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Beacons curb: Red, blue, ordinary - The Hindu

In a most welcome move, the Union Cabinet has decided to disallow the use of the red beacon on vehicles on India's roads. Starting May 1, only vehicles on emergency services, such as ambulances, fire trucks and police cars, will be permitted the use of ...and more »

Government Puts An End To Red Beacon On All VIP Vehicles, Including PM's, From 1 May - Huffington Post India

NEW DELHI -- In what could be seen as a major step towards ending the VIP culture prevalent in India, the government on Wednesday banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the Prime Minister, central and state ...and more »

Siren cull: India bans red beacon lights from top of VIP cars - The Guardian

From May only emergency vehicles will be allowed to use the sirens that had sparked accusations of elitism to cut through traffic. Michael Safi · @safimichael. Wed 19 Apr 2017 11.42 EDT First published on Wed 19 Apr 2017 11.37 EDT. Share on Facebook ...and more »

India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture - Mashable

India has banned its most prominent display of VIP culture — the red beacon light atop cars of ministers, government officials and bureaucrats. PM Narendra Modi has said, "Every Indian is special. Every Indian is a VIP." The ban, effective from May 1 ...and more »

Red beacon ban: Removing flashing lights won't cure those blinded by power, VIP culture - Hindustan Times

The Centre's decision to ban the use of red beacons is as symbolic as was their use on top of vehicles that carried dignitaries and high officials. The removal of flashing lights won't cure those blinded by power. Or the way they flaunt it. But the ...and more »

Modi shows red light to beacons of VIP privilege - The Hindu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to shake up India's privileged VIP culture, most notably symbolised by flashing red beacon lights on top of vehicles, by scrapping a rule that allowed the Central and State governments to nominate dignitaries ...and more »

Red beacons for VIPs banned from May 1, even vehicles of PM and President not exempt - Hindustan Times

The government decided on Wednesday to ban red beacons atop cars of all ministers, politicians and bureaucrats, ending a privilege that was seen as the ultimate status symbol. The ban, effective from May 1, doesn't exempt even vehicles of the country's ...and more »

Adieu lal batti, but 'VIP raj' won't end so easily - Deccan Chronicle

Around three years ago, Mumbai's then mayor Snehal Ambekar (of the Shiv Sena) installed a red beacon on top of her car. The city's mayor, she argued, was equivalent to the state's chief minister and was therefore entitled to this perk. That the rules ...and more »

Red, blue, amber beacons: The many shades of India's VIP culture - Hindustan Times

The 'lal batti' can work wonders in India: Traffic gets cleared, toll plaza barriers are lifted and duty officers smarten up to salute. But, come May 1, the colour Red loses its magic. The government has decided to ban the use of all beacons – red ...and more »

VIP culture not good for democracy: Govt on red beacons ban - Free Press Journal

New Delhi: Justifying the move to ban the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers, the government on Wednesday said that VIP culture is not good for the Indian democracy. Union Minister for Road, ...and more »