Major Drilling Dividend Record Date

    MONCTON, NB, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Major Drilling Group International Inc.
(TSX:MDI) (the "Company") declared a semi-annual dividend on September 8,
2008. The first dividend of $0.20 per common share will be paid on October 31,
2008 to shareholders of record as of October 10, 2008 and is designated as an
"eligible dividend" for Canadian tax purposes.

    Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc.
is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling service
companies. To support its customers' mining operations and mineral exploration
activities, Major Drilling maintains operations in Canada, the United States,
South and Central America, Australia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Armenia, and

For further information:

For further information: Denis Larocque, Chief Financial Officer, (506)
857-8636, Fax: (506) 857-9211,

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