Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
RBL is a scheduled commercial bank, based in the Mumbai region of Maharashtra, India. It was founded in August 1943. The bank has a gross business size of around Rs. 0.64 million Cr. The RBL bank provides banking services categorized into five sectors: Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Agri & Development Banking and Financial Markets. Ratnakar Bank was a bank in Maharashtra with two of its branches in Kolhapur and Sangli in August 1943. In the Kolhapur-Sangli belt, it used to serve to the small and medium business merchants. In August 1959, the Bank was recognized as a "Scheduled Commercial Bank" under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. RBL Bank was also known as NH4 Bank since most of its occupation was limited to the cities in the 1,235-km National Highway 4 that connected four of the ten most dense cities in India. In the 2010s, RBL Bank has allegedly raised Rs 4,000 Cr, from investors. In 2011, the Bank raised Rs. 700 Cr, Rs 376 Cr, in 2014 Rs. 328 Cr. and in 2016 Rs.488 Cr. RBL Bank raised Rs 330 Crores from the UK-based development finance institution, CDC Group Plc (CDC), through Basel III compliant Tier II capital, in September 2016. In July 2017, RBL Bank got the board approval to raise Rs 1680 Cr.