Patna is the largest city in Bihar and the second largest in eastern India, right after Kolkata. It is also the capital city of the state. The city is located on the southern bank of River Ganga. This city was found in 490BC by the Magadha empire and was named Pataliputra. The city has been under the dominance of great dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas, Palas and Nandas, who made this city a seat of arts and education in the olden days. Being the 5th among the fastest growing cities in the country, the World Bank had ranked Patna as the second most business-friendly Indian city in 2009. It is one of the rapidly growing Indian cities with the GDP of around 7.29%, which is on the rise with each passing year. It is one of the oldest cities of India. A primarily agricultural city, Patnas economy is based on the production and export of sugarcane, sesame, grains and rice. In the last few years, Patna has undergone a sustained growth phase due to the ?Green Revolution? business, which saw the rise of the FMCG industry and excellent performance of the service sector. This city is developing at a rapid pace as many SMEs and heavy industries are expanding to offer people numerous opportunities, thus making Patna a highly convenient place for people to settle down.
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.