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Coconut 'trees' are no longer considered trees in Indian state
Coconut trees are no longer considered trees in the tropical Indian state of Goa, where authorities have reclassified them as palms to allow farmers to cut them down more easily.
 
Apple said Wednesday it has asked the Indian government for permission to open its first stores in the country, paving the way for its feted brands to join the fast-growing smartphone market.
 
Shouting slogans and holding placards, hundreds of students on Tuesday angrily protested the death of an Indian student who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad.
 
About 70 Indian students walked barefoot over broken glass in an apparent bid to overcome exam phobia and stage fright, sparking a probe into the unusual character-building exercise.
 
Indian software giant Infosys reported a better-than-expected 6.6 percent rise in quarterly earnings on Thursday, riding out the effects of deadly floods in Chennai and sending its stock soaring.
 
One of India's poorest states has said it will impose a "luxury tax" on samosas -- one of the country's most popular snacks -- sparking widespread outrage.
 
An American tourist has drowned in a rice paddy in the Indian resort state of Goa, according to reports, with the U.S. consulate saying Thursday it was working with police on the case.
 
India and Pakistan said Thursday they have postponed talks after a fatal attack on an Indian air base that New Delhi blames on a banned Pakistan-based group.
 
45 whales die after southern India stranding
Forty-five whales have died after stranding themselves on a southern Indian beach, a government official said Tuesday, with local fishermen struggling to save others.
 
An Indian teenager held captive for two weeks by a gang of men said in an interview broadcast Sunday that she was repeatedly raped before being shot twice and dumped in a well on the outskirts of New Delhi.
 
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