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Doctors in Safdarjung Hospital hosted some unexpected guests this Diwali — a delegation of burns and plastic surgeons from Japan, who had come to Delhi to attend a scientific conference. The delegation dropped in to see the special Diwali arrangements at the hospital, which has the largest burns unit in northern India. The Japanese doctors were so impressed that they decided to celebrate Diwali with their Safdarjung counterparts. "Celebrating Diwali with us was not part of their itinerary, but they changed their plan after visiting us. They cancelled a dinner party to be with us. They liked our special Diwali burns counters, our firecracker burns protocol, where we try to analyse the cause and scale of injuries of each patient, and other things such as installation of temporary dressing rooms near the burns casualty ward," a Safdarjung doctor said. The Japanese team chipped in to help the 30-odd Safdarjung doctors attend to hundreds of patients. "They were overwhelmed by the number of patients. We got about 150-160 firecracker burns patients by evening, and it was a rule to attend to each patient within a span of
7-8 minutes. After the experience, the foreign team said they had the best Diwali ever," the doctor said.
Judges lead the way
The Diwali week was tough on the judges of Ghaziabad court. Most of the court staff were on extended vacations, forcing the judges to do the clerical job as well. So much so that in several courts, in the absence of clerks, the judges wrote recorded statements by hand. A lawyer said: "The written statements may not be very legible, but the courts did function. The judges led the way. In the past, the courts would close for weeks during Diwali."
Diwali goodwill gesture
Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh surprised the "agitating" members of the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) on the eve of Diwali. Singh offered them Diwali greetings, much to the surprise of DUTA because it has been accusing the vice-chancellor of shutting the doors on any kind of dialogue to resolve the current impasse. "The vice-chancellor, in a goodwill gesture, met teachers, students and the non-teaching staff a day before Diwali. The meeting should not be viewed with political or administrative undertones," a senior university official said. DUTA members simply acknowledged the Diwali greetings as "informal interaction".