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The big news: J&K Police release CCTV footage of editor’s suspected killers, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: Akhilesh Yadav will contest 2019 General Elections from Kannauj, and an abducted soldier’s bullet-ridden body was found in Pulwama district.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Jammu and Kashmir Police release CCTV footage of men suspected to have killed journalist Shujaat Bukhari: The three bike-borne men had their faces covered.
  2. Akhilesh Yadav to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls from his wife’s constituency of Kannauj: Mulayam Singh Yadav will be Samajwadi Party’s candidate from Mainpuri seat.
  3. Abducted Indian soldier’s bullet-ridden body found in J&K’s Pulwama district, say reports: Aurangzeb was a 44 Rashtriya Rifles jawan posted in Shopian.
  4. In Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) form panel to draft common programme: The panel has been asked to submit a report within 10 days.
  5. Bhima Koregaon accused planned to organise lectures on slain Maoist in JNU, police tell Pune court: The court extended the police custody of four of the five activists till June 21.
  6. LG halts all civil construction activities till Sunday to combat dust pollution in Delhi: On Wednesday, the the city’s air quality deteriorated beyond the ‘severe’ level because of a dust storm in western India.
  7. Supreme Court refuses to defer Uttar Pradesh civil services mains exam: The court also set aside the Allahabad High Court’s order to re-evaluate answer sheets of the preliminary test.
  8. India rejects UN’s first report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir, calls it fallacious: The report details human rights abuses on both sides of the Line of Control. 
  9. ED says it is investigating Karti Chidambaram’s firm in Airel-Maxis case for moving money abroad: The firm is accused of transferring Rs 32.91 crore to a Singapore-based company and Rs 15.79 crore to former French tennis player Jean-Francois Caujolle.  
  10. Mangaluru tops in elderly abuse in India, Delhi among top five, says report: Conversely, the cities that reported the lowest figures were Jammu, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi and Guwahati, the HelpAge India survey said.  
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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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