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.
Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd based in Thrissur City, Kerala, India, is an old private sector bank. On 14 November 1927, it was established at Thrissur city, Kerala. In 1977, it became a Scheduled Commercial Bank. It has a network of 280 bank branches, and 398 ATMs across the states of Kerala,Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Goa, and Haryana. The Centralised Banking Solution (CBS) was adopted by the Dhanlaxmi Bank at all its branches, on the Flexcube platform for extending banking anywhere to its customers. The bank had set up a data centre in Bangalore to keep the networked system operational round the clock. For meeting various contingencies, a disaster recovery centre is also operated by the bank at Thrissur . On 10 August 2010, the name of the bank was changed from Dhanalakshmi Bank to Dhanlaxmi Bank. The bank offered Demat services through selected branches being a depository participant of NSDL (National Security Depository Limited). The Dhanlaxmi bank is offering online trading in association with Religare securities. It has partnered AGS Infotech for installation of ATMs. It provides VISA-branded debit and credit cards to the customers.