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.
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.