Friday March 22, 2019

Visually Challenged, yet a Printing Expert: Meet Kalim Iftikar Shaikh of Mumbai

Kalim received the license for his business in 1984 and struggled hard to establish the printing business over the years

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  • Kalim Iftikar Shaikh is the one of the owners and founder of M.K. Stationery and Printer in Parel, Mumbai
  • Astonishingly, Kalim is visually impaired and yet he is adept at working with binding, cutting machines
  • Today, Kalim’s business is well established and he continues to work for its improvement

One of the partners of M.K. Stationery and Printer in Parel, Mumbai; Kalim Iftikar Shaikh is one of the lucky people who loves what he does. As surprising as it may seem, Kalim is visually challenged and yet he manages to work flawlessly and regularly with machines. He operates a semi-automatic cutting machine alongside managing the binding works. The cutting machine, being semi-automatic, helps him to determine when to cut the paper. He said that it may not be the ideal job for a blind person to work with machines but he has learned the techniques very well. He has completed his course of printing machines and other things related to the printing science from the National Association of the Blind. He says that even blind people can now work with the proper usage of their touch, tactile and hearing senses.

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When Kalim proposed the idea of opening a printing press, his family members were supportive of him. Kalim received the license for his business in 1984. They struggled hard to establish the printing business for years. Today, his brothers Sarfaaraz and Ibrar help him to run the shop now and are part owners of the press. They have other workers along with themselves who work in the press. However, they are not much dependent upon the other people because they do most of the work by themselves, mentioned the printweek.in report.

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The annual income from the shop is about 20 lakhs. The State Bank of India is a regular at their press. They print their different kinds of forms like pay slips, deposit slips and so on so forth.  It prints report cards, notices and other things for different schools. M.K. Press needs about 10 metric tons of paper every year.

Kalim’s family is extremely proud of his achievements.

Kalim and his brothers. Image Source : printweek.in
Kalim and his brothers. Image Source : printweek.in

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Talking about the print technology and business Kalim said to printweek.in, “The quality of the paper is the same, but the cost of the paper has risen by 20% as compared to past 15 years. If we speak of one change in the printing industry, the thinking should be changed in offset printing. There is a difference between a material being printed at a local photocopy shop and at the printing press. Today, the value is more for a print at a photocopy shop as compared to an offset printing press. The customer thinks that the cost of investment is the same in a photocopy shop and at a printing press.”

– prepared by Atreyee Sengupta, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: Etrui14

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    This man is an example that being a physically challenged, cannot stop you from achieving success. He is an inspiration for us.

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Despite Diplomacy China And Vietnam Are On Regular Crash Over Sea

Anti-China sentiment runs high among regular Vietnamese citizens too, and the government can tap into that when it needs a shot of public support.

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A fishing boat is seen during the low tide at the beach in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam June 4, 2018. VOA

A capsized Vietnamese fishing boat that Hanoi says was hit by a Chinese vessel in contested waters is the latest in what scholars call a string of often unreported maritime mishaps between the two sides despite official efforts to get along.

The fishing boat carrying a crew of five capsized on March 6 near the Paracel Islands, a group of South China Sea islets claimed by both countries but controlled by China.

The National Committee for Incident-Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue in Hanoi says a Chinese vessel rammed the boat near Discovery Reef due east of Vietnam and southwest of Hong Kong, according to the news website VnExpress International. Another Vietnamese fishing boat rescued the crew, the report says. China rejects blame for the mishap.

Although the capsized boat is the biggest publicized incident at sea since a May 2014 mass boat ramming incident, Asian maritime scholars call it one in a series.

“This matter is not a special matter,” said Huang Kwei-bo, vice dean of the international affairs college at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Each side stands ready to repel the other, he said, meaning ultimately boat crews get hurt.

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China and Vietnam are the two most outspoken rival claimants to parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that stretches as far south as the island of Borneo. VOA

“More or less, these things have happened before. Normally you’ll see when relations are good, these things are covered up but when they’re not, the incidents are made bigger,” Huang said.

Maritime clashes, diplomatic repair work

China and Vietnam are the two most outspoken rival claimants to parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea that stretches as far south as the island of Borneo. The two communist neighbors also fought a land border war in the 1970s, causing long-term distrust between governments.

China and Vietnam got into two landmark, deadly naval clashes, in 1974 and 1988, over control of the sea that’s prized for fisheries as well as fossil fuel reserves. The 2014 boat-ramming incident followed the placement of a Chinese oil drilling rig in the South China Sea.

Smaller clashes take place without causing much uproar, said Jay Batongbacal, international maritime affairs professor at University of the Philippines.

In 2011, for example, a Chinese patrol vessel “reportedly cut the exploration cables” of a Vietnamese seismic survey ship in Vietnam’s exclusive maritime economic zone, according to a 2018 study by the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore.

Repair work

Communist party envoys often meet after incidents at sea to foster a period of calm. Each side depends on the other economically. China looks to Vietnam as a place to sell raw materials for manufacturing, while Vietnam counts China as its biggest export market.

But to prove their maritime sovereignty claim, Vietnamese authorities sometimes encourage fishing vessels to violate China’s unilateral moratorium on fishing in disputed waters, said Trung Nguyen, international relations dean at Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Anti-China sentiment runs high among regular Vietnamese citizens too, and the government can tap into that when it needs a shot of public support.

Vietnamese news media initially did not identify China as a player in the March 6 mishap, Nguyen said. He suspects the Communist Party eventually gave the media a “green light.”

“I think that the party-to-party relations have to figure out a way to solve the problem, otherwise similar incidents can happen in the future,” Nguyen said.

Two-way relations are “not bad” at the moment, Huang said, noting Vietnam’s recent inclusion under China’s pan-Asian Belt-and-Road infrastructure development plan. The two sides also still live by a 2011 agreement to solve their maritime disputes through negotiations.

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Anti-China sentiment runs high among regular Vietnamese citizens too, and the government can tap into that when it needs a shot of public support. VOA

Code of Conduct

The March 6 incident may become a talking point between China and the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations as they negotiate a maritime code of conduct by 2021, analysts believe. Association members Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines vie with China over claims to the same sea. Vietnam is also a member.

A code would spell out how naval and coast guard vessels, including drones, can avoid accidents, Huang said, but it’s unclear whether it would apply to private vessels. China and the Southeast Asian bloc have talked about a code since 2002, with China delaying it part of that time. Beijing has the strongest military position among claimants to the disputed sea.

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Other countries would consider backing code proposals to stop incidents like the one March 8, Batongbacal said.

“I’m sure that this incident will be considered by other countries in discussing the code of conduct, so Vietnam’s proposals I’m sure will have some bearing on that,” he said. (VOA)