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.
The Karnataka Bank Limited is commercial banking institution having a network of 807 branches, 1374 ATMs across 22 states and two union territories having 8,220 employees and over 9.65 million customers throughout the country. Over 1,46,000 shareholders privately own its shares and the tagline of the bank is "Your Family Bank Across India."In August 2008, Sun and NDTV Green IT Award were received by Karnataka Bank Limited in recognition of the banks "green policies" and use of earth-friendly technology such as solar power. For the year 2010-11, the bank received the Best Bank Award for "Managing IT Risk" under small bank category, by Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). The Karnataka Bank Limited was incorporated on 18 February 1924 and operations were commenced on 23 May 1924. Quick Remit, a facility of money transfer was introduced by the Karnataka Bank Limited in August 2008 for Non-Resident Indians living in Canada, United States, and the UK. The bank also runs a 24-hour Internet banking service called Money click. Some of the digital banking products of Karnataka Bank Ltd are KBL-ApnaApp, KBL-m PassBook, KBL Smartz and KBL POS Manager.