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 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.