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.
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.