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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎25r] (49/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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sprung up about half an hour earlier and the adjoining huts
were soon well ablaze. By pulling down huts in the path
of the fire its further spread was checked but there was for
a long time danger that the flying sparks from the burning
huts would set otherssblaze. A number of the European and
Indian personnel of the B.O.ii.C. turned out to help the in
habitants of the surrounding huts in the fire operations.
The local fire brigade arrived when these joint efforts had
proved successful, an hour after the fire had started.
(ii)
PRICES OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES FOR MARCH.
Prices per Kilogramme.
Dates
Charcoal
Coffee
Commoditv
Control
Prices
Bazaar Prices.
Rice
-
Ranging from Rs.l/ll to
Rs.2/- according to the
Wheat
quality.
Rs.
0
7
9
Bread (local)
Rs.
0
10
0
mm mm
Vegetable ghee
Rs.
4
0
0
m. m.
Pure Ghee
*•
Ranging from Rs.6/10 to
Rs.8/13 according to the
Sugar
*
quality
Rs.
-
Rs. 0 12 0
Tea
«•
Es. 4 7 0 to Es. 8/15
Dhal
according to the quality
Rs. 1 2 0
Potatoes
-
Rs. 0 13 0
Onions
-
Rs. 0 11 0
Mutton
Rs.
2
3
0
Beef
Rs.
1
15
0
Milk
Rs.
0
9
0
Butter
-
No stock
Firewood
-
-
Rs. 0 2 0
Fish
Ranging
from
--
Rs. 0-9-0 to 1-10-6
according to the
quality
Rs. 0 8 0
Rs. 0 6 '6
Rs. 2/- to Rs. 2/12 accord
ing to the quality.
77. SHIPPING.
Thirty-three ships (15 British, 8 American, 7 Panamanian
1 Dutch, and 2 French) called at the port of Bahrain during
the period under report. Imports were 5534 tons of general
cargo for Bahrain and 1253 tons for transhipment to the main
land. Exports were 5 tons of general cargo and 233,000 tons
of petroleum products.
78. METEOROLOGICAL.
Maximum temperature 87°F on 28-3-1948
Minimum temperature 54°F on 11-3-1948
Maximum humidity 100$ on 3-3-1948
Minimum humidity 65$ on 19-3-1948
Total.rainfall during the month 229 cents.
KV.
(SGD) C.J. PELLY
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain.

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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