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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎41r] (81/206)

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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.


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(jCho puarling soason is usually divided
into two parts by tbo nontti of Hanadan for wliich
the pearling fleet returns to Bahrain. This year
xt.-nadan will corno to an and on the 6th august, and
as thuro will bo four months bo two on that da to and the
oold weather during which pearling operations can be
undertaken no pearling is being carried out before
-Ramadan, j
131. RjuL-oSTlNij iJJD lj^«>lN
^1^ Ibn Baud's stock is said to have
falien amongst the local ju-rabs who consider that he
has taken second place to that of King Abdullah of
Irans Jordan in helping the i*rabs of Palestine.
132. LOduL iKki/lhS
(i) Reference paragraph 89 (iii) of Intell
igence nummary No. 6.
The Bahrain Government have replied that
they have searched the house of Somali and that
they have no definite information leading then to
suppose that he is recruiting labour. They understand
that the suggestion that i*li Somali was recruiting
labour for work in Dhahran originated with the Irani
interpreter of h.k.S."WhBN".
(ii) On the 14th a football match was played
at Dnahran, Saudi Arabia 9 between a Bahrain team and
a team composed of Italian and Sudanese employees of
uiuJiCO. The Bahrain team wore loading by 2 goals to
one when an altercation broke out between them and
the Italian referee, the latter holding that only
one player at a time could tabkle an opponent, as
a result of which the Bahrain foam walked off the
field and the match was abandoned. The proceeds from
tile match were donated to the Palestine <c*rabs.
(iii) On Friday the 28th there was a volley
ball tournament between teams of Indians, Pakistanis,
Persians and Bahrainis. It was won by the Pakistan
(iy) lack of residential accommodation in
Bahrain still results in many suits for increase of
(v) Food Prices. The higher price of grain
in Saudi Arabia has resulted most unfortunately in an
outbreak of smuggling from Bahrain. Bakers have been
^Hi n S their quota-of grain and at the same time, with
the utmost effrontery, demanding an extra allotment on the
grounds that the previous one had been all sold as
bread. The Bahrain Government is considering preventative
(vji) .

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. 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 The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called 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)

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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