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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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Jade Cargo's Boeing 747-400F departing from Chennai Airport

Chennai International Airport, formerly Madras Airport, is the primary airport serving the southern Indian metropolis of Chennai. It is the third busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is spread across the suburban areas of Meenambakkam, Pallavaram and Tirusulam with passenger entry at Tirusulam and cargo entry at Meenambakkam. It is the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals adjacent to each other. The airport is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for the southern region of India comprising the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala and the union territories of Puducherry and Lakshadweep. As of 2012, the airport handles 13.5 million passengers annually and about 325 aircraft movements a day.

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Santhome Basilica at dusk
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San Thome Basilica is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Santhome, in the city of Chennai (Madras), India. It was built in the 16th century by Portuguese explorers, and rebuilt again with the status of a cathedral by the British in 1893. The British version still stands today. It was designed in neo-Gothic style, favored by British architects in the late 19th century.

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  • ... that the Chennai Book Fair is an annual event in Chennai, India, which takes place between the last week of December and the third week of January?



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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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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 02:07:30 -0800

The Delhi-Chennai route, part of the proposed Diamond Quadrilateral project, which aims to build a high-speed train network between different cities, including Delhi-Mumbai, Mumbai-Chennai, Chennai-Kolkata, Kolkata-Delhi and Mumbai-Kolkata, is likely ...

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India Today
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:21:13 -0800

Venkaiah Naidu, Aroon Purie and Shekhar Gupta with the awardees of the India Today Best City Awards 2014 in New Delhi on Friday.Chennai emerged as the best overall city in the country at the second edition of the India Today Best City Awards 2014 held ...
Times of India
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:48:45 -0800

CHENNAI: In a major breakthrough in the twin blasts at Chennai Central railway station in May, crime branch CID sleuths have confirmed the handiwork Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) operatives who escaped from Khandwa prison in Madhya ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:30:00 -0800

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Times of India
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:45:00 -0800

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:11:15 -0800

Chennai: Continuing its crackdown on various agencies to ensure maintenance of law and order in the city, police today set a deadline of January 10 2015 for omnibuses to install CCTVs. After a meeting with over 50 omnibus operators in Chennai, Police ...
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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:04:20 -0800

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:54:14 -0800

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