Barasat is a neighborhood in Kolkata, situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the North 24 Parganas district as well as the Barasat Sadar subdivision. Known for its strategic location at a railway and road junction, Barasat is a regional transportation hub. Several important roads, including National Highway 12, National Highway 112 pass through the town. During the Mughal period, Sankar Chakraborty (who was a commander of the king of Jessore in Bangladesh) came to Barasat and established himself. During the British era, the officials of the East India Company made Barasat a weekend retreat by constructing houses with gardens. Warren Hastings had built his villa in the heart of the region. The place was known for its indigo cultivation and thus contributed largely to the economy of the state. The city is located in the Gangetic plain. Today, the fertile land of the area ensures the cultivation of crops like rice, legumes, potatoes, sugarcane and coconuts. Prestigious academic institutes such as West Bengal State University, Barasat Government College, Brainware University, Adamas University, etc. are located in Barasat. The city has many Ashramas dedicated to different saints and gurus for the Hindu devotees.
The KBL is a scheduled commercial banking company headquartered in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India. The tagline of the Karnataka bank is "Your Family Bank Across India".The Karnataka Bank Limited had received the Sun and NDTV Green IT Award in August 2008.The Sun Microsystems and NDTV awarded the Karnataka bank for admiration of its green policies and usage of earth-friendly technology like solar power. For the year 2010-11, the bank had achieved the Best Bank Award for "Managing IT Risk" under small bank category, instituted by IDRBT. Shri Anand Sinha, former deputy governor, RBI, and chairman of IDRBT gave the award to Shri P. Jayarama Bhat, Managing Director of the Karnataka Bank on 4 August 2011 in front of Shri B. Sambamurthy, Director of IDRBT. The Karnataka Bank Limited signed an MOU in the year 2000 with Infosys Technologies for developing a core banking solution called Finacle. The bank had a network of over 221 branches as of 31 March 2004. The main objective of the bank is "Anytime/Anywhere banking." The Karnataka bank signed a pact with Corporation Bank for sharing its ATMs. The bank introduced the Moneyplant card that enables its customers to withdraw money from their bank accounts anywhere.