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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎34r] (67/174)

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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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policeman. As a result of 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. 's writing to
His Highness, Shaikh Ali was summoned before his father,
Shaikh Abdullah, and Mr.C.D. Belgrave, the Adviser to the
Bahrain Government, sitting as Judges of the Bahrain Court,
and sentenced to confinement to the island of Muharraq and the
payment of a fine of Rs.4,000/-. Shaikh All's driving licence
has also been confiscated.
(ii) Assistan t .State Engineer .
Reference Paragraph 3(v) of Intelligence
Summary No.l. ,
Mr. J. Hudson has now arrived in Bahrain and taken
up his duties as Assistant State Engineer.
(iii) Athleti c Sports: -
On the 4th, the Annual "Field Day" of the Bahrain
Boys Schools was held at Muharraq and drew a large gathering.
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. , His Highness Shaikh
Salman, and most of the Bahrain Government officials being
present. Old boys are critical of the fact that most of the '
’athletic" events have given place over the years to ceremonial
marches, drill displays, football on stilts, and musical chairs,
but the younger generation of school boys seems to enjoy such
items immensely. Spectators who were a little bored at seeing
all thirty members of a troupe performing in turn the most
ordinary feats on the vaulting horse were compensated with a
raffle on the programme numbers, the lucky winner receiving his
money prize from the hand of the infant son of His Highness.
On the 12th the Police Sports were held in the
grounds of the Manama Police Fort. A long programme included
sprints, a relay race, pole vaulting and a display of tent
pegging. It was marred for early arrivals by the spectable of a
number of shackled prisoners putting the finishing touches to the
sports ground, while officials bustled, prominent guests were led
to their seats, and the Commandant of the State Police puffed
contentedly at his cigar.
(iv) N^bi.Saleh Tragedy :*
Jezirah or Nebi Saleh, a small island of the West
Coast of Manama Island, contains the tomb of Nebi Saleh, a
local Shiah Saint, and forms a place of pilgrimage for Bahrainis
of the Shiah sect. On the 6th a small sailing boat which was
loaded to the gunwales with pilgrims, most of them women and
children, was capsized by a sudden squall of wind and all the
passengers drowned. Some forty persons are said to have lost
their lives.
On the 10th a fire broke out in a barasti hut in
Muharraq and one of the two inmates, and old blind woman, was
burned to death. The Muharraq fire waggon (there is, it appears,
only one firewaggon for the town of Muharraq) was very late in
arriving at the scene of the fire and two fire waggons from
Manama and one from the RAF station got there before it. The fire
has revealed an alarming state of neglect and inefficiency in the
fire fighting arrangements of the Muharraq Municipality. Onifey one
man, a driver, was on duty for the evening, and he could not be
found when the fire started.
(vi) Manamaly Murderi -
On the 2nd, a Negro was arrested for the murder of

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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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