Ludhiana is the largest city in the north Indian state of Punjab. It is one of the richest cities in our country. The city is known to be a textile manufacturing hub in the north. It has a lot of large, medium and small scale manufacturing units. Ludhiana is also known for its industrial units. These units mostly produce and supply for bicycle and auto parts. The city is centrally located in the middle of the state. It provides a lot of employment opportunities to people from the state as well as across the country. Ludhiana also has substantial agricultural lands in the outskirts of the city that require a lot of manpower supplied by various parts of India. Ludhiana has been on a consistent upward trajectory due to its industries and it is rumored that Ludhiana has the largest number of imported luxury vehicles in the whole nation. The central city is densely populated with many markets and small trading units. On the education front, this city is home to the largest agricultural university in the continent called the Punjab Agricultural University. Besides this, there are some old and modern colleges such as Christian Medical College, Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, University Business School, etc. There are a few places in Ludhiana that attract visitors. Phillaur Fort, Maharaja Ranjit Singh war museum, Gurudwara Nanaksar Jagroan, Nehru Rose Garden, etc. are of great tourist interest. Ludhiana is soon becoming a hub of real estate since plenty of commercial and residential projects are coming up in the city, opening up multiple new job avenues.
In 1994, HDFC Bank was established, based in Mumbai, India. As of 31st March 2018, it has a presence of 88,253 permanent employees. Outside India, it is present in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The largest bank in India by market capitalization and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first office of HDFC Bank. Across India, the bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, 4.30 lakhs POS terminals were installed and 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards were issued. Several products and services are offered by the HDFC Bank including wholesale banking, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, treasury, retail banking, loans against property. HDFC bank also introduced various digital products such as Payzapp and Chillr. In February 2000, the HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank. It was one of the first mergers of two private banks in the new-generation private sector banks category. The HDFC Board approved the acquisition of Centurion Bank in 2008 for 95.1 billion INR which was one of the most significant mergers in India in the financial sector.