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.
IDBI Bank was established to provide credit and other financial facilities for the development of the fledgling Indian industry, in 1964. The Government of India owns it. It is a nationalized bank treated on par with State Bank of India (SBI) and other nationalized banks as per the notification dated 26th February 2013 by the finance ministry. At present,77% stake in IDBI Bank is holding by the government. In the current fiscal of 2017-18, the bank made a loss of Rs.853 crore compared to a profit of Rs.241 crore earned during the last fiscal year. It currently has 3,817 ATMs, 1,995 branches, including one overseas office in Dubai. On June 29, 2018, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has got a technical go-ahead from IRDAI to increase stake in IDBI Bank up to 51%. The RBI formed a committee which recommended the development financial institution (IDBI) to diversify its activity and harmonize the role of development financing and banking activities by getting away from the conventional distinction between commercial banking and developmental banking. The bank had 16,555 employees, out of which 197 were employees with disabilities, as on 31st March.