Apple's plan to import refurbished iPhones into India for sale has been rejected by the Indian government. The initiative had faced steep opposition, both from Apple's competitors, as well as from elements of the country's government.

Indian government rejects Apple's bid to import, sell used iPhones

From Bloomberg:

Apple's rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government's Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing.

Apple had previously attempted to gain import permission for refurbished phones back in 2015, but was rejected then as well. While this is a setback for Apple, the company does seem to at least be making some progress in India, have recently overcome a major hurdle to opening its own stores in the country.