Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
The CBI is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India and owned by the government. It is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and known as the financial capital. The bank has 4715 branches, 5319 ATMs across 27 Indian states and three Union Territories. Overseas, the CBI has a branch at Nairobi, Hong Kong having a joint venture with Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and the Zambian government.CBI has also opened a representative office at Nairobi in Kenya recently. It is one of the 20 Public Sector banks in India to receive recapitalization finance from the government over the next 24 months. For opening representative offices in five more locations - Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and London, the Central Bank of India approached the RBI. The reserves of the bank and surplus stood at ? 283030 million. As of 31 March 2015, the total business at the end of the last fiscal approximately amounted to ? 45,05,390 million. On 21 December 1911, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala founded the Central Bank of India with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as the Chairman. The Indian Government nationalized the Central Bank of India on 19 July, 1969together with 13 others banks.