O'Malley on his way to Qatar, India
Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to take off this evening on a trade mission to India -- the first by a Maryland governor to the world's second most populous nation -- with a stop along the way in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar.
The governor is heading a delegation of more than 100 state officials, business leaders and others on a trip that will include stops in Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi. On the way to India, the governor will stop in Qatar, where is scheduled to discuss investment opportunities.
O'Malley is being accompanied by his wife, District Court Judge Katie O'Malley, who plans to meet with Indian jurists to forge ties with the judiciary in that country.
Other notable members of the delegation include Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland College Park; House Majority Leader Kumar Barve; Montgomery County Executive Isiah "Ike" Leggett; former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry; David Wilson,. president of Morgan State University; Christian Johansson, Secretary of Business and Economic Development, and Dels. Sam Arora and Aruna Miller.
Among other events, O'Malley will speak at the Confederation of Indian Industries, meet with the U.S. ambassador to India, participate in a pharmaceutical conference and visit the Taj Mahal.