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The big news: Renaming parts of Arunachal ‘our lawful right’, says China, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: BJP swept the Latur Municipal Corporation polls, and Ram Vilas Paswan said service charge in restaurants is totally voluntary.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Renaming parts of Arunachal Pradesh is our ‘lawful right’, says China: A section of the state-run Chinese media also warned India against what it described as ‘playing the Dalai Lama card’.
  2. Congress loses its stronghold Latur to BJP: While BJP retained the Chandrapur Municipal Corporation, Congress looked likely to win the Parbhani civic polls.
  3. Service charge at restaurants is totally voluntary, Centre has approved guidelines: Ram Vilas Paswan: The Union minister said the instructions would soon be forwarded to state governments for ‘necessary action at their ends’.
  4. How can you make Aadhaar mandatory when we said it was optional, Supreme Court asks Centre: The bench questioned whether making the unique ID number compulsory was the only way to tackle PAN card fraud.
  5. At least 14 killed in Madhya Pradesh kerosene distribution centre fire: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan announced monetary relief of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for those injured.
  6. You may soon get petrol and diesel delivered at home, says Centre: The move is aimed at reducing long queues at fuel pumps in the country, the petroleum ministry said on Twitter.
  7. Delhi court hands seven-year jail term to two Islamic State recruiters: The two men had also confessed to raising funds for the terrorist outfit.
  8. AIADMK name, two-leaves symbol will remain frozen till June 16, says Election Commission: The poll monitor asked the two warring factions of the party to iron out their differences.
  9. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 might be located north of the search zone, say reports: The aircraft went missing on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
  10. At least 20 dead as truck loses control, runs over people in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district: The incident took place outside a police station in Yerpedu on Friday afternoon.
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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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