Malegaon is a small city in the Nashik District of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was previously known as Mulligaum and it lies at the convergence of the Mausam and Girna rivers. The city is known for its famous fort. The Malegaon fort, which took 25 years to build, attracted a lot of Muslim workers and artisans from all over the country, who settled in the area. Later, many people from the Muslim community migrated to this city during various revolts and uprisings in the country. The city has roughly 6 lakh residents, among which 79% follow Islam as their religion. The city is a major hub for cloth weaving. The city has over 3 lakh power looms and t attracts workers from all the neighboring regions. PVC pipe manufacturing industry has also gained importance in Malegaon in the recent years. The citys education system supports native language Marathi as well as Urdu and English through many institutions. There are a few schools in the area, alongside junior colleges and senior colleges that are affiliated to the Pune University. The students seeking higher education generally travel to nearby cities. Malegaon is known for its notorious spoof film industry called Mollywood, which makes parodies and spoofs of classic Hollywood and Bollywood films. Its an extremely low budget film industry where most of the actors are the residents exhibiting their talents and their imaginative minds.
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.