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The big news: BJP, Congress-JD(S) alliance to meet Karnataka governor today, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Dust storm lashed Delhi and surrounding areas again, and North Korea threatened to cancel summit with Donald Trump over military drills.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Congress leads in vote share, but BJP emerges as single largest party in Karnataka: The new Congress-JD(S) alliance and the BJP have both approached Governor Vajubhai Vala, seeking to form a government.
  2. Dust storm lashes Delhi, NCR again in early hours of Wednesday: There have been no reports of casualties so far.  
  3. North Korea threatens to cancel summit with Trump over military drills between US and the South: Pyongyang said the air drills were a provocation that countered the positive political development in the Korean Peninsula.
  4. Toll rises to 18 after under-construction flyover collapses in Varanasi: Three people were rescued, several labourers are feared trapped under the debris.
  5. Centre has no plans to regulate news websites, says I&B minister Rajyavardhan Rathore: He said that the media should adopt self-regulation as it is the voice of the people.  
  6. West Bengal election body orders re-election in 568 booths after violence: As many as 23 people have died in the violence so far.  
  7. Turkey asks Israel ambassador to leave after clashes along Gaza border over relocation of US embassy: The country has also asked its envoys stationed in the United States and Israel to return.
  8. ‘Unwind at our resorts’, Kerala Tourism advises new Karnataka MLAs after unclear poll result: The BJP has emerged the single-largest party, though it is nine seats short of the required majority of 113 seats.  
  9. Several feared missing after boat capsizes in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh: All the occupants of the boat were purportedly members of the Kondareddi tribal community.  
  10. Facebook publishes first content moderation report, shows rise in graphic violence posts in 2018: The report also contains data about the site’s regulation of posts on adult nudity, sexual activity, terrorist propaganda, hate speech, spam, and fake accounts.
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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.