The scenic city of Imphal is the capital of the Indian state of Manipur. The ruins of the ancient Palace of Kangla, which is surrounded by a moat, is located in the center of this city. It used to be the royal seat of Kingdom of Manipur. The city is known for its several prestigious educational institutions such as IIIT Manipur, Manipur Institute of Technology, NIT Manipur, Manipur Technical University, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science, Manipur Central University, Central Agricultural University, National Sports University, Manipur University of Culture, etc. There are several branches of Don Bosco, DAV Public School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Schools in and around the city that makes Imphal an educational hub. Imphal serves as an important location for tourism in Manipur - the Kangla Fort on the banks of the Imphal River has many temples inside and is surrounded by a beautiful lake. The Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex, Imphal War Cemetery, India Peace Memorial on Red Hill, Ima Keithel Womens Market are few of the places in the city that are worth visiting. The economy of Imphal is primarily agrarian. The soil and the climatic conditions support the cultivation of various grains, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. The handloom and handicraft industry is the largest cottage industry in the city and excels in weaving as well as cane and bamboo crafts. Tourism also fuels the citys economy.
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.