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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

No more lal battis for VIPs from May 1; PM Modi gives up red beacon too - Businessinsider India

Finally, the lal batti or the red beacon culture has come to an end. A new regulation has been formed under which VIPs, ministers and lawmakers have been prohibited to use the red beacon from May 1. Under the new norm, only President, Vice President, ...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 »

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 »

Modi govt banishes VIP red beacons, Congress calls it mere symbolism - Business Standard (press release) (blog)

VIPs will not be allowed to flaunt red beacons atop their vehicles from May 1, the government announced on Wednesday, in a decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress termed it as mere "symbolic politics". The decision was taken by ...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 »

Narendra Modi govt bans use of red beacon lights on VVIP vehicles across India from 1 May - Firstpost

The Narendra Modi Cabinet has taken a decision to stop the use of red beacon lights atop official VVIP vehicles. The decision will come into effect from 1 May, according to media reports. Once this comes into effect, the report in The Financial Express ...and more »