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Today: Monday 23 February 2009

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The van manufacturer LDV is seeking an emergency loan from the government to see it through a "critical" situation. And it has been a hugely successful night for British talent at the Oscars with Slumdog Millionaire winning eight academy awards and Kate Winslet winning her first for her role in The Reader.

Northern Rock will increase mortgage lending by up to 14bn over the next two years, the government has announced. This is the first in a series of government measures to try to stimulate the economy. Business editor Robert Peston discusses the conservative nature of these new strategies.

Slumdog Millionaire has swept the board at this year's Oscars, winning best picture and seven further awards. Entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson runs us through this year's winners.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove

The results of Lord Archer of Sandwell's independent public inquiry into the transfusions of contaminated blood for haemophilia patients is to be published. Former haemophilia patient Haydn Lewis and Dr Mark Winter, director of the Haemophilia Centre, discuss calls for greater compensation.

The UK recession is now affecting most sectors of the economy and all regions of the country. Over the next 12 months, the Today programme will be following four people who have been made redundant. Reporter Sanchia Berg met Alison Hindmarsh, who worked for 16 years at Woolworths' main distribution warehouse in Swindon.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government has announced plans to increase mortgage lending by up to 14bn at Northern Rock. This is their third major effort to try to stimulate the economy. Chancellor Alistair Darling explains how the government plans to maximise the bank's capacity for lending.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Reverend Joel Edwards, the international director of Micah Challenge.

Amnesty has published a report finding Israel guilty of war crimes during its invasion of Gaza in December and January. The report calls for a comprehensive arms embargo to be placed on Israel, Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups. Gaza correspondent Aleem Maqbool talks to those injured during the conflict and Israeli government spokesmen Mark Regev discusses the use of weapons in civilian areas.

The auto company LDV Vans has confirmed reports that it asked the government for financial help in the form of bridging loans while it prepares for a management buy-out. The management buy-out of the firm aims to create the first big producer of electric vans in the UK. Erik Eberhardson, chairman of LDV's parent company GAZ, and shadow chancellor George Osborne discuss the government's plans.

Success for Slumdog Millionaire and Kate Winslet combined to make it a good night for British talent at the Oscars. Kate Winslet won best actress and Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars including best film. Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones is in Los Angeles to talks about this year's results.

Sports news with Garry Richardson

The idea that we can save the planet by reducing carbon emissions is nothing but a sales pitch, a new book on climate change warns. Author James Lovelock discusses how we should focus on saving the human race and leave the planet to look after itself.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove

Bernie Madoff and Allan Stanford were far from the first prominent businessmen to be linked to a massive fraud. A new book tells the story of Ivar Kreuger's plot to monopolize the matchstick industry into a worldwide lending and financial powerhouse, until his scheme collapsed in the great depression of the 1930s. The author, professor Frank Partnoy, discusses one of the greatest swindlers of all time.

The British film Slumdog Millionaire has won eight Oscars, the highest number for any film this year, including best director and best motion picture. Writer Simon Beaufoy who won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay talks about what winning has meant to him.

Two-thirds of the UK support a return to compulsory National Service for young people, a poll for the magazine Prospect reports. Deputy editor of the magazine James Crabtree and NUS President Wesley Streeting discus whether a civic service scheme could be a positive legacy of the recession.

Seventy-five years ago a group of concerned citizens wrote a letter to the Manchester Guardian announcing the formation of the National Council for Civil Liberties, which since became the organisation Liberty. Former Home Secretary David Blunkett and former shadow Home Secretary David Davis discuss the impact the organisation has had.


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