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The big news: PM Modi says GST revision is like an early Diwali, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: ‘Stop Adani’ protests were held across Australia to oppose a coal mine project, and a woman was gangraped in Uttar Pradesh.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Diwali has come early with GST relief, PM Modi says during visit to poll-bound Gujarat: Several small and medium enterprises and exporters had approached the council with the issues they faced, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. 
  2. ‘Stop Adani’ protests held across Australia to oppose Carmichael coal mine project: Protestors formed human signs that said ‘#STOP ADANI’ at beaches and prominent locations across the country. 
  3. Four men allegedly gangrape woman in front of her husband in Muzaffarnagar: The men held a knife to the couple’s son’s throat and then raped the woman.
  4. BSF says it has launched a campaign against ‘criminal gangs’ that help Rohingya enter India: BSF Director General KK Sharma said that more security personnel and surveillance gadgets had been deployed at 140 points along the Indo-Bangladesh border.
  5. Honeypreet Insan paid Dera followers to incite violence in Panchkula, say police: Dera men planned to help Ram Rahim Singh escape while he was being taken to jail, Panchkula Police Commissioner AS Chawla said.   
  6. Dalit teenager staged attack on himself to get publicity, say Gujarat police: The forensic team found no blade at the spot of the alleged attack, and the investigators could not trace the accused or the vehicle, police said.   
  7. ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director Kundan Shah dies of heart attack in Mumbai: He was among the directors who announced they were returning their National Awards to the Centre as part of a protest against growing intolerance.
  8. Family of four, security guard found stabbed to death in Delhi’s Shahdara: The police have formed several teams to identify the suspects, but are yet to make any progress.
  9. Spanish government apologises to Catalans injured during referendum: The separatists are working on a unilateral declaration of independence from the country, which may be adopted in defiance of a top court order next week.   
  10. Major fire breaks out on Butcher Island near Mumbai, no casualties reported: The firefighting operation is still underway.   
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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.