The city of Junagadh in the Indian state of Gujarat functions as the headquarters of the Junagadh district. It is the 7th largest city in Gujarat, situated at the base of the Girnar hills. There are two rivers flowing through the city, namely Sonrakh and Kalwo. The name of the city literally translates to "Old Fort." The city was earlier a princely state and is also known by its previous name "Sorath." Junagadh was initially a part of the Saurashtra state and later belonged to the Bombay state. After the Maha Gujarat movement in 1960, the city became a part of the newly formed state of Gujarat. Mountainous region and forest reserves constitute the topography of Junagadh which doesnt support the growth of industries or plants in the area. The main source of economic growth for Junagadh is its mineral-based cement industry, agricultural production and the power sector. There are huge reserves of limestone in the vicinity of Junagadh, which ensures a thriving cement industry. The major crops cultivated in the area are wheat, oilseeds, cotton, mango, groundnut, garlic, banana, onion and brinjal. There are spectacular tourist spots in Junagadh. The Uparkot Fort is an impressive fort that was built by Chandragupta during the Mauryan rule. The temple at Somnath is famous among Hindu devotees. The Gir Forest National Park draws numerous tourists every year.
Vaman Kudva, T M A Pai, Upendra Pai worked together to set up the Syndicate bank in 1925. As time passed, 20 banks joined with the Syndicate Bank Limited along with Southern India Apex Bank Limited and Maharashtra Apex Bank Limited. In 1964, the name of the bank was changed to Syndicate Bank Limited, and the corporate office was moved to Manipal. The bank extended its business not only on the national land but overseas too. It opened a branch in London and managed to incorporate Musandam Exchange Co. in Muscat and National Exchange Co. in Doha. At Hauz Khas, Delhi, it had opened its 1000th office in 1978. The bank has more than 3500 branches currently, and all offices are providing core banking-e-banking services under anywhere-anytime-anyhow banking mission. It has been conferred "Best Bank Award" by Sri Jairam Ramesh, Honble Minister for Rural Development, Government of India In the RSETI movement. The Bank had also been awarded by State forum of Bankers Club, Kerala, "Banking Excellence Award 2013" for being the second best public Bank in overall performance. During Synd LIC Saptah (2 to 7 December 2013), the Bank has been awarded for Record-Breaking Performance by marketing 15119 policies, during a week by Life Insurance Corporation of India.