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The big news: SC asks states to take immediate action to reduce pollution, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: At least 339 people were killed in a powerful earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border, and 20 people died after a boat capsized near Vijayawada.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. SC asks Centre, UP, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi to take immediate action about pollution: The Delhi government has asked the NGT to allow exemptions to its odd-even scheme as air quality deteriorates, and Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda said he will introduce a Right to Clean Air Bill in Parliament’s Winter Session.
  2. At least 339 killed, over 2,500 injured after powerful earthquake strikes near Iraq-Iran border: Most of the casualties were in Iran’s Kermanshah province, where 129 people died and over 900 were hurt in the 7.3-magnitude quake.
  3. Twenty die after boat capsizes near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh: State Home Minister N Chinnarajappa said 20 people had been rescued from the Krishna river.
  4. India, US working for future of humanity, Modi says after meeting Donald Trump: The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila.
  5. Swine flu cases rose twentyfold in India in 2017, shows Health Ministry data: Over one lakh people were affected and 8,562 succumbed to the H1N1 virus in the country between 2010 and October 2017, the report says. 
  6. OPD services across Karnataka likely to be affected as doctors protest against medical bill amendments: The ‘Belagavi Chalo’ protest comes on a day when the state government is likely to pass the bill as the Winter Session begins.  
  7. SC asks Centre to clarify its stand on the Ram Setu within six weeks: The bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka has been embroiled in controversy since 2005 after the government’s Sethusamudram shipping canal project was planned.
  8. ‘Vested interests win,’ says senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka after 51st transfer: The Haryana government transferred him, along with 12 other IAS officers, a month after he asked a minister to return a vehicle to a junior officer.
  9. Wife of Aligarh Muslim University professor claims he divorced her over WhatsApp: The police registered a case against Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan after the woman alleged torture in her complaint.  
  10. SoftBank to invest in Uber after the two strike a billion-dollar deal: The Japanese venture capitalist is also a major investor in Ola, the cab-hailing firm’s main competition in India.  
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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.