surat is a rapidly developing city in the Indian state of Gujarat. Surat was a large seaport earlier; it is now a flourishing center for diamond cutting and polishing. The city center of Surat is located on the banks of the Tapti River and is quite close to the Arabian Sea. Apart from its diamond industry, Surat has also achieved huge success in the textile industry and is gradually proceeding into the IT sector. Microsoft and IBM have taken up the task of developing Surat into a smart city with special attention towards Citizen Services, Waste Management and Disaster Management. Surat is known for its wonderful infrastructure - it is often called the city of flyovers. Surat is also known for its sense of hygiene - despite its industrial backdrop, Surat proudly claims to be one of the tidiest and cleanest cities in the country. Surat is a culturally diversified city. Apart from being called the "Diamond City" and the "Silk City", Surat is often referred to as mini India, owing to a large number of immigrants from all over India. Surat is probably the only city in Gujarat that celebrates non-Gujarati festivals. Surats landscape comprises a bustling city with all the modern amenities and industries on one hand and gorgeous beaches on the other. This avid juxtaposition makes the city all the more picturesque., surat is a fast growing city in the state of Gujarat. Surat used to be a seaport earlier. It is now flourishing in diamond cutting and polishing. Thriving on the banks of River Tapti, Surat is near the Arabian Sea. Besides its flourishing diamond business, the city has also achieved immense success in the textile industry. It is now setting its initial footsteps in the IT sector. IBM and Microsoft are developing Surat into a smart city by improving its Services for Citizens, Waste Management and Disaster Management. Surat is often referred to as the "Silk City", "Diamond City" and it is of late being viewed as a mini India, since a large number of immigrants are moving to Surat from all over India thus making it a culturally diversified city. No other city in Gujarat indulges so much in the cultures of other states as Surat does by celebrating many non-Gujarati festivals. The vibrant essence of the city comprises of a bustling city crowd with all the available modern amenities. While there is an industrial belt on one hand, there are gorgeous beaches on the other. This avid combination makes the city all the more picturesque and appealing.
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.