Raipur is the capital city as well as the largest urban agglomerate in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It was a part of Madhya Pradesh before the new state of Chhattisgarh was formed in November 2000. Naya Raipur or New Raipur is actually the new capital of the state which is 17 kilometers away from the older city of Raipur. Swami Vivekananda Airport separates these two cities. This city is the administrative headquarters of Raipur District. The current administration is based on its division into 72 wards which are managed by an elected representative. The source of Raipurs economy is mainly from agriculture. Crops like pulses, wheat, paddy, urad, peas, etc. are cultivated widely. Soybean, Alsi and groundnut are some of the oilseeds that are grown around the city. It is also a center for the state?s steel and other industries. Raipur has many educational institutions and universities like Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, International Institute of Information Technology, etc. Although not a tourism-based city, Raipur has some places worth visiting such as the Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Shri Rajiv Lochan Mandir, Urja Park, Naya Raipur Central Park.
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.