Bathinda is one of the oldest cities as well as a Municipal Corporation in the Indian state of Punjab. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Bathinda District. It is situated in the Malwa Region. Bathinda is nicknamed as the City of Lakes, owing to the numerous artificial lakes in the city. The city is also known as Tabar-e-Hind or Tabarhindh which means the Gateway to India. Razia Sultana, the first Empress of India, was imprisoned in the Qila Mubarak fort in this city. Bhatinda is one of the leading cities in education. It has many prestigious academic institutions such as the Central University of Punjab and the upcoming AIIMS. Two modern thermal power plants are housed in Bhatinda - Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant. The city has a fertilizer plant, an oil refinery and two cement plants by Ambuja Cements & UltraTech Cement. Bathinda is also one of the largest cotton and food grain markets in northern India. Grape is widely cultivated in and around the city and is used for local consumption as well as trade. There are various places worth visiting in Bhatinda. The Bhatinda zoo, the historic Qila Mubarak fort, the gurudwara and mazaar of Haji Rattan are popular tourist centers in the city.
The subsidiary of BOB consists of BOB Capital Markets which is a SEBI-registered investment banking company based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is an entirely owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda. Another wholly-owned subsidiary is Bobcards Ltd, a credit card company. The company is in the business of acquiring business & providing back-end support for Debit cards operations to the bank. In the year 1984, Bank of Baroda had launched its first charged card named BOBCARD. The Credit card division of Bank of Baroda managed the complete process of plastic card. The Bobcards Limited was established in the year 1994 to meet the needs of rapidly growing credit card industry in a focused manner. The Bank of Baroda had received Best Bank award for Global Business Development in Public Sector in Polaris Financial Technology Banking Awards held in 2014. The bank had also received ASSOCHAM Social Banking Excellence Award in the Public Sector Banks category, after getting recognized for the significant initiatives taken by the Bank in social banking sphere. In the year 2014, the bank had been awarded for being The Most Efficient Public Sector Bank? in the Best PSUs of India by Dalal Street Investment Journal Awards. The bank became the first National Sponsor in FIFA Under 17 World Cup India.