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The big news: Indian Army soldier killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Spain’s Garbine Muguruza won her first Wimbledon title, and a jail official claimed video of special treatment given to Sasikala was destroyed.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir: Suspected militants also hurled a grenade at state police and the Central Reserve Police Force’s patrol party in Kulgam’s Laroo district.
  2. Garbine Muguruza beats Venus Williams to win her first Wimbledon: The Spaniard beat Williams 7-5, 6-0.
  3. Video of special treatment given to Sasikala in jail was destroyed, claims Bengaluru jail official: D Roopa said she was being targeted for her report, which had revealed that some prisoners were being given many privileges in the prison.
  4. Tejashwi Yadav skips government event amid growing RJD-JD(U) rift: He was supposed to share the stage with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
  5. Case filed against former Kerala DGP TP Senkumar for making anti-minority comments: Senkumar had said the rising birthrate among Muslims in Kerala would alter the state’s demographics, in an interview to an online publication.
  6. Accused in 2008 BMW hit-and-run case in Delhi gets two years in prison: Utsav Bhasin was also asked to pay Rs 10 lakh to the deceased’s family and Rs 2 lakh to the injured.
  7. Trade deficit widens to $12.95 billion, almost $5 billion more than last year: Exports grew 4.39% to $23.5 billion, while imports rose faster, at 19%, to $36.5 billion.
  8. Donald Trump wants Mexico border wall to be made of glass so people aren’t hit on the head by drugs: Trump’s statement made news hours later, when journalists realised he was serious and wanted it reported.
  9. Opposition’s vice-presidential pick Gopalkrishna Gandhi reaches out to both AIADMK factions: He also met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M Karunanidhi and thanked him for his support.
  10. Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Fields Medal in mathematics, dies of cancer: The Iranian had breast cancer.
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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.

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