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The big news: 49 confirmed dead after Bangladesh plane crashes in Nepal, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Farmers called off their protest after Maharashtra agreed to fulfil their demands, and SC accused the Hooda-led Haryana government of fraud.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Bangladesh plane crashes in Kathmandu, 49 confirmed dead, 22 being treated: The cause of the crash is not yet clear.
  2. Maharashtra farmers call off their protest after chief minister says government will fulfil demands: The Central Railways will run two special trains from Mumbai to Bhusawal on Monday for the return of the agitators.
  3. Supreme Court scraps illegal Haryana land deals, takes the plots away from private builders: With ‘mala fide exercise of power’, the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had allowed various entities to make ‘unnatural gains’ from the Gurugram plots.
  4. Aviation authority grounds eight IndiGo and three GoAir aircraft with faulty engines: These Airbus flights of the 320 neo family had reported a number of episodes of mid-air failure.
  5. BJP leader says party doesn’t believe in statues – but will build one of Tripura’s last king: Sunil Deodhar said the BJP will not replace the razed statue of communist icon Lenin in Belonia town.
  6. Tata Consultancy Services’ shares tumble after reports claim Tata Sons may sell 1.5% stake in it: The likely price of the stake sale is lower than the last closing price of the stock.
  7. Dalai Lama, listed as one of the chief guests, will not attend the Indian Science Congress, say reports: Officials in the Tibetan administration in exile said the spiritual leader had no plans to visit Manipur this week.
  8. United Nations human rights experts blame Facebook for spreading hatred against Rohingya in Myanmar: Chief of UN fact-finding mission Marzuki Darusman said the social media giant played a ‘determining role’ in the alleged genocide in Rakhine.
  9. Accused in Gauri Lankesh murder to undergo narco-analysis test: The Special Investigation Team looking into the case got the court’s permission to subject Naveen Kumar to the test.
  10. Kerala, Karnataka ban forest treks temporarily after Theni fire kills 10: The Tamil Nadu government had said the trekkers who were trapped in Theni had not taken the required permission to be in the area.
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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.