The Indian city of Belgaum is a city in the northern part of the state of Karnataka and lies along the Western Ghats. The Government of Karnataka intends on making Belgaum the second capital of Karnataka. It is being developed into a smart city. The city was earlier known as Venugram which means Bamboo village in Sanskrit. The city has recently acquired a new name as "Kunda Nagari" for its famous sweet dish called "Kunda" which is made of milk, sugar and spices. The city is also known for its sugarcane cultivation and production and is hence often referred to as the "Sugar Bowl of Karnataka" or the "Sugar District." The Government of Karnataka officially changed the name of the city to Belagavi on 1st November 2014. Belgaum experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year and hosts around 6 lakh residents. The city receives heavy rainfall and has abundantly available water due to the rivers in the vicinity. Hence, the fertile soil supports the cultivation of various vegetables and fruits. Belgaum is also a source of poultry, meat and fish. The mining industry also thrives in the area due to the availability of aluminum and uranium ores. The city hosts prestigious educational institutes like the Visvesvaraya Technological University, Karnataka Law Society and Rani Channamma University.
Punjab National Bank is the first bank which is Swadeshi and began with the authorized national capital. The business of PNB Bank was started on 12th April 1895. The PNB was the first bank which was entirely managed by the Indians along with the national capital. The bank has spread its network with 6900 branches across India out of which 62% branches are in rural and semi-urban areas. The bank is operating a transformational exercise named as "Mission Parivartan" a think tank division for business excellence to improve the efficiency, profitability, and productivity of the bank for long-term sustenance. In digital banking, the bank has gone under several developments such as the opening of "PNB DIGI-HUT" the first proof of concept model of the digital branch launched at the Dwarka head office. The bank has also introduced an Integrated Fee Portal for its customers to enable fee payments through internet banking gateway. RBI approved the bank to act as Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit which was made live on September 2017. The bank took some initiatives for driving financial inclusion in fiscal 2018, such as biometrics based aadhar seeding and authentication of the existing customers. It also introduced Atal Pension Yojana registration facility at the Business Correspondent locations.