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Bus, tram and train employees off work for six hours tomorrow There will be no buses, trolley buses, tram or service on the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow due to a work stoppage by employees. The stoppage is taking place so that union members can attend the general meeting. Commuters are reminded that taxi drivers are on strike today and tomorrow in protest at the government’s tax reforms. AFGHAN GIRL New operation for bomb victim The 11-year-old Afghan girl seriously injured in a bomb blast that killed her older brother in Kato Patissia, near central Athens, at the end of last month underwent the latest of several eye operations yesterday. Doctors at the Geniko Kratiko Hospital said the results of the operation were «positive and without complications» but did not give any further details. Murder probe Police in Thessaloniki yesterday were investigating the suspected murder of a 24-year-old woman whose body was found early on Monday in the apartment of a relative in the suburb of Kalamaria. Police said the victim bore wounds to the face and the neck but the exact cause of her death was not specified. The woman is believed to have been staying with her relative on a temporary basis. ADEDY action The executive committee of the civil servants’ union ADEDY yesterday confirmed that its members would be staging a 24-hour strike on April 22 in protest at the government’s austerity measures and at the repercussions of a new tax law. Missing man Two divers of the fire service’s disaster relief team (EMAK) yesterday continued their search for a 59-year-old man missing since Monday afternoon when his boat overturned in the Axios River in the northern prefecture of Kilkis after the river broke its banks. The 59-year-old was swept away by the waters of the river after the boat he was in with a 40-year-old friend overturned. The 40-year-old managed to swim to shore. Migrants protest Dozens of undocumented migrants detained at a reception center on the eastern Aegean island of Samos have reportedly gone on a hunger strike to protest their imminent deportation. Authorities on the island have said they are inadequately staffed to deal with the influx in migrants. Siemens inquiry The parliamentary committee investigating allegations that Siemens Hellas paid bribes to public officials is to begin questioning politicians over the next few days. The panel is due to wrap up its probe by May 17 and its chairman, Sifis Valyrakis, wants politicians to be questioned as soon as possible, sources said. Former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, and former ministers Yiannis Kefaloyiannis, Christos Markoyiannakis and Christos Verelis have all asked to appear before the committee. Meanwhile, the chairman and managing director of OTE telecom, Panagis Vourloumis, informed the panel that OTE would not meet its request to carry out another evaluation of the contracts it signed with Siemens in the past. Vourloumis said if the committee was not happy with the reports already produced, it should appoint someone itself to carry out the work.