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The big news: Viacom18 defers Padmavati’s release as protests continue, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was ousted from the ruling party, and Congress said it has settled differences with Hardik Patel’s group.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Padmavati maker Viacom18 defers film’s release: A Haryana BJP leader announced a Rs 10-crore reward for beheading Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
  2. Zimbabwe’s ruling party ousts Robert Mugabe from leadership: Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa replaced the 93-year-old, who has till noon on Monday to resign as president or face impeachment.
  3. Congress says it has settled differences with Hardik Patel’s Patidar outfit: The Gujarat Election Commission has ordered an investigation into an alleged communal video released ahead of the polls.
  4. Indian Army says it has killed 190 militants in Jammu and Kashmir this year, 110 of them foreigners: The state police are investigating the Islamic State’s claim that it carried out the attack in Srinagar, in which an officer was killed.
  5. Top United States general says he will resist any unlawful nuclear strike order from Donald Trump: General John Hyten, who heads the US Strategic Command, said those who implement an illegal order could face life in prison.
  6. Over 200 government websites publicly displayed details of Aadhaar users, says UIDAI: The data was removed from those websites after the breach was noticed, the authority said in a reply to an RTI.
  7. Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath warns criminals, says they will either be jailed or killed in encounters: The BJP leader claimed that the law-and-order situation in the state has improved since his government took charge in March.
  8. Signals from missing Argentine Navy vessel raise hope that 44 on board are alive: Defence Ministry: Several failed ‘satellite calls’ were detected from the ARA San Juan submarine, the government said.
  9. Bihar medical college fines 54 students Rs 25,000 each for ragging: The Darbhanga college fined the second-year students for hazing their juniors and first-year students for not naming the guilty.
  10. Manmohan Singh to receive Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace: As the prime minister for 10 years, he led India to an era of ‘rapid economic and social change’, the trust that gives the award 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.


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.