Raiganj is a small city as well as a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the Uttar Dinajpur district. Raiganj was established 200 years ago. Some believe that the name of the place has come from the word "Rai" which refers to the character of Radha in Mahabharata. Some others say that the name is associated with the royal family of Dinajpur as their surname was Rai. However, the widely accepted opinion is that the name of the city originated from the excess of rai sorshe cultivated in the place, which is a special type of mustard. The city has around 2 lakh Bengali speaking residents. Raiganj is famous for the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Kulik bird sanctuary. It is a home to many Asian Openbills as well as other waterbirds. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia. Hence tourism is a huge source of the economy here. Raiganj doesnt have many industries, but it is a very important trading center. Daily business transactions in Raiganj shoots up to at least six crores on an average. A few places worth visiting in and around the city are the Raiganj Church, the Jain Temples, several Hindu temples, Terracotta pottery at Malgaon, etc.
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.