A Chennai artist has attempted to enter Guinness World Records. Shiva Raman painted Mahatma Gandhi's portrait using coffee powder. He painted Gandhiji's portrait covering 2,020 square feet area. Raman started painting at 6 am on August 14 and finished his work at 6 am on August 15. The artist works as a faculty member of arts at Hindustan International School in Guindy. Raman art aims at promoting patriotism on occasion of Independence Day. India celebrated nation's 74th Independence Day on August 15. This year, curtailed celebrations were planned in view of Covid pandemic. Security was tightened at borders and across the national capital. Additional cops were also deployed to maintain the law and order situation.
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Around 40 police personnel of Chennai have donate blood for the plasma therapy for COVID-19 treatment at Chennai's Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital. Chennai Police Commissioner, Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal said, "Other personnel who have recovered from COVID19 also willing to donate plasma." State Health Minister, Dr C Vijayabaskar was also present during the noble work.
Skeleton remains of human being were found at Kondagai excavation site near Madurai on August 12. Chief Minister K Palaniswami had given thumbs up for the sixth phase of excavation work on February 19. But due to COVID-19 pandemic all excavation sites were closed on March 24. Excavation work has resumed on May 20.
Testing of COVID-19 has increased in India. As per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a record high of 8,48,728 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. This has taken the cumulative tests to 2,76,94,416. 12,608 new COVID-19 cases, and 364 deaths reported in Maharashtra. Delhi reported 1,192 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths. Tamil Nadu reported 5,890 new COVID-19 cases and 117 deaths taking total number of cases to 3,26,245.