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Dhaka: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) have decided to discuss the possibility of having a BBIN Rail Agreement based on the Saarc Regional Rail Agreement template.

It was also agreed that land ports and land customs stations, crucial for sub-regional trade and transit, will be given a special attention by all four countries, a report in Daily Star said.

An expert group will be constituted for exchanging best practices in water resources management and on specifics of the identified projects, power trade, inter-grid connectivity, flood forecasting and other areas of possible cooperation.

The four South Asian countries reached the consensus at the two-day third Joint Working Group (JWG) meetings on Sub-Regional Cooperation on Water Resources Management and Power/Hydropower and on Connectivity and Transit that ended in Dhaka on Wednesday.

The JWG on Water Resources Management and Power/Hydropower carried forward earlier discussions on the scope for power trade and inter-grid connectivity cooperation in future power projects and water resources management between the four countries.

Specific hydropower projects under BBIN framework that could be concretised on equitable basis were discussed, said the foreign ministry of Bangladesh.

The JWG on Connectivity and Transit reviewed progress under the BBIN and made recommendations relevant to this process.

The next meeting of the JWG will be held in the second half of 2016 in India.(IANS)

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Google Launching New Photo Back up Options For Users in India

Launched in May 2015, Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by the search-engine giant that gives users free, unlimited storage for their photos

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The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

Google Photos on Monday launched its “Express” back-up feature for users in India. The feature will be available to a small percentage of Google Photos users on Android.

It allows faster back up at reduced resolutions, making it easier to store pictures even with poor or infrequent Wi-Fi availability, the company wrote in a blog post.

“We learned that over a third of the people using Google Photos in India have some photos that hadn’t been backed up in over a month. We want to make sure that our app meets the unique needs of people wherever they are,” the post said.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

“You will still have the option to choose from the existing back-up options: Original Quality and High Quality,” the post said.

In addition to “Express”, Google will also introduce a new “Data Cap” option for back up to give users more granular daily controls for using cellular data to back up.

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The company is slowly releasing the “Express” back-up feature for Google Photos in others countries as well, the post added.

Launched in May 2015, Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by the search-engine giant that gives users free, unlimited storage for their photos. (IANS)