Davanagere is an emerging city in the Indian state of Karnataka. This city has been selected by PM Narendra Modi to be developed into a smart city under the ambitious flagship Smart Cities Mission. It is a cotton hub and has often been referred to as the Manchester of Karnataka. Currently, the city is commercially venturing into the fields of education and agro-processing industries. Located in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau, the city is often called the "Heart of Karnataka" as it is literally located in the center of the state. This city houses Asias 2nd largest irrigation tank known as "Shanti Sagar," which serves as a major water source for farmers in the region. There are roughly half a million residents in Devanagere who mostly speak in Kannada. The city is well connected to the rest of the state as well as the country through a decent network of roads and railway.
The Axis bank was founded in 1993 as UTI Bank. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra and as of 2018, the bank has a network of 3,703 branches. It has the most extensive ATM network among the private banks. In 2007, the UTI Bank name was changed to Axis Bank. It commenced its operations in 1993 after the GOI allowed the establishment of new private banks. The first branch of the bank was inaugurated in 1994 in Ahmedabad by Mr.Manmohan Singh, who was the Finance Minister of India at that time. The UTI bank was promoted by the Unit Trust of India, LIC, General Insurance Corporation, Oriental Insurance Corporation and few other insurance companies. It became the first bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003 and got listed on London Stock Exchange in 2005. The first overseas branch of UTI Bank was opened in Singapore in 2006 and 2011 it opened an office in Colombo. Deepika Padukone, an actor from Bollywood industry, is the brand ambassador of the Axis Bank. As of March 2016, the bank had more than 50,000 employees. In mobile banking, the bank has introduced Axis pay to facilitate the payments through UPI Interface.