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 HDFC Bank Limited is financial service company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The equity shares of the bank are listed on National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange of India. Its American depositary shares are listed on NewYork Stock Exchange. The HDFC Bank has been awarded as the best-performing branch of microfinance among private sector banks by NABARD. It offers many products and services to its customers such as retail banking, treasury, auto loans personal loans along with mobile banking services such as Payzapp and Chillr. It was found in 1994 with its full-service branch at Sandroz, Worli which was inaugurated by the Union Finance Minister, Mr.Manmohan Singh. By assets, HDFC is the largest private sector lender. In 2016, the HDFC Bank has been awarded as the best banking performer in India by Global Brands Magazine Award. The HDFC Bank has also received the best digital banking initiative award in the year 2016 by KPMG study of Indias best banks.