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The big news: CRPF says it won’t stop using pellet guns in Kashmir, and nine other top stories

At least 19 people were killed in a home for the disabled in Japan, and Sheena Bora murder accused Sanjeev Khanna was not present at the crime scene.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. CRPF won’t give up pellet guns in Kashmir, says it’s the ‘least lethal’ option: The director general of the force said they only use them in 'extreme situations', when crowds get out of control and the life of jawans is at risk.
  2. At least 19 people killed in Japan in a knife attack at a medical centre for the disabled: The attacker is believed to have said that he wanted the people with disabilities to disappear.
  3. Sanjeev Khanna was not present at the crime scene when Sheena Bora was murdered, says his lawyer: The Kolkata businessman's attorney pointed out a disparity in the information provided by the CBI, which puts Khanna in two different places at the same time.
  4. Former ASI official who found supposed temple remains in Ayodhya appointed head of National Museum: Buddha Rashmi Mani’s team had in 2003, put out a report saying they had found a 10th century temple while excavating the site where the Babri Masjid once stood.
  5. Citing female foeticide and infanticide, Centre says relaxation of abortion laws might be misused: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, with the 2002 amendment, is equipped to handle emergent pregnancy situations.
  6. India makes Pakistan 'no school-going mission', asks diplomats to withdraw children from schools: Till further notice, the Ministry of External Affairs advised its high commission staff to make other arrangements for their wards' education outside Islamabad.
  7. US telecom giant Verizon confirms $4.8-billion deal to buy Yahoo’s internet business: The company is expected to combine Yahoo's operations with that of AOL – another once-popular internet firm it owns.
  8. I resigned from the Rajya Sabha as I was asked to stay away from Punjab, says Navjot Singh Sidhu: The 53-year-old said no political party is above the state for him, but did not mention his plans for the future.
  9. At least two killed, 17 injured in a shooting at a Florida nightclub: Club Blu Bar and Grill in Fort Meyers was hosting a 'teen night' when the incident took place. One suspect has reportedly been detained.
  10. Ansbach blast: Bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State group in a video: A security official said they found a clip on phone belonging to the Syrian man, who was supposed to be deported after his request seeking asylum was rejected.
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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.

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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.

Livogen is proud to have supported Vikas Dimri on his ambitious quest and salutes his spirit. To read more about the benefits of iron, see here. To read Vikas Dimri’s account of his expedition, click here.

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