Kollam, formerly known as Desinganadu, is an old seaport and a thriving city in the Indian state of Kerala. It is a port city along the Laccadive Sea coast. Mar Sabor, an East Syriac bishop, had founded the Kollam Port. The city is situated on the banks of the Ashtamudi Lake. In ancient times, Kollam had a strong commercial relationship with the Chinese. Kollam city ranks 5th in the country and 3rd in Kerala in terms of per capita income and economic performance. The port city has an excellent export background. Fishing and dairy farming largely contribute to the citys economy. The government is about to establish a fishing harbor in the vicinity of the city in order to increase the fish production. Fisheries, hatcheries, turkey and poultry farms are also plentiful in the city. The city also has a rich mineral base. The sands on the beaches and the entire area has a good amount of heavy minerals such as Ilmenite, Monosite, Rutile and Zircon, which can be used for industrial purposes. There are limestone deposits and bauxite in and around the city. Kollam is often called the "Cashew Capital of the World", as the city is noted for its traditional cashew business. This city is a microcosm of Kerala and its residents are from various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups.
Incorporated in 1911, the Central Bank of India was the first commercial bank which was entirely owned and managed by Indians. Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala, founded the Bank as a result of his dream realization about the bank. The first Chairman was Sir Pherozesha Mehta of this pure swadeshi Bank. In fact, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala felt so proud about this bank that he proclaimed CBI as the "countrys asset and property of the nation." He also said that "CBI has been made on peoples faith and considers itself as the peoples bank." During the last 106 years of history, the Bank has faced challenges and threats. The CBI successfully transformed every threat into an opportunity of business and excelled over its competitors in the Banking industry. The Central Bank of India can be honestly mentioned as an all India bank, due to stretch of its vast network across all the 29 States and 6 Union Territories of India. Among the public sector banks, the Central Bank of India holds a very significant place on account of its 4715 Branches, 1 Extension counters, along with 10 Satellite Offices as on January 2018, at various centers throughout the length and breadth of the country.