shimla or Simla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a hill-side city, known for being a much-coveted tourist destination. The name of the city is received from an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, known as Goddess Shyamala Devi. Shimla was chosen to be the summer capital of British India in 1864. The city became the capital of Punjab after independence. It was later shifted to the territorial boundaries of Himachal Pradesh and was made its capital. It is the principal center for commercial, cultural and educational activities of Himachal Pradesh. The city consisted of small hamlets before 1815 when the British forces took control of the area. The conducive climatic conditions of the area attracted the British to set up the city amidst the dense forests of the Himalayas. Shimla houses many buildings styled in the neo-Gothic and Tudorbethan architectures dating from the colonial era. It also has multiple temples and churches. These specimens of colonial architecture along with the natural environment of the city attract tourists. Places worth visiting in Shimla are the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, etc. The Mall Road and the Ridge together form the city center and are full of tourists at all times. The Kalka?Shimla Railway line which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a major tourist attraction. Tourism fuels the economy of this scenic city.
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.