Asansol, a city in the Burdwan district of the Indian state of West Bengal, is the states second largest city in terms of area and population. It is a Tier-II city which rapidly developing. The city has derived its name from two words - "Asan" refers to a 30 meters tall found near River Damodar and "Sol" refers to land. Thus, these two words combine to form the name of this city which is incredibly rich in minerals. This cosmopolitan city is located on the lower Chota Nagpur Plateau and it shares the border with the Dhanbad district in the adjoining state of Jharkhand. The economy of this city is principally dependent on its steel and coal industries. The IISCO or Indian Iron and Steel Company Ltd steel-making plant at Kulti in Asansol was the first of such facility in India and is undergoing major renovations to come back with doubled production rate. Eastern Coalfields has a significant presence in the Asansol due to the enormous deposits of high-quality coal in and around the city. The railway is a big contributor to Asansols economy as many residents are employed in the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works which is one of the worlds largest locomotive manufacturers.
Punjab National Bank is a financial services company and a state-owned headquartered in New Delhi, India. In 1894, the PNB was found. The bank had over 80 million customers, 6,937 branches, and 10681 ATMs across 764 cities as of 31 March 2017. Outside India, the bank has a subsidiary in the UK as well as in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Dubai, and Kabul. On 19 May 1894, the PNB was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, with its office in Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore. The founding board from different parts of India established the bank with the common objective of creating a truly national bank which would further support the economic interest of the country. The founders of PNB included many leaders of the Swadeshi movement such as Kali Prasanna Roy, E. C. Jessawala, Prabhu Dayal, Dyal Singh Majithia and Lala Harkishen Lal, Lala Lalchand, Bakshi Jaishi Ram, and Lala Dholan Dass. The Lala Lajpat Rai was actively associated with the management of the Bank in the initial years. The board of PNB first met on 23 May 1894. On 12 April 1895, the bank began its business in Lahore. In 1900, the PNB opened its first branch outside Lahore.