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.
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.