Kolhapur is a city in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It serves as the administrative headquarters of Kolhapur District. Kolhapur has a vast historical and cultural background and is often recognized by its historical name of Karvir. Its history is marked by the rule of several dynasties who left their marks at various places in the city is marked in terms of palaces and other landmarks. The economy of the city is fuelled by manufacturing industries like textiles, leather and handicraft. Tourism and agriculture are the other two source of income for people in this city. The city is famous for its nation-wide popular Kolhapuri chappal, which is a hand-crafted buffalo leather slipper, locally tanned using vegetable dyes. Other handicrafts include manual block printing on textiles, silver goods, oxidized silver artwork, jewelry crafting, pottery, wood carving, lacquerware, brass sheet work and embroidery. The Marathi Film Industry is based out of Kolhapur and considerably contributes to the citys economic growth. The tourism industry draws devotees and tourists alike to this city. The city serves as a religious and tourist destination for Indians due to places like Mahalaxmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Siddhagiri Museum, Panhala Fort, Rankala Lake, 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.