Malegaon is a small city in the Nashik District of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was previously known as Mulligaum and it lies at the convergence of the Mausam and Girna rivers. The city is known for its famous fort. The Malegaon fort, which took 25 years to build, attracted a lot of Muslim workers and artisans from all over the country, who settled in the area. Later, many people from the Muslim community migrated to this city during various revolts and uprisings in the country. The city has roughly 6 lakh residents, among which 79% follow Islam as their religion. The city is a major hub for cloth weaving. The city has over 3 lakh power looms and t attracts workers from all the neighboring regions. PVC pipe manufacturing industry has also gained importance in Malegaon in the recent years. The citys education system supports native language Marathi as well as Urdu and English through many institutions. There are a few schools in the area, alongside junior colleges and senior colleges that are affiliated to the Pune University. The students seeking higher education generally travel to nearby cities. Malegaon is known for its notorious spoof film industry called Mollywood, which makes parodies and spoofs of classic Hollywood and Bollywood films. Its an extremely low budget film industry where most of the actors are the residents exhibiting their talents and their imaginative minds.
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.