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The big news: Four BSF jawans killed in alleged ceasefire violation, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia began a fast at LG's office, and the main accused in Assam lynching case was reportedly arrested.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Four BSF personnel killed in alleged ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Chambliyal sector: The incident occurred ahead of the annual Baba Chamliyal fair, where troops from both sides of the borders exchange sacred tokens.    
  2. Manish Sisodia begins hunger strike as AAP ministers’ sit-in at Delhi LG’s office enters third day: The deputy chief minister’s Cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain has been on an indefinite fast at Anil Baijal’s office since Tuesday morning.
  3. Assam Police arrest main accused in Karbi Anglong lynching case, says report: Alphajoz Timung had allegedly alerted the villagers about the two young men from Guwahati and told them to stop their car.
  4. Congress candidate Sowmya Reddy establishes a comfortable lead in Jayanagar Assembly election: She was ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s BN Prahlad by 12,730 votes after 11 rounds of counting.
  5. India welcomes US-North Korea summit in Singapore, calls it a positive development: New Delhi’s concerns about Pyongyang’s nuclear proliferation linkages with Pakistan must be addressed, the Ministry of External Affairs added.
  6. Chhattisgarh Police arrest suspected Maoist spokesperson Abhay Nayak in Delhi: The police reportedly got to know that he was the rebels’ spokesperson after an IED and some banned literature were recovered from Bastar in 2017.  
  7. US State Department approves deal to sell Indian military six Apache helicopters for $930 million: The contract is now awaiting the approval of the Congress.
  8. ‘PM Modi has humiliated Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani,’ says Rahul Gandhi: The BJP hit back, saying it was ‘bizarre’ to see the Congress president ‘stoop to such a low’.  
  9. Paris hostage situation ends with arrest of man who took two captives: His motive for the attack is not yet clear since he spoke about Islam, Iran, 9/11 attacks and a local murder.  
  10. BJP’s lone Muslim legislator in Assam gets letter asking him to resign: The letter accuses Aminul Haque Laskar of siding with the saffron party ‘despite being a Muslim’ and not opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill.
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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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