Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
Established in 1994,the IndusInd Bank Ltd is a Mumbai based bank which offers commercial and electronic banking products and services. The Union Finance Minister, Mr.Manmohan Singh inaugurated it in April 1994. The operations of the bank started under the chairmanship of S.P Hinduja on 17th April 1994, with the aim of serving to the NRI community. The name of the bank is inspired from the Indus Valley Civilization.The bank began with a capital amount of Rs.1 billion out of which Rs. 600 million had been raised by the Indian residents and rest of the amount by NRIs.Among the new-generation private banks, IndusInd Bank is the first in India. The bank has its specialization in retail banking, and it keeps on upgrading its support systems through new technologies. It is also expanding its branches all across the country along with global spread. The IndusInd bank has its subsidiaries in Abudhabi, London, and Dubai. The maximum number of offices in India are in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. It has 1885 ATMs and 1004 bank branches across 625 locations of the country as on June 2016. The bank has been ranked 13th among top 50 most valuable brands on Brandz Top in the year 2015.