Hospet, officially renamed as Hospete, is also known as Nagalapura. It is a heritage city in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city has flourished on the banks of the Thungabadra. Hospet was built by Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagar Dynasty in 1520 AD in the memory of his mother, Nagalambika. The people here are employed majorly in the cultivation of Ragi and other crops as agriculture is the main source of economy of this city. The administrative infrastructure of the city is done through its division into 23 wards that are serviced by elected representatives. Hospete has many educational institutions like Hampi University besides several other schools and colleges. Hospete is the gateway to Hampi, the famous UNESCO World Heritage site. Hospete is well-known as a tourist destination for its innumerable temples, forts and picturesque views which attract visitors from India and abroad. The Hampi Stone Chariot, Nandanavana Park, Virupaksha Temple, Shri Ramulu Park, Chakra Vana, Queens Bath, the Tungabhadra dam, etc. are places worth visiting in Hospet.
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.