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Places in news: Khangkhui Mangsor


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Khangkhui Cave

Mains level: NA


A colony of bats was evicted from a Khangkhui Mangsor cave system in Manipur with a Palaeolithic past to make it tourist-friendly.

Khangkhui Mangsor

  • The Khangkhui, locally called Khangkhui Mangsor, is a natural limestone cave about 15 km from Ukhrul, the headquarters of Ukhrul district.
  • Excavations carried out by Manipur’s archaeologists had revealed the cave was home to Stone Age communities.
  • The cave was also used as a shelter by the local people during the Second World War after the Japanese forces advanced to Manipur and the adjoining Nagaland.

Why in news?

  • The cave housed large roosting populations of bats belonging to the Rhinolophidae and Hipposideridae families.
  • They were however killed and evicted from the Khangkhui cave after 2016-17 purportedly to make it more tourist-friendly.

Do you know?

The longest is Krem Liat Prah in the Jaintia Hills, which is 30.957 km long. The word “Krem” means cave in the local Khasi language


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