Ahmedabad is the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat. This former capital of Gujarat is often referred to as "Amdavad" by the natives. It is the fifth populous Indian city which is rapidly growing in terms of business and technology. Ahmedabad is slowly emerging as an important industrial and economic hub in India. Gujarati is the commonly spoken language in this city. Gujaratis, being a business-oriented community, have always ensured that the city thrives on multiple lines of trade and commerce. The historic city of Ahmadabad or Old Ahmadabad has recently been declared as Indias first UNESCO World Heritage City. The old city, situated on the bucolic eastern side of the Sabarmati River, used to be girdled by a long wall which was 10km in length. The new city, with wider streets, many upcoming neighborhoods, offices, shopping complexes and several major universities, has emerged on the western side of the river. Ahmedabad witnesses a beautiful amalgamation of tradition and modernity in its landscape, architecture and lifestyle. In fact, the city can mesmerize tourists with its wealth of architecture ? there are centuries-old mosques and mausoleums as well as buildings of cutting-edge contemporary design. The city seems like a fascinating maze comprising of excellent museums, elegant restaurants, bustling street-food joints and the tranquil Sabarmati Ashram., situated on the banks of River Sabarmati in the state of Gujarat, Ahmedabad is the largest city in this west Indian state. This city used to be the capital of Gujarat earlier and the locals usually refer to it as ?Amdavad.? The rapidly developing city of Ahmedabad is the fifth most populous city in the country and the local people speak in Gujarati. Although most of the people of Ahmedabad hail from the business community, yet the IT sector is gradually flourishing in the city. The enterprising people of Ahmedabad have always encouraged and welcomed multi-dimensional growth in the city. Ahmedabad is no doubt becoming an essential economic and industrial hub in the country, and the city is attracting enthusiastic job-seekers from all over the country. The ?old city? of Ahmedabad, which is a UNESCO World Heritage City, is found on the eastern bank of the Sabarmati River, standing proudly in its rustic grandeur. The newer parts of Ahmedabad are gradually developing into a modern Indian city, with tall buildings, posh neighborhoods, wide streets, offices, universities and shopping complexes on the western bank of the Sabarmati. Quite close to the Great Indian Desert, the city experiences hot and arid weather throughout the year but nonetheless, it attracts crowds of tourists every year to explore the ancient mausoleums, museums and the famous Sabarmati Ashram while relishing the delectable Ahmedabadi street food.
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.