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 Bandhan Bank Ltd. is the first bank to set up in the eastern part of India after India has gained independence. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The bank has two divisions: General Banking and Micro Banking Bandhan offering several retail financial solutions for its customers. It started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. In August 2016, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. Its a bank for all, but the focus is to meet the needs of the people whom the formal banking system doesnt notice. The MD and CEO of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns the subsidiary of the bank known as The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app. It offers its world-class banking products to urban, semi-urban and the rural people being a bank for all.