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The big news: Arun Jaitley says PNB could have prevented the fraud, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The AAP claimed a mob assaulted some of its leaders, and the government opened the coal mining sector for private companies.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Jaitley says PNB bank management, auditors did not utilise their authority to prevent fraud: The RBI said it alerted banks of misuse of SWIFT system and the CBI arrested five top officials in connection with the case.
  2. AAP claims mob assaulted party leaders at Delhi secretariat, minister files police complaint: The party’s accusation came after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash claimed that two AAP MLAs manhandled him at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office. 
  3. Centre opens up coal mining sector for private firms, ends Coal India’s monopoly: Minister Piyush Goyal said market forces would determine the mineral’s prices and improve efficiency.
  4. Fresh strikes take toll in Eastern Ghouta to 194 in two days: Unicef issued a blank statement expressing outrage against child casualties.
  5. Two arrested for allegedly raping, brutally assaulting tribal woman in West Bengal: The woman was found in an unconscious state under a bridge nearly 18 hours after the attack.  
  6. BSF constable succumbs to injuries during reported Pakistani ceasefire violation: The constable has been identified as SK Murmu.
  7. Maldives Parliament approves extending the emergency by 30 days: President Abdulla Yameen had sought the extension saying national security was still under threat.  
  8. Private hospitals are inflating medical bills, says drug pricing authority: The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority found that a hospital was billing a patient Rs 189.95 for a single injection that it bought for Rs 13.64.  
  9. SC rejects Centre’s plea to extend Assam National Register of Citizens publication deadline: The top court ordered the government to adhere to the original target date of May 31.
  10. Reliance Industries Limited to acquire 5% stake in Eros International: The Indian conglomerate will also partner with Eros International’s India arm to produce content together.  
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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.