The city of Howrah is considered to be Kolkata?s twin. It is an industrial city situated in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The Hooghly River acts as a divider between Howrah and the state capital Kolkata. Thus, this city lies on the banks of the Hooghly River and hosts the administrative headquarters of Howrah district. There are four famous bridges in Howrah that connects it to Kolkata. Among these, the Howrah bridge is a popular landmark. The city has a long history and rich culture tied with that of Kolkata. The economy of the city is chiefly dependent on agriculture and manufacturing industries. Crops such as paddy, oilseeds, pulses, potato and vegetables are grown as well as traded. The Howrah railway station has remarkable connectivity. The busiest railway station in the state, it not only connects the capital city of Kolkata to all its suburbs and neighboring cities but also connects it to the rest of the country through the Eastern and South-eastern Railways. Howrah houses educational institutions and universities like Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) and Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira. Tourists who visit Kolkata enjoy a stroll in the Indian Botanical Garden at Howrah which houses the largest Banyan Tree in the world. The Rail Museum located near the Howrah Railway station is an enjoyable experience for children. The Belur Math Ramakrishna Mission is a scenic spot that attracts tourists as well as devotees.
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.