Amritsar, historically remembered as Ramdaspur or Ambarsar, is a city in the north Indian state of Punjab. Rivers Beas and Ravi, distributaries of the great Indus River, flow through two edges of this city. It is esteemed as a holy place by the Sikh community as it hosts the famous Golden Temple. It is an extremely busy and one of the most visited shrines in India, which attracts devotees as well as visitors from India and abroad. Apart from the Golden Temple, a few other notable tourist attractions in the vicinity of the city include Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht and Durgiana Temple. The daily ritual at the Wagah border is also attended by thousands of visitors every day. The Ram Teerath Ashram at Amritsar is also frequented by many Hindu devotees. It is believed to be the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki, who had written the epic of Ramayana. Tourism greatly contributes to the Amritsars economy. Several small-scale and light-engineering industries also thrive in this area. Handicrafts like carpets and fabrics as well as farm products also contribute to the economy of the city. Amritsar is a residential as well as a commercial hub. There are many exciting spots for shopping and recreation in and around the city. The delicious Punjabi cuisine is also worth mentioning at this juncture. With numerous reputed academic institutions and all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable life, Amritsar is not only the global heart of the Sikh religion but also a lovely place to live in.
The Indian Bank was founded on 15th August,1907. Fourteen top banks were nationalized by the Indian Government on 19th July,1969, including Indian Bank. As a result of the nationalization, the branches of nationalized Indian banks in Malaysia were forbidden to continue operations as parent branches. At that time, Indian Bank had three offices. In 1973, the three branches merged to establish United Asian Bank Berhad and take over their Malaysian operations. After the nationalization, Indian Bank was left with only two foreign offices, one in Colombo and the other in Singapore. The International expansion resumed in 1978 with Indian Bank becoming a technical adviser to PT Bank Rama in Indonesia. Two years later, Indian Bank, BOB, and UBI established Indian Union Bank International Finance, in Hong Kong. The three banks had an equal share in the joint venture; the Indian Banks Chairman became the first Chairman of IUB International Finance. In May 1980, the Indian Bank also opened a foreign currency unit at its branch in Colombo. In 1981, the Indian Bank set up its first Regional Rural Bank, in Chittoor.