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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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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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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:41:15 -0700

"Chennai has long been seen as a stepping-stone to other parts of India. But with the opening of the Chennai Metro Rail, the capital of Tamil Nadu plans to raise its profile. If nothing else, fast and frequent air-conditioned trains will transform the ...
The Hindu
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:52:30 -0700

Infrastructural issues have once again pushed Chennai airport to the list of worst airports in Asia in a survey conducted by a website. This is the third year in a row that the city's facility has appeared on the list of “Worst airports of Asia”, in ...

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International Business Times, India Edition
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:22:30 -0700

The advance booking, which was started at some places last week, has opened on Tuesday in all the leading theatres and multiplexes in Chennai. Archana Kalapathi of AGS Cinemas announced the happy news as she wrote, "#Kaththi issues are resolved .
Economic Times
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:03:45 -0700

"Chennai has long been seen as a stepping-stone to other parts of India. But with the opening of the Chennai Metro Rail, the capital of Tamil Nadu plans to raise its profile. If nothing else, fast and frequent air-conditioned trains will transform the ...
Times of India
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

CHENNAI: K Maariamma lay shivering in the rain on a Wall Tax Road pavement on Monday morning, a makeshift tent her only protection. "I don't have any other place to stay even if it rains continuously for the next few days. But I am used to sleeping ...

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:41:15 -0700

The Nokia workers' union — the Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam — fearing loss of further jobs at the Chennai plant has requested the state government to convert it into an electronic zone, where consumer durables such as TV, set top boxes, laptops ...

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Times of India
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:50:47 -0700

CHENNAI: Schools and colleges in Chennai and several other districts will remain closed on Monday due to heavy rain. Chennai district collector declared holiday for schools and colleges on Monday morning. Similarly, respective collectors declared ...
Times of India
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:06:43 -0700

The Lonely Planet website said, "Chennai has long been seen as a stepping stone to other parts of India. But with the commissioning of the Chennai metro rail, the capital of India's south plans to raise its profile. If nothing else, fast and frequent ...

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