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A senior Pakistani security source has confirmed the release of the eight militants who attacked Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as per a report of an English news portal, The Independent.

The source has also mentioned that in order to “avoid a media fuss,” the eight militants were clandestinely released.

In April, there were many reports of 10 Talibani militants being imprisoned for life after the verdict of a Pakistani court. Now, however, the media is blazing with the reports that eight out of the 10 arrested militants have been acquitted and released.

In 2012, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in Swat Valley in Pakistan by a group of Talibani militants because she was campaigning for education for girls.

“The trial had absolutely no credibility. Nobody was there to witness it except the prosecutor, the judge, the army and the accused,” the source was quoted as saying.

The aforementioned source was also quoted saying, “This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime. But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to. Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”

The Police Chief of Swat Valley, Azad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London confirmed the conviction of two men and said that the other eight were released due to lack of adequate evidence, according to a report published in The Independent.  The High Commission further stated that, “The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it was misreported at the time.”

Malala Yousafzai, now 17 and currently living in Birmingham, UK, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

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Piano Lessons Make Children Smarter, Claims New Study

However it did not appear to confer any benefit for overall cognitive ability, as measured by IQ, attention span, and working memory, the researchers said

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Piano lessons make children smarter, claims new study
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If your kid is slow in language skills, then sending him or her for piano lessons can improve word discrimination as well as language proficiency, says a study.

The findings suggested that piano lessons may have specific effect on the children’s ability to distinguish different pitches, which helped them to better distinguish different words.

However it did not appear to confer any benefit for overall cognitive ability, as measured by IQ, attention span, and working memory, the researchers said.

“The children didn’t differ in the more broad cognitive measures, but they did show some improvements in word discrimination, particularly for consonants. The piano group showed the best improvement there,” said Robert Desimone from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, included data from nearly 100 children aged four or five years, who were divided into three groups — one that received 45-minute piano lessons three times a week; one that received extra reading instruction for the same period of time; and one that received neither intervention.

After six months, the researchers tested the children on their ability to discriminate words based on differences in vowels, consonants, or tone.

The results showed that, children who had piano lessons showed a significant advantage over children in the extra reading group in discriminating between words that differ by one consonant.

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Children in both the piano group and extra reading group performed better than children who received neither intervention when it came to discriminating words based on vowel differences.

“That’s a big thing for kids in learning language: being able to hear the differences between words. They really did benefit from that,” Desimone added.

The researchers hope their findings could encourage other schools to keep or enhance their music offerings. (IANS)