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The big news: Congress-JD(S) to form government in Karnataka, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: India appealed to the WTO against high US tariffs, and BJP MLA Kuldeep Senger was booked for framing the Unnao rape complainant’s father.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy to begin second stint as Karnataka chief minister on Monday : Several political party leaders welcomed the BJP chief minister’s resignation.  
  2. India, EU appeal to the World Trade Organization against high US tariffs on aluminium, steel imports: New Delhi said it might target US exports of soya, cashew nuts and palm oil for retaliatory import duties.  
  3. BJP MLA booked for framing Unnao rape complainant’s father in false case: The CBI will question him over two days.  
  4. PM Modi urges Jammu and Kashmir youth who ‘have lost their way’ to return to the mainstream: He said ‘every stone’ raised by youngsters will destabilise the state.
  5. Prince Harry and actor Megan Markle say ‘I do’ in royal ceremony at Windsor Castle: The couple’s royal titles will be Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
  6. Former chief justice TS Thakur criticises four judges who spoke against CJI Dipak Misra in public: He described the press conference held by senior judges Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph on January 12 as disturbing.
  7. Bloc led by anti-US, anti-Iran Shia cleric wins Iraq elections: The internationally favoured Nasr Coalition led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi finished in third place.
  8. ‘I’m Kalki avatar, can’t come to office, must do penance so India gets good rain,’ says Gujarat official: He said this is response to a show-cause notice served to him for going to his office in Vadodara only on 16 days in the last eight months.
  9. Saudi Arabia detains women’s rights activists who fought against driving ban: The kingdom is set to allow women to drive for the first time from June 30.
  10. Google doodle honours cartographer Abraham Ortelius who created the world’s first modern atlas: His atlas, the first edition of which was published on May 20, 1570, brought all geographical maps into the same format.
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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.