Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
The subsidiary of BOB consists of BOB Capital Markets which is a SEBI-registered investment banking company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is an entirely owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda. Another wholly-owned subsidiary is Bobcards Ltd, a credit card company. The company is in the business of acquiring business & providing back-end support for Debit cards operations to the bank. In the year 1984, Bank of Baroda had launched its first charged card named BOBCARD. The Credit card division of Bank of Baroda managed the complete process of plastic card. The Bobcards Limited was established in the year 1994 to meet the needs of rapidly growing credit card industry in a focused manner. The Bank of Baroda had received Best Bank award for Global Business Development in Public Sector in Polaris Financial Technology Banking Awards held in 2014. The bank had also received ASSOCHAM Social Banking Excellence Award in the Public Sector Banks category, after getting recognized for the significant initiatives taken by the Bank in social banking sphere. In the year 2014, the bank had been awarded for being The Most Efficient Public Sector Bank? in the Best PSUs of India by Dalal Street Investment Journal Awards. The bank became the first National Sponsor in FIFA Under 17 World Cup India.