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Today: Friday 6th April

Eight police officers have now been suspended as Scotland Yard deals with fresh claims of racism. The big teaching unions are holding their annual conferences this weekend, with possible industrial action over pay and pensions on the agenda. Now the candidates for mayor of London have done it, Should all politicians be forced to reveal how much they earn? And Evan has discovering the joys of urban angling.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .


Carl Elsener Jr is the chief executive of Victorinox, the company founded by his grandfather in 1884. It makes 35,000 Swiss Army knives each day but has also branched out into producing luggage and clothing and has never sacked an employee for economic reasons. He told the Today programme's business presenter Simon Jack about how the company got its name, the impact of 9/11 and the power of the Swiss Army brand.

The London Mayoral candidates have released details of their earnings and the tax they paid on it in the last few years. It follows a very bitter row between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone over who was avoiding tax. It will put pressure on other politicians to come clear about their tax arrangements. Tony Travers, a local government expert at the LSE, reflects on the campaign so far.

A lot has been written about the Arab Spring in the last year - there is a lot to digest after all. A new book comes from one of the most influential Islamic scholars in the west. Tariq Ramadan's book is called The Arab Awakening - Islam and the New Middle East. Mr Ramadan explains his message is that the Arab world has to relinquish its victim status and solve its home-grown problems.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The world's most effective anti-malarial drug Artemisinin is losing its power.

Research published in the Lancet today shows that resistance to it has spread from western Cambodia across to the border between Thailand and Burma. Malaria killed 650,000 people - mainly children - in 2010 - according to the World Health Organisation. It had been hoped to stop its spread by 2015 but that will not be possible if resistance spreads. Dr Jimmy Whitworth is from the Wellcome Trust, which funded the research published today.


Burma's elections last weekend have focused world attention on the country's political system but what about everyday life there?

Have the democratic reforms that have swept this member of former President Bush's so called "axis of evil" been matched by economic and social ones? Our correspondent, Mike Thomson, who has just returned from the country, has the latest in his series of reports.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Bosnian civil war. It was 6 April 1992 that the former Yugoslavian state was thrust into a conflict that killed a 100,000 people and saw some of the worst atrocities in Europe since the Second World War. Bosnia's foreign minister Zlatko Lagumdzija shares his memories.

The paper review.

The word "surfing" captures images of a slow rolling blue breaker crashing across a sun drenched beach in Hawaii or California, perhaps with a soundtrack by the Beach Boys. Well think again. It may not be out national sport - something to do with the icy grey Atlantic - but we have been doing it long enough to fill a museum with vintage kit and memorabilia. Britain's first Museum of Surfing opens today at Braunton in north Devon and our reporter Tom Feilden is there.

Thought for the Day for Good Friday with The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.


Eight Metropolitan Police officers and another member of staff have been suspended while the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigates complaints of racism against the force. Another 12 officers are also being investigated. Dr Richard Stone, who was a member of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry has penned an open letter to the Met Police chief commissioner, calling on him to show leadership and suggesting that that is what has been missing all along. Dr Stone and Superintendent Leroy Logan, the founder and past chair of the Black Police Federation, outline their views.

The government wants to make it easier for head teachers in England to get rid of any bad teachers in their schools. At the moment the whole process can take up to a year, by the time a formal warning is given and then the teacher's performance is monitored and reviewed. The government wants to cut that to just a term. But teaching unions say that is unfair. They say the government is attacking every aspect of a teacher's life from pay and pensions to working conditions. Two of the biggest unions are threatening more strikes as a result. The BBC's Gillian Hargreaves reports and the TUC's Christine Blower debates the plan with education blogger Sarah Ebner.


A pleasant bank holiday: what better to do than go fishing? A new book explains why fishing is becoming a more accessible hobby, as our urban rivers are getting cleaner and sustaining fish, so the sport is right there for city dwellers who may not realise it. The book is called Trout in Dirty Places. The book's author, Theo Pike, and a friend of his took took Evan Davis to one of those places to witness the joys of urban angling.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Twenty years ago today war broke out in Europe - the small state of Bosnia fell apart as religious and ethnic divisions erupted. Our correspondent Allan Little covered the war for the BBC. He reflects on some of his personal, and painful, memories of that time. And Svetlana Cenic, who used to be the minister of finance in the Serb half of Bosnia and Haris Pasovic, a theatre director in Sarajevo who is organising a memorial ceremony today, remember the conflict.

Business news with Simon Jack.


The man who became known as The Father of Loud died yesterday in London. Jim Marshall came up with the Marshall amplifier that defined the sound of many rock musicians from Jimi Hendrix to Guns and Roses. One big Jim Marshall fan is Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr Burns on The Simpsons and co-creator of Spinal Tap, and he pays his own tribute.

We heard earlier about how the world's most effective anti-malarial drug appears to be losing its power. A new drug-resistant form of the parasite has appeared on the border between Thailand and Burma. The spread and control of the disease has had a profound effect on the rise and fall of states throughout history. That's the thinking of Fiammetta Rocco, books and arts editor at the economist and the author of Quinine: Malaria and the quest for a cure that changed the world. She joins us, together with Charlotte Roberts, professor of archaeology at Durham University.

Over the last two weeks of political farce over pasties and jerry cans, how many times have you heard people say "It's like something out of Yes Minister"? Well, there is an issue that recent events raise about the civil service. Have the Sir Humphreys landed the government in it? One of the creators of Yes Minister, Sir Anthony Jay, and Whitehall watcher and Telegraph columnist Sue Cameron debate.


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