Coconuts removed from trees in preparation for Barack Obama’s India trip

India is preparing for Barack Obama’s first visit to the country by removing coconuts from palm trees in Mumbai to protect the US president.

Telegraph [UK]
04 Nov 2010

Mr Obama will arrive in India on Saturday for the first leg of an Asian tour.

But as well as the usual security measures that come with welcoming a a visiting dignitary, Indian authorities have decided to go one step further, by removing all natural threats to the president as well.

All coconuts around the city’s Gandhi museum, one of Mr Obama’s stops in the city, are being taken down…

…Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts…

The entire article is at the Telegraph.

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