state news

Nagaland: Congress backs NPF candidate in bye-election to Lok Sabha seat on May 28

The ruling alliance of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and the BJP has fielded former minister Tokheho Yepthomi.

The Congress will support the Naga People’s Front against the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance in the upcoming bye-election to Nagaland’s lone Lok Sabha seat, PTI reported on Tuesday. The election will be held on May 28, and the result will be declared on May 31.

The bye-election was necessitated after Neiphiu Rio quit the Lok Sabha to take over as Nagaland’s chief minister on February 16.

The bye-election was necessitated after the Nagaland seat fell vacant when Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio resigned as Lok Sabha member on February 16.

The Congress will support NPF candidate C Apok Jamir. Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee President K Therie said his party has full faith in Jamir. The ruling alliance, which consists of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party, has fielded former minister Tokheho Yepthomi.

“As our primary concern is to save Nagaland from communal forces, we agreed in principle to support Apok Jamir in this 2018 Lok Sabha by-election,” said Therie. “We hope he will live up to the expectations of the party and uphold the principles of secularism and liberal democracy.”

He called the BJP-NDPP alliance an “unholy marriage”. Therie said fanaticism in India has reached its zenith, and “cows are placed above humans” now. “All secular-minded political parties must join hands to defeat those who try to impose Hinduism,” he added. “The BJP is confusing the mindsets of the youngsters with their Hindutva policies.”

Therie said the Congress “upholds secularism and democratic norms and is strictly against the policies of the BJP’s Uniform Civil Code”. “Nagas should not take the BJP and its alliance partners lightly,” NPCC president added. “It could lead to serious ramifications on the Naga society in particular and the whole nation in general in the coming years.”

BJP spokesperson K James Vizo said the Congress’ accusations were a mark of their desperation. “It is a known fact that the Congress has been facing defeat everywhere,” said Vizo. “The people are rejecting Congress because it failed to deliver on all fronts. The party does not have any agenda of their own and that is why it is attacking the BJP.”

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

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.