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The big news: RSS condemns Pranab Mukherjee’s fake photo from Nagpur event, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Gauri Lankesh and Kalburgi were killed with the same gun, a report said, and Haryana told sportspersons to hand over one-third of their income.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. ‘Divisive political forces’ have shared a morphed photo of Pranab Mukherjee, says RSS: The former president’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee rebuked him for attending the event and accused the BJP and the RSS of sharing the edited photo
  2. Forensic report says same gun used to kill Gauri Lankesh and MM Kalburgi, says The Indian Express: In 2015, the daily had reported that forensic tests found links in the Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar murder cases.
  3. Haryana wants sportspersons to hand over one-third of income from pro sports or endorsements: Haryana sportspersons had earlier boycotted a felicitation ceremony by the government, over a disagreement over a proposed cut in Gold Coast prize money.  
  4. Letter with plan for ‘Rajiv Gandhi-type incident’ found at arrested activist’s home, say Pune Police: Meanwhile, ruling coalition partner and Union minister Ramdas Athawale condemned the arrests of Dalit activists.
  5. Celebrity chef, TV host Anthony Bourdain found dead in hotel room in France: The cause of death is reported to be suicide.  
  6. Petrol prices reduced by up to 22 paise per litre – the most in 10 days: The price of a litre of petrol in Delhi came down to Rs 77.42 on Friday. 
  7. Austria to close seven mosques, expel imams in crackdown on ‘political Islam’: The far-right coalition that came into power in December announced the decision on Friday.  
  8. Supreme Court refuses to hear plea seeking CBI inquiry into deaths of BJP workers in Purulia: The court asked the petitioner to approach the Calcutta High Court instead.  
  9. I will invite Kim Jong-un to White House if summit goes well, says US President Donald Trump: Trump said the summit on June 12 is ‘going to be much more than a photo-op’.  
  10. Mumbai on alert as weather department warns of heavy rain over the weekend: People have been asked to stay indoors as much as possible and watch out for weather updates.  
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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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