shimla or Simla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is a hill-side city, known for being a much-coveted tourist destination. The name of the city is received from an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali, known as Goddess Shyamala Devi. Shimla was chosen to be the summer capital of British India in 1864. The city became the capital of Punjab after independence. It was later shifted to the territorial boundaries of Himachal Pradesh and was made its capital. It is the principal center for commercial, cultural and educational activities of Himachal Pradesh. The city consisted of small hamlets before 1815 when the British forces took control of the area. The conducive climatic conditions of the area attracted the British to set up the city amidst the dense forests of the Himalayas. Shimla houses many buildings styled in the neo-Gothic and Tudorbethan architectures dating from the colonial era. It also has multiple temples and churches. These specimens of colonial architecture along with the natural environment of the city attract tourists. Places worth visiting in Shimla are the Viceroy Lodge, the Christ Church, the Jakhoo Temple, etc. The Mall Road and the Ridge together form the city center and are full of tourists at all times. The Kalka?Shimla Railway line which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a major tourist attraction. Tourism fuels the economy of this scenic 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.