Bathinda is one of the oldest cities as well as a Municipal Corporation in the Indian state of Punjab. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Bathinda District. It is situated in the Malwa Region. Bathinda is nicknamed as the City of Lakes, owing to the numerous artificial lakes in the city. The city is also known as Tabar-e-Hind or Tabarhindh which means the Gateway to India. Razia Sultana, the first Empress of India, was imprisoned in the Qila Mubarak fort in this city. Bhatinda is one of the leading cities in education. It has many prestigious academic institutions such as the Central University of Punjab and the upcoming AIIMS. Two modern thermal power plants are housed in Bhatinda - Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant and Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant. The city has a fertilizer plant, an oil refinery and two cement plants by Ambuja Cements & UltraTech Cement. Bathinda is also one of the largest cotton and food grain markets in northern India. Grape is widely cultivated in and around the city and is used for local consumption as well as trade. There are various places worth visiting in Bhatinda. The Bhatinda zoo, the historic Qila Mubarak fort, the gurudwara and mazaar of Haji Rattan are popular tourist centers in the city.
The government owns Punjab & Sind Bank, and it is based in New Delhi. Its 623 offices are in Punjab state out of 1554 branches spread all over India. On 24 June 1908, the Punjab & Sind Bank was founded by Sir Sunder Singh, MajithaBhai Vir Singh, and Sardar Tarlochan Singh. The Government of India nationalized the Punjab National Bank on 15 April 1980 along with other six banks in the second wave of nationalizations. The first nationalization had been in 1969 when the government nationalized the top 14 banks. The Punjab & Sind Bank established a branch in London in the 1960s. In 1991 the London branch was acquired by the Bank of Baroda at the order of the Reserve Bank of India due to Punjab & Sinds involvement in the Sethia fraud in 1987. The Punjab & Sind has shown growth of over 40% year on year since 2004, and its IPO was put over the top by more than 50 times recently. In business, the bank crossed a mark of Rs 1 lac crore. The Punjab & Sind Bank sponsored a regional rural bank known as Sutlej Gramin Bank. The products of Punjab and Sind bank includes Debit Card, ATM, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, SMS Banking, BHIM, UPI, POS Machine, AADHAR PAY, BHARAT QR