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To provide social security for active fishers and their dependants, and * To provide economic Security. The Union environment ministry has come up with detailed guidelines giving more powers to states, regarding environmental clearance process, by exempting certain category of industries, constructions and mining of minor minerals-including river sand mining projects in medium size lease area. The earlier B category of industries has been split into B1 and B2 categories. The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture to amalgamate State Farms Corporation of India (SFCI) with National Seeds Corporation (NSC), both wholly owned (100% share) Public Sector Undertakings under this Department. The amalgamated entity will serve the interest of the farmers and the changing requirements of the Indian agricultural sector in a more effective way. December 27 Power Grid
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  Empowering Rural India   containing profiles of 50 beneficiaries who have successfully undertaken the basic IT training programme under the E-Inclusion project. Petrapole and Benapole (Bangladesh side) Land Customs Stations will now be made operational 7 days a week from 1st January, 2014. This move came in the wake of Union Minister of Textiles Dr. K.S. Rao writing to Union Finance Minister Shri P.Chidambaram about the congestion at Bangladesh border. Various exporters had raised this issue with the Textiles Minister in a recent meeting.  The move will ease off the way for trade between the two countries and it will especially benefit the textiles sectors of both the countries,   said Dr. Rao. December 25 The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar identity numbers, has decided to not charge for its authentication services till March. The agency initially is the service by which by which UIDAI allows users such as banks and telcos check the basic information of their customers against its database.December 26 West Bengal  s commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee has been removed from his position after his mismanagement of affairs of Haldia Petrochemicals Ltd (HPL). Amit Mitra who holds the finance department will be given the additional charge of the commerce and industry ministry. On December 26th the Himachal Pradesh High Court imposed a ban on the junk food in non-biodegradable plastic packaging .the ban will come into effect from Jan 26th The court also vacated its stay on the notification issued by the department of Science,Technology and Environment on June 26th 2013 imposing ban on sale, storage, entry, supply and manufacture of these items in the state. The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for setting up of National Cancer Institute at a cost of Rs. 2035 crore. NCI will be set up in the Jhajjar campus of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) located in Badhsa village, Jhajjar, Haryana. The project is estimated to be completed in 45 months. The move is considered a milestone in the field of cancer research in the country where 11 lakh new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the central sector scheme National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen during the 12th Plan. The scheme has been operated by the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and is an ongoing scheme.The objectives of the scheme are:* To provide basic amenities like drinking water and sanitation in fishers   villages* To improve the living standards of fishers and their families,* To provide social security for active fishers and their dependants, and* To provide economic Security. The Union environment ministry has come up with detailed guidelines giving more powers to states, regarding environmental clearance process, by exempting certain category of industries, constructions and mining of minor minerals-including river sand mining projects in medium size lease area. The earlier B category of industries has been split into B1 and B2 categories. The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture to amalgamate State Farms Corporation of India (SFCI) with National Seeds Corporation (NSC), both wholly owned (100% share) Public Sector Undertakings under this Department. The amalgamated entity will serve the interest of the farmers and the changing requirements of the Indian agricultural sector in a more effective way.December 27 Power Grid Corporation of India has received shareholder approval to increase the limit of holdings by foreign institutional investors to 30 per cent from 24 per cent currently.* In a filing to the BSE, the company stated that FIIs can acquire and hold, on their own account and on behalf of each of their Sebi-approved sub-accounts, shares of the company up to an aggregate limit of 30 per cent of the paid up capital.   The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has given the TRAINAIR PLUS accreditation certificate and membership plaque to Airports Authority of India at its Headquarters in Montreal, Canada. National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), which reported a highest ever net sales of 7247 crore against a target of 7023 in the financial year 2012-13, has got  Excellent   MoU score of 1.5 by the Department of Public Enterprises. NALCO, a Navratna PSU under the Ministry of Mines, had last achieved the  Excellent   
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