The city of Sonipat is also a Municipal Corporation in the Indian state of Haryana. Situated at a distance of 43 kilometers from the capital city of Delhi, Sonipat is a part of the National Capital Region. The Yamuna marks the eastern boundary of Sonipat, which was earlier a part of Rohtak but was separated and made into a full-fledged district in 1972. Legend says that Sonipat was previously known as Sonprastha, which was modified to svarnaprastha or the golden city. Later, the name was shortened to Svarnpath, and eventually to its current form, Sonipat - also spelled as Sonepat. The Hindu epic Mahabharata says that Svarnaprastha was founded by the Pandavas. The district of Sonipat is divided into three regions - Khadar, Upland Plain and Sandy Region. The city is located on the upland plains. This area is rich in old alluvium, which is highly productive if properly irrigated. Wheat, rice, sugarcane, cotton, millet, oilseeds, pulses, barley, maize are abundantly cultivated at Sonipat using irrigation through tube wells and canals. Horticultural plants, vegetables and flowers are also cultivated. Dairy farming and animal husbandry form an essential part of Sonipats rural economy. Four industrial areas have been developed at Sonipat and factories of HSIIDC, Atlas, Birla Factory, OSRAM India, etc. have been set up. The Rajiv Gandhi Education City at Sonipat has been set up by the government that offers space to many universities for setting up their campus.
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.