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The big news: Samajwadi Party leads in Gorakhpur bye-poll, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: British physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76, and the RBI has banned banks from issuing LoUs after the PNB scam.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. SP leads in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur bye-election; RJD ahead in Bihar’s Jehanabad: The elections for three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats were held on Sunday.
  2. British physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76: The physicist’s insights reshaped modern cosmology.
  3. RBI discontinues Letters of Undertaking for trade credits with immediate effect: Meanwhile, Punjab National Bank told the police it has uncovered additional lending of Rs 942 crore.
  4. ‘Defence budget has dashed our hopes of modernisation’, Indian Army tells Parliamentary panel: Vice-Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Sarath Chand said the budgetary allocations did not even cater to the payment for ongoing schemes.
  5. IndiGo cancels 42 flights on Wednesday amid shortage of planes: GoAir has also cancelled some flights, but the number was not made available.
  6. Narendra Modi was secretly questioned in connection with Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case, claims ex-police officer: Former Inspector General of Gujarat DG Vanzara is a key accused in the case.
  7. SBI closed 41 lakh savings accounts between April and January for not maintaining minimum balance: The bank has nearly 25 crore savings accounts that are required to maintain a certain minimum balance amount.
  8. Maoists kill nine CRPF personnel in Sukma district: The rebels blew up a mine-protected vehicle the paramilitary soldiers were travelling in.
  9. Donald Trump sacks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo will succeed Tillerson while Gina Haspel will become the first woman to run the spy agency. 
  10. Google Doodle marks 30th year of Pi Day, the date that takes its digits from mathematics constant pi: Pi, or 3.14, is one of the most commonly known mathematical constants.
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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.