Pondicherry is the capital the largest city of the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is affectionately referred to as Pondy and "Pdy" in short. Its official name has become Puducherry since 2006, which means new town in Tamil. The city is divided into 42 wards for effective governance. The 1st to 10th wards are located in the north of the city. The Boulevard town has Wards 11?19. The remaining wards are situated in the southwest of the downtown. Pondicherry has been a colony of the Dutch, Portuguese, British and French. However, the French East India Company dominated over the area for a long time and the city is widely known as a French settlement. The economy of Pondicherry is dependent upon the cultivation of crops such as rice, pulses, coconuts, sugarcane and cotton. Being a seaside city, it is also known for its fisheries and seafood. Pondicherry is a popular tourist destination. The city has numerous colonial buildings, churches and temples, within the systematically planned French style avenues, that still retain a colonial aura and attract tourists. The Promenade Beach and Auroville make the city all the more famous. Students from all over the country enroll themselves at the reputed institutions such as the French Institute of Pondicherry and the Pondicherry University.
Karur Vysya Bank based in Karur, Tamil Nadu. It is a private-sector bank and was set up by M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar in 1916. The bank primarily operates in the treasury, corporate/retail banking segments and wholesale banking. It provides services such as personal, agricultural banking, corporate, and services to NRIs and MSME. The bank offers housing loan, personal loan, insurance, and fixed deposits among others under private banking. The KVB offer services like corporate loans, multicity current account, demat account, and general insurance among others under corporate banking. The schemes supplied by KVB under agricultural banking includes Green Harvester, Green Trac, and KVB Happy Kisan among others. The bank offers products such as MSME Cash, Vendor Bill Discounting among others. As on 1 July 2018, the bank had increased branches and ATMs during the year thus accounting the total number to 798 branches and 1,780 plus ATMs. In FY16, it introduced many initiatives like an e-book, reloadable cards, Kisan credit cards, automatic passbook kiosk, etc. The recent action is the introduction of a fast tag and UPI based payment system. As of Dec 2017, total business volume was1,00,000+ crore.