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.
The first Paul George Memorial Tournament was began by the Muthoot Group in 2012, for children of the government schools in the Delhi NCR region. The winners of the tournament were awarded scholarships. The Muthoot M George Foundation conducted all of the philanthropic activities of Muthoot Finance through which it performs tree plantation drives and offers scholarships to the needy people regularly. The company also took the initiative on education, environment, health, financial assistance, and eco-friendliness through M George Foundation. The Muthoot Finance is associated with the concept of an E-toilet, which was a public sanitation initiative, with the aid of the Credai Clean City Movement. Along with that, the company also conducts agricultural seminars on a regular basis by the name of My Kitchen Garden to educate farmers on the effects of pesticide use in farming and how to control that for healthier living. The company has also actively helped cancer patients, as well as individuals diagnosed with the kidney diseases, by taking care of their medical expenses. The Muthoot Finance runs the "Horn Not Ok Please" initiative to raise awareness on the harmful effects of vehicular noise pollution. It has also established a Centre for creating road traffic and safety awareness and the prevention of traffic accidents at the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police in Kochi.