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The big news: More than 70 dead in suicide blast in Pakistan shrine, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Trump will sign a new order on an immigration ban soon, and Mylapore MLA R Nataraj said he will vote against Palanisamy in the TN floor test.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. More than 70 people dead in blast at Sindh’s Lal Shahbaz shrine: At least 300 were injured in the explosion that occurred at a place where a Sufi ritual was being held after evening prayers.
  2. Donald Trump to replace suspended immigration ban with new executive order: The US administration wants the appeals court to pause the legal fight in the matter, after it refused to reinstate the restriction last week.
  3. Mylapore MLA R Nataraj says he will vote against Tamil Nadu CM Palanisamy in the floor test: The AIADMK leader said his vote would reflect ‘the will of the people’.
  4. Jodhpur: University professor suspended for inviting JNU’s Nivedita Menon to a conference: Rajshri Ranawat had an inquiry instituted against her the day after the event was held.
  5. The Indian government is trying to sabotage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, says Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said his country was the biggest victim of terrorism.
  6. Google, Yahoo, Bing must set up in-house tool to filter content on pre-natal sex determination, rules SC: The Supreme Court reiterated its order directing the search engines to identify and remove ads and information that violate the PCPNDT Act.
  7. Nagaland’s ruling party MLAs bow to pressure from protesting tribal groups, want CM removed: As many as 42 legislators of the 60-member Assembly have reportedly signed a memorandum recommending Shurhozelie Liezietsu’s name for the top post.
  8. A 7-year-old girl wrote to Google asking for a job and received a reply from Sundar Pichai himself: Chloe Bridgewater was inspired after seeing pictures of the tech giant’s office in Silicon Valley, which had slides, beanbags and go-karts.
  9. Mastermind Tariq Ahmed Dar sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 Delhi serial blasts: The Patiala House Court acquitted the two other accused in the case – Mohammed Hussain Fazili and Mohammed Rafiq Shah – of all charges.
  10. MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup is India’s new High Commissioner to Canada: The diplomat is expected to assume office soon, a statement said.
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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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