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The big news: Those without Aadhaar cards need not get one for I-T returns, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Brazilian President Michel Temer was acquitted of corruption, and Donald Trump said he was willing to testify against James Comey.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Supreme Court: Government cannot force Aadhaar for I-T returns until privacy question settled: The government’s provision, now stayed by the court, would have made PAN cards invalid if they were not linked to Aadhaar.
  2. Donald Trump says he is ‘100% willing’ to testify under oath and prove that James Comey lied: Trump said his team was ‘very, very happy’ with Comey’s testimony.
  3. Court acquits Brazilian President Michel Temer in corruption case: The bench voted four-to-three in favour of keeping him in his job.
  4. NSCN(K) chief SS Khaplang dies after suffering a diabetic stroke in Myanmar: Reports said he died at 8.05 pm at Taga in the country’s Sagaing division.
  5. United Kingdom: Theresa May says she will form government with allies in Democratic Unionist Party: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who won his seat in Islington North, said it was time to make way for a government that truly represented the people.
  6. Need to fight terrorism, address climate change, increase connectivity, PM Modi says at SCO summit: Chinese President Xi Jinping met Modi on the sidelines of the summit and told him that the two countries should work to ‘appropriately’ manage their differences.
  7. Mandsaur: Farmer dies, villagers say he was beaten up by the police: Following the violence that led to the death of five protesting farmers, officials said they were investigating the cause of the 26-year-old’s demise.
  8. GJM bandh in Darjeeling illegal, will take action against those committing arson: Mamata Banerjee: Banerjee was seen walking on the streets in Darjeeling on Friday morning and asking shop owners who had shut their establishments to reopen them.
  9. Kashmir: Five suspected militants gunned down in infiltration bid at Uri: The administration imposed restrictions on daily life in several parts of the valley to counter Separatists’ plans to protest against the death of a civilian.
  10. Islamic State claims killing of two Chinese nationals in Balochistan, China stands by ally Pakistan: Security concerns over its economic corridor passing through Pakistan were played down by China even after the incident.
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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.