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.
In 2000, Indian Overseas Bank engaged in an initial public offering (IPO) that brought the governments share in the banks equity down to 75%. In 2001, the IOB acquired the Mumbai-based Adarsha Janata Sahakari Bank. Then in 2009, the bank took over Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank, which was founded in 1969 and had its head office in Pune. Since 2006, Shree Suvarna Sahakari Bank had been in administration. It had nine offices in Pune, 2 in Mumbai and 1 in Shirpur. The total strength of employees was estimated to be more than 100. On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at New Kathiresan Temple complex, Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. The IOB opened a representative office in Guangzhou, China in 2005 followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and 2009 in Dubai, UAE. In the new millennium, international expansion started once again. The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank in 2007. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by BOB, IOB, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank ( IIB Malaysia), began its business in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank holds a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch.