Ahmednagar is a city in the eponymous district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Ahmednagar has been named after its founder Ahmad Nizam Shah I, who had founded the town in 1494 and established the Nizam Shahi Dynasty. The city still contains innumerable buildings from the Nizam Shahi period. The Ahmednagar Fort, which was famous in the British era as an impregnable building in which the imperial colonizers had housed Indian Nationalists like Jawaharlal Nehru before Indian independence, still stands proudly in the city as a museum. Pandit Nehru had written the famous book "The Discovery of India" during his confinement in this fort. The region is known for its sugar cultivation but often lapses into drought due to the lack of rainfall. The city serves as a strong military base as it houses the Indian Armoured Corps Centre & School, the Mechanised Infantry Regimental Centre, the Vehicle Research and Development Establishment and the Controllerate of Quality Assurance Vehicles. This historic city has many great places worth visiting. Chand Bibi Palace, Cavalry Tank Museum, Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary, Ahmednagar Fort and Meherabad are few of the places in this area that attract tourists.
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.