Latur, also known as Lattaluru, is an emerging city in the Marathwada region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city is close to the state boundary of Maharashtra and Karnataka, on the Balaghat plateau. It functions as the administrative headquarter of the Latur district. The city is a celebrated tourist hub as its historical monuments and the famous Kharosa Caves attract many visitors. Over the centuries, the place was ruled by various great rulers such as the Satavahanas, the Sakas, the Yadavas of Deogiri, the Delhi Sultans, the Chalukyas, the Bahamani rulers of South India, the Mughals, Adilshahi, etc. Latur is a major producer of sugarcane, edible oils, soybean, grapes and mango production. The Keshar Amba variety of mango was developed in the Latur region. Latur is the largest trading center for soybean in India. The city is within the sugar Belt of Maharashtra as it houses more than eleven sugar factories. It also has a thriving market for fruits, oilseeds and commodities. There are many industrial units for agro-processing, edible oils, consumer durables, aluminum processing, plastic processing, agriculture and biotech. It has many cold storage facilities that are privately owned as well as owned by the state.
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.