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The big news: Samajwadi Party defeats BJP in Uttar Pradesh bye-elections, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The RBI chief said the apex bank has limited authority over state lenders, and the SC dismissed intervention pleas in the Ayodhya dispute.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Samajwadi Party deals blow to BJP in bye-elections– wins Phulpur, Gorakhpur: The Rashtriya Janata Dal retained the Jehanabad seat as well as Araria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.
  2. RBI has ‘very limited authority’ over state-run banks, says Urjit Patel: The central bank chief said it was infeasible for the regulator to be in every nook and corner of the banking activity to avoid frauds.  
  3. Supreme Court dismisses all intervention applications in Ayodhya dispute: The bench also rejected 32 pleas urging to put the disputed land to ‘secular use’.  
  4. VHP chief Pravin Togadia writes to Modi, seeks to meet him for ‘heart-to-heart discussion’: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad claimed people were disappointed with the government as the promise of a ‘Hindu Bharat’ had not been fulfilled.  
  5. After nerve agent attack on former spy, Theresa May orders 23 Russian diplomats to leave the United Kingdom: This is the biggest expulsion in three decades, the prime minister said.  
  6. Kerala HC stays order of a CBI inquiry into Youth Congress worker’s murder in Kannur: The state government had appealed against the single bench’s order of an investigation by the central agency.  
  7. Maran brothers, five others discharged by CBI court in illegal BSNL telephone exchange case: The CBI said it will challenge the order in the High Court.  
  8. India’s GDP will grow at 7.3% in 2018-’19, says World Bank: A report by the bank said the country would have to boost private investments and exports if it wanted to sustain higher rates of growth.
  9. UP topped list of states with most number of communal incidents in 2017, Centre tells Lok Sabha: In 2016 too, the state had recorded the highest number of such incidents.  
  10. British physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76: The physicist’s insights reshaped modern cosmology.  
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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.