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The big news: Two men lynched in Jharkhand on suspicion of cattle theft, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: A fire broke out in Mumbai’s high-rise building in Prabhadevi area, and Delhi BJP workers began a dharna at CM Arvind Kejriwal’s office.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Two men lynched in Jharkhand’s Godda district on suspicion of cattle theft, 4 arrested: The police said the victims had stolen 12 buffaloes from Dullu village when they were caught by the residents.  
  2. Fire breaks out in Prabhadevi high-rise in Mumbai, no casualties reported yet: Around 90 people have been rescued from the building.
  3. Delhi BJP leaders, workers begin dharna at Kejriwal’s office against government’s ‘non-performance’: Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta said the sit-in would continue until the AAP government promised to provide water to the people.
  4. Grand alliance to stop Narendra Modi reflects the sentiments of people, says Rahul Gandhi: The Congress president, however, did not mention who would lead the alliance.
  5. Canada, Mexico and United States win rights to host 2026 Fifa World Cup: The ‘United 2026’ bid, as it was known, garnered 67% or 134 out of the 203 total votes.  
  6. UIDAI defers roll-out of facial recognition facility for Aadhaar authentication to August 1: The authority’s CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said the delay will help ensure a smooth roll-out of the service.  
  7. Summit with Kim Jong-un has averted a nuclear catastrophe, says US President Donald Trump: The leaders had met in Singapore on Tuesday, following which the US agreed to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea.  
  8. Two people killed, over 3,000 families left homeless as torrential rain causes floods: Torrential rainfall in Manipur and Mizoram in the last few days has caused landslides and flash floods in several parts of the states.
  9. Dubai hotel terminates contract with head chef Atul Kochhar for ‘anti-Islam’ tweet: Kochhar, a person of Indian origin, had posted a tweet saying Hindus have been ‘terrorised by Islam’ for over 2,000 years.  
  10. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition is improving, hopeful of recovery soon, says AIIMS: The hospital’s director, Dr Randeep Guleria, said the 93-year-old former prime minister’s kidney was now functioning normally.  
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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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