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The big news: MEA says it is looking into how Khalistani militant got visa, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: PNB said it went public after pursuing all legal avenues against Nirav Modi, and the SC adjourned the Hadiya case to March 8.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Trying to ascertain how Khalistani militant Jaspal Atwal received a visa, says MEA spokesperson: Canadian lawmaker Randeep S Sarai accepted responsibility for inviting Atwal to the reception dinner with Justin Trudeau in New Delhi.
  2. PNB responds to Nirav Modi’s letter, says it was ‘compelled’ to report case: Vipul Ambani was directly involved in the Rs 11,400-crore PNB scam, CBI tells court
  3. Can a court interfere when consenting adults say they married, asks Supreme Court in Hadiya case: Chief Justice Dipak Misra questioned the Kerala High Court’s ruling that annulled Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan based on her father’s petition.
  4. AIUDF head urges president to take note of Army chief’s ‘political’ remarks on his party: While speaking on Bangladeshi migrants in the North East, General Bipin Rawat said the Assamese party had grown faster than the BJP over the years.
  5. AAP members protest outside Rajnath Singh’s home after he condemns chief secretary’s alleged assault: Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
  6. Goa CM Manohar Parrikar back home after a week in hospital, is likely to present Budget today: The chief minister was being treated for a pancreatic ailment in Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital from February 15.
  7. ‘Nitish Kumar released ghosts in my bungalow,’ says Tej Pratap Yadav on vacating government house: While the JD(U) called his remarks a publicity stunt, the RJD said the former minister had got two notices from the state building construction department.
  8. Donald Trump suggests arming teachers with guns to stop school shootings: The US president also promised to improve background and mental health checks on people who buy guns.
  9. India slips two ranks – 81 among 180 – in Transparency International’s index on corruption in 2017: Countries with the least protection for the press and NGOs ‘tend to have the worst rates of corruption’, the report said.
  10. Security forces call off operation in Kashmir’s Bandipora district after militants escape, one soldier injured: Meanwhile, an alleged ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops was reported in the Uri sector.
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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.

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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