The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
The Bandhan Bank Ltd. is the first bank to set up in the eastern part of India after India has gained independence. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The bank has two divisions: General Banking and Micro Banking Bandhan offering several retail financial solutions for its customers. It started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. In August 2016, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. Its a bank for all, but the focus is to meet the needs of the people whom the formal banking system doesnt notice. The MD and CEO of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns the subsidiary of the bank known as The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app. It offers its world-class banking products to urban, semi-urban and the rural people being a bank for all.