Allahabad is one of the oldest Indian cities situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city was earlier known as Prayag which was renamed as Allahabad during the Mughal era. Allahabad has played a vital role in the history of the state as well as the country. It lies on the confluence of the Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati rivers, elevating it to a respectable place in the Hindu religion. It is one of the most populous areas in the state of UP and is divided into 80 wards for administrative purpose, each headed by an elected representative. The economy of the city is mostly dependent on agriculture. The fertile Gangetic plain around the city facilitates this. Other industries that thrive in the city include real estate, banking and tourism. Additionally, there are a host of small-scale units in the glass and wire manufacturing sector. Allahabad is a seat of power in Uttar Pradesh. It hosts a lot of bureaucratic offices, employing a lot of people. Huge companies like Reliance, SAIL, BPCL, HCL are also functional in Allahabad, adding to the employment opportunities. The Allahabad University is one of the oldest and most reputed universities in India. There are other notable institutions in Allahabad such as IERT, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Ewing Christian college, etc. The major attraction for tourism in Allahabad is the Kumbh Mela which is a sacred rite for Hindus across the world. It gathers lakhs of visitors to the city every year. Few other places to visit in this city include the Allahabad Fort, Alfred Park, Ashoka pillar, the Victoria and Thornhill Memorials, etc.
The Andhra Bank had been nationalized in April 1980. It narrowly escaped nationalization in 1969, when all the banks were having deposits of 50 crores and above were nationalized. It was the number one bank among private sector banks from 1969 to 1980. In 1980, more banks with deposits of 200 crores were nationalized. Andhra Bank has its head office in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. C V R Rajendran, chairman and managing director of Andhra Bank was appointed by the finance ministry, earlier worked as executive director at Bank of Maharashtra. The Andhra Bank was the prominent bank in introducing credit cards in India. Also, it is the first bank to issue travelers cheques in Foreign Currency and to launch insurance linked deposit schemes. Though it used to have most of its branches in Andhra earlier, now it has spread itself all across the country. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya founded Andhra Bank in 1923 in Machlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Two of Indias public sector banks ? Bank of Baroda (44%) and Andhra Bank (30%), and UKs financial and investment company (26%) established IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company as a joint venture in November 2009.