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The big news: Talwars to go free as High Court overturns earlier verdict, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Himachal Pradesh elections will be held on November 9, and a report has showed India is faring worse than earlier in tackling hunger.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Allahabad High Court acquits Talwars in Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: The judges pointed out loopholes in CBI investigation while pronouncing the verdict.
  2. Himachal Pradesh Assembly election to be held on November 9, Gujarat dates not yet announced: Counting for both the states’ polls will be held on December 18.
  3. India worse than Bangladesh, Nepal in tackling hunger, situation serious, says report: India, which was placed at 97th position in 2016, has now been ranked 100th out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index this year.
  4. Allow gay marriages, give couples police protection if needed, suggests draft Uniform Civil Code: The civil society proposal includes rules on marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance ‘in line with globally accepted values of human rights’.
  5. Supreme Court frames guidelines to designate lawyers as senior advocates: It decided that a special committee will interview candidates and put forward their choices based on various criteria.
  6. RSS says claims against Jay Shah should be investigated if there is ‘prima facie evidence’, say reports: An article had alleged that the revenues of a company, owned by Amit Shah’s son, had grown massively the year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.
  7. Bring the 21 farmers you stopped from burning crops, NGT tells Punjab government: To test Punjab’s claims of having supported farmers to manage stubble without burning, the environment tribunal asked it to bring them to court on October 13.
  8. Two constables arrested in Kashmir for supplying ammunition to Hizbul militants, say police: Hizbul Mujahideen militant Adil Ahmad Negroo was also arrested.
  9. United Nations recalls its top official in Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis: Media investigations had accused Renata Lok-Dessallien of suppressing a discussion on the situation.
  10. Spain gives Catalonia eight days to withdraw its independence declaration: The Barcelona administration had signed and suspended its bid to separate from Madrid.
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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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