Guwahati, often pronounced as Gauhati in the regional dialect, is a scenic city situated in the north-eastern state of Assam. It lies on the foothills of the Shillong plateau and the Brahmaputra River flows through it. Guwahati is a larger expanse that encompasses the city of Dispur which is the administrative capital of Assam. Guwahati is the hub for trade and commerce in the northeast with the economy of the city driven by tea plantations and tourism. Industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil, electronics and textiles also contribute to it. The Guwahati refinery is one of the oldest refineries in India which contributes substantially to the economy and employment in the city. Assam is known for its tea. Most of the tea leaf processing and trade happens through Guwahati. The city also boasts of its beautiful handloom and textiles that are exported to all parts of India. Education is a rapidly developing sector in Guwahati. Some of the countrys finest institutions like the IIT have been set up in the city in addition to the older prestigious institutions that were already extant in Guwahati. Tourism is a dominant sector and the city acts as a gateway to the entire Northeast. The Kamakhya temple and the Umananda temple draw innumerable devotees every year.
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.