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The big news: Pakistan to review ICJ’s authority in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case, and nine top stories

Other headlines: The Met Department predicted 100% rainfall this monsoon, and the Army said it will punish the killers of soldier Ummer Fayaz.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Pakistan to review international court’s authority to stay Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution: Islamabad had earlier accused New Delhi of resorting to diversionary tactics with its appeal to the ICJ.
  2. ‘Normal monsoon’ with 100% rainfall in India this year, says Met Department: The forecast is based on the declining likelihood of the El Nino phenomenon affecting the country’s weather patterns, officials said.
  3. Suspected militants abduct, kill lieutenant-rank Army officer in Kashmir’s Shopian: Ummer Fayaz of Kulgam had gone to attend a relative’s wedding when he was killed.
  4. Twenty-four rioters arrested after caste violence in Saharanpur, two policemen transferred: The district magistrate has convened a meeting between local Dalit and Thakur leaders to restore peace in the region.  
  5. Sensex and Nifty hit new record highs after Met Department predicts ‘normal’ monsoon: The BSE index closed 315 points up at 30,248, while the NSE bourse ended 90.45 higher to settle at 9,407 for the first time.  
  6. Shashank Manohar to continue as chairman of International Cricket Council till June 2018: Members of the board persuaded the 59-year-old to continue his work on the reforms he had introduced.
  7. Apple becomes first US company to cross $800-billion mark in market value: Investors helped the company’s stock rise by 1%.  
  8. Turkey warns the US of ‘consequences’ after its decision to arm Kurdish forces in Syria: Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Washington would have to choose between their strategic ties and a militant outfit if it did not revoke the order.
  9. Digvijaya Singh claims ‘sources’ told him about Telangana Police creating fake Islamic State website: The Congress leader said officials in the Home Ministry and the police department had apprised him about the alleged plot to trap Muslim youth.
  10. Brazilian death metal bands detained at Dhaka airport, their concert cancelled: Several online platforms have claimed that Krisiun and NervoChaos were not allowed to perform because of their allegedly blasphemous content.  
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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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