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Top news photos: PM Modi attends Dussehra celebrations, IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet, and more

From children learning to write on the occasion of Vijayadashami, to the air show in Uttar Pradesh for the Air force day parade, here are some of the top news images of the day

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7.30 pm | Prime Minister Narendra Modi applies ‘tilak’ on the forehead of an actor playing the role of Lord Hanuman during Dussehra festivities, in New Delhi on October 8, 2019. Mr. Modi urged the people to work towards furthering the empowerment of women and ensuring their dignity by taking forward the spirit of Navratri, as he participated in the festivities in the national capital. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar
6.30 pm | Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly (right) and chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier (left) at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France on October 8, 2019. Mr. Singh formally accepted the first Rafale fighter jet after India had signed a deal with the French government and Dassault Aviation in September 2016, to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets. Photo: Reuters
3.30 pm | A durga idol being immersed at Srinivasapuram Beach in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: R. Ragu
2.00 pm | Artist Kattoor Narayanapilla initiating a child into painting at the Thunchan Smaraka Samaiti, Ayranimuttom, as part of the Vidhyarambham ritual in connection with the Vijayadashami in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Photo: S. Gopakumar
Bengali women devotees applying vermilion powder to each other after bidding adieu to Goddess Durga on the day of Vijaya Dashami marking culmination of Navratri festivities at Banga Bhavan in Chandigarh on October 8, 2019.
12.00 pm | Bengali women devotees applying vermilion powder to each other after bidding adieu to Goddess Durga on the day of Vijaya Dashami marking culmination of Navratri festivities at Banga Bhavan in Chandigarh on October 8, 2019. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar
11.00 a.m. | Extinction Rebellion activists shout slogans at a gathering in Sydney on October 8, 2019. Extinction Rebellion activists gathered in cities for a second day across Australia and New Zealand for a fortnight of global civil disobedience demanding governments take urgent action on climate change.
More than fifty thousand tourists visited the Government botanical garden in Udhagamandalam in the past three day's and more than fifteen thousand tourists are expected to visit on October 8, 2019 due to pooja holidays.
10.00 a.m. | More than fifty thousand tourists visited the Government botanical garden in Udhagamandalam in the past three day's and more than fifteen thousand tourists are expected to visit on October 8, 2019 due to pooja holidays. Photo: M . Sathyamoorthy
9.00 a.m. | Kids start learning on the occasion of Vijayadashami at Mahalingapuram Iyappan Temple in Chennai on October 8, 2019. Photo: R. Ragu
8.00 a.m. | Air force day parade at Hindon Air force station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on October 8, 2019. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

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