The city of Howrah is considered to be Kolkata?s twin. It is an industrial city situated in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The Hooghly River acts as a divider between Howrah and the state capital Kolkata. Thus, this city lies on the banks of the Hooghly River and hosts the administrative headquarters of Howrah district. There are four famous bridges in Howrah that connects it to Kolkata. Among these, the Howrah bridge is a popular landmark. The city has a long history and rich culture tied with that of Kolkata. The economy of the city is chiefly dependent on agriculture and manufacturing industries. Crops such as paddy, oilseeds, pulses, potato and vegetables are grown as well as traded. The Howrah railway station has remarkable connectivity. The busiest railway station in the state, it not only connects the capital city of Kolkata to all its suburbs and neighboring cities but also connects it to the rest of the country through the Eastern and South-eastern Railways. Howrah houses educational institutions and universities like Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira. Tourists who visit Kolkata enjoy a stroll in the Indian Botanical Garden at Howrah which houses the largest Banyan Tree in the world. The Rail Museum located near the Howrah Railway station is an enjoyable experience for children. The Belur Math Ramakrishna Mission is a scenic spot that attracts tourists as well as devotees.
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.