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The big news: UN report on Kashmir calls for probe into rights violations, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The Madras HC delivered a split verdict on the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, and the air quality in Delhi is still severe.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. India rejects UN’s first report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, calls it fallacious: The United Nations’ first report on Kashmir has detailed human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control..
  2. Madras HC delivers split verdict on disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs, third judge to hear matter: Chief Justice Indira Banerjee upheld the disqualification, while Justice M Sundar disagreed.  
  3. Air quality stays ‘severe’ in Delhi, thick dusty haze likely to persist till Friday: A number of flights from Chandigarh airport were cancelled on Thursday because of low visibility in cities across North India.
  4. Two killed in Manipur, four die in Tripura due to heavy rain: At least four people were killed in rain-related incidents in Kozhikode and Thrissur. 
  5. ‘Women should stay childless rather than give birth to those who deform society,’ says BJP MLA: Pannalal Shakya told women to follow an old couplet that asks them to only birth to children who are devoted, charitable or brave.  
  6. India expresses ‘deep dismay’ over Maldivian court’s decision to imprison former president, judges: The Ministry of External Affairs said the verdict casts doubt on the Maldivian government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law.   
  7. Members of Hafiz Saeed’s political party to contest Pakistan polls from another platform: The Election Commission had dismissed Saeed’s outfit’s plea to register because of its links with the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.  
  8. Wholesale price inflation rose to 4.43% in May – the highest in over a year: The inflation rate was at a 14-month high, mainly due to increasing prices of fuel and vegetables.  
  9. US prosecutors reviewing allegations of sexual assault against actor Sylvester Stallone: A woman filed a police report in November 2017, accusing the action star of raping her 27 years ago.  
  10. Russian legislator asks women not to have sex with foreign men at FIFA World Cup: The head of parliament’s committee for families, women and children said mixed-race children face discrimination and have been suffering since the Soviet era.  
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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.

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