The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
the UCO Bank was founded in 1943 in Kolkata. It is a major government-owned and commercial bank of India also known as the United Commercial Bank. Its total business was ? 4.55 lakh crore during FY 2013-14. It was ranked 1860 on Forbes Global 2000 List by 2014 data. According to the Brand Trust Report 2014, a study conducted by Trust Research Advisory, the Bank was ranked 294th among Indias most trusted brands. It was a difference of 796 ranks considering its previous position among Indias most trusted brands in the Brand Trust Report 2013. The bank had 4,000 additional service units, 49 zonal offices across India as of 30 March 2017. Outside India, it has two offices in Singapore and Hong Kong. The corporate office of UCO bank is on BTM Sarani, Kolkata. Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, an influential industrialist, got the idea of establishing a commercial bank with the Indian capital during the Quit India movement of 1942, and as a result, the United Commercial Bank Limited was incorporated. The bank was started in Kolkata with an issued capital of ?2 crores and a paid-up capital of ?1 crore. The Board of Directors of UCO Bank included notable personalities of India alongside Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla as its chairman. The bank opened 14 branches simultaneously across India. Presently Mr.Ravi Krishan Takkar is the chairman and MD of UCO Bank.