The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
The Andhra bank was registered on 20 November 1923 and began business on 28 November 1923. In 1956, the idea of linguistic division of States was promoted, and consequently, Hyderabad became the capital of Andhra Pradesh. Subsequently, the registered office of the bank was moved to Andhra Bank Buildings, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad. In April 1980, the Andhra Bank became a wholly owned Government bank after getting nationalized in the second wave of nationalization of commercial banks. The bank joined with Bharat Lakshmi Bank and further strengthened its position in Andhra Pradesh in 1964. IndiaFirst Company is a merger between two of the public sector banks of India ? Bank of Baroda (44%) and Andhra Bank (30%), along with 26 % share of UKs financial and investment company Legal & General. It was established in November 2009 and has its base in Mumba. It is the first life insurance company to be sent for ISO certification within seven months of its incorporation. The internet banking was introduced by the Andhra Bank to enable its customers to avail railway ticket booking facility online through the separate gateway. The bank had received the best banking technology award by IDRBT, Hyderabad for maximum use of IT in the semi-urban and rural areas.