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Chennai (Tamil: சென்னை IPA: [ˈtʃɛnnəɪ], formerly known as About this sound Madras , is the fourth largest metropolitan area of India and the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai had a population of 4.2 million in the 2001 census within its municipal corporation.[1] The urban agglomeration of Chennai has an estimated population over 8 million[2], making it one of the largest urban agglomerations in India.

The city was established in the 17th century by the British, who developed it into a major urban centre and naval base. By the 20th century, it had become an important administrative centre, as the capital of the Madras Presidency.

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The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is an elite engineering and technology school located in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India. It is officially recognized as an Institute of National Importance by the Government of India and is regarded as one of the finest engineering institutions in India. Founded in 1959 with technical and financial assistance from the Government of the erstwhile West Germany, IIT Madras was third among currently thirteen Indian Institutes of Technology (including 6 new IITs started in 2008) established by the Government of India through an Act of Parliament, to provide world-class education and research facilities in engineering and technology.

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Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus
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The Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is an elevated line of the suburban railway in Chennai, India. The line currently runs from Chennai Beach to Velachery, covering a distance of 27 km with 17 stations. Like the rest of the suburban railway network, the MRTS is operated by the state-owned Southern Railway (SR), a zone of Indian Railways.

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  1. April 24, 2011:Indian guru and spiritual figure Sathya Sai Baba dies at the age of 84, prompting mourners to visit his corpse in their thousands. (The Hindu) (BBC)


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Egmore ,Chennai
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Chennai Egmore is a railway station in Egmore, Chennai, South India. The station acts as the arrival and departure point for trains connecting Chennai and southern, central Tamil Nadu and Kerala

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