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.
The Andhra Bank was established by the great freedom fighter, Dr. Bhogaraju Pattabhi. On 20th November 1923, It was registered and started its operations from 28th November with a paid-up capital of one lakh rupees. The logo of the Andhra Bank indicates the togetherness. The symbol of infinity states that the bank which is prepared to go to any lengths to serve its customers. The blue pointer on the top of the infinity symbol indicates that the bank has the philosophy of looking for newer growth and directions as and whenever required. The keyholes depict the safety and security of the customer, and the chain represents the bond of togetherness. The red and blue color shows the dynamism and solidity. The Andhra Bank has its representative office in the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. The Andhra Bank has a network of 2911 branches globally across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha in India. The vision of the Andhra Bank is to provide a full range of banking services through customer-focused products and to maximize the value of its stakeholders.