Can I claim tax exemption for Rented House?

I’ve recently taken home loan to purchase an Independent house. Since this home is located far from my office, I stay in shared apartment with my friends located near to my office. Now I’m paying rent for this shared apartment and EMI for home loan. I would like to know is there any provision to claim tax exemption for both the expenditure?

What are the benefits of bandh on 1st October 2007 in Tamilnadu? (in India)?

I will not be able to do the following due to bandh!!!
I cannot go office, factories, hospitals, banks, post offices, airports, railway stations, vegetable shops, provision shops, textile shops, hotels, libraries, friends house, relatives houses, marriages, functions, no buses, no trains, etc
Patients in hospitals will die or become serious. People who have booked railway/flight tickets will have to cancel tickets. All important programmes all over Tamilnadu will get cancelled. People who die on the bandh day cannot be cremated on the bandh day.