Mangalore has been recently renamed as Mangaluru. It is a well-known port town in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city serves as the administrative headquarters of the Canara region of Karnataka. It is well known for its splendid beaches as well as a relaxed lifestyle. The Mangalore port fuels the development of the city, making it strategically the most important city on the Malabar coast. Mangalore, being one of the most cosmopolitan towns in the region, has a diverse population. The city lies on the estuary of the Netravati river and thus has a very fertile soil which supports the cultivation of coffee and cashews. Exports, commerce and petrochemicals drive the economy of the city. The IT industry is gradually gaining prominence in Mangalore as companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Mphasis have recently opened their offices in the city. Mangalore has large petrochemical companies like MRPL, MCF, ELF. Mangalore along with the adjoining city of Manipal combine to form a hub for education. Institutes like NIT Ranchihkal, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore University, etc. attract students from all over the country. Mangalore boasts of its natural beauty and tourists flock to the city to relish the pleasant aura of the Tannirbhavi beach, the Panambur beach, St. Marys island, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunath temple, Sammilan Shettys butterfly park, Rosario Cathedral, etc.
The Canara Bank is the largest public sector bank. Ammembal Sube Rao Pai founded it in 1906. Its head office is in Bangalore. The bank was established as Canara Hindu Permanent Fund in 1906, Mangalore but later in 1910, the name was changed to Canara Bank. The first acquisition of Canara bank was Bank of Kerela which took place in 1961. In 1969, the GOI nationalized Canara Bank, and in 1976, it inaugurated its 1000th branch. The Canara Bank was the first bank to achieve ISO certification for "Total branch banking." The first overseas office of Canara Bank was opened in London and subsequently in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The bank has established a joint venture with SBI and incorporated Commercial Bank of India LLC in Moscow. The seventh branch of the Canara Bank was opened in New York, United States. The bank sponsors two regional rural banks, Kerela Gramin Bank and Pragathi Krishna Gramin Bank. Canara bank has launched a Unified Payment Interface app, "Empower" for its customers to transact using the mobile app.