Amritsar, historically remembered as Ramdaspur or Ambarsar, is a city in the north Indian state of Punjab. Rivers Beas and Ravi, distributaries of the great Indus River, flow through two edges of this city. It is esteemed as a holy place by the Sikh community as it hosts the famous Golden Temple. It is an extremely busy and one of the most visited shrines in India, which attracts devotees as well as visitors from India and abroad. Apart from the Golden Temple, a few other notable tourist attractions in the vicinity of the city include Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht and Durgiana Temple. The daily ritual at the Wagah border is also attended by thousands of visitors every day. The Ram Teerath Ashram at Amritsar is also frequented by many Hindu devotees. It is believed to be the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki, who had written the epic of Ramayana. Tourism greatly contributes to the Amritsars economy. Several small-scale and light-engineering industries also thrive in this area. Handicrafts like carpets and fabrics as well as farm products also contribute to the economy of the city. Amritsar is a residential as well as a commercial hub. There are many exciting spots for shopping and recreation in and around the city. The delicious Punjabi cuisine is also worth mentioning at this juncture. With numerous reputed academic institutions and all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable life, Amritsar is not only the global heart of the Sikh religion but also a lovely place to live in.
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.