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.
Federal Bank Limited was established on 28th April 1931. In September 2006, the Ganesh Bank of Kurundwad was merged with Federal Bank, and the total number of the bank branches crossed 500. In July 2011, the Federal office launched the general insurance cover for stabilizing the relationship with the clients. FedDelight, banks unique gift card was launched in September 2011. In November 2011, the bank started its 24/7 customer care which was controlled by differently abled people. The Federal Bank has also signed an agreement with Samba Bank for inward remittance. The stocks of the bank get listed on the BSE Index in 2012. In August 2013, the bank launched its first electronic passbook named Fedbook in India, and it was awarded as the most active organization. The bank has adopted an exclusive video conferencing facility named Vconnect to enable customers to interact with relationship managers of the bank. In June 2015, the bank launched an innovative payment app for its customers named, Scan n Pay. Another initiative in digital banking was Fed-E-Credit, the first digital loan in August 2015. In January 2016, the bank introduced miss call based banking services for fund transfer.