An Indian-origin man has been killed in the UK by an unidentified person who attacked him with a baseball bat, Scotland Yard said as it offered a reward of 10,000 pounds for inputs leading to the accused`s arrest. Satnam Singh, 45, was walking with a friend in Hayes area of southwest London when a silver car stopped. A man got out of the car and attacked them with a baseball bat on March 6. Singh, a builder, was rushed to a hospital but his condition deteriorated and he died of the injuries on May 23. Sadly what was being treated as an attempted murder investigation is now a murder investigation. Satnam was viciously attacked nearly three months ago and had remained in hospital with his family hardly leaving his side. His loved ones have been left completely devastated by his death, said Detective Inspector Jon Meager, from the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the probe.

Indian-origin MP Alok Sharma was appointed minister of state in the Department for Communities and Local Government in the UK government. The Conservative party MP had held on to his Reading West seat by 2,876 votes in the June 8 general election. He is absolutely delighted to be elected as MP for a third time. The MP claims that over the past seven years, the big issues he has tackled include securing more spaces at schools, getting more business investment and securing more standard class seats on trains from Reading into Paddington. In his new ministerial post, Sharma will serve as a junior minister under Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid, who was re-appointed secretary of state for communities and local government last week. Earlier, Sharma had been parliamentary under-secretary for Asia and the Pacific in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and was effectively the FCO minister in charge of India.His latest appointment marks a step up in the UK ministerial ranks.

India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indian diaspora in Israel to visit India more often and announced plans to launch flight service to Tel Aviv from Delhi and Mumbai. He promised to ease the process of acquiring Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards by Israelis of Indian origin. People of Indian community who have done compulsory army service in Israel will be eligible for OCI cards. He also announced that an Indian Cultural Centre would be set up in Israel. Soon after ascending the dais at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, PM Modi touched upon the fact that this was the first ever visit by an Indian premier to the Jewish nation. Modi also said that India`s ties to Israel are about tradition, culture, mutual trust and friendship. Israel has shown that more than size, it is the spirit that matters, the Indian leader said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also joined PM Modi on-stage. Greeting the 6,000-strong audience with a “Namaste”, Netanyahu expressed his love and respect for the Indian community in Israel. In a firm endorsement of the deepening cooperation between India and Israel, Netanyahu said with PM Modi`s historic visit, the two leaders were building a future between the two democracies. There are 80,000 Jews of Indian-origin living in Israel.

India`s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York. The 1996 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer will replace Riva Ganguly Das as Consul General in one of the busiest Indian diplomatic missions overseas. Chakravorty (47) was India`s Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka, before being appointed as Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. He also served in India`s missions in Madrid and Bogota. In the Ministry of External Affairs of India, he served on several desks including working as Press Relations Officer and to the minister of state for external affairs.