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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎24r] (47/174)

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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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SECRET
BAHRAIN INTELLIGENCE SUMMA RY FOR PERI OP_lst_to
15th AP RIL, 1949.
60. MOVEM ENTS OF O F FICIALS .
(i) On the 6th, 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. left for
Sharjah by R.A.F.Plane and returned to Bahrain on the 10th.
(ii) Reference paragraph 50(ii) of Intelligence
Summary No.6.
On the 8th, Sir Papert Hay returned' to Bahrain
by ’plane from Jiddah.
61. VISITORS .
(i) Reference paragraph 51(ii) of Intelligence
_-^Summary No.6.
On the 2nd, Sultan bin Salim, ex-Ruler of
Ras-al-Khaimah, and Saiyid Hilal bin Saiyid Badir, Deputy
President of the Muscat Municipal Council, called 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. , They left Bahrain for Muscat on the 10th.
(ii) On the 14th, Salih Al-Mani’, Secretary to His
Excellency the Ruler of Qatar, arrived in Bahrain by air. He
called 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. , the same day.
(iii) Among European visitors to Bahrain during the
period under report were Sir Hugh Weightman, C.S.I., C.I.E.,
Mr. Bertram Thomas, O.B.E., and Lord Inchcape, Chairman of the
Board of Director of Messrs. Gray Mackenzie & Company.
62. LO CAL AFFAIRS .
(i) Bahrain Fisheries .
An increasing population and the drawing off
of fishermen into other avenues of employment have made for an
acute shortage of fish in Bahrain. Fish forms the staple diet
of the poor, and His Highness has written to Alexandria for
advice regarding the type of vessels, gear, etc., which could be
used to increase the supply of fish. He has also approached
His Excellency the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. who has obtained the
advice of the Government of Aden and of Dr.Bertram Thomas, who
recently undertook an examination of the Muscat fisheries for
the Sultan of Muscat. They are agreed that the only practica
ble way for the Bahrain Government to increase the supply of
fish here is to purchase a depot ship fitted up with cold^
storage which could be sent to buy fish direct from the fisher
men in the Gulf of Oman where, at present, the supply is greatly
in excess of the demand. It is understood that the^A.I.O.C.
who have much the same problem at Abadan have been given the
same advice.
(ii) Crime.
On the 6th, the Bahrain Court sentenced one Abbas
bin Hasan, a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Iran, Bahrain, to two
years rigorous imprisonment for cheating and forgery.
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No.7 of 1949.
(iii) Obituary :

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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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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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