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The big news: NGT begins hearing of Delhi government’s odd-even scheme, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Class 11 student of the Gurugram school was the CBI’s key suspect, and 178 items got cheaper after the GST Council moved them to 18% slab.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. NGT asks Delhi government if it took the lieutenant governor’s permission to implement odd-even scheme: On Friday, the tribunal had barred the return of odd-even scheme in Delhi till government proved that it curbed pollution, and Pawan Hans agreed to help the AAP government sprinkle water aerially over the city to settle pollutants.
  2. Class 11 student was CBI’s main suspect from the beginning: According to a Haryana court order, the agency had raided the teenager’s house on September 29 and seized a few articles and documents.  
  3. GST Council lowers tax rates on 178 items, only 50 goods now under 28% slab: However, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi called for a “Genuine Simple Tax” and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said Arun Jaitley had not “applied his mind” to the tax.
  4. Only vegetarians, non-drinkers will be eligible for gold medal, says Pune University rule book: The university registrar said they were only following terms set by the donors who fund the award.
  5. Pakistan to allow Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife ‘on humanitarian grounds’: The Foreign Affairs Ministry said it had informed the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.  
  6. Australian government loses its majority after MP resigns over dual citizenship: The prime minister ruled out the possibility of a no-confidence motion, and claimed that independents in the lower House would support his government.
  7. Industrial output growth declined to 3.8% in September: While the mining sector grew at 7.9% year on year, the corresponding figure for the manufacturing and electricity sectors was 3.4% each.
  8. Twenty companies bid to complete Jaypee Infratech’s real estate projects: JSW Group, Vedanta Ltd, Lodha Group, Essel Group and Deutsche Bank are among the firms that have expressed interest.
  9. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of declaring war on his country: The leader of the militant group said that Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation was part of Riyadh’s effort to stoke sectarian tensions in Lebanon.  
  10. Google celebrates women’s labour movement leader Anasuya Sarabhai’s 132nd birthday with a doodle: Sarabhai had founded the Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association, India’s oldest union of textile workers, in 1920.  
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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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