Indian, Chinese and Canadian scientists have developed ktransgenicy rice that gives high yields even under severe water-deficit condition. The new variety has been developed by transferring a gene from a common plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, into an Indian rice variety called samba mahsuri. In kKalanamaky (Down To Earth, 1-15 September, 2005), we had profiled another drought-resistant variety. The water requirement of Kalanamak is quite low as compared to basmati. It doesn't need standing water during transplantation. Paddy is a water-intensive crop and its cultivation has been a big drain on water resources everywhere. Given the fact that 5,000 litres of water are required to grow 1 kg of rice, such efforts at developing drought-resistant rice are welcome.