secunderabad is the twin city of Hyderabad. It is located in the Indian state of Telangana. It was named after Sikandar Jah, who was the 3rd Nizam of the Asaf Jahi dynasty. Hence it is sometimes spelled as Sikander-a-bad. Secunderabad was a British cantonment, founded in 1806. Secunderabad and Hyderabad are together referred to as the twin cities but they have very different histories and cultures. Secunderabad had developed directly under the British rule until independence whereas Hyderabad was a princely state and the capital of the Nizams. Secunderabad and Hyderabad were earlier divided by the Hussain Sagar lake. However, Secunderabad has been integrated into Hyderabads GHMC municipality. The two cities are collectively known as Hyderabad, Indias fifth largest metropolis. Secunderabad is one of the largest army and air force cantonments in India. The city hosts prestigious educational institutions like the Nizam College and the Osmania University. ITC, Infosys, Intergraph and Coromandel International are few of the many private companies that have set up their offices in Secunderabad. Secunderabad railway station is the headquarter of South Central Railway and it is a major center for railway activity. The city has several industrial areas such as Bolarum, Nacharam, Moula-Ali, Ghatkesar, etc. The Department of Atomic Energy has several units in the city like Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research, Nuclear Fuel Complex, ECIL, etc. located in and around Secunderabad.
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.