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.
Incorporated in 1911, the Central Bank of India was the first commercial bank which was entirely owned and managed by Indians. Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala, founded the Bank as a result of his dream realization about the bank. The first Chairman was Sir Pherozesha Mehta of this pure swadeshi Bank. In fact, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala felt so proud about this bank that he proclaimed CBI as the "countrys asset and property of the nation." He also said that "CBI has been made on peoples faith and considers itself as the peoples bank." During the last 106 years of history, the Bank has faced challenges and threats. The CBI successfully transformed every threat into an opportunity of business and excelled over its competitors in the Banking industry. The Central Bank of India can be honestly mentioned as an all India bank, due to stretch of its vast network across all the 29 States and 6 Union Territories of India. Among the public sector banks, the Central Bank of India holds a very significant place on account of its 4715 Branches, 1 Extension counters, along with 10 Satellite Offices as on January 2018, at various centers throughout the length and breadth of the country.