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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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American Consulate in Chennai

The Consulate General of the United States of America, Chennai represents the interests of the United States government in Chennai, India and surrounding regions. The consulate reports to the ambassador at the Embassy of the United States in New Delhi. Ranked one of America's biggest adjudication posts in the world, the Chennai Consulate also ranks first globally in processing employment-based visas, ranks among the top globally in issuing 'L' and 'H' category visas, and ranks eighth globally in terms of all category of visas being issued. As of 2009, about 20,000 visitors enter the consulate every month to obtain a range of services, including the American Library and cultural and educational programs conducted by the Consulate General.

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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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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:15:00 -0700

The Chennai Port Authority, India's second-largest state-owned container gateway, is poised to reach a record throughput volume in fiscal year 2014-15, which ends March 31, the latest port statistics collected by JOC.com show. The two terminals in the ...

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The Hindu
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:19:09 -0700

A substantial Chinese participation is expected at the forthcoming Global Investor Meet to be held in Chennai in May this year. Not just that, China has also proposed to establish a Consulate General in Chennai soon. Mr.Le Yucheng, Ambassador of the ...


Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:39:28 -0700

Two-time Champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finished third in the last edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Led by MS Dhoni, the team is the most consistent side in the history of the IPL. Apart from lifting the trophy twice (2010 and 2011), they ...

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The Hindu
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:41:15 -0700

In less than 20 minutes, a pair of lungs was rushed from Chennai airport, where the organs landed at 4.10 p.m., to Global Hospitals, where a patient was waiting in the operation theatre – via a green corridor. The lungs, doctors at the hospital said ...

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Sun, 29 Mar 2015 09:25:23 -0700

CHENNAI: Members of Shia and Sunni communities came together in Chennai on Sunday to launch a movement to take on terror outfits at an ideological level. A meeting which was held at Thousand Lights elected Tamil Nadu Shia Muslim Convention Board ...
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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:41:15 -0700

One more glass panel crashed at the Chennai airport on Saturday night, the latest in a series of infrastructural accidents at the facility. Around 11 p.m., a glass panel measuring 12X4 fell near gate no. 2 of the departure hall of the domestic terminal ...
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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:37:30 -0700

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:06:22 -0700

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