Bokaro, or Bokaro Steel City, is a highly planned city located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It functions as the administrative headquarters of the Bokaro district. It is one of the largest and most populous cities in Jharkhand. Bokaro was one of the earliest planned cities in the eastern part of India. The whole city is meticulously planned and organized into sectors with avenues, residential and commercial areas. Each sector is equipped with shopping complexes, schools, playgrounds, health centers and recreational facilities. The city has developed around the eponymous Bokaro Steel Plant which is an integrated public sector steel plant that was built with the help from the Soviet Government. It has now been merged with Indian Governments Steel Authority of India Limited or SAIL. The residents of this city are mostly employed in the Bokaro Steel Plant.
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.