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The big news: Modi lauds Make in India vision as he flags off Kochi metro, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The police confirmed that top LeT commander Junaid Mattoo had been killed, and the media manager of GJM was arrested in Darjeeling.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Modi inaugurates Kochi metro rail service, says coaches reflect ‘Make in India’ vision: The prime minister took a ride from Palarivattom to Pathadippalam before the ceremony at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium.  
  2. Top LeT commander killed in encounter in Anantnag, say police: The security forces also found three weapons and six magazines from the suspected militants.
  3. Centre will take decision on sending more forces to Darjeeling after Bengal government submits report: The police on Friday night arrested the media manager of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation.  
  4. At least three injured, seven missing as US Navy ship collides with merchant vessel off Japan coast: The ship got flooded because of the collision but it is not likely to sink, said the Japanese Coast Guard.  
  5. Infosys president and US operation head Sandeep Dadlani resigns: While Karmesh Vaswani will replace him as global head of retail, CPG and logistics, Nitesh Banga has been appointed as the global head of manufacturing.  
  6. Man killed after he objects to officials photographing women defecating in the open: The policy of naming and shaming people for open defecation was introduced by the Rajasthan government last year as part of the Swachh Bharat mission.  
  7. BPCL cancels Tej Pratap Yadav’s petrol pump licence over forgery allegations: The company had issued a notice to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son on May 31, and gave him 15 days to explain how he had got the licence.  
  8. Oscar-winning ‘Rocky’ director John G Avildsen dies at 81: With films like ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Rocky’, Avildsen had earned a reputation for making movies about underdogs.  
  9. Petrol bomb hurled at CPI(M) district office in Coimbatore, no injuries reported: A car parked at the spot was partially damaged.  
  10. Elon Musk shares his plan to make humans a multi-planetary species: The SpaceX chief ruled out moving the moon because it is too small, and Venus too, as it was ‘not at all like the goddess’.  
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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.

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.