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The big news: Heavy rain forces Mumbai airport to shut main runway, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Madras High Court extended its stay on a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, and a strong quake in Mexico killed at least 217 people.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. 56 flights diverted as Mumbai airport shuts main runway: The civic body clarified that the Met Department had not issued any cyclone warning.
  2. Madras High Court extends stay on floor test in Tamil Nadu Assembly: TTV Dinakaran’s lawyer said Speaker P Dhanpal had misused the anti-defection law to disqualify the 18 MLAs who supported the ousted leader.
  3. At least 217 dead as massive earthquake hits central Mexico: President Enrique Peña Nieto said more than 20 children had died after a three-storey school building crumbled in Mexico City.
  4. Rs 389-crore dam in Bihar collapses a day before Nitish Kumar was meant to inaugurate it: Nearby areas were flooded, and several incidents of water-logging were reported. 
  5. Delhi High Court invites suggestions on whether media should be allowed to live report proceedings: In a notice, it has included 13 questions on a number of subjects – from media accreditation to penalising court reporters. 
  6. MS Dhoni nominated by BCCI for India’s third-highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan: If selected, the 36-year-old will become the 11th Indian cricketer to receive the honour. 
  7. India won the moral battle when Pakistan refused to acknowledge surgical strikes, says ex-Army commander: Days ahead of the one-year mark of the mission, Lieutenant General DS Hooda said the Army was prepared to carry out another such operation again.   
  8. Punjab and Haryana High Court rejects anticipatory bail pleas of Ryan International school owners: The Haryana government has asked the Centre to have the CBI investigate the Class 2 student’s killing.
  9. Former headmaster in Tamil Nadu sentenced to 55 years in jail for sexually abusing 22 schoolgirls: The Madurai District Court also fined S Arockiasamy Rs 12 lakh, which will be distributed among the students.
  10. Eighteen McDonald’s outlets in Delhi resume operations: Forty-three outlets of the fast food chain in the city were shut since June because their licences were not renewed. 
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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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