Bathinda is one of the oldest cities as well as a Municipal Corporation in the Indian state of Punjab. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Bathinda District. It is situated in the Malwa Region. Bathinda is nicknamed as the City of Lakes, owing to the numerous artificial lakes in the city. The city is also known as Tabar-e-Hind or Tabarhindh which means the Gateway to India. Razia Sultana, the first Empress of India, was imprisoned in the Qila Mubarak fort in this city. Bhatinda is one of the leading cities in education. It has many prestigious academic institutions such as the Central University of Punjab and the upcoming AIIMS. Two modern thermal power plants are housed in Bhatinda - Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant. The city has a fertilizer plant, an oil refinery and two cement plants by Ambuja Cements & UltraTech Cement. Bathinda is also one of the largest cotton and food grain markets in northern India. Grape is widely cultivated in and around the city and is used for local consumption as well as trade. There are various places worth visiting in Bhatinda. The Bhatinda zoo, the historic Qila Mubarak fort, the gurudwara and mazaar of Haji Rattan are popular tourist centers in the city.
Under the Companies Act of 1913, South Indian Bank was registered as a Private Limited Company and started operations on 29th January 1929 at Round South, Thrissur. South Indian Bank Limited is based at Thrissur in Kerala, India. It has 852 branches, four service branches,56 extension counters, and 20 Regional Offices spread across the states and union territories of India. Under Financial Inclusion till date, the bank has covered more than 100 villages and 15 urban centers and opened more than ten exclusive FLC Centres in the bank premises, which spreads across the states of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Chhattisgarh. SIB has appointed direct Business Correspondents in the allocated rural areas under the supervision of a team of officers in the FIP Cell - Head Office. Recently "KIOSK Banking Model" is introduced by the bank as Financial Inclusion Initiative in collaboration with Akshaya e-centres in Kerala state through the software service provider - M/s Tata Consultancy services. The kiosk is a kind of banking model for people who are living in areas where banking facilities are not available so that they can avail necessary banking facilities from a nearby service center or Business Correspondent Office without visiting a regular bank branch. Basic banking needs of the public like the opening of an account, deposit and withdrawal of cash, etc. can be availed from these common service center/BC Office.