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Cauvery water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu: 10 things you must know
After the Supreme Court asked Karnataka to release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu yesterday, a huge protest has erupted in Karnataka following a Bandh in Mandya. Reportedly, farmers are protesting in Shrirangapattana taluk of Mandya - a hotbed of Cauvery politics.

Karnataka was ordered by the SC to release Cauvery river water to neighbouring TN to end the ongoing water dispute in a bid to ensure harmony between the two states. But, Karnatka contended that it didn't have enough water. The state also said that it was not happy with the verdict.

Protesting against the SC's verdict, protesters in Karnataka have blocked a major highway and 700 buses were taken off roads in wide protests, on Tuesday. The situation is so alarming that about 2400 policemen have been deployed to monitor the situation.

Schools and colleges in the district have been closed for the day.

Here are 10 things you must know:

1. Farmers who are protesting against the court order to release water to Tamil Nadu, have called a shutdown in Mandya in southern Karnataka. Schools and colleges have also been closed.

2. Buses travelling between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are blocked.

3. While the Karnataka government pulled off 700 buses operating from Bengaluru and Mysuru to Tamil Nadu and Kerala for safety purpose, buses and trucks moving towards Karnataka were stopped at Hosur along the border in Tamil Nadu.

4. Karnataka has been asked by the Apex Court in an interim order to release 15,000 cusecs water daily to Tamil Nadu till the case gets heard again on September 16.

5. Tamil Nadu approached the apex court after Karnataka released a very less amount of water compared to what had been decided in 2007.

6. A court-appointed tribunal that was given the responsibility to find out a solution of the recurring dispute between the two states, allotted a particular amount of water to both the states.

7. But now Karnataka has confronted that its reservoirs did not have sufficient water owing to less rain in the catchment area. It has offered only 10,000 cusecs of water per day.

8. This is not going down well with Tamil Nadu that needs much more water than offered. TN has to say that its farmers can't sow crop if more water is not released on an urgent basis.

9. Unhappy with the continuing dispute, the Supreme Court told Karnataka to "live and let live." It urged both the states to "maintain harmony in the water dispute."

10. Siddaramaiah, the chief minister of Karnataka has requested people to maintain peace. The CM has called for an all party meeting in Bengaluru and said, a decision will be taken on releasing more water after the government goes through the court order.

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