute of Science’s professors, last week said it would acquire a 68% stake in US diagnostic firm Venaxis?

27. Which Bangalore-based gifting company has acquired Mumbai-based Actizone, an online marketplace for extracurricular activities classes for kids, for an undisclosed amount?

28. Which MNC clothing company has elevated Sundeep Chugh as CEO of its Indian operations?

29. Ford will launch which iconic brand in India in the second quarter of the year?

30. Which country overtook Thailand as the world's largest rice exporter in 2015, according to a statement from Thai Rice Exporters Association?

31. How many Indians have made it to a new global list of 50 wealthiest people, compiled by Wealth-X in collaboration with Business Insider?

32. Which MNC is set to unveil a scooter-bike crossover, internally called K74, at next month's Auto Expo?

33. Which company will merge its telecom operations in Bangladesh with that of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata)?

34. Which MNC will split into two companies, one holding its legacy printer operations and the other its business process outsourcing unit?

35. The last unit of which iconic Land Rover brand rolled off the production line in UK last week?

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January 24, 2016

Biz Quizzard 617

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

1. A month after selling its personal care brand Indulekha to Hindustan Unilever, Kerala-based Mosons Group is set to launch a non-personal care brand. Name the brand?

2. Which advertising group has entered into a strategic alliance with recently-started independent agency The Social Street?

3. Which Pune-based drug maker has acquired Canada's International Pharmaceutical Generics (IPG) and its marketing arm Marcan Pharmaceuticals?

4. Which MNC has tied up with Mumbai-based AGS Transact Technology to manufacture ATMs at it’s newly set-up plant in Daman?

5. Which US-based private equity major has acquired 26% stake in Mumbai-based broking firm Landmark Insurance, making it only the second deal in the insurance broking space?

6. Ex-PayPal executive Sanjay Bhargava is setting up a digital `utility company' to enable micro investments in mutual funds with minimal cost. What is it called?

7. Which MNC has appointed Ravi Menon as the chief executive of its asset management arm in the country?

8. Which online rental platform for furniture, furnishings, appliances and other home verticals has launched an outdoor campaign titled 'How Your House Feels...Unfurnished!'?

9. Which biscuit brand has launched a campaign titled 'Yeh Habit Hai Fit'?

10. Which New York-based provider of shared workspace and services plans to set up its business in India soon?

11. Which hair colour brand has launched a new campaign with the positioning of ‘dekhbhaal’?

12. Which breakfast cereal maker in India is venturing into food retailing with quick service restaurants that will offer healthier alternatives to fast foods?

13. Which company has crossed the Rs 1,000 crore sales mark to become the largest retail apparel brand in the country?

14. Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in which online cash-back and coupons venture?

15. Rostow Ravanan has been named as the new CEO of which IT company?

16. Which IT company will acquire Salesforce consulting partner US-based Magnet 360 in an all-cash deal of $ 50 million (about Rs 338.3 crore)?

17. Which Gurgaon-based beauty and wellness startup has acquired the Bengaluru-based Hyve in a part cash part equity deal?

18. What has the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group christened the Pune IPL franchise as?

19. Which travel portal has acqui-hired Mumbai-based Travel-logs that specialises in customised city walks and private tours?

20. Which company has acquired a 51% stake in home and accessories brand India Circus?

21. Which laundry and homecare leader has announced the appointment of Hans Van Bylen as its next chief executive officer, effective May 1?

22. Which MNC has appointed Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted as its new chief executive officer?

23. Payments processor TranServ has launched a digital wallet targeted at social transactions. What is it called?

24. United Breweries (UB) has launched a malt-based ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage to take on Bacardi Breezer. What has it been branded as?

25. Which state tourism board has launched a new logo and a campaign 'Jaane Kya Dikh Jaaye'?

26. Which UK-based company has announced its foray in the aerated natural fruit juices segment in the country, in a tie-up with Amarjothi group?

27. Coca-Cola is launching a new global campaign and slogan. What is it called?

28. Which MNC has launched a new Device-as-a-Service (DaaS) programme to empower businesses in India?

29. Which Chennai- based company last week launched FeetScience, shoes meant exclusively for the domestic market?

30. Titan last week launched its first smartwatch range in India. What has it been branded as?

31. Volkswagen has revealed the name of its Indian compact sedan. What has it been branded as?

32. Nestle has lost a long-running court battle in Britain to trademark the shape of which brand?

33. Radio City has launched a creative-cum-media agency. What has it been branded as?

34. This is heartening. Acid-attack survivor Laxmi has become the face of a new range of apparel from which company?

35. Ratan Tata has invested an undisclosed amount in which baby and maternity products retailer?

36. Which company will bring US-based children's clothing brand Carter's to its chain of stores across the country?

37. Which innerwear brand has launched a new campaign with the tagline ‘Accepted by women worldwide’?

38. Which online insurance portal has launched its second car insurance campaign with 3 TVCs titled ‘The Burger’, ‘Pinku’ and ‘Tattoo’?

39. RJ Corp, promoted by PepsiCo's bottling partner and diversified entrepreneur Ravi Jaipuria, is venturing into the retail business with a grocery store chain. What is it called?

40. Maneesh Dhir has quit as the India head for which MNC?

41. Facebook has launched a new sports platform. What has it been branded as?

42. Realty firm Nitesh Estates has roped in which celebrity as its brand ambassador?

43. French tyre major Michelin has announced its foray into the fast growing scooter segment in India with the launch of its new range. What has it been branded as?

44. Which cab search and booking platform has closed a deal with ORIX Auto Infrastructure Services Limited (OAIS) to launch a premium category of intercity cab services in eight Indian cities?

45. Kiran Global Chems Ltd, a leading manufacturer of a key ingredient for a number of industries, has introduced its indigenously-developed cement brand. What is it called?

46. Messaging app Hike has crossed which user milestone?

47. Wings Rainbow, a new radio taxi service, was flagged off last week. What is its claim to fame?

48. Which television channel last week unveiled a new logo and tagline 'LIVE R.E.D'?

49. This should be easy. Which business personality’s autobiography 'The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time' was launched last week?

50. Which publication is the only Indian news daily to feature amongst the world's top five circulated newspapers in the World Press Trends report 2015?

51. Digital payments platform FreeCharge has launched its new virtual card. What has it been branded as?

52. OYO Rooms has touched which milestone mark for number of check-ins so far?

53. Which chain of multi-brand car service workshops is set to launch its first television campaign ‘Free ke baad First Choice’?

54. Which MNC retailer has appointed Arvind Mediratta as the new India managing director?

55. Which property has bagged the award for the world's best hotel at the Travellers' Choice, organised by travel portal TripAdvisor?

Please mail your answers on or before next Sunday to rajeevkondapalli@gmail.com with Biz Quizzard 617 as the subject.

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