Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
The head office of the Tamilnad Bank is at Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The primary objective of founding TMB was to serve the Nadar business community, and the idea was proposed at the annual meeting of Nadar Mahajani Sangam at Tuticorin in 1920. Outside the state of Tamil Nadu, the bank opened its first Indian branch at Bangalore in 1976. On 9 December 1984, the bank opened its first fully computerized branch at WGC Road, Tuticorin. On 11 November 2003, the Bank launched its ATM Card. In e-banking, RTGS/NEFT facilities have been successfully implemented by the TMB bank. The Tamilnad Mercantile Bank had the tie-up with Western Union Money Transfer to facilitate the remittances from abroad to India. For providing payment gateway services to the internet banking customers, TMB bank collaborated with BillDesk (India ideas.com), CCAvenue (Avenues India), SBI ePay, Atom Technologies and PayU India. It was the first old bank to supplying POS machines and introduce mobile banking to Customers. The bank had adopted a video conferencing facility for connecting with the Head Office, various Departments, and Regional offices. For its ATM operations, TMB bank is a member of National Financial Switch. The bank also introduced TMB e-passbook app as a part of its mobile banking operation.