The city of Karimnagar, situated in the Indian state of Telangana, functions as a municipal corporation as well as the district headquarters of the Karimnagar district. The Manair River flows through this city, which is a tributary of the Godavari. Karimnagar has been selected by the Indian Government, to be developed into a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. The region experiences a dry inland climate with hot summers and mild winters, quite similar to the weather of Hyderabad. Telugu and Urdu are the most common languages spoken by the residents of Karimnagar. The Satavahana University is located in Karimnagar and the city is known to be major education center in North-western parts of Telangana as it has produced several renowned intellectuals, poets, politicians and technologists. Apart from being an educational hub, Karimnagar also serves as a health hub for the northern regions of Telangana. The city is also a major business center. Karimnagar is popularly known for its granite and its agro-based industries. Karimnagars Silver Filigree is a local silverware handicraft that is used for trade.
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.