secunderabad is the twin city of Hyderabad. It is located in the Indian state of Telangana. It was named after Sikandar Jah, who was the 3rd Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. Hence it is sometimes spelled as Sikander-a-bad. Secunderabad was a British cantonment, founded in 1806. Secunderabad and Hyderabad are together referred to as the twin cities but they have very different histories and cultures. Secunderabad had developed directly under the British rule until independence whereas Hyderabad was a princely state and the capital of the Nizams. Secunderabad and Hyderabad were earlier divided by the Hussain Sagar lake. However, Secunderabad has been integrated into Hyderabads GHMC municipality. The two cities are collectively known as Hyderabad, Indias fifth largest metropolis. Secunderabad is one of the largest army and air force cantonments in India. The city hosts prestigious educational institutions like the Nizam College and the Osmania University. ITC, Infosys, Intergraph and Coromandel International are few of the many private companies that have set up their offices in Secunderabad. Secunderabad railway station is the headquarter of South Central Railway and it is a major center for railway activity. The city has several industrial areas such as Bolarum, Nacharam, Moula-Ali, Ghatkesar, etc. The Department of Atomic Energy has several units in the city like Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Nuclear Fuel Complex, ECIL, etc. located in and around Secunderabad.
The HDFC Bank Limited was started in Mumbai. As of 31st March 2018, the bank has more than 88,000 permanent employees in India, and abroad, it has offices in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. By assets, the HDFC Bank is Indias largest private sector lender. It is the largest bank in India and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. In 1994, the HDFC Bank was established with its registered office in Mumbai, India. The then Union Finance Minister, Manmohan Singh inaugurated its first corporate office and a full-service branch at Sandoz House, Worli. The bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs across India, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, the bank also installed 4.30 lakhs POS terminals and issued 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards. The HDFC Bank offers many products and services including wholesale banking, treasury, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, retail banking, loans against property and credit cards. Along with this various digital products are also introduced by HDFC such as Payzapp and Chillr. The HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank in February 2000. In the new-generation private sector banks category, it was the first merger of two private banks. HDFC Bank acquired Centurion Bank in 2008 approved by the HDFC Bank Board for 95.1 billion INR as one of the most significant mergers in the financial sector in India.