The Indian city of Belgaum is a city in the northern part of the state of Karnataka and lies along the Western Ghats. The Government of Karnataka intends on making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka. It is being developed into a smart city. The city was earlier known as Venugram which means Bamboo village in Sanskrit. The city has recently acquired a new name as "Kunda Nagari" for its famous sweet dish called "Kunda" which is made of milk, sugar and spices. The city is also known for its sugarcane cultivation and production and is hence often referred to as the "Sugar Bowl of Karnataka" or the "Sugar District." The Government of Karnataka officially changed the name of the city to Belagavi on 1st November 2014. Belgaum experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year and hosts around 6 lakh residents. The city receives heavy rainfall and has abundantly available water due to the rivers in the vicinity. Hence, the fertile soil supports the cultivation of various vegetables and fruits. Belgaum is also a source of poultry, meat and fish. The mining industry also thrives in the area due to the availability of aluminum and uranium ores. The city hosts prestigious educational institutes like the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka Law Society and Rani Channamma University.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.