Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
The government owns 63.44% of the share capital of Union Bank of India making it one of the largest government-owned bank. As on 30 September 2015, the Union Bank had a network of 6909 ATMs. The online telebanking facility of UBI is available to all the Core Banking Customers, either individual or corporate. UBI had 4214 branches, as of September 2016. Out of them, four bank branches are outside India in Hong Kong, Antwerp, and Sydney (Australia) Dubai International Financial Centre. The representative offices of UBI are at Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Beijing. The Union Bank of India (Union Bank) was registered as a limited company in Mumbai on 11 November 1919, and Mahatma Gandhi inaugrated it. The Union Bank of India had only four branches - three in Mumbai and one in Saurashtra at the time of Independence in 1947. After Independence, the growth of UBI was accelerated, and the Indian Government nationalized it in 1969. It had 240 branches by that time. The Union Bank of India acquired Belgaum Bank shortly after nationalization. The UBI bought the Miraj State Bank in 1985. In 1999 the Union Bank was requested by the RBI to acquire Sikkim Bank in a rescue after extensive irregularities had been discovered at the non-scheduled bank.