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The big news: Delhi government withdraws odd-even review plea before NGT, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Myanmar replaced its Army general in charge of Rakhine amid the Rohingya crisis, and a soldier and militant died in an encounter in Kashmir.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi government withdraws plea before National Green Tribunal on exemptions to odd-even policy: In its November 11 order, the court had refused to leave out women and two-wheelers from the scheme.  
  2. Myanmar replaces Army general in charge of Rakhine amid Rohingya crisis: However, no reason has been given for transferring Major General Maung Maung Soe.  
  3. Soldier, militant killed in an encounter in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district: A gunfight is on between security forces and militants in Pulwama, as well.  
  4. US appeals court allows Donald Trump’s travel ban to take partial effect: People with no connections to the US will not be allowed to enter the country, according to the ruling.  
  5. India’s wholesale inflation rose to 3.59% in October: The index for the ‘fuel and power’ group rose 3.1% in October.  
  6. Robbers dig 25-foot tunnel to bank’s locker room, steal valuables worth Rs 40 lakh: The tunnel led to a shop that opened near the Bank of Baroda branch recently, and the tenant has been missing since the theft.  
  7. Demonetisation and GST helped cut India’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, says report: The 2017 Global Carbon Budget also warned that if the economy recovered quickly from these, emissions will go over 5% again in 2018 from 2% this year.  
  8. Man arrested for allegedly raping 18-month-old neighbour in Delhi’s Shahpur Jat: The toddler’s parents had left her in the care of the accused.  
  9. Woman accuses former US President George HW Bush of groping her when she was 16: Roslyn Corrigan said the incident took place at an event at the office of the Central Intelligence Agency in Woodlands, Texas, in 2003.  
  10. Temples must ensure same distance from idol for both paid and free darshan, rules Madras High Court: The petitioner had challenged the special privileges some temples in Tamil Nadu grant to those who pay for quicker and longer visits.  
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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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