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New York: Haryana and the US state of Connecticut have agreed to develop long-term partnership for sharing economic, social and cultural experiences.

The agreement was reached during a meeting on Tuesday between visiting Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy in state capital Hartford, near New York.

Malloy assured Khattar that he would take up the issue of investment with Fortune 100 enterprises, 17 of which are located in Connecticut, according to a Haryana government media release.

Malloy accepted Khattar’s invitation to visit Haryana. He will be visiting Haryana early next year to scout for investment opportunities in the auto and precision engineering sector.

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Dannel P. Malloy

Earlier, Khattar and Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister Abhimanyu met seven prospective investors in New York to discuss the possibility of investment in projects and joint ventures in the power and renewable energy sectors, the release said.

Clutch Group founder and CEO Abhi Shah accepted Khattar’s request to start a power project in Haryana and make investment on the pattern of Gujarat, for providing modern facilities like gymnasium, and smart teaching aids.

ThermoAura Inc co-founder and president Rutvik J. Mehta expressed his intention to enter into a joint venture for establishing facilities for manufacturing solar thermal generators.

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Manohar Lal Khattar

Ducon Group of Companies chairman and CEO Aron Govil, who was born in Hisar in Haryana, evinced keen interest in setting up a 100 MW solar power plant in the state.

KPM Assets Alliance managing director Maheshwar Saladi expressed desire to bring a delegation of investors from the US for exploring possible avenues for investment in different sectors in Haryana.

New Silk Route CEO and Vedanta Capital co-founder Parag Saxena discussed issues relating to the deepening of the bond market for financing infrastructural projects.

The Haryana government also signed an MoU with Carrier Airconditioning and Refrigeration Limited, a unit of United Technologies Corporation at Pratt and Whitney Plant, for setting up an additional plant for manufacturing air-conditioning devices in Gurgaon.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Khattar and Abhimanyu at Hartford.

The proposed manufacturing facility in Gurgaon will provide employment to more than 2,000 people besides bringing in investment worth $50 million.

(IANS)

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US Military Planes Deliver Aid to Venezuela-Colombia Border

The aid will be delivered to Cucuta, Colombia, where other food and medical supplies are being held.

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FILE - Demonstrators who are against the Venezuelan government chant outside of the Organization of American States during the special meeting of the Permanent Council, in Washington, April 3, 2017, to consider the recent events in Venezuela. VOA

More than 200 tons of US humanitarian aid intended for Venezuela is scheduled to begin arriving just across the border in Colombia Saturday, delivered by US military cargo planes.

The aid will be delivered to Cucuta, Colombia, where other food and medical supplies are being held.

The aid comes at the request of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to ease shortages of food and other essentials in economically troubled Venezuela.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said the aid is part of Washington’s political maneuvering to get him out of office, and he has blocked off a bridge needed to bring the supplies into Venezuela.

The United States said Maduro’s election was unfair and illegitimate, and U.S. officials and scores of other nations have recognized his rival, Guaido, as the country’s interim leader.

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Sacks containing humanitarian aid are pictured at a warehouse near the Tienditas cross-border bridge between Colombia and Venezuela in Cucuta, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

Adding pressure

On Friday, Washington added to the political pressure on Maduro by sanctioning the head of Venezuela’s oil company as well as top intelligence officials.

Earlier Friday, Guiado’s representatives collected aid pledges from many nations at a meeting of the Organization of American States in Washington, where 25 countries promised more than $100 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

“We came to ask for the solidarity of the governments of the world,” said Lester Toledo, coordinator for international help for Venezuela. “We appreciate the diplomatic gestures. We appreciate the letters and the recognition of President Guaidó. But we ask for help, to make the humanitarian aid a reality. That all donations can let us purchase medical supplies that we really need.”

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If the aid does arrive in Venezuela, organizations like the Red Cross will help distribute the supplies with “neutral and independent” conditions, Mario Villarroel, president of Venezuela’s Red Cross, said. Pixabay

Distributing the aid

U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States Carlos Trujillo said Guaidó has a plan.

“I believe that President Guaidó has done everything possible to make Maduro accept the humanitarian aid. Maduro has no argument, the person sitting in power doesn’t let the humanitarian aid reach his people who are dying of hunger,” Trujillo said.

Guaido said the aid will be brought into Venezuela Feb. 23.

Maduro, however, said the aid will not be brought into his nation, and he blames U.S. economic sanctions for Venezuela’s problems.

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“They’re putting pressure on Venezuela’s banks, which are in charge of purchasing and bringing the food and supplies. The White House is pressuring so that none of our bank accounts work. They have frozen billions of dollars that could otherwise buy food and medicine,” he claimed.

If the aid does arrive in Venezuela, organizations like the Red Cross will help distribute the supplies with “neutral and independent” conditions, Mario Villarroel, president of Venezuela’s Red Cross, said.

“We have the necessary experience, we know it is a very complex issue, but we will do our best to coordinate the distribution and organization of this humanitarian aid,” he said. (VOA)