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Supreme Court launches translation software ‘Amar Vasha’

The Supreme Court on Thursday unveiled ‘Amar Vasha’ software which will use artificial intelligence to translate orders and judgments of the Supreme Court into Bangla.

It 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, said a press release.

Anuvaad was deployed by the Supreme Court of India as SUVAS (Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software) from November 26, 2019.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Law Minister Anisul Huq, Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar, and Indian High Commissioner Vikram K Doraiswami spoke on the occasion.

A video prepared on the ‘Amar Vasha’ by EkStep was also aired at the occasion.

High Commissioner Doraiswami said that India is deeply honoured to partner in the development of such an unique translation software, designed in India and shared on gratis basis.

He said such collaboration could only be possible between India and Bangladesh, as Bangla is one of the recognised languages of India too. Moreover, both the judicial systems of India and Bangladesh have common origins, similar systems and lexicon.

The High Commissioner appreciated the recent efforts by Supreme Court of Bangladesh in integration of technology for smooth dispensation of justice, such as setting up of e-courts during pandemic.

He recalled that during November 2020, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had specially urged 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 this software, with EkStep Foundation’s guidance and technical assistance, three days before “Ekushey” and International Mother Language Day on Feb 21 contributing to the celebrations of 50th anniversary of independence in Bangladesh.