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IBN7 announces the 4th edition of ‘Diamond States Awards’ 

Honoring the exemplary contribution of the Indian States towards building a better nation

December 11, 2012:

India remains a work in progress. But if the 21st century India has managed to grow in stature in the eyes of the world, it’s on the back of the human and social development efforts by its various states. To recognize India’s best states and acknowledge their contribution, IBN7, in partnership with Outlook, is back with the fourth edition of the Diamond States Awards. These awards judge the states on parameters beyond economic growth.

The Grand Finale of the award ceremony will be held in New Delhi on Dec 22, 2012 at The Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.

IBN7 Diamond States Awards will award the states under following categories:

  • Best Big & Best Small State - Education
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Healthcare
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Employment
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Environment
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Citizen Security
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Poverty Reduction
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Water & Sanitation
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Core Infrastructure
  • Best Big & Best Small State - Women Empowerment

In addition to the above categories, the following special awards will be given:


  • India’s Best Big State
  • India’s Best Small State
  • India’s Best Emerging Big State
  • India’s Best Emerging Small State

The selection process is a credible, multi-pronged approach involving secondary data from authentic sources and primary data from a nationwide research exercise conducted by IPSOS, the Research Partner for the awards. KPMG, the independent Knowledge Partner, manages the process, methodology and the data for arriving at the best states across various categories of the awards. The winner states will be finalised based on the parameters set by the IBN Editorial Board, Outlook Editorial Board and the jury consisting of eminent citizens from various walks of life.

Speaking about the initiative, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “The award is a progressive indicator to recognize and acknowledge the efforts made by the different states to achieve a common goal, to see India shine and to inspire other states to join and help in the rise and development of our country.”

Speaking on the occasion, Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7 said, “We are proud to announce the 4th edition of IBN7 Diamond States Awards, a path breaking initiative which brings all the states together to celebrate India’s progress and development.”


Neelabh Mishra, Editor, Outlook Hindi, added, “We’re proud to be associated with this initiative since its inception in 2008. It is our endeavour to recognise the remarkable work done by the states of India across parameters which is helping in the overall growth of the country.”

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