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India bans red car beacons to end VIP culture

NEW DELHI: India said Wednesday it will ban ministers and senior officials from using red beacons on their cars to cut through traffic, a longstanding privilege that has caused resentment and accusations of elitism. From May 1 only emergency services will be allowed to use the flashing beacons to move swiftly through India's notoriously congested streets. "We are removing the rule which allows state and central government to specify who can use the red lights," finance minister Arun Jaitley said at a news conference in…