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The big news: CBI makes first arrest in Narendra Dabholkar murder, and nine other top stories

Parties scramble to stack up numbers ahead of Rajya Sabha polls today, and kidney racket kingpin says 20 illegal surgeries done at Apollo in the last 18 months.

A look at the biggest stories right now:

1. CBI arrest Sanatan Sanstha member in connection with rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s murder: Virendra Tawde, the prime suspect, was nabbed in Navi Mumbai late on Friday.

2. Polls for twenty-seven Rajya Sabha seats across seven states will be held today: Thirty seats have been decided without a contest.

3. Kidney racket kingpin says they organised 20 illegal surgeries at Apollo Hospital in the last 18 months: T Rajkumar Rao was sent to police custody for four days on Thursday after reaching Delhi.

4. Indian woman abducted in Kabul, Centre trying to secure her release: The woman was identified as Judith D'Souza, a resident of Kolkata, who was working with an NGO in the Afghanistan city.

5. Industrial output drops for month of April, according to IIP data released: According to the numbers, factory output in the country shrank by 0.8%, after a 2% jump in March.

6. Two die in accident on board INS Vikramaditya: Four people repairing the sewage treatment unit reportedly inhaled toxic fumes.

7. Centre asks panel to shortlist RBI Governor candidates: The selection committee will be headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.

8. Counter-terrorism officers were in Pakistan during 26/11 attacks, says former MHA officer: RVS Mani alleged that decisions were delayed during the attack because top officials were in Pakistan.

9. ‘Adult with Caution’ rating for films with excessive mature content, suggests Shyam Bengal-led panel: The committee set up to revamp the censor board has submitted an interim report with recommendations to the Centre.

10. WhatsApp will now let users quote messages: The update has been introduced for Android beta testers for now but will soon be available to Android and iOS users.
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Following a mountaineer as he reaches the summit of Mount Everest

Accounts from Vikas Dimri’s second attempt reveal the immense fortitude and strength needed to summit the Everest.

Vikas Dimri made a huge attempt last year to climb the Mount Everest. Fate had other plans. Thwarted by unfavourable weather at the last minute, he came so close and yet not close enough to say he was at the top. But that did not deter him. Vikas is back on the Everest trail now, and this time he’s sharing his experiences at every leg of the journey.

The Everest journey began from the Lukla airport, known for its dicey landing conditions. It reminded him of the failed expedition, but he still moved on to Namche Bazaar - the staging point for Everest expeditions - with a positive mind. Vikas let the wisdom of the mountains guide him as he battled doubt and memories of the previous expedition. In his words, the Everest taught him that, “To conquer our personal Everest, we need to drop all our unnecessary baggage, be it physical or mental or even emotional”.

Vikas used a ‘descent for ascent’ approach to acclimatise. In this approach, mountaineers gain altitude during the day, but descend to catch some sleep. Acclimatising to such high altitudes is crucial as the lack of adequate oxygen can cause dizziness, nausea, headache and even muscle death. As Vikas prepared to scale the riskiest part of the climb - the unstable and continuously melting Khumbhu ice fall - he pondered over his journey so far.

His brother’s diagnosis of a heart condition in his youth was a wakeup call for the rather sedentary Vikas, and that is when he started focusing on his health more. For the first time in his life, he began to appreciate the power of nutrition and experimented with different diets and supplements for their health benefits. His quest for better health also motivated him to take up hiking, marathon running, squash and, eventually, a summit of the Everest.

Back in the Himalayas, after a string of sleepless nights, Vikas and his team ascended to Camp 2 (6,500m) as planned, and then descended to Base Camp for the basic luxuries - hot shower, hot lunch and essential supplements. Back up at Camp 2, the weather played spoiler again as a jet stream - a fast-flowing, narrow air current - moved right over the mountain. Wisdom from the mountains helped Vikas maintain perspective as they were required to descend 15km to Pheriche Valley. He accepted that “strength lies not merely in chasing the big dream, but also in...accepting that things could go wrong.”

At Camp 4 (8,000m), famously known as the death zone, Vikas caught a clear glimpse of the summit – his dream standing rather tall in front of him.

It was the 18th of May 2018 and Vikas finally reached the top. The top of his Everest…the top of Mount Everest!

Watch the video below to see actual moments from Vikas’ climb.


Vikas credits his strength to dedication, exercise and a healthy diet. He credits dietary supplements for helping him sustain himself in the inhuman conditions on Mount Everest. On heights like these where the oxygen supply drops to 1/3rd the levels on the ground, the body requires 3 times the regular blood volume to pump the requisite amount of oxygen. He, thus, doesn’t embark on an expedition without double checking his supplements and uses Livogen as an aid to maintain adequate amounts of iron in his blood.

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