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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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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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Elaborate carvings on the temple gopuram
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The temple is one of the oldest structures in Chennai. There are shrines for Sri Vedhavalli Thayaar, Sri Ranganatha, Sri Rama, Sri Varadharajar Swamy, the beautiful Narasimha (as Azagiyasingar), Sri Andal, Sri Anjaneya, Alwars, Ramanuja, Swami Manavala Mamunigal and Vedanthachariar. There are separate Dwajasthambams (flag) and entrances for Lord Parthasarathy and Lord Narasimha. The gopuram and mandaps (pillars) are decorated with beautiful elaborate carvings, a standard feature of South Indian Temple Architecture

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Tidel Park' is an IT Park situated in the city of Chennai, India. It is one of the Largest IT park in India. It was set up on the July 4, 2000 to foster the growth of Information Technology in the state of Tamil Nadu.

It has a built-up area of 1,280,000 sq ft (119,000 m2). with centralised air-conditioning and an independent power supply. The park provides state-of-the-art network connectivity with direct satellite uplink.

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Economic Times
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:22:30 -0800

"In accordance with the powers delegated by the company's board, the Assets Sale Committee, in its meeting held on March 2 has decided to commence the process for sale of its hotels in Goa and Chennai," Hotel Leelaventure Ltd said in a filing to the BSE.

Times of India

Times of India
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:52:30 -0800

A 70-year-old farmer from Sriperumbudur who came to Chennai to attend his granddaughter's engagement lost a bag containing Rs 1.80 lakh in cash on Monday morning. However, he got the bag and the money back in a few hours thanks to an honest ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:02:33 -0800

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government would try its best to get the closed Nokia plant in Chennai up and running once again. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, the prime minister blamed the previous UPA government for the fiasco which led ...


Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:41:27 -0800

The selfie generation in Chennai is not just kicked about taking their own photos but also starting their own ventures. At least, that is how the picture looks right now. While superstar Rajinikanth and Ilayathalapathi Vijay continue to fascinate ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0800

In yet another step towards the launch of operations, Chennai Metro Rail will be finally tested by Commissionerate of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) by the end of this month, according to its officials. The certificate by CMRS is a mandatory requirement to ...
The Hindu
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0800

Parents of a private school in Velachery reportedly panicked on Tuesday due to an H1N1 (swine flu) scare. Of the 1,100 students admitted there, only 88 turned up, local officials said. In order to prevent schools and parents from panicking on this ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0800

For residents of Chennai, the second Railway Budget of the BJP government was disappointing, to say the least. Lakhs of rail passengers who were waiting for announcements on Metro Rail, Monorail, and new train services were upset as Union railway ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0800

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