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.
On June 16, 1812, the Citi Bank of New York was found. The Samuel Osgood who was the statesman and retired Colonel became the first president of the Citi Bank. William Few became President of the Bank in August 1813, stayed until 1817, followed by Peter Stagg (1817?1825), Thomas Smith (1825?1827), Isaac Wright (1827?1832). In 1837, the ownership and management of the bank was acquired by Moses Taylor, a student of John Jacob Astor and one of the biggest names of the business world in the 19th century. Citibank provides credit cards, commercial loans, mortgages, personal loans, and lines of credit.The Citi bank has 2,649 branches in 19 countries. The U.S. branches are present in six metropolitan areas: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Miami. The US accounted for 70% of revenue and Mexico accounted for 13% of revenue in 2016. Apart from the U.S. and Mexico, most of the branches are in Russia, Pakistan, India, Poland, and the UAE. Citigroup, the parent of Citibank, received financial assistance in the form of an investment from the U.S. Treasury, after the financial crisis of 2007?2008 and huge losses in the value of its subprime mortgage assets.