Meerut is a thriving city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the second largest urban agglomerate in the National Capital Region with nearly 1.5 million residents. It lies between the plains of the Ganga and the Yamuna. The city is known to be the largest manufacturer of sports equipment and musical instruments. Meerut was considered to be among the ancient cities of Hastinapur, the capital of the Kaurava and the Pandava kingdoms as mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The city dates back to the ancient Indus Valley civilization. Meerut is divided into 80 wards for administration, which are represented by elected corporators. Meeruts economy is principally based on manufacturing industries. Apart from sports and musical instruments, the city also has textile, sugar, distillery, chemical, paper, publishing and handloom industries. Meerut is known for its gold market, which is one of the largest jewelry markets in Asia. Over 25,000 skilled craftsmen are employed in this market, who process around 60 kilograms of the gold in a day. Meerut also has many educational institutes like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and Shobhit University. Notable places to visit when traveling to Meerut include Amarnath Mandir, Gandhi Bagh, Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. The city has top-notch infrastructure as it is well connected to all the important cities in North India. Meerut is just 70 kilometers away from the country capital New Delhi. This proximity serves as a boon for Meerut as the connectivity ensures a citys economic welfare.
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.