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The big news: Road, rail traffic affected as Dalits call for Mumbai bandh, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Lalu Prasad's sentencing in a fodder scam case was postponed, and India and China are reportedly locked in a standoff in Arunachal Pradesh.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Train services delayed in Mumbai as Dalit activists block tracks, a few buses affected after call for bandh: Five people were injured in the protests on Tuesday and at least 100 were detained, and a complaint was filed against Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid for making allegedly provocative speeches at Bhima Koregaon.
  2. CBI court to pronounce quantum of sentence for Lalu Prasad Yadav in fodder scam case on Thursday: The bench found RJD leaders Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Manoj Jha and Tejashwi Yadav guilty of contempt of court.  
  3. Months after Doklam, India and China are locked in a standoff in Arunachal Pradesh, say reports: Chinese troops are believed to have crossed into Indian territory in late December with machinery to build roads.
  4. Defence Ministry clears purchase of guided bombs, Barak missiles worth Rs 1,714 crore: The weapons will enhance the capabilities of the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, the government said.
  5. Ahead of polls, Karnataka wants to hold EVM hackathon to clear doubts about its functioning: State Information Technology Minister Priyank Kharge wrote to the Election Commission asking for 250 randomly selected machines for the test.
  6. Donald Trump threatens to cut off US aid until Palestine agrees to hold peace talks with Israel: The US had received ‘no appreciation or respect’ from Palestine in return for the financial aid, the American president said on Twitter. 
  7. Decomposed male corpse found on Jawaharlal Nehru University campus: The corpse has been sent to the mortuary at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.  
  8. Rajya Sabha completes all Zero Hour, Question Hour business for the first time in 15 years: ‘The Rajya Sabha today made history,’ said Chairperson Venkaiah Naidu.  
  9. Toll in Iran protests increases to 14, supreme leader claims country’s ‘enemies’ have caused unrest: The chief of Tehran’s Revolutionary Tribunal said that rioters arrested after the first three days of demonstrations would face harsh punishment.  
  10. Parliament passes amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: The amended code prohibits owners of defaulting firms from bidding for assets auctioned during bankruptcy proceedings.  
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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.

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