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.
The CBI is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India and owned by the government. It is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and known as the financial capital. The bank has 4715 branches, 5319 ATMs across 27 Indian states and three Union Territories. Overseas, the CBI has a branch at Nairobi, Hong Kong having a joint venture with Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and the Zambian government.CBI has also opened a representative office at Nairobi in Kenya recently. It is one of the 20 Public Sector banks in India to receive recapitalization finance from the government over the next 24 months. For opening representative offices in five more locations - Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and London, the Central Bank of India approached the RBI. The reserves of the bank and surplus stood at ? 283030 million. As of 31 March 2015, the total business at the end of the last fiscal approximately amounted to ? 45,05,390 million. On 21 December 1911, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala founded the Central Bank of India with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as the Chairman. The Indian Government nationalized the Central Bank of India on 19 July, 1969together with 13 others banks.