surat is a rapidly developing city in the Indian state of Gujarat. Surat was a large seaport earlier; it is now a flourishing center for diamond cutting and polishing. The city center of Surat is located on the banks of the Tapti River and is quite close to the Arabian Sea. Apart from its diamond industry, Surat has also achieved huge success in the textile industry and is gradually proceeding into the IT sector. Microsoft and IBM have taken up the task of developing Surat into a smart city with special attention towards Citizen Services, Waste Management and Disaster Management. Surat is known for its wonderful infrastructure - it is often called the city of flyovers. Surat is also known for its sense of hygiene - despite its industrial backdrop, Surat proudly claims to be one of the tidiest and cleanest cities in the country. Surat is a culturally diversified city. Apart from being called the "Diamond City" and the "Silk City", Surat is often referred to as mini India, owing to a large number of immigrants from all over India. Surat is probably the only city in Gujarat that celebrates non-Gujarati festivals. Surats landscape comprises a bustling city with all the modern amenities and industries on one hand and gorgeous beaches on the other. This avid juxtaposition makes the city all the more picturesque., surat is a fast growing city in the state of Gujarat. Surat used to be a seaport earlier. It is now flourishing in diamond cutting and polishing. Thriving on the banks of River Tapti, Surat is near the Arabian Sea. Besides its flourishing diamond business, the city has also achieved immense success in the textile industry. It is now setting its initial footsteps in the IT sector. IBM and Microsoft are developing Surat into a smart city by improving its Services for Citizens, Waste Management and Disaster Management. Surat is often referred to as the "Silk City", "Diamond City" and it is of late being viewed as a mini India, since a large number of immigrants are moving to Surat from all over India thus making it a culturally diversified city. No other city in Gujarat indulges so much in the cultures of other states as Surat does by celebrating many non-Gujarati festivals. The vibrant essence of the city comprises of a bustling city crowd with all the available modern amenities. While there is an industrial belt on one hand, there are gorgeous beaches on the other. This avid combination makes the city all the more picturesque and appealing.
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.