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.
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.