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 Central Bank of India was found on 21st December 1911. Its head office is in Mumbai. The stocks of the bank are listed on Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange in India. In 1938, the Barclays bank acquired the Central Bank Exchange of India. In 1963, Central Bank of Indias operations in Burma was nationalized by the government of Burma, and it became Peoples Bank No. 1. In 1969, the Central Bank was nationalized by the Indian Government on 19 July, together with 13 others.In the year 1980, Central Bank of India was one of the first banks in India to issue credit cards in collaboration with MasterCard. For the year ended 2013, Central Bank of India announces that the total business of Rs. 402000 Cr and the net profit of Rs. 1015 Cr. A new CMD, Mr. Rajiv Rishi was appointed by the Central Bank of India on 1 August 2013, who was previously ED of Indian Bank and General Manager of OBC. On 1 November 2013, the bank opened its second representative office in Hong Kong.