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The big news: Encounter near Srinagar’s CRPF camp enters second day, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: A Youth Congress leader was hacked to death in Kerala’s Kannur district, and Pakistan banned UN-designated terror groups.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Encounter near Srinagar’s Karan Nagar CRPF camp continues, intermittent firing reported: Inspector General of Kashmir Police Swayam Prakash Pani said they suspected two militants were in hiding.
  2. Youth Congress leader hacked to death in Kerala’s Kannur district: The party has accused the CPI(M) of targeting 30-year-old Muhammad Shuhaib.
  3. Pakistan bans UN-designated terror groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa: The ordinance amends the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 and allows authorities to freeze the assets of 27 such outfits.
  4. India gets access to strategic port in Oman for military use, to counter China in the Indian Ocean: The Duqm port is located close to both the Chabahar port in Iran, which India is helping develop, and the Gwadar port in Pakistan, which has Beijing’s help.
  5. After many witnesses in Sohrabuddin case turn hostile, Bombay HC questions CBI’s security provisions: In January, media reports had said that 27 of the 40 prosecution witnesses in the case had turned hostile over the past two months.
  6. RBI tightens bad loans framework – banks now must refer large defaulters for insolvency: The central bank has abolished all existing mechanisms to restructure stressed accounts.
  7. Jharkhand government will set up a committee to define ‘hunger deaths’: The decision was made after the state recorded a series of deaths over the past few months that activists claim were caused by starvation.
  8. Bus torched in Allahabad to protest against law student’s murder: Police teams in riot gear were called in to control the students.
  9. Rajasthan will spend Rs 8,000 crore on loan waivers for farmers, says Vasundhara Raje: Farmers will get waivers on loans up to Rs 50,000 taken before September 30, 2017.
  10. International charity Oxfam’s deputy chief resigns amid sexual misconduct scandal: Penny Lawrence said that she took full responsibility for the charity’s failure to adequately respond to the allegations.
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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.

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