Mangalore has been recently renamed as Mangaluru. It is a well-known port town in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city serves as the administrative headquarters of the Canara region of Karnataka. It is well known for its splendid beaches as well as a relaxed lifestyle. The Mangalore port fuels the development of the city, making it strategically the most important city on the Malabar coast. Mangalore, being one of the most cosmopolitan towns in the region, has a diverse population. The city lies on the estuary of the Netravati river and thus has a very fertile soil which supports the cultivation of coffee and cashews. Exports, commerce and petrochemicals drive the economy of the city. The IT industry is gradually gaining prominence in Mangalore as companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Mphasis have recently opened their offices in the city. Mangalore has large petrochemical companies like MRPL, MCF, ELF. Mangalore along with the adjoining city of Manipal combine to form a hub for education. Institutes like NIT Ranchihkal, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore University, etc. attract students from all over the country. Mangalore boasts of its natural beauty and tourists flock to the city to relish the pleasant aura of the Tannirbhavi beach, the Panambur beach, St. Marys island, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunath temple, Sammilan Shettys butterfly park, Rosario Cathedral, etc.
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.