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PM Modi gives socio-economic gifts to Lanka; offers $318 million support for railways

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who reached Colombo today, made various important and supportive agreements with his Lankan counterpart.

The two nations have decided to set up a Joint Task Force to improve the Indian Ocean economy. India will also provide a fresh line of credit of up to  $318 million for the railways sector which will be used to procure rolling stock, and to restore and upgrade existing railway track.

Apart from this the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka have agreed to enter into a Currency Swap Agreement of  $1.5 billion which will help keep the Sri Lankan rupee stable.

Narendra Modi also signed some social deals to improve connectivity, cooperation and tourism between the countries. Schemes like ‘Tourist Visa on Arrival – Electronic Travel Authorization’ will be extended to Sri Lankan citizens. Air India will also start direct flights between New Delhi and Colombo soon. A  Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in youth affairs was also singed ‘ As an important long term investment in our relationship’ Modi said.

The prime minitser also discussed the issue of fishermen with the Sri Lankan President. He said it’s a complex issue concerning livelihood and  humanitarian concerns on both sides and require a long term solution. He added that the two governments can implement the mutually acceptable arrangement between the fishermen`s associations of India and Sri Lanka.

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Twitter Lite: A Data-Friendly Version of Twitter Now Available in India

The micro-blogging platform, while releasing second quarter earnings, reported $711 million in revenue -- an increase of 24 per cent year-over-year

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Data-friendly Twitter Lite now available in India. Pixabay

The micro-blogging platform has made its data-friendly Twitter Lite Android app available in 21 more countries, including India, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Built for 2G and 3G networks which are still in use in several parts of India, Twitter Lite has an install size of 3MB, saves data and space and loads quickly on unreliable networks.

“While using the app on 2G or 3G, you’ll notice that content will load quickly on Twitter Lite. We want to make sure you can see what’s happening no matter what network you’re on,” Twitter said in a statement late on Monday.

Twitter Lite is now available in the Google Play Store in more than 45 countries.

After a successful trial in the Philippines, Twitter rolled out the data-friendly Lite Android app in 24 countries in December 2017.

By enabling data saver mode, users can control which images and videos load on their phones.

“You can still load all the content at any time by hitting ‘Load image’ or ‘Load video’, helping you save money and data in real time,” said Twitter.

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Twitter Lite is now available in the Google Play Store in more than 45 countries. (VOA)

The “Bookmarks” feature allows users to save important Tweets for later.

“Twitter Lite supports push notifications, allowing you to keep up with what’s happening around the world,” said the micro-blogging platform that currently has 335 million users.

The night mode feature gives timeline a darker theme — easier on eyes and to read even during the day.

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“Threaded Tweets are now available on Twitter Lite. We’ve made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your threaded Tweets all at the same time,” said the statement.

Twitter in July reported a drop of one million users in the second quarter of 2018 — with monthly active user count going down from 336 million in the last quarter to 335 million.

The micro-blogging platform, while releasing second quarter earnings, reported $711 million in revenue — an increase of 24 per cent year-over-year. (IANS)

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