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.
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.