Latur, also known as Lattaluru, is an emerging city in the Marathwada region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city is close to the state boundary of Maharashtra and Karnataka, on the Balaghat plateau. It functions as the administrative headquarter of the Latur district. The city is a celebrated tourist hub as its historical monuments and the famous Kharosa Caves attract many visitors. Over the centuries, the place was ruled by various great rulers such as the Satavahanas, the Sakas, the Yadavas of Deogiri, the Delhi Sultans, the Chalukyas, the Bahamani rulers of South India, the Mughals, Adilshahi, etc. Latur is a major producer of sugarcane, edible oils, soybean, grapes and mango production. The Keshar Amba variety of mango was developed in the Latur region. Latur is the largest trading center for soybean in India. The city is within the sugar Belt of Maharashtra as it houses more than eleven sugar factories. It also has a thriving market for fruits, oilseeds and commodities. There are many industrial units for agro-processing, edible oils, consumer durables, aluminum processing, plastic processing, agriculture and biotech. It has many cold storage facilities that are privately owned as well as owned by the state.
the State Bank of Travancore (SBT) was a premier Indian bank based in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The SBT was a sister concern of the State Bank Group, but it also had private shareholders. SBT was the leading bank of Kerala. It had a network of 1,157 branches and 1,602 ATMs across India, as of 31 March 2015. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal of combining SBT and four other associate banks with SBI, on 15 February 2017. On 31 March 2017, It finally merged with its parent SBI bank. It was founded on 12 September 1945 as the Travancore Bank Ltd, an initiative by Travancore Diwan C. P. Ramaswami Iyer. Due to widespread resentment against his dictatorial rule, the bank never gave him the credit of his role. Instead, Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the Maharaja of Travancore was considered as the founder of the bank, though the king had little to do with the founding of the SBT bank. Although the contribution of the Travancore government was 25% only in the bank capital, apart from its general banking business, the bank undertook government treasury work and foreign exchange business. Its head office was located at Thiruvananthapuram. It became a subordinate of State Bank of India under the SBI Subsidiary Banks Act, 1959, in 1960, enacted by the Parliament of India, and thus achieved the name state Bank of Travancore.Ms. Arundhatti Bhattacharya is the ex-officio chairman, and Mr. CR Sasikumar is the managing director of the SBT.