Kolkata or Calcutta is a 350-year-old metropolis which is not only the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal but was also the erstwhile capital city of India. Kolkata is located on the bank of the Hooghly River, and the city is undoubtedly the principal cultural, educational and commercial center of East India. The Port of Kolkata on the Hooghly River is the oldest operating river port in India. The British East India Company had primarily developed the city after a long era of the Nawabi Rule. The native Bengali inhabitants of the city consider Kolkata to be India?s intellectual, artistic and cultural capital. Often called the "City of Joy," this friendly city and its friendlier people are extremely passionate about their culture and heritage, Tagore, politics and literature. Kolkata experiences a hot and sultry summer and a moderately cold winter. The city celebrates almost every Indian festival and gets especially decked up in autumn during the Durga Puja. A typical street in Kolkata consists of distinctively close-knit neighborhoods, freestyle intellectual exchanges, old yellow ambassador taxis, street food joints and sweet shops. North Kolkata hosts the older neighborhoods with huge old-fashioned houses and narrow streets, whereas South Kolkata is home to the posh and upscale Bengalis. Central Kolkata has the central business district; East Kolkata is the new and upcoming area of the city that is randomly developing.
In India, the SBI bank has 18,354 branches. The revenue of SBI was ?2.005 trillion (US$29 billion) in the financial year 2012?13, out of which domestic operations contributed to 95.35% of the income. As a financial inclusion initiative, the bank had launched11,300 camps and opened over 3 million accounts by September under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana introduced by the Government in August 2014, which comprised 2.1 million accounts in rural areas and 1.57 million accounts in urban areas. The bank had the presence of 191 overseas offices as of 2014?15 in 36 countries marking the substantial existence in foreign markets among Indian banks. There are various foreign subsidiaries or affiliates operated by the SBI. A subsidiary was opened by the SBI bank in 1982, which now has ten branches?9 branches in the state of California and 1 in Washington, D.C. On 28 March 2011, the 10th office was opened in Fremont, California. In 1989, an offshore bank established by the SBI, SBI International (Mauritius) Ltd which later merged with the Indian Ocean International Bank. The Indian Ocean International Bank has been doing retail banking business in Mauritius since 1979.