English Bazar is a city in the Malda district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is popularly known as Malda town and has been nicknamed as the "Mango City." Malda serves as the headquarter of the eponymous district. Old Malda municipality and the, as well as the English Bazar municipality, are under the Malda municipal corporation. This is a rapidly growing city with a population of over 2 lakh people. Malda lies on the western bank of the Mahananda river. It experiences an extremely humid weather. Various colleges and universities are found in and around English Bazar. The University of Gour Banga is the largest educational institution in the area along with several other colleges like Malda College, Malda Polytechnic, Malda Medical College and Hospital, IMPS College of Engineering and Technology, etc. The city has a great connectivity to the state capital as well as to the Northeast via railway and roads. The city is known for its cultivation of mangoes and production of Mango Jelly.
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.