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.
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.