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  1. E-commerce rules that went into effect in India caused widespread disruption for, forcing it to take down an array of items from its India website, including Echo speakers.
  2. In December, India modified foreign direct investment (FDI) rules for its burgeoning e-commerce sector, which has drawn major bets from not only but also the likes of Walmart Inc., which last year bought a majority stake in homegrown e-commerce player Flipkart.
  3. India’s new e-commerce investment rules bar online retailers from selling products via vendors in which they have an equity interest, and also from making deals with sellers to sell exclusively on their platforms.
  4. By Thursday, numerous items sold by vendors such as Cloudtail, in which Amazon holds an indirect equity stake, were no longer available on Amazon India site.
  5. Clothing from Indian department store chain Shopper’s Stop was also no longer available, as Amazon owns 5% percent of the company. Amazon’s own range of Echo speakers, its Presto-branded home cleaning goods and other Amazon Basics products such as chargers and batteries had also vanished from the website.