Ongole is located in the Prakasam district of the South-Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The city operates as a municipal corporation as well as the headquarters of the Prakasam district. Ongole also serves as the headquarters of the Ongole mandal in the Ongole revenue division. The city is known for its Ongole cattle, which is a breed of oxen and is a part of the worlds major zebu cattle breeds. The narrow streams of the Gundlakamma river pass through the city. Ongole has around 2 lakh residents who speak in Telugu. Agriculture fuels the economy of Ongole. The city is a center for trading tobacco in Andhra Pradesh. Many units of Galaxy Granite polishing provide a huge employment source to the residents of Ongole. The famous Ongole bulls are actually a breed of Oxen. These animals are exported to various countries. The Brahman bull found in America is considered to be an off-breed of the Ongole. Such off-breeds are found in Malaysia and Brazil too. The original breed of this animal is found in a tiny region around the town, in between the Gundlakamma and Musi Rivers. Ongole is also known for its beautiful parks and educational institutes.
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.