News Reading Practice #64

(100 Day Challenge)


Livelihood first: A farmer with his daughters working in a field in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh on Sunday. 


Unable to buy a pair of oxen due to acute poverty, 42- year-old Sardar Barela, a farmer from the home district of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has been using his two minor daughters to plough his fields for the last two years. 

As a shocking video of Radha, 13, and Kunti, 9, pulling the plough in place of the oxen to furrow their field in Bastanpur Pangari village went viral, an embarrassed district administration rushed revenue officials to the place on Saturday, with appeals to desist from the practice. 

"As I don't have money to buy bulls, I have no option but to ask my daughters to pull the plough," Mr. Barela told PTI. He said neither had he money to educate Radha and Kunti, nor was he able to reap the benefits of government schemes. 

"We will ensure that Barela gets the benefit of all government schemes," said district PRO Ashish Sharma.


• PLOUGH - Farming tool used for breaking and turning soil. (കലപ്പ) 

• OXEN - Male cattle used for plowing. (കാള) 

• ACUTE POVERTY - Severe financial hardship. (കടുത്ത ദാരിദ്ര്യം) 

• PULLING THE PLOUGH - Act of dragging the plough through the field. (കലപ്പ വലിക്കുക) 

• FURROW - A trench made by a plough for planting seeds. (ചാലുകീറുക) 

EMBARRASSED: Feeling ashamed or self-conscious about one's actions or situation.

RUSHED: Moved quickly or urgently, often in response to a sudden need or situation. (പരാതി, ദുരിതം. ) 

• DESIST FROM - Stop or refrain from doing something. (പിന്തിരിപ്പിക്കുക, പിന്മാറുക) 

• BULLS - Adult male cattle. (കാളകള്‍) 

• REAP THE BENEFITS OF - Gain advantages or rewards from something. (ആനുകൂല്യങ്ങള്‍ കൊയ്യുക-കൈക്കലാക്കുക)