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New Delhi: A 55-year-old British engineer was found dead under mysterious circumstances in his rented accommodation here, Delhi Police said on Monday.

Paul Barker, who worked as a tunnel manager with Pratibha Industries Limited, was found dead around 2 p.m. on Sunday in Defence Colony in south Delhi, a police officer said, adding that cardiac arrest might be the reason behind the death.

Pratibha Industries is a construction company and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is one of its major clients.

Police said one of Barker’s friends residing in Defence Colony discovered his body and informed them.

“The friend informed us that he went to Barker’s house when Barker did not respond to his repeated phone calls,” Defence Colony SHO Kuldeep Singh told IANS.

He said Barker was lying naked in his bedroom when they reached the spot.

“There was no any external injury on his body. We could also not find any forceful entry into the house. Prime facie it seemed that he died due to cardiac arrest as blood was coming out from his nose,” Kuldeep Singh said.

“He was a regular heavy drinker and that might be the reason behind the cardiac arrest. But, we are still waiting for his medical report to confirm the exact reason behind his death,” said the official.

Police also recovered some liquor bottles from the house of the deceased.

(IANS)

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Digital Transactions in Delhi-NCR Grew by 235% Last Year: Razorpay

Online transactions in Delhi-NCR grew 235% in 2019

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Online transactions in Delhi-NCR grew by 235 per cent in 2019 and it was the third most digitized region in 2019. Pixabay

Digital transactions in Delhi-NCR grew by 235 per cent from 2018 (January-December) to 2019 (January-December) and the region was the third most digitised state in 2019, thus, contributing 13.05 per cent in 2019 (up from 10.9 per cent in 2018), said a new report by full-stack financial services company Razorpay on Tuesday.

“The last year has been buzzing for the fintech sector in Delhi, with the adoption of new digital payment modes and bringing the digital currency to the mainstream. The last six months saw a tremendous shift in the consumption patterns of businesses and consumer preferences of digital payments in the region.

“With UPI growing by a whopping 442 per cent in Delhi, I am certain that this payment method will overtake cards by at least 20 per cent in the next 12 months,” Harshil Mathur, CEO and co-founder of Razorpay, said in a statement.

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Credit and Debit cards contributed 46 per cent in digital transactions. Pixabay

In 2019, Karnataka saw the highest adoption of digital payments (26.64 per cent) followed by Maharashtra (15.92 per cent) and Delhi NCR (13.01 per cent).

While the usage of cards (46 per cent) and netbanking (11 per cent) saw a decline in 2019, down from 56 per cent and 23 per cent for cards and netbanking, respectively in 2018, UPI (38 per cent) went up from 17 per cent in 2018.

Amazon Pay was the most preferred wallet among consumers (33 per cent), followed by Ola Money (17 per cent) in 2019.

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The top three sectors in digital payment adoption for 2019 were food and beverage (26 per cent), financial services (12.5 per cent) and transportation (8 per cent).

Among UPI, Google Pay contributed 59 per cent, PhonePe contributed 26 per cent, followed by Paytm (7 per cent) and BHIM (6 per cent) in digital transactions in 2019. (IANS)

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