Kollam, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an old seaport and a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city along the Laccadive Sea coast. Mar Sabor, an East Syriac bishop, had founded the Kollam Port. The city is situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. In ancient times, Kollam had a strong commercial relationship with the Chinese. Kollam city ranks 5th in the country and 3rd in Kerala in terms of per capita income and economic performance. The port city has an excellent export background. Fishing and dairy farming largely contribute to the citys economy. The government is about to establish a fishing harbor in the vicinity of the city in order to increase the fish production. Fisheries, hatcheries, turkey and poultry farms are also plentiful in the city. The city also has a rich mineral base. The sands on the beaches and the entire area has a good amount of heavy minerals such as Ilmenite, Monosite, Rutile and Zircon, which can be used for industrial purposes. There are limestone deposits and bauxite in and around the city. Kollam is often called the "Cashew Capital of the World", as the city is noted for its traditional cashew business. This city is a microcosm of Kerala and its residents are from various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups.
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.