Nizamabad is the 3rd largest city in the Indian state of Telangana. The name of the city is derived from the word Nizam that refers to the Nizam of Hyderabad and Abad which means Long Live in Urdu. The city is sometimes also referred to as The City of Nizams. The city was founded in the year 1905 when the Nizams Dominion was recognized. It was known as Indur earlier. The city has more than 3 lakh residents and experiences a tropical savanna type of climate. The Government of Telangana started the MeeSeva service at Nizamabad in order to provide all government facilities easily to the residents. The economy of Nizamabad is largely dependent upon industries and private businesses. The production of rice, sugar and spices greatly contributes to the citys economic growth. The city has also seen a real estate boom in the recent years. Apart from the typical south Indian food, Nizamabad is known for its Islamic cuisine. Nonvegetarian dishes like Tahari, Haleem, Nihari and Biryani are famous in the city.
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.