Vizag or Vishakhapatnam is not only a popular tourist destination but also the largest and one of the most popular cities in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vizag has a natural harbor and the oldest shipyard in the country. The cargo port at Visakhapatnam is one of the busiest in India. This Port city is considered as a jewel on the eastern coast of India and it is a prized territory of the Andhra Pradesh government. The financial capital of the state is located in Vishakhapatnam, thus increasing the importance of the city. Vizag offers a rich and ancient culture and the lip-smacking dishes of authentic Andhra cuisine alongside a feel of a modern developing city. Vishakhapatnam is a harmonious amalgam of the enchanting past and the bustling present, along with a breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful golden beaches, lofty hills with cliffs, lush green fields, verdurous valleys and splendid monuments. Vizag has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country that offer scenic beauty of a picturesque landscape. The Ramakrishna beach and the Rushikonda beach get visitors from all over the nation. This city has witnessed waves of development after the separation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as the AP government is working hard to transform the city into a smart city.
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.