Nashik, in Maharashtra, is known for its grapes which have earned this city the title of the "wine capital of India." Around 200 kilometers north of Mumbai, Nashik is an ancient city which stands on the banks of the Godavari. It is the 4th largest city in Maharashtra. Its expansive surroundings, the popular tourism and a soothing climate altogether make it a unique place. With thousands of Indians visiting the Trimbakeshwar Temple at Nashik, this city has become a popular pilgrimage for devotees. Nashik is regarded as one of the holiest Hindu cities as it has more than a hundred ancient temples such as the Shiva Temple and the Kalaram Temple. Anjaneri, the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, is also situated near Nashik. The famous Kumbh Mela is held at Nashik. Mythologically, Nashik is believed to be the location where Laxman, upon Lord Ramas advice, cut the nose of Ravanas sister Shurpanakha. Thus the city was named "Nashik," derived from the Sanskrit word "Nashika" which means nose. The economy of Nashik is mainly driven by agriculture, grape production in particular. Several industries have also come up in the area. Hindustan Aeronautics Limiteds aircraft manufacturing plant has made the city a defense and aerospace manufacturing hub. The Currency Note Press, where the Indian currency notes are printed, and the India Security Press, where Indian government stamps are printed, are among the other important units at Nashik. Thus, Nashik is one of those cities that have witnessed drastic economic progress in the last decade.
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.