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Check out the latest news in Chennai on The Times of India with a wide range of topics including Chennai’s politics, Chennai crime, sports, fashion, Kollywood, culture, dance and music, industries, civic bodies, Chennai traffic updates, new trends, education and civic issues. From the regular hustle-bustle of the fast-paced life of the metropolis to an incredible array of talent in performing arts. From latest political developments to Kollywood-related events or even traffic updates. We cover it all in detail and you can check it all in just one click. Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state, was formerly known as Madras. Located on the Coromandel Coast, the city is also considered as the gatekeeper of South Indian art, culture and traditions. Ancient shrines, vibrant arts and a bustling culinary scene make Chennai one of the most happening cities in southern India. Alongside heritage, flourish natural and contemporary highlights: sprawling beaches with natural and man-made wonders, a bustling seaport, quirky cafes, a multi-transport system, theme parks, industrial hubs, hi-tech parks and universities. Chennai's population is a mix of locals, expats and people from the rest of the country. The Greater Chennai Corporation is the civic body that governs the city of Chennai. It is headed by a mayor, who presides over 200 councillors each of whom represents one of the 200 wards of the city. The city is divided into 15 civic zones. The city stretches along the Coromandel Coast much of its superb sandy beach and extends inland. Its irregular shape covers about 426 sq/km. The estimated present population of Chennai is 7.1 million.