Eluru is a small city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It also functions as the district headquarters of the West Godavari district as well as the Mandal headquarters of the Eluru Mandal in the Eluru revenue division. The city lies beside the Tammileru river. The city is well known for its carpets, wool-pile and hand woven products. Eluru has a population of more than 2 lakh people and experiences a hot and humid climate. Eluru Municipal Corporation is the civic body governing Eluru, which includes the census towns of Sanivarapupeta, Tangellamudi, Satrampadu, Gavaravaram, parts of Komadavole and Eluru villages. Eluru has been known for rug weaving since the 17 century - an art derived from the weavers of Iranian descendants. The thriving wool-pile and carpet industry boosts the citys economy. The eco-friendly carpets are exported to various countries. Buddha Park at Eluru is a popular tourist destination. The Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is home to many native and migratory birds. Fr. Silvio Pasquali Memorial Convent at Duggirala contains a replica of the ?Holy Land? of Israel, which is definitely worth a visit.
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.