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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎66r] (131/206)

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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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196.
playing of his "salute" followed immediately by an "interval"
and "Bells across the Medow" (sic). Coloured lanterns were
borne in procession round the two lakes and model boats were
towed across the water by concealed men while spotlights
played and 'pearlers' sang plaintively in the distance.
Swans, carved from plywood by the Adviser himself, appeared
on the water to the strains of (the programme stated) "The
Swan Lake Ballet Music" - only perceptible however by the
eoarA of faith. The "piece de resistance" and finale was
provided by young men who paddled small boats and set fire
to a cloth and bamboo fort. His Excellency the Political
Resident, the Political xigent and His Highness the Shaikh and
other Shaikhs and notables were seated apart on a sort of
grand stand. His Highness, when asked what was going on,
opined that it was "something Western". What the other
Arabs made of these entertainments, most of which had
featured when King Ibn Saud visited Bahrain in 1939, it is
hard to imagine.
(iv) Many cars are being sold by Bahrainis to Pakistani-
buyers, two or three cars being shipped by every 'down'
steamer to Karachi.
(v) On the 19th a quarrel broke out amongst the
Canadian crew of a tanker berthed at Sitra. One of the
naturs who attempted to intervene was 'beaten up' and when
the Captain who was ashore, attempted to return, the men
refused to allow him to get on board. The vessel was towed
away from Sitra pier to prevent members of the disaffected
crew getting ashore and there wert. no serious results from
the affairs. The prospect of tanker crews coming ashore in
Bahrain raises problems.
(vi) PRICES OF ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES FOR AUGUST.
Prices per kilogramme.
Commodity
Control
prices
Bazaar prices
Rice
Es. 1
15
0
Wheat
Rs.O
8
9
-
Bread (local)
Rs.O
11
0
-
Vegetable ghee
Rs. 3
9
0 to Rs.5/3
-
Pure ghee
-
Ranging
from Rs,5/8 to
Es.8/l3
according to the
quality

Sugar
-
Rs. 0
15
6
Tea
-
Rs.5/8 to Rs.8/15 accord-
ing
to
the quality.
Dhal
-
Rs. 2
4
0
Potato*es
-
Rs. 1
2
0
Onions
-
Rs. 0
6
0
Mutton
Rs. 2
3
0
-
Beef
Rs. 1
15
0
-
Milk
Rs.O
9
0
-
Butter
Rs. 9
3
0
-
Fish
Ranging
from
-
Es. 0/13/3
i to Rs.1/6
according to the
quality
Firewood
-
Rs.O
2
0
Dates fresh
-
Rs. 0
7
0
Charcoal
Rs.O
6
6
Coffee
Rs.2/- to Rs.2/12 accord-
ing
to
the quality.

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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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