Mangalore has been recently renamed as Mangaluru. It is a well-known port town in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city serves as the administrative headquarters of the Canara region of Karnataka. It is well known for its splendid beaches as well as a relaxed lifestyle. The Mangalore port fuels the development of the city, making it strategically the most important city on the Malabar coast. Mangalore, being one of the most cosmopolitan towns in the region, has a diverse population. The city lies on the estuary of the Netravati river and thus has a very fertile soil which supports the cultivation of coffee and cashews. Exports, commerce and petrochemicals drive the economy of the city. The IT industry is gradually gaining prominence in Mangalore as companies like Infosys, Cognizant, Mphasis have recently opened their offices in the city. Mangalore has large petrochemical companies like MRPL, MCF, ELF. Mangalore along with the adjoining city of Manipal combine to form a hub for education. Institutes like NIT Ranchihkal, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore University, etc. attract students from all over the country. Mangalore boasts of its natural beauty and tourists flock to the city to relish the pleasant aura of the Tannirbhavi beach, the Panambur beach, St. Marys island, Kudroli Gokarnath Temple, Kadri Manjunath temple, Sammilan Shettys butterfly park, Rosario Cathedral, etc.
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.