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Today: Wednesday 28th July

David Cameron and senior ministers have arrived in India with dozens of leading British businessmen at the start of a major trade visit. And US Senate hearings on whether BP oil deals influenced the release of the Lockerbie bomber have been postponed because key witnesses declined to take part.

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Business News with Lesley Curwen: Tata Motors' Ravi Kant and Saffron Chase's Vikas Pota analyse David Cameron's attempts to improve Anglo-Indian business relations. Scottish Widows' Richard Dunbar reviews the markets. And research fellow Simon Kirby examines the gloomy predictions for Britain's economy.

Researchers investigating Scotland's biting midges have found that the insects like to attack tall men and large women. Aberdeen University zoologist Dr Jenny Mordue describes the behaviour of the country's renowned pests.

The government has announced cuts to quangos in areas like business, health and the arts in an attempt to cut costs. Former senior civil servant at the Department of Constitutional Affairs, Sir Ian Magee, discusses whether the changes will result in savings.

Women are now being warned not to diet once they have conceived, but that they also should not "eat for two". Professor Mike Kelly, health director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, examines the fresh warnings about the rising number of women who are obese when pregnant.

A passenger aircraft, thought to be carrying more than 150 people, has crashed into the Margalla Hills near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports on the crash.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Economics editor Stephanie Flanders speaks to Chancellor George Osborne about his hopes for a new 'special relationship' between Britain and India.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Health experts have raised concerns about sweeping changes to the system used to classify mental illness. Til Wykes, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Kings College London, discusses the new definitions that are so broad that, in future, almost no one may qualify as "normal".

The paper review.

British orchestras are not doing enough to train the next generation of conductors, according to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Nick Logie, a viola player with the orchestra, describes how young conductors have few opportunities because orchestras are worried about negative media coverage.

Thought for the day with Reverend Angela Tilby.

A new report claims that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) could have responded more quickly and cost effectively to the large increase in care cases from local authorities following the Baby Peter tragedy. Cafcass's Anthony Douglas discusses the report from the National Audit Office.

Prime Minister David Cameron is in India, leading a 90-strong delegation for three days of summits to try to bolster Britain's relationship with the former "jewel in the crown" of the British Empire. Mr Cameron, currently in Bangalore, outlines his hopes for the new diplomatic initiative.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The thousands of military documents released by Wikileaks suggest many more civilians are being killed in Afghanistan than was previously understood. World Affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge reports on concerns about compensation for civilian deaths.

The shadow justice secretary Jack Straw says Labour MPs will vote against coalition proposals to reform the voting system, accusing the government of "gerrymandering" constituency boundaries. Mr Straw outlines his concerns.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

People should be given an annual statement of what they get back for their taxes, says a report on reforming the welfare state. Economist Bridget Rosewell, who chairs the 2020 Public Services Trust, explains why they are calling for this transparent system.

The BBC's Karen Allen reports on the case of Roy Bennett, a white Zimbabwean farmer-turner-MP, who has been acquitted of treason after criticising the Mugabe regime. She talks to Mr Bennett ahead of an appeal by the country's government which could see him retried.

For the past 13 years, Labour MPs have spent the summer trying to dethrone the prime minister. But now the government backbenches have something else to plot about - the coalition. Political writer Julia Langdon and the Guardian's Martin Kettle debate on whether it will be a political summer of love or hate.


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