secunderabad is the twin city of Hyderabad. It is located in the Indian state of Telangana. It was named after Sikandar Jah, who was the 3rd Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. Hence it is sometimes spelled as Sikander-a-bad. Secunderabad was a British cantonment, founded in 1806. Secunderabad and Hyderabad are together referred to as the twin cities but they have very different histories and cultures. Secunderabad had developed directly under the British rule until independence whereas Hyderabad was a princely state and the capital of the Nizams. Secunderabad and Hyderabad were earlier divided by the Hussain Sagar lake. However, Secunderabad has been integrated into Hyderabads GHMC municipality. The two cities are collectively known as Hyderabad, Indias fifth largest metropolis. Secunderabad is one of the largest army and air force cantonments in India. The city hosts prestigious educational institutions like the Nizam College and the Osmania University. ITC, Infosys, Intergraph and Coromandel International are few of the many private companies that have set up their offices in Secunderabad. Secunderabad railway station is the headquarter of South Central Railway and it is a major center for railway activity. The city has several industrial areas such as Bolarum, Nacharam, Moula-Ali, Ghatkesar, etc. The Department of Atomic Energy has several units in the city like Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Nuclear Fuel Complex, ECIL, etc. located in and around Secunderabad.
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.