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The big news: Kumaraswamy wins trust vote in Karnataka, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Army ordered an inquiry into Major Gogoi’s altercation in Srinagar, and 15 people were injured in a blast at an Indian restaurant in Canada

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy unanimously wins vote of confidence after BJP walks out of Assembly: Congress leader Ramesh Kumar was elected the speaker of the House after the BJP candidate S Suresh Kumar withdrew his nomination.
  2. Army orders court of inquiry against Major Leetul Gogoi after his altercation at a hotel in Srinagar: Army chief Bipin Rawat said the officer will be punished if he is found guilty of any wrongdoing.
  3. Fifteen injured in explosion at Indian restaurant in Toronto, police looking for two men: An improvised explosive device was used to carry out the blast at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in the suburb of Mississauga, reports said.
  4. Kanimozhi and others detained during shutdown against police firing in Thoothukudi: The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking a CBI investigation on May 28, while the Madras High Court issued a notice to the agency on a plea seeking its probe.
  5. UAE asks citizens to avoid travelling to Kerala following Nipah virus scare: Nearly 160 people have been tested for the virus and 14 have been found to be infected so far.
  6. Special NIA court convicts five in Bodh Gaya serial blasts case: The court is expected to sentence them during the next hearing on May 31.
  7. Sheikh Hasina seeks India’s help in urging Myanmar to take Rohingya refugees back: Hasina is on a two-day visit to West Bengal, and was speaking at the convocation ceremony at Visva Bharati University.
  8. Cyclone Mekunu set to make landfall in Oman, people in Goa asked not to venture out to sea: The meteorological department said the storm is likely to cause heavy rainfall along India’s western coast.
  9. CBSE Class 12 results to be announced on Saturday: The central government faced massive backlash after the Class 10 mathematics and Class 12 economics question papers were leaked.
  10. Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, criminal sexual act: A criminal court in New York City set a $10 million bond and asked Weinstein to surrender his passport and to wear a tracking device.
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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.

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