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The big news: Delhi seeks to exempt women from odd-even scheme for a year, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The SC rejected a plea seeking an SIT probe in medical colleges bribery case, and an engineer in Chennai was burnt alive by an alleged stalker.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi government files fresh review plea before NGT seeking exemptions to odd-even policy: The new petition has sought to exempt two-wheelers and women either for one year or till 2,000 additional buses are commissioned.  
  2. Supreme Court dismisses petition seeking SIT probe in medical colleges bribery case: The bench had earlier said the allegations amounted to a deliberate attempt to denigrate the judicial system.  
  3. Chennai engineer dies after alleged stalker burns her alive: The accused went to the woman’s house on Monday night, and set her on fire after her family refused to allow him to meet her.  
  4. PM Narendra Modi urges all countries at ASEAN summit to unite and fight terrorism: He also invited all leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be chief guests at India’s 2018 Republic Day celebrations.  
  5. Toll in Iran earthquake reaches 530, survivors face freezing temperatures outdoors: The number of those injured has risen to over 7,800.
  6. West Bengal gets Geographical Indication status for rosogulla: West Bengal and Odisha have been fighting over the origin of the sweet since 2015.  
  7. Child malnutrition, air pollution top risk factors for country’s health decline in 2016, says report: The under-five mortality rate in India has reduced substantially from 1990, however, the difference between states in this rate is high.  
  8. Policeman in Telangana suspended after video of him receiving massage from a home guard goes viral: The incident reportedly took place four-five months ago at the headquarters of the Armed Reserve Police in Jogulamba Gadwal district.  
  9. Kerala Women’s Commission says it was stopped from meeting Hadiya at her home: Her father did not allow the panel’s chairperson to meet her.  
  10. Nationalism is the biggest factor for BJP in Gujarat polls, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tells NDTV: ‘People will rise above caste and will vote for nationalism and development,’ he said.  
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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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