Eluru is a small city in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It also functions as the district headquarters of the West Godavari district as well as the Mandal headquarters of the Eluru Mandal in the Eluru revenue division. The city lies beside the Tammileru river. The city is well known for its carpets, wool-pile and hand woven products. Eluru has a population of more than 2 lakh people and experiences a hot and humid climate. Eluru Municipal Corporation is the civic body governing Eluru, which includes the census towns of Sanivarapupeta, Tangellamudi, Satrampadu, Gavaravaram, parts of Komadavole and Eluru villages. Eluru has been known for rug weaving since the 17 century - an art derived from the weavers of Iranian descendants. The thriving wool-pile and carpet industry boosts the citys economy. The eco-friendly carpets are exported to various countries. Buddha Park at Eluru is a popular tourist destination. The Kolleru Bird Sanctuary is home to many native and migratory birds. Fr. Silvio Pasquali Memorial Convent at Duggirala contains a replica of the ?Holy Land? of Israel, which is definitely worth a visit.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.