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The big news: Despite NGT approval, Delhi government halts odd-even plan, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The Class 11 student of the Gurugram school was the CBI’s key suspect, and Chidambaram thanked Gujarat after GST Council reduced taxes.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi government calls off odd-even scheme after NGT refuses to exempt women and two-wheelers: The National Green Tribunal had approved the policy with riders earlier in the day and had asked the government to reconsider the plan to increase parking fees in Delhi.  
  2. Class 11 student was CBI’s main suspect from the beginning in Gurugram school murder case: 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. Common sense has prevailed, P Chidambaram says a day after GST Council reduces tax on 178 items: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi reiterated his demand for a structural change to the system and said the Goods and Services Tax should be simplified.
  4. Congress likely to allot 20-25 seats to Hardik Patel’s outfit in Phase 1 of Gujarat polls, say reports: Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is reportedly willing to consider fielding at least 50 candidates from the community.  
  5. 20 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.  
  6. Income Tax officials continue searches for third day at Jaya TV and other locations in Tamil Nadu: Jailed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader VK Sasikala, her family, and their business associates are being investigated for alleged tax evasion.  
  7. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah accuses Saudi Arabia of declaring war on Lebanon: 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.  
  8. 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.  
  9. Arunachal Pradesh honours singer Bhupen Hazarika with a 10-foot statue in Bolung village: Sculpted by Biren Singh of Guwahati, it will be unveiled in early 2018.  
  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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