Karnal is situated within the National Capital Region. It functions as the headquarters of the Karnal District of Haryana. It is believed that the city was founded by Karna, an important figure in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata, who had died at the hands of archrival and his half-brother, Arjuna. It is one of the 100 cities that are being developed into smart cities as per PM Narendra Modis Smart Cities Mission. It is one of the cleanest cities in the country that houses many reputed educational institutions like Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Maharana Pratap Horticultural University of Karnal, Dyal Singh College, and branches of famous schools like Delhi Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya. The city served as a refuge for the British survivors during the 1857 Uprising in Delhi.
DCB Bank Ltd. is a private sector commercial bank having a network of 310 branches and 515 ATMs in India. The bank offers products to small and medium businesses, rural banking, individuals, and mid-corporates across the branch network. The DCB Bank is declared as the Best Small Bank in India by Businessworld Magna Awards 2017. The Bank is present in 19 States and 3 Union Territories. The DCB Bank is also considering expansion in tier 3 to tier 6 towns in Odisha, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. The states where DCB Bank branches are located in India: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi NCR, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Recently the branches of DCB Bank were inaugurated at Kusnoor (Gulbarga) in Karnataka, Ajmer in Rajasthan and Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, New Delhi in the National Capital Region. In the 1930s, in Mumbai from a series of Co-operative bank mergers with the Ismailia Co-operative Bank Limited and the Masalawala Co-operative Bank respectively, DCB bank was found. The promoter of the Bank is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) with around 15.02% stake. On 31 May 1995, the Bank received the Scheduled Commercial Bank license from the Reserve Bank of India.