Ambala is a city as well as a municipal corporation located in the district of the same name within the Indian state of Haryana. The city forms the border of Haryana and Punjab and lies close to the state capital Chandigarh. Ambala consists of two sub-areas - the Ambala Cantonment area and the Ambala City are, that are less than a kilometer apart. The twin city has a large base of Indian Army and Indian Air Force within its cantonment area. This city separates the Ganges network from the Indus network and the rivers Ghaggar and Tangri surround it. Ambala plays a pivotal role in local tourism, connecting tourists to Chandigarh, Shimla, New Delhi and Amritsar. Gurudwara Manji Sahib, situated within the city, is a place worth visiting in Ambala. The economy of the city is fuelled by its "Cloth Market" which draws shoppers from surrounding areas. It has a dense cluster of at least 1000 wholesale shops that sell a wide range of cloth items like hand-loom textiles, silk, various kinds of sarees, suitings, shirtings as well as dress material of all types. This market is considered to be the largest cloth trading market in Asia. Most of the residents of Ambala are employed in this business.
On 19th February 1943, the OBC was started in Lahore, Pakistan by Late Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal, the founding father of Oriental Bank of Commerce. The bank had to face the after-effects of partition in 1947. The branches in the newly formed Pakistan had shut, and the Registered Office had shifted from Lahore to Amritsar. The registered office was relocated to Delhi, in the year 1951. In 1980, it was nationalized by the Indian government. The merchant banking division of the bank was set up in 1992, and it was authorized by SEBI to act as a category-I merchant banker. In the year 1997, Punjab Co-operative Bank Ltd and Bari Doab Bank Ltd were merged with the OBC bank. The bank had joined hands with Citibank for launching OBC co-branded credit card. In the year 1999, OBC had set up asset recovery branch, one each at Delhi and Mumbai. For women entrepreneurs in the year 2002, the Bank had opened a specialized office and collaborated with Corporation Bank for sharing ATM network. In the year 2003, CBS, OBC had joined hands with Infosys Technologies Ltd and Wipro Ltd to make Centralised Banking Solution. In the same year, the OBC Bank and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) had agreed to work on projects in the field of small-scale, infrastructure and service areas. In February 2008, the Oriental Bank Navkiran Deposit Scheme was launched by the bank. Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company entered into a distribution tie-up with OBC in March of the year 2008.