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The Chennai Portal

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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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Library at IIT Madras

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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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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The Hindu
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0800

Even as it is gradually expanding its fleet, the Navy is looking for land near the State capital to establish a base as marine traffic in Chennai port is steadily increasing. Though the Navy had considered an option near Muttukadu along East Coast Road ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:00:00 -0800

In her first port of call with an all-women crew, Navy's adventure sailing boat INSV Mhadei that has clocked over a lakh nautical miles, including two circumnavigations, entered the Chennai port on Saturday. The team of five women officers led by ...


Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:18:55 -0800

Chennai: An auto driver in Chennai has been honoured this week for his remarkable act of generosity. A few months ago, K Ravichandran was driving a passenger who had a heart attack in his auto. Mr Ravichandran, 48, rushed the passenger to hospital.
The Hindu
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:48:45 -0800

Fr. Dr. G. Joseph Antony Samy, S.J., Principal of Loyola College, Chennai writes with reference to the feature “Caste on the campus”, published in The Hindu Sunday Magazine of February 7, 2016: Ninety-year-old Loyola College in Chennai is the pride of ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:33:45 -0800

Chennai is among those metros which have more than one economic growth driver. Interestingly, its economy has a broad industrial base with the Chennai port along with IT/ITeS and BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) sectors contributing to ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:14:46 -0800

CHENNAI: A severe shortage of parking space in the city has allowed some residents to brazenly `rent out' space on public roads to motorists. Like a woman in a blue house on 2nd Main Road in CIT Nagar. She charges Rs 1,500 every month for space to ...
The Hindu
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 16:11:02 -0800

A body of an unidentified person was found on the railway tracks between Perambur and Vyasarpadi Jeeva railway stations on Thursday. A police official said that based on information from commuters, the Government Railway Police (GRP) recovered the ...

Business Standard

Business Standard
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 04:22:30 -0800

The real estate market in Chennai is expected to see a drop in new launches in the near future, followed by a price hike, as piled up inventory would be consumed by the time and there would be more demand than supply, say industry experts. New launches ...

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