Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
The Axis Bank has 14,000 ATMs, nine international offices, and 3,304 branches. The head office of Axis Bank is in Mumbai and registered office in Ahmedabad. The Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector bank in India offering a comprehensive range of financial products. The bank employed over 55,000 people and had a market capitalization of ?1.28 trillion, as of March 31, 2017. As of 30 Jun. 2016, the promoters & promoter group (United India Insurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited, New India Assurance Company Ltd, GIC, LIC & UTI) owns the 30.81% shares of the Axis Bank. The rest of the 69.19% shares are held by Mutual Funds Institutions, FIIs, Financial Institutions (banks), Insurance companies, corporate bodies & individual investors among others. The registered office of the UTI bank was opened in Ahmedabad, and corporate office was opened in Mumbai in December 1993. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Finance Minister of India, inaugurated the first branch on 2 April 1994 in Ahmedabad. After the Government of India allowed new private banks to be incorporated, the UTI Bank began its operations in 1993. In 2001 UTI Bank agreed to merge with and amalgamate Global Trust Bank, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withheld approval, and nothing came of this. In 2004 the RBI put Global Trust into moratorium and supervised its merger into Oriental Bank of Commerce. The UTI Bank became the first Indian bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003. On July 30, 2007, UTI Bank changed its name to Axis Bank.