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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎20r] (39/174)

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The record is made up of 1 file (85 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1949-31 Dec 1949. 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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BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY FOR
16 th to 31st March 9 1949.
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‘ No.6 of 1949 .
PERIOD
60. MOV EMENTS OF OF FICIALS.
n XT Reference paragraph 39 (lii) of Intelligence
Summary No.6.
^ ^ T 16th the 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. returned from
Qatar by P.C.L. 'plane.
(ii) On the 26th His Excellency the Political
Resident left for Sharjah by P.C,L.'plane en route to Aden.
v r. ^ r ^Otli the 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. visited Qatar
by P.C.L. plane and returned to Bahrain on the 31st.
61. VIS ITORS.
(i) Reference paragraph 40 (i) of Intelligence
Summary No.5. & ^
Cairo.
On the 17th Sir Hugh Weightman left by air for
Khaimah,
He was ac
.Hilal bin
Council.
(ii) On^the 27th Sultan bin Salim, ex-Ruler of Ras al
arrived in Bahrain by B.I.S.N. steamer from Muscat,
companied by his son, Saqr bin Sultan, and Saiyid
Sayid Badir, Deputy President of the Muscat Municipal
62. LO CAL AFFAIRS .
(1) Al Khalifah .
Summary No.5. Reference Paragraph 41 (1) of Intelligence
. ^ r P? t he 27th Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa al Khalifah,
accompanied by his son Shaikh Salman, left for Dhahran to board
Africa. On the 26th they paid a farewell call
on the 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. .
(ii) Building Progr ammp.
At Manamah a new Customs Shed which can be used
to store the cargo nov; left lying on the pier is urgently
required, and the Bahrain Government have placed an order for a
steel frame shed with a British firm. At Muharraq new build-
mgs are required for the opening of a Secondary School,’ a
school hostel to house 100 boarders, and living quarters for the
staff* Unfortunately there appears to be some
difficulty in obtaining the steel required for this new
construction and Messrs. Charles Kendall & Partners Ltd., the
united Kingdom purchasing agents of the Bahrain Government,
nave recently addressed the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and asked for
their assistance.
, . T ^ e Bahrain Government is also urgently in need
of galvanised water supply fittings. Without these fittings it
^ n „ P ossll:)le supply houses with the water provided under
the Manamah piped water scheme.
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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 1949. 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 contain information covering a wide range of subjects, including:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, 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 Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally;
  • American interests in the region;
  • local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria;
  • 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.
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1 file (85 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 87; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-87; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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