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.
IDBI Bank was established to provide credit and other financial facilities for the development of the fledgling Indian industry, in 1964. The Government of India owns it. It is a nationalized bank treated on par with State Bank of India (SBI) and other nationalized banks as per the notification dated 26th February 2013 by the finance ministry. At present,77% stake in IDBI Bank is holding by the government. In the current fiscal of 2017-18, the bank made a loss of Rs.853 crore compared to a profit of Rs.241 crore earned during the last fiscal year. It currently has 3,817 ATMs, 1,995 branches, including one overseas office in Dubai. On June 29, 2018, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has got a technical go-ahead from IRDAI to increase stake in IDBI Bank up to 51%. The RBI formed a committee which recommended the development financial institution (IDBI) to diversify its activity and harmonize the role of development financing and banking activities by getting away from the conventional distinction between commercial banking and developmental banking. The bank had 16,555 employees, out of which 197 were employees with disabilities, as on 31st March.