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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎42r] (83/206)

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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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,, r, u , 113 al S, ost impOBSible at present to buy fish ir
the Bahrain bazaar. ihe hazards of a fisherman’s -
employment offered uy tn. Oorapani--^ and co."-* - if concerns
in Bahrain, ^atar, and Saudi Arabia, n^ve '.-a many fisherman
to abandon their profession, and the Bahrain Government is
offering further discouragement to those who remain by insisting
that fish should be sold at the old rate of As.1/8/- per ruba
for large fish and Ksd/- for j^mall fish.
(vii) While the consumer is being protected against the
fisherman^to the ultimate disadvantage of both, the removal of
controls from the prices of* many other commodities now flooding
the Bahrain market is resulting in large profits (often as much
as 100 to 200 per cent) being made by local merchants, Indian,
Arab, and Persian.
CmlKPl Prices
Whea t
Bread (local)
Rs. 0-10-0
Ghee (Vega)
?ure Ghee
Rs.3-9-0 to Rs.
lug r
Fire wood
No stock
Ranging from
Rs.0-13-0 to Rs
iagaft r . Prices
Ranging from Rs. 2-0-0- to
Ks. 2-8-0 according to
Ranging from Rs. 6-10-0 to
Rs. 8-13-0 according to
Rs. 5-8-0 to Rs. 8-15-0
according to quality.
Rs. 0-13-0
Rs. 0-9-0
1-6-0 according to quality
Rs.2-0-0 to Rs. 2-12-0
according to quality.
41 Ships (lO American, 9 British, 7 p a'iam o r' 1 *
5. Norwegian , 2 Dutch, 3 Spanish, .2 Swedish, 1 Italian and ^
unknown) called at the portof Bahrain during the period under
review. Imports were 2,727-g- tons of general Cargo for Bahrain and
1,765-2 tons for transhipment to the mainland. Rxports were
277,100 tons of petroleum products.

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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)

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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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎42r] (83/206), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/319, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 18 April 2024]

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