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The big news: PM Narendra Modi repeats warning against cow-related violence, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Sixteen Amarnath Yatra pilgrims died in a road accident, and Pakistan’s military court denied Kulbhushan Jadhav’s clemency appeal.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. PM asks states to punish cow vigilantes who use violence: The prime minister thanked political parties for their cooperation during the Goods and Services Tax rollout.  
  2. Sixteen dead after bus carrying Amarnath Yatra pilgrims falls into a gorge: The accident, which happened near Banihal, also caused injuries to 19 passengers.
  3. Kulbhushan Jadhav’s clemency appeal denied, says Pakistan Army: Islamabad’s chief of army staff take a decision on the imprisoned Indian naval officer’s appeal, a statement said.  
  4. Constitution under siege, Meira Kumar as President will steer us through this crisis, says Sonia Gandhi: The Congress President appealed to the Opposition not to let India become hostage to those who wish to ‘impose upon it a narrow minded, divisive vision’.     
  5. Naveen Patnaik asks Indian Army and IAF to rescue people stranded in Odisha floods: The state Disaster Rapid Action Force, Central Reserve Police Force and fire services units were sent to expedite rescue operations.   
  6. Hizbul Mujahideen recruitment module busted in Baramulla, say security forces: Three accused were arrested and arms, ammunition and Rs 1 lakh in cash was confiscated from the site.   
  7. ‘I will die, but Gorkhaland must be achieved’, says GJM chief Bimal Gurung: He said there will be more bloodshed and that the fight was just beginning.
  8. Delhi Police detain protesting Tamil Nadu farmers near PM Narendra Modi’s official residence: Around 70 protestors were taken to Parliament Street police station.
  9. Prohibitory orders imposed in Mangaluru following communal tension: Police asked the head of a local mutt to appear for questioning after he claimed he had ‘vital leads’ in the murder of an RSS worker in Bantwal.   
  10. Indians missing in Iraq since 2014 are probably in a jail in Badush, says Sushma Swaraj: The External Affairs Minister added that Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari would be visiting India on July 24 and will provide more information.  
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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.

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