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18th Annual PoleStar Awards
The Categories
Best feature in IT Journalism
(magazine / newpaper / online media)
Best Feature in Business Journalism (magazines / newspapers / online media)
Jury Special Recognition
The PoleStar Award Winner
Takes Home
The PoleStar Trophy
A Citation
Rs. 2 lakhs prize money for Best Feature in IT and Business Journalism
Rs.1 lakh prize money for Jury Special Recognition

Golden Moments
Highlights of 14th PoleStar Awards
Best Feature in IT Journalism

Mr. Hari Pullakat

Hari Pullakat won The PoleStar Award titled ‘Best Feature in IT Journalism’ for 2011 for his article, ‘How smart technologies are drawing city of tomorrow and redrawing cities of today’, published in The Economic Times

Hari’s current job as a Senior Editor with Economic Times, involves editing a page on science and technology and writing on technology, society and economic development for other pages.

Prior to this, he spent 17 years in Businessworld, based out of Delhi, Bangalore and San Francisco. In Delhi he covered the science and technology ministries and national labs. In Bangalore he wrote about the IT and biotech industries, focusing on R&D and product development. From the Silicon Valley he wrote about startups, venture capital, renewable energy and science. Some of his earlier stints were with the Economic Times and The Link Magazine. He has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Calicut University and Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Best Feature in Business Journalism

Ms. Shrutika Verma

Shrutika Verma won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Best Feature in Business Journalism’ for 2011 for her story ‘Services Economy Moves Online’ published in Businessworld.

Shrutika comes with a diverse experience of working across multiple sectors with some distinguished names in journalism namely Reuters and Businessworld.

She is currently working as a Special Correspondent at Businessworld. In the last two years at Businessworld, her writing has been focused on e-Commerce, consumer durables and the education sector. She has written many detailed industry pieces across sectors and has contributed several newsbreaks especially in the fast growing sector of e-commerce -- like Amazon’s entry into the Indian market and ‘FDI escapades -- How Indian e-tail companies are creating multiple entities to get around the FDI regulations’. Shrutika is a graduate in Journalism from the University of Delhi and a post graduate in Mass Communication from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai.

Jury's Special Recognition

Mr. Jamshed Avari

Jamshed Avari won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Jury's Special Recognition’ for 2011 for his article, ‘You’re Being Tracked!’ which appeared in CHIP.

Jamshed Avari has been writing about technology for over eight years. Having started out as an intern, he is now Deputy Editor of CHIP, India's most trusted guide to technology.

He regularly writes articles and opinions, reviews new products and software, and analyses news, trends and current events. Going beyond simple ratings and specifications, he digs deep into how emerging products and services affect actual users and society at large. He's happiest when anything comes along that challenges everyone's assumptions about how products should work, what they should do, and who can benefit from them.

Jury's Special Mention

Mr. Shelley Singh

Shelley Singh won The PoleStar Award titled, ‘Jury's Special Mention’ for 2011 for his article, 'How low cost computers are used for education, livelihood’ published in The Economic Times.

Shelley is a Senior Assistant Editor with The Economic Times and is a veteran journalist with about 18 years of experience across magazines and newspapers, covering different beats from personal finance to technology.

He has been with The Economic Times for the last seven years, writing news stories and features related to corporate affairs, technology and business issues. Shelley has closely interacted with leading experts in various fields, both in India and outside. Prior to this, he was with The Financial Express writing subjects spanning across Real Estate, Automobiles, Personal Finance, Healthcare and Entrepreneurship. He then moved to Intelligent Investor (now called Outlook Money) and later to Businessworld. At Businessworld, Shelley co-authored a book on BPO and wrote a number of cover stories spanning topics like outsourcing, technology and internet. Shelley completed his Masters in Physics at Delhi University and has an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He won The British Chevening Scholarship in 2002 and went to the UK for a media course at the University of Westminster, London.

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