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 Bandhan Bank Ltd. is based in Kolkata, West Bengal. Bandhan started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. The Bank has 840 branches, 2,443 Doorstep Services, 282 ATMs and 12,004 Mini-ATMs or Hand-Held Devices according to the Annual Report of the bank (2016-17). Mr. Harun Rasid Khan is the chairman of the Bandhan Bank. In July 2016, he had been the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The founder cum managing director and chief executive officer of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The RBI licensing norms state explicitly that a new bank must have a ? 500 crore capital. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The SIDBI bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Financial Inclusion Trust, North Eastern Financial Inclusion Trust, Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC and the Bandhan Employees Welfare Trust are the significant investors in the parent organization of Bandhan Bank. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. After a year, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app.