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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎28r] (55/174)

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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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(iii) Boxing Competition .
\,iix) On the night of the 28th, the Nadi-al-Bahrain
staged a boxing competition in the Muharraq premises of the club.
The first bout was between two small boys from the Muharraq
primary school, and Indian, Pakistani and Bahraini boxers
provided the contestants in the other six bouts. Care had
been taken in the appointments and lighting of the ring, the
contests were well conducted, and the programme was carried
through with a smoothness and despatch that is the more
creditable as it is the first time that a Bahraini club has .
staged a boxing competition. His Highness Shaikh Salman,
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. , Shaikh Abdulla bin^Issa
al Khalifah, and Mr. R.Mc.C. Andrew^ Assistant 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. ,
Bahrain, attended, and His Highness presented the medals given
to the winners. The club is reported to have spent about
Rs.1,500/- on staging the competition but hopes to recover this
sum and make a small profit from the tickets sold and the
subscriptions both given and promised by Club Members and His
Highness and others of the al Khalifa family.
(iv) Handicrafts Exhibition .
The annual handicrafts exhibition which was held
this year on the 29th and 30th of April was on a more ambitious
scale than in former years. All the Government schools
participated, and to the usual displays of needlework, furni
ture-making and machine work were added those of painting and
caligraphy; toy-making, book-binding, and model-making; the^
manufacture of fruit cordials, soap, cosmetics, and confectio
nery; and flowers and vegetables grown by the pupils. There
was a large attendance at the exhibition, among those who
visited it being His Highness Shaikh Salman, Shaikh Abdullah
bin Isa al Khalifa, who is the Bahrain Education Minister,
Mr.Russell Brown, General Manager of the Bahrein Petroleum
Company, Mr.A.L.A.Predge, M.B.E., 1st Secretary of 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. , Bahrain, and Mrs.Dredge, and Mr. C.D.
Belgrave, C.B.E., Adviser to the Bahrain Government and
Mrs. Belgrave.
(v) Ice Factories .
The only ice factory An East India Company trading post. in Bahrain which sells
ice to the general public is owned by Husain Yateem, a
purchasing agent and local contractor of the Bahrein
Petroleum Company. The virtual monoply which Mr.Yateem
enjoys is, however, soon to be broken as a new ice factory An East India Company trading post.
is being built for Abdur Rahman al Gosaibi, the machinery
for which recently arrived in Bahrain, and two other
Bahrain merchants have ordered plants for ice factories.
One of them, Hussain Ahmeli, is providing his ice factory An East India Company trading post.
with ample cold storage accommodation. The manufacture and
sale of ice is a profitable industry in Bahrain though it
has to be seen whether there is enough business for four ice t
factories. It has been estimated that Husain Yateem is
receiving a net profit of around Rs.2,000/- a month for his
ice factory An East India Company trading post. . This figure has been calculated from the
controlled price obtaining for ice and should be considerably .
larger in fact for Mr.Yateem is known to sell much of his l
daily output of ice on the black market. He is not unaware
of what dangers lie in competition, and has prepared against - x
them by importing another ice plant and by engaging an
Italian Engineer as his refrigeration expert.
(vi) Crim e.
Arising out of an altercation between some j. *
Bapco watchmen at one of the gates of the company’s camp at f
Awali and an Arab employee whom they suspected of stealing
Company property, an onlooker who intervened was it is alleged

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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)

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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