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The big news: Former Coal Secretary HC Gupta convicted in coal scam case, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Rajinikath hinted at entry into Tamil politcs, and at least two people died after a bridge collapsed in Goa.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi court finds former coal secretary, joint secretary and others guilty in coal scam case: Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Ltd and its Managing Director PK Aluwalia were also found guilty of cheating and corruption charges.
  2. Toll in Goa bridge collapse rises to 2, many people still missing: Some people are feared to have been trapped under the collapsed portion of the bridge, said the police.
  3. Rajinikanth says system is corrupt, hints at entry into Tamil Nadu politics: While the actor praised politicians MK Stalin, Anbumani Ramadoss among others, he said he had ‘duties’ to fulfill.
  4. Zomato strikes deal with hackers, will introduce bug bounty program in return for stolen data: The firm said the hacker was ‘very cooperative’, and added the marketplace link that was being used to sell the data on the dark web was not available anymore.
  5. Two police officers suspended, one transferred for lapses in investigation into gangraoe of Dalit woman in Rohtak: The force has ordered departmental proceedings against the personnel for misconduct during the probe.
  6. Sushma Swaraj says ICJ order staying Kulbhushan Jadhav’s execution is a ‘great relief’: Pakistan said India tried to ‘hide its real face’ by taking the case to the UN court, and that it would present evidence against Jadhav at the Hague.
  7. GST announced, dal, milk, rice and other items to get cheaper: Cars, high-end motorcycles and cigarettes will get more expensive.
  8. Enforcement Directorate attaches Rs 100-crore Alibaug farmhouse ‘controlled by’ Vijay Mallya: The prime beach-side property is valued at over Rs 100 crore, the ED said in its notice.
  9. Farooq Abdullah calls for Governor’s rule in Kashmir after Mehbooba Mufti meets Arun Jaitley: The National Conference president said the government had failed and that replacing the chief minister would not help either.
  10. Facebook fined €110 million for ‘misleading’ the EU on using user data from WhatsApp: When the two companies merged, Facebook had claimed it would not match people with their accounts on both platforms, but later did so anyway.
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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.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Livogen and not by the Scroll editorial team.