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Monday, April 15, 2013

Eighty-four per cent of women in the US believe they are paid less than men for doing the same job, and 35% say they suffer discrimination in the workplace, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Only two-thirds of men agree with that opinion.

The Journal cited figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that women who work full-time earn weekly about 79% of what men are paid for doing similar jobs.

The Institute for Women's Policy Research found that the average pay for women is less than for men in almost every type of occupation. "More than four in 10 women say they have faced gender discrimination personally, most often in the workplace," the survey found, reports IANS/EFE from Washington.

The proportion of women who think they "can't 'have it all' without making a lot of sacrifices at work and at home", has dropped from 78% in 1997 to 66% at present, the daily said.

Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research took the survey between April 5-8, interviewing 1,000 adults nationwide. The margin of error of the study is plus or
minus 3.1%.

British house prices in March registered a seventh consecutive month of growth and reached a five-year high, boosted by London property prices, said Acadametrics and LSL Property Services Plc, the country's house market agencies. The average cost of a home in England and Wales rose 0.2% on the month to 230,078 pounds ($354,000), Acadametrics and LSL said in a monthly report published in London.

When compared to that of a year before, British house prices grew 6,700 pounds or 3%. Taking London out of the equation, however, the house prices annual change dropped to 0.5%, reported Xinhua. "The disparity of 2.5% in the annual rate, between including London and not doing so, is the largest divergence we have recorded in any month since we began monitoring this effect in July 2005," said the report.

The Securities Appellate Tribunal has adjourned to April 20 its hearing on Subrata Roy's plea against market regulator Sebi's attachment order of his bank accounts and other assets, along with those of two group firms and their top executives. After taking up the petition for its "preliminary hearing", the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) posted the matter to April 20 as the counsel for Sahara Group sought adjournment due to medical reasons.

The matter relates to the case involving a refund of over Rs 24,000 crore raised through "various illegalities" by two Sahara companies. Four petitions have been filed against Sebi, namely by Sahara chief Subrata Roy himself, Sahara Housing Investment Corp Ltd (SHICL), Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd (SIRECL), and Ashok Roy Chaudhary and others.

- Business Desk with inputs from PTI and IANS.

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