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 Central Bank of India was found on 21st December 1911. Its head office is in Mumbai. The stocks of the bank are listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange in India. In 1938, the Barclays bank acquired the Central Bank Exchange of India. In 1963, Central Bank of Indias operations in Burma was nationalized by the government of Burma, and it became Peoples Bank No. 1. In 1969, the Central Bank was nationalized by the Indian Government on 19 July, together with 13 others.In the year 1980, Central Bank of India was one of the first banks in India to issue credit cards in collaboration with MasterCard. For the year ended 2013, Central Bank of India announces that the total business of Rs. 402000 Cr and the net profit of Rs. 1015 Cr. A new CMD, Mr. Rajiv Rishi was appointed by the Central Bank of India on 1 August 2013, who was previously ED of Indian Bank and General Manager of OBC. On 1 November 2013, the bank opened its second representative office in Hong Kong.