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Supreme Court launches software to translate judgments in Bangla

  • Published at 10:06 pm February 18th, 2021
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File photo shows a general view of the Bangladesh Supreme Court building Dhaka Tribune

The software was developed with India’s EkStep Foundation

Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday unveiled the “Amar Vasha” software to translate court orders and judgments from English into the Bangla language.

The software with artificial intelligence was developed with EkStep Foundation of India, on their original “Anuvaad” software used in India similarly to translate from English to Indian languages including Bangla, an Indian High Commission press release said.

The software was unveiled at a virtual event attended by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar and Indian High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami.

The Indian envoy said the judicial systems of both India and Bangladesh have common origins, similar systems and lexicon.

“Such collaboration could only be possible between India and Bangladesh, as Bangla is one of the recognized languages of India too,” he said.

The high commissioner appreciated the recent efforts by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh in integrating technology for smooth dispensation of justice in Bangladesh such as setting up e-courts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He recalled that during November 2020, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had especially exhorted Bangladeshi authorities and judicial officers to help facilitate access to judgments in Bangla.

In this regard, the high commissioner underlined the significance of the rollout of the software, with EkStep Foundation’s guidance and technical assistance, three days before “Ekushey” and the International Mother Language Day on February 21, contributing to the celebrations of 50th anniversary of liberation in Bangladesh.