Mathura is a pious city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh which has been selected as one of the heritage cities for Indian Governments Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme. Mathura is considered to be a holy city as it was the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is one of the seven cities included in the sapta Puri, where, according to the beliefs of Hinduism, Moksha or salvation can be attained. The city with 4 lakh residents now used to be a thriving hub of trade and commerce earlier for its strategic location at the junction of important caravan routes. The twin-city of Mathura and Vrindavan hold great historic and religious importance. Being the birthplace and hometown of Lord Krishna, this city is dotted with innumerable temples and thus attract a lot of Hindu devotees from all over the country. Tourism drives the economy of this city, closely followed by the Mathura Refinery, an oil refinery of Indian Oil Corporation. The city boasts of its aesthetic culture and traditions. sanjhee is the colorful art of decorating the ground with flowers. The city is known for its traditional folk-songs that express the love of Lord Krishna and Radha. The Raaslilas of Mathura are an integral part of Indian Folklore.
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.