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The big news: RBI says linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is mandatory, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Rahul Gandhi took on the Centre on ‘Mersal’ censorship, and a Union minister refused to attend Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary celebrations.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is mandatory, clarifies RBI: The central bank dismissed media reports that its reply to an RTI query suggested that it had not issued a directive in this regard.
  2. ‘Don’t demonetise Tamil pride,’ Rahul Gandhi tells Modi on Mersal censorship: Tamil Nadu doctors have protested Vijay starrer Mersal by sharing pirated links.
  3. Count me out of Tipu Jayanti celebrations, minister Anantkumar Hegde tells Karnataka government: The Union minister called it a shameful event ‘glorifying a brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist’.
  4. CBI seeks approval to reopen probe into Bofors scam: The agency has asked the government to reconsider its decision from 2005 not allowing it to challenge the acquittal of the accused in the case.
  5. Pranab Mukherjee rejected Afzal Guru’s mercy petition based on government’s counsel, says report: During his tenure, the former president rejected 30 mercy petitions, including those of Guru, Ajmal Kasab and Yakub Menon.
  6. More than 380 police personnel died on duty over the last year, says Intelligence Bureau head Rajiv Jain: Most of them died while fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir or in cross-border firing with Pakistan, he said.
  7. Smriti Irani takes on Rahul Gandhi over Jay Shah dispute: Gandhi had derided the prime minister over the controversy around the financial dealings of a company owned by Amit Shah’s son.
  8. Stand up, show respect when ministers and MLAs visit, Adityanath government instructs UP officials: The protocol was amended after some elected representatives complained that government officials do not treat them with courtesy.
  9. Air pollution in Delhi continues to remain at hazardous levels: Noise pollution was also up by 85% across seven metros, a study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board found.
  10. Bengaluru college initiates investigation after reports claim its study material endorses dowry: The material, allegedly provided by the sociology department of St Joseph’s College, claims that dowry increases the status of women in the family.
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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.