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Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006

water wars are here: One protestor was killed when police opened fire at a group of farmers demanding release of water from a dam in Amravati district in Maharashtra on February 20, 2006. The farmers were demanding release of water from Chargarh dam to nearby villages. At least a dozen policemen also sustained injuries as agitated farmers hurled stones at them.

lessons from big brothers: G-8 countries will now teach water management to the Indian mega cities. A training centre will be set up in this connection with French assistance at Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh in 2010 at an approximate expenditure of Rs 14.30 crore.

can they sue: On May 22, UK's House of Lords will decide on rights of Bangladesh's arsenic poisoning victims to sue the British Geological Survey, which certified water potable without testing it for arsenic. The meeting was earlier scheduled for January. The victims had filed a case against bgs in 2002 ('Deliberate crippling', Down To Earth, April 15, 2003). But the upper house of UK's parliament objected that bgs isn't supposed to give information directly to the community.

patent probe: The us International Trade Commission (itc) is to probe into a complaint that Toyota Motor Corp's popular Prius and Highlander hybrid models infringed a patent. The patent is owned by the us -based Solomon Technologies Inc, which provides propulsion systems for marine applications and motors for vehicles and machinery.

how much food do we have: The second advance estimation by Union ministry of agriculture slates India's foodgrain production at 209.32 million tonnes (MT) in 2005-2006. While wheat production is at 73.06 MT, lower than the initial official estimation; oilseed production is expected to reach 26.37MT.

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