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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎81r] (161/206)

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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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Manaraah havr. been unloaded. The depth of water at the
P1 5 r 4- 1 1 ? ofton not dee P enough for their power-driven barges
and this cuts down the time available for unloading them?
230 • iiirHIi -_1i_- PETR 0 LEUM COMPANY LIMI TED .
. The Bahrain Fetroleum Company have recently
iMormed ms Highness that they are resuming one rations on
the shoals and islands around Bahrain and that they hope to
be able to report a fresh find of oil.
(ii) On the morning of the 25th the Company's people
were greatly disturbed by the manoeuvres of a low flying
aircrait in their areas. It first appeared over the Awali
camp and circled industrial and housing sites at an esti
mated elevation of 500 feet. It later appeared over the
e^‘ im.ry at Sitra where, it was stated, it came down so low
as to be below the horizon of the top of the oil tankage.
h^ plane is believed, to be an R.A.F, one and the Company
have- sent a complaint to the Air Staff Liaison Officer,
A committee of local merchants has been set
UP to collect clothes and blankets for the ;_rab refugees
' Palestine who have been settled near Basra and have
enlisted the services of Mr. James, son of the
Advis .r to^ the Bahrain Government, as-Secretary. Collections
began on the 24th and enough wearing apparel to clothe
a thousand refugees has already been collected. Yousuf
Kanoo, local agent of the "Holland and Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Line"
and a member of the committee, has arranged for it to be
shipped to Basra by one of their steamers. He was also
responsible for threatening a Jewish merchant who contributed
a somewhat moth-eaten roll of cloth that he would ch^lk
up the word 'Zionist' on the letter's door.
Reference paragraph 203 of Intelligence Summary
. 0n 22nd, the fortieth day aft. r the death
of. ivir. Jinnah, a commemoration meeting was held in the
'Pearl Cinema' and attended by members of the local Pakistan
community and other Muslims. His Highness the Ruler of
Bahrain and his two uncles, ShaikhsMohammed and . bdulleh
bin Isa, w^il also present by invitation.
Prices per kilogramme.
C ontrol prices Bazaar prices
Rs. 2/10/-
Rs. -/ 10 /-
Rs. -12/-
Ranging from Rs.5/8/-
to according
to the quality.
Commod ity
Bread (local)
Vegetable ghee
Pur', ghee

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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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