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 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.