Nashik, in Maharashtra, is known for its grapes which have earned this city the title of the "wine capital of India." Around 200 kilometers north of Mumbai, Nashik is an ancient city which stands on the banks of the Godavari. It is the 4th largest city in Maharashtra. Its expansive surroundings, the popular tourism and a soothing climate altogether make it a unique place. With thousands of Indians visiting the Trimbakeshwar Temple at Nashik, this city has become a popular pilgrimage for devotees. Nashik is regarded as one of the holiest Hindu cities as it has more than a hundred ancient temples such as the Shiva Temple and the Kalaram Temple. Anjaneri, the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, is also situated near Nashik. The famous Kumbh Mela is held at Nashik. Mythologically, Nashik is believed to be the location where Laxman, upon Lord Ramas advice, cut the nose of Ravanas sister Shurpanakha. Thus the city was named "Nashik," derived from the Sanskrit word "Nashika" which means nose. The economy of Nashik is mainly driven by agriculture, grape production in particular. Several industries have also come up in the area. Hindustan Aeronautics Limiteds aircraft manufacturing plant has made the city a defense and aerospace manufacturing hub. The Currency Note Press, where the Indian currency notes are printed, and the India Security Press, where Indian government stamps are printed, are among the other important units at Nashik. Thus, Nashik is one of those cities that have witnessed drastic economic progress in the last decade.
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.