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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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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:40:49 -0700

Once a showpiece of foreign investment, the factory at Sriperumbudur, about 45 km from Chennai, now looks like a ghost entity. For the around 30,000 workers, 31 October will forever be Black Friday as Nokia officially shutdowns its plant in the state ...

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:18:45 -0700

In front of a thunderous home crowd, Chennai's marquee player scored a penalty and then clinically sneaked in a free-kick to become the star of the night. He also helped Jeje Lalpekhlua and John Stiven Mendoza score as Chennai went up to the second ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:26:15 -0700

In the global fight against the Ebola epidemic, this city has had a small role to play, believe it or not. Experts from Nigeria, which could successfully control the Ebola outbreak, have acknowledged the role of the Chennai Declaration, an Indian ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:18:45 -0700

CHENNAI: In a shocking incident, a minor Muslim girl from Salem was sold to a rich businessman for Rs 12 lakh. The class X student of a government-aided school in Suramangalam, was then married to the 36-year-old divorcee from Cuddalore, on October ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:48:45 -0700

His mother A Maherunnisa moved the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) and simultaneously initiated criminal proceedings against the teacher before a magistrate court in Chennai. She also pointed out that the school detained the boy in Class 7 as a ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:48:45 -0700

They are the most expensive addresses in Chennai. In recent years, the who's who of the city has been paying dollar rates to buy property in Boat Club, Poes Garden and Rutland Gate — the most sought-after places in the city. Going by market estimates ...
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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:15:00 -0700

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The Hindu
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:22:30 -0700

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