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 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.