Karnal is situated within the National Capital Region. It functions as the headquarters of the Karnal District of Haryana. It is believed that the city was founded by Karna, an important figure in the Hindu epic of Mahabharata, who had died at the hands of archrival and his half-brother, Arjuna. It is one of the 100 cities that are being developed into smart cities as per PM Narendra Modis Smart Cities Mission. It is one of the cleanest cities in the country that houses many reputed educational institutions like Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, Maharana Pratap Horticultural University of Karnal, Dyal Singh College, and branches of famous schools like Delhi Public School and Kendriya Vidyalaya. The city served as a refuge for the British survivors during the 1857 Uprising in Delhi.
The first Paul George Memorial Tournament was began by the Muthoot Group in 2012, for children of the government schools in the Delhi NCR region. The winners of the tournament were awarded scholarships. The Muthoot M George Foundation conducted all of the philanthropic activities of Muthoot Finance through which it performs tree plantation drives and offers scholarships to the needy people regularly. The company also took the initiative on education, environment, health, financial assistance, and eco-friendliness through M George Foundation. The Muthoot Finance is associated with the concept of an E-toilet, which was a public sanitation initiative, with the aid of the Credai Clean City Movement. Along with that, the company also conducts agricultural seminars on a regular basis by the name of My Kitchen Garden to educate farmers on the effects of pesticide use in farming and how to control that for healthier living. The company has also actively helped cancer patients, as well as individuals diagnosed with the kidney diseases, by taking care of their medical expenses. The Muthoot Finance runs the "Horn Not Ok Please" initiative to raise awareness on the harmful effects of vehicular noise pollution. It has also established a Centre for creating road traffic and safety awareness and the prevention of traffic accidents at the office of Assistant Commissioner of Police in Kochi.