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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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Pallikaranai wetland in Chennai

Pallikaranai wetland is a freshwater swamp in the city of Chennai, India. Covering an area of 80 square kilometres (31 sq mi), it is the only surviving wetland ecosystem of the city and is among the few and last remaining natural wetlands of South India. It is one of the 94 identified wetlands under National Wetland Conservation and Management Programme (NWCMP) operationalised by the Government of India in 1985–86 and one of the three in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the prioritised wetlands of Tamil Nadu. The topography of the swamp is such that it always retains some storage, thus forming an aquatic ecosystem. A project on 'Inland Wetlands of India' commissioned by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, had prioritised the marsh as one of the most significant wetlands of the country. The marsh contains several rare or endangered and threatened species and acts as a forage and breeding ground for thousands of migratory birds from various places within and outside the country. The number of bird species sighted in the wetland is significantly higher than the number at Vedanthangal birds sanctuary.

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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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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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Champions League Twenty 20

Champions League Twenty 20
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:18:45 -0700

Match 8 of the Oppo CLT20 2014 will feature the hugely popular Chennai Super Kings pitted against the Dolphins, winners of the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in South Africa. Both teams lost their respective opening fixtures and will be keen to get in the mix.
Times of India
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:56:15 -0700

CHENNAI: A 52- year- old man in shabby clothes sells chocolates from a spotless chair and study table in front of the Ayyappan temple in Perambur. Till two months ago, he was begging on this very street for three years. It isn't a rags-to-riches story ...
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

Bangalore: Without a point in their respective opening matches, Chennai Super Kings and South African champions Dolphins will be keen to get their campaigns going when they face each other here under lights Monday in a Group A game of the Champions ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:00:00 -0700

What does the word “heritage” mean to you? Buildings, monuments, title, property…? Chennai has a “living” heritage — “living” as in moving, crawling, flying, breathing, growing non-human denizens — said members of the Madras Naturalists Club, who ...
The Hindu
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:48:45 -0700

The girl, who was in school uniform and carrying school bag, should have boarded the Rameswaram Express in Chennai on Friday night and reached here on Saturday morning, she said. After getting down here, she had travelled to Erwadi in a bus, she ...

Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0700

CHENNAI: AIADMK's A David Gnanasekaran emerged victorious in the bypoll to the ward 35 of the Tondiarpet zone of the Chennai Corporation, defeating his nearest rival T N Lakshmi Narasimhan of the BJP with a margin of more than 18,000 votes.


Times of India
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:26:15 -0700

The Chennai ISL team has acquired the services of former Brazilian international Elano Blumer as their marquee player for the tournament starting on October 12. Elano, 33, is a former Manchester City and Galatasaray midfielder known for his accurate ...

Times of India

Times of India
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:07:30 -0700

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