The two neighboring cities of Hubli (or Hubballi in the local language) and Dharwad in the South Indian state of Karnataka were merged in 1961 to form the twin city of Hubli-Dharwad. The name "Hubballi" literally translates to "flowering creeper" in Kannada. The word "Dharwad" refers to a place of rest during long travel or a small habitation. While Hubli acts as the commercial center and business hub, Dharwad situated around 20 kilometers away is the administrative headquarter of the twin city. This city is the second largest in the state after the capital city of Bangalore. As history reveals, the area had been ruled by the famous Vijayanagara dynasty and later by the Mughals, the Nawabs, the Marathas as well as the Peshwas. Hubli, being the commercial hub, houses numerous of small and medium industries. The area is known for mining manganese ore and granite as well as for the agricultural production of cotton, groundnut and oilseeds. The twin cities are also adept at manufacture of textiles from the cultivated cotton. The green and scenic city of Dharwad, apart from housing the citys administrative departments, is also a seat of learning. Prestigious and renowned educational institutions like Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Karnataka State Law University, The District Institute of Education and Training, University of Agricultural Sciences, etc. An IIT has also been recently established at Dharwad.
Ratnakar Bank was founded in August 1943. According to Business World-PWC Best Bank Survey, it was rated as the fastest growing small bank simultaneously in the year 2013, 2014 and 2015. In the year 2013, it bought a particular business of the Royal Bank of Scotland due to which 1.5 lakh of RBS customers moved to RBL Bank. In the year 2016, it acquired a 30% stake in Swadharv Finserve Pvt Ltd.RBL bank started the first credit card for Gold enthusiasts in association with Indian Gold Union. To support the government campaigns such as Make In India and Startup India, the RBL Bank came up with the Startup Club to fulfill the end to end banking needs of the emerging entrepreneurial community. It has also started the financial literacy program referred to as "Shaksham" in association with CDC to provide education to 25000 individuals and 300 villages in the four districts of MP. The RBL bank has also been a banking partner for the Delhi Daredevils. RBL even started another financial literacy program "Swadhaar Finaccess" for women from lower-income communities in association with Swadhaar Information and Management Services in Gujarat and Mumbai.