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Gen. Bipin Rawat’s controversial remarks on waging a “dirty war” in Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi calls cow slaughter by party activists “barbaric”, CBSE results and other top stories this morning.

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Students celebrate their success in the CBSE class 12th examination at their school in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)

Gen. Bipin Rawat’s controversial remarks on waging a “dirty war” in Kashmir, Rahul Gandhi calls cow slaughter by party activists “barbaric”, women molested in UP, man beaten to death in Delhi, Angela Merkel says Europe’s days of relying on others are over, assailant shoots eight people dead in Mississippi.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Kashmir crisis: ‘You fight a dirty war with innovations’

The Indian Army is facing a “dirty war” in Jammu and Kashmir which has to be fought through “innovative” ways, army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said, stoutly defending the use of a Kashmiri as a ‘human shield’ by a young officer. Gen Rawat, who had served in Jammu and Kashmir extensively, said if people in any country lose fear of the army, then the country is doomed. “Adversaries must be afraid of you and at the same time your people must be afraid of you. We are a friendly army, but when we are called to restore law and order, people have to be afraid of us,” he said. Read the story here.

Editorial: Kashmir human shield debate: The General has it wrong

It is highly regrettable that Gen. Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff, has chosen to justify and extol the actions of Maj. Leetul Gogoi, who used a Kashmiri civilian as a human shield against stone-pelters in Budgam on April 9. It is understandable that Gen. Rawat feels a loyalty to his men, and a concern for the morale of his troops. But his defence of Maj. Gogoi achieves neither of those objectives. If anything, it undermines the prestige of the Army, and makes even worse a bad situation in the Valley…It is hardly reassuring that the nation’s top soldier thinks it is necessary that Indians should be afraid of those in uniform. Read the editorial here.

Kerala cow slaughter: Congress distances itself, Rahul Gandhi says it’s ‘barbaric, thoughtless’

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi condemned on Sunday the slaughter of a cow by his party’s youth activists in Kerala, terming the incident “barbaric and completely unacceptable” in the wake of a political tug-of-war. Youth groups of the state’s ruling CPI(M)-led LDF and Congress-headed UDF opposition killed the animal in Kannur in public view on Saturday evening, cooked its meat and distributed it during a “Beef Fest” to protest against the BJP-led central government’s new rules on cattle trade that ban the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter through animal markets. Read the story here.

CBSE 12th result 2017: Pass percentage dips, Noida girl Raksha Gopal is the topper

Raksha Gopal, a keen keyboardist and arts student from Noida’s Amity International School, topped the Central Board of Secondary Education’s class 12 finals, which a million candidates wrote this year. The 17-year-old daughter of Gopal Srinivasan, the chief finance officer of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation, and Ranjani Gopal scored 99.6% — two marks short of a perfect 100. In the southern state of Kerala, an autorickshaw driver’s son, Ajay R Raj, scored the highest in the differently-abled category, with 98% marks. Read the story here.

CBSE Class 12 topper Raksha Gopal wants to study political science in DU

A keyboard player and a voracious reader who is currently learning French — this is how family, friends and teachers describe 17-year-old Raksha Gopal, who scored 99.6% in her CBSE 12th boards to emerge as all-India topper. A student of humanities at Amity International School Noida, Raksha scored 100 in three subjects — English core, political science and economics — and also managed to score 99 in two subjects — psychology and history. Raksha wishes to pursue political science from Delhi University and has three top colleges in mind. Read the story here.

Group of 14 men molests two women in UP’s Rampur, posts video online; 1 held

A group of 14 men harassed and molested two women in Uttar Pradesh’s Tanda district, a video of which one of them shot and posted online. Police arrested one of the accused, Shahnawaz Qadri from Kuwan Kheda village of Tanda, where the incident happened, while four search teams are hunting for the others. The police are also trying to locate the two women. Read the story here.

Delhi: Man beaten to death for objecting to youths urinating in public

A 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver, was beaten to death allegedly with iron knuckles and stones wrapped in towels for objecting to two-three youths urinating on the roadside in north Delhi’s GTB Nagar on Saturday evening. According to the police, Ravinder had an argument with two to three youths about their urinating near the metro station. The youth returned with a gang of 15 and beat up Ravinder who succumbed to his injuries. Read the story here.

NDA govt has a permanent solution to solve Kashmir conflict: Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday asserted that the BJP-led NDA government has found a “permanent solution” to the vexed Kashmir issue but there would be no compromise on the territorial integrity of India. The minister also ruled out inviting separatist groups for talks on Kashmir and said whoever wanted to talk “development and peace” was welcome. “We have come up with a permanent solution to solve Kashmir. The initiative has begun. We are moving forward,” Rajnath Singh said. Read the story here.

Europe must take fate into own hands, says Merkel after summits with Trump

Europe can no longer completely rely on its allies, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday. Merkel did not mention US President Donald Trump, who criticised major NATO allies and refused to endorse a global climate change accord, but she told an audience in Munich that the days when Europe could completely count on others were “over to a certain extent”. Europeans must really take their fate into their own hands, Merkel said, in friendship with the US, UK and good neighbours wherever possible, including Russia but added that “we have to know that we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.” Read the story here.

8 killings, 3 locations, 1 night: How Mississippi man went on a shooting spree

A Mississippi man went on a shooting spree overnight, killing a sheriff’s deputy and seven other people in three separate locations in rural Lincoln County before the suspect was taken into custody by police, authorities said on Sunday. Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, who was arrested shot the deputy and three women at one location and then moved to two other residences killing four other people. Read the story here.

Virat Kohli, Shami shine as India beat New Zealand in Champions Trophy warm-up

A rain-curtailed match might be a dampener for teams and fans, but on Sunday it threw up positives for India. They beat New Zealand by 45 runs (via the DL Method) in a warm-up game at the Oval to start the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign on a positive note. Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets and Virat Kohli posted an unbeaten half-century in the game. Read the story here.