Erode is a small and beautiful city located on the banks of the Kaveri River in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The seventh largest city in the state, Erode is often referred to as the Textile city or the Turmeric city. Erode is an ancient region with a great history and cultural significance. The modern city has half a million population from different religions and it is divided into 60 for effective civic governance. The economy of Erode is primarily driven by the textile, turmeric and oil industries which provide employment opportunities to a good portion of the city?s population. Erode is also known for industries such as rice mills, leather processing, paper production, engineering, auto and looms. The BPO sector in this city is gradually developing. Erode is also known for its handloom products, knitwear and food products. The Government Technical Institute is a prominent educational institution in the city. A few places of tourist attraction in and around Erode include the Thindal Murugam Temple, CSI Brough Church, Thowheeth Mosque, Sankagiri Fort, Natadreeswarar Temple, Vellore Birds Sanctuary, etc.
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.