The two separate towns of Rajpur and Sonarpur in the South 24 Parganas district of the Indian State of West Bengal has been united to form the municipality of Rajpur Sonarpur. This small and emerging city comes under the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority or KMDA region. The area was earlier inhabited by the zamindars, who called the area "Rajar Puri," that translates to "Land of the Kings" in the regional language. The city is well connected to the nearby areas and lies in the vicinity of the metro city Kolkata. Rajpur Sonarpur is mostly a residential area and its residents mostly work in the service sector of the KMDA region. The Tripurasundari Temple in Boral area of Rajpur Sonarpur is a famous spot that attracts tourists as well as devotees. Many famous Bengali movies have been shot in and around this city. Rajpur Sonarpur city has a population of around 4 lakh and Bengali is the most commonly used language in the area.
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.