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The big news: Sharad Pawar sees sympathy card in Modi assassination plot, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Gorakhpur doctor Kafeel Khan’s brother was shot at, and businessman Nirav Modi reportedly sought asylum in the UK.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Plot to assassinate PM Modi is BJP government’s ploy to gain sympathy, alleges Sharad Pawar: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis criticised the Nationalist Congress Party chief’s statements.
  2. Brother of Gorakhpur BRD Hospital doctor Kafeel Khan shot at: The police said Kashif Jameel is out of danger and has been shifted to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital.
  3. Nirav Modi seeks political asylum in United Kingdom, reports Financial Times: Modi has sought protection from ‘political persecution’, the newspaper quoted Indian and British officials as saying.
  4. India refuses to back China’s Belt and Road Initiative at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit: India is apprehensive of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious project as one of its key parts passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  5. North Korea sets out agenda for summit with United States: Pyongyang said the two nations would prioritise building a permanent and durable peacekeeping mechanism.
  6. Voting under way in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar Assembly seat: Polling for this constituency was deferred after sitting MLA BN Vijaykumar died a few days before the May 12 elections.
  7. Samajwadi Party willing to make sacrifices to continue alliance with BSP, says Akhilesh Yadav: The former chief minister said the two parties would ensure the defeat of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
  8. Centre opens up 10 posts of joint secretaries to public, private sector professionals: The post has traditionally been filled up by career bureaucrats, who usually join the service after passing the Union Public Service Commission examinations.
  9. Former BJP MLA’s brother arrested from Udaipur for abusing Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti: Director General of Police SP Vaid said a state police team went to Udaipur after receiving inputs on Rajinder Singh’s whereabouts.
  10. Six students and a teacher die after bus runs over them on Agra-Lucknow Expressway: Two children were admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
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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.

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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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