The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
The Kumbakonam Bank Limited, the previous name of City Union Bank, was registered as a limited company on 31 October 1904. In the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, the bank initially preferred the role of a regional bank. The City Union Bank had a network of 600+ computerized branches (using TCS BaNCS software) as of November 2017 and 1,526+ ATMs across the country. The City Union Bank also offers a range of technical services such as self-service kiosks, bulk note acceptors, net banking, mobile banking, and Point of Sales, etc. The banks also provide savings and deposit products to meet the demand of various customers. It also offers many loan products to serve the financial needs of small individual customers to large industries. City Union Bank launched Indias first banking robot named Lakshmi in November 2016. It is the first on-site humanoid robot in India. The robot is capable of managing multiple tasks on sensitive financial information like account details. Dr. N Kamakodi is the MD and CEO of City Union Bank since 2011. The digital banking products and services of City Union Bank includes Passbook printing kiosk, Credit card and traveling card facility, cheque clearing kiosk, etc.