Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is known for its scenic beauty and old historic structures. The city has many natural as well as artificial lakes and is often referred to as the City of Lakes. The city is divided into two - old and new Bhopal. The old city is marked by its marketplaces, mosques and palaces, whereas the new city has modern buildings, broad avenues as well as many verdant parks and gardens. Folklore says that the city was founded by Raja Bhoja of the Paramara dynasty in the 11th century. The modern city of Bhopal was established by a Pashtun soldier in the Mughal army by the name of Dost Mohammad Khan soon after the death of King Aurangzeb. Bhopals delectable cuisine and splendid architecture was a gift from the Muslim rulers. During the British rule, Bhopal became a princely state and was ruled by four Muslim women who are popularly known as the Begums. These Begums gifted the city with its railways, waterworks, the postal system and even a municipality. Hindus and Muslims harmoniously coexist in this city that celebrates Diwali and Eid with equal passion and devotion. Bhopal, in recent times, serves as a trade center of electrical goods, and chemicals, cotton clothes and jewelry. The city also has various institutes of national importance. AIIMS, IISER and ISRO?s Master Control Facility are a few among them. Bhopal is known for its gas tragedy on 3rd December 1984, when methyl isocyanate gas escaped from the Union Carbide Insecticide plant and affected the lives of lakhs of people, killing thousands. It was one of the gravest industrial disasters in the history of mankind.
In India, the SBI bank has 18,354 branches. The revenue of SBI was ?2.005 trillion (US$29 billion) in the financial year 2012?13, out of which domestic operations contributed to 95.35% of the income. As a financial inclusion initiative, the bank had launched11,300 camps and opened over 3 million accounts by September under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana introduced by the Government in August 2014, which comprised 2.1 million accounts in rural areas and 1.57 million accounts in urban areas. The bank had the presence of 191 overseas offices as of 2014?15 in 36 countries marking the substantial existence in foreign markets among Indian banks. There are various foreign subsidiaries or affiliates operated by the SBI. A subsidiary was opened by the SBI bank in 1982, which now has ten branches?9 branches in the state of California and 1 in Washington, D.C. On 28 March 2011, the 10th office was opened in Fremont, California. In 1989, an offshore bank established by the SBI, SBI International (Mauritius) Ltd which later merged with the Indian Ocean International Bank. The Indian Ocean International Bank has been doing retail banking business in Mauritius since 1979.