Spiderman was there. As was Batman. The supervillain Joker rubbed shoulders with Wicked Lulu from the League of Legends.
Thousands of fans cheered and clicked pictures with their favorite comic characters Saturday at India's annual comic book fest at a sprawling fairground in southeast New Delhi.
The fifth Delhi Comic Con had something for everyone who attended on this mild, wintry day. Die-hard fans came dressed as their favorite comic characters. Others crowded the more than 200 stalls selling comic books, graphic novels and merchandise on cartoon characters.
Shiva Parwar has been camping on the pavement for five days, waiting in
line for cooking gas. There are 521 gas cylinders ahead of his, and not
even the dealer knows when more fuel will arrive, thanks to a
two-month-long border blockade that shows no sign of ending.
"I sent my wife and child back to our village home because we don't have the gas to cook," said Parwar, whose roadside candy stall is shuttered while he waits. "I have been eating in restaurants with borrowed money but that too has run out. I have no option but to wait in line."
Severe floods that hit the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu this week
have killed 18 patients after rain waters knocked out generators,
officials said Saturday.
State officials were investigating complaints of negligence by hospital authorities in the state capital Chennai, which is reeling from unprecedented floods.
The 18 patients were in the intensive care unit when a power outage affected ventilators in the hospital, leading to their deaths over the past two to three days, said Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan.