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The Directorate of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of Goa, in co-ordination with various Sector Skill Councils is facilitating training of trainer (TOT program) for different job roles under National Skill Development Corporation (Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt of India). Eligible candidates may register on Skill India Portal ( as trainer for specific job role and share registration ID with directorate on or before December 12, 2019 on e-mail ID with copy to for further co-ordination with concerned SSCs. Fees: 7,000 to12,000 as decided by concerned SSC will have to paid by candidates for 7 to 12 days session. Please note that only certified trainers are eligible to conduct training under various job roles offered under Skill India Program.

Goa Arts & Literature Festival: The 10th edition of GALF is on, organized by the International Centre Goa in association with Goa Writers and Directorate of Art & Culture. Open to all, free entry. Venue: International Centre Goa, Dona Paula. Date: Dec5 to 7. Time: 10am to 6pm. Details:

XIth Lusofone Film Festival: Organised by the Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Goa), Institute Camoes and the Consul General of Portugal in Goa in association with Entertainment Society of Goa, Panaji. Festival to be inaugurated by Dr Antonio Chrystello Tavares, Consul General of Portugal in Goa. Venue: Maquinez Palace (Audi1), Panaji. Date: Dec6 to 8. Details: As per schedule at venue.

Latin Litany: The litany is a form of prayer used in services and processions, consisting of a number of petitions. The word comes through Latin litania’ from ancient Greeklitaneia’ which in turn comes from `lite’ meaning supplication. Organised by the newly and freshly restored and revived Saligao Institute. Open to all. Venue: Salmona Spring Cross, Saligao. Date: Saturday/Dec7. Time:5.45pm sharp. Details: Simon, 919822534919

India Bike Week: If biking is your passion catch India’s largest motorbike festival with a two-day program including panel discussion, entrainment and more. Venue: Little Vagator Hills, Vagator. Date: Dec6 &7. Details:

The Gand Porvorizza: A shopping and entertainment bonanza presented by Porvorim Visionaries. Visit with some 100 shopping, food and games stalls, workshops and talks on various topics, competitions, cultural programs and more. Venue: Porvorim grounds, Porvorim. Date: Saturday/Sunday, Dec7 & 8. Details:

Christmas Sale: Exhibition-cum-sale of sarees, kurtis, designer blouses, dresses, jewelry, etc. Venue: Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji. Date: Dec13. Time: 10am to 6pm. Details: 9903232309

Holly Jolly: A Christmas Fair offering a spread of Christmas décorations, gifts, food, live band playing, kids’ games, activities and more. Venue: St Francis Xavier’s Church, Duler, Mapusa. Date: Dec15. Time: 4pm to 10pm. Details: 9923499169/9511715109

Warm Encounters at the Freezing North Pole: A talk by Prof Savita Kerkar of Goa University in MOG’s Sunday Series. She will be recounting details of her recent visit to the Arctic and the experiences the trip offered. Venue: Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne. Date: Sunday, Dec8. Time: 11.30am. Details: /7722089666

Swarmangesh: A cultural program presented by the Swastik Cultural Association annually, this is its 9th edition. To be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pramod Swwant and present for the occasion will be chief guest actor Nana Patekar. Venue: Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall, Kala Academy. Date: Dec6/7/8.

ENT Consultation: ENT surgeon Dr Ehrlson De Souza is available for consultation to patients with ear, nose and throat afflictions. Venue Menezes Polyclinic, Altinho. Date: Every Monday & Friday. Time: 5pm to 6.30pm. Details: 2225918/2220237

Wellness Talk: A talk on clinical acupuncture by Dilshan KM. Venue: The International Centre Goa (ICG), Dona Paula, Panaji. Date: Saturday/Dec14. Time: 4.40pm to 5.30pm. Details: 7775065292

Quest for Reality: A dance performance by Impana Kulkarni and Prerna Palekar, conceptualizedby Arundhati Chattopadhyaya, choreography by Keyo Ann d’Souza, music by Derek Julien and Jobin George. The recital is inspired by the work of Shantibai, known for her Maria Khamba works which narrate stories of women from the Bastar region of Chhatisgarh. Not to be missed. Open to all. Venue: Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, Nr Army House, Altinho,Panaji. Date: Wednesday/Dec11. Time: 7pm.

Kids Triathlon: The countdown to the 4th edition of Pioneering Ventures Tri Kids Goa 2019 triathlon has started and you cannot do better than introduce your children to triathlon fitness. Teach the young generation to be active, positive, healthy! This triathlon is for children in the age group of 6-15 years. Contestants will feature in the triathlon tradition of swim-bike-run format although distances are tailored for specific age categories. Venue: Goa. Date: Sunday/Dec8. Details:

Remember Priya Ramani? She got a standing ovation at the 10th Annivesary of the three-day Goa Art & Literary Festival which kicked off at the ICG on Thursday evening, Dec 5, 2019. As GALF keynote speaker the vivacious editor-journalist-columnist, celebrated MeToo campaigner, Priya Ramani was one of the first to speak up against sexual harassment of women at the work place, and against the mighty A J Akbar (editor, author, politician) who retaliated by filing an ongoing criminal defamation case against her. She disarmed the GALF audience in her address, urging women to speak up, it empowers women, brings them a sense of liberation, “We women don’t speak up enough!”

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