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The big news: Economic Survey forecasts recovery in India's GDP growth rate, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The SP of Kasganj in UP was transferred following communal clashes, and Mehbooba Mufti said an FIR against Army men would not be withdrawn.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Economic Survey says GDP growth will recover to 7%-7.5% in 2018-’19: The survey said farm incomes can drop by 25% because of climate change, and also has a section on gender this year.
  2. Kasganj SP transferred, Governor Ram Naik calls clashes a blot on Uttar Pradesh’s reputation: The parents of Chandan Gupta, who was shot dead in the incident on January 26, refused the state government’s offer of compensation.  
  3. Mehbooba Mufti rejects BJP’s demand to withdraw FIR against Army men over Shopian killings: The investigation will be taken to its logical conclusion, said the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, whose party PDP is in alliance with the BJP.  
  4. Congress leader Jagdish Tytler says Rajiv Gandhi travelled around north Delhi during the 1984 riots: Former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal claimed the former prime minister had ‘supervised’ the riots.  
  5. Nagaland People’s Front, BJP and eight other parties decide to boycott the Assembly elections: The 10 parties signed a bond against contesting the polls.  
  6. China says it is ready to talk to India to resolve differences on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: India has opposed the project as a part of it would pass through the disputed territory of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  7. Triple talaq law will help Muslim women lead fearless lives, President Kovind says as he opens Budget Session: In his address to the MPs, the president appealed to political parties to reach a consensus on simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.  
  8. Thirty-two people killed after bus falls into canal in Murshidabad: Some locals torched a police vehicle alleging that the police’s response was delayed.
  9. Delhi High Court transfers AAP MLAs’ plea against disqualification to division bench in office-of-profit case: The division bench will hear the matter on Tuesday.  
  10. Gunmen attack military academy in Kabul, 5 soldiers and 4 militants killed: Clashes between security forces and the attackers went on for five hours.  
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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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