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.
In 1927 the Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd. was incorporated at Thrissur, Kerala by a group of ambitious visionaries. The Dhanlaxmi Bank has earned the trust and goodwill of clients with its rich heritage over the period of 90 years. It is due to the firm belief of the bank in the need to seek innovation, deliver the best service and demonstrate responsibility that it has grown from strength to strength in every area. Either it is about the number of customers, the scale of the banks business, the breadth of product offerings, the banking experience offered by the bank or the trust that people has developed on it. The bank has more than 653 touch points across India at the service of its customers. The focus of the bank has always been on customizing its services as per the customers and personalizing relations with them. The Bank has adopted Centralised Banking Solution at all its branches to extend the banking services to its clientele anywhere/anytime through multiple delivery channels. A data center has been set up in Bangalore by the bank, to keep the system of network operational 24/7. The Bank has also operated a disaster recovery center at Thrissur for meeting various contingencies. On 10 August 2010, the bank has changed its name from Dhanalakshmi Bank to Dhanlaxmi Bank. In March 2010, the bank introduced Dhanlaxmi Bank Platinum and Gold Credit cards.