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The big news: Centre asks Delhi government to sack 9 aides, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: A Delhi girl accused her parents of taking a bribe from her alleged rapists, and PM Modi announced a cyber security partnership with Sweden.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Centre asks Delhi government to cancel appointments of 9 aides, AAP calls it a diversionary tactic: Adviser Atishi Marlena draws Re 1 per month for her role. Raghav Chadha claimed he was ‘sacked’ from a position he held for just 45 days two years ago.  
  2. ATMs run dry in many states, Arun Jaitley says problem due to excess cash in other areas: The Congress asked if it was a result of gross mismanagement or a deliberate ploy by the Centre. 
  3. India and Sweden announce partnership on cyber security, Modi meets Swedish CEOs: The prime minister and his counterpart Stefan Lofven also also discussed ways to deepen trade and business relations.
  4. Girl’s parents booked for accepting bribe from her alleged rapists to withdraw case in Delhi: The police have arrested her mother, but the father is still on the run. 
  5. Inmates of detention centre launch hunger strike after Indian allegedly commits suicide in Japan: More than 40 immigrants at the East Japan Immigration Centre have been on fast since Sunday.  
  6. ‘Pick up courage, speak up and save the democracy,’ Yashwant Sinha urges BJP MPs: In an editorial for The Indian Express, he highlighted the ‘grim’ state of the economy and women’s safety, and said Parliament was reduced to a joke.
  7. Syrian military shot down missiles fired at air base, claims state TV: Investigators from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Syrian and Russian authorities were stopping them visiting chemical attack site.  
  8. We will not be able to prove claim to Taj Mahal, UP Sunni Waqf Board tells Supreme Court: The board, however, urged the court to list the monument as its property.
  9. Police file chargesheet against four Delhi University students for allegedly stalking Smriti Irani: Sitanshu, Karan, Avinash and Amit had reportedly chased the Union minister’s vehicle when she was returning home from the international airport in April 2017.  
  10. Man arrested for allegedly raping and murdering a seven-year-old in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah: While her parents were busy during a wedding, the 19-year-old took the child to a building under construction nearby and allegedly assaulted her.  
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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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