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The big news: Kim Jong-un commits to denuclearisation in meeting with Trump, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Congress President Rahul Gandhi pleaded not guilty in RSS defamation case, and a Delhi minister began a fast at the LG’s office.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Kim Jong-un meets Donald Trump, commits to ‘complete denuclearisation’ of Korean Peninsula: The US president said the process would start ‘very, very quickly’.  
  2. Rahul Gandhi appears in Bhiwandi court, pleads not guilty in RSS defamation case: The Congress president dared the Hindutva organisation and the BJP to slap ‘as many cases as they want’ against him.  
  3. Delhi minister begins fast after sitting at LG office for 15 hours against ‘striking’ IAS officers: Four ministers, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, have stayed put at Anil Baijal’s office since Monday evening.  
  4. Assam Police arrest 30 people for their role in the killing of two men in Karbi Anglong: Protests against the incident continued in Guwahati on Tuesday.
  5. CBI moves Madras HC challenging discharge of Maran brothers in illegal BSNL telephone exchange case: Former Information Technology Minister Dayanidhi Maran is accused of abusing his position and causing a loss Rs 1.78 crore to the public exchequer.  
  6. Attackers gun down secular writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu in Munshiganj: Five motorcycle-borne men dragged the 60-year-old man out of a shop before shooting him in his village of Kakaldi.  
  7. Private hospitals in Chennai favour foreigners over Indian patients for organ transplants, says report: Protocol dictates that Indian patients get first priority on the waiting list, followed by non-resident Indians and international patients.  
  8. Three soldiers killed, five injured in clashes with Taliban in Afghanistan’s Sar-e-Pul province: The attack came hours after the Islamic State and other militant groups carried out three other attacks across the country.  
  9. Lesbian couple end lives in Gujarat, say police: The husband of one of the women reportedly ended his life on June 8 after she left him.  
  10. India protests amendments to interim Constitution of Pakistan-occupied territory in Jammu and Kashmir: The MEA said it was against any action to ‘alter the status’ of territories illegally occupied by Pakistan in the state, and asked Islamabad to vacate them.  
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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.