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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎35r] (69/174)

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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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his wife whom he had recently divorced* The man is a Zanzibari
and is due to come up for trial before 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. .
(vii) Crime - and Punishment :
On the 9th the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. Court fined Mr.Leslie Noel
Fentonj the Manager of the Royal Naval Canteen at Jufair the sum
of Rs.25/- for giving a bottle of beer to a Bahraini taxi driver.
As this is Mr.Fenton's second conviction for an offence of this
nature he was warned that he was in danger of imprisonment if he
was again convicted of giving alcohol to a Bahraini* The taxi
driver, who was tried by the Bahrain Court for drinking the beer,
received a sentence of eight months rigorous imprisonment and a
fine of one thousand rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. .
On the 7th April Abdullah Bangoor, Iraqi caretaker
of the Royal Naval Establishment at Jufair, who isn.iquor permit
holder .spent a convivial evening with three prostitutes and some
of his friends. On the 8th May the only Bahraini present, a clerk
in the office of the Judicial Assistant to 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. ,
was sentenced to two months rigorous imprisonment by the Bahrain
-rs Court, No proper evidence that he was intoxicated or that he had
consumed liquor was produced in court, sentence being pro
nounced, according to the latest issue of the Bahrain Government
Gazette, "as an example to public morality ,, .
(viii) Police Activities :
As a result of the offences reported above and
in paragrapg 69(vi) of Intelligence Summary No.8, there has been
a marked increase in police activity. At Jufair visiting taxi
drivers are closely watched; in Manama the ’Naturs 1 (or night
watchmen) challenge the late wayfarer and subject him to a
lengthy interogation; and in Muharraq the drivers of taxis
which are found parked in any place except the Muharraq taxi
stand receive a police summons. It is also reported that taxi
drivers who are caught conveying a foreigner to the house of a
prostitute are to receive a sentence of six months rigorous
imprisonment.
(ix) New Building Projects?
The growth and prosperity of Bahrain is
reflected in the many new buildings recently built or under
construction. Messrs. Gray Mackenzie & Co,Ltd., Petroleum
Concessions Ltd., and Cable & Wireless Ltd., have recently
built new residential quarters for their staff a few miles
outside Manama town. In the town itself the new automatice
telephone exchange was recently completed (see paragraph 44 of
Intelligence Summary No.5), a large new building which is to
house both the B.O.A.C. staff and their new offices is being
built, and Messrs. Holloway Brothers have started work on new
premises for the Imperial Bank of Iran. Work has also begun on
the new 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. buildings at Jufair. Nor is the Bahrain
Government behind hand in these new constructions. New lamp
standards are arising in al" 1 . magnificence of fresh paint
and light globes, new squares are being marked out and sown with
grass (alas, already withering) a Government ’’Coffee Shop” has
been built outside Manama town, and, the culmination of months
ouilding activity on the square fronting Manama pier, a large
and Imposing office block for the Bahrain Government is almost
ready for occupation.
(x) Reference paragraph 52(i) of Intelligence Summary
No.6.
On the 28th Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa al Khalifah,
accompanied by his son Shaikh Salman, returned from the United

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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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