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The big news: Modi speaks to Andhra Pradesh CM amid special status row, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Supreme Court restored Hadiya and Shafin Jahan’s marriage, and the CBI challenged the Talwars’ acquittal in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Narendra Modi speaks to Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu amid row over special status for state: The Telugu Desam Party’s two MLAs resigned from the Union Cabinet earlier on Thursday, leading to reciprocal action by BJP ministers in Naidu’s Cabinet.
  2. Supreme Court restores Hadiya’s marriage, says ‘personal relationships are core of India’s plurality’: The bench, however, allowed the NIA to continue its investigation into the allegations of forced conversion.
  3. CBI moves Supreme Court challenging Talwars’ acquittal in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case: The Law Ministry had granted the agency permission to appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s verdict from October.   
  4. Mehul Choksi tells CBI he cannot appear for questioning because of a ‘persisting health problem’: The jeweller, who is an accused in the Rs 12,703-crore Punjab National Bank scam, criticised the agency for causing prejudice against him by seizing his assets.   
  5. Mobs continue to run amok in Sri Lanka, authorities lift curfew in Kandy for a few hours: The military claimed that the city was quiet on Wednesday night and early Thursday, but local residents said otherwise.    
  6. Karnataka government unveils new state flag, will send it to Centre for approval: The flag, which has yellow, white and red strips, has the state emblem – the ‘Ganda Bherunda’, a two-headed mythical bird – in the middle.  
  7. Mothers-in-law should take the initiative to protect the girl child, says Narendra Modi: The current generation has to correct the mistakes their elders made when it came to the girl child, the prime minister said in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu city.   
  8. Convoy carrying relief supplies for Syria’s Eastern Ghouta enclave stopped amid reports of chlorine attack: There were reports that government forces had carried out a chlorine gas strike in its fight to weed out rebel groups from the region.    
  9. Centre says it will soon invite informal offers from firms seeking to invest in Air India: Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said the government also wanted to invite buyers for national helicopter carrier Pawan Hans.   
  10. Police baton-charge protestors seeking CBI inquiry into Kathua rape and murder, many injured: One person was in critical condition after he was hit by a bus during the protest, the police said.   
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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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