Summary- A front page story exposed the Director of SAMEER (an autonomus Institution for Research & Development under the Ministry of Communication and Information Techonology ) S.Karunakaran, who gave the contract of mass production of IRLM (a technology developed by the team of scientist of SAMEER meant for use in Akash missile pogramme by the ministry of Defense ) to a dubious firm owned by his friend P Rathinavel who was arrested in 2005 and facing a trial in Chennai court in connection with a software theft. The missile programme got delayed and the DRDO had to source the material from other avenues, thereby causing a loss to the exchequer.
Summary- More than 200 articles written during 2008 to 2011 concentrated on the ill gotten wealth and hidden companies floated by former telecom minister A.Raja. The irregularities and the hidden tales behind the 2G Spectrum allocation to Shell companies and the people behind it were revealed. The Pioneer exposed the series of mid night communication between Raja and Prime Minister. In April 2010, Pioneer exposed the existence of Nira Radia tapes and hushing up of CBI probes by the Government and people in power. The Pioneer also reported the illegality of the companies which were allotted licenses by Raja and exclusive reports through several series on the ramifications, violations and blatant corruption in 2G Spectrum Scam.
The New Crusading Guide, Ghana, Language- English
eam Leader- Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Team Members- Selase Kove-Seyram, Rahim Sinare
Title of the story- Hunting the Hunters
Summary- The story which started in Ghana, ended up impacting the world business market, leading to govt listening to the plight of hundreds of cocoa farmers who have kept the economy of Ghana running for decades. The story is about the chocolate- producing cocoa beans in the Ghanaian economy and measures taken by this team to help curb the loss of over 60,000 tonnes in Ghana's cocoa yields.The 6 months long investigations (carried out in western corridor of Ghana, where upto 60% of cocoa produced was smuggled out of the country) revealed with hard core audio visuals that initial joint exercises by the nation's security forces to crush the smuggling of cocoa across Ghana's Western borders into Cote d'lvoire was not successful because of collusion between the security officers and smugglers.
Periódico a.m. de León- Mexico,
Team Leader- José Raúl Olmos Castillo
Team Members- Arcelia Becerra Quiroz, Shayra Albañil Reyes, Antonio Lascuráin Huerta
Title of the story- Corruption in the bicentennial of the independence of Mexico
Summary- An investigative story in which the corrupt practices committed by the govt of the state of Guanajuato were revealed. The govt. gave contracts to building firms without bidding or tender, assigned many contracts to companies without abiding to what is established by the law. The govt. spent close to 2000 million pesos (142 million dollars) on “Expo Bicentenario”park, which was open to the public for only 7 months.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, Language-English
Team Leader- Chitleen K Sethi
Team Member - M.R. Dua
Title of the story- PPSC Recruitment Scam
Summary- A series of story exposed the manner of recruitment in Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), how PPSC changed the recruitment process and recruited 312 doctors in 2009. Below average candidates who did their MBBS on paid seats were given preference, many of the selected were found to be close relatives of judges politicians and meritocrats. PPSC did not disclose about extra marks on social work certificates attached with the application. Only selected candidates had attached social work certificates which showed a possible leak-out of selection criterion to the preselected candidates. Many of these certificates were found fake.
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Language-English
Team Leader-Pawan Sharma
Team Members- Ramesh Vinayak, Vikram Deep Johal
Title of the story- Punjab's Diversification Rip-Off
Summary- In Feb 2006, Punjab govt launched what was billed to be the most ambitious diversification project by far to break the wheat-paddy logjam with the objective to lead the farmers to high-value agriculture. But even after spending over Rs. 80 crore, the much-touted project wilted and turned out to be a flourishing multi-crore scandal. Pilferage, forgeries, fake bills and unlawful expenditure derailed Punjab's crop diversification dream much before it could take off. A series of story dug deep into the matter and exposed the govt.
Bartman Patrika (Benagali Daily), Kolkata, Language- Bengali
Team Leader- Rantidev Sengupta
Team Member - Shidhat Shanker Sen
Title of the story- Mysterious death of the farmers in Rajerhat
Summary- The story peeps into the issue of land grabbing by local party leaders in Rajerhat area , West Bengal. With the help of armed hooligans local party leaders forcefully occupied the agricultural land. Nearly 50 farmers who opposed it went missing. Later during the inquiry it was found that 15 of them were murdered by hooligans. Police took no action. The story unearthed the mafia raj and corruption of local leaders.
Malyala Manorama, Kerala, Language- Malyalam
Team Leader- Mathews Varghese
Team Members- Sanjay Chandrasekhar, G. Vinod, Sunny Joseph, Arun Sreedhar
Title of the story- Durbhagyam ( Misfortune)
Summary- An investigative story gave an insight on the indulgence in lottery luck in Kerala which become second habit of the psyche of Keralites, especially the financially less fortunate. On an average Keralites spill out more than 715,000 crore on lottery luck every year. The lottery business became a source of income for govts which were always and ever on budget deficits. It revealed how the escalating gambelling tendency helped to paved a way for a new mafia in the state of Kerala.
Xpress,Gulf news- UAE, Language-English
Team Leader- Mazhar Farooqui
Team Member – Ador Bustane, Biplop Roy
Title of the story- I am an idiot, yet I am hired
Summary- An undercover story exposed the region's biggest recruitment racket. In UAE, for years the recruitment firms were fooling people and charging money for non existing jobs. Such placement companies would place false ads for non existing jobs in newspapers. Hundreds of job seekers were conned daily. The story unfolded the truth of such firms and blew the lid off the huge racket.
Nai Dunia, New Delhi, Language-Hindi
Team Leader- Deepak Rastogi
Team Members- Ashok Kinker, Debojyoti Chakraborty
Title of the story- Exposing land scam syndicate
Summary- After commencement of satellite township projects on eastern fringes of Kolkata, some land syndicate grabs around 57,000 Acre land between the year 2004 to 2010. Five consecutive stories exposed the scam. Modus operendi was calculated - fake documents were used, and the use of land was changed too. Involvement of ministers from West Bengal govt. industrialists, officials and local criminals were behind all of it. After a shoot-out incident in Vedic village, the team started investigation and came to know about 57,000 Acre land scam.
Indian Express, New Delhi, Language-English
Team Leader- P. Vaidyanathan Iyer
Team Members- P. Sidhantha, Johnson T.A, Sreenivas Janyala
Title of the story- The Independent Republic of Reddys
Summary- In-depth articles investigates into the mining empire of Reddy brothers that straddles Andhra and Karnataka, which strikes fear in rivals and is powered by a nexus of politicians and officials. The investigation exposed how they used and abused the gleaning loopholes in the regulatory apparatus. The story uncovers the nexus between politicians, miners and meritocrats in two states.