Theresa May is to step down as leader of the governing Conservative Party on June the 7th, after she found it impossible to win enough support among members of Parliament for her EU withdrawal deal. So, what happens now? Adam Bienknov is the political editor of Business Insider. Voting in India's month-long elections ended earlier this week and on Thursday the BJP’s Narendra Modi was, once again, victorious. The BBC’s Sameer Hashmi reports on the cost of election campaigns. Also we hear from the US senator trying to persuade American companies to reduce their reliance on China. And we'll ask whether companies should turn up the office thermostat to get more from their female workers. Plus we're joined throughout the programme by two guests on opposite sides of the world; in Washington DC, Alexis Goldstein, an activist and financial reform advocate and in Auckland, we have Colin Peacock, a presenter on Radio New Zealand.
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Narendra Modi thanks Indians for "historic mandate"
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of India, after a landslide victory in the general election. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 303 of the 543 seats in parliament.
Our presenter Fergus Nicoll presents live from Mumbai. We hear from voters in Mr Modi’s constituency at Varanasi on the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh. Professor VN Mishra tells us what needs to be done to clean up the river and modernise an outdated sewerage system.
Rahul Tandon updates us with the latest reaction from Kolkatta, also we hear from Shubhada Rao, Chief Economist at YES Bank in Mumbai about short-term objectives for Mr Modi's government.
Stephen Ryan reports on the great strain to families of workers who have concluded that their best prospects lie abroad, most often in the Gulf.
Fergus Nicoll, in conversation with Sushma Ramachandran, former Business Editor at The Hindu in Delhi, and Aparna Pande, Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC.
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British Steel collapses
British Steel has been placed in compulsory liquidation, putting 5,000 jobs at risk and endangering 20,000 in the supply chain. We focus on the role and nature of the company behind British Steel -- a private venture investor called Greybull Capital.
500 million voters in the European Union’s 28 member states are heading to the polls. Between them they have to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament. We know economics and jobs always matter in elections. And what a contrast there is across the continent. Our Economics Correspondent Andrew Walker is just back from visiting Italy – one of the employment black spots -- but first he was in the Netherlands, which has full employment.
The global internet giant Amazon has just won a first round in what's turning out to be a battle over the ethics of selling facial recognition technology to national governments. Within the last few hours, Amazon shareholders have voted down a proposal to stop selling the company's proprietary Rekognition software to governments until it had reviewed whether it posed a threat to civil and human rights.
So what is this technology all about? We talk to Liz O'Sullivan who used to design this kind of software, but now campaigns against its use.
And as electric transportation begins to catch on, we look at the infrastructure required.
Presenter Nigel Cassidy is joined by Mike Bird in Hong Kong and Ralph Silva in Toronto.
PHOTO: British Steel, copyright: Reuters
Huawei accuses the US of bullying
Last week the US added Huawei to a list of companies that American firms cannot trade with unless they have a licence. Tech analyst Larry Magid talks about the dangerous of separate "technological eco-systems."
In just a few days, we’ll find out who will take over India’s new parliament. Roughly 900 million eligible voters have cast their ballots, some of them from its vast diaspora community. It’s an influential group who has the highest rate of remittance in the world -- injecting almost $80 billion back into its economy. But without a proxy voting system in place, they had to return to their home states to fulfil their civic duties. BBC's Monica Miller reports.
Japan’s foreign minister has said the country will start insisting that non-Japanese speakers follow their custom in naming, ie: family name first, as is common in China.
Social isolation is a growing problem in our tech-heavy world. And some politicians are beginning to try to find ways to tackle it, especially amongst older people who are not comfortable with dealing with machines as opposed to humans. We hear more from Kim Samuel of the Samuel Centre For Social Connectedness and Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University in Canada.
Presenter Roger Hearing is joined throughout the programme by Diane Brady and Simon Littlewood
Education looms large in Indian Election
Anu Anand is in New Delhi to explore some of the issues shaping India's 2019 election. Anu will be joined by Kiran Bhatty, a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research, and Prashant Nanda who covers education at the Mint financial newspaper. Through the show we'll hear about how education as an issue is playing into this election - with 600 million Indians under the age of 25. We'll hear of the pressures put on young students to succeed, sometimes with tragic results. And also, a big push to bring more women into the workforce, with dedicated vocational training centres providing support for women and families.
(Picture: an election roadshow, in Chhatarpur on May 9, 2019 in New Delhi, India. Picture credit: Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)