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The Chennai Portal

Marina Beach, one of the longest in the World

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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Chennai Port in 1996

Chennai Port, formerly known as Madras Port, is the second largest port of India and the largest port in the Bay of Bengal. It is the third oldest port among the 12 major ports of India. Maritime trade at the port started in 1639 on the undeveloped shore. It is an artificial and all-weather port with wet docks. The port remains a primary reason for the economic growth of Tamil Nadu, especially for the manufacturing boom in South India, and has contributed greatly to the development of the city. It is due of the existence of the port that the city of Chennai eventually became known as the Gateway of South India. The port has become a hub port for containers, cars and project cargo in the east coast of India. The port handles more than 60 million tonnes of cargo annually. In 2008, the port's container traffic crossed 1 million twenty-foot equivalent units. It is currently ranked the 86th largest container port in the world. It is an ISO 14001:2004 and ISPS-certified port and has become a main line port having direct connectivity to more than 50 ports around the world.

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Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus
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The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus or CMBT is a bus terminal in Chennai, India catering outstation buses.

Spread over an area of 37-acre (150,000 m2) in Koyambedu, this is the largest bus terminus in Asia[3] and is accredited with the ISO 9001:2000 quality certification.[3].

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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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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Chennai
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Elliot's Beach is located in Besant Nagar, Chennai, India. It forms the end-point of the Marina Beach shore. It has the Velankanni Church and the Ashtalakshmi Kovil nearby and is sometimes nicknamed 'Bessie'[4]. In the colonial era it was a fairly exclusive place limited to ex-patriates.

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  1. ^ Population, population in the age group 0-6 and literates by sex - Cities/Towns (in alphabetic order)
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  3. ^ a b The Hindu: Koyambedu bus terminus gets ISO certification
  4. ^ Elliot's Beach - Elliot's Beach Chennai, Elliot's Beach Madras India

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:00:00 -0700

The plan may be ambitious, but the woods should not be missed for the trees. Chennai Metro Rail may be making big plans about covering 88 kilometres of the city in its Phase II project, but it must pay attention to its deadlines, which if missed would ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0700

In a bid to conserve fresh water, the Southern Railway is expanding its basic infrastructure for treatment of grey water to clean the aprons along platforms at Chennai Central railway station. Aprons are where the trains halt at the platforms for a ...

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Times of India
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 02:22:30 -0700

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:11:15 -0700

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:00:00 -0700

The installation of a transformer on a narrow road has raised the hackles of residents at Pillayar Koil Street in Thiruvanmiyur. This road, where Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has installed the transformer, does not even ...
Times of India
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:17:10 -0700

Chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni forwarded the complaint to the Chennai city police who registered a case against Elangovan under sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 505 (statements conducing to public ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:04:34 -0700

The secondary runway at Chennai airport has now got approval for operations at night, nearly two years after the first landing there in May 2014. Airport director Deepak Shastri said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) gave approval for ...
Times of India
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:34:32 -0700

CHENNAI: The anxious wait of several JEE aspirants across Tamil Nadu was over when the CBSE on Wednesday declared the results of the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) through which nearly 2 lakh candidates qualified for the JEE (Advanced) to be ...

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