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.
The Karnataka Bank Limited is commercial banking institution having a network of 807 branches, 1374 ATMs across 22 states and two union territories having 8,220 employees and over 9.65 million customers throughout the country. Over 1,46,000 shareholders privately own its shares and the tagline of the bank is "Your Family Bank Across India."In August 2008, Sun and NDTV Green IT Award were received by Karnataka Bank Limited in recognition of the banks "green policies" and use of earth-friendly technology such as solar power. For the year 2010-11, the bank received the Best Bank Award for "Managing IT Risk" under small bank category, by Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT). The Karnataka Bank Limited was incorporated on 18 February 1924 and operations were commenced on 23 May 1924. Quick Remit, a facility of money transfer was introduced by the Karnataka Bank Limited in August 2008 for Non-Resident Indians living in Canada, United States, and the UK. The bank also runs a 24-hour Internet banking service called Money click. Some of the digital banking products of Karnataka Bank Ltd are KBL-ApnaApp, KBL-m PassBook, KBL Smartz and KBL POS Manager.