The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
KBL Bank was established in 1924 at Mangaluru, a coastal town in Karnataka State. It is a leading A Class Scheduled Commercial Bank in India. The bank was formed in the aftermath of patriotic zeal that fueled the nation during the freedom movement of India in the pre-independence era. The Karnataka Limited Bank further expanded with the mergers. With around nine decades of experience of providing professional banking and quality customer services, the bank has a nationwide presence with a network of 811 branches spread across 22 states and two Union Territories. The Karnataka Bank has over 8,220 employees, 1,46,000 shareholders, and over 9.65 million customers with which the bank has emerged as a leading financial service company in India. The bank started its operations on 23rd May 1924 at Dongerkery, Mangalore. The Karnataka Bank was the first to realize the importance of having a Centralised Banking system among other banks and was the first to deploy the Core Banking System in the year 2000. This system enabled them to store and process the customers accounts from the Data Centre present in Bangalore. The bank has also deployed the State-Of-Art technology from the best players in the Industry like Infosys, Sun, and Wipro.