The city of Raichur is located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city houses around 2 lakh residents. Although Kannada is the main language of Raichur, Telugu and Urdu are also widely spoken. Raichur is known for its imposing Raichur Fort which was built in 1294. The fort contains stone inscriptions in Persian and Arabic that adds to its rich history. The had been a part of various empires including the Bahmanis, the Vijayanagara Empire and the Hyderabad empire. The city is also very rich from the epigraphical perspective. Hundreds of inscriptions have been found in the area, ranging from the Mauryan period till the Muslim period, belonging to almost every dynasty that ruled over the Decan. These inscriptions are in a variety of languages such as Kannada, Telugu, Arabic, Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Persian. There are gold mines surrounding the city of Raichur that vastly contribute to the economy of the city. The city is also a leading producer of cotton and oil.
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.