Kollam, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an old seaport and a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city along the Laccadive Sea coast. Mar Sabor, an East Syriac bishop, had founded the Kollam Port. The city is situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. In ancient times, Kollam had a strong commercial relationship with the Chinese. Kollam city ranks 5th in the country and 3rd in Kerala in terms of per capita income and economic performance. The port city has an excellent export background. Fishing and dairy farming largely contribute to the citys economy. The government is about to establish a fishing harbor in the vicinity of the city in order to increase the fish production. Fisheries, hatcheries, turkey and poultry farms are also plentiful in the city. The city also has a rich mineral base. The sands on the beaches and the entire area has a good amount of heavy minerals such as Ilmenite, Monosite, Rutile and Zircon, which can be used for industrial purposes. There are limestone deposits and bauxite in and around the city. Kollam is often called the "Cashew Capital of the World", as the city is noted for its traditional cashew business. This city is a microcosm of Kerala and its residents are from various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups.
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.