Known for its delectable idli, sambhar, vada and dosa and the artistic dance form of Bharatnatyam, Chennai is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and it is undoubtedly one of the of the most significant cultural, educational and economic centers in South India. The city itself is a conglomerate of urban villages as well as diverse neighborhoods. The people of Chennai boast of their South Indian artistic, religious and culinary traditions. The people of Chennai are infectiously enthusiastic about their city and unfathomably passionate about their language. Tamil is the most used language in Chennai, followed by English. Hindi is not popular in this city, which can be a glitch for Hindi-speaking North Indians. Being a city in the southern tip of India, Chennai is known for its notorious sweltering southern heat. Yet thousands of tourists flock to Chennai to peak around the museums, savor the authentic South Indian delicacies, enjoy the scenic beaches and explore the beautiful temples. Recent years have thrown in a new layer on Chennai as the city has recently seen a cosmopolitan makeover. Luxury hotels, sparkling boutiques, contemporary restaurants, quirky cafes, a lot of swanky bars and clubs have sprouted all over the city, attracting a cosmopolitan crowd to this beautiful seat of ancient culture and heritage.
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.