Raipur is the capital city as well as the largest urban agglomerate in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It was a part of Madhya Pradesh before the new state of Chhattisgarh was formed in November 2000. Naya Raipur or New Raipur is actually the new capital of the state which is 17 kilometers away from the older city of Raipur. Swami Vivekananda Airport separates these two cities. This city is the administrative headquarters of Raipur District. The current administration is based on its division into 72 wards which are managed by an elected representative. The source of Raipurs economy is mainly from agriculture. Crops like pulses, wheat, paddy, urad, peas, etc. are cultivated widely. Soybean, Alsi and groundnut are some of the oilseeds that are grown around the city. It is also a center for the state?s steel and other industries. Raipur has many educational institutions and universities like Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, International Institute of Information Technology, etc. Although not a tourism-based city, Raipur has some places worth visiting such as the Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Shri Rajiv Lochan Mandir, Urja Park, Naya Raipur Central Park.
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.