The thriving city of Rajahmundry lies on the banks of the Godavari in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Popularly known as ?The Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh,? the city serves as the administrative headquarters of the East Godavari district. Rajahmundry is a city of antiquity. It is one of the most important cities in the history of the state. Its roots can be traced back to 1100 AD. The city is reputed for shaping up the Telugu language as well as for its dynamic role in the Indian independence movement. Rajahmundry is the sixth largest in the state. Its modern civic administration is conducted through the organized division of the city into 93 wards. The cloth and bullion businesses mainly fuel the economy of the city. Rajahmundry acts as a business hub for east and west Godavari districts. The rich and fertile basin of the Godavari also contributes to agriculture. Paddy is the major crop cultivated. The city hosts a few notable educational institutions such as Adikavi Nannaya University, Telugu University, Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology, GSKM Law College, G.M.R. Polytechnic College etc. The historic city is a hub for Telugu culture with plenty of tourist attractions such as the Godavari Rail Bridge, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, ISKCON, the Markandeya Temple, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, the Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum, 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.