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Murder Mystery: The death of Shirley Boonwaat

“Was the perfect murder carried out in Sri Lanka five decades ago?” The murder in question is that of Shirley Boonwaat, who was murdered at her residence on the 15th of October 1967, near the Liberty Cinema on Dharmapala Mawatha (then Turret Road). The alleged culprit was her husband, the then Burmese Ambassador W. K. H. Sao Boonwaat, who may have gotten away with the crime due to his diplomatic immunity. At the time, the Ambassador’s home was known as ‘Carlton Lodge’ — revamped in the recent past to become the high-end Capri Club restaurant.


Tara: The Sri Lankan Deity At The British Museum

The histories of nations and civilizations are contained in the art, architecture and artefacts of their people — however, colonial interventions have resulted in so many of these pieces of history being removed and moved far away from their places of origin. Sri Lanka is no stranger to this; many of the island’s ancient treasures have been carried off across the seas to Britain, or to the homelands of other colonisers.


Taking Care Of Timepieces: Inside One Of Colombo’s Last Clock Repair Shops

There are little shops in Fort and Pettah in Colombo which often go unnoticed, for most of these shops are hidden between much larger and newer establishments.Trust Watch Works on Sri Baron Jayathilake Mawatha in Fort, is one such place. The shop is run by Lenus Peiris, and he has made a living for himself and his family over the past ten years by making, selling, and repairing antique and modern clocks and watches.


From The Mines To The Market: A Few Of Sri Lanka’s Famed Gemstones

For centuries, Sri Lanka has been famed for its high-quality gemstones, which are reputed to be some of the best in the world. In fact, there are records which show that merchants travelled from far and wide to trade goods for Sri Lankan jewels. Even in the present day and age, the island lives up to its reputation and exports various gems to different countries like Thailand, China, USA and Germany. K. L. D. Dayasagara, the Director of the Gem Testing Laboratory of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority, gave Roar Media some insight into the gems found in Sri Lankan mines.


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