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News Dabba for 12 January 2023: Five stories for a balanced news diet

Here are the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites.

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Indie Journal brings you the daily updates that the internet is talking about through various news websites. Here's a glance through some of the National and International news updates, from over 18,000 toys seized over BIS quality mark, Twitter's work-from-home order to Singapore HQ staff, to Kejriwal asked to pay Rs 163 crore ‘mis-spent’ on ads within 10 days.


The Hindu: Over 18,000 toys seized pan-India over BIS quality mark

The Centre on January 12 said 18,600 toys were seized pan-India from 25 retail stores for lack of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) quality mark. A report by the Hindu says that these included brands like Hamleys and Archies. “Toys are under Mandatory Certification Scheme of BIS through Quality Control Order and cannot be manufactured, sold, imported or distributed without bearing the ISI Mark,” the Bureau of Indian Standards said in a tweet. The report adds that the nation-wide enforcement drive was conducted at 25 outlets across the country selling toys without valid BIS license. The consumer protection regulator also issued notices to Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal for the alleged sale of toys without BIS quality mark. Read the full report here.


SCMP on Twitter's work-from-home order to Singapore HQ staff 


Workers at Twitter’s Singapore office were told to empty out their desks and vacate the premises, said people familiar with the situation, as Elon Musk continues to pare expenses around the globe. The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that Twitter staff were informed via email on Wednesday that they had until 5 pm to leave the CapitaGreen building and resume their duties remotely from Thursday, one of the people said, asking not to be named discussing private information. Singapore-based staffers have now been reassigned as remote workers in Twitter’s internal system until further notice, as per the report. Singapore serves as Twitter’s Asia-Pacific headquarters. Read the full report here.


NDTV reports security breach during PM Modi Roadshow in Karnataka

NDTV reported that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security was breached today during his roadshow in Karnataka by a man who jumped onto the road suddenly and managed to go within arm's length of him. The man, who was carrying a garland, broke the security cordon and rushed at the Prime Minister -- who was riding on the footboard of an SUV -- apparently to felicitate him. He was intercepted at the last minute by the Special Protection Group or SPG of the Prime Minister. Read the full report here.


Second batch of classified Biden documents found, BBC reports

US President Joe Biden's aides have found a fresh batch of classified government records at a second location. BBC reports that this is considered a growing political embarrassment for the White House. The first cache was found at a private office in Washington DC that Mr Biden used after his vice-presidency. The report adds that the matter is under review by the US Department of Justice. Former President Donald Trump is facing a criminal investigation for allegedly mishandling classified files. It was not yet clear on Wednesday when or where the additional tranche of files was found by Biden aides. Read the full report here.


Arvind Kejriwal asked to pay Rs 163 crore ‘mis-spent’ on ads ‘within 10 days’


The Delhi government’s publicity wing, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP), has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to reimburse over Rs.163 crore spent by it on advertisements that are in violation of Supreme Court Guidelines within 10 days. Indian Express report on the same says that the recovery notice immediately triggered a political row between the AAP and the BJP. The AAP’s National Secretary Pankaj Gupta wrote to R Alice Vaz, secretary, Information & Publicity, seeking copies of advertisements whose cost the department was seeking to recover. Read the full report here.