Nanded is the 8th largest city in the state and the second largest in the Marathwada subdivision of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a major destination Sikh pilgrims as the city was the permanent abode of the 10th Sikh Guru - Guru Gobind Singh, who passed away in the city in 1708. Nanded is closer to Hyderabad than to the Maharashtra state capital Mumbai. The city of Nanded is divided into two distinct parts by the Godavari - the old Nanded on its north bank and the new city in the south. Nanded is known for the agricultural trade of cotton, mangos, soya beans, bananas, sugarcane, sweet limes, and sorghum that are cultivated in and around the city. The city has an agricultural school and a cotton research center dedicated to assist the cotton production industry. The tourism industry also fuels the citys economy. 10 million visitors and religious pilgrims boost the tourism industry of the city.
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.