Firozabad, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is commonly known by its nicknames "Suhag Nagari" and "The city of Glass." It was earlier known as Chandwar Nagar which was changed to Firozabad after a local champion named Firoz, during the rule of Emperor Akber. The city has been famous for glass and bangle works since these early days and hence its nicknames are extremely appropriate. The glass bangles and related small-scale industry of Firozabad are famous throughout the world. Firozabad suffers from low literacy levels and pollution. Child labor is intensely practiced in this city. Moreover, Firozabad also experiences an acute water crisis as the available water is polluted beyond repair by the discharge from various factories. Around 6 lakh people live in this city that experiences severe climatic conditions in both summer and winter. Most of the residents ofFirozabad are employed in the various units of manufacturing glass products.
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.