Davanagere is an emerging city in the Indian state of Karnataka. This city has been selected by PM Narendra Modi to be developed into a smart city under the ambitious flagship Smart Cities Mission. It is a cotton hub and has often been referred to as the Manchester of Karnataka. Currently, the city is commercially venturing into the fields of education and agro-processing industries. Located in the Maidan region on the Deccan Plateau, the city is often called the "Heart of Karnataka" as it is literally located in the center of the state. This city houses Asias 2nd largest irrigation tank known as "Shanti Sagar," which serves as a major water source for farmers in the region. There are roughly half a million residents in Devanagere who mostly speak in Kannada. The city is well connected to the rest of the state as well as the country through a decent network of roads and railway.
Punjab National Bank is a financial services company and a state-owned headquartered in New Delhi, India. In 1894, the PNB was found. The bank had over 80 million customers, 6,937 branches, and 10681 ATMs across 764 cities as of 31 March 2017. Outside India, the bank has a subsidiary in the UK as well as in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Dubai, and Kabul. On 19 May 1894, the PNB was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, with its office in Anarkali Bazaar, Lahore. The founding board from different parts of India established the bank with the common objective of creating a truly national bank which would further support the economic interest of the country. The founders of PNB included many leaders of the Swadeshi movement such as Kali Prasanna Roy, E. C. Jessawala, Prabhu Dayal, Dyal Singh Majithia and Lala Harkishen Lal, Lala Lalchand, Bakshi Jaishi Ram, and Lala Dholan Dass. The Lala Lajpat Rai was actively associated with the management of the Bank in the initial years. The board of PNB first met on 23 May 1894. On 12 April 1895, the bank began its business in Lahore. In 1900, the PNB opened its first branch outside Lahore.