Agartala, a rapidly developing city, is the state capital of Tripura. The name Agartala is derived from two words - "Agar" refers to an oily and valuable perfume tree, and the word "tala" refers to a storehouse. It refers to the abundantly available Agarwood trees in the region. Located on the bank of the Haora River, Agartala is located 2 kilometers away from the Bangladesh Border. The city experiences a humid climate, with heavy rainfall throughout the year except during the dry winter days. The city has around half a million population and is divided into 49 wards for effective administration. Most of the residents of Agartala are employed in government-owned enterprises. The Public Sector Units that provide employment in Agartala are ONGC, GAIL, Powergrid Corp. Of India Ltd, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and BSNL among a few others. The economy of Agartala developed at a very slow pace until about the year 2000. A few MNCs have recently entered the city and the city is gradually picking up the developmental momentum. NIT, Tripura Medical College, Tripura University, MBB College, ICFAI UNIVERSITY, etc. are some of the prominent academic institutions in the city. Hinduism is the most common religion and there are plenty of temples in the city. There are many churches as well since Christianity is also a widespread faith. There are several spectacular places of tourist interest such as Ujjayanta Palace, Agartala Amusement Park Amtali, Venuban Buddha Vihar, Jagannath temple and College Tilla, apart from the numerous parks and gardens that beautify this city.
The Andhra Bank had been nationalized in April 1980. It narrowly escaped nationalization in 1969, when all the banks were having deposits of 50 crores and above were nationalized. It was the number one bank among private sector banks from 1969 to 1980. In 1980, more banks with deposits of 200 crores were nationalized. Andhra Bank has its head office in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. C V R Rajendran, chairman and managing director of Andhra Bank was appointed by the finance ministry, earlier worked as executive director at Bank of Maharashtra. The Andhra Bank was the prominent bank in introducing credit cards in India. Also, it is the first bank to issue travelers cheques in Foreign Currency and to launch insurance linked deposit schemes. Though it used to have most of its branches in Andhra earlier, now it has spread itself all across the country. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya founded Andhra Bank in 1923 in Machlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Two of Indias public sector banks ? Bank of Baroda (44%) and Andhra Bank (30%), and UKs financial and investment company (26%) established IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company as a joint venture in November 2009.