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The big news: Modi launches Ghogha-Dahej ‘ro-ro’ ferry service in Gujarat, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The government started collecting DNA samples of the kin of 39 Indians missing in Iraq, and Patidar leader Hardik Patel’s aides joined the BJP.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service ahead of Assembly polls in Gujarat: The prime minister will flag off projects worth more than Rs 1,140 crore.  
  2. DNA samples of families of 39 Indians missing in Iraq being collected: India requested Iraqi authorities to investigate the mass graves found in Mosul after it was recaptured from the Islamic State on July 9, reports said.  
  3. Hardik Patel’s key aides join BJP ahead of upcoming Gujarat Assembly election: Reshma and Varun Patel reportedly accused the organisation’s leader of becoming a Congress agent.  
  4. Jharkhand minister cancels official’s order on linking Aadhaar to ration cards after child’s death, says report: Minister of Food and Public Distribution Saryu Roy cited a Union Government’s circular to withdraw the chief’s secretary’s order.  
  5. New bikes and scooters with engines less than 100 cc will not be allowed pillion riders in Karnataka: The government said the ban will apply only to new bikes, and was being enforced to improve safety of riders.  
  6. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat forms Govansh squad to check on cow smuggling in Kumaon, Garhwal: The chief minister said each team will have 11 policemen, including an inspector.  
  7. Cyrus Mistry’s ouster could have been handled in a better manner, says former Tata Sons official: Former Tata Sons Senior Executive Nirmalya Kumar was also removed from the company on the same day.  
  8. Punjab government to shut down 800 primary schools with less than 20 students to save resources: The government said the move will not harm children’s right to education, and students will not travel more than 1 km from home to reach school.  
  9. Militant killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara, rifle and Pakistani currency found, says official: The encounter is still underway, the Indian Army said.  
  10. All five living former US presidents come together to raise funds for hurricane victims: Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush and Jimmy Carter made a rare appearance on stage together in Texas.  
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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.