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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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Marina Beach along Kamarajar Salai in Chennai

Marina Beach is a natural urban beach in the city of Chennai, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach runs from near Fort St. George in the north to Besant Nagar in the south, a distance of 13 km (8.1 mi), making it the longest natural urban beach in the country. The Marina is primarily sandy, with an average width of 300 m (980 ft) and a maximum width of 437 m (1,434 ft). Bathing and swimming at the beach are legally prohibited because of the dangers, as the undercurrent is very turbulent. It is the most crowded beach in the country and attracts about 30,000 visitors a day during weekdays and 50,000 visitors a day during the weekends and on holidays. During summer months, about 15,000 to 20,000 people visit the beach daily. Being the most prominent open space in the city, the Marina Beach hosts several events throughout the year.

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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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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai
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The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a Chennai stadium and seats 40,000. It hosts football (soccer), and athletic competitions.

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The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:05:09 -0700

A cheerful group of students took a brief break from their routine on Tuesday morning for an interaction with noted Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna. Following the session with the maestro, students of Chennai Corporation schools said they too wanted to ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 14:22:30 -0700

Police said Senthil Kumar posed as an officer on inspection and demanded liquor bottles and 2,000 as bribe from a shop 40km from Chennai. A resident of Alapakkam near Porur, Kumar later told police that it was a desperate attempt to have a drink or two ...

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Economic Times
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:11:15 -0700

BENGALURU: Technology giant IBM today launched public data centre in Chennai to tap into growing demand from financial services and government sectors. Part of the company's global investment of USD 1.2 billion, it is IBM's second such centre in India.
The New Indian Express
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 20:33:45 -0700

CHENNAI: A 24-year-old painter who bravely intervened when a gang tried to rape a breast-feeding mother paid with his life when the five thrashed and stabbed him at Pallavaram railway station on Monday night. Local sources said the few passengers in ...

Hindu Business Line

Hindu Business Line
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:49:02 -0700

Air travellers from Chennai and Kolkata can now fly with the assurance that their bags will go with them. This follows the Airports Authority of India (AAI) implementing a new baggage management system called the Sita BagManager, which gives real-time ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 03:18:45 -0700

An annual dip in temperatures, new fragrant brews of coffees, the Margazhi festival bringing with it flowers, kolam and rustling silks; and you breasting the finish line of the annual running festival – The Wipro Chennai Marathon, celebrating your own ...


Times of India
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:37:30 -0700

CHENNAI: A few advocates in the Madras high court and law students, who laid a day-long siege to the Chief Justice's court on September 14, has given an undertaking that they would not indulge in such protests in future. After a written undertaking to ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 17:11:15 -0700

A Suvidha Superfast Special from Chennai Central to Thiruvananthapuram Central and an Express train from Thiruvananthapuram Central to Chennai Central will be operated by Railways to clear heavy rush in the sector. Train 00621 Suvidha Superfast ...

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