The Indian city of Belgaum is a city in the northern part of the state of Karnataka and lies along the Western Ghats. The Government of Karnataka intends on making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka. It is being developed into a smart city. The city was earlier known as Venugram which means Bamboo village in Sanskrit. The city has recently acquired a new name as "Kunda Nagari" for its famous sweet dish called "Kunda" which is made of milk, sugar and spices. The city is also known for its sugarcane cultivation and production and is hence often referred to as the "Sugar Bowl of Karnataka" or the "Sugar District." The Government of Karnataka officially changed the name of the city to Belagavi on 1st November 2014. Belgaum experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year and hosts around 6 lakh residents. The city receives heavy rainfall and has abundantly available water due to the rivers in the vicinity. Hence, the fertile soil supports the cultivation of various vegetables and fruits. Belgaum is also a source of poultry, meat and fish. The mining industry also thrives in the area due to the availability of aluminum and uranium ores. The city hosts prestigious educational institutes like the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka Law Society and Rani Channamma University.
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.