sasaram city, in the Indian state of Bihar, is the largest sub-metropolitan area of the state. Sasaram has many religious and historical places to visit, which are surrounded by the scenic Kaimur mountains and the Sone and Kav rivers. The name of the city is also spelled as Sahasram. It was an ancient village which was known as the gateway of "Vihar" as it would give one entry to the Nalanda and Gaya area. Gautama Buddha had passed through this city on his way to gaining enlightenment at Gaya. Many industries are situated around Sasaram city. Gauraxni, Fazalganj, New Area and Tomb Area are the commercial zones with several malls, multiplexes, hotels and premium medical facilities. The remaining regions like Muradabad, Dehri, Dalmianagar, Nokha, Tilauthu, Jamuhar, Son Nagar, Amjhor and Kudra function as the administrative headquarter of the Rohtas district. Sasaram city is known for its high literacy rate and the area with highest forest cover in Bihar. Sasaram is known for the production of fertilizer, stone chips, cement and for the quarrying industry. Bhojpuri, Hindi, and Urdu are the major languages spoken by the 1.5 lakh residents of Sasaram who mainly follow Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. The economy of Sasaram is fuelled by agriculture as well as related industries like rice polishing.
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.