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Business on hold as India's tech hub locks down

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>> A curfew clamp down in India's main technology hub, home to heavyweights like Google and Samsung. Thousands of riot police patrolling the streets of Bengaluru on Tuesday. A day after firing on demonstrators, killing one and injuring several. Violent protests over water rights have shut down shops and public transportation.
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And as Reuters' Tommy Wilkes reports, they're now impacting business.>> We're already hearing reports of some international companies closing their offices today. Telling employees to stay home, to work from home, to work remotely. Because of the transport disruptions and the difficulty and danger of getting to the office.
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So it's bad news for business.>> Rioters spilled out onto the streets Monday after the Supreme Court issued an order. Demanding the state of Karnataka share water from the Cauvery River with its neighboring state. Tensions running high as the country struggles with its worst drought in decades.>> In a country like India where you've got a large growing population and significant pressure on water resources, that creates anger.
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There's a possibility it's been stirred up by some people within these states. But there's a real need for water in both the states.>> Protesters threw rocks and set fire to dozens of trucks and buses, targeting vehicles from across the state border. It's not the first time the neighbors have battled over the Cauvery River.
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The dispute has been running for more than a century. The last time tensions erupted 25 years ago, more than 18 people lost their lives.