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The big news: Delhi HC restores membership of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Counting of votes cast in the Rajya Sabha polls is under way, and Karti Chidambaram was granted bail in the INX Media money laundering case.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Delhi High Court sets aside EC’s recommendations to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs: The poll monitoring body will now hear the case afresh.
  2. Jaitley wins Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh, Congress’ Abhishek Manu Singhvi bags West Bengal one: Counting began in Uttar Pradesh two hours after it started in the other states.
  3. Delhi High Court grants bail to Karti Chidambaram in INX Media case: The CBI had opposed his bail plea, saying he was an influential person and had destroyed evidence in the case..
  4. Anna Hazare starts hunger strike in Delhi for Lokpal, claims Centre cancelled trains to stall protests: ‘This sly attitude of the government is not done,’ the social activist said.
  5. Parliament adjourned for the day as Opposition’s protests disrupt proceedings in both Houses: Venkaiah Naidu said the three-week-long disruption had no justification.
  6. Election Commission to review association with Facebook after data breach scandal, says Indian Express report: In July 2017 the panel and the social media platform sent all Indian users reminders to register as voters, in 13 Indian languages.
  7. Indians can sell their data to get better healthcare and easier loans, says Nandan Nilekani: He said India could be the first country in the world to have a ‘data empowerment infrastructure’ for its people.
  8. 13 dead, 27 injured in fire at high-rise building in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City: The fire broke out in the basement parking area of a residential complex with more than 700 apartments in Ho Chi Minh City
  9. We want to resolve diplomats’ harassment row soon as it affects ties, says Pakistan envoy: Sohail Mahmood returned to New Delhi on Thursday night, a week after Islamabad summoned him ‘to consult’ on the reports.
  10. Kerala Police register case against professor under fire for making sexist remarks: Jouhar Munavvir T created a furore by saying that Muslim women who do not wear the hijab properly expose their breasts deliberately like sliced watermelon.
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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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